WWE Money in the Bank 2015 REVIEW

The Money in the Bank PPV has always been one of the coolest events of the year, as it has given some of my favorite wrestlers (CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler) the big push they deserved. Also, ladder matches are awesome. Everyone knows that. However, coming into the PPV I wasn’t too excited as I felt that some of the matches had a clear winner. The even risked being lackluster and boring. I was wrong, to an extent.

1. King Barrett vs. R-Truth (singles match)

The kickoff match had the King going at it against truth. While the match wasn’t surprising (it was average at best), the result was. R-Truth came out with the victory. I was extremely disappointed by this. It’s not Truth winning, it’s Barrett losing. Why make Barret the king of the ring to make him lose against R-Truth. Twice. And yes, they will probably have a rematch at Battleground and Barrett will go over, but he’s the king of the ring! He should win every match he has against R-Truth. While the match wasn’t all that great, it’s the booking that left a bad taste in my mouth. 

2. Dolph Ziggler vs. Neville vs. Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane (Money in the Bank Match)

The Money in the Bank Match is one of the main attractions of the PPV. It has everything.  7 men, ladders, high spots, and not knowing who’ll win make this match great. That’s why it saddens me to say that this is one of the worst MITB matches I’ve seen in the last 5 years. Let’s start with the result. Everyone (including me) thought Reigns had this match in his pocket. I also thought Ziggler, Neville and Kingston had a chance. Instead, they had Sheamus win. Shemus had the title 3 times and every single time he delivered disappointing storylines and boring television. So why would you go back to him when you could give some of the younger, inexperienced wrestlers a chance to prove themselves? No clue. Result/booking aside, match wasn’t all that good. No high spots with the ladder (was praying for a red arrow from the ladder) and the match moved at a slow pace. It’s also worth mentioning that Wyatt attacked Reigns and cost him the chance to win, so we’ll probably have a feud between them. Overall, extremely disappointing match. 

3. Nikki Bella vs. Paige (Divas Championship)

Finally a good match! And finally a good Divas match! Some weird things are happening in the Divas division. From AJ leaving to Naomi’s push suddenly stopping, WWE needs to fix the situation. Especially when great wrestlers like Sasha Banks and Charlotte are ready to arrive to the mostly mediocre division. However, Paige and Nikki should be praised for putting a great match. Booking was a problem again. Having Nikki win with the twin switch again was a really lazy way to finish the match. While the ending keeps it from a higher grade, it still was one of the best matches of the PPV. 3.5/5

4. Ryback vs. Big Show (Intercontinental Championship)

I didn’t expect much from this match and I didn’t get much. Not a lot to say really. Match started, it was okay for the first couple of minutes, and eventually got kind of dull. That’s when The Miz stepped in and attacked both Ryback and Show. Meaning we’ll get a triple threat for the Intercontinental Championship at Battleground. Nothing else to say about the match.

5. Kevin Owens vs. John Cena (Champion vs. Champion match)

I knew this match was going to be the best match in the card. The question I had was: can they have a better match than the one at Elimination Chamber? And my god, they did. This match is the reason why I love wrestling. I mean, this match had me yelling in excitement the entire time. When was the last time you saw someone kicking out of two AA’s? The wrestling was great, it was exciting, and both men were at their best. Cena surprised everyone by doing this Rey Mysterio like move. This is probably my favorite match of the year so far. Absolute must watch. 

6. The New Day vs. The Primetime Players (Tag Team Championships)

Let’s get the match out of the way. It was a good match. While it wasn’t on the Cesaro and Kidd vs. The New Day level, it was an enjoyable match. The biggest surprise came when The Primetime players won the championships. Why stop The New Day’s heel run with the titles? Booking was extremely questionable on this PPV.  

7. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

This was a good ending to the PPV. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty good. Wrestling was good, it was different, and I enjoyed the ending. Having both Rollins and Ambrose take the belt at the same time felt fresh, and it should make for some fun television. Problem I had with the match? It was slow. Like super slow. I got bored at some points. And the crowd wasn’t really into the match. Everyone was tired after screaming their lungs out in the Cena vs. Owens match. That affected the match. 

Verdict: This was an extremely disappointing PPV. I was definitely surprised by the results in some of these matches. But surprising doesn’t mean pleased. Booking was questionable, matches were slow and they had no big moments. The Cena vs. Owens and Ambrose vs. Rollins saved it from chaos. But the fact is, this is probably one of the worst PPV of the year.  

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