The Weekly Wrestling Wrap-Up #12
Hello, folks. Sorry that we missed you last week, but yours truly was at a family reunion, so I only managed to watch RAW. Still, it’s not like I missed a Pay-Per-View, right? Speaking of Pay-Per-Views, the WWE held their Money in the Bank show this past week. I’ll discuss what happened, as well as the fallout from it. Meanwhile, TNA held an Impact Special Episode that used to be a pay-per-view, Destination X, featuring X-Division matches and Chris Sabin’s title shot. As for Ring of Honor, they’re going in to a couple of big weeks, but did they do anything monumental in a transitional week? Let’s cue the graphic!
NOTE: The column, as promised, will have a new format for a bit. If it works, feel free to say so. If you liked the previous layout, note that. If you think something else could work, let us know. This column is still a work in progress, so we’re quite willing to change things up. With that, let’s get to the news!
Randy Orton wins the Money in the Bank All-Stars Match: Well, that was the only logical way to go, if you’re leaving Daniel Bryan without the guaranteed shot. This match was all kinds of crazy almost from the get-go. Rob Van Dam was the guy that many were thinking might be protected, since the match promotion centered heavily on RVD’s triumphant return. Instead, the man looked better here than he did in TNA for anything outside of his matches with Jerry Lynn. CM Punk’s drama with Paul Heyman that ended with the obvious betrayal (and if you did not see that coming, get your head checked) is definitely the big story here. As for Sheamus and Christian, they were filler, but they managed to look like they had a chance, even though there was no way that they were winning the briefcase. The match itself was flat-out great, as most Money in the Bank contests usually are (there have been a few disappointments), but few multi-man matches can be completely incredible, mostly due to the action never quite being perfectly logical.
John Cena defeated Mark Henry via submission to retain the WWE Championship: Let’s face it – there was no way that Mark Henry was going to leave Money in the Bank as the WWE champion. The most that we could have hoped for was a solid competition between the two men, and strangely enough, that’s exactly what we got. Mark Henry was shown as an incredibly dominant man who was giving Cena a run for his money, so much that Cena could not straight up out-fight the World’s Strongest Man. Meanwhile, Cena was shown as a champion who was incredibly skilled, and knew exactly what needed to be done to win. The submission victory was the right call here, with Cena not over-powering Henry, but rather out-wrestling the man. This wasn’t epic, but it did what needed to be done, and it did it well enough that it was worth watching.
Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler via disqualification to retain the World Heavyweight Championship: There are times where you get the feeling that somebody got to a certain point solely because the crowd was heavily supporting him. Dolph Ziggler repeatedly losing title matches feels like it’s a main event level Zack Ryder push (which would be ironic, given that Ziggler really got over his #HEEL bit on Z:TLIS). This is one of them. I get that AJ would justify what she did as a way to protect Dolph’s concussion, but it was clear that Ziggler didn’t need any help. They were teasing a break-up before this, but if this is the catalyst, I’m cringing, because I really wanted to see Dolph legitimately win a belt.
Ryback defeated Chris Jericho via rollup: How did we get here? Skip Sheffield was supposed to be the muscle in the Nexus, and then he got hurt. He came back with a new name and got incredibly dominant. Then he had the Shield best him repeatedly, went in to a rivalry with Mark Henry for which I still don’t understand the impetus, had a title shot against John Cena, and then … this. He’s scared of getting injured, he’s trying to prove he can hang when he clearly can’t, and then, he gets the victory over the Ayatollah of Rock-n-Roll-a not by dominating his opponent but by a cheap little man tactic. Sure, Jericho is headed on tour, and a win is a win, but come on, you could have at least had him get the victory in a more obvious manner.
AJ Lee defeated Kaitlyn to retain the Divas Championship: It might just be me, but with the way that AJ has been rolling with Big E, part of me thinks that she’s got a side deal with him, instead of Big E supporting her because he’s Dolph Ziggler’s ally. As for the match itself, this was a huge brawl with little psychology outside of AJ being scared and Kaitlyn being hurt. On the plus side, the WWE is really working at making AJ’s signature submission seem incredibly dangerous, so this worked well enough. It was kind of surprising to see two titles defended via submission, but both times, they made sense.
Curtis Axel defeated The Miz with a neckbreaker to retain the Intercontinental Championship: This might just be me, but part of me wonders why they even have Axel use the Perfectplex if it’s never going to actually end the match for him. It underscores that Axel isn’t quite the man his father was, and that’s a drawback to this entire situation. Really, this match, more than the Divas match, was the one that you could skip and not miss anything incredibly important. Axel’s involvement during the Money in the Bank All-Stars match was more interesting. The real crux of all of this is that, considering it’s The Miz, we’re probably going to eventually get Part 83 of this rivalry.
Damien Sandow wins the other Money in the Bank match: Well, considering the field, I was kind of surprised that they didn’t give the belt to Dean Ambrose. Fandango’s momentum kind of died due to injury, there’s no way Swagger’s getting near the title again, Cesaro is just starting a new push, Barrett was always going to be background noise, and Ambrose and Rhodes were the laughingstocks of the tag team division. On the other hand, Sandow had been seen on television without Cody just as often as he had been seen with him. Also, he could claim that he kept lesser men from winning the briefcase. The betrayal at the end was great, and the fact that Cody keeps getting fan reactions in spite of appearing totally useless half of the time really speaks to just how much we as fans want him to succeed. Sandow and Rhodes are the right men to come out of this swinging, so for once, I kind of feel compelled to say, “Thank you,” when Sandow says his second catch phrase (“ignoramuses” is his first).
The Shield (Rollins and Reigns) defeated The Usos to retain the Tag Team Championships: Well, that was kind of random, as far as relegating a match to the pre-show. Personally, I would have gone with Miz and Axel. But I guess you can’t always put that belt on the free broadcast. Still, the Usos are actually getting some decent fan reactions, so even with this card placement, the fact that they didn’t face a quick and immediate domination was good enough for me. Plus side, at least The Shield still has the belts, right?
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