Perhaps it wasn't as good as past editions of the event, but this year's Money in the Bank pay-per-view once again delivered, as it was an excellent overall show. Even the best shows tend to have a few moments that leave fans scratching their heads, though.
Money in the Bank was no exception, as intelligent booking decisions such as Damien Sandow and Randy Orton capturing the Money in the Bank briefcases were balanced out by some disappointing revelations. Those moments weren't enough to ruin the event by any means, but a couple changes here and there could have made it even better.
Here are three Money in the Bank matches that would have greatly benefited from a change in booking philosophy on Sunday night.
John Cena vs. Mark Henry
Despite the fact that many fans wanted to see Mark Henry validate his long WWE career by defeating John Cena for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank, that was never a realistic possibility. Henry was absolutely fantastic during the build toward their match, particularly when he gave his fake retirement speech. Even so, Henry was clearly a transitional feud for Cena and acted as a bridge to SummerSlam, so he wasn't a true threat to win.
There's nothing wrong with Cena winning the match, as that was likely the best business decision, but the manner in which it happened was extremely unsatisfying.
The World's Strongest Man exerted his dominance for much of the match, but it was always apparent what would ultimately happen. The announcers played up the fact that Cena didn't look himself and that he couldn't get anything going in the match. Inevitably, he battled back and eventually won by forcing Henry to tap out to the STF.
First and foremost, having Henry tap out was a bad idea. Henry is one of the few believable tough guys in the company, so the loss absolutely should have come by way of pinfall. Giving up did nothing but make Henry look weak.
Also, the WWE seemed to squander an opportunity by not having Cena vs. Henry go on last. If that had happened, perhaps the writers could have run an angle where Henry attacked Cena after the match and Orton could've cashed in. This would have ended the pay-per-view with a bang, completed Orton's heel turn and allowed Henry to keep looking strong in the process.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Much like Cena vs. Henry, the World Heavyweight Championship match between Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler had a logical result, but the ending of the match was executed poorly.
Many fans hoped for and expected a Ziggler win at Money in the Bank, however, having Del Rio retain was the right move all along. Something had to happen to fuel Ziggler's face turn and allow him to break away from AJ Lee and Big E Langston, and although that was the case, it could have been done much better.
The match itself was a great one as Ziggler and Del Rio went back and forth, all the while demonstrating their superb in-ring ability. Once AJ came to the ring during the latter stages, it was blatantly obvious that she would get involved. That is exactly what happened as she ignored Ziggler's demands to leave and ultimately got Ziggler disqualified by clocking Del Rio with the Divas Championship.
This sets up Ziggler to fully turn face on Monday by walking out on AJ, but the DQ finish was strange. It made it seem as though AJ purposely got Dolph disqualified even though that likely wasn't the intention. It would have made a lot more sense for AJ to attempt to slap Del Rio only to strike Ziggler instead. Ziggler would have won the match by disqualification and had a rematch in his back pocket for SummerSlam. Also, it would have accelerated the breakup even more.
Ryback vs. Chris Jericho
It's tough to tell what the WWE's plans are for Ryback at this point.
On one hand, it was nice to see Ryback get a much-needed pay-per-view win over Chris Jericho, as he hadn't won on pay-per-view in a year. At the same time, his win was far from convincing, as he rolled Jericho up and held on to his tights. Perhaps a win is a win no matter how it happens, but Ryback is nowhere near being the dominant monster he appeared to be heading into his feud with Cena.
Ryback is now a typical weasel, as he forfeited a match to The Miz a couple weeks ago due to a leg injury and has taken the easy way out on several occasions. Ryback also hugged Vickie Guerrero upon her dismissal, so maybe a partnership between them is in the works. Whatever the case, Ryback should have obliterated Y2J on Sunday rather than escaping with a win.
The WWE can rectify this by having Ryback attack Jericho and write him off television while he tours with Fozzy, but that is really the only way to do it. The WWE doesn't really have any monster heels left, as Ryback has looked like a wimp in recent weeks and Henry tapped out to Cena at Money in the Bank. There's no use in making Ryback something that he isn't, so his showing on Sunday should have been dominant rather than fluky.
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