There is still no title change at a PPV +++ Dean Ambrose alone is allowed to do a lengthy promo +++ Damien Sandow is Paul Revere +++ One superplex for a kingdom +++ The boring intermission +++ Déjà vu for the 14th time
There is still no title change at a PPV
First of all, I have to admit something: I’m terrible at WWE predictions, especially for PPVs. Just read my previous article. Obviously, I have seen the spoiler for Summerslam, this picture with Super Cena and Brrrock Lesnarrr, sugesting the main event to happen between these two guys. But I just thought that it could mean everything or nothing. You never know with WWE. And I should have known that they rather do the old and all the same stories from the last twenty years than trying something new.
So, I should have know that there wouldn’t be a title change at Money In The Bank, that Harper and Rowan wouldn’t have a chance to get the tag team title belts. It was the first match of the show and it was pretty good. Back and forth action. But in the end, after decent 13 minutes, The Usos retained their titles.
The same did happen with the Divas title. At least, I almost knew that Paige would retained her title here. For seven minutes, this match was quite long for a Divas match in WWE and there was a lot of in-ring action. Bit of attention was given to Cameron who was on ringside. And she basically enjoyed any beating on her tag team partner Naomi, while she appeared bored to death when Naomi had the upper hand. Somehow, this will probably lead to a match between these two. But does anyone really care? I mean, jealousy on your supposed friend, when the friend gets some title shot and your not. Of course, Naomi is jealous because she’s a woman and she can’t be happy for her friend. I know, it’s a story-line but it’s also a stupid cliche on how women might react towards a supposed friend while men only have serious and important issues with each other. I really miss the days when women’s matches weren’t just put in to make the people get some beers from the fridge. At least, Paige isn’t someone who was added to the current roster because she was seen half nude on some cover of a magazine but she actually went through some wrestling school. When AJ Lee comes back, there needs to be a lengthy match between her and Paige. We can already watch something like that at NXT but it doesn’t seem possible in WWE.
Dean Ambrose alone is allowed to do a lengthy promo
I very much feel the need to write some more words on Dean Ambrose’s promo for the contract ladder match. I could very much have said that it was brilliant as ever, that he even topped himself even that seems impossible. And that you just watch for yourself and enjoy it. But one of these WWE Top 50 posts came to my mind that I need to mention here. I’m too lazy right now to search for the very post on the WWE page. But you don’t need to look after it yourself, because it’s basically irrelevant.
The main point was that this Top 50 was all about the best talkers in WWE. We all know that Dean Ambrose wasn’t just becoming great at talking recently. He’s a natural. He’s capable of blowing the roof off with his promos for years now. But somehow he still didn’t even make these Top 50 while someone like John Cena was no. 12, whose talking makes me wanna get drunk, even when I’m straight edge. Sure, Dean Ambrose until a few weeks ago was kind of trapped into the Shield promos. He had to talk for the whole group, not just for himself. It took a bit away from his abilities. But it was still rubbish to leave him out from that list. Back then, at the time they’ve made that list, he would easy have made the Top 20. Now, he’s pretty much Top 5 material.
The great thing about his promos – and I believe, I haven’t mentioned this before – is that even deaf people would get what he’s talking about. Because, very much like in this latest promo, he practically speaks with his whole body. You just get consumed by this man because you need all of your attention to catch every little moment and detail of his actions. But thanks to the internet and modern technology you can still watch this video over and over again:
Damien Sandow is Paul Revere
What do I need to write about Damien Sandow? I probably shouldn’t write that I enjoy all of his new gimmicks because I wish for him to be a serious competitor again. The man doesn’t deserve to get buried like he does. But on the other side, every single gimmick he has to sport is just hilarious. It’s fun to watch him. And wrestling is fun. It’s not supposed to be fun. It is fun. Maybe, WWE at first wanted to punish him for something he did and I don’t know what that might have been. But somehow he was so great in every single gimmick and he got lot of reactions from any audience, that it could be a permanent deal by now to send him out every week with just another gimmick fitting to the town or city, the very show is situated at. Maybe, Sandow was about to get fired or released but was too good in what he’s done that he saved his job with being brilliant. But who knows, maybe it was his own idea and he has fun performing this way. I hope the last guess is the right one. Because, I really like Damien Sandow. I can’t deny that he grew on me during these last gimmick changes but I definitely liked him as the intellectual snob. As for this show, he had to sport Paul Revere, a Boston native and patriot of the 18th century. I definitely liked his clothes and the way he used his jacket.
One superplex for a kingdom
Right before the contract ladder match took place, the other five competitors – Wade Barrett indeed was too badly injured to compete – had their short promo about the upcoming event. Then, everyone got their respected entries: the first one was Seth Rollins and the last one Dean Ambrose. The pop for the latter was great and he went straight for his bitter rival to start the match with a little brawl outside the ring.
Ladder matches are great, aren’t they? Because, you can use anything, there are several competitors, so the scenario always changes. And there are ladders, of course. You are able to just use them for climbing to grab that briefcase. But you can also use them as a catapult, a weapon or a not so nice piece to land on from some height. And you can say some negative things about WWE, but at choreographing ladder matches they are fabulous. You basically know about the two or at least three people who will happen to make up the showdown to be the actual winner of the contract. So, it was pretty easy to guess that this match was all about Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins. And it had just everything.
Seth Rollins falling back first on a ladder; Dean Ambrose selling once again his left shoulder but once again in a way I almost believed him. If it wasn’t all about his left shoulder again I would have been seriously concerned because he very much stepped up his acting. He doesn’t over sell anymore but makes it incredibly believable. You know, it’s an angle when cameras are full on him, even catching some words of “pop it back in” (for how many times has Dean Ambrose now dislocated his left shoulder? it must be a mess by now!) and also the commentators are talking about a potential injury and its history in recent weeks. Everyone knew, that Dean Ambrose would come back but when he actually did, the pop for him was just unreal.
Like I said in some previous review: it maybe takes a bit longer for the audience to get behind Dean Ambrose but at some point, people might be just wondering why they didn’t right from the start. The unchallenged highlight of the match – if not the whole show – was undoubtedly this superplex by Dean Ambrose on Seth Rollins from very much high up that ladder. I mean, how can you even train something like this? Something like this, you can only perform two or three times during your career, I guess. Otherwise, you have to be called suicidal. It was just incredible to watch. And I have seen the video for a countless times already. Also great was the DDT from the ladder by Dean Ambrose on Jack Swagger (once again!) and, of course, the nail biting finish. Yes, I hoped for Dean Ambrose to actually grab the briefcase. But, the way Seth Rollins won it, Dean Ambrose will be even more over the WWE Universe by now. I can only imagine the pop for him on upcoming RAW. Sidenote here: Zeb Colter was almost burnt by the fire of Kane.
Mark my words: he’ll grab the Slammy for Superstar of the Year 2014. If you need further proof, just watch the video again:
The boring intermission
What followed was the tag team match between Rybaxel and Goldust & Stardust. But, really, after this epic ladder match I couldn’t follow really. The Rhodes brothers won. But that wasn’t really surprising.
Same goes for the match between Rusev and Big E. At least, it lasted for around eight minutes. Rusev had to take a lot this time but he still won with his submission maneuver. Big E will be third time lucky, I guess.
Then, there was a short replay from the pre-show when Daniel Bryan called Bo Dallas a BOner. I think, that’s gonna be the start of the burying of Daniel Bryan. He also revealed that his injury was worse than expected. And that his arm wasn’t in a great state. Maybe he’d need another surgery.
I also wasn’t very much into this brawl for Fandango between Layla and Summer Rae. Finally, Layla won. There was a bit of kissing between the winner and the referee. But somehow I doubt that this is over now.
Déjà vu for the 14th time
The only note of importance I have to say about the supposed main event, i.e. the match for the new WWE World Heavyweight champion, was that Randy Orton at the very finish of the match didn’t look very good. After the show he got twelve staples to his head. And about the actual winner, I don’t want to write anything. Because every little word is just one little word too much.
The headline is a reference to these fabulous two signs I have noticed in the crowd in Boston.