For the 15th time in his career, John Cena is a world champion after he won the Money in the Bank ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, per the WWE Network:
The Boston crowd let out a hearty cheer when the new champion was crowned, per WWE:
Once again, Kane's purpose was to do The Authority's bidding. First, he helped Seth Rollins win the MITB ladder match to earn a WWE World Heavyweight Title match. In the main event, he attempted to eliminate the competition to make Randy Orton's job as easy as possible.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon had a ringside seat, which made you believe the fix was in, per Justin Roberts:
That all added another wrinkle to the drama.
Near the end of the match, it looked as if Orton was going to have a golden road to the title after Kane dispatched Roman Reigns from the ring. However, Cena came back and hit both Orton and Kane with an Attitude Adjustment, which allowed him time to climb the ladder and win the titles.
The match itself wasn't a classic by any means but was booked as such that every guy had a moment or two. Former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas was complimentary of how the main event played out:
Agreed! Everyone looked strong at one point or another. RT @JoeyImage: Great booking for the main event tonight.— Jimmy Korderas (@jimmykorderas) June 30, 2014
Reigns was responsible for the coolest visual as he tipped over a ladder which Cesaro and Sheamus were attempting to climb. Another ladder was wedged in the middle so that when Reigns tipped the standing ladder, it was still leaning a bit upright, allowing Sheamus to continue reaching for the titles.
Of all the guys who didn't win, Reigns probably looked the strongest, which helps build him up as a viable title contender down the road. NFL.com's Adam Rank felt that Money in the Bank was the right time to give Reigns the titles:
I must be an idiot because I expected Dean Ambrose to run in to help Roman Reigns win. But why do something silly like that when Cena? #mitb— Adam Rank (@adamrank) June 30, 2014
His time will come, but for right now, he's better off in an upper-mid-card feud with a main-event level guy. When Reigns does reach the summit, it should feel huge—something that can elevate him to being one of the top two or three guys in the company.
That isn't really possible right now.
Many fans will likely be upset with the predictability of the outcome, but looking at who took part in the match, Cena winning was the most logical outcome.
With Rollins' win earlier in the night, it was always unlikely that an Authority figure like Kane or Orton would follow up with a victory. In addition, the younger guys like Reigns, Cesaro and Wyatt weren't in a position to carry the belts, either. They don't have the stature or momentum yet to have earned such an honor.
Cena is a safe pair of hands until one of those guys are more prepared to be the face of the company.
There's also the specter of Brock Lesnar looming. Sooner or later, he'll make his return, and when he does, he'll fight for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It wouldn't make much sense to have a young guy win the title, only to have him drop it to Lesnar after a month or two.
As Over the Monster's Marc Normandin tweeted out, you don't want a developing talent to be a transitional champion:
Would rather Cena lose as a transitional champion than Reigns, Wyatt, Cesaro, etc. I'll take this given the Bryan-related circumstances.— Marc Normandin (@Marc_Normandin) June 30, 2014
With Cena, a quick title reign will do nothing to hurt his star level.
If anything, Cena's win means it's OK to wear jorts tomorrow, per Marty DeRosa:
Well, looks like I'm wearing my jorts to work tomorrow. #MITB— Marty DeRosa (@MartyDeRosa) June 30, 2014
On paper, an Authority/Cena feud doesn't look too appetizing, but WWE found a way to make Orton a compelling heel again, so maybe the company can make this work, too.