Money in the Bank 2014 review
By Ben Smith
Last night’s annual Money In the Bank Pay Per View from the WWE brought a range of emotions, some of it positive, but most of it was negative. I myself walked away from the PPV with a feeling of indifference because, outside of 1 or 2 matches, the show was painfully predictable, and I had almost no emotional investment in the main event because not only was it a bland match (will get more into that later) but it was one of the more predictable PPV Main events I have seen in a long time. However, there was some good in this show and at least the crowd was into the good matches unlike some crowds where they just sit on their hands for even the best of matches. Anyways time to move onto the matches on the night and my overall thoughts of the show.
Luke Harper and Eric Rowan vs The Usos
I was a little surprised that this match opened the show, if you watch the previous four Money In the Bank shows you will see that a Money in the Bank match always opens the show, and I assumed that tradition would follow again this year. Anyways this ended up being the perfect match to open the show and was a ton of fun , I was expecting this to be your average tag match but it ended up really surprising me. I knew Harper was going to shine in the match but Rowan performed really well here too. However Luke Harper was for sure the star of this match along with the Usos who albeit, aren’t anywhere near the level of Harper in the ring but they held their own in this, I still have some issues with the way they hit they’re offense and the way they sell their opponents moves, but besides that, they’re getting better but still not on that level where I feel the need to watch they’re matches. Now the ending was where my big issue with this was. I think Harper and Rowan should have won this but I think they are for sure going to get a run with the belts down the line, though the crowd was really behind them and the time seemed right here. Anyways this was an awesome opener and though I disagree with the result, it was still a very good match.
Paige vs Naomi
People have told me I have some sort of bias against Paige but I can honestly say she had WAY too much hype when she debuted and literally the only match I have ever thought wasn't a pile of trash was the match vs Emma at NXT Arrival, and I still thought that match was being massively overrated by fans. The good thing is that she’s really young and has plenty of time to improve, though if she doesn't then I’m just going to be unhappy for a long time. Anyways this match was horrible in my opinion. My biggest qualm of the match had to be when Paige was locking in a submission on Naomi, and she just started screaming random stuff that literally had no point. She was the one locking the submission and started acting like someone was locking in one on her, it was completely pointless. Also I cannot stand her selling at all, I mentioned the Usos having spotty selling earlier, but this is much worse, she oversells everything with loud screams and it’s just cringe worthy at times. This was just not a good match at all.
Damien Sandow vs Adam Rose
My stream was all messed up during this, had to restart my PS3 and everything, didn’t really seem worth going back and watching though.
Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston vs RVD vs Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose vs Jack Swagger
I loved this match! I thought it may have been the best Money in the Bank match ever outside of the original one at WM 25, I had an absolute blast watching it. I have heard some complaints of the beginning of the match being slow and dull and I simply don’t get that at all. In my opinion the beginning wasn't extremely flashy but it was still solid wrestling and a good way to start a match that towards the end broke down and was extremely chaotic. Ok but anyways I haven’t been so seriously invested in a match like that since WrestleMania and that was just awesome towards the end. When Kofi was about to win I seriously told myself if Kofi wins I’m never watching wrestling again. I thought there was a glimmer of a possibility that Ziggler may win, though I thought they at least gave him his spot to shine. The best part of the match was easily when Ambrose came out and was about to win, that dude has completely won me over because a year ago I couldn’t stand him and thought he was just an awful worker, but he has changed. The ending with Kane was pretty bad but Rollins is a great guy to give the briefcase to, loved this match and it had some nasty spots and had me on the edge of my seat at times.
Goldust and Stardust vs Rybaxel
I honestly don’t think I am going to have that much to write about for this match because to be honest, it wasn’t good at all but it wasn’t bad either. The amount of indifference I have towards this match and both of these teams in general at this point is unreal. I simply have no desire to see this match again and I’m disgusted with how they’re booking the Rhodes because they had one of the best babyface runs ever last fall and it’s pretty disappointing to see where they are now. Anyways this was nothing more than a match that should have been saved for RAW but was simply filler on a PPV.
Winner-Goldust and Stardust
Big E vs Rusev
I thought this match was the #3 match of the night, which really shows just how bad this show was outside of 2 matches. I did think that they’re match at Payback earlier this month was a little bit better, although this was still a lot of fun but I thought it was a little long, although for all I know it was the same length or shorter than the one at Payback. From what I saw the previous match felt more like a really fun sprint and this just felt like a regular match, not to mention it didn't have Rusev diving through the ropes (I think) and that was for sure the highlight of the PB match. Anyways I’m excited to see what Rusev can bring in the ring in the future, he’s rumored to be feuding with Big Show but I really would love to see him square up with someone like Henry or Sheamus
Summer Rae vs Layla
I made dinner during this match, heard it was terrible though, so I didn't bother going back and watching it.
John Cena vs Roman Reigns vs Kane vs Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton vs Cesaro vs Sheamus vs Alberto Del Rio
I had pretty low expectations for this match, and somehow it ended out being much worse than I thought it was going to be. This was honestly just a huge mess, it didn’t feel like a ladder match at all at some points and some of the spots they pulled off were not good in my opinion even though others said the spots were good they made very little sense. The spot where one ladder went under another two ladders was horrible and made zero sense. Also the reason this match was so bad is because it was 8 power guys and that’s not how you execute an exciting ladder match, and the result was a slow, dull mess that made all 8 guys look like a joke. Boring chants were said during the main event of a huge ladder match for the title. All in all this was the worst Money in the Bank match ever in my opinion, somehow beating the dubious 2012 one where Cena beat Big Show, Jericho, and Kane for the title. Cena won the match in the end to nobody’s surprise. I don’t mind the fact that Cena is champion what I mind is that this was one of the most predictable matches in a long time, and that made me not care about the match the slightest.