Money in the Bank 2016 Recap/Analysis

Believe in the Shield. Or at least, believe in what all three of its former members can do, because they truly stole the show at this year’s Money in the Bank, changing the landscape of the title scene profoundly and turning the WWE upside-down. Just as they promised all those years ago.

The New Day vs. Enzo & Cass vs. The Club vs. The Vaudevillains (WWE Tag Team Championship match)

Chaos soon erupted between all four teams, but soon enough it was the Vaudevillains who began to target Kofi Kingston. Gallows & Anderson injected themselves into the fight, until Kofi Kingston managed to tag in Enzo Amore to face off against English. Gallows sent Amore out of the ring, tagging English out and bringing Amore back into the ring, beating down mercilessly on the smaller man.

Enzo managed to counter, tagging Big Cass in as Anderson was tagged in himself. Cass cleaned house, throwing Big E away from the ring and using Enzo to wipe everyone out. They looked to have Anderson down for the count, but Gallows “broke” the tag. The Vaudevillains hit the Dervish, but Anderson broke the count.

The duo looked to have the match won, but Big E broke the count, double-teaming with Kingston to retain the titles.

Backstage, Kevin Owens proclaimed to Tom Phillips and Chris Jericho both that he would win the Money in the Bank briefcase, trash-talking to an injecting Alberto Del Rio as well.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

Ziggler targeted Corbin’s legs early on, starting strong and fast before Corbin countered with a single right hand to the face, knocking Ziggler right to the ground. Corbin proceeded to wear him down with an easy cruelty using knees to the gut.

Ziggler looked to send Corbin into the turnbuckle, but Corbin ducked under the ropes, sneaking back up on Ziggler for a clothesline. He kept control from there, taking his sweet time in inflicting punishment on Ziggler.

Ziggler looked to stage a fiery comeback with a series of clotheslines, dropping an elbow for a pinfall, but Corbin kicked out. Ziggler went for a Superkick, but Corbin blocked it. Ziggler got another near-fall, but Corbin hit a Deep-Six outside the ring. Ziggler beat the countout, only to go into another beating from Corbin.

Ziggler hit the Superkick, but Corbin kicked out, landing the End of Days for the victory.

Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Becky Lynch & Natalya

Dana Brooke started off against Natalya, struggling early on against the seasoned vet until she managed to tag Charlotte in. Lynch tagged in soon after, and she and Natalya double-teamed on the champ with ease, sending her out of the ring.

Lynch got Charlotte back into the ring, tagging Natalya in, but the Canadian Superstar struggled against the double-teaming antics of Dana and Charlotte.Natalya managed to make it to Becky Lynch, who was fired up against Charlotte, targeting both her and Dana and hitting them with a double missile dropkick.

Natalya tagged in, nearly getting rolled up, but locked in the SHarpshooter. brooke broke it up, and Charlotte hit Natural Sleection for the win.

After the match, a furious Natalya blindsided Becky, dropping her in the ring. The crowd gave the redhead a huge ovation as the segment ended.

Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews

The match hadn’t even started before the two began to brawl. Crews caught Sheamus in a headlock, and took the fight out of the ring, where Sheamus took control.

Back in the ring, Sheamus continued to wear Crews down, locking in a headlock of his own. Crews looked to pick the pace of the match up, but Sheamus caught him. Crews managed to create some separation, striking back quickly with running clotheslines.

Crews dropped Sheamus with a dropkick, but couldn’t get the pinfall. He send Sheamus flying out of the ring, hitting a moonsault off the apron. Back in the ring, Crews looked to further his momentum, but Sheamus powered back, hitting White Noise from the second rope.

Crews managed to survive, rolling Sheamus up for the win.

John Cena vs. AJ Styles

Styles locked Cena in a headlock to start off the match, starting off the match in control and actually running circles around Cena, just as he promised. Cena caught Styles with a series of arm drags, sending Styles flying. He mocked Styles, who responded with a forearm to the face.

Styles drove Cena into the ropes, hitting a series of strikes and dodging everything Cena had to throw at him, throwing the WWE vet off balance with smug ease. He hit a suplex in the center of the ring, but Cena began to power back. He sent STyles into the turnbuckle, but the indy vet dodged a dive.

Cena managed to hit a desperate back body drop, but Styles regained his momentum soon enough, caught in another headlock from Styles. Cena made it back to his feet, catching STyles with flying shoulder tackles, but Styles caught him with a dropkick.

Styles kept control, locking int he Calf Crusher, but Cena made it to the ropes. Styles wasn’t fazed, targeting the damaged calf, but Cena countered with a clothesline. He hit the AA, but Styles kicked out. Cena ascended to the ropes, jumping off, but Styles countered it into a powerbomb.

Styles hit the Styles Clash, but Cena managed to kick out. Styles went for a shooting star press, but Cena countered it. He picked STyles up, hitting the AA, but the referee was knocked down. The Club emerged, hitting the Magic Killer, dragging Styles onto Cena for the cover, and granting him the win.

Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio (Money in the Bank ladder match)

Jericho brought the ladder out first as Ambrose wiped out Kevin Owens with a suicide dive. Cesaro then found Del Rio in the ring, targeting him and then wiping Jericho out with a dive onto the ladder Jericho was carrying.

Zayn went flying, taking out Ambrose and Cesaro both. Owens kicked Zayn down and threw Ambrose into the barricade, only to be attacked by Jericho. He and Ambrose brawled in the ring, with Ambrose being suplexed onto a ladder. Del Rio broke up the beating, but suffered as a part of Cesaro’s uppercut train stopped only by Kevin Owens, who began hitting canonballs, broken up by Sami Zayn, who hit the helluva Kick on Jericho, Owens and Ambrose.

Zayn ascended the ladder, but was pulled down by Del Rio, who targeted both him and Kevin Owens before taking Cesaro out. He was pulled down.

Ambrose kept Cesaro and Jericho both from climbing to the top of the ladder before Jericho planted Ambrose with the Codebreaker. He and Sami Zayn brawled on the ladder, but Owens knocked them both over. He looked to climb, and was planted by a Backstabber from Del Rio. Cesaro caught him with an uppercut and took him swinging. He took Jericho for a ride as well, sending him right into the ladder.

Ambrose climbed that ladder, hitting a flying elbow on Cesaro from the top. Owens threw a ladder at Ambrose, hitting a frog splash on Ambrose on the ladder. In the center of the ring, Zayn and Owens exchanged blows, with Zayn driving Owens right into the ladder. Zayn looked to climb, but was caught by Del Rio. Zayn, Jericho, and Del Rio ascended, and soon all six men were battling on the ladders.

Ambrose, Owens, Zayn and Jericho all fought at the top of the ladder, soon joined by Cesaro and Del Rio, who were knocked down. Soon, Zayn and Owens remained alone. Jericho knocked Zayn off, and Ambrose took out Jericho. Zayn looked to grab the briefcase, but Owens powerbombed him onto the ladder.

Owens and Ambrose fought atop the ladder, but it was Ambrose who emerged victorious at long last.

Rusev vs. Titus O’Neil (United States Championship match)

The two titans collided first out of the ring, with O’Neil throwing Rusev right into the barricade. Rusev responded by sending O’Neil crashing into the steel steps headfirst.

Back in the ring, Rusev took control, soundly beating O’Neil down and roaring like a madman with a singular focus. O’Neil looked to power back, planting Rusev for a near-fall, but Rusev caught him by the arm, nearly locking in the Accolade before O’Neil escaped.

O’Neil hit a pump handle slam, but Rusev kicked out, and O’Neil continued his assault outside the ring, tossing him around before returning to the ring, only to walk into a stunning kick from Rusev. He locked in the Accolade to retain, telling O’Neils kids that their father was a loser.

Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (WWE World Heavyweight Championship match)

Reigns powered Rollins into the turnbuckle right away, using his power to gain an early advantage over Rollins before the challenger responded with a dropkick, flying out of the ring to take Reigns down.

Reigns managed to stop Rollins in his tracks, suplexing him and hitting a wicked clothesline. Reigns taunted Rollins, beating him down in the turnbuckle and then landing a tilt-a-whirl slam. Seth looked to rally, but Reigns dropped him with a mean right hand before throwing him over the announce table and then face-first into it.

He crashed Rollins into the ring apron, but Rollins sent Reigns crashing into the steel steps. Back in the ring, Reigns hit a wicked powerbomb, but Rollins kicked out of the pinfall. Reigns went for the Superman Punch, but Rollins countered, sending Reigns out of the ring with a dropkick before flying over the top rope, taking him down.

In the ring, Rollins went for the Pedigree, but Reigns hit the Superman Punch. Rollins kicked out. Reigns went for the Spear, but Rollins caught him with a knee. He hit a frog splash, but Reigns kicked out. Rollins climbed the ropes again, but Reigns caught him with another right hook.

But, with the knee that cost him his title, Rollins threw Reigns into the turnbuckle before hitting a Superplex into a Falcon Arrow. Reigns kicked out. Rollins prepped for the Pedigree, but Reigns powered out, hitting a powerbomb.

The two stared each other down, exchanging blows. Rollins hit a turnbuckle powerbomb, which Reigns used to hit a Superman Punch, nearly pinning Rollins. Rollins retreated from the ring, baiting Reigns into spearing himself into the barricade.

Officials came to tend to Reigns, whom Rollins threw back into the ring. Reigns accidentally took out the ref and hit the Spear, but Seth managed to kick out by the time the ref came to. Reigns went for a Spear right into a Pedigree, but kicked out. Rollins hit the Pedigree, and finally got the three-count.

And then came Ambrose, who cashed in TO BECOME THE WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION.






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