The opening segment of SmackDown was a fairly generic-yet-effective way to hype both June 29's Money in the Bank pay-per-view main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Smackdown's huge 4-on-3 handicap headliner.
The most interesting aspect of the entire promo was the face-to-face between Reigns and Cena. They have not been portrayed as opposition or enemies to this point, but there was something so intriguing about watching the darker, more mysterious and edgier Reigns standing toe-to-toe with the neon green-wearing Cena.
Character wise, they are complete opposites, and if played right, Reigns could be the opposite of what Cena is as the top star in the company. He can be the Batman to Cena's Superman, even if he does utilize the Superman Punch as one of his signature moves.
The absence of Bray Wyatt absolutely made sense in that Wyatt would not lower himself to or waste his time by being involved in a mindless brawl. He addressed the crowd and his Money in the Bank opponents later in the night, vowing to take what is his.
The brawl to end the segment helped put heat on the main event and got the show off to a hot start.
Kofi Kingston vs. Seth Rollins
Rollins continued his recent roll Friday night by defeating former intercontinental and United States champion Kofi Kingston in a brief-yet-competitive match. The win allows Rollins to maintain the momentum he has built for himself with a strong performance in a good match.
The win over Kingston is Rollins' first over someone other than Ziggler since splitting from The Shield, and therein lies what could be a potential problem.
The company continues to push Rollins as a main event-level heel and paired him with Triple H to make that transition easier. Yet, it has not allowed him the opportunity to beat anyone considered to be on that level. Instead, he has beaten Ziggler repeatedly and knocked off Kingston on this week's broadcast.
At some point, he will have to be allowed to wrestle someone like Sheamus or Cena in singles competition and prove that he can beat them. If not, Rollins may eventually find himself compared with Ziggler and Kingston for all the wrong reasons.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett
Speaking of Ziggler, he and Bad News Barrett had a very good match Friday night in what felt like a primer for the traditional Money in the Bank match on June 29.
Commentators Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield talked that match up and added how big Ziggler's victory over the current intercontinental champion was in gaining momentum for it.
WWE's resident Show Off is a veteran of Ladder matches and has taken some scary bumps in them. While it appears unlikely that he would win the briefcase for a second time, there is precedent. In 2008, WWE Creative badly muffed CM Punk's first run as world heavyweight champion and made up for it a year later by booking him to win the briefcase and his second title.
While Rollins and Ambrose are likely to get the most attention, should the Lunatic Fringe actually join the match, do not be surprised if WWE makes up for its horrid use of Ziggler over the last year by giving him a second (third, but who really counts his first "reign") chance at championship glory.