Best night in professional sports for Ohio. They have the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Dean's one of my favorites, so I'm elated that not only did he win, but he came out on top of both Shield guys finally, which was overdue.
Also, Rollins, who was booked as a Honky Tonk Man style heel all of last year wound up being the guy to end Reigns' title run. And he did it clean (ref bump didn't matter, even though I know Reigns will play that card).
I don't know if Dean will hold onto it for long, and I'm sure Reigns will win it back at some point, but at the very least, this is a good sign that Vince is changing course with the looming brand split and the nixing of a long title reign for Reigns.
Can't wait to see those side plates.
EDIT: I also really dug the poetry of Dean hitting Seth from behind with the briefcase like Seth did with the chair two years ago. Did the announcers harp on that spot at all to make it obvious? I didn't catch it. Thought it was a nice subtle touch of comeuppance for Seth.
Wait, WWE is allowed to have a world champion who is actually popular with the entire audience? Whoa!
George Michael weighed his options. Maeby had chastised him for not taking risks, and what would be a bigger risk than perpetuating a lie about software just to ignite the passions of a woman? Of course it would be a lie, and since Maeby wouldn't know it was a lie, he wouldn't appear to be taking a risk. Perhaps the bigger risk was to tell his father he was lying, that he came up with it because he wanted his father to leave so he could enjoy what remained of his senior year. After all, he wondered, wouldn't that be the course of action taken by an overtly sexual man, a man who owns a pair of matador pants? He had not responded now for 41 seconds according to his unfailing internal clock, and it was time to come clean.
Money in the Bank was kind of a weird show. You had some genuinely great stuff. Cena/Styles was fun, I liked the tag title match a lot, the world title match and Dean's cash-in were great, and the actual MitB match was the best one in years (btw, nobody's been talking about Cesaro's incredible springboard corkscrew European uppercut, and that's a crime because it was the coolest spot in a match full of cool spots). But there were so many matches that just felt like they were in the way of the stuff we actually wanted to see. Ziggler/Corbin, for example, have wrestled so many times already, why couldn't this one be finished on RAW? Or several months ago? It's just that, there's a lot of filler, when there's absolutely no need for it.
New Day has mastered the double entendre, John Cena has a t-shirt based on the Pabst Blue Ribbon label, and your WWE World Heavyweight Champion wrestles in a t-shirt and jeans, uses heel tactics as a face, and has a logo derived from the symbol for anarchy.
Show was good, but I fell asleep midway through the MitB match (not due to the match being boring, I was super beat and couldn't stay awake for steak and Santa Claus). I REALLY wish I could have stayed up for a bit longer.
"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Frown and the world laughs at you." -Me.
Such a weird (and kind of great) dynamic between the three Shield members, and pretty interested to see what's going to happen tonight. Rollins wrestled full-on babyface that whole match.
Ambrose needs two things if he's actually going to be more than a one-day placeholder - a real entrance (complete with entrance music that is more than a generic 10-second loop with a motorcycle vroom), and a better finisher. I'm also kind of disappointed we didn't get a little more out of Rollins/Ambrose. Rollins sold himself as not being that out of it, even after the briefcase shot, and should have kicked out of the first Dirty Deeds (a la Cena/Edge).
This is the first time there's been a briefcase win/cash in the same night, right?
Originally posted by MoeGatesThis is the first time there's been a briefcase win/cash in the same night, right?
Kane cashed in 2010 on ray maysterio on the same night
In hindsight, they made a pretty big deal of that moment in hype packages for this year's match.
I'm still stunned they pulled the trigger. What a moment. You can argue it's "too late" or whatever, but they did it and I marked out hard. I spent the entire span of the cash-in certain that Reigns was going to cause a DQ, but he vanished into the ether.
The first half of the show was a muddled mess, but everything from Cena/Styles on picked the show up and carried the load. (The Rusev/Titus match wasn't much, but Rusev's interaction with Titus' kids was EVERYTHING.)
Aiden English was totally NOT the legal man at the end of that tag match - it was Anderson. He tagged English to get in the match! Sloppy finish...
Apparently the main event was so late so they could time it out after the NBA Game 7 ended, but I'd like to thank Vince for saving the MITB match itself until immediately after Game of Thrones ended as well.
Originally posted by Mayhem I was certain that WM33 would be headlined by a Shield triple threat match. Now it looks like it will be Battleground.
Or Summerslam, which makes more sense, and we get some sort of placeholder match in July.
I though the Main Event was poorly laid out, but I'm not sure if some of that had to do with the screwy booking leading into the match. Of course if Seth is a returning hero that he should have been then I guess you don't get as hyped about Ambrose winning in the end.
I thought the show as a whole was kind of meh, but I've felt that way about a lot lately when watching WWE.
It's going to be breakfast for dinner eating CRAZY on Raw tonight! Hopefully they just pay Night Ranger for the rights to 'Lunatic Fringe', it's a dumb nickname and alright song, but things are crazy now so why not.
I should have stuck with my first prediction of Ambrose winning and cashing in before going for Owens! I thought that there was a chance it could all happen, but just thought it seemed unlikely they would go for it on this card with another one set before Summerslam. Maybe they are just trying to make every card have Mania worthy matches to promote them? Hopefully they will save the Shield match for SS as it will seem a lot better than on whatever the next card is. Doubt they will be able to resist it though.
MITB was a good match with some great spots. Owens is always entertaining, both pre, post and during matches. Didn't like the opening tag match that much and the Nattie heel turn seems pointless and will lead to nothing.
Cena and Styles was very good. It looked like AJ was hitting hard and rocking Cena at times. Would have been nice for a clean win, but Cena rarely does those so was always unlikely. Hopefully Styles can beat him again.
Cena looked a step off last night. Granted he spent most of the match taking offense from Styles, but the times he was getting some offense in, the moves came off awkwardly. Also, couldn't help but notice he spent a lot of time calling out spots while facing the hard camera.
Also, would have been okay if Sheamus and Crews stayed on the kick off show if it would have helped keep the show closer to the 3 hour mark and not 3 1/2.
I'd say use the tape library to put together a better comp set, like best of (insert year/group here) using the footage they have from the various promotions, instead of a best of for a show that is less than a year old that is not viewed by many people.