Money In The Bank 2016 Results

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WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins defeated Roman Reigns with The Pedigree

Money In The Bank Cash-In for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Dean Ambrose defeated Seth Rollins with Dirty Deeds

For the second time in seven months, a Money in the Bank cash-in has ended a new champion’s ever so brief reign.

Dean Ambrose cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase won earlier in the evening to become the NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion after immediately after Seth Rollins defeated Roman Reigns in a 25+ minute match to re-capture the championship he didn’t lose.  While the crowd, predictably wasn’t into a match predominately controlled by “The Guy,” both Reigns and Rollins did great here, highlighted by a bonkers Spear-turned-Pedigree spot towards the end of the match. Rollins nailed a second pedigree for the title win.  Which then cued, Dean Ambrose making good on his threat to cash-in should he win the Money in the Bank contract.  Ambrose, echoing the chair shot which shattered the Shield, came in hit Rollins with the briefcase from behind to signal his cash-in.  One Dirty Deeds later, the Lunatic Fringe was champion.

Ambrose’s win comes a year after losing in a photo finish to Seth Rollins at last year’s Money in the Bank title match and marks all three members of the Shield holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, on the same night no less.

VIDEO: Ambrose’s First Interview as WWE World Champion via WWE

WWE United States Championship: Rusev defeated Titus O’Neil with The Accolade

Rusev retained his championship in a hard-hitting match put in the unenviable position of following the Money In The Bank match.  This match was good enough for what it was and it’s position on the show.  Unfortunately that positioning will have many overlooking the quality heel work Rusev did in the match towards O’Neil’s kids sitting front row.

Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, Sami Zayn & Cesaro

An excellent addition to the Money in the Bank pantheon saw Dean Ambrose knock Kevin Owens off the ladder to capture the coveted briefcase.  Tons of amazing moments from the Uppercut Party, Jericho getting swung by a Cesaro Swing into a ladder, the ladder assisted Crossarm breaker, the six way brawl on the ladders, and Kevin Owens’ brutal powerbomb of Sami Zayn onto a bridged ladder.  Kevin Owens was on the receiving end of perhaps the most painful looking move in the match when Sami Zayn dropped Owens with Michinoku Driver on a ladder lying on it’s side.

Off camera note: fans in the arena noted it looked like Alberto Del Rio was legitimately injured during the match.

VIDEO: Kevin Owens Post-Match Interview in a “very pink hallway

AJ Styles defeated John Cena via pinfall after The Club assisted nailing Cena with The Magic Killer

Surprisingly, the story of the match, despite the interference which decided the fall, was that Cena had little answer for everything AJ Styles threw at him.  Throughout the match, when he wasn’t literally running circles around Cena after taking him down, Styles was escaping Attitude Adjustments and forearming Cena in the jaw.  Showing AJ as “the better wrestler” was a brilliant stroke by whomever laid the match out, it feeds into one side of the audiences’ hatred of Cena AND the Cena archetype of overcoming obstacles.  I think my favorite moment of the match was AJ’s counter/roll of the AA into the Calf Crusher.  So smooth, so fluid.  Styles was able to get a close two count with the Styles Clash and Cena got one of his own with an AA.  The finish came after Cena swung Styles attempting the AA once more and his feet knocked out the referee.  With no referee to count, The Club entered to hit Cena with The Magic Killer and placed Styles on top for the pin.

I didn’t have an issue with the finish, as I saw many did online because it wasn’t “clean.”  “Smart” fans get wrapped up in their favorites going over clean or else they’re buried, but it’s pro wrestling.  Styles & The Club are heels and in pro wrestling, heels cheat to win.  Honestly, not enough heels cheat to win in WWE these days.  On the other side of the coin, love him or hate him, this match is why Cena is the top dog in WWE.  Up until this point on the card the crowd was reacting to very little outside the opening tag match.  Cena versus a top opponent?  The place was losing their minds.

VIDEO: The Club Gloats Over AJ Styles’ Victory

Apollo Crews defeated Sheamus with a Crucifix Pin

Crews was able to roll Sheamus into the pin after a top-rope White Noise from Sheamus.  The issues between these two probably aren’t over.

VIDEO: Apollo Crews Talks About Defeating Sheamus

Charlotte & Dana Brooke defeated Becky Lynch & Natalya when Charlotte pinned Nattie after Natural Selection

The big story of this match came post-match when Natalya turned on Lynch after Lynch was shoved into Natalya by Dana Brooke, leading to a distraction opening the door for Charlotte to get the win.

VIDEO: Becky Lynch Talks About Natalya’s Betrayal

Baron Corbin defeated Dolph Ziggler with the End of Days

Crowd was NOT into it, but I thought Corbin had a good showing and this was a pretty good match.  The Lone Wolf got the win after tripping Ziggler on the top rope and then ending the series with the End of Days.  As always live crowds, if you find someone boring: go to the bathroom, buy a beer, something other than disrespecting the guys in the ring.  Or here’s a crazy concept, boo him and cheer Ziggler on maybe?

WWE World Tag Team Championship: The New Day defeated Enzo & Big Cass, The Club, & The Vaudevillians

A very entertaining match which was marred by some timing issues towards the finish but still a solid opener.  It looked like The Club was going to dethrone the New Day after a blind tag and Magic Killer on Aiden English however, the New Day rebounded to hit their combo finisher on English for the pin.

VIDEO: New Day Talk About Their Victory

Kickoff Match: Golden Truth defeated Breezango

Breezango were comically sunburned due to Golden Truth’s tanning bed prank earlier this week.  Think flesh-eating virus sunburned.  Pure comedy match, but I love the Breezango pairing and think it could have a lot of mileage in them.

Kickoff Match: The Lucha Dragons defeated The Dudley Boyz

Lucha Dragons got the win with a Salida del Sol/Swanton Bomb combo on Bubba Ray.

 

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