Monday, June 20, 2016

Money in the Bank 2016 - Ring The Bell

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement… 

Let’s Ring The  Bell and get the RAW VIEW for tonight’s Money in the Bank event

The card for tonight saw a lot of shuffling around with two tag team matches added to the pre-show, the first of which being FaBreeze vs The Golden Truth… and… Fandango and Breeze were ‘sun burnt’… and peeling… yeah you heard (or read) that right… this is right up there with the The Rock having poison ivy placed on Billy Gunn’s backside back in the Attitude Era. Anyway, because the sun burnt status of the two pretty boys, this was basically a comedy match. I’ll give credit to Breeze and Fandango for trying to sell their weakened condition, and it was nice to see The Golden Truth actually win a match. I’ll give this match a B, for having a different element to it, and I expect this feud between these two teams to continue.

There was a backstage segment with Sami Zayn being an annoying (rhymes with rot) and bothering Cesaro who is trying to focus on preparing for the Money in the Bank match. Seriously, Sami and his buddy Owens need to be restricted to ‘Superstars’, and this was stressed with the later’s waste of time segment with Tom Phillips and Chris Jericho.

Following a trip to the Social Media Lounge  with Becky Lynch and Natalya… we got the second added tag match, The Lucha Dragons vs The Dudley Boys. Unlike The Golden Truth vs FaBreeze match, which had a story behind it, this was just a random tag bout. There was some enjoyable spots, but nothing memorable as the Lucha Dragons got the win. I’d grade this as a C

Oddly enough, the first match on the main show was the fatal-four way for the Tag Team Titles, featuring the teams of Enzo & Big Cass. The Champs the New Day (represented by Kofi & Big E), The Vaudevillains and The Turkey Club Sandwich… with four teams, these matches have the same formula, every team gets an advantage for a bit and then breaks down into chaos which saw the New Day get the win with the Vaudevillains taken the fall. The Turkey Club Sandwich came close to winning following the Magic Killer on Aiden English, which he sold for a long time, so it showed the effectiveness of that move. I’d give this a C, since it got the job done.

Baron Cobin vs Dolph Ziggler took place next, this match was originally slated for the pre-show, but I guess someone realized it was in that slot the last two shows, and thus it got promoted to the main show. Which was a bad move, because Ziggler has the same match over and over again, he gets in too much offense, and he over-sells every damn thing, making his opponents look horrible… and Baron Corbin deserved better than this. Then there is the fact because this was clearly a ‘Ziggler’ match, despite being the 2nd match on the main show, and FOURTH overall, we had to get multiple dramatic kick outs and both men laying around for long stretches of time. Corbin got the win, but it doesn’t matter, and this match gets a big F cause it failed, no one got over, and both men are now less valuable than they were.

This was followed by the Starlets Tag Team match, Women’s Champion Charlotte and Dana Brooke, wearing matching ring gear in terms of the color scheme, facing Becky Lynch and Natalya. I must say that I loved Becky’s top hat… and this match was a lot of fun to watch. Even with the inexperienced Dana in there, this was a fun tag team, which saw Becky & Nattie break out the Hart Attack. There was some asinine comments from JBL in this match saying that ‘no one cares about you if you’re not champion’… right let’s remember that the next time people talk about the APA segments in the Attitude Era… anyway, this was the best tag team match of the night, there was a story behind it, the faces got the early shine, the heels got the heat to build up to the hot tag. The finish was rather creative with Dana launching Becky into Nattie, then distracting the ref to allow Charlotte to hit the Natural Selection for the win. After the match an upset and pissed off Natalya assaulted Becky, most likely signaling a heel turn as the crowd clearly cheered support for the Irish Lass Kicker. This match gets an A from me

Following and Ambrose promo, was Sheamus vs Apollo Crews and following the Starlets tag match, this really didn’t have any spark to it.  The story of this match was clear Sheamus fighting to keep his spot and Apollo wanting to show he belongs, and it reflected in the match. But there was something missing from it and unlike the Ziggler match which basically killed Corbin’s career earlier tonight, both Apollo and Sheamus could say they got over in this match cause both were working for a common goal. I did like the finish of Apollo getting a flash pin on Sheamus when he was complaining to the ref following a two-count. I’ll give this a B and won’t be surprised to see this match continue.

Surprisingly, John Cena vs CrAJ Styles was next… and what can be said, John Cena continues to be the most underrated performer in wrestling history, while Styles is… just another guy beloved by my fellow smarks because he does ‘flips’ and was in ‘Ring of Honor’ & ‘Japan’, and blah, blah, blah. Also of not, Cena laid Pabst Blue Ribbon Out For The Three Second Tan. This was basically the same match of Cena vs Internet favorite we’ve seen for the past decade: Cena gets out wrestled, and then Cena adjusts to the flavor of the month and things get good, however it’s been clear for months that AJ can’t work a match without getting all of his video game spots in, so Cena had a to give up a lot in this bout for that to happen. Something that took away from this match is actually thanks to Chris Jericho killing the Styles Clash at WrestleMania when AJ finally hit, Cena kicking out of it should’ve been this matches ‘stand out moment’. However we got a referee knock down, which saw the Turkey Club Sandwich coming out to hit the Magic Killer on Cena which saw AJ get the win. This match gets an A from me regardless

I would’ve expected Titus vs Rusev to have happened in this spot, but instead we got the Money in the Bank ladder match… and as I said at WrestleMania with the Intercontinental ladder match, this is just a car-wreck match. Big spots, no story… not to mention one of the biggest WTF spots I’ve seen, Sami Zayn hitting a Michinoku Driver on Kevin Owens on the side part of the ladder, and Owens was MOVING afterward, basically negated the impact of the spot. Another problem with the set up of the ladder ‘bridge’ using three ladders, two of which used to keep one steady, it looked too pre-planned… still I’ll give this a B, but it’s a low B which saw Ambrose retrieve the briefcase

We got the US Title match between champion Rusev and challenger Titus O’Neil in the ‘death slot’, as in right between two marquee matches. This match was all wrong from the word go, I’d expected this to be a hard hitting bout, but it never got out of first gear… Rusev won via submission, and this gets a F.

The main event was Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins for WWE Championship… and it didn’t get started until after 10:55 PM… and this started out as a carbon copy of the Cena-Styles match… and then Roman was the one dominating the bout, because his attempts to be on defense and off his game blow chunks. The match was fine, but not spectacular. It actually is justification for the WWE Title match to happen in the middle of the show when there are superior matches on the show. A nice highlight was Seth Rollins countering Roman’s spear with a Pedigree… not sure how that was done… and Seth did get the clean win following a second pedigree seconds later. I’ll give this match a B for what it was.

Dean Ambrose then cashed in, ambushed Rollins from behind, hit the dirty deeds and became Champion to close out the show as 11:30 PM. I personally do not believe the WWE actually did it… but the fact is, yeah Dean is the WWE Champion…

So overall… I’ll give this show a B… the Ziggler-Corbin and Titus-Rusev matches really dragged things down in my eyes. The Cena-AJ, and the Starlets Tag match was great and the rest of show was decent. The next one of these specials is next Month on July 24, with Battleground. So till then, stay classy everyone.

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