At Money in the Bank last year, CM Punk walked out of the company with the WWE Championship.
Last year WWE shocked the world by booking Daniel Bryan to claim the briefcase for a future World Heavyweight title match.
The status quo was shattered.
Come one year later at Money in the Bank and WWE has completely reverted back to their old habits. The status quo is back in full force.
The tag division was initially overlooked, with its champions R-Truth and Kofi Kingston shunned to the pre-show.
An impromptu match-up on the main card between the Colons and the Prime Time Players saw the tag champs relegated once again, this time to the announce booth.
Why couldn’t there have been a tag-title match?
The Divas Division also featured an unadvertised match as we saw six Divas put on a mere several-minute novelty match.
With Tamina, Natalya, Kaitlyn, Beth Phoenix, and Eve all in the bout with the Divas Champion Layla, you have to wonder why one of those talented women wasn’t getting a title shot in a serious match.
Both the tag and Divas divisions saw the usual mistreatment by the WWE as fans have come to expect.
Ryback squashed two men in yet another impromptu filler match. This time around, at least, he didn’t get some no-name jobbers. But then again, Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins aren’t exactly household names.
Continuing with a predictable event, both Sheamus and CM Punk retained their championship belts.
Ironically, it was CM Punk last year that called John Cena out as the “status quo,” but this year Punk’s successful title defense fits that very description.
As the Internet Wrestling Community aptly puts it, Punk has become Cena 2.0.
The main event of the evening once again featured John Cena, despite Punk and Bryan’s match being more than worthy of closing the show.
As it seems to always be—unless the Rock is around—Cena picked up the victory against all odds.
The night’s only glimpse of light was as Dolph Ziggler claimed the contract for a future shot at the World Heavyweight Championship.
Overall though, tonight at Money in the Bank the WWE did what they do best: uphold the status quo.