By Kevin Wilder
Sunday, June 19th, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
Stuff happened on the pre-show, including Tyler Breeze & Fandango (I refuse to call them by the chosen WWE team name, when Fa-Breeze was right there!) got beat by the pairing of Goldust & R-Truth. Vince likely was cackling in the back, much to the dismay of the rest of us.
Another pre-show match saw the Lucha Dragons defeating the Dudleys. I think it’s safe to say the novelty of the Dudleys has worn off.
Actual show starts now and I gotta say…this card top to bottom, at least on paper, looks the strongest of the year thus far. I don’t even think it’s hyperbole on behalf of WWE to state it’s Wrestlemania-like. Except the lack of b.s. filler & part-timers, of course. Let’s get to it.
Commentary team consists of Michael Cole, JBL & Byron Saxton.
4-Way for the WWE Tag Team Championship
WWE Tag Team Champs (their world famous you know)
The New Day
Enzo & Cass
New Day & Enzo/Cass did some mic work pre-match, and was the standard fare. This match was a tad difficult to follow at times with so much chaos towards the end. The finish came when Anderson & Gallows hit Aiden English with the Magic Killer, only to be upstaged by the New Day who steals the pin to retain the titles. Solid, fast paced opener, but didn’t do much for me personally. **
It’s the showdown of the guy I want to care about against the guy I no longer care about. They are both in for a challenge here too as the venue apparently serves thanksgiving turkey & wine now since the crowd is asleep. After Ziggler inconsequentially bumps all over for Corbin, Corbin finishes Dolph with the End of Days for the End of Match. *. Hopefully, this marks the end of this feud.
Charlotte & Dana Brooke
Becky Lynch & Natalya
I actually had high hopes for this match, and although it wasn’t bad, it felt a little flat. Charlotte pinned Natalya with her flip over neckbreaker thinga-ma-jig. * 1/2. After the match, Natalya apparently, turns heel on Lynch out of frustration. Poor Becky. Although, she is solidly over and gets consistent good pops, so thats a good sign. Also, refreshing change of pace for Natalya who has been stale for some time. By the way…where the hell is Sasha Banks?!
Sheamus v. Apollo Crews
Sheamus attacks Crews right at the start and the two have a slobber knockering donnybrook until Sheamus hits the White Noise and Crews rolls out & into the pin to score the victory. ** 1/2. I am glad Crews went over clean, and I wish him the best, but Crews is just lacking something to me.
John Cena v. AJ Styles
Ok, so now we’re talking. The crowd has awaken from their slumber for dessert and are treating this like the big deal it is. Dueling chants for both. After some good action (mild understatement), Anderson & Gallows run out to contribute (even though they were specifically forbidden. Jerky rule breakers!) & hit Cena with the Magic Killer and Styles pins Cena at just shy of 25 minutes. *** 1/2. I couldn’t go for the full 4 stars there due to the finish. I am glad Styles got the win, & l like The Club being cheating heels, but it was just a tad anti-climactic. Cena seemed a bit off too, attempting to keep up with Styles.
Money In The Bank Ladder Match:
Alberto Del Rio
Crazy spot fest that is par for the course with these types of matches. If looking for a car crash, this delivered. Zayn & Owens especially took some crazy bumps here. I wanted & thought Owens would take this, but I ain’t complaining ’bout Dean Ambrose scaling that ladder & taking home the briefcase (assuming he makes it that far with it…wink, wink). ****
United States Championship Match:
Rusev beat O’Neil in a one-sided match & feud no one thought would end any differently. Good to see Rusev get a decisive victory, thus building him up as a monster again. Let’s just pretend the last year didn’t happen.
Main Event-WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match:
WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Solid match & good effort by both men, notwithstanding the crowd seeming deflated. Luckily, the end had Rollins pedigree’ing Reigns from a spear attempt, and then a second pedigree for the 3 count and regaining the world title. I did not see that coming honestly. Reigns just wasn’t working as a babyface champion, thus killing the heat for his otherwise good matches. ***. Welcome back Rollins…you were missed.
But wait! Here’s Ambrose hitting Rollins with the briefcase, telling the ref to ring the bell & hitting Rollins with the Dirty Deeds DDT to win the World Title Belt Strap. No rating, but **** 1/2 for the whole angle. Ambrose’s pop puts everything to shame. Glad to see him get his day in the sun. Also, now every Shield member has had the gold and WWE is likely building to the long awaited & anticipated 3-way match at Summerslam. I love the way Ambrose outsmarted and got the better of Rollins by raining on his parade. It totally fits his character, and this way he doesn’t have to walk around with the briefcase.
Overall, a good, but mildly disappointing PPV…if only due to the hype, and my own expectations for the show. Not lackluster by any means, and it was solid from top to bottom. The show ended on a high note too, which is all anyone will remember the next day at the water cooler anyhow.