And, on a personal note, for those of you reading this because you opted to watch a certain big Game 7? I thank you, and I hope this does the show justice!
Best Match of the night:
I don’t know if any match can top AJ and Cena, and that is even with the tainted finish. The match was long, it was action packed, and the crowd was super hot for it.
Except that, we still had the Money In The Bank match coming at us, and holy cow did it deliver in spades. Cena and Styles was good, but MITB? That was a whole new level of crazy. The spots? The whole match would have been “spot of the night”, seriously. Some crazy spots with the ladders, including what was dubbed a ladder bridge. We had an armbreaker on the top of the ladder. A Michinoku Driver onto one. A powerbomb onto one, a frogsplash, it was insanity. It delivered everything you’d want from a MITB match, and in a nice twist, we have (right now) a babyface winner of the match.
And, on many other PPV, the main event would have been a strong contender. I mention it here for 2 reasons. One, Seth Rollins saved us all and ended Roman’s reign. And Ambrose made us all even happier, by getting a measure of payback on Rollins from their feud last year, and winning the championship in the process.
Worst match of the night:
Rusev versus Titus.
In fairness, this one had a horrible spot, following two really great matches. So expectations were low, and that was about what we got. It just wasn’t a great match. Wasn’t even good. As much as I was kind of hoping for a Titus win, after this match, I am hoping we get a new challenger. And the whole interaction with Rusev and Titus’ kids? Was just…odd. In the beginning of the match? Fine, I get it, but after? And one of the sons went to smack Rusev, which the Bulgarian didn’t even acknowledge? Was just odd.
Honorable mention to Golden Truth and Breezango, because of the sun burn angle.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
We want Sasha
You look stupid
let’s go Cena/Cena sucks
This is awesome
Stupid idiot (though I thought I heard you’re an idiot, too)
Let’s go Rollins
You can’t wrestle.
Star of the Night
Well, let’s see, shall we?
AJ Styles gets a nod. So does Cena. That match, regardless of the ending, was top notch.
Dean Ambrose, for winning Money in the Bank. And cashing in, leaving Las Vegas the new WWE Champion.
That is, after Seth Rollins won it from Roman Reigns, so I give Seth the nod in his return from injury.
Spot of the Night:
Apollo delivering a belly to belly, from inside the ring to the floor. And following that up with a moonsaultĀ off the apron onto the floor. Crazy athletic.
Nice sequence going from Phenomenal Forearm, to near AA, to Calf Crusher.
Owens, after breaking up Cesaro’s uppercut train, drills him, face first, into the ladder waiting in the corner. Looked vicious.
Del Rio with the arm breaker on Cesaro, on the top of the ladder.
Cesaro, leaping from the ladder to the 2nd rope to drill Owens with a Euro uppercut
Cesaro, swinging Jericho (after Del Rio), and releasing him into a ladder.
Owens, laying Ambrose on a ladder and then delivering a frog splash.
Zayn with a Michinoku Driver, destroying Owens into a ladder. And earning a Holy SH@@ chant.
Jobber of the Night:
I have a few choices here, but none are jobbers in the traditional sense. I kind of want to give it to Titus O’Neill, because the way that match went, looking back on it, he had no shot.
Upset of the Night:
Apollo Crews, getting a win in stunning fashion over Sheamus. That’s what happens when you ignore the talent in the ring against you, and instead argue with the ref. Or, just how it was booked (of course).
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
If you want to talk about a turn, or a snap, that I never saw coming? Then let’s talk about sweet Natalya, who just unloaded on an unsuspecting Becky Lynch after the duo got defeated by Charlotte and Dana. I can only assume it will get tied to when those two banged into one another during their match, but that was easily a stunning turn.
And, in the non-wrestling mention? Ladies and gents, the Mistake by the Lake has won a world championship. Congrats to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Botch of the night:
Looked like a botch between Enzo and Kofi as Kingston went for Trouble In Paradise.
I don’t know if it was a botch or not, but when Cesaro and Del Rio were on the ladder that was pushed over, Del Rio looked like he landed awkwardly, and I am not 100 percent sure he was expected to land in that fashion.
Commentary of the night:
That briefcase might as well be a mile high
Why is he setting up a ladder there? What is he going to do, jump for it?
What is Del Rio doing, building an Erector set?
I smell disaster
LOL Moment of the night:
Breezango, coming out with the blistering skin and looking quite crispy.
Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin were NOT on the pre-show. I repeat. NOT on the pre-show.
Dean Ambrose wins the MITB match, and with it the contract.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA Championship, meaning the Factory of Sadness finally has a champion (sorry Miz).
Not many, honestly. Wasn’t overly fond of the Rusev/Titus match, and Crews saved his match. The pre-show was as miss-able as ever.
And, I love that WWE can run past 11pm EST now that the Network is in full effect. But sometimes I hate when they do that!
I hate when they do that, except when it’s for what happened tonight! Rollins pins Reigns and wins back the title he never lost, and then Ambrose, the man who was so close last year to winning it from Rollins, cashed in and won it from his former stablemate.
Money in the bank (the match) was awesome, made even better by the cash in to close the show.
The tag match was solid, and I am on board with New Day retaining.
Cena and Styles? Wow. What a match. Forget the ending, remember the fact that Cena looked good, and most didn’t think he’d be back till end of Summer, if not later.
After the final bell:
I was doubtful about the billing coming into this, being “the greatest Money in the Bank ever”. But, after the show? They may have a claim to that title.
Most of the matches were good, several were great.
That was one of the better Money In The Bank matches, and I would have said that regardless of who won. That Ambrose won, and cashed in? Made it even better. I kind of wish he’d held onto it for a bit, but I like how it was done, and I think part of the intent was to help get more heat on Rollins since, as a heel, he was still being cheered more than face Reigns.
And here’s hoping that Roman fades away out of the title picture for a while. Let him be build back up. Let him go chase Rusev or Miz for a while.
All in all, a really strong show, and the over-run was not bad. This usage of it was worth it, even though I’d expect to only see it used for the big shows. But since I am liking MITB more than the Rumble, maybe WWE sees this show as rising to a new position of prominence. In any case? Really strong show. RAW is going to be interesting. I assume Battleground gives us a Triple Threat Match for the title, since both Reigns and Rollins will want to make use of their rematch clauses.