Our panel of Renee Young, Booker T, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton are saying their memories of Dusty Rhodes. Several stars cut some backstage promos, including Ryback. Dean Ambrose asks Roman Reigns if he'll get a heads up if Reigns will cash in Money in the Bank after they both win their matches tonight and Reigns says Ambrose will be the first to know. (Note: Our connection seems to be very poor with it freezing, so the coverage might be spotty tonight. I apologize in advance if that happens!)
Pre-Show Kickoff Match: R-Truth vs. King Barrett
R-Truth cuts a promo about Game of Thrones. King Barrett comes out in a new royal attire that looks kind of ridiculous but I have a feeling it will grow on me. Nothing was announced as far as this match having implications for the Money in the Bank match, so that's a disappointment. Barrett misses a Bullhammer and R-Truth turns it into a crucifix pin for the victory.
WINNER: R-Truth via pinfall.
Generic pre-show match that was perfectly fine for what it was worth. The stuff before and after the match were better than the match itself, but this was fun.
After the match, R-Truth says he's going to give everyone a job in his fantasy world. Michael Cole can be a jester. Jerry Lawler, since he's also a king, can be Truth's stunt double.
A video package airs in honor of Dusty Rhodes. When we come back, Renee Young is crying horribly and they don't even cut to her while she announces that they are going backstage to the social media lounge. Tom Phillips is talking with Kevin Owens, who touts his skills and talks about how John Cena's merchandise is ridiculous and such.
The show starts off with a ten bell salute to Dusty Rhodes.
[Money in the Bank Ladder Match]: Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane vs. Sheamus vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Neville
Wow, this match is going first? Even match so far. Roman Reigns powerbombs Kofi Kingston on top of a ladder, which looks sick, and follows it up with powebombing Neville on top of Kingston (who was still on top of the ladder). Good spot with Neville falling off the ladder into an RKO. Ziggler hits a Zig Zag on Sheamus off the ladder. Roman Reigns launches himself over the top rope onto the group. Everyone is on the outside and Big E and Xavier Woods come to help Kofi Kingston. They put him in the ring with a ladder. Reigns takes them out and pulls Kingston down and powerbombs him onto the others. Reigns starts climbing and Bray Wyatt shows up in the ring, pushing Reigns off. Sheamus comes in and wins after pushing Neville off.
This was rather underwhelming overall. I'm disappointed in the outcome, too.
Backstage, Paige cuts her pseudo-inspirational promo about making change that she's been doing lately. So awful. Then she claims that this is for Dusty Rhodes.
[WWE Divas Championship]: Nikki Bella (c) vs. Paige
No Brie Bella out there yet. Does that mean Twin Magic happens again? Probably. This match is better than the triple threat, but it's still not impressive. Paige eventually hits the Ram-Paige, but Nikki kicks out. Both of them fall to the outside and the Bella Twins switch. Paige pins Brie for the win and the referee counts it, but then realizes that it's Brie, so it doesn't count. Nikki capitalizes and hits the Rack Attack for the win.
WINNER: Nikki Bella via pinfall.
Did anybody else crack up when Brie pulled out the tissue paper that she used to stuff her top?
The Miz comes out to say that if you don't live in New York or Los Angeles, you don't count.
[WWE Intercontinental Championship]: Ryback (c) vs. Big Show
Ryback immediately takes control and this could end up being a squash match. He knocks Big Show to the outside, then goes after The Miz at ringside. Ryback puts Big Show in an armbreaker.....this is awkward, but kind of awesome in a way. Before the match finishes, The Miz comes in and interrupts, causing a disqualification.
WINNER: Big Show via disqualification.
This was kind of how I was expecting to see the match end, but this wasn't a strong showing for a pay-per-view.
Kevin Owens vs. John Cena
Anybody catch the Simpsons joke sign of "The Cena The"? Nice one, guy in the audience! Owens is in charge and hitting Cena's moves. Cena's fighting back, but this is the Owens show for sure. Owens misses the Swanton when Cena puts his knees up. Owens kicks out of an Attitude Adjustment and Cena is pissed at Mike Chioda for the count. Cena turns a pop up powerbomb into a hurricanrana, but Owens superkicks him right after for a two-count. Owens misses his moonsault and Cena hits another Attitude Adjustment for another two-count. There was a nice sunset flip powerbomb variation for another two-count, with Owens kicking out. Owens hits a pop up powerbomb for another two-count. Cena hits his springboard stunner (kind of....as it was botched a bit) and hits another Attitude Adjustment for the win.
WINNER: John Cena via pinfall.
This was just as good, if not better, than their first match. Easily the best match of the night and one of the best of the year, in fact.
John Cena shows his respect for Kevin Owens after the match by offering him a handshake. Owens powerbombs him on the apron instead and the crowd goes nuts cheering for him.
Backstage, Dean Ambrose cuts a promo with Renee Young about the title match later on.
[WWE Tag Team Championship]: The New Day (c) vs. The Prime Time Players
Big E and Xavier Woods cut a promo about how cheaters shouldn't win and how Kofi Kingston should have won the Money in the Bank tonight. This was such a fun promo. Big E has an abdominal stretch on Darren Young and keeps slapping him with the "New Day rocks" chant. This is an even match with a mix of power and speed. Titus O'Neil hits a spinebuster and gets the win??!!
WINNERS (and new Tag Team champions): The Prime Time Players
Booooooooooooooooo. This match was decent and the promo beforehand was good, but I'm disappointed in the outcome.
[WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match]: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
Yesss, Seth Rollins brought back the Figure Four on the ring post. I've always loved that move. This has been okay, but there isn't much standing out to me to report on. The clotheslines and pretty much everything are a fun brawl. One of the highlights is Ambrose dropping Rollins onto a ladder and breaking it in half. Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds on top of the commentary table. Damn, Rollins powerbombs Ambrose twice into the security barricade. He does the same on a ladder and then tosses a bunch of chairs on top of him. Ambrose still gets up, though. Both are fighting for the title and it falls down with Rollins holding on.
WINNER: Seth Rollins
Good match with a somewhat awkward end, but this was a great showing for both of them.
+ Kevin Owens vs. John Cena
+ Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
+ Bella Twins ending
- Prime Time Players win the title
- Sheamus wins Money in the Bank
- DQ ending for IC title match
Reasoning: Overall, I was disappointed with this event. There were two great matches, but the rest fell short of what I was hoping for. It wasn't horrible, but it by no means was worthy of anything above the middle score.
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