Whether it actually takes place or not remains to be seen, but the next scheduled WWE PPV is the annual WWE Money In The Bank event. With Coronavirus keeping everyone locked down, I have begun re-watching every WWE MITB event in history, starting at the very beginning in 2010.
Over the course of the next few weeks as WWE builds up to the 2020 show, which will be the 10th anniversary of the event, I will be reviewing all the shows that have come before it. I’ll take a look at the good, the bad, and the crazy bumps that come along with it.
There have been some unforgettable WWE Money In The Bank shows over the years, and this PPV has become one of the most important of the year because of that. So, without anymore messing around let’s jump into the 2010 review!
WWE SmackDown MITB Ladder Match: Kane, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Christian, ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes, Matt Hardy, Drew McIntyre, & Big Show
The first-ever WWE Money In The Bank PPV could only start one way really, couldn’t it? That was with a MITB ladder match, of course! This was for the blue brand and for an opportunity to cash in on the World Heavyweight Champion, who on this show was Rey Mysterio.
Ths line-up had a great mix of veteran talents and upcoming stars but it was clear that the overwhelming fan favorite here was Matt Hardy. He was the man the fans desperately wanted to see win this one, as every time he gets anywhere near the briefcase the audience went wild.
Sadly, it wasn’t to be for Matt, but he and Christian did have a huge role to play in this one. They were the thread that really kept the match together, playing off their ladder match experience, teaming up at times and facing off at others, which was fun to watch.
It arguably ran a little long for a ladder match, but overall it was a solid enough bout and while it’s not the greatest ever MITB match, it’s entertaining. Big Show played his part well, being too big for a normal ladder, introducing his giant ladder instead (despite a major struggle to get it in the ring.)
Everyone eventually ganged up on him and dumped ladders on top of him to rule him out of this one. While it wasn’t a spot-heavy match, there was one huge moment where Kofi Kingston leapt off a ladder to put Drew McIntyre through the announce table, which looked great.
Despite Drew’s major beatdown, as you can see above, he played a big part in the finish. With everyone taken out, the Scotsman climbed from the rubble and made his way up the ladder. At the time, he was receiving a big push and it seemed like this was his moment, until Kane returned, Chokeslamming McIntyre to win.
When did he cash in: Well, keep reading and you’ll find out.
Divas Championship Match: Alicia Fox (c) vs Eve Torres
Watching this match reminded me that Alicia Fox was a very talented wrestler and it’s a shame she never really got more of an opportunity to showcase that during the women’s revolution. They didn’t get long here, as WWE hadn’t realised that women could make long matches work yet, sadly.
However, Foxy worked on the back nicely throughout the entire match, targetting the area and that played into the finish. Eve Torres went for a high-risk move, but Foxy got the knees up, hurting the back further to set up her Axe Kick finish. Good storytelling.
Unified Tag Team Championship Match: Hart Dynasty w/Natalya (c) vs The Usos w/Tamina Snuka
Had this match gone longer than six minutes, it might have been something memorable, but instead, we got a quick sprint of a match to simply fill time on the card. This came long before anybody involved at reached their peak, but it was clear to see that they all had huge prospects.
Thet put on a competitive match for the time given, with Tamina attempting a distraction which led to the finish. Sadly for her, Natalya pulled her off the ring apron and DH Smith was able to lock in the Sharpshooter for the win.
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Rey Mysterio (c) vs Jack Swagger
People often look back to Jack Swagger’s run in the World Title scene during this period negatively, and while it could have been better, there were many great moments. This match was one of them. While he didn’t get the win, he did put in a brilliant performance.
The story heading into this match was that Rey Mysterio had an ankle injury due to an attack from Swagger in the build. Of course, Swagger focused on that all match and attacked it repeatedly with Mysterio selling it as well as you’d expect.
There was some great near falls and moments where it seemed like Swagger would take it, including the finish. Mysterio loosened his boot, which seemed to be due to the pain, and when Swagger reversed a 619 into an Ankle Lock it looked like it was over.
However, Rey loosened it for another reason, slipping out of the boot and rolling up Jack to retain. After the match, Swagger attacked Mysterio more until Kane made the save, chasing Swagger to the back. But his music then hit, leading to…
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Rey Mysterio (c) vs Kane
As I teased earlier, Kane made the decision to cash in the very same night he won the briefcase, creating the fastest cash-in ever. This was a fun moment and it was certainly surprising as nobody expected a cash in as quickly as this.
It made sense to do it on the first-ever WWE Money In The Bank PPV, as it gave fans something to remember from the show. There’s not much to review about the match itself as Kane quickly attacked the injured ankle of Rey, hitting a Chokeslam for the win.
This led to Kane’s greatest run as World Champion in WWE as he would soon feud with his returning brother, The Undertaker. It was a run he certainly deserved for all his years of service, and this was a memorable way to kick it off.
Women’s Championship Match: Layla w/Michelle McCool (c) vs Kelly Kelly w/Tiffany
This…was not good. It barely lasted five minutes and there was very little of note taking place within it. Tiffany might as well not have bothered coming out she did that little on the outside, and Matt Striker was particularly insufferable on commentary throughout this one. That’s about all that is worth saying here. Oh, and Layla retained.
WWE Raw MITB Ladder Match: Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, The Miz, Mark Henry, Ted DiBiase Jr., John Morrison, Evan Bourne, Edge
This was a much more star-studded ladder match than the PPV opener with several huge names participating here, which helped make the first PPV feel important. The match itself had less of a story than the opening bout and was more of people just hitting spots.
Mark Henry was particularly impressive in his role as the ‘big man’ here, although we got less of Chris Jericho and Edge than was expected. Of course, Evan Bourne and John Morrison dazzled with some fantastic and innovative moves to make an impact and pop the crowd.
Surprisingly, it was The Miz who walked away with the briefcase here, which in hindsight was a great decision as it really did establish him as a legitimate main event threat. It’s slightly weaker than the opening match, but at the same time, it’s not the worst MITB you’ll see either.
When did he cash in: On Monday Night Raw the day after WWE Survivor Series. Miz beat Randy Orton to become WWE Champion.
Steel Cage WWE Championship Match: Sheamus (c) vs John Cena
Firstly, WWE’s decision to not have a ladder match headline this show was quite an odd one. Most times with gimmick PPVs such as this, it is one of those matches which gets the main event spot unless it’s a huge match (case in point MITB 2011.)
However, this wasn’t really a match worthy of that spot, especially with the flat ending it provided the PPV. The steel cage match itself was fine, but it really wasn’t anything special. This was still fairly early into Sheamus’ big run in the main event scene and he and John Cena didn’t quite click to create a five-star classic here.
It was a lot of power moves, resting, attempting to leave the cage a few times. Basically, a very paint by numbers steel cage match. However, this was also the time that Nexus was running rough shot over WWE and they impacted on the finish. Surrounding the ring and attacking John Cena as he tries to escape, allowing Sheamus to climb the other side for a win.
The finish was just very disappointing for a PPV main event and the silence from the live audience echoed that sentiment. John Cena managed to take out a couple of Nexus members as the rest chased Sheamus away and the ending was just a very strange one overall.
Stars of the show
2. The Miz
3. Matt Hardy
4. Jack Swagger
5. Rey Mysterio
Overall, this isn’t the strongest start for the WWE Money In The Bank PPVs. While it’s not a bad show by any stretch, it also isn’t anywhere near as good as some of the events that followed it (spoiler.) The show has several really good matches, with both the ladder matches being enjoyable. However, the show is then pulled back by some very poor matches and a lacklustre main event to match. It’s a shame, as with a few stronger matches dotted around, this could have been a great show.
Match Of The Month: The Top 10 WWE Matches (February, 2021)
Last month I kicked off a new feature, where I run down the 10 best WWE matches of the month from across all shows and PPV events. January saw some very good matches take place (which you can check HERE), but the month of February actually saw that stepped up a notch.
So, without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at what my top 10 matches for February were in the world of WWE.
Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week #7)
It’s Sunday, you know what that means. As ever, it is time to Break It Down, as we take a detailed look back on the last week of wrestling, taking a look at what has worked, and what has fallen short, in what’s been another action-packed set of shows.
As ever, there have been some highlights and lowlights, but there have been some brilliant matches throughout the week which have kept fans entertained. But which of the shows was the true standout?
WWE Raw continued in its recent tradition of being a very long three-hour show, and while certain moments worked, and were enjoyable, there are too many moments that simply don’t work. The Miz TV opening segment wasn’t exciting, but it does make sense on his behalf to pull out of the Elimination Chamber.
The six-man tag team match featuring The Hurt Business against Riddle and Lucha House Party was a very average match, and the Lacey Evans announcement renders that recent storyline fairly pointless. It’s not been a great story anyway, and the fact a tag team match had Asuka as a bit-part player just showcases where the women’s division is at right now.
Kofi Kingston and The Miz did have a nice match against each other, which was great to see, but the overwhelming positive of this show was the gauntlet match. It’s a stipulation WWE typically does very good at, and this was no different.
WWE Network Recap: ‘WWE The Day Of’ Royal Rumble 2021
The following is a recap of the new ‘WWE The Day Of’ special that dropped on the WWE Network (LINK) today, taking us behind the scenes of the 2021 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
The show opened with classic clips of Pat Patterson talking about how much everyone loves the Royal Rumble and the process behind how he came up with the match. “We’re always trying to be creative and do something that’s never been done.” He had to convince Vince McMahon that it was going to work as he didn’t initially believe it was viable. Patterson also told a story about “Nature Boy” Ric Flair coming through the curtain in ’92 after winning the world title “crying like a baby” and hugging him.
Edge and Christian were shown arriving at the ThunderDome for the 2021 Royal Rumble. They actually shared a dressing room for the show, I imagine for the first time since Edge retired.
Edge talked about the Rumble being based in fan interaction and the challenges of adapting to the pandemic. Now there’s a lot of going out and trying something, then going back and looking on social media to see the reactions and if it worked.
Christian said he’s been asked for years literally everywhere he goes if he’ll ever wrestle another match. Until six months ago he genuinely thought the answer was no, and didn’t like the idea that the last time fans ever saw him would be that segment where Randy Orton punted him.
Damian Priest said the Royal Rumble was his favorite WWE event of the entire year going back to watching as a little kid. “It’s the dream, man. I think part of the process of achieving your dreams is just making it to the company. … In NXT I was one in the back thinking I don’t know if I belong here sometimes, because there’s so much talent, and I don’t know if I can hang. But I figured out a way to belong, and a way to excel. That’s my goal here.”
Shane Helms was asked if he was nervous coming back, but said he was never a person to get a lot of nerves before a big moment. He talked about being a backstage guy now and enjoying every opportunity he has to help someone achieve their goals, but when he sees that ring or walks into the arena there’s a little voice in the back of his head going “you can do it one more time!” Helms said he was okay if his in-ring career ends in the Royal Rumble because it’s his favorite event of all time.
Bad Bunny was shown rehearsing his song with Booker T, which they apparently did in one take. He met various Superstars backstage including Charlotte Flair, who talked about being able to understand Spanish but getting super nervous trying to speak it in front of people. Bunny admitted he was the same with English.
Torrie Wilson said the best part about coming back is seeing all her old friends and the people she watches on TV now. She was really excited to get in the ring with Bianca Belair, calling her a “badass”.
Carlito didn’t know what to expect as obviously this year’s Rumble was very different than any before it, but he was excited to make his walk down a WWE ramp for the first time in ten years. They showed footage of him winning the Intercontinental Championship. “I’m excited to mix it up with the young ones, the old-timers, everybody. It’s what I came for, to compete with everybody. I’m proud to be one of the surprise entrants. Hopefully some people will be happy about it, and some will remember who I was.”
Victoria opened up about her doubts and the pressure she put on herself to be perfect and have an amazing match. She said she was very nervous to meet all the new girls in the locker room, but they were very warm and nice to her and she seemed to be having a great time visiting.
Seth Rollins reiterated that the Rumble is the most fan-interactive WWE event of the year, so he hoped they were able to connect with the fans and bring them something exciting, as well as keep up the energy for the performers in the ring who don’t have live fans to feed off.
Ember Moon said a lot of the same things we’ve already heard but you can tell she’s such a huge fan and is serious when she talks about wanting to headline WrestleMania since she was a kid, watching her favorites point at the sign after winning the Royal Rumble year after year.
An awesome video package recapped the Women’s Royal Rumble match with all the important moments, surprise entrants and eliminations until it came down to the final three.
An emotional Montez Ford was shown backstage watching Bianca Belair win the match. When she came back through the curtain all the producers and women in the match gave her a standing ovation and chanted “EST! EST!” but she went straight to Montez and as she said, “sat in that moment together”.
Bianca also had a moment with Triple H where he hugged her and told her that he believed in her, and that “this is only the first step.” She also spoke to Ric Flair who congratulated her with a big smile on his face and when she admitted she didn’t know what to do next, he said, “This is the real deal. It’s like winning the Super Bowl. You enjoy it.”
Big E paid tribute to Brodie Lee as they showed off the special New Day gear they were all wearing in his memory. Xavier Woods showed the different Brodie poses they had and explained them to Ruby Riott. Big E had to walk off camera, and Woods broke down nearly crying and said “I just miss my friend….”
Much like the women’s match, they ran a video package recapping the highlights from the Men’s Royal Rumble match, interspersed with comments from the performers throughout.
An emotional Edge talked about winning the match and how important it was for him to do it on the same night that his best friend Christian returned, just like him, after being told he would never wrestle again.
“It means a lot. I assumed this was all done. If you had told me four years ago that I would be in the Royal Rumble, going in first and winning it to go to WrestleMania… I still feel like I need to pinch myself. Next to my family, that means the most to me.” … “If you wrote this as a script for Hollywood they’d say it was impossible, that it could never happen. Yet here we are. I don’t get it, and I think I’m going to stop trying to get it, and just enjoy it. It’s happening, and it’s awesome.”
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