The WWE promoted this as the “greatest Money in the Bank ever”, and based on how the top matches played out, they weren’t far off.
Fatal Four Way Tag Match
Enzo Amore continues to show how impressive he is on the mic. Considering how he and Cass use a similar script for every entrance, it takes a lot of work to keep it fresh. Speaking of mic work, I loved Xavier’s use of “the elite”, and I definitely popped for that. I’m curious to what the Elite’s response will be to that.
The pacing in the first was great, as they got the most out of every spot. That showed me that this was the right match to open the show. Enzo was the clear stand out in this match, and I’d go as far as saying that it was the best he’s ever looked in a ring. His DDT to Luke Gallows was easily the spot of the match. It’s just a shame that him Gallows completely botched the pinfall break up. It’s also worth pointing out that Luke looked lost when the New Day were double teaming Anderson. I’m sure some blame should fall on Cass as he took too long to get up on the apron. Overall, this was a fun match, with a not so graceful finish.
Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin
Due to my lack of interest in this feud, I had a difficult time watching it. Corbin deserves some credit for working through those “boring” chants; that’s not exactly an easy task for most workers. However, those chants were well deserved. Also, this much longer than it should have.
Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs Natalya & Becky Lynch
Throughout most of this match, Dana looked quite green, however she made up for it with her antics on the apron and outside of the ring. I actually enjoyed how she was more focused on distracting the ref and cheating than actually getting tagged into the match .Charlotte and Natty were also pretty sloppy early on. The stand out was definitely Becky Lynch, as she brought the most intensity out of these competitors. I can’t say I was the biggest fan of the finish. It didn’t leave me wondering what’s next for the champ. At the same time, I was surprised with Natty’s heel turn, it just came from nowhere. At least that shows how much more is going on within the division other than the title feud.
Apollo Crews vs Sheamus
Honestly, I anticipated this contest moving faster than it did. Apart from Sheamus attacking Apollo before the bell, this match lacked emotion. I didn’t feel like these two even despised each other at all. Also, why not have Crews win with his finisher?
John Cena vs AJ Styles
This crowd was going nuts for these two. That alone made the viewing experience great.
While the two started off slow, it felt intense. We were watching two men that wanted to show the world who was better, and that aspect felt extremely real. Unlike a typical heel, Styles welcomed the match, instead of running away from it, which felt refreshing, AJ claiming to be the better in ring wrestler was one of the themes in this feud, and it was showcased well.
While Styles dictated the pace, Cena was just as good with keeping up. John spent a good part of this match selling moves, and he was pretty solid at that. It allowed for Styles to look like a worthy competitor. Cena’s selling of the calf crusher was easily the highlight. Also, applaud the two on not abusing near falls.
This was a match that Styles could have easily won clean. I thought the use of Gallows, Anderson, and a knocked out ref cheapened the finish to what was a terrific match. Based on how the match was going, Cena losing fair was believable. Either way, the two still set the bar high for the rest of the show, and I’m excited to where this feud moves to next.
MITB Ladder Match
It was amazing how Owens and Zayn went for each right away, as with Jericho and Ambrose. To me, that shows continuity from the past few months.
This match delivered what it should have, and some more. Every competitor was excellent at using the ladder as a weapon. In fact, these six used the ladders much better than they were used in the Mania opening match. With the ladders being used so well, I still found Cesaro’s springboard uppercut to be the spot of the match. It looked pretty good in the middle of all the chaos.
The pace to this match was fast, and it never slowed down. I actually hard a tough time keeping up with the action and typing at the same time. When Zayn dropped Owens into the ladder with the exploder suplex in cringed because of how painful that looked. That was nothing less than excellent selling.
The best visual of the night goes to all six men standing on the ladders at the exact same time. That alone showed how much that briefcase meant to everybody. These six had a difficult job following Cena vs Styles, but I thought they were just as entertaining.
Titus O’Neil vs Rusev
Oh wow, the WWE timed the placement of this match perfectly. While Titus and Rusev were beginning their match, game seven of the NBA finals was tied with a minute to go. This worked out well for the WWE, because it didn’t force the viewers to switch during one of the big matches. I’ll admit, even I had my eyes on that final minute. Either way, this is still a wresting blog, so I did my best to follow Titus and Rusev.
For a lame build, this turned out to be an exciting match. Rusev used the one tool he had to gain heat, which was Titus’ kids. I did think the match went too long, but the rightful winner was chosen.
Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns
Immediately the two were able to tell the story of their history. The look in their eyes just showed how much they hated each other.
The in ring psychology from Roman was great. He knew exactly what to do and when to do it. Along with that his character was showcased perfectly in his domination over Seth. I believe this was the most realistic representation of Roman we’ve seen. He’s someone that’s larger than most of his opponents, so it’s only appropriate that he dominates them for most of the time. At the same time, having Seth struggle against Reigns early on in the match was a brilliant way of showing ring rust. It was as if he needed to get beaten down in order familiarize himself with his environment. The strange thing is that it made Seth look like the babyface in this contest.
The last part of this match literally had me jumping off my seat every few seconds. From Seth kicking out of the spear, to Roman running into the barricade, my heart couldn’t stop beating. I couldn’t be happier that Seth beat Roman clean, it was just something needed to happen. As fans, we need to know that Reigns can still lose.
Ambrose cashing in his MITB briefcase was something many fans, including myself, speculated. It sounded exciting, but I didn’t think they’d pull the trigger on him to win right away. To say that I was marking out is an understatement. They’re clearly setting up for the Shield triple threat, and I couldn’t be more excited.
This show started off weak, and I was a tad bit worried. However, once the big matches started, that momentum was turned around right away. I’m not sure if anybody noticed, but this PPV ran longer than most. In all honesty, it didn’t feel any longer. After the AJ/Cena match, it was tough to not get absorbed by the action. The low point of the show was Corbin vs Ziggler, while the high point was the main event. Overall, I give this PPV a well earned 8/10.