WWE Money in the Bank 2015
June 15, 2015
Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler
The show opens with a heartwarming, and tear inducing tribute to Dusty Rhodes.
RIP Dusty. We’ll miss you. He was one of my favourite wrestlers of all time for his promos alone, not to mention his classic matches.
The Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Sheamus vs. Neville vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane
They open the PPV with a big one. There was a ton of great action in this one, with some really cool spots from both Neville and Kingston. Randy Orton went RKO crazy halfway through the match and laid everyone out. Towards the end, Reigns powerbombs Ziggler over the top rope into everyone (which looked great), and starts to climb the ladder. As he gets to the top, the lights go out. When they come back on, Bray Wyatt is in the ring, and he attacks Roman Reigns, costing him the match. I really like the idea of this feud. Neville and Sheamus then fight at the top of the ladder, but Sheamus prevails and he is your new Mr. Money in the Bank!
Nothing spectacular, but a decent match nonetheless, and a good way to start the PPV. I’m not sure about Sheamus winning, but it could be interesting if they develop it correctly.
Paige vs. Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship
See what happens when you give the divas a little time to work? You get a decent match. This wasn’t a five star classic, but it was a solid match that will build to future ones. The only thing I can say is that Brie showing her tattoos and that she stuffed her bra was one weird way to reveal to Paige that it was her that she pinned, rather than her twin sister Nikki. All in all though, it felt appropriate to have a Dusty finish on this show, and it still provided a decent match. I’m looking forward to see what they do next.
WINNER: Nikki Bella
Big Show vs. Ryback for the Intercontinental Championship
If this match is what bringing the IC title back to former glory looks like, let’s leave it in the dark. This didn’t serve anyone involved well at all, and it was not a good match. Some terrible booking choices lead to everyone looking bad, which is a shame because Ryback and Show have actually had some really interesting segments on Raw leading up to this. Poor Miz can’t catch a break either, as he gets involved and the match ends in a DQ.
WINNER: Big Show by DQ
RATING: DUD (through no fault of Show and Ryback, as it was nonsensical booking that did this)
Why wasn’t Miz added to the match to make it a triple threat? That will probably happen at Battleground, but why not now when they’ve been teasing it leading up to MITB?
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens: The Rematch
Champion vs. Champion
Good lord this was good. Really, really good. It’s really hard to say of their two matches thus far which one was better. Some people might be angry with the result, but it does setup a 3rd payoff match down the line, and that will be outstanding. Even with Cena getting the win in this one, they did everything they possibly could to make Owens look amazing. In his second match on the roster, he looks like someone who could dominate in the World Title picture. That is incredible accomplishment that speaks to good booking and very hard work from both Cena and Owens. Outstanding. The heel work from Owens after the match when he faked the handshake from Cena and then powerbombed him on the apron was fantastic. Owens is here to stay folks.
WINNER: John Cena
It doesn’t get much better than this. If you only watch 2 matches this year, make it the first match between Owens and Cena, and this one. I only hope they wait on the third match until Summerslam. Give them the big stage. They’ve earned it.
The Prime Time Players vs. The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championship
How do you follow that last match? No one could do well after that, but it should have been better than this. I have nothing against any of the guys in this match. I love The New Day as heels. Their work has been great lately. The Prime Time Players have potential to be good. However, this match was way too short to let it build momentum, the crowd was dead because of the burnout from Cena/Owens, and in the short time they had, it was a bit of a mess. I’d like to see what they could do with a little more time. Titus came across as a little sloppy, but I still see potential for him. The Prime Time Players go over, and we have new Tag Team Champions!
WINNER: The Prime Time Players
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
This was brutal, but in a good way. What a hard hitting, violent ladder match. Ambrose and Rollins started slow in this one with simple wrestling in the ring, and it reminded me a little of Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania X. After a bit, they begin to brawl all over the arena. There were some particularly nasty bumps with the announce table, and Ambrose took what was one of the hardest barrier bumps I’ve ever seen when Rollins powerbombed him into it. Not only that, but he powerbombed Ambrose into a ladder and a pile of chairs. Both guys took a horrendous beating in this match. One of the best aspects of it is that there was no outside interference, so nothing but the talents of the two men holding the match together, and boy, did they deliver. The finish was as close as you could possibly get, and Rollins takes the win, but barely as he and Ambrose grab the belt at the same time, fall off the ladder, and as they land, the belt ends up in Rollins’ hands.
WINNER: Seth Rollins
I loved this match. I realize this probably won’t go down as a 5 star match in most people’s minds, but I still loved every minute of it. What I really liked about the finish is that it finally establishes Rollins as a capable champion, and Ambrose still looks strong because he barely lost.
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
The show as a whole was quite mediocre, with the exception of Owens vs. Cena and Rollins vs. Ambrose. With that being said, there is something very encouraging about this PPV. The WWE showcased a lot of young talent in this show. The youth movement in the WWE right now is bringing a lot of fresh matches to the shows, and this is nothing but good for wrestling. Ambrose and Rollins were given the ball to carry for the Main Event and they did very, very well.
With Brock Lesnar returning to TV, we’re going to have a lot of interesting matches heading into the second half of 2015.