WWE Money in the Bank 2016 Results and Thoughts
The Money in the Bank PPV happened last night. The pre-show was horrendous, and the lower card matches were sub-par, but starting with AJ Styles vs. Cena, the show really took off. Let’s see what happened!
The Golden Truth vs. Tyler Breeze & Fandango
What an awful match, preceded by the “good guys” locking their opponents in tanning beds. Breeze and Fandango were so “burned” by the tanning bed they had skin hanging off of them. What garbage and in what universe is this supposed to be funny?? Whoever was responsible for this should be fired and Vince should be ashamed for green-lighting it. Winners: The Golden Truth.
The Lucha Dragons vs. The Dudley Boyz
As predicted, it was a short match where the Dudleys lost. There’s really not much more to say. Winners: The Lucha Dragons
The Main Show
WWE Tag Championship Match: Enzo & Cass vs. The Club vs. The Vaudevillains vs. The New Day (Champions)
I always hate these overbooked matches as I find there’s too much chaos and no one shines. In just over 10 minutes, we had the champs retain with a pin on English. I’m still confused as to why they didn’t have The Club win here. I don’t think The New Day approaching the longest reigning Tag Team Championship record is all that important when they barely defend them (and who wants a three man tag team being the ones to hold a record?). I think The Club needs the championships to cement them as threats to all. Winners: The New Day
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
I was surprised the match went longer than the tag team match! It was a standard Raw type match, but I think the crowd really needs to see more out of Corbin as a “wrestler” and not someone who just throws a bunch of punches. Ziggler is a great wrestler and has really helped Corbin out in the ring, so it’ll be interesting to see who they pair him up with next. Will it be a tough guy vs. tough guy rivalry or will WWE keep him with skilled ring veterans to try and raise Corbin’s ring prowess? I’m looking forward to see what’s next for both of them. Winner: Baron Corbin
Dana Brooke & Charlotte vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch
Here was another quick match with a different swerve at the end. I thought that we’d see Dana and Charlotte get into a scrap at the end, but with the heels going over, it was refreshing to see Natayla turn on Becky Lynch. I’m not a fan of Natalya because of Total Divas and her personality and selfishness on that show (if any of it is real), so it’ll be good to see her in a heel role as it may match her actual personality. If she comes out on Monday night and tells off the crowd and Becky, it’ll be perfect for the story. Wow! We may have another story in the women’s division! Go figure! Winners: Charlotte and Dana Brooke
Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus
Here’s a match with an outcome I was surprised by. I knew the match wasn’t going to be that long as it was supposed to be on the pre-show, but these two had some good back and forth momentum going. We saw Sheamus do something stupid (argue with the ref) which allowed Crews to get the pin from behind. I’m shocked that Crews won against Sheamus as he needs a reset to his character’s losing ways. I guess Crews benefits with the win in front of a PPV audience, but WWE Creative have still done nothing for the audience to care or connect with Crews. I bet we see a rematch on Raw tonight. Winner: Apollo Crews
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
This match was awesome. From the beginning the crowed was invested in everything these two did. Yes, the match took a bit to really get going, but once it did there were great back and forth moments with Styles showing his wrestling ability and Cena showing his professionalism and effort in the ring as well. We had each wrestler strap on their submission moves and get out of each others. The same went with their finishers, but not to the crazy extent the main event of this or the last PPV did.
I’ll say that although WWE let the right person win this, I did not like the finish at all. The Club wasn’t supposed to be at the ring and it allows Cena to give a reason for his loss and set up a rematch. I know the announcers sold the ending be ridiculous and it was. JBL said it all when he said it was a “BS” ending. At least it wasn’t the craziness of the end of the Styles/Reigns match where Reigns kicked out of everything and everything before one simple spear took down Styles.
There should be no reason why WWE couldn’t have had Styles pin Cena clean because you know he’s going get the win at the end of this feud. Perhaps they’ll build this program leading a rematch where Cena will win at Battleground next month and then the two will have some sort of stipulation match for Summerslam to end the feud (with maybe Finn Balor finally showing up?). Winner: AJ Styles
Money in the Bank Ladder Match – Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose
I have to hand it to all the participants in the match as they did a great job. I think they all shined and had time to show what they could do in the ring. There were some insanely painful looking spots (Zayn’s “Michinoku Driver” to Owens on the side of the ladder, for example) that gave the crowd the OMG moments needed in these matches. I particularly liked when they had all six participants fighting on the ladders near the end of the match – one that was vertical with the other two being horizontal.
My two main pics to win, Owens and Ambrose, were the last two hanging on the ladder close to the end of the match, but Ambrose was just too much for Owens at the end as he was pulling Owens into the ladder from the other side. Too many collisions with the ladder to his head ricocheted Ownes off the ladder onto the other ladder beneath him allowing Ambrose to win his first ever Money in the Bank title. Winner: Dean Ambrose
US Championship – Rusev (Champ) vs. Titus O’Neil
As soon as you knew Titus’ children were at ringside watching, you knew who was going to win. I’m glad that they kept Rusev as a monster i, keeping the submission on Titus as that’s the character Rusev needs to be: the unbeatable, unemotional ass kicker. The right person won in this quick, but still satisfying, match. Winner: Rusev
WWE Championship Match – Roman Reigns (Champ) vs. Seth Rollins
I have to give props to Seth Rollins for a) not coming back too early so he could heal properly and b) showing that he hasn’t missed a beat while leading Reigns though another good main event. Reigns still isn’t as strong as his opponents in the ring, but when you have people like Rollins and Styles on the roster, he’s damn lucky. Don’t get me wrong, Reigns isn’t horrible, he’s just not good enough as many of the people he’s been in feuds with and it’s wrong that he’s rewarded with the top spot.
I think the match had enough give and take for both men to shine and kept the crowd really invested throughout. Having Rollins pin Reigns clean is surprising as I didn’t think they would go that route, especially with how Reigns wouldn’t stay down the last two PPVs no matter what AJ Styles did. So what exactly was different here?
As the crowd was going nuts that the reign of Reigns was over, Ambrose’s music hit and while Rollins awaited his arrival, Ambrose decked him with the Money in the Bank briefcase from behind, cashed it in, and covered Rollins for the pin to become WWE Champion. Ambrose basked in the limelight as the crowd went even more ape-shit. What a feelgood moment!! Winner: Seth Rollins. Then after the MITB cash-in, Dean Ambrose
I read other people’s opinions online saying that they were disappointed a bit because having someone carry around the Money in the Bank briefcase for the next couple months won’t happen now. I like that there was a title change (actually two) and I want to see if this is an indication that WWE may try and reset story lines and priorities after this PPV. I’m also curious to see if they can wait until Summerslam to see the former Shield members face off in a triple-threat or are we going to have that at Battleground with the champ facing someone new at Summerslam (like Brock Lesnar)? Let’s hope Raw answers some of these questions and is a better show than the last few weeks.