Welcome to "The Wrestling Kennection" and its LIVE coverage of WWE Money In The Bank 2016, taking place in the fabulous Las Vegas!
"Your Kennection to the Wrestling World" Ken Hill here providing up-to-date coverage of all the big "money" matches that WWE is "banking" on, having built this PPV up as the BIGGEST "Money In The Bank" PPV event...EVAH!!!...not at ALL having anything to do with overlapping the only lasting memory of "Money In The Bank" having to do with some guy named Punk (cue eye-roll)...but I digress!
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The Kickoff matches coming up first...
Kickoff Match The Golden Truth vs. Breezango
RESULT: The Golden Truth wins via pinfall; Goldust pinned Fandango following the Final Cut.
THOUGHTS: Not the makeup crew's best work with Breezango's "sunburns", but then again these are the same kind of people who thought a mole for Jillian Hall was supposed to be scabby and oozy and, at least to the Boogeyman, chewy...
Anyway...fine little match, Golden Truth FINALLY get a win, so maybe now the feud can die happy. Can't say I am...
WK KING OF PPV STANDINGS: Ken - 0/10 Zack - 0/10 Brian - 0/10 Greg - 0/10 Julian - 0/10 Julie - 0/10 Nick - 0/10 Fred -0/10
#MITB #Kickoff #GetKennected
Kickoff Match The Lucha Dragons vs. The Dudleyz
RESULT: The Lucha Dragons win via pinfall; Sin Cara pinned Bubba Ray following the Salida del Sol-Dragon Bomb combo.
THOUGHTS: Another good little match to get the crowd warmed up for MITB. Like I said in the preview a little earlier, I'd rather have the Dragons in the running for the tag titles than the Dudleyz, who are strictly enhancement for the "new era" teams at this point.
WK KING OF PPV STANDINGS: Ken - 0/10 Zack - 0/10 Brian - 0/10 Greg - 0/10 Julian - 0/10 Julie - 0/10 Nick - 0/10 Fred - 0/10
#MITB #Kickoff #GetKennected
Fatal Four Way WWE Tag Team Championship The New Day (c) vs. Enzo & Big Cass vs. The Club vs. The Vaudevillains
RESULT: The New Day wins via pinfall; Kofi Kingston pinned Aiden English following the Midnight Hour.
THOUGHTS: A fun opener for MITB 2016, albeit with its share of missed spots (the Enzo & Cass false finish and the actual finish, both involving Gallows. so not a good representation by The Club).
The New Day keep their belts, as many expected, and have the WWE Tag Title reign record virtually locked up. Meanwhile, it should be no problem having the three other teams mix it up to determine a straight-up #1 contender for Battleground.
WK KING OF PPV STANDINGS: Ken - 0/10 Zack - 0/10 Brian - 1/10 Greg - 1/10 Julian - 0/10 Julie - 1/10 Nick - 0/10 Fred - 1/10
#Fatal4Way #MITB #GetKennected
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
RESULT: Corbin wins via pinfall; Corbin pinned Ziggler following the End of Days.
THOUGHTS: Well, this was another Ziggler-Corbin match, another definitive finish...yet the likely reality is that we're in for another month of Ziggler being a over-the-hill douchebag.
WK KING OF PPV STANDINGS: Ken - 2/10 (LOCK) Zack - 1/10 Brian - 2/10 Greg - 2/10 Julian - 1/10 Julie - 2/10 Nick - 1/10 Fred - 1/10
#MITB #ZigglervsCorbin #GetKennected
Women's Tag Team Match Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch
RESULT: Charlotte & Dana win via pinfall; Charlotte pinned Natalya following Natural Selection.
THOUGHTS: A serviceable women's match, although Dana still looks a little lost out their having to acclimate to a new partner in Charlotte.
The outcome was fine, but I don't like Natalya turning on Becky; on the one hand, it IS justified given her frustrations against Charlotte. On the other hand, it lends more credence to the notion that the Women's Division is taking steps backwards into the old "women whom secretly hate each other" mindset, which isn't good if you're WWE trying to paint women as equal Superstars in the company.
WK KING OF PPV STANDINGS: Ken - 3/10 Zack - 2/10 Brian - 2/10 Greg - 2/10 Julian - 2/10 Julie - 2/10 Nick - 1/10 Fred -3/10 (LOCK)
#WomensTagMatch #MITB #GetKennected
Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus
RESULT: Crews wins via pinfall; Crews pinned Sheamus after countering a lazy cover into a crucifix pin.
THOUGHTS: This was a match I felt like was one of those that was starting to pick up, and then just kind of ended. I'm not disappointed with the surprise roll-up; it went in with Sheamus' storyline underestimation of Crews.
However, this could've used a few more minutes, but given the nature of the finish, I'm sure the feud's going to continue.
WK KING OF PPV STANDINGS: Ken - 3/10 Zack - 3/10 Brian - 2/10 Greg - 2/10 Julian - 3/10 Julie - 2/10 Nick - 1/10 Fred -4/10
#MITB #CrewsvsSheamus #GetKennected
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
RESULT: Styles wins via pinfall; Styles pinned Cena following a Magic Killer from The Club.
THOUGHTS: Before I really get into this, I liked the match all the way up to the finish. A very well mapped-out battle of two veteran styles, AJ's finesse and counter-wrestling versus Cena's tenured power and stamina.
AJ wrestled like he should've, matching Cena move for move and never really letting him dictate the flow of the match. Cena, instead of stubbornly trying to go through his routines, found other ways to get to Styles, picking his spots. It's that opportunistic side of Cena I prefer to see, and it made for a great match.
However, what won't make it truly better than, say, Cena vs. Punk, is the lack of a definitive, clean ending; whereas WWE pulled the trigger with Punk-Cena ending fairly, with Cena stopping the potential screwjob at the risk of losing his title and his job, the Styles-Cena "DREAM MATCH" ends with a ref bump and The Club putting the kibosh on Cena. A "dirty" finish which all but guarantees this feud will continue, but it wasn't the finish WWE should've gone with.
And BTW, it's all well and good to have your announcers seemingly echo the fans' sentiments about the "dream match" RUINED FOREVAH, but maybe you should've just gone with a clean finish to start instead of crapping all over it.
WK KING OF PPV STANDINGS: Ken - 4/10 Zack - 4/10 Brian - 3/10 Greg - 2/10 Julian - 4/10 Julie - 2/10 Nick - 2/10 Fred - 4/10
#StylesvsCena #MITB #GetKennected
"Money In The Bank" Ladder Match Kevin Owens vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
RESULT: Dean Ambrose wins the MITB briefcase; Ambrose won after after knocking Kevin Owens off onto a bridged ladder.
THOUGHTS: The crazy melee of a match we've come to expect from Money In The Bank, it had a lot a fun, brutal spots, none more so than that SICK Michinoku Driver from Zayn to Owens onto a sideways-standing ladder...that looked NASTY.
This installment also told a few good little stories; Del Rio's savvy as a past MITB winner by taking out all the opposition, Owens and Zayn's personal animosity getting in the way of either man really getting a leg up in the match, and Jericho's increasing desperation to prove he could win the match he himself created.
In the end, Ambrose won, which wasn't much of a shock to anyone given how much they've been "teasing" (i.e. shoving it down our throats) about the idea of a Shield triple threat at WrestleMania 33. I wouldn't even be surprised to see him come out during or after the Rollins-Reigns match to get the ball rolling.
WK KING OF PPV STANDINGS: Ken - 6/10 (1st Pick) Zack - 4/10 Brian - 5/10 (1st Pick) Greg - 3/10 (2nd Pick) Julian - 6/10 (1st Pick) Julie - 2/10 Nick - 4/10 (1st Pick) Fred - 5/10 (2nd Pick)
#MITB #LadderMatch #GetKennected
WWE United States Championship Rusev (c) w/Lana vs. Titus O'Neil
RESULT: Rusev wins via submission; Rusev won after Titus submitted to the Accolade.
THOUGHTS: Not much of a surprise that this got the "cool down" spot between the two main events, given that Titus is effectively a filler opponent for Rusev, and it showed here. This match was little more than a on-par "hoss" fight, basically just two big dudes slugging it out and throwing each other around, which was expected given that's basically Titus' entire mode of offense.
That'll teach that dern Titus to be a gentleman for Stephanie McMahon...
WK KING OF PPV STANDINGS: Ken - 7/10 Zack - 4/10 Brian - 7/10 (LOCK) Greg - 4/10 Julian - 8/10 (LOCK) Julie - 3/10 Nick - 6/10 (LOCK) Fred - 5/10
#MITB #USTitle #GetKennected
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins
RESULT: NEWWWWW Champion Seth Rollins wins via pinfall; Rollins pinned Reigns following a Pedigree.
NEWWWWWWWW Champion Dean Ambrose wins via pinfall; Ambrose pinned Rollins following a Dirty Deeds DDT.
TIME: 26:11 (Rollins); 00:03 (Ambrose)
THOUGHTS: Firstly, I'm glad about the aftermath of this match for a couple reasons. One, WWE finally pulled the trigger on a world title reign for Ambrose. Don't know how long it'll go for, but I'm happy for him, as he's desperately been needing a refreshing change for his character. Two, it keeps the MITB briefcase out of play for the rest of the year so the WWE can't lean on it as a long-term storyline crutch.
As for the Rollins-Reigns match, it was a strong match overall, the workrate and chemistry was top-notch from both Rollins and Reigns, as could be expected from them.
What was strange, however, was how the dichotomy of the match played out. Initially, Rollins was received by fans as a face, his rehab promos portrayed him as a face, yet WWE struggled to put him across as a vile heel to fans, with little to no success. Roman is WWE's go-to "guy", yet the crowd absolutely can't stand him for the most part.
You'd think WWE, as stubborn as Vince can be, would stay the course and have Rollins wrestle a more underhanded style, yet it feels like Vince and the writers just threw their collective hands up and let Rollins wrestle a more straight-to-your-face babyface style and let Reigns wrestle more aggressively, as befitting his Samoan heritage. I think this gave the match the extra emotional and mental "oomph" that it needed, although I would've trimmed the match back a few minutes to keep the crowd from going flat at the beginning.
As for the future, I can very well see Roman OR Rollins stake claim to a title rematch versus Ambrose at Battleground, with the odd man out getting involved to set up the triple threat at SummerSlam. May seem rushed compared to a potential WM 33 program, but given the heavy teasing and the trigger being pulled on Ambrose tonight, WWE may see a SummerSlam main-event program as a more viable option...
WK KING OF PPV STANDINGS: Ken - 7/10 Zack - 4/10 Brian - 7/10 Greg - 5/10 Julian - 8/10 (WINNER) Julie - 3/10 Nick - 6/10 Fred -6/10
Welcome to "The Wrestling Kennection" and its live coverage of WWE's 2016 Money In The Bank Pay-Per-View, emanating from lovely Las Vegas!
The WK Krew is "all in!" They're "cashing in!" They, as well as fans around the world, are "banking" on what has been touted as the "BIGGEST, BESTEST MONEY IN THE BANK PPV...EVAH!!!"...or so WWE has ever-so-subtly told its seeming goldfish of a WWE Universe.
History is not only being made with the PPV, but with the WK Krew as well, as for the first time, a WK "Outsider", Fred "Dice" Casden (fredcasdensbasement.com) , will compete for the WK King of PPV Championship!
Will Julian come on top in his first official defense of the King of PPV title, will Ken claim a record 8th championship reign, or will Fred shock the WK Krew and leave THEM on the outside looking in? Find out what goes down tonight, when the WK's live coverage of MITB 2016 begins at 7 PM, EST!
Check below to see the picks made by each member of the WK Krew!
(c) - Indicates a champion in a match (#) - Indicates a "Lock of the Night" (00:00) - Match time (minutes - seconds) predicted for "Main Event Time-Breaker"