WWE Money in the Bank 2014 will crown a new champion amid the disarray of bent ladders.
The vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship will hang above the ring at the TD Garden in Boston as eight warriors clamor to possess it in a Ladder match. The fifth annual version of the pay-per-view arrives Sunday, June 29 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
A chance at a world title contract, the tag team belts and the Divas Championship await several Superstars as well.
The pursuit of vengeance may trip up would-be victors, though. Dean Ambrose will have his eyes on both the Money in the Bank briefcase and his one-time comrade Seth Rollins. Cesaro and John Cena will find familiar foes waiting for them in the hectic, star-filled main event.
The man who last held the WWE title will make an appearance before someone else drapes it across his shoulders in Boston.
Normally, pay-per-view pre-shows feature a single match surrounded by hype for the show. This time around, the pre-show will center on an interview with Daniel Bryan instead of in-ring action.
It will be the first time Bryan has spoken on WWE programming since Stephanie McMahon stripped him of the WWE title. Expect him to address that situation and provide an update on his recovery from neck surgery.
A panel will also break down the night's matches. Predictions, summaries of the bouts' buildup and video clips of recent action on Raw and SmackDown will all be part of the program.
The WWE Network will air the pre-show, but, per WWE.com, it "will also stream live on WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Pheed."
It all begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 PT.
Live Stream, PPV Info
Money in the Bank is available through several cable companies, including Xfinity, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable. However, DirecTV and Dish Network won't be carrying it.
That's thanks to those companies' displeasure over WWE moving its pay-per-view product to a 24/7 streaming service. The WWE Network is the most affordable way to catch all the Ladder matches and title bouts.
For $9.99 (with a six-month commitment) fans get Money in the Bank as well as original shows such as Legends House and Slam City, WWE-produced documentaries, and access to the company's massive archive.
Through the WWE Network, one can stream Money in the Bank via tablets, computers, Apple TV, Roku devices or on one's Xbox or Playstation system. A full list of devices compatible with the service is available on WWE.com.
Folks outside the United States can't yet access the WWE Network, though.
Canadian fans will have to order the event through services such as SaskTel or Viewer's Choice. Sky Box Office will take care of the United Kingdom fanbase. WWE.com lists viewing options for other countries.
- The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (Tag Team Championship)
- Paige vs. Naomi (Divas Championship)
- Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger (Money in the Bank Ladder Match)
- Kane vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Cesaro vs. Bray Wyatt (Ladder Match for WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
The Usos face their toughest test as champions to date in the form of two imposing, bearded beasts from the swamp. These two teams have collided for months, including during Bryan's brief tenure as part of The Wyatt Family and during Cena's feud with Wyatt.
The contrast of power and speed, brute force and grace has made for some exciting action during that span.
Last year, all three members of The Shield took home gold at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view. Harper and Rowan give their clan a chance to repeat that feat.
Naomi earned Paige's respect and subsequently a title shot after defeating the champion on the June 17 main event and knocking off Alicia Fox six days later on Raw.
This bout promises to also include Cameron somehow. The Funkadactyl has been jealous of her partner's success and spent much of her time on commentary during Monday's Raw pumping herself up and complaining about Naomi.
Cameron is sure to hang around this title clash, impatient for her chance.
Thanks to a shoulder injury he suffered at Tuesday's SmackDown taping, Barrett's status for the match is unclear at this point. WWE.com reports that "As of yet, no official determination has not been made yet in terms of Barrett's participation in Sunday's Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match."
If the field remains the same, it will feature Barrett battling a recent rival in Van Dam and the man who has been leading him to his best ring work this year in Ziggler.
The feature storyline, though, will be the war between former partners. Rollins' betrayal of his brethren from The Shield has brought out a frenzied version of Ambrose. They have collided often in the past few weeks, explosive violence resulting each time.
Ambrose forced his way into the match, threatening to steal the Money in the Bank briefcase and sell it at a pawn shop if he didn't get in.
He will struggle to focus on winning this match with as much as he hungers for revenge. That's good news for Ziggler, Swagger and Van Dam, who are all seeking their second Money in the Bank win.
Money in the Bank's main event decides the next world champ.
The battle features regular visitors to WWE's top tier as well as a trio of emerging stars in Cesaro, Wyatt and Reigns. Reigns' contentious relationship with The Authority will make his potential path to the title more arduous, though. Triple H placed Kane in this match, seemingly to prevent Reigns from claiming the company's top prize.
Cesaro and Sheamus bring their increasingly intense rivalry to this match as well.
They have spent much of the last few weeks painting bruises on each other. Like Cena and Wyatt, though, they will have to avoid being swept up in hatred for one man.
The chaos that will end the pay-per-view requires one to survive a fray inside a lion's den in order to walk away king.