After an exciting but predictable night of matches at Money in the Bank, here are my biggest takeaways and the direction I want to see the WWE go leading into Battleground and into SummerSlam.
The biggest story of the night was Daniel Bryan. On the pre- show, he said the strength in his arm hasn’t come back and he might need to have another surgery. Now, I’m no doctor but multiple neck surgeries for a wrestler can’t be good. To pile on to the issues with his recovery, he was interrupted by Bo Dallas on Sunday night. It’s not a good sign for Bryan to go from WWE World Heavyweight Champion to a feud with Bo Dallas. I admit, I’m not the biggest Daniel Bryan fan but I hope his recovery improves and he makes it back to the ring quickly. The WWE needs him.
[adinserter block=”1″]As I wrote leading up to MITB, John Cena was the only logical choice to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and I’m happy the WWE agreed with me. Now, what happens next with Cena? With MITB going off the air with Cena holding the titles in The Authority’s face, it’s clear that he will be put into a potential lose-lose situation at Battleground, probably involving Kane. I’d like to see him in a no disqualification match or a triple threat match where it looks like he will lose the title. Of course Super Cena comes out on top and goes into SummerSlam as the champion. Battleground should go off the air with a challenge from Brock Lesnar. Lesnar vs Cena II MUST happen at SummerSlam with Brock winning the championship. WWE needs to get the titles on Brock as soon as possible otherwise his win over The Undertaker at WrestleMania will be for nothing. They need to bring that momentum back and keep it going strong. Plus, having the title on a part-time wrestler would be good for the championship. I’m sure I am in the minority, but it would make the titles far more prestigious. I don’t think we need to see the titles every week on TV.
Roman Reigns was the breakout star in the championship ladder match. Even though the former Shield member didn’t win the title, he was the most dominant wrestler in the match. So, where does he go from here? He has a lot of options moving forward. He could challenge Cena, build a program with fellow up-and-comer Bray Wyatt or Rusev or feud with his former Shield brother Seth Rollins. But, I think it’s simple for Reigns. He continues to feud with The Authority. I expect him to run through Randy Orton at Battleground leading up to a massive match with Triple H at SummerSlam. Triple H puts Reigns over in a big way and he continues his meteoric rise up the WWE ladder.
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins stole the show at MITB and they must continue their program. They were both amazing in the contract ladder match. That superplex off the top of the ladder was awesome and the bumps Rollins took in that match were pure greatness. No question, both of them are going to be super stars. Having them battle it out for the next few months will be best for business. To make things even more interesting, they can put Rollins’ contract on the line in one of their upcoming PPV matches.
Some other quick notes/predictions going forward:
I picked the Wyatts to win the tag titles but I’m good with the Usos’ retaining their championship. I’m convinced at this point they are keeping the titles warm for The Ascension. Hopefully they debut on the big show soon.
Speaking of the Wyatts, their breakup is imminent. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are now coming out to new music and Bray is saying, “I’m Here” in his entrance. A feud within the family would be great television.
No clue what Dolph Ziggler does next, I think he’s the most underutilized worker in the company. As much as I would love to see him in something big, I’m not confident it will happen.
[adinserter block=”2″]Now that Big E is behind him, it would make a lot of sense for Rusev to build a program with Jack Swagger. After all, he is the ‘Real American.’
I absolutely love Bo Dallas and was very happy with the pop he received on Sunday night. If it’s not clear by now, he is a heel and needs some more fun segments. Getting him some TV time on the pre-show was a great idea.
I am 100% a lemon and was shocked that they put Adam Rose in a pay-per-view match.
Steven Grossi is a digital video producer who likes to write a little. He’s a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, hardcore MMA fan and a total wrestling nerd. He usually has a strong opinion on anything combat sports related so give him a follow on twitter @GrossiMMA.