Rob Van Dam forced Seth Rollins to retreat early. He stunned him with kicks and hurled Rollins to the mat.
Although he was limping, Van Dam remained the aggressor, knocking Rollins around in the corner. Rollins caught Van Dam in mid-Monkey Flip, but Van Dam escaped the hold and soon had the Money in the Bank winner twisted in his grip.
Outside, a clothesline to the throat finally had Rollins on top.
A half-Boston crab from Rollins worsened the condition of Van Dam's leg, but Mr. Monday Night kept on the attack. Rolling Thunder, a split-legged moonsault and a kick to the jaw had Rollins reeling.
It took a leg whip in the ropes to leave Van Dam vulnerable enough for the Curb Stomp.
Rollins spent most of his interview with Renee Young boasting. Dean Ambrose interrupted him, appearing on the big screen. Ambrose threatened to prevent every attempted cash-in.
Rollins wins via pinfall.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
Van Dam flips Rollins' head into the corner with a hurricanrana.
Van Dam leaps outside the ring onto Rollins, soaring from the top rope.
Rollins hits a dragon-screw leg whip while Van Dam is caught in the ropes.
"If you're going to introduce me, lady, do it right. It's Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins to you, toots."—Rollins to Young.
"I'm going to haunt you."—Ambrose to Rollins.
Van Dam keeps pulling performances that belie his age. He was the star of the match, flashing folks back to his prime with some stunning moves.
The result here was an excellent opening match.
Rollins could have looked stronger here, though. Instead, he mostly survived. If WWE wants fans to believe in him as a viable contender for the WWE title, he's going to need to be more dominant at times.
His feud with Ambrose is sure to be a showcase of his talents. WWE wisely has the Money in the Bank briefcase at the center of their story, providing an easy way to keep the rivalry going.