The show opened with Triple H, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton in the ring. Trips sold the PPV like Ron Popeil pushing a new grill, claiming that Orton and Rollins will win the two Ladder matches.
Rollins and Orton had a little argument, and Triple H had to get between them, saying they should trust each other because he trusts both of them.
Triple H then brought out Bad News Barrett to face Dean Ambrose in the show's opening bout. Seeing the tension build between Orton and Rollins makes things a little more interesting, and should they end up walking out of MITB with the title and the briefcase, they could have a great feud.
Unfortunately, I knew going into this match that it would end with Jack Swagger attacking both men and effectively taking Barrett out of the MITB match with a shoulder injury, so it was hard to enjoy.
Luckily, Ambrose and Barrett did a good job making me enjoy it with their stiff styles and undeniable talent. Ambrose made it look like Barrett's size advantage didn't matter because he made up for being smaller with his craziness.
Ambrose picked up a clean win over the Intercontinental champion before Swagger came out and ruined the party. You could tell the moment Barrett got hurt by him tapping Swagger's foot to indicate that he should not lock in the Patriot Lock.
Rollins came out of nowhere and attacked Ambrose right as he was about to finish off Swagger. Everything that happened was very entertaining, and it just sucks knowing that this is what took Barrett out of the match on Sunday.
Some notes from the match:
- I am really surprised WWE left in the moment where Barrett got injured. You could really tell when he went from acting to serious pain.
- Ambrose looked really strong heading into the PPV despite being taken out in the end.
- If you don't know who Ron Popeil is, wait until three in the morning and then scan your TV channels. You're sure to come across one of his infomercials eventually.