The WWE has recently been releasing some of their specialty match compilations on DVD and Blu-ray for their fans, and the most recent is the “WWE Money in the Bank” Blu-ray and DVD. Here is a look at what fans can expect from the Blu-ray copy of the new WWE release.
The Miz is the host of the feature as he comes in at various times between matches to set up the next one, offer some trivia about the cash ins and other interesting trivia bits. He was not the best host on a WWE release, but he wasn’t too overly annoying.
One thing that really pops out about this release is how so many of the Money in the Bank matches tie together, both when it comes to the storylines of the matches as well as how many of the winners, and the people they cashed in on, all tie together.
The Blu-ray starts out with Chris Jericho on the “WWE Monday Night Raw” episode where he in fact creates this match, which rules state that a number of wrestlers compete in a ladder match and the winner is the one who can first scale a ladder and retrieve a briefcase with a guaranteed world title contract in it.
The first match was next, and shockingly, this might be the first time that Chris Benoit has appeared in a WWE DVD release since he died, although his entrance and all mentions of him by announcers was edited out of the match. This first Money in the Bank match was spectacular, and one that set the bar very high. The winner of this first match was Edge.
Edge ended up being one of the stars of this entire concept. In five of the first six Money in the Bank matches or cash-ins, Edge was involved in either the preceding moments of the actual cash in, as the one who cashed in or as the one cashed in against.
It was also interesting, when watching these matches back-to-back-to-back how many stars specialized in the matches. Shelton Benjamin never won a Money in the Bank match but had some of the most amazing moments of any of them. He appeared in five of the first six and was a standout in all of them. Kane and Christian have both appeared in six, while CM Punk is the only person to win it twice.
There is not a bad match in this set, and even the weakest of them was still a quality wrestling match.
For those teetering on whether to buy this on DVD or Blu-ray, pay the extra for the Blu-ray, because it also includes all the cash-ins. Most of these start right before the cash in, such as at the final moments of the Elimination Chamber match where Edge cashed in on John Cena in the first moment.
However, there is also two complete matches included here including the One Night Only match between Rob Van Dam and John Cena in front of an EXW crowd and the “Raw” match between John Cena and CM Punk, the first time the wrestler cashing in did not win the title. There is also a nice special moment after Miz cashed in where the camera followed him backstage and saw everyone, from Vince McMahon to John Cena, congratulating him.
At the end of the day, “WWE Money in the Bank” is a great Blu-ray for any wrestling fan, whether you like high impact moments, ladder matches, or just fun and exciting WWE bouts. The Blu-ray also has the fantastically fun cash-ins and is worth the buy for all WWE fans.