And, seeing as it’s the final show before the big PPV-one WWE is dubbing “the best Money In The Bank ever”, WWE is going to go all out to set the table for us tonight. They want to see those subscribers renewing the network, after all!
So without further delay, let’s head to the ring, where Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel awaits us.
Best Match of the night:
Tonight wasn’t about great matches. It was about telling a story, or setting the wrestlers up so that they could finish their work on Sunday, depending on the match outcome. So which one is deserving of this honor? I will take the “easy” way out and give it to all 6 main event participants. It was a compelling enough match, and it was better than all the rest.
Worst match of the night:
Rusev versus Kalisto. This one is just bad at this point. Tells me they don’t know how else to be using the Lucha Dragons at this point, because this current program with Rusev is just awful.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
I might have missed some, but by and large I was thinking this is a pretty quiet cheer night.
New Day Rocks
Star of the Night
I feel like I just did this, but once again finding that the most deserving on the evening would be all 6 men in the Money In The Bank. And this time, it was Dean Ambrose standing tall
Spot of the Night:
Two of them, both in the same match and both from the same guy.
In one move, he leapt clean over the top rope to nail AJ.
In the other, he was leaping off the top rope-not the turnbuckle, the top roap. A la the Undertaker with Old School.
Jobber of the Night:
Kalisto, and somewhat Sin Cara,because they stool very litttle chance of taking down The Bulgarian Brute. Seriously, this program has long ago run it’s course.
Upset of the Night:
None. We almost had a couple, but no major news and certainly no major ice cream!
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
I hate to say it, but nothing. Honestly, not one really obvious Holy Sh!@, and since our sensors are taking over everywhere, we should be good.
Botch of the night:
There wasn’t a whole lot of these. Actually, I really only recall one, and it’s likely debatable if it’s even a botch. But, as Titus and Rusev were brawling, Titus went to roll Rusev back into the ring, only Rusev didn’t roll in. He hit the apron and kind of just stalled. Eventually he rolled in, but I don’t think that was done that way on purpose.
Commentary of the night:
King, you are cordially invited to the Uppercut Party
LOL Moment of the night:
Not a whole lot tonight. Sometimes, playing it straight is just the ring
I would have to say the opening Highlight Reel, since it evolved into Y2J on TV more than he already is, and that’s perfectly OK.
Honestly? I had a couple issues with the show tonight. For one thing? Need to see a greater sense of urgency, as it seemed to me that not everyone was fully invested in the next WWE PPV. As in, not everyone seemed to buy in to plans, when according to mommy, the entire device marketplace was driven. I just didn’t feel like things were ready. Mind you, I know WWE tends to actually kick it up a notch once everything is on the up and up, and a PPV is right around the corner.
While I didn’t feel that sense of urgency, I was able to enjoy what WWE gave us tonight, specifically¬† what they have been doing with the Money In The Bank match, and to a lesser extent the Fatal 4Way. Those are both good avenues for the company, as they head to Vegas.
Also a plus that there weren’t too many glaring botches. I am easily pleased.
After the final bell:
With Money In The Bank just days away, did WWE do enough? I think for some matches, yes they did. But I am afraid for the matches that didn’t get the love. For matches that were thrown together. Even the WWE Championship felt lovely, on the outside. But in the lead up to Money in the Bank, it is obvious there was a disconnect there.
But don’t get me wrong folks, even if I am underwhelmed by a match, or by matches, I am still tuning in on Sunday as I trust everything will work out by the end.