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WWE Money in the Bank PPV Results
June 29, 2014
Boston, Mass.
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


Live PPV - Hour 1

After fireworks and pyro shot off inside the Garden, Michael Cole introduced the show from ringside. Cole said history will be tonight when a new WWE World Hvt. champion is crowned and a #1 contender is also determined.

In-ring: The Usos were out first to kick off the PPV defending the Tag Titles. Usos were in their PPV gear - silver trunks with green trim and matching green facepaint. Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler were shown on commentary before feeding to the Spanish announce table for introductory comments. The Wyatts's theme then interrupted and a recording of "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" played to bring out Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. The singing transitioned to slow, harsh guitar riffs as Jim Johnston continues to work on new themes.

1 -- WWE tag champs THE USOS (JIMMY & JEY USO) vs. THE WYATTS (LUKE HARPER & ERICK ROWAN) -- WWE Tag Title match

The Wyatts quickly isolated Jimmy Uso and went to work on one-half of the tag champs. Jey eventually got a tag and the Usos double-teamed Rowan for a close two count. Jey then dropkicked Rowan through the ropes to the outside. Jey followed with a flying forearm smash after running off the guardrail.

Back in the ring, Uso nailed a top-rope cross-body splash for a close two count. Jey went back to the corner, but Harper provided a distraction that allowed Rowan to shove Uso off the top rope down to the floor. Uso sold a facial injury as Jimmy came over to check on him. The Wyatts then went to work on Jey back in the ring. Included was Rowan applying a Claw, prompting Baron von Raschke and Von Erichs references from the announcers.

Tags around the horn brought in Jimmy and Harper. Jimmy rocked Harper with offense, then knocked Rowan off the ring apron. Samoan Drop for Harper, then one for Rowan flying back into the ring. Jimmy followed with a Rikishi Bomb to Rowan, then a corkscrew splash on Harper from the top rope. But, it was only good for a two count. Superkick, then a second for Harper. And, another nearfall.

At 9:00, Jimmy went flying over the top rope with a big splash to Rowan on the outside. But, Harper caught Uso coming back into the ring with a big boot. Rowan, selling an arm injury, re-joined Harper in the ring to combine for a double-team move, but Uso broke it up. After the ring cleared, Harper caught Jimmy for a big sit-out powerbomb. One, two, kick-out, stunning Harper. The crowd popped big for the sequence.

Harper then flew through the ropes with a big suicide dive to Jey on the outside. Harper followed with one for Jimmy, putting the tag champs down on the floor. The Wyatts rolled Jimmy back into the ring, then Rowan tagged in. Double-team press-slam, then Rowan covered Uso for a two count when Jey broke up the pin just in time. All four men in the ring. Harper went flying, then Uso superkicked him out of the ring. Rowan cleared Uso, then decided to climb to the top rope as JBL revealed the result by saying the Wyatts are about to become tag champs (which means they're not).

Rowan wanted a top-rope splash, but Uso sprung to his feet and crotched him. Jimmy Uso then rocked Rowan with rights before climbing to the top turnbuckle. Rowan shoved him down, though. Usos recovered, then grappled Rowan for a double-team suplex that rocked the ring. Rowan sold back pain, then Uso came off the top rope with a big Superfly Splash. A second one from his brother, and it was good for the pin and the win.

WINNERS: Usos at 13:13. Very good PPV opener despite the announcers giving away the result. Also, the crowd seemed mixed-to-disappointed in the result, as they either wanted to see a Tag Title change or the "cool heels" Wyatts win the belts. (***)

Video Review: The Shield's break-up at the hands of Triple H and Seth Rollins, who decided to tear down what he claims to have built.

Somewhere ("an undisclosed location," according to the script): Dean Ambrose was rubbing out a headache. Ambrose told Seth Rollins that he has to decide whether to bash in Seth Rollins's face or get the MITB briefcase. Or, both. He warned Rollins about what's going to happen to him in the MITB ladder match.

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2 -- Divas champion PAIGE vs. NAOMI (w/Cameron) -- Divas Title match

The Funkadactyls were out first, selling that they were on the same page. For now. Paige was out second to defend the Divas Title. Once the bell sounded, Champ and Challenger set a very physical tone to the match, as WWE put two of the best Divas division wrestlers in this spotlight match. Meanwhile, Cameron pretended to offer support for her tag partner.

Paige and Naomi went tumbling hard to the floor from the top rope. Back in the ring, Naomi airballed a moonsault, concerning Cameron. Paige then finished off Naomi with a faceplant for the three count. Cameron sold being mildly happy before entering the ring to tend to Naomi as Paige celebrated in the ring.

WINNER: Paige at 7:10 to retain the Divas Title. So, Paige wins clean and no heel turn from Cameron. Interesting. Maybe it happens on Raw. Or, Main Event. (**)

Announcers: Cole and Co. hyped this very PPV available on the Network.

Studio: Renee Young directed Christian, Alex Riley, and Booker T in making predictions for the Big Two matches on the PPV. Renee transitioned to a replay of the MITB By the Numbers video package.

In-ring: Damien Sandow emerged on-stage dressed as Paul Revere. Sandow ran down the Rosebuds and the half-wits in the crowd. He said that had he known Boston would end up inhabited by these people, he would not have warned anyone of anything. He closed by saying that Boston will always live in the shadow of New York City. Boos. Adam Rose's music interrupted to bring out Rose and his budget-cutted Rosebuds dancing down to the ring.

On the ring apron, Adam Rose ran down Sandow, then headbutted him in the gut. Rose back-dropped Sandow over the top rope to the floor, then the Rosebuds danced away from ringside. Apparently this is going to be a match.

3 -- DAMIEN SANDOW vs. ADAM ROSE

Sandow wrestled in his Paul Revere costume. Rose turned his back to Sandow, allowing Sandow to yank him out of the ring. Back in the ring, Sandow covered Rose for a one count. Meanwhile, the Rosebuds tried to rally from a distance by chanting Rose's theme song. "The Elbow is Coming!" Sandow declared before dropping the Elbow of Disdain for a two count. Sandow took a knee to the jaw, then Rose landed right hand strikes. Rose followed with back-heel kicks to Sandow, then turned around and ate a knock-down clothesline from Sandow.

Sandow discarded his jacket to a pop, then measured Rose for a throw-down slam, but Rose kicked out. Sandow tried a corner moonsault, but Rose avoided, then felled Sandow with the Party Foul for the pin and the win. Cue up the puns from the announcers and Rose's celebration.

WINNER: Rose at 4:13. This is your 2014 Three-Hour Raw Era bonus match. Especially when 14 wrestlers have been grouped into two main matches. (*1/2)

Ringside: ESPN anchor Robert Flores and Jon Stewart were shown ringside. Stewart, who got a lower-thirds graphic, appeared to be hiding behind his cap.

Video Messages: Seth Rollins vowed to win the MITB match. Rob Van Dam spoke next. Kofi Kingston vowed to get higher than ever before on the ladder. Boom. Dolph Ziggler (pop) spoke with an escalating voice about lightning striking twice. Zeb Colter spoke on behalf of Jack Swagger, a new great patriot joining Boston's past heroes. No Wade Barrett, who the announcers noted has been scratched from the match due to injury.

Live PPV - Hour 2

4 -- SETH ROLLINS vs. DEAN AMBROSE vs. ROB VAN DAM vs. KOFI KINGSTON vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. JACK SWAGGER (w/Zeb Colter) -- MONEY IN THE BANK WWE TITLE CONTRACT MATCH

Ambrose was the last man out and he went right after Rollins as the bell sounded. Rollins took Ambrose over the guardrail to the timekeeper's area to beat him up as the other wrestlers started fighting in the ring. Kofi suddenly found himself alone in the ring. Kofi had to do some serious stalling to allow someone to re-enter the ring and cut him off. It was Ambrose, who shoved Kofi off the ladder and Kofi transitioned in mid-air to a springboard splash onto a pile of bodies ringside. Rollins and Ambrose then started fighting over who was going to climb the ladder. Neither budged, so Ambrose suplexed Rollins into another ladder.

Next up were Dolph and Kofi, who found themselves alone in the ring. The duo raced up the ladder, then dragged themselves down the ladder by the hair. Suddenly, Rollins rammed both men in the face with a ladder. But, RVD dropkicked the ladder into Rollins. RVD followed with crisp offense to Ambrose, Swagger, and Kofi, turning back the hands of time for a moment. RVD followed with a Five-Star Frogsplash to Swagger as Zeb sold concern ringside.

RVD wanted to climb the ladder and grab the case, but Kofi cut him off. One shot to RVD's gut ended RVD's quest, then Kofi cleared Swagger from the general area. Van Dam and Kofi battled to the top turnbuckle, then Swagger smashed both of them with a ladder. Swagger set up a super ladder, grabbed RVD, and attempted to superplex RVD off the ladder, but RVD felled him. Swagger flat-back bumped, then RVD climbed to the top of the ladder, only to have Rollins cut him off from behind. Swagger resurfaced and super-powerbombed RVD off the ladder.

Ambrose re-entered the picture by climbing to the top of the super-ladder to grip Rollins and deliver a huge superplex down to the mat. Great sell from Ambrose, who sold losing feeling in his body, while Rollins sold being completely knocked out or asleep. JBL said the human body was not designed to take that. Suddenly, Ziggler re-entered the ring, but Ziggler ate a ladder, crunching Ambrose. Swagger regained control, then splashed a ladder into Kofi.

At 13:00, Swagger climbed a ladder for the case, but RVD blocked. Rollins and Ambrose cleared the ring, then scrambled up the ladder one more time. Big punches to both men, then Ambrose knocked Rollins off the ladder. The crowd popped for Ambrose, but Swagger pulled him down. Rollins then climbed the ladder, but Ambrose cut him off again. Ambrose was selling a left shoulder injury at this point, bringing over the ringside doctor. Ambrose refused to be checked on, squirming like a cat who doesn't want to be picked up. Doctors then pulled Ambrose out of the match, taking him to the back.

Back in the ring, Rollins carefully made sure Ambrose was gone, then started to climb a ladder, but RVD cut him off. Kofi then re-entered the scene with another ladder. Kofi set it up like a bridge on the main ladder, then Rollins and Kofi battled near the contract. Suddenly, Kofi back-dropped Rollins off the ladder onto the bridge ladder down below. Rollins crashed and burned, Kofi reached up to grab the case, and Dolph suddenly entered the ring to yank down Kofi, ending Kofi's quest.

Reset at 18:00 with the remaining participants battling. Ziggler found himself alone in the ring and decided to climb the ladder looking for the case, but Swagger cut him off. And, slapped on the Patriot Lock for good measure. But, Ziggler decided to use Swagger's submission as a base to climb the ladder before kicking Swagger away. Ziggler hung on the ladder, caught his breath, stared at the case, tried to find his balance, shook off the Patriot Lock pain, got one hand on the case, and took a chair shot to the leg from Rollins.

Rollins attacked Ziggler with chair shots, then surveyed the case as the crowd chanted for Ambrose. Rollins started to climb, but Ambrose ran back into the ring to a big pop. Ambrose smashed Rollins with chair shots over and over and over and over and over and over. Ambrose cleared Rollins, then started to climb the ladder with one good arm. Ambrose reached the top of the ladder, and suddenly Kane's pyro shot off. Kane jogged down tot he ring and pulled Ambrose off the ladder, then chokeslammed him. The crowd booed as Kane stood tall over Ambrose, then ended him with a Tombstone Piledriver.

Seth Rollins emerged as the last man standing. Kane watched as Rollins climbed the ladder, grabbed the case, and unhooked it as Cole sold anger over the result. "Dean Ambrose had the Money in the Bank contract won," Cole declared. Rollins celebrated on top of the ladder as WWE found fans in the crowd booing and thumbs-downing the result.

WINNER: Rollins at 23:14 to win the MITB contract. Excellent MITB ladder match that had a little bit of everything - great advancement of the Rollins-Ambrose feud, star-making booking of Ambrose, a really nice teaser for Kofi winning, RVD looking inspired and motivated, Ziggler and Swagger standing out with one wrestler removed from the match, and major heat on Rollins and The Authority. The standard drawback for this type of match are the risks taken and physical tolls on the wrestlers's bodies. (****1/4)

Post-match: Triple H's music played to bring out Hunter and Stephanie McMahon to celebrate with Rollins on the stage. Cole continued to sell anger over the result as Rollins stood tall with The Authority.

Backstage: Byron Saxton brought in Randy Orton for an interview. Orton, wearing his thoughts on his sleeve, said it appears Rollins needed help to win his match, but he does not need help. Nice heel line considering he kept the title for several months from Summerslam to WM30 because of The Authority. Orton vowed to become WWE World Hvt. champion tonight in the ladder match. Saxton had a final question about Roman Reigns, but Orton glared him away.

5 -- RHODES BROS. (GOLDUST & "STARDUST" CODY RHODES) vs. RYBACK & CURTIS AXEL

Very quick pace early on, as the Rhodes Bros. glided across the ring working on Axel. Stardust got his cardio in, then tagged in Goldust, who lost control against Ryback. The heels tagged in and out working on Goldust as JBL lost his voice trying to get in a shout-out to the World Cup. Ryback pounded his chest about 10-15 times, then warmed up for a Meathook Clothesline, but Goldust back-elbowed Ryback and tagged in Stardust.

Cody ran circles around Ryback, then planted him with a face-first smash. Chaos in and out of the ring, then Rhodes escaped a running backpack slam to execute Cross Rhodes, but Axel broke up the resulting pin. Axel tried to smash Cody, but accidentally took out Ryback. Cody then rolled up Ryback for the pin and the win.

Post-match: An angry Axel tried to attack the Rhodes Bros., but Cody took him out. Goldust and Cody then kind of did an interpretive dance in the ring to celebrate their victory.

WINNERS: Rhodes Bros. at 7:45. Basic comedown tag match reinforcing the Rhodes Bros.'s new approach. (**)

Video Preview: Bray Wyatt said he is prepared to enter the Battleground on July 20.

Twitter Review: Summer Rae and Fandango have been battling over Fandango for weeks.

Backstage: Byron Saxton brought in Fandango, who was dressed in a sequin referee shirt. Fandango noted he likes triangles, then Layla and Summer Rae entered the interview to make their case for which love interest Fandango should favor. This turned into the Divas tearing each other down until Fandango told them to save it for the ring.

In-ring: Before the Fandango Special, Justin Roberts introduced Rusev for the next match. A flag-waving Rusev came out with Lana, who did not talk on the stage. Instead, Lana spoke from inside the ring. Lana's big, fake smile turned into an angry frown as "USA" chants affected Rusev's pre-match mental state. Lana said that Rusev's opponent will be waving the American flag - a flag that is supposed to represent a great nation.

Lana drew attention to Russian president Vladimir Putin's photo on the Titantron, noting Putin will watch as Rusev dominates again. Rusev said the "Rusev Crush" movement will begin tonight. Big E. was then introduced to the ring waving around the U.S. flag. Big unconvincingly shouted "U-S-A" on the way to the ring before WWE cut to an inset promo of Big E. doing his dramatic preacher-style voice about standing up for America tonight.

6 -- BIG E. vs. RUSEV (w/Lana)

Big E. came right after Rusev with forearms and strikes once the bell sounded. But, Rusev cut him off with a knee to the head and delivered a big release German Suplex. Rusev followed with forearm strikes, then measured kicks to the upper body. Rusev missed with a running splash, then Big E. dropped him with a belly-to-belly suplex for a two count.

Lana sold concern for Rusev, who came up clubbing with forearms, then knees to the gut. Rusev did sort of a jumping pose, then ran at Big E., but Big E. smashed him with a Samoa Joe frontslam out of the corner. Lana freaked out as Rusev barely escaped a pin attempt. Big E. delivered a belly-to-belly overhead slam, then delivered a big spear through the ropes that took both men on the floor.

Both men sold on the floor as Lana encouraged Rusev to get up. More like threatened Rusev if he lost. Back in the ring, Rusev lost blood as Big E. stalked him. But, Rusev caught Big with a kick to the ear. Rusev followed with a standing kick to the mouth, then caught his breath, gathered himself, screamed and shouted, and took Lana's instructions to crush Big E.

Rusev sat down on Big E. for The Accolade, but Big E. held on and the crowd sensed hope for an escape, so they rallied. Big E. got to his knees to relieve some of the pressure as Lana stood on the ring apron in the background, but Rusev re-applied the hold and squeezed Big E. even tighter. This time, Big E. tapped out and Lana casually walked into the ring like Rusev had this in the bag all along.

WINNER: Rusev via submission at 7:17. Well-structured match playing off the work done on TV building up Rusev's act. It's just that it's Rusev and Big E., meaning the crowd invested about 50 percent. (**)

Live PPV - Hour 3

Studio: Renee directed the panel in discussing the MITB ladder match. Booker said things happen, Christian said The Authority wanted their guy to win, and Riley said it's just not right.

Video Review: Daniel Bryan told Bo Dallas to "Bo, leave" on the MITB pre-show.

Backstage: The Bella Twins were shown backstage. Brie Bella, who quit, was interrupted by Stephanie McMahon. Brie said she's here to support Daniel Bryan, then Nikki noted she brought Brie here as her guest. Steph told Nikki not to think, then she noted that only authorized personnel are allowed backstage. Brie said the thing is she was just showing Nikki her new favorite video, which was a "fired" Vickie Guerrero shoving Stephanie into a mudbath Monday on Raw. Brie then stepped up to an embarrassed Stephanie, who told Brie that she thought she might be trouble here today. "Security!" Steph said. "Escort this .... person ... out of the building." Brie left, then Stephanie told Nikki to save her explanations.

In-ring: The "man who loves triangles," Fandango, was introduced for the next match. Summer Rae was out next, followed by Layla to Fandango's theme song.

7 -- LAYLA vs. SUMMER RAE -- Fandango special referee

Fandango was more interested in watching his two love interests battle over him than officiate the match. Layla dominated the less-experienced Summer, who tried to fight back, but Layla cut her off with a kick to the head and got the win. Fandango, impressed, smooched Layla after the match while Summer sold being distraught over the loss and not winning her man.

WINNER: Layla at 3:45.

Ringside: ESPN's Robert Flores was spotlighted ringside behind the announcers. Flores threw up a Wolfpack hand signal for the camera.

Announcers: Cole and Co. hyped the Network, then transitioned to the main event WWE Title match.

In-ring: Before the WWE Title ladder match took place, Triple H's music played to bring out Hunter and Stephanie for a closer look at the main event for the vacant WWE World Hvt. Title.

Sheamus was the first participant introduced, followed by Bray Wyatt, who noted to Boston that he's here. Alberto Del Rio was out third, followed by Cesaro with Paul Heyman. John Cena was out fifth to a mixed reaction in his home market. Cena walked out on-stage with a smile on his face, then stormed the ring as the announcers noted Cena has been World champion 15 times before. Randy Orton was out sixth as WWE cut to Triple H smiling and Steph over-the-top with applause for The Authority's former handpicked champion. Roman Reigns came through the crowd seventh, then Kane was out last as the final man added to the match Monday on Raw.

8 -- JOHN CENA vs. BRAY WYATT vs. U.S. champion SHEAMUS vs. ROMAN REIGNS vs. RANDY ORTON vs. ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. KANE vs. CESARO (w/Paul Heyman) -- WWE WORLD HVT. TITLE LADDER MATCH

As soon as the bell sounded, the crowd picked up a dueling "Let's Go Cena / Cena Sucks" chant. Meanwhile, Cole noted that the title belts are hooked together, so if a wrestler yanks down one, he yanks down both, implying that there will not be a situation where each belt is grabbed by two people. Kane cleared the ring of wrestlers, then scooped up Orton and shoved Orton into the ladder he set up for him. Orton climbed the ladder as Kane held the ladder, but Reigns broke up the tag team effort, sending a ladder into Orton's face. Orton was busted open from the spot and recovered to the outside.

Back inside the ring, Cena and Bray Wyatt battled. Suddenly, Cesaro hit the ring and chucked Cena into the air for a pop-up European Uppercut. Cesaro scaled a ladder, but Sheamus cut him off. Bray then crab-walked across the ring and shoved the ladder out from underneath Cesaro and Sheamus, who remained in the air hanging on the belts. Cesaro ended up hanging in the air from the belts until he fell down to the mat. Meanwhile, Orton fought off the medics and returned to the ring with a cut on his head.

Orton set up a giant ladder in the middle of the ring, then started climbing towards the title belts, but a gaggle of individuals climbed onto the ladder to end Orton's quest. No one was able to get the advantage during this in-ring battle. The ladder was removed from the equation, then Sheamus cleared the ring with offense, including a Brogue Kick to Cena. Sheamus tossed Orton, then set up the ladder as the crowd sat quietly. Sheamus started to climb the ladder, but Kane dragged him out of the ring by the foot.

The match slowed to a crawl before Cesaro set up a bridge ladder on the giant ladder. Cesaro climbed across the bridge ladder to grapple Sheamus atop the giant ladder for a repeat of their earlier battle. Other wrestlers re-entered the ring to battle, then Reigns power-lifted the giant ladder in the air to about a 65 degree angle. Cesaro hung on, then Cena tilted the ladder back to a normal standing position.

Reset at 17:40 with Sheamus getting his hands on the belts, but multiple people dragged him down. Kane set up Orton to climb the ladder again, but Reigns speared Kane, only to take a ladder shot from Orton. Orton wanted an RKO, but Reigns avoided and nailed a Superman Punch. And then one to Sheamus. Reigns went nuts on the outside knocking around anyone he could find, waking up a sleepy match thus far.

At 20:00, Reigns was the last man standing. Except for Cena as Hunter stood up at his ringside position. Cena and Reigns came face-to-face in the ring, then Cena looked up at the title belts hanging above them. The fight was on, which Reigns won with a spear on Cena. Reigns then set up a big ladder as Hunter and Steph sold concern ringside. Orton snuck back into the ring to stop Reigns, then he snapped him with a fallaway backbreaker from the middle rung.

At 22:00, Orton climbed the ladder as the announcers over-sold this being the end. But, Bray Wyatt suddenly cut off Orton and nailed Sister Abigail to a big pop. Bray started climbing as The Authority contemplated Bray as champion, but Del Rio cut him off. Del Rio superkicked Bray, then scaled the ladder, got his hands on the title belts, took one more step, and then found Sheamus down below to knock him off the ladder before Brogue Kicking him.

Sheamus started to climb, but Cesaro cut him off and delivered The Neutralizer. Cesaro climbed the ladder, but Orton cut him off and tossed him into the air for a big mid-air RKO. The Authority popped, jumped to their feet, and told Orton to get the belts. Orton started to climb, but Reigns re-entered the ring and cut off Orton. Orton's head was now cut wide open as the two men battled on the ladder. Reigns smeared Orton's blood, then headbutted the cut to draw more blood.

Suddenly, Kane re-entered and chokeslammed Reigns off the ladder. Kane then held the ladder for Orton to start climbing. Orton took his sweet time, allowing Cena to sneak up behind Kane and give him an AA. Cena then yanked down Orton for an RKO into Kane. Cena climbed the ladder, reached the top, grabbed the title belts, unhooked the belts, and he won the match.

Post-match: Hunter sold frustration with hands on his head squeezing his brains together while Steph sold disbelief over the result. Cena then walked down the ladder steps as Hunter continued to hold his head and look down at the ground in disbelief. WWE replayed the end of the match before going to a slow-motion replay of Cena unhooking the belts to win. They also showed Hunter and Steph selling disbelief over the result. Back live, Cena stood in the corner and held the title belts for Hunter and Stephanie to get a good look at. Cena held up the title belts for the crowd as the PPV signed off.

WINNER: Cena at 26:30 to win the vacant WWE World Hvt. Title. 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. But, it was the right decision for Cena to win, setting up the inevitable Cena vs. Brock Lesnar super-clash at Summerslam once they get past the Battleground PPV next month. (***)

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