Breaking Down and Comparing Both Ladder Matches at Money in the Bank

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2014


John Cena's 15th world championship reign, by nature, sounds like more of the same. 

He has won a world championship 14 times before and is only two years removed from his last Money in the Bank win. It's worth mentioning he's undefeated in Money in the Bank. 

And Just listen to some of the reaction his Money in the Bank win received on Twitter on Sunday: 

67-time champion John Cena. #MITB

— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) June 30, 2014

I had enough we want a new champion not john cena :/

— addicted to wwe (@AddictedTo_wwe) June 30, 2014

@WWE rt this if u hate john cena! Cena SUCKS!

— Juan cortes (@discodx3) June 30, 2014

He didn't deserve it RT @xoxoRK93: As much as I love John Cena, I'm disappointed 😪

— Pachanga (@swallowmarciano) June 30, 2014

In a pool that featured electric young stars such as Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns and Cesaro, Cena is anticlimactic. He's familiar. He's status quo. Some of his detractors would even say he's boring. 

The Championship Money in the Bank match was very fitting for a safe, standard Cena victory. The match moved slowly, juxtaposed against its more athletic briefcase counterpart.

After Dean Ambrose superplexed Seth Rollins off an enormous ladder, Roman Reigns opted to stick with his trusty Superman Punch on the ground. 

After Kofi Kingston leaped from the ladder, to the top rope, to the outside and onto the field, Sheamus stuck with his 10 chest punches on the apron. 

The Briefcase Money in the Bank match—won by Seth Rollins—was exciting, filled with high spots and required at least a match and a half for fans to catch their breath.

Each star attempted, with reckless abandon, to make their collective output the match of the night. They all competed like their jobs were on the line because, with WWE's recent budget cuts (from PWInsider h/t WrestlingInc), they very well may be. 

The Championship Money in the Bank match, however, wasn't as much fun. Similar risks weren't necessary to its well-entrenched combatants.  

It was almost as if the ladders were in the way during the main event. In fact, one of the most significant ladder spots saw Randy Orton unintentionally lacerated. 

Such awkwardness shouldn't come as a surprise. The championship Money in the Bank match featured no high-flyers or Ladder match specialists. With eight competitors and countless ladders, it was difficult to make room for big spots. 

Given the sky-high standards (pun intended) set by Money in the Bank matches of past years, this match was due for somewhat of a letdown. That letdown finally happened in Sunday night's main event. 

This was just your safe, run-of-the-mill Ladder match that relied on star power. Much like its result. 

WWE's future was kept in high regard. Cesaro, Reigns and Wyatt were not hurt by this result. Their potential shined just as much as they did, but once again had to cede to a higher, more comfortable, power. 

This was a night where Daniel Bryan appeared on the Money in the Bank kickoff show and admitted he did not know when he was coming back. Once reluctantly trusted to help carry WWE as a world champion, Bryan's future is ambiguous. 

Both Cena's win and the match leading up to it felt familiar. And with a WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture that was previously in disarray, that's exactly what WWE needs. 

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