A WWE Championship opportunity hangs in the balance as WWE Superstars try to climb the ladder of success at Money in the Bank. Watch John Cena, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and all your favorite WWE Superstars compete for the chance to take their careers to the next level.
– The 2015 WWE Money In the Bank kickoff Pre-show starts with Renee Young, Corey Graves, Booker T and Byron Saxton from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. They hype the show and Renee Young talks about the passing of Dusty Rhodes, saying we will be celebrating his life and career all night. Booker T and Corey Graves get emotional when remembering Dusty. They show tweets from various wrestling stars remembering Dusty.
– We see video from earlier with Tom Phillips talking to Neville. He says Money In the Bank was designed for him and he sees it as a huge opportunity, as everything. Neville says it doesn’t get any bigger than this and he’s ready. We go back to the panel for discussion on the ladder match. We get a video for Kevin Owens vs. John Cena. Graves believes Owens will win again tonight. Booker says it will be an uphill battle for Cena because Owens has arrived and is ready to get paid in full. We go to Tom Phillips in the social media lounge.
– Renee leads us to JBL, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler at ringside.
R-Truth vs. King Barrett
We go to the ring and out first comes R-Truth. Truth takes the mic and says he understood what “being King feels good” meant when he put on Barrett’s robe and crown. Truth says he should be cast in “Game of the Thrones” because Barrett is being dethroned by the King of What’s Up tonight. King Barrett makes his way out next. Barrett cuts a promo about the shiny new outfit he’s wearing under his robe.
The bell rings and they go at it. Barrett looks to dominate early on but Truth turns it around and sends him to the floor. We go to a break with Barrett looking on from the floor.
Back from the break and Truth has control but Barrett fights out and beats him down. Barrett works Truth over and covers for a 2 count. Barrett keeps Truth grounded with a headlock now. Truth makes a comeback and gets a 2 count of his own. Truth with a kick. Truth drops Barrett on his face for another 2 count. Truth ends up getting caught with a big kick. Barrett runs over him with a boot for a close 2 count. After some more back and forth, Truth rolls Barrett up for the win.
– After the match, King Truth goes to ringside and tells the Spanish announcers he will give them a job. Cole will be his jester and Lawler will be the stunt double. Truth puts Barrett’s crown on and dances around. Barrett exits the ring and wants his crown back. Truth hands it over but runs away without getting hit.
– Cole, JBL and Lawler pay tribute to Dusty Rhodes. Lawler says there was no one like The American Dream and there will never be. Cole talks about how close Dusty was with the NXT talents at the WWE Performance Center. Cole leads us to a video package on Dusty.
– We come back from the video package and Renee Young is crying. She sends us to Tom Phillips, who is in the social media lounge with Kevin Owens. He answers some fan questions and talks about beating John Cena tonight. Owens says he’s done with the questions and mushes Phillips before walking off. We go back to the panel for more discussion on the pay-per-view and Dusty. We get another video package for the Money In the Bank match. Saxton goes with Kane, Graves picks Reigns and Booker picks Kofi Kingston. That’s it for the pre-show.
– The 2015 WWE Money In the Bank pay-per-view kicks off with a graphic in memory of Dusty Rhodes as fans in the arena chant his name. The entire WWE roster including Vince McMahon is out on the stage as Lilian Garcia leads us in a ten-bell salute. Fans start chanting Dusty’s name after the salute and Dusty’s theme song plays. Vince and many of the WWE Superstars start clapping along. We go to a Money In the Bank video.
– We come back to the arena and the pyro goes off as Cole welcomes us.
Money In the Bank Contract Ladder Match: Randy Orton vs. Neville vs. Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns
We go back to Lilian Garcia as the Money In the Bank briefcase hangs high above the ring. Randy Orton is out first followed by Neville, both to good reactions. Kane is out next followed by Dolph Ziggler with Lana. They exchange looks as Ziggler heads to the ring and she goes backstage. We see the many ladders around the ring. WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston is out next with his title. Sheamus is out next followed by Roman Reigns, who makes his way through the crowd.
The bell rings and they all go at it. Kofi looks to go up first but everyone beats him down. Reigns and Ziggler climb up but get pulled down. Sheamus and Neville go up next but they also get pulled down. Kane pulls Sheamus off. Kane pulls Ziggler off next. Orton runs up but Sheamus pulls him off. Kane pulls Reigns off and decks him with a big right hand. Kane and Sheamus clear the ring but Sheamus runs over Kane. Sheamus climbs up but Kane pulls him down and slams his face into the ladder. Ziggler runs in and blocks a chokeslam. Ziggler nails a big DDT on Kane and goes for the ladder. He climbs up but Sheamus pulls him down by his leg. Ziggler gets caught in White Noise. Sheamus knocks Neville off the apron. Reigns comes in with a ladder but Sheamus knocks him back to the floor with a knee. Sheamus uses the ladder on Kane and Orton now. Sheamus hits Orton with it again and throws him back to the floor.
Sheamus follows to the floor as fans chant “you look stupid.” Sheamus rams a ladder into Kane but Kofi has climbed the ladder inside the ring. Sheamus runs in and tips the ladder over, sending Kofi to the apron. Sheamus with a clothesline on Kofi. Sheamus puts the ladder on the bottom rope in the corner and goes to hit White Noise onto it but Kofi counters and unloads with kicks. Sheamus runs into boots in the corner. Kofi leaps off the top but Sheamus catches him. Kofi slides out and Neville comes in with a missile dropkick on Sheamus. Kofi takes Neville out. Kofi ducks a Brogue Kick and hits Trouble In Paradise, sending Sheamus out. Kofi stands a ladder up but Neville stop him from climbing. They go at it in the corner and Neville decks him in the mouth. Kofi climbs up the ladder but Neville meets him. They’re away from the briefcase but still tangle. Reigns pulls Neville down and drops Kofi as fans boo. Reigns ends up pushing the ladder into Neville’s face and it goes over. Kofi decks Reigns from behind. Reigns blocks a neckbreaker. Kofi blocks a neckbreaker. They go at it and Reigns powerbombs Kofi onto the ladder that was put on the bottom rope in the corner earlier. Neville runs in and goes at it with Reigns. Reigns powerbombs Neville onto Kofi and the ladder on the bottom rope. This gets a pop and some boos.
Reigns looks to climb but Kane comes from behind and stops him. Reigns fights him off and reaches for the briefcase but Kane chokeslams him from up high. Kane climbs up but Orton stop him. Kane fights him off but Orton comes right back with a big RKO off the ladder. Orton climbs up for the briefcase but Kofi grabs his leg. Orton comes down and drops him with a RKO. Neville springboards onto the ladder but Orton brings him down with a huge RKO as fans pop. Orton climbs up but Sheamus meets him on the other side and they go at it. Sheamus ends up with the case in hand as Orton tries to pull him down. It slips out and they go at it on the mat now. Orton with a backbreaker. Orton climbs up again but Sheamus comes from behind. Orton has the case in hand but Sheamus pulls him down. They trade shots as fans go along with them. Sheamus sends Orton into the ladder and it goes over. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick as fans boo. Sheamus climbs up but Ziggler meet him. Ziggler with right hands and headbutts. Ziggler grabs the briefcase but Sheamus cuts him off. They trade shots and battle for the briefcase. Ziggler with several headbutts. Sheamus knocks him down a step and reaches. Ziggler comes right back. Sheamus pulls Ziggler over the top of the ladder for a super White Noise but Ziggler ends up on his back with a sleeper and they go down. Neville comes in with Red Arrow on Sheamus to a big pop and a NXT chant.
They stand the ladder up and Ziggler climbs with Neville. They trade shots at the top. Neville knocks Ziggler down a few steps and grabs the briefcase but Ziggler comes right back. Kane comes in and takes them both down, then runs a ladder into their faces. Ziggler ends up on the floor and Kane kicks the ladder into his face. Reigns runs in with a Superman punch on Kane. Reigns is alone in the ring but there’s no ladder. Reigns runs the ropes and leaps out onto everyone else. Big E and Xavier Woods run out to boos. They roll Kofi in the ring and slide a ladder in. They stand guard on the floor while Kofi stands the ladder up. The “New Day sucks” chant starts as Kofi slowly climbs. Reigns takes Woods and Big E out with the big dropkick. Reigns runs in and pulls Kofi down as he has the case in hand. Kofi kicks him off and climbs back up. Reigns gets knocked back again but this time pulls Kofi down and powerbombs him over the top rope onto everyone else. Orton runs in and Reigns blocks the RKO. Reigns goes for a Superman punch but takes Orton down with a spear. Reigns looks to have the match won when the graphic hits and Bray Wyatt appears under the ladder. Reigns was close to winning but goes down with the ladder. Wyatt nails Sister Abigail on Reigns to a big pop.
Sheamus comes in and stands a ladder up. Sheamus grabs the case but Neville runs up the other side of the ladder and unloads on Sheamus. Neville grabs the case but Sheamus grabs his face and hair, sending him to the mat. Sheamus grabs the briefcase as fans boo and gets the win.
– After the match, Sheamus celebrates with the briefcase and makes his exit as everyone else tries to recover.
– Renee Young is backstage with Paige. She talks about changing the Divas division tonight and ending the reign of Th Bella Twins. Paige says she’s doing it for Dusty tonight.
WWE Divas Title Match: Paige vs. Nikki Bella
We go to the ring and out first comes WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella without her sister Brie Bella. Paige is out next.
They lock up and go at it. Nikki goes to the floor early on for a breather. She comes in and ends up back on the floor. Paige follows and floors her as the referee starts counting. Paige climbs on top of the barrier but Nikki catches her. Nikki slams Paige face first into the top of the barrier and she hits hard. Nikki brings it back in for a 2 count. Paige rolls to the floor and Nikki follow. Nikki rams her into the apron as fans chant for Paige. Nikki shows off with push-ups as we see the other Divas looking on backstage. Nikki with a suplex for a 2 count. More back and forth. Paige hits a huge knee to the face for a 2 count. Nikki takes back control and hits a slingshot suplex for a 2 count.
Nikki with a body scissors now. They end up on the ropes and Paige unloads with knees from the apron. Nikki still manages to drop her for another 2 count. Paige drops Nikki with a kick to the face out of nowhere but Nikki kicks out at 2. Nikki counters a move with a spinebuster but Paige kicks out at 2. Nikki is frustrated now. She blows a kiss to Paige and goes for the elbow in the corner but Paige counters and hits a high knee. Paige takes Nikki down by her leg and applies the submission but Nikki makes it to the ropes. Nikki drops Paige as we see the Divas looking on backstage again. Nikki with another 2 count.
Paige fights Nikki off with elbows and goes for the PTO but Nikki stops it. More back and forth. Nikki with a springboard kick for another pin attempt. Paige slides out of the Rack Attack and hits the Ram-Paige for a close 2 count. They end up on the floor and Brie Bella comes from under the ring for twin magic. Paige comes in from the other side and pulls Brie in. Twin Magic backfires as Paige get the roll up for the win. Lilian makes the announcement but Brie reveals what happened to the referee and he stops the decision. Paige drops Brie and sends her out. Nikki comes from behind and ends up getting the win by pinfall. The announcers seem confused about the official ruling.
Winner: Nikki Bella
– After the match, The Bella Twins leave together as Paige looks upset in the ring. They turn around and taunt Paige before heeding to the back.
– The Miz comes out and talks about leaving Ohio because if you don’t live in New York or Los Angeles, you don’t count. The Miz goes on and says if it weren’t for Big Show, he would be Intercontinental Champion. He says his legal team is working around the clock to give us the title match we deserve. Miz says tonight he will create an audio masterpiece as he joins commentary.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Big Show vs. Ryback
JoJo does the ring introductions as Big Show makes his way out first. The bell rings and Ryback immediately hits a spinebuster. He readies for the Meathook as fans chant “feed me more.” Ryback nails it and grabs him for Shellshocked but Show fight back. Ryback clothesline him to the floor as fans chant again. Ryback comes out and sends Miz over the announce table. They come back in the ring and Show runs over Ryback and yells about being the giant.
Show beats Ryback around now. Show with a big shoulder tackle. Ryback makes a comeback and applies an armbar. Show makes it to the bottom rope and breaks the hold. They get up and Ryback nails him in the head. Ryback hits a big suplex and then the splash for a 2 count. Ryback readies for the Meathook but Show chokeslams him for a 2 count.
Show waits for the knockout punch but Ryback ducks. Ryback kick him and goes for Shellshocked but Show fights back and knocks him out of the ring with a right hand. Show rolls him back in the ring. Show follows but Miz immediately runs in and beats him down for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Big Show
– After the bell, Miz nails both men and takes off running. Ryback rolls to the floor and isn’t happy when JoJo announces Show as the winner. Ryback is announced as champion and takes the title to celebrate.
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
WWE NXT Champion Kevin Owens makes his way out net to a pop. Owens waits in the ring as fans chant “fight Owens fight.” WWE United States Champion John Cena is out next to mostly boos. They both raise their titles. Owens seems to get the better reactions and now we get the bell.
They lock up and Cena strikes first. The crowd is hype and there’s some trash talking. They lock up again and Owens applies a headlock. Owens drops Cena and they talk more trash. Fans chant for NXT now. They go at it again and Owens drops Cena with a right. Owens keeps control and talks trash. Owens with a headlock now. Cena manages to hit a clothesline that sends Owens down. Owens comes back with a dropkick and a senton for a 2 count.
We get dueling chants for Cena as he fights out of a hold and nails a dropkick. Cena with a shoulder tackle and another. Owens counters Cena and hits two shoulders of his own, just like Cena. Owens hits the big slam and calls for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, mocking Cena. Owens nails it and fans eat it up. Owens goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Cena slides out and puts him in the STF. Owens goes for the ropes and Cena pulls him back but Owens breaks it. Cena ends up powering Owens up and slamming him on his face. Owens drops Cena on his knees with a Codebreaker out of nowhere for a close 2 count. More back and forth. Cena blocks the pop-up powerbomb and slams Owens. Cena calls for the Five Knuckle Shuffle and nails it. Owens countered the Attitude Adjustment and hits a German to the corner followed by the cannonball for a 2 count.
They trade shots now. Owens catches Cena for a sideslam but Cena counters. Owens blocks that and plants Cena for a close 2 count. Owens comes off the top but Cena gets the knees up. Cena comes back and slams Owens from his shoulders for another pin attempt. Cena goes for the AA and nails it for a 2 count. Cena argues in the referee’s face now. More back and forth, Cena with another close 2 count. Fans chant “this is awesome” now. Cena counters another pop-up powerbomb but Owens floors him with a superkick for another close 2 count. Cena nails a tornado DDT for 2 count. Owens dodges the top rope leg drop. Owens powerbombs Cena for a 2 count. Owens goes to the top for a moonsault but Cena moves out of the way and hits the AA for another close 2 count. We get a questionable call as Cena drags Owens to the corner and takes him up for a superplex. Owens counters and brings Cena to the mat hard for another 2 count.
Owens walks into a trap and Cena applies STF. More back and forth. Cena actually hits Code Red. Owens comes back with a pop-up powerbomb for another close 2 count. Fans chant “this is awesome” again. Owens keeps control and yells at Cena to stay down. Cena goes for the springboard stunner but Owens blocks it. The announcers sell it as barely connecting. Cena nails the AA for the win.
Winner: John Cena
– After the match, Cena grabs his title and waits for Owens to get up. Cena’s music stops and fans cheer. Owens turns around and Cena gets fans to give it up for him. Cena tells Owens that he belongs right here. Cena hands Owens the NXT Title from the referee. Cena gives Owens more props and extends his hand. They shake and raise hands. Owens kicks Cena out of the ring. Owens follows and nails the apron powerbomb. Cena lands hard and Owens goes nuts. He enters the ring and raises the title. Referees and trainers are out checking on Cena now. Owens raises the NXT Title and the US Title to a pop and some boos. Owens laughs and tosses the US Title. We go to replays and come back to referees helping Cena out as fans look on.
– Back from the break and Renee Young is backstage. She says Cena is being tended to and they will have an update later. She introduces Dean Ambrose, who is still in possession of the WWE World Heavyweight Title. He says he was robbed this event last year but now he’s taking what is his. He knows in his heart and soul that he has earned the title fair & square. Ambrose says the title belong to him.
– The announcers talk more about Dusty Rhodes. Cole mentions that Dusty taught the NXT talents “how to cut a promo” and leads us to a video package for The Dream.
WWE Tag Team Title Match: The Prime Time Players vs. The New Day
We go the ring and out comes WWE Tag Team Champions Big E and Xavier Woods for promos. Darren Young and Titus O’Neil are out next. Woods and Young start things out but Big E comes in and unloads on Young. Big E stomps away and in comes Woods for more stomping. Big E tags right back in for more stomping. Woods comes right back in and keeps up the offense for a 2 count. Big E comes in for the double team and a 2 count.
Big E keeps control of Young and hits a belly to belly for a 2 count. Woods comes back in and nails Young in the corner, talking trash. Woods keeps Young grounded on the mat and is still running his mouth. Woods with a 2 count and another submission. Young starts fighting back. Big E tags in and they stop him with a big slam. Big E with a 2 count. Young finally makes the hot tag to Titus. He splashes Big E and nails a clothesline on Woods. Titus sends Big E to the floor with a clothesline. Titus with the backbreaker and big throw on Woods. Titus with more offense and the big tackle on Woods for a 2 count as Big E breaks it up. Big E tosses Young to the apron and spears him to the floor. Woods with a roll up for 2 on Titus. Titus with Clash of the Titus for the win and the titles.
Winners and New WWE Tag Team Champions: The Prime Time Players
– After the match, Titus and Darren celebrate their first title win.
– We go back to the panel for discussion on tonight’s show.