Wrestling Review: WWE Money In The Bank (2016)

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The stakes have never been higher in Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins’ rollercoaster rivalry. as the former friends-turned-bitter enemies will now battle for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship – the Championship Reigns has held since Wrestlemania, the title Rollins never lost. Will the Big Dog walk in the champ, and walk out as the champ, or will Seth Rollins prove once and for all that he was the Architect of the Shield for a reason? But what about the winner of the Money in the Bank ladder match? With a title opportunity any time they want, there is the distinct chance that neither Reigns or Rollins will leave as the champion; what if former Shield brother Dean Ambrose wins the briefcase? What former winner Alberto Del Rio pulls it off a second time? Can Sami Zayn or Kevin Owens put to rest their bitter rival and take the contract for themselves? What about Chris Jericho, the inventor of the match? And then what of the dark horse, the Swiss Superman Cesaro? What happens in Vegas may not stay in Vegas, when WWE presents Money in the Bank.

+ Dean Ambrose vs Cesaro vs Chris Jericho vs Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens vs Alberto Del Rio (Money in the Bank Ladder Match): god damn, this was amazing. Ladder matches come with some in-built tension (because someone could legit die at any point) but this was on a whole new level. Every person in the match had various moments to shine so brightly, though I might give the MVP award to Cesaro for a few spectacular sequences. Absolutely fantastic match
+ John Cena vs AJ Styles: this one has been in the making for over a decade, and the end result was definitely worth the wait. Cena, since his US title win a few years ago, has been busting out new moves and trying new things, and now paired with AJ styles this was nothing short of a classic. Unfortunately, a predictable ending put a cloud over the whole thing
+ Rusev (c) (w/ Lana) vs Titus O’Neil (United States Championship): it is unfortunate that this was placed as the cooldown match before the main event, because I think these two deserved the full attention of a fresh crowd. The match was incredibly stiff, and surprisingly not as one-sided as you may have thought going in. I enjoyed this match far more than I thought I would
+ The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (w/ Xavier Woods) (c) vs Enzo Amore and Colin Cassidy vs The Vaudevillains (Aiden English & Simon Gotch) vs The Club (Luke ‘DOC’ Gallows & Karl Anderson) (Fatal Four Way Tag Team Match) (WWE Tag Team Championships): this had the potential to be a real clusterfuck, but everything went better than expected. Despite a few sloppy moments, waiting for spots between teams, this was a really good match. Intensity grew throughout leading to a maximum-hype final few minutes
+ Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs Natalya & Becky Lynch (Tag Team Match): I’m not sure why this was chosen over a women’s title match, especially considering the number of other women who were not used. Either way, this was a perfectly fine match for what it was

– Roman Reigns (c) vs Seth Rollins (WWE World Heavyweight Championship): it boggles my mind that Reigns is the good guy, and Rollins is treated as the bad guy in this rivalry. After the Redesign, Rebuild, Reclaim network special about Rollins’ recovery, I was entirely behind Rollins to reclaim his title. This match was, basically, not great. Reigns just looked completely lost in the more technical segments, and had little rhyme or reason behind his power moves. I have no doubts that Reigns is improving, but the fact he is the main champion when he is still so average in the ring is a bad sign for the next decade
– Apollo Crews vs Sheamus: I’ll be frank, this match was boring. Crews is great, no doubt, but he was definitely not done in NXT and not ready to be called up, let alone put up against someone as protected as Sheamus is. This should not have happened, but because it did I have to judge it like the rest, and in that light it was just not very good
– Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin: I feel I have written this same phrase before, but it is still true: these two have had so many matches it is hard to even distinguish between each outting. This was a good match, but solely because they have faced each other so many times now I can’t think of any reason to want to see them go at it again
– Golden Truth (R-Truth & Goldust) vs Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango): after the tanning booth shenanigans over the last week, this was much more a way to advance the story than a proper match. To that end, this was at least worth the time it was given. The pre-match recap of Breezango was more enjoyable than the in-ring action
– Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara and Kalisto) vs The Dudley Boyz: I feel that the Dudley Boyz still have lots to offer the WWE tag division, but not in random thrown together pre-show matches. After the fact, this was a pretty good match, but it was short and had no real reason to happen

> gosh darn the pre-match videos are absolutely top notch. The video editors don’t get enough credit for the fantastic job they do, if you ask me

Should you watch this event: Overall, this was a good event. The filler matches were treated as such, but the important matches were definitely worth seeing. The opening Tag Title contest, and then Money in the Bank ladder match itself are must sees, and the John Cena/AJ Styles match will go down in history. Definitely give this at least a single view, because there will definitely be big things coming in the next few days.

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