Money in the Bank (2014)
|Money in the Bank (2014)|
Promotional poster featuring various WWE wrestlers.
|"Money in the Bank" by Jim Johnston|
|Sponsor(s)||Diet Mountain Dew|
|Date||June 29, 2014|
|WWE Network event chronology|
|Money in the Bank chronology|
Money in the Bank (2014) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It took place on June 29, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the fifth annual Money in the Bank event.
Eight matches took place at the event, with no match aired on the pre-show. The titular ladder match for the Money in the Bank contract was won by Seth Rollins. The main event was a Ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which was won by John Cena. The event received 122,000 buys (excluding WWE Network views), down from the previous year's 199,000 buys.
The event is named after the Money In The Bank ladder match, in which multiple wrestlers use ladders to retrieve a briefcase hanging above the ring. The winner is guaranteed a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at a time of their choosing within the next year. On the June 2 episode of Raw, Alberto Del Rio qualified for the match by defeating Dolph Ziggler. The following week, following Daniel Bryan being stripped of his WWE World Championship due to injury, Stephanie McMahon changed the match into a ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship itself. The same night, Triple H placed Randy Orton into the match, while United States Champion Sheamus and Cesaro defeated Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett and Rob Van Dam respectively to qualify. On the June 13 episode of SmackDown, Bray Wyatt qualified for the match after defeating Dean Ambrose (with interference from Seth Rollins). On the June 16 episode of Raw, John Cena won a spot in the match by defeating Kane in a Stretcher match, and Roman Reigns qualified for the match by winning a 19-man battle royal. On the June 23 episode of Raw, Kane was added to the match by Triple H.
|1||Damien Sandow||Multiple wrestlers||00:37|
|2||Santino Marella||Bo Dallas||01:36|
|6||Titus O'Neil||Roman Reigns||03:42|
|7||Sin Cara||Jack Swagger||04:14|
|8||Jack Swagger||Kofi Kingston||06:50|
|9||Kofi Kingston||Ryback and Curtis Axel||07:37|
|10||Dolph Ziggler||Ryback and Curtis Axel||07:41|
|13||Curtis Axel||Roman Reigns||10:25|
|14||Rob Van Dam||Bo Dallas and Bad News Barrett||11:55|
|15||Bad News Barrett||Roman Reigns||12:42|
|16||Big E||Bo Dallas||12:51|
|17||Bo Dallas||Roman Reigns||13:04|
During the feud between John Cena and Bray Wyatt, WWE Tag Team Champions Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso inserted themselves in the rivalry alongside Cena to counteract Wyatt Family members Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. At Payback, The Usos were once again be in Cena's corner to even the odds and in the process, Cena defeated Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing match to end the feud. The next night on Raw, Rowan and Harper shifted their attention to The Usos, defeating the latter in a non-title tag team match on the June 2 episode of Raw. Due to this win, they earned a match for the Tag Team Championship at the pay-per-view.
On the June 17 episode of Main Event, a Money In The Bank ladder match was added to the event, with Seth Rollins declaring himself the first participant in the match. On June 23 episode of Raw, Triple H added Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, Kofi Kingston, and Jack Swagger to the match. Later that night (after Dean Ambrose threatened to disrupt the pay-per-view), Rollins requested Ambrose be added to the match, to which Triple H agreed. On the June 27 episode of SmackDown, Barret suffered an injury, causing him to be removed removed from the match.
At Payback, after a loss to RybAxel, Cody Rhodes told his brother, Goldust, that he deserves a better partner than him. Following Payback, Goldust was unsuccessful in defeating Rybaxel with his new partners, chosen for him by Cody. On the June 16 episode of Raw, Cody debuted as his new moniker of Stardust, and began teaming with his brother to defeat the team Rybaxel. On the June 24 episode of Main Event, Rybaxel challenged Stardust and Goldust to a match at the pay-per-view, which they accepted.
After Fandango had replaced his dance partner Summer Rae with Layla, Summer Rae attacked Layla on the May 19 episode of Raw. They continued to attack each other and interfere in Fandango's matches, thus setting up a match at the pay-per-view, with Fandango as the special guest referee.
Since his debut, Rusev was presented as a Russian super athlete. His manager, Lana, insulted the United States many times. This included an attack on WWE Hall of Famer Jim Duggan, known for his patriotic gimmick, who was saved by Big E. Big E and Rusev had a match at Payback, but Big E was defeated by Rusev. After the event, they continued to attack each other, setting up a rematch at the pay-per-view.
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The pre-show was provided by pre-show panel of Renee Young, Booker T, Christian and Alex Riley. The English commentators were Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and John "Bradshaw" Layfield while there were also Spanish and German commentators ringside. Lilian Garcia and Justin Roberts were ring announcers.
During the pre-show, Daniel Bryan came out to speak about his health and being stripped of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The former champion led the Boston fans in an echoing "Yes!" chant and said that his recovery was going poorly and that he didn't know when he'd be back. He promised to return better than ever and to win back his title. Bo Dallas walked down to the ring and tried to cheer Bryan up. Bryan called Dallas a "Bo-ner" then mocked his "Bolieve" catchphrase, telling him "Bo, leave" before leading another round of chants.
The actual pay-per-view opened with The Usos defending their WWE Tag Team Championship against The Wyatt Family's Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. With The Usos waiting for them, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper slunk toward the ring. Jey Uso attacked first, kicking Harper in the gut before tagging his brother in. The Wyatt Family soon stopped the champs' momentum, though. Uppercuts and boots to the throat briefly had The Usos down. Jey fought back, diving at Rowan and earning a number of near-falls. Rowan snatched back control by pushing Jey off the top rope into the security barricade. The match slowed at this point, with Harper and Rowan alternating vicious attacks on Jey, who finally managed to tag out. Jimmy went on a flurry, dropping both foes. Two superkicks weren't enough to keep Harper down. The Wyatts performed a two-man slam on Jey but Jimmy interrupted the pinfall attempt and knocked Rowan off the top rope. After two splashes, the Usos[who?] kept Rowan down for the three-count.
After that, Paige defended the WWE Divas Championship against Naomi. In the beginning, Paige and Naomi locked up on the outside. Naomi flung Paige off the apron onto the floor before hitting a suicide dive on the champion. Naomi controlled the match and bent Paige's arms backwards in a submission hold. After the match had spilled outside the ring, Paige used the Stump Puller on Naomi. Cameron looked on from ringside unamused. Naomi responded with a short flurry. The Rear View wasn't enough to beat Paige, and her split-legged moonsault attempt failed when she landed on Paige's raised knees. Paige hit a her RamPaige cradle DDT for the pinfall. After the match, the Funkadactyls showed more tension with Naomi being disinterested in talking to her partner.
In the third match Damien Sandow wrestled Adam Rose. Dressed as Paul Revere, Sandow insulted the Boston fans. Adam Rose soon followed him, joined by his dance-happy entourage. Rose rubbed his butt in Sandow's face, but Sandow fought back with forearms to the back, elbows to the sternum and a stomp. In the end, Sandow missed with a moonsault and Rose hit the Party Foul for the win.
The next match was a Money in the Bank ladder match. Bad News Barrett was injured and was kept out of the match. That left Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Rob Van Dam, Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in the fray. Ambrose hurled himself at Rollins right away. The two former comrades brawled near the timekeeper area while the other combatants battled[clarification needed]. Kingston repeatedly leaped from, crashed onto and swung ladders. He went for the briefcase early, but Ambrose pushed him down. Ambrose and Rollins struggled to suplex each other onto a ladder until the former succeeded. Ziggler and Kingston darted up toward the briefcase but were stopped by a ladder shot from Rollins. Van Dam cleared the ring for his own attempt at the briefcase. Several wrestlers went on flurries, including Swagger, who sent Van Dam crashing from high above the ring. The powerhouse[who?] later emptied the ring and tried for the case but had his legs pulled. Ambrose and Rollins traded fists with the briefcase swinging just above them. In the ensuing chaos, Ambrose emerged with his left arm limp at his side, which forced him out of the match. Van Dam soon clutched his hamstring after falling, and Kingston hurled Rollins into a ladder in what looked like something out of a demolition derby. Ziggler emerged from the wreckage, but an injured ankle slowed his ascent too much. Ambrose barreled back into the match and wrecked Rollins's back with steel-chair shots, but Kane ran in and prevented his victory. After a Tombstone Piledriver, Ambrose was out, allowing Rollins to climb to the top and retrieve the briefcase.
In the fifth match Gold and Stardust faced Ryback and Curtis Axel. Crouching in the center of the ring, Stardust inspired a look of confusion from Curtis Axel. Stardust sprinted around the ring, knocking Axel off balance before Ryback tried to slow the face-painted star. Stardust was too agile and quick for The Big Guy, though. It wasn't until Goldust tagged in that RybAxel took control. Axel pounded him before Ryback wrapped his arm around his neck. The heels used quick tags to stay fresh as they kept The Bizarre One down. Momentum shifted when Stardust got back in, as he dodged Ryback's blows, sprang around the ring and sent Axel out of the ring. Ryback went for Shell Shocked, but Stardust turned it into Cross Rhodes. That didn't get him the win, but a schoolboy pin soon after did. The action continued after the bell, the Rhodes brothers fighting off Axel and celebrating in the ring.
The sixth match was a singles match between Rusev and Big E. After planting the Russian flag at ringside, Rusev bowed in the ring. Lana struggled to get her speech started thanks to "USA!" chants. Once she did, she praised Vladimir Putin and looked down on America, as per usual. Big E and Rusev slugged it out. The sound of fists on ribs filled the TD Garden. Big E went for the spear off the apron that he hit at Payback, but Rusev waited for him with a knee to the jaw. Rusev then smashed his foot into Big E's back and head. After Big E dropped Rusev on his head, Rusev grew angry, swinging his fists like clubs. Big E responded with slams and suplexes before nailing the spear off the apron he went for earlier. Both men were stunned and rolled back into the ring. A kick to Big E's ear got him control of the match once more. He riled himself up, howling along with Lana before bending his foe's back in The Accolade. Big E fought to escape but eventually submitted.
In the next match, Summer Rae faced Layla with Fandango as the special guest referee. Summer went to kiss Fandango, but Layla attacked her, bent Summer's legs in a submission hold as Fandango swiveled his hips. Summer came back, tossing her opponent around by the hair but Layla hit Summer with a kick for the pinfall.
The final match was a Ladder Match for the vacated WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The participants were Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, John Cena, Kane, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Sheamus.The Authority watched from ringside as all eight men entered the ring. The bout opened with a brawl where old rivals went after each other. Sheamus and Cesaro collided, as did Wyatt and Cena. Cesaro and Del Rio fought over a ladder but still managed to crack it against Orton. Wyatt flung himself into it, sending his foes rolling out of the ring. Reigns had a moment alone on the ladder, but Sheamus charged at him. Kane then ruined Sheamus' hopes of winning. Several competitors climbed up at the same time, but Kane started pushing everyone aside. Kane then held the ladder for Orton, but Reigns cleared the way for himself. The match picked up intensity here. Wyatt forced Sheamus and Cesaro to hang above the ring. Orton and Sheamus brawled outside the ring. Using a propped-up ladder, Orton hit The Celtic Warrior with a DDT. Orton looked to be en route to the titles when the entire field converged on the ladder. Kane thinned out the battle before slugging it out with Sheamus. The Irishman went on a run, hitting ring-rattling slams on everyone within reach. One ladder crammed into another until they became a central figure. Men fought atop the contraption as others pushed it and slammed each other into it before Kane dismantled it. Reigns hit a pair of Superman punches that sent Kane and Orton out of the ring, then ran around the ring nailing folks with dropkicks. That left Cena and Reigns alone in a one-on-one battle that Reigns won courtesy of the spear. It looked as if Orton was going to win, but he couldn't climb high enough. Sheamus, Cesaro, Wyatt and Del Rio also had close calls. Kane looked to help Orton once more, but Cena knocked both men over and yanked the championship off its hook, thus winning his 15th world championship.
Randy Orton received medical assistance after the event. He received 11 staples to close the gash in his head suffered during the main event of Money in the Bank.
The following night on Raw, The Authority held a mock celebration for the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena and revealed he would be featured on the cover of the WWE 2K15 video game, but Cena made it clear that he would not allow The Authority to control him. Triple H then scheduled a Fatal four-way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Battleground between Cena, Orton, Kane, and Reigns. In a tag team match between those four superstars later in the night, Seth Rollins attempted to cash in his briefcase against an assaulted Cena for his championship, but was stopped by Dean Ambrose, who earlier in the show declared that he'd be there to stop Rollins from cashing in his briefcase successfully.
Also on Raw, AJ Lee returned and defeated Paige for the Divas Championship.
Bad News Barrett, who had been removed from the Money in the Bank ladder match due to injury, was also stripped of his Intercontinental Championship. A battle royal for the vacant championship, scheduled for Battleground, was won by The Miz.
At WrestleMania 31, Seth Rollins successfully cashed in his Money In The Bank contract and inserted himself into the title match between champion Brock Lesnar and Royal Rumble winner Roman Reigns. Rollins pinned Reigns to win the title and went on to defend the title until sustaining an inury in November 2015.
The event received generally positive reviews. PWTorch James Caldwell described the Money in the Bank Ladder match as an "excellent MITB ladder match that had a little bit of everything", focusing in the Ambrose-Rollins feud and gave it 4¼ stars out of five. Also, he compared the Money in the Bank match and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship ladder match and said that "not as good as the similar MITB ladder match, as there were too many wrestlers in the match, the middle really dragged, and this felt more disorganized and cluttered than the nicely-structured previous match." Caldwell felt it was the "right decision for Cena to win" to set up his match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam in two months. He gave the main event 3 stars out of five.
PWInsider Dave Scherer criticized the decision to crown John Cena as champion. According to him, he "hated the result" and "it's the wrong decision and I think the crowd was very representative of how many fans felt tonight as they cheered for a lot of new talent and groaned at a lot of the older talent". Also, he liked the opener, the Money in the Bank ladder match and the Rusev vs. Big E match.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter gave the Money in the Bank ladder match 4½ stars out of five while the WWE World Heavyweight Championship ladder match was given 4 stars out of five.
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