Analyzing How WWE Money in the Bank Laid the Groundwork for Battleground

Tom ClarkFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2014

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WWE's Money in the Bank event occurred on Sunday, June 29. The night featured two ladder matches, one for the briefcase which contains a guaranteed title shot and the other match was for the WWE World Championship itself.

And while many fans are still talking about the events of June 29, the fact is that they are also looking ahead to July 20. And that is because the groundwork for Battleground has been laid out perfectly at Money in the Bank.

For a great number of the WWE faithful, MITB is the must-see event of the calendar year.

There is some real truth to that sentiment as well, as it is a night that has the potential to cause major changes in upcoming storylines.  The biggest reason for that of course lies with the traditional briefcase ladder match itself and just which Superstar is the man to pull that case down.

It's a time of uncertainty among fans, who all have been speculating on which Superstar is the right choice to rise to the occasion.  When there are relative fresh faces involved, it becomes all the more exciting, as suddenly the status quo of WWE is in doubt.


Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose at Money in the Bank
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Seth Rollins became the new Mr. Money in the Bank after surviving five other WWE Superstars. Fans that believed he would win the match were not disappointed.

But Seth was unable to celebrate his win on the following Monday Night Raw, as Dean Ambrose ruined the night for him.  Dean was of course the man that Kane pulled down the ladder at MITB, giving Seth the opportunity to climb up and retrieve the briefcase.  But even without Kane's interference, Dean was still hell-bent on taking Seth out for his betrayal of The Shield back on June 2.

Ambrose made it clear that he would not stop until he destroyed Seth Rollins and he meant every word as every where Triple H's handpicked star has been, the Lunatic Fringe has been there as well.

Seth's win at Money in the Bank only exacerbated the situation for Dean, who now has even more reason to hate him.  Any time Rollins tries to cash in, Dean will be there.  Ambrose is out to ruin Seth's dreams of one day being top guy and that means preventing him from becoming WWE World champion.

Money in the Bank may not have been the beginning of this feud but it definitely added more intensity to it.  Now Battleground could very well be the night when these two finally face off one on one.


The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family

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Erick Rowan and Luke Harper were unsuccessful in their bid to become WWE tag team champions at Money in the Bank.  Bray Wyatt's followers were challenging for their first titles on WWE's main roster and many fans likely thought they would win at MITB.

But when that did not happen, it immediately begged the question: Will the two teams have a rematch at Battleground?

The fact is that this is a rivalry that should not end too soon.  The differences between both teams are what make them such a good match-up as they compliment each other very well.  The Wyatt's strength and intensity are matched only by The Usos' speed and athleticism.

And their feud has been a very exciting one, as both teams have had the opportunity to show off for WWE fans.  It would be a shame to see that come to an end.  But more importantly than all that, the work that both teams have put in has done nothing but bring respect to the tag team division.

Perhaps that point was made at Money in the Bank because despite the fact that The Wyatt Family won, it was obvious that fans were happy with the performances that both teams turned in. And that could very well be just the beginning.


Roman Reigns vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane for the WWE World Championship

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Roman's name is first in this subject line for a very good reason: He deserves to be there.

Fans surely knew what they were going to get when Roman Reigns was booked in the ladder match at Money in the Bank.  They had seen him at his best with The Shield so they knew what he was capable of.

But it may have just been the company that was anxious to see for themselves.

And the truth is that they could not have been more right about a decision as important as booking for the industry's top championship.  Roman was a great fit and he proved that all of the talk of him becoming the company's next top guy was well founded at Money in the Bank.

The crowd wanted him to win.  They supported him and they cheered for him every step of the way. Roman Reigns slid right into that main event spot as if he was born to be there and he obviously kept the fire going for fans that now want to see him win the big one.

Battleground will see the WWE World title be defended when champion John Cena faces Kane, Randy Orton and of course Roman Reigns.  It's an obvious continuation of the match fans saw from Money in the Bank and it would not be that way had it not been for Roman's performance.