Money In The Bank is usually one of the best WWE PPVs of the year. We’ll see if the 2015 edition lives up to the billing. Here’s our Money In The Bank play by play.
All the WWE superstars along with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Vince McMahon stood on the stage while Lilian Garcia announced that they would remember the American Dream Dusty Rhodes with a 10-bell salute. Rhodes’ WWE music played and everyone clapped along.
The Money In The Bank match is up first.
Randy Orton Vs Neville Vs Kane Vs Dolph Ziggler Vs Kofi Kingston Vs Sheamus Vs Roman Reigns
The match was pretty tame early on. The biggest spot of the match early was Roman Reigns power-bombing Kofi Kingston on to a ladder that was perched on the bottom rope in the corner. He then power-bombed Neville on top of Kofi, who was laying on it. In another great spot, Neville leapt to the middle of the ladder over Randy Orton. Orton then dragged Neville off the ladder and right into a RKO.
Everyone was laid out and the rest of the New Day came out to revive Kingston. Reigns kicked both of them and latched onto Kingston and launched him over the top rope. Orton came in, missed the RKO, Reigns missed the Superman punch, and then hit the spear. He climbed to the top and the lights went out. Bray Wyatt came out and hit Reigns with the Sister Abigail and walked out. Sheamus was on the ladder by himself, but Neville stopped him. He tossed Neville to the mat and grabbed the briefcase.
Welp, either WWE felt that too many people knew Reigns was winning, or they’re going to find another way to get Reigns over.
Paige cut a good babyface promo about making the change and not letting the Bellas continue to reign over the Diva’s division. She then said it was for Dusty Rhodes, so that means she better win.
Nikki Bella Vs Paige
This match was longer than you’d expect and while there wasn’t much heat throughout, I thought it was totally fine. Paige seemed to have a little bit more in the tank tonight, possibly because she mentioned winning it for Dusty. Both wrestled as babyfaces. Nikki got Paige up for the Rack Attack, but Paige got out of it and set her up for her DDT and a close two count. She sold the two count big time.
They both fell outside and Brie rolled Nikki under the ring and came into the ring herself. She went for a small package, but Paige reversed it and pinned Brie. Brie pulled tissue out of her top to show that she wasn’t Nikki. They announced it Paige as the new winner. Then Nikki came back into the ring, hit a forearm smash and then the Rack Attack to win the match.
Winner: Nikki Bella
Why did they even mention Dusty?
Big Show Vs Ryback
This entire thing was weird. Miz came out and did commentary. He was tossed out of the way by Ryback. The match was entirely to get Ryback over as a monster. And poor Big Show had to bump all over for him. Ryback actually did an armbar on the Big Show, sort of like how Alberto Del Rio would, but in slow motion. He also suplexed him, but didn’t do the delayed version. He went for the big clothesline, but ate a chokeslam and kicked out of it. Then, for some reason, the Miz attacked Big Show with the microphone and Ryback was disqualified.
Winner: Big Show
Ryback still has the IC strap.
Kevin Owens Vs John Cena
They announced it as champion vs champion, but I don’t think either belt is on the line.
They picked up right where they left off from two weeks ago. I’m not sure which match was better, but I think the crowd was into this match way more. They did a lot of similar spots, with many of the moves looking like finishers and getting two counts.
Cena pulled out a Tornado DDT and a somewhat sloppy version of the Canadian Destroyer, but the impact of both moves were for naught because Owens kicked out of both. The finish of the match was Owens having the upper hand and punching Cena, daring him to get up. Cena got up, hit the Springboard Stunner (sloppily) and then the Attitude Adjustment for the win.
Cena was arguing with Mike Chioda after Owens kicked out of two AAs earlier in the match. He must be watching the NBA Finals. Owens got a ton of offense in the match, but you never felt like he was going to win the match.
Winner: John Cena
Owens laid out Cena after the match. Cena told Owens that he deserved to be there and shook his hand. Owens then kicked him, tossed him out of the ring, and gave him the power-bomb on the corner of the apron.
New Day Vs Prime Time Players
For some reason, the Prime Time Players won the belts.
It was Xavier Woods and Big E since Kofi Kingston wrestled earlier. Woods was pinned by Titus O’Neil after his spinebuster sitout.
Winner: Prime Time Players
Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt was announced for Battleground.
Stephanie McMahon said that the weight of the entire WWE rests on his shoulders. She said they’d have to blame him if Dean Ambrose won the match. Triple H said to show “them” why he chose Seth to be the face of the WWE. He must be the new Freddie Blassie. Kind of odd.
Dean Ambrose Vs Seth Rollins
The match was built early on, much like a Dusty Rhodes vs Ric Flair match. Rollins worked on Ambrose’s left knee with the idea that if he couldn’t walk, he couldn’t climb. He did the Bret Hart figure four around the ring post and regular figure four inside the ring.
Ambrose tried selling his leg for the entire match, though, when many of his moves consist of him running, he couldn’t sell it entirely. But he did a good job with it. They went outside the ring and Rollins tried to beat him back in and climb. They built a bridge between the ring and announcer’s table with a long ladder and Rollins took a flip bump over the top rope onto it.
And then, Rollins simply destroyed him with power-bombs to the outside and one on a ladder on the outside. He then dumped the ladder and chairs on Ambrose. He climbed the ladder and like Jason from Friday The 13th, Ambrose kept coming. There was a tug-o-war at the top of the ladder for the belt, both guys fell down, and Rollins ended up with the belt.
Winner: Seth Rollins