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Cena takes authority of the WWE title at Money in the Bank
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


The new WWE World champion is John Cena. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea



The stakes are always a ladder away at Money in the Bank. Perhaps stakes are a little higher tonight, as both a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match and the belt itself are on the line. Tonight on WWE Money in the Bank, seven men compete for the coveted Money in the Bank briefcase and eight men aim to climb to the top for the gold. Plus, both the WWE Divas Championship and WWE Tag Team Championships are on the line! All that and more on tonight's WWE Money in the Bank!

The pre-show is LIVE from Boston, Mass. Renee Young, Booker T, Christian, and Alex Riley are the panellists. Video packages and interviews preview the Money in the Bank card.


Bo Dallas arrived to give an injured Daniel Bryan some advice. Photo by Bruno Silveira. WWE Money in the Bank Photo Gallery
Michael Cole in the ring and he introduces Daniel Bryan. Bryan plays to the fans and informs the crowd that he doesn't know when he'll be back. However, Bryan promises to be better than ever when he comes back. Cole asks how Bryan feels about a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion being crowned. Bryan says he'd rather be wrestling for it, but plans to take the title back. Bryan fields Twitter questions.

Bo Dallas interrupts the interview. Dallas understands Bryan is injured and gives him a motivational speech about climbing back the ladder of life. Bryan appreciates Dallas and his words, but tells him he is acting like a "Bo-ner" and says "Bo leave."

We are LIVE from Boston, Mass. Michael Cole, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, and Jerry "The King" Lawler have the call for tonight.


Match One for the WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos (c) vs. The Wyatt Family

Luke Harper starts off Jey Uso. Striking exchanged and Jimmy Uso in. Harper with a heel kick and Erick Rowan in with a shoulder bump for a nearfall. Rowan keeping Jimmy down and working him in the corner. Harper back in with a back elbow and an uppercut. Rowan in again and kicking. Pumphandle slam worked out of by Jimmy and Jey with kicks and an uppercut. Double-team gets Jey a nearfall.


The action between the Usos and Wyatt Family goes outside the ring. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea. WWE Money in the Bank Photo Gallery
Clotheslines and crossbodies not moving Rowan. Rowan catches Jey and Jey escapes to dropkick Rowan outside. Flying crossbody inside gets Jey a nearfall. Jey back up top and sent down as Harper distracts. Jey crashes into the barricade. Harper gets the tag. Senton inside from the apron gets Harper a nearfall.

Catapult between the bottom two ropes earns Harper another nearfall. Rowan tagged and lands an elbow drop. Claw applied in the corner and Jey tossed across the ring for a nearfall. Neck crank in for Rowan. Jey with a sunset flip and Rowan turns to miss a leg drop. Harper in to prevent the tag and lands a big boot that nearly wins the match.

Rowan in with a scoop slam. Splash misses and Rowan runs into the post in the corner as Jey ducks out. Tags made to Jimmy and Harper. Jimmy with side kicks and a Samoan Drop for both members of the Wyatts. Both men cornered and a running butt bump in the corner on Rowan. Corkscrew from the top for Jimmy nearly wins. Superkicks down Harper and nearly win the match.

Outside, Jey caught by Rowan. Jimmy with a plancha to take out Rowan, but he gets laid out with a big boot as he gets back inside. Jey with a superkick inside and Rowan sent out. Harper rolled up and Jimmy with a rollup. Outside, Harper lands two suicides on The Usos. Double powerbomb lands on Jimmy and Jey barely breaks it. Rowan lays Jimmy out after Jey is sent out. Rowan up top and crotched. Jimmy goes up top and gets sent down. Jey tags in and The Usos with a double superplex. Jimmy in with a splash from the top and Jey follows.

Winners by pinfall and still WWE Tag Team Champions: The Usos

Match Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Recap of the rivalry between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

Dean Ambrose backstage. Ambrose says winning the match tonight means everything, but Ambrose might be preoccupied smashing Seth Rollins in the face with a ladder. Ambrose says Rollins made a big mistake asking him to be in the match and tells him that his "daddy" Triple H will be disappointed in him after tonight.


Paige retains her WWE Divas title. Photo by Bruno Silveira. WWE Money in the Bank Photo Gallery
Match Two for the WWE Divas Championship: Paige (c) vs. Naomi (w/Cameron)

Lockup leads the two outside. Back inside, Paige with a headscissors. Naomi arm drags Paige to the outside and heads back in. Top rope plancha outside lands for Naomi. Paige barely makes it back inside and eats a dropkick for a nearfall.

Naomi goes up top and lands on the crossbody. Paige rolls it over for a nearfall and Naomi rolls through for one of her own. Both roll through on pin attempts and Naomi locks in a surfboard stretch. Naomi with a bridge for a nearfall and both women head up top. Superplex slips and both women fall outside to the floor.

Both women exchanging submissions and strikes and Naomi with a Rear View that nearly steals the match. Split-legged moonsault lands Naomi on the knees of Paige. Paige looking to lock in a submission. Naomi rolls her up and nearly gets the win. Naomi looking for an attack and Paige turns it into a cradle DDT.

Winner by pinfall and still WWE Divas Champion: Paige

Match Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars

Panellists preview the Money in the Bank Ladder matches.

Damien Sandow comes out as Paul Revere and decries Adam Rose and his "Rosebuds." Sandow says he wouldn't have saved Boston if he knew it'd always be in the shadow of New York. Adam Rose comes out with his party and tells Sandow not to be a lemon, but be a rosebud.


Adam Rose and his Rosebuds. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea. WWE Money in the Bank Photo Gallery
Match Three: Damien Sandow vs. Adam Rose

Both men going back and forth. Adam Rose playing mind games and Damien Sandow brawling Rose outside. Rose locked in a side headlock and he gets hit with a back elbow. Elbow of Disdain lands for Sandow for a nearfall.

Rose locked into a rear chinlock. Rose arm drags out and lands clotheslines. Jabs landing and Sandow dropped with a right hand. Mule kicks in the corner land for Rose. Rose going for a clothesline, but Sandow explodes out with a clothesline. You're Welcome lands for Sandow and nearly steals the match. Sandow misses a moonsault and Rose with a Party Foul.

Winner by pinfall: Adam Rose

Match Rating: 1.25 out of 5 stars

Money in the Bank participants talk about their opportunity in the match.


Seth Rollins won the Money in the Bank briefcase. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea. WWE Money in the Bank Photo Gallery
Money in the Bank Ladder Match Four: Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins brawl outside of the ring to start. Kofi Kingston taking everyone out of the ring and introducing the ladder to the match. Swagger setting up the ladder in the ring and Kingston runs up it to axhandle smash Rob Van Dam. Swagger taken out by Kingston and Kingston climbing the ladder.

Ambrose tips the ladder and Kingston lands to springboard outside. Ambrose and Rollins left inside and taking turns being yanked off the ladder. Ambrose bounces the head of Rollins off the ladder. Ladder set up in the corner and Ambrose looking for a suplex. Rollins looking for one of his own. Double underhook suplex from Ambrose lands Rollins on the ladder.

Swagger and Ambrose exchanging positioning on the ladder. Kingston and Dolph Ziggler climbing the ladder now and exchanging shots at the top. Punches being traded and Rollins takes both of them out using the ladder as a battering ram between the ladder set in the middle. RVD now trading with Rollins. Spinning heel kick on a cornered ladder lands for RVD. RVD cleaning house and lands a Five-Star Frog Splash on Swagger.

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RVD going up the ladder and Kingston meets him. Both use the ladder to take out Swagger and exchange offense. Both men up top and Kingston and RVD fighting. Swagger takes Kingston out with the ladder and sets the ladder up near the corner. Swagger looking for a superplex. Swagger sent down and Rollins follows. Both fighting until Swagger gets RVD with a powerbomb from the top. Rollins up top and Ambrose comes in to land punches. Superplex from Ambrose.

All men outside of the ring except Ambrose and Rollins. Ambrose setting up a ladder and Ziggler dropkicks it back in his face. Swagger catches Ziggler and catapults Ziggler into the ladder, sandwiching Ambrose in between the ropes. Kingston brought down by Swagger and a ladder laid on top of Kingston. Swagger Bomb connects and Swagger heading up top. RVD meets him, but both Rollins and Ambrose take them out and head to the top. Punches being traded and Rollins falls. Ambrose inches away and Swagger yanks him down, only to be DDTed by Ambrose.

Rollins now heading to the top. Ambrose shoulders the ladder and Rollins lands on the top rope. Ambrose favoring his shoulder and being cornered by doctors. The doctors and referees force Ambrose to go to the back against his wishes. Rollins going up top and met by RVD. Kingston puts a ladder between the rung and on the rope. Kingston goes up top after yanking RVD down. Backdrop from Kingston sends Rollins onto the ladder and outside.

Ziggler takes the ladder down and Kingston down with it. DDT on Kingston lands and Ziggler cleaning house on Swagger and RVD. Small ladder in the ring and Kingston goes for Trouble in Paradise. Ziggler ducks and hits the Zig Zag on the ladder. Ziggler climbing up top and Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock. Ziggler climbing up with his upper body and kicks Swagger away. Ziggler left in the middle of the ring. Ziggler climbing and Rollins comes back with a chair.

Ziggler out and Rollins making his way to the top. Ambrose sprints out of the back and wallops Rollins with the chair over and over again. Kane comes out and takes Ambrose down to land a Chokeslam. Tombstone Piledriver follows and Kane holds the ladder for Rollins to climb to the top.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Match Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

WWE COO Triple H and WWE Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon come out to celebrate with "Mr. Money in the Bank" Seth Rollins.

Randy Oton with Byron Saxton. Orton says his chances are better than anyone's. Orton calls Rollins a great competitor, but he needed help to win the match. Orton claims to not need help and he plans to walk out with the belt tonight. Saxton asks Orton about Roman Reigns and Orton stares him down to end the interview.


The interesting pairing of Goldust and Stardust. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea. WWE Money in the Bank Photo Gallery
Match Five: RybAxel vs. Goldust & Stardust

Goldust starting off with Curtis Axel. Goldust with the advantage and Stardust brought in with Ryback. Stardust too fast for Ryback. Goldust in and the double-team gets RybAxel the advantage. Axel with a nearfall on Goldust.

Goldust isolated in the opposite corner and a double-team sledgehammer smash to the back gets Ryback a nearfall. Ryback stops the Goldust comeback with a scoop slam. Splash from the second rope lands for Ryback. Axel brought in and locks the side headlock. Goldust with body shots and he gets dropped by a back elbow. RybAxel double-teaming Goldust and Ryback gets a nearfall.

Spinebuster from Ryback lands and Ryback looking for the Meat Hook Clothesline. Goldust stops it with a back elbow. Stardust in with a clothesline and dropkicks. Military press from Ryback escaped. Stardust put on the apron and avoiding Ryback punches to land a springboard elbow drop. DDT on Ryback lands. Axel takes out Goldust outside. Cross Rhodes lands and Axel breaks the nearfall. Ryback and Axel collide as Stardust ducks and rolls Ryback up.

Winner: Goldust & Stardust

Match Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars

Fandango with Byron Saxton backstage. Fandango says he loves triangles and Summer Rae and Layla join him. The two exchange insults and Fandango tells the two to focus on their match tonight.

Lana with Rusev. Lana talks about Big E waving the American flag. Lana jokes about what it represents and claims Rusev will prove himself and Russia to be superior tonight.


Rusev is now the owner of the world's biggest Russian flag. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea. WWE Money in the Bank Photo Gallery
Match Six: Rusev (w/Lana) vs. Big E

Big E opening up with shots. Rusev doing the same. Both men exchanging and Rusev sent outside to regroup. Rusev on the apron and Big E landing.. Running spear is countered by a knee from Rusev. Rusev with a shot to the back and a German Suplex. Rusev keeping Big E down and locking in the rear chinlock. Big E fighting back and Rusev corners Big E with knees. Rusev charges and runs into an uranage that gives Big E a close nearfall.

Big E landing strikes and coming off the ropes. Belly-to-belly suplex lands and Rusev left on the apron. Big E charges and hits a spear to the floor. Back inside, Big E nearly gets the win. Rusev moves to the apron and Big E follows. Head kick lands and Rusev with a superkick inside. The Accolade applied in the middle of the ring. Big E working on getting out, but Rusev postures and stretches.

Winner by submission: Rusev

Match Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars

The Bella Twins backstage. Stephanie McMahon asks what Brie Bella is doing here. McMahon says only authorized personnel can be in the building. Brie Bella wanted to show McMahon a video first and plays the video of Vickie Guerrero throwing McMahon into the pool of muck from Raw. McMahon has security escort Brie Bella out of the building.

Fandango makes his way to the ring in referee gear.

Special Guest Referee Match Seven: Summer Rae vs. Layla

Layla and Summer Rae talking trash. Layla sends Summer Rae out of the ring and dances for Fandango. Summer Rae sweeps Layla to the mat and works her in the corner while rubbing her leg to seduce Fandango. Layla puts her to the mat and gets a nearfall.

Leglock applied by Layla. Summer Rae gets out and slings Layla around the ring. Guillotine into a DDT from Summer Rae. Layla with a Superkick after fighting back from the apron.

Winner by pinfall: Layla

Match Rating: 0 out of 5 stars

WWE COO Triple H and WWE Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon take a seat at ringside for the match.


Cesaro and Sheamus battle on the ladder. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea. WWE Money in the Bank Photo Gallery
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman) vs. John Cena vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus

Everyone brawling to start. Alberto Del Rio sent outside first and he returns to the ring. Randy Orton and Kane left standing in the ring and Kane gets the ladder. Del Rio and Cesaro fighting over the ladder. Bray Wyatt shoulder tackles the ladder to put both down. Wyatt with a tilt-a-whirl slam to Cena on the ladder. Roman Reigns sends him out with a Samoan Drop.

Reigns setting up the ladder in the center of the ring. Sheamus sends Reigns out and goes up the ladder. Kane works Sheamus in the corner and Reigns comes back in, only to be attacked by Orton. Kane sandwiched in between two ladders by Sheamus and Reigns. Two ladders set up and Cesaro, Del Rio, Reigns, and Sheamus fighting. Both ladders tipped and Kane sends Sheamus, Reigns, and Del Rio out. Cena gets Chokeslammed and Kane sets up the ladder in the center of the ring. Kane choking Orton and he helps him out before Reigns takes the two out. Reigns going up top and met by Wyatt. Reigns striking and Wyatt takes him out with a uranage. Cena in and going for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cesaro takes him out with an uppercut.

Sheamus and Cesaro left holding on with no ladder. Both men fall as Wyatt takes out everyone in the ring. Del Rio sent into the steps outside by Orton. Sheamus brawling Orton and bounces his head off a ladder balancing on the apron and the announce table. Sheamus walking the ladder and swept by Orton on top of the ladder. Ladder-assisted DDT from Orton on Sheamus.

Orton taking the ladder inside and stomps Cena down. Orton with the large ladder and climbing to the top as everyone piles into the ring. Reigns and Orton left climbing. Everyone now taking a turn at climbing the ladder. Kane and Alberto Del Rio left. Enzuigiri in the corner misses for Del Rio and he is sent out. Sheamus on the apron with a hangman's neckbreaker. Sheamus landing on Kane and hits a battering ram on Reigns. Irish Curse on Del Rio and White Noise on Orton. Cena receives a Brogue Kick and Sheamus sends Orton outside.

Sheamus with the ladder set and he is swept to the outside by Kane. Kane whipped into the steel steps. Cesaro moving on the apron and a bridge built by Cesaro between the turnbuckle and the ladder. Cesaro and Sheamus trading up top. Del Rio shoves a ladder into the other ladder and Reigns tips the ladder. Cesaro and Sheamus teetering as the ladder balances on the fulcrum. Everyone into the ring now and Cesaro and Sheamus taken out.

Orton sends Sheamus out. Kane setting the ladder up and Reigns with a Spear through the ladder on Kane. Orton left standing over Reigns, who has the ladder dropped on his head by Orton. Orton setting for the RKO. Reigns shoves him off and lands a Superman Punch. Sheamus up top and he gets a Superman Punch. Reigns taking everyone out with Spears and leg drops.

Cena and Reigns left as the two men in the ring. Both men staring and trading right hands. Cena ducks a punch and gets Reigns up for the Attitude Adjustment. Reigns wiggles out and lands a Spear. Reigns has the ladder set in the middle of the ring. Reigns stopped by Orton and Orton with a backbreaker to get Reigns off the ladder.

Orton now climbing to the top and Wyatt yanks him down. Sister Abigail lands and Wyatt climbing to the top before being stopped by Del Rio. Enzuigiri lands on Wyatt in the corner. Side kick connects on Wyatt and Del Rio going up top. Sheamus tips the ladder and Del Rio bounces off the ropes and into a Brogue Kick.

Cesaro pulls Sheamus down into an uppercut and lands a neutralizer. Cesaro now up top and Orton sweeps the leg into an RKO as Cesaro falls. Orton nearing the belt and Reigns meets him as they both climb up the side. Both men trading positions. Orton sporting a crimson mask and Reigns dishing out headbutts and slamming the head of Orton off the ladder. Reigns Chokeslammed by Kane.

Kane holds the ladder. Orton climbing up and Cena comes in. AA lands on Kane and Orton brought down for an AA. Cena climbing to the top of the ladder and he unhooks the belts.

Winner and new WWE World Heavyweight Champion: John Cena

Match Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars

Overall Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars

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