After so much hype and anticipation, finally the Money in the Bank PPV has arrived. I’ve stated before, this is probably my favorite PPV of the year from the WWE because I love the Money in the Bank concept, match and the PPV usually delivers. Who could ever forget the match between C.M. Punk and John Cena from 2011 when Mr. McMahon tried to screw Punk out of the championship? This year, the Money in the Bank PPV has been called the biggest Money in the Bank PPV ever with WrestleMania main event caliber matches between A.J. Styles facing John Cena and Roman Reigns facing Seth Rollins for the WWE championship. For me, Sunday had so many things going on from Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the final round of the U.S. Championships in Golf and it was Father’s Day also. Let’s get to the PPV!!!
Everything started out with the Fatal 4-Way match for the tag team championships. Enzo & Big Cass along with New Day received the biggest pops from the crowd, and then New Day started roasting all the teams involved before the match started. As far as the match, it started off with a lot of action from all the teams and it picked up more as the match went along. Towards the end, it seemed like Gallows & Anderson was about to pick up the win to become the new tag champs, but the pinfall was broken up. In the end, New Day & the Vaudevillians were the legal teams when New Day hit their finisher on Anderson and pinned Aiden English for the win. Winners and Still Tag Champs: New Day
Match Rating: 3/5- The match was pretty good, my only gripe was when Gallows was just standing when Big E picked up Anderson to deliver the finishing move on him.
These guys have been feuding for about three months now, but at least their match isn’t on the pre-show of the PPV. I’m still a huge fan of Baron Corbin and believe he can still be a big-time player. This match had its moments, but it just went on for too long and the build hasn’t been good. In the end, Corbin hit the End of Days to beat Ziggler hopefully for their final match with each other. Winner: Baron Corbin
Match Rating: 2.5/5
This feud has been going on ever since Dana Brooke came by the side of Charlotte as she was feuding with Natalya, but Becky Lynch evened things up. This match wasn’t very entertaining match as Charlotte picked up the win for her team with the Natural Selection on Natalya. Afterwards, Natalya attacked Becky Lynch leaving her lying in the ring as she left to a chorus of boos. Winners: Charlotte & Dana Brooke
Match Rating: 2/5
This feud started when Sheamus attacked Crews in the back because he’s tired of hearing about the New Era and ever since, Crews has punk’d Sheamus. This wasn’t a bad match and the finish came when Sheamus hit White Noise from the second rope, but only got a two count. He was upset with the referee and while he was distracted, Crews rolled him up for the three count. Winner: Apollo Crews
Match Rating: 3/5
This match came about when Styles turned on Cena rejoining The Club a few weeks ago on Monday Night Raw. This match was being billed as a Dream Match and Cena compared it when he faced The Rock a few years back. If you get the chance, make sure you watch this match from the beginning to the end because it lived up to all the hefty expectations and some. They battled with each other, brought out all their moves and even kicked out of each other’s finishing moves. After they exchanged moves, Cena accidentally knocked out the referee, which brought the Club down to hit the Magic Killer on Cena allowing Styles to pick up the win. Winner: A.J. Styles
Match Rating: 4.25/5- AWESOME match!!
This Money in the Bank ladder match had the potential to be one of the best with the six guys that was involved in this match. Ambrose with a flying cross body to Jericho. Jericho kicks Ambrose in the chest. Ambrose with a suicide dive to Owens. Cesaro bounces Del Rio’s head on the announcer’s table. Cesaro with an uppercut to Jericho. Del Rio kicks Cesaro in the back. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker to Cesaro. Cesaro responds with two tilt-a-whirl back breakers of his own. Cesaro with a rolling cannonball off the ring apron to Jericho. Zayn with the somersault plancha onto Owens, Cesaro and Del Rio. Owens drives the ladder to the ribs of Zayn. Owens superkicks Zayn. Jericho dropkicks Owens. Jericho sends Cesaro ribs first to the ladder. Jericho hits Cesaro in the face with the ladder. Ambrose body slams Jericho. Jericho with a snap suplex that sends Ambrose back first to the ladder. Jericho tries to hit Ambrose in the back 69 times with the ladder, but Del Rio sends Jericho face first to the ladder. Del Rio places the ladder on the top rope. Cesaro with a European uppercut to Del Rio and Jericho. Cesaro brings Ambrose, Del Rio and Jericho upon the Uppercut Express. Owens super kicks Cesaro. Owens sends Cesaro face first to the ladder that’s placed in the corner. Owens with rolling cannonballs to Ambrose, Jericho and Owens. Zayn plants Owens with a exploder suplex. Zayn with the Helluva Kick to Ambrose, Owens and Jericho. Zayn rolls a ladder into the ring. Zayn places the ladder in the middle of the ring. Del Rio knocks Zayn off the ladder. Del Rio with a superkick of Zayn. Del Rio gets Zayn tied in the tree of woe. Del Rio hits Ambrose in the shoulder with the ladder. Del Rio with a running enziguri to Owens. Del Rio gets Cesaro in the tree of woe. Del Rio with the Double Foot Stomp which sends Cesaro bouncing off the ladder. Del Rio ascends to the top of the ladder. Del Rio with a double foot stomp to the back of Jericho. Cesaro and Del Rio battles on top of the ladder. Del Rio applies the Cross Armbreaker. Owens with a superkick that knocks Del Rio off the ladder. Cesaro with a springboard European uppercut to Owens. Ambrose with the Dirty Deeds to Cesaro. Ambrose and Jericho battles on the ladder. Jericho with the Codebreaker off the ladder that sends Ambrose crashing to the outside. Jericho is close to grabbing the briefcase, but Zayn catches up to him. Owens knocks Zayn and Jericho off the ladder. Del Rio with a Backstabber to Owens off the ladder. Cesaro gets Del Rio in the Cesaro Swing. Jericho goes for the Codebreaker, but Cesaro gets him in the Cesaro Swing. Cesaro launches Jericho head first into the ladder. Ambrose bounces Cesaro’s head on the ladder. Ambrose climbs to the top of the ladder. Ambrose with a flying elbow drop to Cesaro. Owens throws a ladder to the back of Ambrose. Owens places Ambrose back first onto the ladder. Owens connects with the Bull Frog Splash onto the ladder. Zayn and Owens engage in rocker’s punches. Zayn with a Michinoku Driver onto the ladder. Zayn climbs up the ladder. Del Rio drives the ladder repeatedly to the back of Zayn. Del Rio with rolling DDT to Owens. Del Rio places a ladder in the corner. Jericho, Zayn and Del Rio battle on the ladder. Every competitor is on a ladder right now. Ambrose sends Cesaro face first to the top rope. Cesaro places another ladder in the middle of the ring. Ambrose sends Cesaro crotch first to the top rope. Del Rio is launched to the outside. Zayn grabs a briefcase, but Jericho knocks Zayn off the top of the ladder. Ambrose tries to bring Jericho down. Ambrose plants Jericho with the Dirty Deeds. Owens powerbomb Zayn on the ladder. Owens sends Zayn down to the mat. Owens and Ambrose battles on top of the ladder. Ambrose knocks Owens off the top of the ladder. Ambrose grabs the briefcase to pick up the victory. Winner and Mr. Money in the Bank: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: 4.75/5- Another AWESOME match!!!
This feud has been going on for about a month now and it started when O’Neil made the save when Rusev was beating on Jack Swagger. They’ve beat the hell out of each other ever since then which lead to this match. The match was pretty physical with O’Neil almost getting a couple of pin falls throughout the match, but Rusev was too much and won with the Accolade to retain the U.S. championship. Winner and Still U.S. Champion: Rusev
Match Rating: 2.5/5
Finally we have the main event for the WWE World Championship between two former members of the Shield as Roman Reigns defended the title against Seth Rollins, who’s coming back from a devastating injury. The match started off slow, but things quickly got rolling between the two and the crowd was really into it. It seemed like Reigns was being the heel in the match, while Rollins definitely had all the fan support throughout the match. They hit each other with everything, including finishing maneuvers which both kicked out. Towards the end of the match, Reigns went for a spear on the outside but knocked himself out and Rollins rolled him in the ring and hit two pedigrees to win and become a 2-time WWE champion. Winner and New WWE Champion: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: 4/5- As soon as Rollins started getting emotional, the music of Dean Ambrose hit and Rollins was standing in the ring anticipating him to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase, but Ambrose came from behind and hit him with the briefcase. He went on the outside and handed the briefcase to the referee, came in the ring and hit Dirty Deeds on Rollins, pinned him to become the new WWE Champion. Winner and New WWE Champion: Dean Ambrose
Overall Rating: 8/10- With three really great matches on the card to go along with a pretty good fatal 4-way match for the tag titles, this was a really solid PPV. The matches between Styles/Cena, Reigns/Rollins and the Money in the Bank ladder match is worth taking another look at on the WWE Network.
Top 3 Matches of the PPV:
- Money in the Bank Ladder Match
- A.J. Styles vs. John Cena
- Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins
What are your thoughts about the Money in the Bank PPV? What was your favorite match of the night? What was your favorite moment of the night? Head to the comments section below and give me some feedback.