It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that the best matches this week came at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. In recent years, the event has established itself as a consistently excellent show, and this year proved to be no exception.
What's particularly encouraging about how good the show was is that it was talent just on the verge of greatness that made it so. Doom and gloom about the lack of depth in the WWE roster seems inescapable at times, but based on some of the performances we saw at Money in the Bank, I'd say that the future is rather bright.
The opening bout of Money in the Bank, a spirited tag team affair in which The Usos defended their titles against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, set the pace for the rest of the card to follow.
This year, The Usos have made good on the potential that they've displayed for quite some time. They're a team that connects with their audience and puts on great matches, and they've proved to be a rock-solid foundation for the tag division.
It will be interesting to see if these two teams face off again at Battleground—their match at Money in the Bank seemed to hold nothing back for a future encounter. That being said, all four men have demonstrated in the past that they've always got an extra gear to climb to when they need it.
The faceoff between Big E and Rusev at Money in the Bank was perhaps the best match that we've seen from either man on the main roster. The pair delivered on everything you'd want from a clash between two men of this size, pure unadulterated intensity.
Lastly, the main event of the show certainly wasn't the best Ladder match you'll ever see, but it's notable for the resurgence of Randy Orton. Whenever Orton is in the ring, you see flashes of greatness, but it's been a while since we've seen such a complete performance out of him as we did last Sunday.
Match of the Week for July 5: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match at Money in the Bank
A six-man Ladder match could so easily devolve into a chaotic spot-fest, but this excellent bout from last weekend's pay-per-view aptly displayed what can be achieved in such a match.
This expertly-paced contest benefited greatly from being populated by six performers that gave everything that they had. Rob Van Dam looked better than he has since he returned to WWE. Kofi Kingston once again showed off his considerable ingenuity. Jack Swagger played the role of the big man perfectly. And, as always, Dolph Ziggler did his utmost to steal the show.
However, it was always going to be Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose who took centre stage here. From the very beginning of the match, it was clear that the crowd were ready to see the two face off, and it certainly didn't disappoint.
All that being said, the ongoing narrative between the two didn't dominate the match. Every competitor was showcased at some point or another—who didn't think for a second that Kofi had it?—but there was enough forward movement on the Ambrose-Rollins front for it to be a satisfying match in terms of the overarching storyline as well as on its own terms.
Of course, it goes without saying that there was plenty of great spots, too. This will no doubt go down as one of the great Money in the Bank matches—and it accomplished that by attacking on two fronts. Hitting all the right notes as a gimmick match, as well as moving an overarching narrative forward, this bout was a credit to all involved.
Did a different match catch your eye this week? Perhaps the long-awaited meeting of Khali and McMahon? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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