Quick Hits: WWE Money In The Bank 2016
The Golden Truth vs Breezango
-Tyler Breeze and Fandango are sun burnt because Goldust and R-Truth turned up their tanning bed to the max. Apparently they want Breezango to get skin cancer.
-The make-up job on Breeze and Fandango is really bad.
-Golden Truth are just slapping Breezango because it hurts their skin.
-This feud will outlive all of us.
-Goldust hits the Final Cut on Fandango to finally give Golden Truth the win. I can’t wait for the rematch on RAW.
The Lucha Dragons vs The Dudley Boyz
-Part of me really wants the Dudleyz to breakup so we can get Bubba Ray in Bully Ray mode.
-Both Dudleyz trash talk Kalisto. He’s had enough and finally takes it to D-Von.
-The Lucha Dragons hit dueling dives to the outside. But they take WAYYYYYY too much time back in the ring and the Dudleyz knock them off the top. It seriously looked really dumb.
-The Dudleyz fail at two attempts to hit the 3D. Kalisto hits the Salida del Sol and Sin Cara hits the Swanton from the top for the win.
Fatal 4 Way For The WWE Tag Team Championship: New Day (c) vs Enzo and Cass vs The Vaudevillains vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
-Only Enzo could wear whatever the hell he is wearing and get away with it.
-Its quite clear this night is going to be filled with gambling jokes.
-Xaiver Woods says the New Day will prove they are the elite team in the WWE. That’s a Bullet Club reference/burn for those of you that don’t know.
-Kofi and Enzo have a nice chain wrestling exchange. They follow it up by tagging in their respective partners, Big Cass and Big E. But Aiden English tags himself in. He quickly eats a belly-to-belly from Big E.
-All 8 men end up in the ring and start brawling. This ref needs to get some control!
-Gallows pulls the rope down on Enzo and he takes a hard spill to the outside.
-Back in the ring, however, Enzo counters a Gallows powerslam attempt into a nice DDT.
-Big Cass comes in and cleans house. He launches Enzo to the outside onto a few people. They then hit their finisher on Anderson and Gallows just pulls Enzo off before three.
-The last couple minutes of this match were all fucked up. Gallows waits forever while Big E has Anderson on his shoulders. Big Cass finally shows up and takes out Gallows. New Day hits their finisher on Anderson. They then pin Aiden English who has been laying there forever to pick up the win.
WINNERS and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: New Day- The match had decent action. But holy hell, there were a good amount of botches in that match. The last two minutes looked like complete chaos. It took away from the match completely. That’s why I said in my preview: Tag Team Fatal 4 Ways need to be elimination style.
As far as the result, New Day needs to lose the Titles. At this point, I expect them to hold the Titles until SummerSlam. But they need to freshen up their act and losing the Titles gives them that ability.
Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler
-This is a big match for these two. They got bumped up from the pre-show to the main show. Eat your heart out Ryback!
-The crowd is actually split with a “Lets Go Ziggler/Ziggler Sucks” chant. Just goes to show you how far Dolph has fallen.
-Now the crowd doesn’t care for this match at all and starts a “Boring” chant. Make up your mind people!
-The crowd halfheartedly gets behind Ziggler’s comeback.
-Corbin blocks a ZigZag and Superkick then hits a nice looking clothesline.
-Ziggler tries jumping off the steps but slips. Corbin catches him nicely and hits the Deep Six. Ziggler just beats the ten count in. If that was a botch, it worked perfectly for that spot.
-Corbin goes for the End of Days, but Ziggler counters nicely into a Super Kick,
-Ziggler goes to the top but Corbin ends up crotching him. Corbin hits the End of Days to pick up the win.
WINNER: Baron Corbin- I actually think Corbin performed well in that match. Hopefully this is the end of this feud. While Corbin impressed me, the match was just okay. Even when the crowd started getting into it, the first half of the match turned the majority of the crowd off of it.
Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs Becky Lynch and Natalya
-The crowd gets their “We Want Sasha” chant out early for this one.
-Becky and Natalya hit the Hart Attack on Charlotte. Remember when that move finished people in the 80s?
-The heels start to work over Natalya. That’s smart, because the crowd cares more about Becky than her. So when Becky gets the hot tag it’ll be good.
-After Natalya waited for what seemed like forever to make the hot tag, she finally takes in Becky. Becky cleans house and hits a missile dropkick from the top rope on both ladies.
-Natalya has Charlotte in the Sharpshooter but Dana breaks it up. Becky tries helping out but Dana throws Becky into Natalya. Charlotte then hits Natural Selection for the win.
-After the match, Natalya blindesides Becky and takes her out.
WINNERS: Charlotte and Dana Brooke- Just there. Hopefully this at least means the end of Charlotte/Natalya. I guess the WWE wanted another heel on the women’s side so Natalya is it.
Sheamus vs Apollo Crews
-I’m surprised the WWE is really back loading their top three matches at the end of the show.
-Apparently they didn’t learn from Corbin/Ziggler. Sheamus is in control for way too long and the crowd is dying.
-Apollo finally starts to comeback and belly-to-bellys Sheamus to the outside then hits a moonsault from the apron onto Sheamus.
-Both men end up on top and Sheamus hits White Noise and only gets a two. While Sheamus argues with the ref, Apollo rolls up Sheamus to pick up the win.
WINNER: Apollo Crews- OK match. Again, the crowd wasn’t really into the match. It was based off of backstage segments for the most part so the crowd didn’t care too much. Good win for Crews. The announcers said it was a big win. But it would’ve been nice if they mentioned that Crews beat a former WWE Champ, Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank winner.
AJ Styles vs John Cena
-Styles gets a single leg takedown then runs around in a circle and says he’s running circles around Cena.
-Cena gets the offense in and goes for a quick AA but Styles escapes. Cena goes for the “You Can’t See Me” taunt but Styles catches him directly in the face. STYLES CAN SEE HIM.
-On the outside Cena tosses Styles to the steps but Styles slides right over them and runs back into the ring, taunting Cena the whole time.
-Styles acting really cocky early on makes me nervous.
-Cena goes for the shoulder tackles but Styles stops him midway.
-Cena tries again but AJ gets out of the sideslam with an enziguri. Cena comes back though and hits the slam and goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. But AJ slides his body around and hurricarranas Cena to the outside.
-Styles misses a dive. Cena goes for the AA but Styles escapes again and lands a barrage of kicks and punches.
-Cena locks in the STF but Styles gets to the ropes.
-Cena tries tossing Styles over the ropes but Styles lands pretty much face first on the ropes.
-Cena catches Styles going for the Phenomenal Forearm and goes for the AA, but Styles counters nicely into the Calf Crusher. Cena gets to the ropes.
-Styles goes after Cena’s leg with kicks. Cena comes back with a vicious clothesline. Cena hits a weak five knuckle shuffle. Cena goes for the AA and struggles at first, but then musters up enough energy to hit it but only gets two.
-John Cena selling like a Champ. Go ahead and tell me he can’t wrestle now.
-Cena goes for the leg drop from the top but Styles moves and hits a modified powerbomb.
-Pele Kick and Styles Clash gets AJ a two.
-Cena gets his knees up as Styles goes for the springboard 450.
-Great sequence of counters which ends with the ref accidentally getting kicked in the face. Cena hits the AA but there is no ref. Gallows and Anderson come out and hit the Magic Killer on Cena. Styles gets the three count.
WINNER: AJ Styles- That was a really good match. It flowed well and even the early slow pace was fine. When it kicked into another gear it got even better. But the interference took away from the match. And you could see/hear it in the crowd as well. Kevin Owens beat Cena on his own. Why can’t AJ? The finish didn’t help AJ Styles at all. I get it continues the story. But it just didn’t fit well at all.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Dean Ambrose vs Cesaro vs Sami Zayn vs Chris Jericho vs Alberto del Rio vs Kevin Owens
-Zayn hits a Swanton to the outside but no one decides to catch him and he barely misses hitting the floor full force.
-Ambrose bodyslams Jericho onto the ladder. Jericho should sell it as nothing afte taking thumbtacks to the bag last month.
-Cesaro goes to uppercut city on Jericho, Ambrose and Del Rio. Owens sneaks in and delivers a superkick then sends Cesaro face first into the top of a ladder.
-Sami Zayn is the first to climb the ladder after a couple Helluva Kicks. But Del Rio pulls Zayn down and hits a kick to the head.
-Del Rio starts throwing ladders at everyone. He does his double stomp finisher on Cesaro into the ladder.
-Del Rio applies the armbreaker on Cesaro on the ladder. Owens superkicks Del Rio, Cesaro uppercuts Owens.
-Owens pushes Jericho and Zayn off the ladder, but eats a backstabber from Del Rio as he is attempting to climb it.
-Cesaro swings Jericho into a ladder. Ambrose then jumps off a ladder onto Cesaro.
-Owens throws a ladder at Ambrose then sets Ambrose up on it and delivers a frog splash.
-Zayn hits a Michinoku Driver on Owens onto a ladder on its side. Fucking. Ouch.
-All six men end up brawling with two ladders set up from the corners to a ladder in the middle. Cesaro and Del Rio are the first knocked off. Zayn ends up alone but Jericho stops him.
-Ambrose takes out Jericho with Dirty Deeds. Zayn tries climbing again but Owens pulls him off and powerbombs him on the ladder.
-Ambrose and Owens go one-on-one on top of the ladder. Ambrose shoves Owens face into the ladder a few times sending him off. Ambrose grabs the briefcase to win.
WINNER: Dean Ambrose- That was an excellent MITB match. It’s definitely in the Top 5 and probably the Top 3. Just a great flow throughout the entire match. There were some nasty bumps involved. Nothing ever really felt slow. If they are pushing Ambrose PROPERLY now then I have no problem with him winning. Props to all six men for their efforts in that match.
United States Championship: Rusev (c) vs Titus O’Neil
-Listen, I’m going to be completely honest. I didn’t see the first half of the match. I turned over to Game 7 of the NBA Finals. When I came back, Rusev put the Accolade on Titus to pick up the win. Then he ripped on Titus O’Neil’s kids. I like Rusev, don’t get me wrong, but that was just too big of a sports moment to not miss. Glad Rusev won.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs Seth Rollins
-It was your typical Roman Reigns entrance. He was booed and the announcers tries to cover it up.
-Reigns delivers a couple of shoulder tackles then stands over Rollins. Reigns comes right back with a dropkick and a knee to the back. Then a dive to the outside.
-Roman is really coming off as the heel in this match. He’s taunting Rollins every chance he gets and is somewhat playing to the boos of the crowd.
-Rollins starts a comeback but it is immediately shut down by Reigns as he asks Rollins “Is that all you got?”
-Reigns throws Rollins onto the announce table. Rollins comes back and tosses Reigns into the steps.
-Reigns turns a Razor’s Edge into a sitdown powerbomb for two.
-Rollins stops a comeback and hits an enziguri and follows it up with a dive and swanton to the outside.
-Rollins goes for a Pedigree but Reigns tosses Rollins over his head. Reigns lands on his feet and hits a Superman Punch for two.
-Reigns eats a kick going for a Spear. Rollins hits a flying knee for two.
-Rollins is at the top and considers the flip powerbomb, which hurt his knee previously. He hesitates as Reigns fights back. Rollins eventually hits the buckle bomb but only gets two.
-Rollins hits a suplex from the top then rolls right through into the falcon arrow suplex but again, only gets two.
-Reigns blocks a Pedigree then hit his schoolboy rollup into a powerbomb for two.
-Rollins hits another buckle bomb but Reigns bounces right off it and hits a Superman Punch for two.
-Reigns goes for a Spear into the barricade but Rollins moves and Reigns goes into the barricade. Surprisingly, it doesn’t break.
-The refs check on Reigns but Rollins attacks. Rollins goes for a Pedigree but Reigns shoves Rollins into the ref. Reigns spears Rollins, but the ref is slow to the count. Reigns gets two.
-Reigns goes for another spear but Rollins counters mid-air into a Pedigree but only gets two.
-Rollins picks up Reigns again and Pedigrees him. Rollins pins Reigns.
WINNER and NEW WWE Champion: Seth Rollins
-Dean Ambrose’s music hits. Rollins waits for him but Ambrose comes from the crowd and hits Rollins with the briefcase. Ambrose cashes in and hits Dirty Deeds for the win.
WINNER and NEW WWE Champion: Dean Ambrose: I said they needed a quick cash in and that happened. Honestly, the only thing that might have made Ambrose’s cash in better would have been him hitting Rollins in the back with a chair. The Reigns/Rollins match was a bit slow at times, but the big spots definitely delivered.
As far as Ambrose winning, I like it. Ambrose needed something to get him elevated and this obviously helps. Now he needs to tweak his character to continue to be looked at as the next WWE Champion and a permanent main eventer. The much talked about Shield triple threat now looks like almost a certainty.
OVERALL: Well, it wasn’t the best Money in the Bank ever like the WWE talked about. But it was certainly up there. For me, the best match of the night was the MITB ladder match. Some new spots and some painful ones as well. Every guy busted their ass. Styles/Cena was good, but the finish kind of left me feeling sour (sorry New Day). The first half of the card dragged and didn’t really feel special. The Tag Title match had a screwy ending and again, it took away from the action. The last ten minutes of the show were high drama. I was stunned that Rollins pinned Reigns relatively clean. And the Ambrose cash in was great. Hopefully this fixes Ambrose as a character and gives him a more serious vibe. I’d give the show a 7 out of 10.
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