All on His Own.
The sixth annual WWE Money-in-the-Bank came to you, live on the WWE Network and select pay-per-view providers, from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. On a night of opportunity where seven Superstars would compete for a guaranteed shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”, a Superstar all too familiar with the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase and what it means to a Superstar’s career would put his WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line at Money-in-the-Bank as Seth Rollins would defend the top prize in WWE against a man who possibly knows Rollins better than anyone, “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose, in a Ladder Match where the first Superstar to climb a ladder and retrieve the title belt hanging high above the ring will emerge as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Two weeks ago at WWE Elimination Chamber, Dean Ambrose was actually announced as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion and awarded the belt after pinning Seth Rollins in the middle of the ring. However, earlier in the match, Seth Rollins had put his hands on the referee and that would lead to the decision being changed to a disqualification win for Ambrose, meaning that Rollins remained the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Infuriated by having his championship glory taken away by a questionable call, “The Lunatic Fringe” would steal the WWE World Heavyweight Title belt and, for the last couple of weeks, Dean Ambrose has been taking the title belt with him everywhere, even having a night on the town in New Orleans with the stolen title belt. After becoming very accustomed to having possession of the belt, can Dean Ambrose definitively win the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Money-in-the-Bank or will Seth Rollins finally get his title belt back and remain the champion in the process? One also has to look at the fact that Seth Rollins has alienated everyone in The Authority and will be heading into Money-in-the-Bank to defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship all on his own. How will Seth Rollins fare without The Authority against the unpredictable Dean Ambrose?
At WWE Elimination Chamber, one of the most intense and unforgettable matches in recent memory took place when United States Champion John Cena went one-on-one with NXT Champion Kevin Owens for the first time ever. On that night, everyone, with the exception of Kevin Owens, expected John Cena to deal with the brash NXT Champion just like the United States Champion has done with young naysayers throughout his career. However, not only did Kevin Owens match blows with John Cena, he even scored a huge victory over the fifteen-time former World Champion. Since his historic victory, Kevin Owens has had an even bigger chip on his shoulder, but at Money-in-the-Bank, John Cena would get another chance to prove why he is the true “Champ” in WWE when Cena and Owens go one-on-one one more time! Will John Cena avenge his loss to Kevin Owens or will the NXT Champion prove what he has been saying for weeks, that Cena is “delusional”?
Since its inception at WrestleMania 21 over ten years ago, the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match has, more often than not, guaranteed its winner that they will be a future World Champion. Of the sixteen Superstars to earn the title of “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”, eleven of them have successfully cashed in to become champion, including such names as Edge, Rob Van Dam, John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, & Seth Rollins and, this year, seven of WWE’s top Superstars would get the opportunity to join an elite class of, not only Money-in-the-Bank winners, but future champions as Roman Reigns, 2013 Money-in-the-Bank winner “The Viper” Randy Orton, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus, “The Man That Gravity Forgot” Neville, 2012 Money-in-the-Bank winner “The Showoff” Dolph Ziggler, WWE Tag Team Champion and veteran of five Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Matches Kofi Kingston, and 2010 Money-in-the-Bank winner and The Authority’s Director of Operations Kane will all compete in the grueling, career-shortening Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match with the first Superstar to climb the ladder and retrieve the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase winning the match and earning themselves a future shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
After The Bella Twins used their patented “Twin Magic” to ensure that Nikki Bella successfully retained the Divas Title against Paige on RAW a couple of weeks ago, Paige spoke out against The Bella Twins, accusing Brie & Nikki of holding the Divas division back and vowing to bring “change” to the Divas division. At Money-in-the-Bank, “The Diva of Tomorrow” would get the chance to do just that when she challenges Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship in a rematch.
The night after WWE Elimination Chamber, Ryback was set to defend his newly won Intercontinental Championship against The Miz on RAW, but Big Show would have different plans as “The World’s Largest Athlete” would make his first appearance since Extreme Rules, knocking The Miz out before claiming his stake on the Intercontinental Championship, telling Ryback that he may be “The Big Guy”, but he is Big Show. Now, at Money-in-the-Bank, these two big men would square off one-on-one as Ryback defends the Intercontinental Championship for the first time against “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show. Also at Money-in-the-Bank, while their New Day partner Kofi Kingston will be taking part in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, Big E & Xavier Woods would be defending the WWE Tag Team Titles as The New Day defends the tag team division’s top prize against The Prime Time Players.
- Kickoff Exclusive: R-Truth def. King Barrett by roll-up.
- Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match: Sheamus (with Bray Wyatt) def. Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Neville, Dolph Ziggler, Kane, & Kofi Kingston (with Big E & Xavier Woods) to win the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity.
- Divas Championship: Nikki Bella (c) (with Brie Bella) def. Paige by pin following the Rack Attack to retain.
- Intercontinental Championship: Big Show def. Ryback (c) by DQ after The Miz interferes. As a result, Ryback (c) retains.
- Champion vs. Champion: Non-Title: John Cena def. Kevin Owens by pin following the Attitude Adjustment.
- WWE Tag Team Championship: The Prime Time Players def. Big E & Xavier Woods (c) by Titus O’Neil pinning Xavier Woods (c) following the Clash of the Titus to win the WWE Tag Team Titles.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Ladder Match: Seth Rollins (c) def. Dean Ambrose to retain.
See page 2 for detailed results.