Thoughts on Money in the Bank 2013
by, 07-15-2013 at 01:13 PM (5096 Views)
For you information: This was posted before Raw. It just took a long time to be approved. I might do a Raw report too, but if I don't, I'll just say it was one of the best Raws ever.
When I first saw this match on paper, I thought it would never work because it would end up turning someone babyface. I thought that they should have added one popular babyface, so that the fans would root on the babyface to overcome the odds. I never thought that they would use this match to turn someone into a great babyface because of phenomenal booking. It was evident that they wanted to turn Cody Rhodes babyface, and I don't think they could scripted out a better reaction than what he received from the crowd.
Smackdown Money in the Bank:
The story telling was just brilliant. Rhodes was designed to look like the hardest worker and accordingly deserved to win the most. Due to his flashy offense and determined effort to win, the fans made him their favorite. But right when he was about to win, his former partner Damien Sandow, who did almost nothing in the match, pushed Rhodes off the ladder and retrieved the MITB briefcase. From this, Rhodes turned into a flashy and hard working sympathetic babyface, while Sandow added more sleaze to his heel persona. Terrific booking, which could lead to a fun feud over the MITB briefcase.
The match had other great moments as well. Even though the execution was not perfect, I thought this had several inventive spots. It also had a good amount of false-finishes, as I thought for sure Dean Ambrose and Wade Barrett were going to win at one point. That, was what made the match very interesting. Going in, everyone had a realistic shot of winning, and it felt as if everyone had a chance of winning at some point or another. And most of all, the match just kept constantly moving.
Granted, I worked 12 hours 11am-11pm last night, but during these matches, I was falling in and out of sleep. I did re-watch them, though. The Miz vs. Curtis Axel was fine from a fundamental standpoint, but it severally lacked intensity, heat, charisma, and anything that would make you believe actual humans were actually fighting/wrestling. It felt too rehearsed, and that is one of my biggest pet-peeves in wrestling. I hate when it's way too obvious wrestlers are working together, in contrast to against each other. AJ and Katyln couldn't top their previous match. And Chris Jericho vs. Ryback was decent, but Ryback showed a lot of his green colors during it.
The Miz vs. Curtis Axel/ AJ vs Katlyn/ Ryback vs Chris Jericho:
World Heavyweight Title Contest:
Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio worked hard, but a terrible finish screwed them over. They had a lot of back and forth action and believable near-falls, along with a strong dose of intensity and urgency. The only thing that was missing from it was a climaxing sequence. The detrimental finish replaced the ending sequence. I understand that they want to extend this feud. However, not only did the finish hinder something that was on the peak of being great, it was also very stupid.
Speaking of stupid, Ziggler's character development as a babyface has been nothing but. Yet again, WWE disremembered what made Ziggler popular in the first place. It was his hard work in the ring; his natural athletic ability demonstrated in a showoff fashion, and his malicious bumps and capability to harvest empathy by way of selling.
WWE Title Match:
Mark Henry is doing the best work of his career by putting it all together in the ring, on the microphone, and with his gimmick. His hoax retirement single handedly made this one of the most anticipated matches of the year. I mean the crowd was electric and on their feet before the bell even rang. Henry's initial facial expression of determination foreshadowed exactly what he was throughout this entire match. The announce team did an effective job tell everyone the ongoing story that was being told in the ring, adding more concern that Cena could not deliver the Attitude Adjustment to Mark Henry.
After all the anticipation on whether or not he executed the Attitude Adjustment, Cena finally delivered it. Many expected that to be the foregone conclusion, but Henry kicked out. That twisted the story from "Can Cena deliver the AA?" to "What does Cena have to do now?". The only thing I disliked about the "Can Cena deliver the AA" story is everybody knows he can since he's done it before. Yet again, WWE ignores pieces of their history to do what they want to do. They should have added in a dose of psychology by having Mark Henry severely injure Cena's back on Raw instead of being lazy. This was a very fun match up, though.
All-Star Money in the Bank:I liked how the wrestlers were hesitant in the early going because they didn’t want to make a cautious mistake, and that they attacked RVD at first because of the reaction he received from the crowd. However, there was a long period where the match became repetitive. There would be two people in the ring, one would try to go up, and the other would pull him off. Without question, the Road Agents definitely put together the Smackdown MITB better.
Other than that repetitive spot happening too many times, this was very fun and good. RVD and Daniel Bryan had an excelling showing. RVD and Orton executed a great spot for the finish. The best moment of the show was when Paul Heyman screaming at a knocked out Curtis Axel. It was so purposely over the top. Besides, it led to a big angle happening. That being when Heyman turned on his longtime friend CM Punk by slamming the ladder into him when he was about to win. And before he rammed the ladder right into Punk's face, Punk's “Why, Paul, why” and Heyman’s “I’m going to kill you” malicious facial expressions were both an outstanding visual.