I have two answers. The best match of the night, and the most entertaining, was the John Cena versus AJ Styles bout. However, the best part of the Money in the Bank (MITB) pay-per-view (PPV) was the cash-in at the end of the night. It was shocking, it was entertaining, and it was well-timed. After a grueling main event between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, where there seemed to be no end in sight; it was a little shocking to see Rollins pin Reigns, and cleanly at that. Then for Dean Ambrose to slide in, knock Rollins out with the briefcase, and cash-in the MITB contract (in typical Lunatic Fringe style), was priceless; and the perfect way, in my opinion, to close the show.
Best matches were Styles/Cena and the Money In The Bank match itself. Those two made this show completely satisfying, and I was sitting at home saying that before the main event ever happened-so, before the cash-in too.
As I said in my predictions, the Styles/Cena match was going to be whetting our appetites. It made us realize how much we’ve missed the past 15 years, and how good a program these two could have. And, looking forward to the rest of the year, imagine a Team Club versus Team Cena Survivor Series match? The possibilities are quite exciting.
Money in the Bank is quickly becoming more entertaining to me than the Rumble. Because the last few years, the Rumble winner was among the worst kept secrets in wrestling. And while, if you look at those betting odds, you’d have known the money favored Ambrose…I didn’t look until after the match, and it wasn’t out there and obvious. It was a fun match to watch.
And of course, you get the cash in the same night, during an over-run, which I am enjoying when used well. And I thought it was well done.
Clearly, AJ Styles vs. John Cena and Dean Ambrose cashing in MITB were huge. If I had to pick one, then Ambrose cashing MITB in. We’ll be seeing Styles-Cena matches well into the summer and sporadically in the next few years. Those two will continue to bring the best out in the other.
A MITB cash in only happens once or twice a year. WWE took a big risk in having Ambrose not wait. The teases of cashing in and psychological warfare can be better than the actual match. Fans were going nuts on social media after Ambrose won, so it looks like WWE made the right decision and you can take that to the bank.