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Random thoughts on WWE Money in the Bank 2016

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This year’s edition of Money in the Bank is in the history books and here’s me sharing my random thoughts, as usual. This is a random thoughts blog where spoilers will be present, so please look away if you don’t want to know what went down.

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WWE World Tag Team Championships: The New Day © (Kofi Kingston & Big E) def. The Vaudevillians, Enzo & Cass, and The Club (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) via pinfall to retain the tag titles.

Baron Corbin def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall

Charlotte & Dana Brooke def. Natalya & Becky Lynch via pinfall

Apollo Crews def. Sheamus via pinfall

AJ Styles def. John Cena via pinfall

Money in the Bank ladder match: Dean Ambrose def. Kevin Owens, Alberto Del Rio, Sami Zayn, Chris Jericho and Cesaro.

WWE United States Championship: Rusev © def. Titus O’Neil via submission to retain the WWE United States Championship

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins def. Roman Reigns © via pinfall to become the NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion

*After the match, Dean Ambrose cashed in his MITB contract*

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins © to become the NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion

 

*Random thoughts*

Yes, you’ve read that right, Dean Ambrose is your NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion. That was totally awesome. What a moment for Ambrose. I didn’t see it coming, I don’t think anyone saw it coming. It was the right time for a change. While I’m not a fan of Reigns, it just wasn’t working out for him as champion. The connection wasn’t there, no matter how hard he tried. Ratings are down, attendances are poor, his merchandise isn’t selling well and crowd reactions are tired of him being forced upon us. Moving the title onto Ambrose is the right move for the time being. A triple threat match has been announced for Battleground involving all three members of the Shield. Should that match taken place at SummerSlam? I think so, yeah. Not going to moan about it, I feel it’s going to be a quality bout. It’s going to be interesting to see how the lunatic fringe will handle being the top guy in the company.

Now we talked about Ambrose winning the title, let’s talk about his involvement in the MITB ladder match. It was an awesome match. hey built it up really well with all six guys looking like they had a legit shot to win. I thought one of the better false finishes was Zayn’s climb when he had his hand on the briefcase, which led to others getting involved. He came so close a few times. Others did a swell. I toyed with either him or Owens winning. I went with Owens winning but it wasn’t to be. I have zero problem with Ambrose winning. I’m well made up for the guy.

That Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho & Alberto Del Rio promo was hilarious. Check it out now. Owens and Jericho just clicked and having Del Rio there working because of how serious he is. You can tell that they were all improvising and that’s the way it should be. ‘Stupid Idiot’ needs to be made into a t-shirt.

Another thing that surprised me was Natalya’s heel turn. It was something out of left field. Her beat-down on Becky Lynch looked believable. Her character had become a bit boring through no fault of her own. I actually prefer her as a heel and it’s exactly what she needs at this point. Plus, the women’s division needed more heels, so this evens things out a bit.

Is it just me or were people chanting ‘let’s go Ziggler/ Ziggler sucks’? They say Ziggler sucks but not Baron Corbin? Oh how the mighty have fallen! As for their match, I thought it was solid with both guys looking competitive throughout. Those ‘boring’ chants don’t help. I guess they were referring to the feud being boring, not the match (‘did you say boo or ‘boo-urns’?). This feud has been about elevating Corbin. I think it definitely helped him, but whether he’s elevated depends on what he does next.

Pretty good tag match to kick off the (main) show. Not a massive fan of four way tag matches because it’s too difficult to build up the big spots like they would in a regular tag match, but it worked here. I’m fine with New Day winning, I think they’ll have a year-long reign and they did deserve it. I still reckon Gallows and Anderson will win the gold soon.

Let’s end this with AJ Styles vs. John Cena. It lived up to the hype. Outstanding match. Styles is on a roll with his performances while Cena looks as though he hasn’t missed a step. I liked the pacing of the match because they were given nearly 25 minutes. Both guys have a lot of experience in a long match, so they took their time to make it work. I liked all of the great nearfalls they had like when Styles kicked out of the AA and Cena kicked out of a Styles Clash. The right man went over too as I predicted because Styles lost three straight PPV matches in a row, so he should have won. It wouldn’t have made sense if Cena won. It also doesn’t surprise me that it was a cheap win. I would have preferred a clean win without the aid of outside interference, but it wasn’t the case because Styles is the heel and that’s how he should win a match like this. The only gripe I had was that you could clearly hear Cena calling the spots. Expect the guys at Botchamania to pick up on this for their ‘talk too much’ segment. Other than that, this match was really enjoyable.

Overall show rating (out of 10): 8

The best PPV for the year so far. The three big matches all delivered and it ended on a surprise with Ambrose cashing in and winning the title. It was a memorable moment, something that all pay per views should strive for. The three big matches were placed in the second half of the show, which meant the first half was a little slow. I just think the quality from the three big matches was so strong that it really carried the show. Over the moon for Dean Ambrose, I’m looking forward to see where his reign leads to.

2016 PPV Rankings so far:

Money in the Bank – 8

Royal Rumble – 8

Payback – 7

Extreme Rules – 7

WrestleMania 32 – 6.5

Fastlane – 6

 

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