WWE – Money In The Bank 2015 (Cert 15)
1 Disc DVD/BD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 175 minutes approx.
Continuing the breathless run of back-to-back PPV shows which started with Payback then just TWO WEEKS later was Elimination Chamber then just two weeks after that came the sixth annual Money In The Bank event.
The big story regarding the storylines was the controversy over the WWE Title. Dean Ambrose won the title match at Elimination Chamber after a ref bump, but as the fall was counted by a second referee, The Authority reversed the decision. Ambrose ran off with the belt anyway and refused to hand it over until Rollins agreed to a Ladder Match rematch.
Taking place on June 14th 2015, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio before 15,277 fans, your commentators as always are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL, and while no results will be given away but expect some opinion.
In what I believe is a PPV first, the show opened with a ten bell salute to the late great Dusty Rhodes, who passed away a few days before this show aged 69. The roster and WWE staff stood on the stage in silence for their traditional tribute which they would repeat on RAW the next night, then again just two months later when the legendary Rowdy Roddy Piper passed on aged 61.
Money In The Bank Ladder Match – Dolph Ziggler vs. Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus vs. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Neville vs. Randy Orton
The show kicked off proper with this multi-man stunt fest to determine the man who will be a potential threat to the WWE Champion for the next twelve months by holding the briefcase with a guaranteed title shot. Both Neville and Reigns are making their MITB debuts here, although Reigns has been in a WWE Title Ladder match and Neville won the NXT Title in a ladder match too. There have been so many of these matches now that being completely innovative without killing someone is becoming harder. This was fine for what it was although the winner raised some eyebrows/groans.
WWE Divas Title Match – Nikki Bella (c) vs. Paige
Poor Paige. First she gets stuck in an interminable feud with AJ Lee and now she is going around in circles with Nikki Bella. The story is that Paige has no friends among the Divas and is trying to break the Bella Twins stranglehold on the division alone. Match was longer than usual and pretty good action wise, even getting the crowd invested (which is rare) but it was undermined by the ludicrous ending, which makes one want to hunt down the booker responsible and neuter then so they don’t reproduce and begat someone of equal stupidity!
WWE IC Title Match – Big Show vs. Ryback
It’s rather amusing that Ryback refers to himself as “the Big guy” then they put him in a match with someone who dwarfs him like Big Show! The Miz was ringside for this very short match which is the best thing about it – that it was short – because he feels he should be challenging for the IC title instead.
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
After shocking the world by defeating Cena in his debut WWE match Kevin Owens was an instantly made man. Luckily Cena’s US title wasn’t on the line at the time and while it wasn’t for this rematch, nor was Owens’s NXT title, this was billed as Champion vs. Champion because why not? Another hard hitting and hard fought show stealing match Cena, to his credit, has stepped up his ring work after years of coasting while Owens showed again that he fits in despite his unconventional (for WWE) look.
WWE Tag Title Match – The New Day (c) vs. Prime Time Players
Xavier Woods and Big E represented the Tag Champs alone as Kofi was left for dead after the MITB Ladder match earlier. I might be wrong but I believe this is the first time in the WWE that both teams have been black. PTP were getting a big push because Titus O’Neil won a public award for being a good dad, allowing them to leapfrog fresh faces like The Lucha Dragons to title contention. Match was fine but kept short.
WWE World Heavyweight Title Ladder Match – Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
These two have fought in pretty much every other stipulation/gimmick match so this was one of the few matches left that was unchartered waters. both put in their usual top effort but it went WAY too long, in excess of 35 minutes. The crowd were burned out and the amount of punishment both men were dishing out was becoming less effective as the match went on. Had this been fifteen minutes shorter chances are it would have been a more enjoyable and memorable main event match, even with the slightly goofy finish.
I’m desperate to find something new to write here but WWE isn’t throwing me a line. Aside from the ladders this was pretty much every WWE PPV of the past 5 years, with again the only real notable injection of fresh blood being Kevin Owens pushing Cena to the limit for the second time in two weeks. Technically the PTP should also fit this category but they have been on the main roster for three years now, so they are not really fresh.
The handicap of no real new stars being built leaves the future of the WWE Title picture looking rather bleak, a similar fate that is blighting the Divas division. The wrestlers aren’t at fault so we continue to give them their due as they tangle with bad and uninspiring booking. If you’re not yet tired of the ladder match concept then this show will hold some appeal for you, otherwise MITB 2015 belongs to Cena vs. Owens II.
Best match – John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
Money In The Bank Kick off Show – King Barrett vs. R-Truth
Sheamus Brags About Wining The MITB Contract
Monday Night RAW – June 1st 2015
John Cena Challenges Kevin Owens To Be A Real Man
Smackdown – June 4th 2015
Dean Ambrose Calls Seth Rollins A Liar
Monday Night RAW – June 8th 2015
Neville Answers The NXT Open Challenge
NXT Title Match – Kevin Owens (c) vs. Neville
2-on-1 Handicap Match – Seth Rollins vs. J&J Security
Rating – ** ½
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