From the NAI Archive - June 15, 2015 - MITB Reaction - Why taking the first hour off was a very good thing

The last 72 hours have taught me many things, and while this particular lesson was one I’ve long since known about, I certainly have had it reinforced.

I have an addictive personality.

After about 10-12 hours spent in my office Sunday - writing my predictions column (I didn’t do so bad, really), re-recording the initial episode of the NAIborhood podcast (now available on iTunes, YouTube and PodOMatic!), editing, discussing things with ace producer Bill Neville, sending it off, then recording a second episode, I finally re-emerged to the world right around the time of the Money in the Bank pre-show.

I had a choice in front of me.  I could dive right into MITB or I could spend some quality time with the beautiful and incredibly supportive Mrs. Matthews, who hadn’t minded losing me to NAI-land for the entirety of our Sunday.

The decision was super easy, so I wound up only watching about half of the PPV last night.  To be honest, that was probably for the best, since I wound up skipping the parts most of you seemed to be the most discouraged with.

I’m not going to write a full reaction column, since I didn’t see the entire thing, but I will share this Chief’s brief thoughts on the parts of the show I did catch.


The American Dream loomed large over Money in the Bank.  That was one of the better produced remembrance vignettes I’ve seen, and I loved that they did a ten bell salute for him at the beginning of the show.

I don’t mean to keep nitpicking on this issue, but once again I was stricken with how Vince McMahon looks.  Yes, he’s getting old and yes, he spent enough time with steroids that his body would inevitably fail on him, but he certainly looks the worse for wear.  I did, however, love how he was grooving to Dusty’s cowbell-heavy theme song.

R-Truth vs. King Boom!

I don’t know what’s worse - Barrett’s hideous entrance outfit or the fact that his gimmick seems to be losing, losing and then losing again.  There’s no denying that Truth has been absolutely hilarious over the last few months, and he certainly needs an interview segment or a WWE Network show, but what’s going on with Barrett?  Did he offend someone backstage?  Did I miss something?

Money in the Bank

Chokeslam to a guy on the ladder? Check.  Zig Zag off the ladder? Check.  Sheamus using the ladder as a weapon?  Check.

One of the few mini-predictions from this match I got wrong was the winner, and I’m delighted to have missed the mark with that one.  Bray and Roman is going to be a whole lot of fun to watch, and Sheamus definitely deserves another chance at the main event.  I’m happy all the way around.

Divas and IC Title match

Skipped them both, gleefully.  I’ve heard from some fans that Nikki and Paige was good up until the ending, which I’m glad to hear, but it’s really the ending part that matters most, no?

As for Ryback and Big Show, nobody has told me I’m missing anything.  In fact, they’re jealous I avoided the train wreck.

Cena vs. Owens

When did John Cena become a Ring of Honor wrestler?  I’m not sure what number we’re on for the “Moves of Doom”, but I saw at least 5-6 things out of John that I’ve never seen from him before.

These two put on yet another wrestling clinic and MOTY candidate, and one of the reasons I know this is because there was barely any negative reactions on my timeline to the fact that Cena pinned Owens.  Maybe Owens’ attack post-match was the reason or maybe it was just because Cena actually wrestled like his life depended on it, and he definitely looked like he had finally met his match.

Thank you, Cena. *clap clap clapclapclap*

Tag Title Match

This match confused me.  First of all, Titus pretty much won those belts all on his own. I don’t remember seeing Darren Young have a single moment of offense.  I like Titus and I love this booking as a beast, but that was weird.

Then you have New Day.  It wasn’t time for them to lose the belts, if you ask me, and Woods basically just getting shellacked is an odd move as well.

I’ll be interested to see where they go from here with both teams.

Ambrose vs. Rollins

We’ve had some absolutely fantastic ladder matches in WWE history, but I’d rank this one pretty highly on the list.  I loved that the ladder wasn’t the focal point of the match - these two used the ladder when it made sense but otherwise just beat the tar out of each other.

Ambrose was great and Rollins more than made up for any backslide he’s suffered over the last few months.  Much like Joker and the Batman, I hope these two are destined to do this forever - they can continue to on-again off-again feud for the next 5-10 years and I’ll enjoy the heck out of it.


As I said before, I think I’m better off for not watching every minute of Money in the Bank.  I’ve written about this before, but a lot of people would stop complaining and do more #PromotingPositivity if they were a little more selective in their viewing habits.  Do you think Ryback stinks?  Don’t watch him!  Are you tired of WWE not giving Divas a chance?  Take a break from them!  You’ll feel better in the long run, I assure you.

I’m going to call it a toss up between Cena / Owens and Ambrose / Rollins for match of the night.  Both were excellent back and forth contests that told quality stories.  MITB was solid enough and while I still have questions about the tag title picture, I enjoyed what I saw.

The “DC Digest” edition of MITB gets a solid A from me.


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