John Cena is the new WWE World Heavyweight champion, and all is right with the world.
Or something like that.
Sunday night, World Wrestling Entertainment presented its annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view, and for the most part, it was an excellent show. Everyone from the Divas to the tag teams to the main event talent worked hard, and the Boston crowd helped energize the night's proceedings.
Seth Rollins captured the Money in the Bank contract, Paige and Naomi had a very good match for the Divas Championship, and Big E and Rusev had a phenomenal heavyweight clash.
But not everything worked.
There were several booking decisions that left fans scratching their heads as the event reached its conclusion.
The Usos Retain the Tag Team Championship
The twin sons of Attitude Era favorite Rikishi may be exceptional workers, and arguably, the most energetic and electrifying team WWE has had in quite some time, but their victory over Luke Harper and Erick Rowan Sunday night makes very little sense from a booking standpoint.
Now that The Usos have defeated their heel challengers, there is no reason for the feud to continue. The champions proved their superiority and did it in a clean manner. There was no controversy, nothing to create doubt that the Wyatt Family may have won if circumstances were different.
That the only other viable heel team left for The Usos to defend against is RybAxel, whom they have beaten on numerous occasions and whom just lost to Goldust and Stardust Sunday night, leaves many wondering where they go from here.
The most likely course is a series of rematches against Harper and Rowan, but given the fact that Jimmy and Jey have a win over them, one must wonder what reason they would have to engage the team in more matches. It simply is not logical, outside of "they're fighting the champion," an excuse that has been used to mask lazy booking far too often.
Adam Rose vs. "Paul Revere"
Matches such as the one between Adam Rose and Damien "Paul Revere" Sandow are exactly what WWE needs to leave off of its pay-per-view events. Fans are exposed to enough filler on Monday nights that they do not need to see it on a show that they have paid money to see.
The Sandow "identity crisis" story is played out and unfunny while Rose has failed miserably to connect with the audience since debuting. The cheers for Sandow midway through the bout support that statement.
Sandow worked hard as he continues to try to emerge from the deep, dark abyss his career has fallen into since failing to capture the world heavyweight title last October, but he lost—again. It was an awful way to kill four minutes that could have been spread out elsewhere.
From a storyline standpoint, Kane's interference in the Money in the Bank contract match made sense. It also helped to protect Dean Ambrose as the Lunatic Fringe returned from injury only to see his hopes go up in smoke, courtesy of the Demon.
At the same time, it is such a shame to see a match as good as the contract bout end with a screwy finish. There were so many other ways to accomplish the outcome the company produced without Kane interfering.
A ladder shot to Ambrose's injured, knocking him off the ladder and allowing Rollins to retrieve the briefcase would have been the best way to keep Ambrose strong while having his former friend and partner emerge victorious.
Summer Rae vs. Layla
It is very difficult for fans to invest themselves in a story when everyone involved is as unlikable as Fandango, Layla and Summer Rae. Sunday night, WWE learned this the hard way when fans sat silently as the women settled their issues.
Layla's win should settle things, but given WWE's propensity for dragging stories out well past their sell-by date, expect the program to continue.
As long as it wraps up on Raw or SmackDown and not a major pay-per-view, it will not be such a bad thing.
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