The WWE held their annual “Money in the Bank” pay-per-view event on Sunday night and this year’s show had two Money in the Bank styled ladder matches. The first was for the Money in the Bank briefcase and the second for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. There were also two title matches and some undercard matches. Here is a look at five things from this month’s pay-per-view that made this entire pay-per-view a failure.
John Cena wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
It was just yesterday that Stone Cold Steve Austin said that he felt John Cena has held the WWE championship enough times. The win at WWE “Money in the Bank” was Cena’s 15th world title victory, putting him one reign behind Triple H. It also didn’t help that the “Summerslam” poster showed John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar, foreshadowing Cena’s win tonight. While putting the title on Cesaro or Roman Reigns and then having them lose the title two months later would have hurt them, Cena winning was boring and predictable.
Seth Rollins wins the Money in the Bank briefcase
Now, Seth Rollins winning this match was a great move. However, it was the way he won it that made it just feel so wrong. There were two big teases in the match. The first was when Dolph Ziggler took out everybody and was looking like he was going to win. He failed. The second big moment was when fans started chanting for Dean Ambrose and he made his way to the top of the ladder only to have Kane run in and interfere. Then, Kane held the ladder so that Rollins could climb and win the briefcase. It made the usually strong looking Rollins look weak.
Undercard matches were less than ordinary
There was, of all things, a match between Adam Rose and Damien Sandow, who was dressed up like Paul Revere. While having these guys on a pay-per-view is nice, there was no build for this match and it was nothing more than a “WWE Monday Night Raw” match. Rybaxel vs. Goldust and Stardust was done twice heading into “Money in the Bank” and the Summer Rae vs. Layla match was just bad. Outside of the two ladder matches and the tag team title match, this pay-per-view was really lacking.
Problems with the WWE Network
In two months the original subscribers to the WWE Network will have to decide if they will renew or not. The entire WWE “Money in the Bank” event kept buffering on the PlayStation 3 throughout the show and there were many people who complained that the entire event cut off on them and support told them there was an overload and too much demand. If the WWE wants a million subscribers, and can’t run the feed when maybe 500,000 are watching it, people might reconsider re-subscribing after “Summerslam.”
WWE “Money in the Bank” didn’t feel special
The entire feel of the pay-per-view didn’t feel special at all. There were the poor undercard matches mentioned earlier that dragged it down into nothing much better than a “WWE Monday Night Raw” episode. Both major ladder matches had the expected winners with teases but no surprises. The actual video feed on the WWE Network actually looked choppy and dull at many points. This was just a really big letdown after three great WWE pay-per-views in a row. Hopefully, WWE “Battleground” is better.