Money in the Bank has consistently been one of WWE's best pay-per-views since its advent, and the 2014 edition figures to be no different.
While it can be argued that the card is a bit thin in terms of depth, the fact that the WWE World Heavyweight champion and the holder of the Money in the Bank contract will be determined through Ladder matches makes this a must-see event.
The world title has never been up for grabs in a Ladder match at Money in the Bank, which means that this pay-per-view should be an historic one.
It is possible that the entire future of WWE could be altered at this pay-per-view depending upon how the top two matches play out. With that in mind, here is everything you need to know about when and where to watch one of the year's biggest shows.
Where: TD Garden in Boston
When: Sunday, June 29 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: WWE Network (subscription required)
PPV Live Stream
With the vast majority of pay-per-view providers dropping WWE events, WWE Network has become the primary way to watch pay-per-views like Money in the Bank. For $9.99 per month (with a six-month commitment) wrestling fans can get WWE Network and watch hours upon hours of content streaming through a number of different devices. That includes every live pay-per-view. Here are the platforms that currently support WWE Network, according to WWE.com:
- Apple TV
- Kindle Fire
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation 4
- Xbox 360
- Xbox One
- Android devices
- iOS devices
Kickoff Live Stream
The pay-per-view will be preceded by a special half-hour pre-show beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. According to WWE.com, it will feature an exclusive interview with Daniel Bryan. That can be viewed through all of the following platforms:
- WWE Network
- WWE App
|Kane vs. Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. Roman Reigns vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt||Ladder Match||WWE World Heavyweight Championship|
|Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Bad News Barrett vs. Jack Swagger||Ladder Match||Money in the Bank contract|
|The Usos (c) vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan||N/A||Tag Team Championships|
|Paige (c) vs. Naomi||N/A||Divas Championship|
|Goldust & Stardust vs. Rybaxel||N/A||N/A|
|Rusev vs. Big E||N/A||N/A|
|Layla vs. Summer Rae||Fandango as Special Guest Referee||N/A|
Top Matches to Watch
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match
With Bryan being forced to surrender the WWE World Heavyweight Championship due to a neck injury, the biggest prize in wrestling is up for grabs. Eight of WWE's top stars will vie for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as John Cena, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Cesaro, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt and Kane will compete.
As seen in this photo courtesy of WWE's official Instagram account, the stakes couldn't be much higher:
All indications initially pointed toward a seven-man match, but Kane was a late addition by Triple H at the conclusion of the go-home edition of Raw. The majority of the Superstars in the match have a legitimate chance to win, and there is no question that WWE has some intriguing options at its disposal.
Perhaps the best possibility of all would be putting the titles on Cesaro, who is clearly ready for the responsibility that comes with being world champion:
If WWE goes in that direction, then it could possibly set up a feud between Cesaro and fellow Paul Heyman guy Brock Lesnar. Since Lesnar figures to be back for SummerSlam and needs an opponent, Cesaro is a natural fit due to his partnership with Heyman and overall skill set.
Even though Cesaro is still early in his WWE career, he is a wrestling veteran who can carry the title from an in-ring perspective and do well enough on the mic with Heyman on his side or perhaps working against him with Lesnar.
Similarly, Reigns and Wyatt are fresh faces who would be embraced as champions. If WWE intends on taking the safe route and going back to old reliable, though, Cena has to be considered the favorite.
WWE could put Cena up against Wyatt or The Authority and then potentially set up a rematch with Bryan when he returns or perhaps even a SummerSlam match against Lesnar. WWE obviously trusts Cena, and it has become clear over the years that there is no point in going against him.
For all the interesting possibilities that WWE could explore, expect Cena to stand tall once again.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
It initially appeared as though there would be just one Ladder match at Money in the Bank this year, but WWE called a late audible by adding another with the Money in the Bank contract on the line. This particular match will feature seven Superstars with Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam and Bad News Barrett going after the briefcase.
Although the star power in this match may not be equal to the star power in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, it can be argued that the quality will be better. With athletic stars like Rollins, Kingston, Ziggler and RVD likely to create some spectacular spots, this bout very well may steal the show.
The secondary Ladder match traditionally opens the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, but it remains to be seen if WWE will go in that direction considering the lack of supporting matches on the card. If it does, then the crowd will undoubtedly get fired up very quickly.
Rollins is the favorite to win this match as Triple H's handpicked future face of the company, but Ambrose has a legitimate shot as well. Rollins actually lobbied to get Ambrose placed in the match since Ambrose threatened to interfere regardless. Rollins explained the decision on Twitter:
Kingston, Swagger and RVD all look like non-factors in this one. A case can be made for Ziggler, but WWE hasn't pushed him enough to suggest that a Money in the Bank win is on the horizon. Barrett is the best option aside from Rollins and Ambrose, but his status is uncertain after separating his shoulder at Tuesday's SmackDown taping, per WWE.com.
WWE can't go wrong with Rollins or Ambrose in this one, but Rollins would probably be more compelling since he is a heel with the backing of The Authority. If a face wins the title at the end of the night, Rollins could even be a cash-in candidate at the end of the show.
The Money in the Bank briefcase opens up a world of possibilities, which is why it is great to see that WWE decided to keep it in the picture.
The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
After feuding for several weeks, The Usos and the team of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan will finally meet at a pay-per-view with the Tag Team Championships on the line. The Usos have held the titles since the leadup to WrestleMania XXX, while Harper and Rowan have yet to capture the gold.
WWE's tag team division is somewhat lacking in terms of depth right now, but these two teams have put on some fine performances. The Usos haven't been terrible as champs by any means, but one can only assume that more intriguing possibilities will be opened up if Harper and Rowan win.
Although Harper and Rowan are still Bray Wyatt's followers, they have been given more opportunities as individuals recently. They got their own theme music on the go-home episode of Raw and have been going off on their own without Wyatt, as seen in this WWE Instagram photo:
Those are clues that Harper and Rowan may be given a chance to win the Tag Team Championships and further distinguish themselves from Wyatt. With so few matches on the card aside from the Ladder matches, these two teams will be given every opportunity to put on a great performance as well.
The Usos, Harper and Rowan have proven to have solid chemistry, so look for a great encounter with the challengers coming out on top.
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