WWE Money in the Bank 2015 offers up the annual dose of major opportunity and unsettling collisions.
Roman Reigns leads a hungry group of grapplers into a battle that promises bent ladders, lacerations and dropped jaws in the crowd. Kevin Owens looks to build on what he began at Elimination Chamber. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose go at each other's throats one more time.
It all begins on Sunday, June 14 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, hosts the sixth Money in the Bank pay-per-view. It's WWE's fourth PPV event in eight weeks, capping off a crowded, busy stretch of the schedule. Even with minimal time to build toward this event, there's a good number of things to look forward to.
Owens and Cena stole the show two weeks ago. Fans will be hoping for another instant classic between them.
Whether it's Reigns or a surprise winner, someone will walk out of the building with a guaranteed WWE title shot in hand. The payoff may not come for a long while, but the countdown to that eventual cash-in will begin in Ohio.
On top of that, Ambrose and Rollins will continue their compelling rivalry, this time with the aid of ladders to tell their story.
Live Stream, PPV Info
Once again, WWE is offering a free month of its streaming service for new subscribers.
Newcomers to the WWE Network can view Money in the Bank at zero cost. The trial subscription also includes access to NXT, a long list of original specials and WWE's extensive PPV archive. For previous subscribers, the event is included in the monthly $9.99 fee.
Money in the Bank will stream live on Apple TV, Kindle Fire, Roku, video game consoles and a variety of other devices.
The WWE Network is now available in over 140 countries. There are still blind spots on the globe for the service, though. Japanese fans, for example, don't have access to it just yet.
To check availability around the world, check out the network help section on WWE.com.
If you live in an area with limited access to high-speed Internet or can't access the WWE Network for some reason, your next best bet is to order Money in the Bank through your cable company.
Suddenlink, Cox Communications and other providers will broadcast the PPV. The show will run about $45 through them. To check viewing options via cable companies in other countries, visit WWE.com's How to Watch section.
Before the event gets rolling, WWE will air a free pre-show at 7 p.m. ET on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Pheed, as well as via the WWE App. For the most part, this hour-long part of the program will be WWE's final sales pitch for the event.
Expect a panel of WWE personalities led by Renee Young to preview all the big bouts and offer their predictions. Recaps and interviews will comprise the pre-show.
For the in-ring portion of the Money in the Bank kickoff, R-Truth will take on Bad News Barrett.
This will be a battle of midcarders with little direction. R-Truth has been extra-confused and spacey lately. Barrett has done little since winning the King of the Ring tournament back in April.
The action shouldn't be anything special—just the bread sitting on the table before the meal arrives.
- The Prime Time Players vs. The New Day (Tag Team Championship)
- Big Show vs. Ryback (Intercontinental Championship)
- Nikki Bella vs. Paige (Divas Championship)
- Kevin Owens vs. John Cena
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane vs. Sheamus vs. Neville vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Roman Reigns (Money in the Bank Ladder match)
- Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins (Ladder match for WWE World Heavyweight Championship)
Tag Team Collision
The Prime Time Players earned a spot through a near-victory and a big win.
At Elimination Chamber, they were the last team ousted from the bout. WWE clearly made an effort to make them look strong, having them knock off The Ascension as well as Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. Titus O'Neil and Darren Young followed that up by beating The Ascension and The Lucha Dragons on SmackDown.
And just like that, a team that was barely making it to TV is in title contention.
The New Day, meanwhile, has been growing into its heel role, becoming more adept at being obnoxious. This match promises to be another showcase for its members' improving personas. It also has ample athleticism on tap to make for an entertaining bout.
With Kingston busy going for the Money in the Bank briefcase, it will be Xavier Woods and Big E who represent the trio here.
Big Versus Big
Ryback's first challenge as IC champ will be a huge one, at least in terms of the size of his opponent.
WWE hasn't treated Big Show like a star lately, though. He's been a stepping stone instead. After being the guy whom Brock Lesnar ran over and Reigns overcame, he looks to be Ryback's chance to catapult himself forward.
There's not a wealth of story to work with here. Big Show challenged Ryback on the night after he won the title, saying that he deserves a shot at the gold over a guy like The Miz.
This is that shot. It comes after Ryback hit Big Show with Shell Shocked when a Miz TV segment turned violent.
The action on Sunday is likely to be quite slow but hard-hitting. Big Show is at his best in intense brawls. That's exactly what this should end up being.
WWE keeps going to the Nikki-Paige well without adding any water. There aren't nearly enough personal issues unfolding between champion and challenger here.
Paige lost out on a title win at Elimination Chamber when Nikki won a Triple Threat match between them and Naomi. She then failed to recapture the Divas Championship when Nikki and Brie Bella reverted back to their "twin magic" strategy.
Paige has since talked a lot about instilling change in the women's division.
What that means exactly is unclear. Perhaps it will be a part of this next battle or simply more lip service from WWE that it is going to take its women more seriously.
Either way, Nikki's title reign is getting almost as long as Maryse's. She either extends it or WWE gives Paige her third reign in just over a year.
Can Owens Go 2-0?
Owens shocked the WWE world by knocking off Superman in his first match on the main roster. The NXT champ not only beat Cena cleanly, but he dominated for the most part—parts of the match mirrored Lesnar's beatdown of Cena last summer.
Owens has since continued his disrespect of the veteran. Cena keeps promising to beat the newcomer.
The question now becomes, will WWE simply let Cena make up for his loss at Elimination Chamber by evening things up on Sunday or will the company go bold again and let Owens make it two in a row?
The intrigue surrounding the result is appealing on its own. Judging by the masterwork the two men produced before, the match itself should be tremendous as well. Cena and Owens had great chemistry last time around.
With the stakes even higher and fans wondering just how big of a push Owens will get, this promises to be one of the highlights of the year.
The Smart Money Is on Reigns
Reigns enters as the favorite in a match that should be long on big moments and short on suspense.
A thin field dampens the excitement some. Kane entered himself in the match, surely to keep Reigns away from the briefcase. Neville and Kingston aren't convincing threats to win this. They will instead provide memorable spots thanks to their athleticism and creativity.
Ziggler and Orton look to win the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second time in their career.
Sheamus, meanwhile, is a dark horse to take home the prize. WWE has had him hang around the IC title picture, but it's not clear if that's where he'll stay or he'll ascend the company ladder again.
A subplot surrounding Ziggler's relationship with Lana is likely to play a factor here. WWE has put plenty of focus on Rusev's partner leaving him for The Showoff. That sounds like interference preventing a Ziggler victory is on its way.
Rollins Seeks His Title Back
A skin-of-his-teeth escape at Elimination Chamber allowed Rollins to remain champion. He didn't leave the arena with the title, though. Feeling as if he had been slighted, Ambrose stole the WWE title and has held it captive since.
In pursuit of his own possession, Rollins has promised to not lean on The Authority any longer.
That could well mean that this bout will feature far less interference and over-booking than most of Rollins' matches. Even with a lot of Authority presence, this has the potential be one of 2015's highlights.
Rollins and Ambrose have continued to make each of their collisions feel unique and thrilling. From a Falls Count Anywhere match to a parking-lot brawl, these foes have delivered every time. They get a chance to do so again, with WWE offering them the headline spot once more.