By Ryan Clark on June 19, 2016
Event: WWE Money In The Bank 2016 Pay-Per-View
Airdate: Sunday, June 19th, 2016 (Pay-Per-View)
Location: The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Results by Jason Namako of Wrestleview.com
NOTE: Mauro Ranallo and Byron Saxton are the commentary team for the Kickoff Show matches.
Kickoff Show: The Golden Truth (Goldust and R-Truth) vs. Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango)
Breezeango come out looking like lobsters from their tanning failure in an angle shot earlier this week. Fandango and Truth start. Fandango can’t lock up because of his sun-burned skin. Truth with chops. Breeze gets hurt just by being tagged in. Truth with shots to Breeze’s sun-burned skin. Golden Truth with double chops to Breeze. More chops by Goldust. Breeze stops Shattered Dreams, but Goldust with another shot to the ribs. Breeze with a knee to Truth. Truth with another back shot to Fandango. Corner punches by Truth. Fandango with a chopblock on Truth. Breezenago takes control on Truth, working on his leg. Truth comes back on Fandango. Goldust off the hot tag, drop-down shot to Breeze, catches Fandango off the ropes with an inverted atomic drop. Breeze avoids the running bulldog. Truth gets Breeze outside as Fandango is tagged in.
Final Cut (Suplex Neckbreaker) by Goldust on Fandango gets Golden Truth the win.
Winners: Golden Truth by pinfall (Final Cut)
Golden Truth celebrate their win after.
Perfectly fine match. Fun comedy involving Breezeango being sun-burned. Finally getting somewhere with Golden Truth after all this time. Really like the Breezenago pairing. Thumbs up start to me.
Kickoff Show: The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) vs. The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara)
Kalisto and Bubba start. Bubba talks trash early. Kalisto gets away from the Dudleys’ corner, constantly evading them. D-Von stops Kalisto, but Kalisto fights back with a rana. Springboard crossbody and moonsault by Cara to both of the Dudleys. Stereo flip dives by Lucha Dragons wipe out the Dudleys outside. Dudleys come back by crotching the Lucha Dragons on separate turnbuckles.
– Commercial –
We’re back as the Dudleys take control on Cara, working over his leg. “We want tables” chants by the crowd. Running elbow drop by D-Von gets 2. Flying reverse elbow by D-Von only gets a 1 count. Vertical suplex by Bubba gets 2. Bubba says he should rip Cara’s mask off. Bubba mocks the “Lucha” chant, Cara comes back with a dropkick. Kalisto off the hot tag, springboard seated senton to D-Von. Springboard corkscrew attack, spike rana, another springboard seated senton to D-Von, Bubba breaks up the pin. Deadly Device by Dudleys on Kalisto, Cara breaks up the pin. D-Von accidentally clotheslines Bubba. Roll-up by Kalisto for a close 2. Kalisto avoids 3-D, D-Von sent outside. Salida Del Sol to Bubba.
Dragon Bomb by Cara gets Lucha Dragons the win.
Winners: Lucha Dragons by pinfall (Salida Del Sol/Dragon Bomb combo)
Lucha Dragons celebrate their win after.
Good tag match. Dudleys continue to be very fun on this latest run at making the new, young tag teams look like a million bucks. Revitalized win for Lucha Dragons as hopefully they get back into title contention after Kalisto’s underwhelming US Title run. Good stuff.
Opening video package looks at Las Vegas and the big matches on tonight’s PPV.
Commentary welcomes us to the show.
WWE Tag Team Titles – Fatal 4-Way: The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) w/Xavier Woods (c’s) vs. The Club (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch)
Enzo’s wearing a Vegas-themed outfit. Enzo and Cass do their usual shtick on their entrance. Loud reaction for Enzo and Cass. New Day compare Enzo and Cass to Han Solo and Chewbacca, as well as The Vaudevillains to the Monopoly men in their pre-match promo. Woods says they will show why they are “The Elite” team in this industry, an obvious dig at Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, The Elite in New Japan, who have been going back-and-forth with New Day throughout this year on social media.
Kofi and Anderson start. Dropkick by Kofi gets a 1 count. Gallows with shots to Kofi in the corner. Kofi avoids a Club double team, missile dropkick to Anderson, while Enzo hits Gallows with a flying clothesline. Kofi rolls up Enzo for 2. Chain wrestling between the two until we get a stalemate. Both try to get the other into their corner. Cass and Big E tag in and square off. English tags himself in. Belly-to-Belly by Big E to English. Apron Splash by Big E to English. Kofi gets 2 as The Club breaks things up. All 8 men square off and do battle. New Day, Enzo and Cass all clothesline The Club and The Vaudevillains outside, then the two fan favorite teams square off. English knocks down Kofi, Vaudevillains begin to take control. Running boot by Gotch gets 2. Double jabs by Vaudevillains gets 2. Anderson tags himself in. Kofi fights out of the Club’s corner. “New Day Rocks” chants by the crowd. Enzo and English tag in. Running crossbody, jabs and a facebuster by Enzo. Gallows low-bridges Enzo outside. Roundhouse kick by Gallows gets 2. Enzo counters a slam by Gallows with a tornado DDT. Cass and Anderson get the tags. Cass cleans house on everyone. Big E backdropped outside. Empire Elbow by Cass to Anderson. Running big boot knocks English outside. Air Enzo wipes out everyone! Running big boot by Cass to Anderson. Rocket Launcher by Enzo and Cass, but Gallows pulls Enzo outside. Big boot by Cass to Gallows, Gotch sends Cass into the ringpost. Gotch avoids Trouble in Paradise by Kofi, Whiriling Divirish by Vaudevillains, Anderson breaks up the pin. Big E spears Gotch through the ropes to the outside, crashing hard. DDT by Kofi to English. Anderson blind tags in as he stops the New Day’s Midnight Hour, sending Big E outside. Gallows with a big boot to Xavier Woods. Magic Killer by the Club on English, but Big E stops the pin. Midnight Hour on Anderson by New Day.
Kofi pins English to retain the titles.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: New Day by pinfall
New Day celebrate their title retention after as we see highlights of all the carnage in this match.
Super-fun opener with a real hot, frenetic pace to it. New Day retaining is the right call as there is no reason to take the titles off them anytime soon with their immense popularity. Vaudevillains eating the pin was also the right call as they are low team on the totem pole currently. Enzo and Cass and The Club lost nothing in defeat. Loved this, nice way to kick-off the PPV proper.
Backstage promo with Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio all bickering about who is gonna win the Money in the Bank Ladder Match later on tonight.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
Ziggler tries to take down Corbin early to no avail. Corbin avoids a superkick, but Ziggler with a dropkick. Corbin slips out of a neckbreaker, hits a big right hand and takes control. Ziggler sends Corbin outside, but he quickly gets back in and clotheslines Ziggler for 2. Ziggler fights out of a Cobra Clutch, but Corbin hot-shots him across the top rope. Corbin talks trash as the crowd chants “Boring.” Another big right hand as Corbin taunts the crowd. Ziggler fights back, series of clotheslines, corner avalanche and a neckbreaker. Big elbow drop by Ziggler gets 2. Corbin blocks the Fame-Asser and a superkick and hits a big clothesline for a close 2. Corbin blocks another Fame-Asser and Snake Eyes Ziggler on the turnbuckles. Ziggler finally hits the Fame-Asser for a close 2. Corbin avoids another superkick and heads outside. Ziggler runs out after him, but Corbin hits him with Deep Six outside! Both barely get back in before the count of 10. Corbin with more shots to Ziggler. Corbin blocks the leaping DDT, Ziggler gets out of End of Days, finally hits the Superkick, but Corbin kicks out! Corbin stops Ziggler on the turnbuckles. Ziggler blocks a superplex, but Corbin crotches him.
End of Days gets Corbin the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin by pinfall (End of Days)
Solid match, Corbin put on a very good performance, in spite of the Vegas crowd chanting “Boring” during it. Ziggler is another gatekeeper at this point in his WWE tenure, but he did a good job again at making Corbin look great. I liked this.
We see Seth Rollins preparing backstage.
WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Natalya and Becky Lynch
Natalya and Dana start. Quick roll-up by Natalya for 2. Dana draws Natalya’s ire and backs up into the ropes. Natalya sweeps out Dana’s leg, running basement dropkick. Hart Attack by Lynch and Natalya to Charlotte. Double hiptoss to Dana. Stereo baseball slides by Lynch and Natalya. Lynch gets 2 on Charlotte. Roll-up by Natalya for 2. Dana knocked off the apron, but grabs Natalya’s leg, allowing Charlotte to hit a big boot for 2. Charlotte and Dana take control on Natalya. Lynch knocked off the apron, then Charlotte draws Lynch in as Dana works over Natalya. Charlotte sent into the ringpost shoulder-first, but stops Natalya from making a tag. Lynch off the hot tag, clotheslines to Dana and Charlotte. Running corner forearm, springboard one-legged kick to Dana. Bex-Plex to Charlotte, Dana breaks up the pin. Double missile dropkick by Lynch to Charlotte and Dana for a close 2. Charlotte gets out of a double suplex, big boot to Lynch. Nattie by Nature by Natalya to Charlotte. Roll-up by Charlotte with her feet on the ropes for a close 2. Sharpshooter applied by Natalya, but Dana breaks it up. Dana sends Lynch into Natalya.
Natural Selection by Charlotte to Natalya for the win.
Winners: WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte and Dana Brooke by pinfall (Natural Selection)
Charlotte and Dana celebrate their win after. Lynch helps Natalya up, but Natalya attacks Lynch and leaves her lying. Natalya leaves the ring very upset.
Run-of-the-mill tag match here. Ever since Extreme Rules, the Women’s Division has been put on ice for no real good reason. This did nothing, other than the post-match angle with Lynch and Natalya, to thaw it out. For a division that looked so promising after Wrestlemania, it unfortunately looks like we are right back where we started one year ago before the “Divas Revolution” began. Almost as if someone put the kabosh on the division becoming too popular or something, can you say Knockouts Division 2009?
Backstage promo by Dean Ambrose about the Money in the Bank Ladder Match later tonight.
Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews
Sheamus attacks Crews before the bell. Crews clotheslines Sheamus outside. Sheamus brings Crews off the apron and hits the Irish Curse backbreaker. Sheamus takes control with a series of short-arm clotheslines. Sheamus yells out “Are you not entertained?” to the crowd. Crews fights back, but Sheamus knocks him back down. Finlay Roll by Sheamus gets 2. Crews with a roll-up for 2. Crews comes back with clotheslines, a corner avalanche and a crossbody. Enziguri by Crews gets 2. Crews with a Belly-to-Belly sending Sheamus outside. Apron Moonsault by Crews wipes out Sheamus! Olympic Slam by Crews gets 2. Sheamus comes back with a powerslam for 2. Crews blocks another Irish Curse, but Sheamus stops him on the turnbuckles. Super White Noise by Sheamus, but Crews kicks out! Sheamus can’t believe it!
Sheamus argues with the ref, allowing Crews to quickly roll up Sheamus in a crucifix for the win.
Winner: Apollo Crews by pinfall (Crucifix)
Crews celebrates after while Sheamus can’t believe he lost.
Decent match with a fun flash-pin ending with Sheamus being surprised by the upstart Crews. Nothing more to it that, it was fine.
We see Roman Reigns preparing backstage.
Video package on how we got to John Cena vs. AJ Styles, which is up next.
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
Long “Let’s Go Cena, AJ Styles” dueling chants by the Vegas crowd early. Styles rolls out of an Irish whip, then says he will wrestle circles around Cena. Chain wrestling between the two as Styles continues to gloat at Cena. Cena blocks Styles going down low and hits some armdrags and a Monkey Flip, sending Styles across the ring. Styles slips out of the AA, Cena with the “You Can’t See Me” and Styles hits a big right hand. More shots by Styles, then he Tiger flips over Cena and hits more shots. Cena with a Belly-to-Belly for a 1 count. They go outside as Styles leaps over the steps to avoid them and dares Cena back in. Styles with more shots to Cena. Leaping Scissored Knee Drop by Styles for 2. Vertical suplex by Styles as he says to himself, “Is this all he’s got?” Cena fights back, but Styles avoids a corner charge. Cena comes back with a back body drop. Running shoulder tackle by Cena, but Styles comes right back with a dropkick. Cena comes back with two running shoulder tackles, but Styles slips out of the Proto-Plex and hits an enziguri. Styles sent off the turnbuckles, Cena this time hits the Proto-Plex. Styles then stops the Five Knuckle Shuffle with the Kip-Up Rana. Slingshot Forearm by Styles wipes out Cena outside! Styles taunts the crowd. Styles goes for a Tope Con Hijo, but Cena sidesteps him and Styles goes splat on the outside! Styles blocks the AA and hits the KENTA Series. Leaping corner clothesline, but Cena avoids the basement forearm, STF locked in. Styles is able to reach the ropes to force a break. Styles hot-shots Cena across the top rope. Cena stops Styles on the turnbuckles. Styles blocks a superplex and sweeps out Cena’s leg. Cena backdrops Styles, who lands across the top rope. Styles blocks a Super AA, but Cena catches him off the springboard. Cena goes for the AA, but Styles counters it into the Calf Crusher! Cena is able to reach the ropes to force a break. Styles with shots to the leg of Cena. Cena then DRILLS Styles with a big clothesline, but can’t do the Five Knuckle Shuffle due to his leg. Styles blocks the AA again, but Cena powers through it and finally hits the AA, but Styles kicks out! Cena goes for the Top Rope Fame-Asser, but Styles counters it with a powerbomb for a close 2. Both men trade shots, then Styles hits Cena with the Pele. Styles Clash by Styles, but Cena kicks out! Styles goes for the Springboard 450, but Cena gets his knees up. Styles avoids another AA, Cena blocks the Styles Clash, Styles gets out of another AA, Cena avoids the Pele, Styles gets out of the STF, Cena avoids the Phenomenal Forearm, hits another AA, but the referee is knocked down in the process. The Club runs in and lays out Cena with the Magic Killer. Styles is placed on top of Cena.
Referee comes to and Styles pins Cena for the win.
Winner: AJ Styles by pinfall
Styles celebrates his win after.
Great match with an unneeded cheap finish with the Club interfering to give Styles the win, while protecting Cena at the same time. Cena is beyond protection at this point, so doing the ending that way doesn’t help Styles in the slightest. Shame such a masterful performance by both men had to be tarnished by timid booking.
Video package on the Money in the Bank Ladder match.
“Money in the Bank” Ladder Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kevin Owens
Everyone brawls with one another to start. Ambrose with a tope suicida wiping out Owens. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker by ADR to Cesaro. Cesaro comes back with two of his own. Rolling apron senton by Cesaro sends a ladder into Jericho. ADR takes a Chris Hamrick bump outside. Zayn wipes out everyone with a flip dive. Owens drives a ladder into Zayn, then superkicks him, yelling out “My contract!”. Triangle Dropkick by Jericho sends a ladder into Owens. Jericho with a standing gourdbuster to Cesaro on the ladder, then drives it into him. Ambrose slams Jericho on the ladder. Jericho then snap suplexes Ambrose onto the ladder. Jericho puts Ambrose in the ladder and drives the top onto him, saying each shot is for the 69 tacks he had in him last month. Cesaro then with the Uppercut Parade to Ambrose, ADR and Jericho. Owens stops it with a superkick, then sends Cesaro into a ladder. Owens then with Cannonballs to Ambrose, ADR and Jericho. Zayn with a Buckle Exploder to Owens onto Jericho. Helluva Kick by Zayn to Ambrose, then one to Jericho and Owens at the same time! Zayn climbs the ladder, but ADR pulls him off and hits a basement superkick. ADR nails Ambrose with a ladder, then places one across Zayn while he is stuck in the Tree of Woe. Step-Up Enziguri by ADR to Owens, then he places Cesaro in the Tree of Woe. Ghetto Stomp by ADR to Cesaro onto the ladder! ADR climbs the ladder, but Jericho stops him. ADR kicks Jericho off and hits him with a Mushroom Stomp off the ladder. ADR climbs the ladder, but Cesaro stops him. They fight on the ladder, with ADR locking Cesaro in a Cross Armbreaker on top of the ladder! Owens stops it with a superkick to ADR, then Cesaro with a Corkscrew Uppercut to Owens off the ladder! Dirty Deeds by Ambrose to Cesaro. Jericho stops Ambrose on the ladder, hits him with a Codebreaker. Jericho climbs the ladder, but Zayn stops him. They fight on the ladder, but Owens knocks them both off the ladder. ADR hits Owens with a Backstabber. Cesaro Swing by Cesaro to ADR for 13 revolutions. Cesaro blocks the Codebreaker by Jericho, Cesaro Swing to Jericho, sending him into a ladder. Ambrose climbs the ladder, Standing Elbow Drop off the top of the ladder wipes out Cesaro! “This is awesome” chants by the Vegas crowd. Owens nails Ambrose with a ladder, then hits the Bullfrog Splash while Ambrose was on a ladder! Zayn and Owens trade shots, then Zayn with a Michinoku Driver to Owens across a ladder that was laying on its side! Zayn climbs the ladder, but ADR nails him repeatedly with a ladder. DDT by ADR to Zayn. ADR places a ladder bridged between another ladder and the turnbuckles. ADR and Zayn fight on the ladder, then Jericho and Cesaro climb up it as well. Cesaro bridges another ladder, then Ambrose and Owens head up on the bridges as well. All 6 men fight on top of the ladders. Cesaro sets up another ladder and goes up with ADR. Cesaro and ADR get knocked off and crotched on the ropes. Ambrose and Jericho knock each other off. Owens knocked down by Zayn. Jericho runs back up and nails Zayn. Ambrose stops Jericho and hits a Draping Dirty Deeds from the ladder. Zayn climbs up again, but Owens stops him. Powerbomb by Owens to Zayn onto the bridged ladder. Owens yells out, “its mine!” Ambrose and Owens fight on top of the ladder. Ambrose knocks Owens off the ladder.
Ambrose grabs the briefcase to win.
Winner of the Money in the Bank briefcase: Dean Ambrose
Ambrose celebrates his win after.
Just an insane match and performances by all 6 guys. Ambrose winning brings an interesting dynamic to the main event. Hats off to all 6 guys for a tremendous effort. Absolutely loved this.
WWE United States Title: Rusev w/Lana (c) vs. Titus O’Neil
Titus hugs his family and sons at ringside on his entrance. Rusev goes outside as the bell sounds and taunts Titus’ family. Double clothesline wipes out both men outside. Titus unloads on Rusev outside, then swings him into the barricade. Rusev tries to leave, but Titus stops him. Rusev trips up Titus on the steps. Spin kick by Rusev for 2. Rusev continues to take control on Titus. Titus fights back, but Rusev cuts him off for 2. Rusev continues to wear down Titus. Titus fights back, hits an inverted slam for 2. Spinebuster by Titus for a close 2. Titus blocks the Accolade, Pumphandle Slam for a close 2. Rusev sent into the steps. Head kick by Rusev and the running superkick.
Accolade locked in, Titus taps out.
Winner and STILL WWE US Champion: Rusev by submission (The Accolade)
Rusev and Lana celebrate his title retention after as Rusev taunts Titus’ sons on the mic.
Epitome of a cool-down match, but it was fine. Feel bad for both men having to follow the Ladder Match, but they did the best they could.
Video package on how we got to the main event.
Main Event for the WWE World Title: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins
Pre-match intros for this one. Chain wrestling early. Reigns with a series of shoulder tackles.Rollins comes back with a dropkick. Randy Savage knee sends Reigns outside. Tope suicida by Rollins wipes out Reigns outside. Two running corner forearms, but Reigns comes back with a Samoan Drop. Rollins fights back, but Reigns with a flying clothesline. Reigns talks trash, clothesline shots to Rollins in the corner. Tilt-a-whirl slam by Reigns gets 2. More trash talk by Reigns, but Rollins slaps him. Reigns unloads with shots, Rollins with another slap and fights back. Big shot by Reigns sends Rollins outside. Rollins sent over the Spanish Announce Table. Rollins sent repeatedly off the announce table. Rollins comes back by sending Reigns into the steps. Reigns crotches Rollins on the turnbuckles. Sit-Out Crucifix Bomb by Reigns for a close 2. Rollins counters the Superman Punch with a Buckle Flatliner. Enziguri by Rollins, dropkick sends Reigns outside. Another tope suicida by Rollins, then a flip dive wipes out Reigns outside. Slingblade by Rollins gets 2. Reigns avoids a Springboard Knee, Rollins avoids the Superman Punch. Reigns slips out of the Pedigree, this time hits the Superman Punch for a close 2. Rollins stops the Spear, another enziguri, followed by the Springboard Knee Strike. HIGH FLY FLOW by Rollins gets a close 2. Reigns stops Rollins on the turnbuckles. Rollins blocks a superplex, then hits a Buckle Bomb, followed by Avada Kedvara for a close 2. More running corner forearms by Rollins, then hits the Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo for a close 2. Reigns blocks the Pedigree and rolls up Rollins into the Sit-Out Power Clean Bomb for a close 2.They trade shots from their knees, then on their feet. Another enziguri by Rollins, then stops the Superman Punch. Another Buckle Bomb by Rollins, but Reigns comes right back with another Superman Punch for a close 2. Reigns charges at Rollins outside, but Rollins sidesteps the Spear and Reigns goes crashing through the barricade! Doctors come out to check on Reigns. Rollins goes after Reigns, but Reigns stops the Pedigree and sends Rollins into the referee. Spear by Reigns, referee comes to, but Rollins kicks out! Reigns goes for another Spear, but Rollins counters it in mid-air with a Pedigree, but now its Reigns who kicks out!
Rollins with another Pedigree to win the title.
Winner and NEW WWE World Champion: Seth Rollins by pinfall (Pedigree)
Rollins celebrates his win after, but Dean Ambrose’s music hits. Ambrose runs in and nails Rollins with the MITB briefcase. Ambrose cashes it in….leading to…..
WWE World Title: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds on Rollins to win the title.
Winner and NEW WWE World Champion: Dean Ambrose by pinfall (Dirty Deeds)
Ambrose celebrates his title win afterwards as the show closes.
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