Friday, 30 September 2016

Money In The Bank 2015

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Written By: Mark Armstrong

Running Time: 184 Minutes
Certificate: 12
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: August 24 2015

(To read a full event review of WWE Money In The Bank 2015, click here.)

Money In The Bank has generally been one of the best WWE events each year since it began, and the 2015 show was no different. The DVD of the card is now available, and there are three major matches which make the sixth MITB PPV another memorable instalment. Since it took place days after the tragic passing of Dusty Rhodes, the show opens with a ten-ball salute, and later we get a very good video tribute to the American Dream.

In the ring, besides the Kick-Off Show bout between King Barrett and "King What's Up" R-Truth (which is here as a DVD extra), the action begins with the 2015 MITB Ladder match (Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Neville vs. Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler) which is a great start to proceedings, even if the match is a shade inferior to the 2014 MITB encounter. Nikki Bella vs. Paige is a good effort despite the screwy ending, and the Ryback-Big Show bout also has a questionable finish, although The Big Guy and The Very Big Guy make the most of their fairly short time before the conclusion.

John Cena's second match with Kevin Owens is superb; one of the best bouts of 2015, it is in my opinion the pick of their three great PPV encounters, and allows them to prove that their Elimination Chamber thriller was no fluke. The New Day vs. The Prime Time Players has a filler feel to it, perhaps because fans didn't expect a title change, so the outcome is a genuine surprise to the live audience.

The main event, another Ladder match between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, is undoubtedly a strong battle that has some memorable spots, but it lasts way too long, coming in at almost 40 minutes. Take 10-15 minutes out of this, and have Ambrose either stay down from the series of brutal ringside powerbombs or take out that spot entirely, and the final result would have been a big improvement.

Nevertheless, it's still a worthy end to a really enjoyable event, which advances, instigates and concludes feuds to prepare WWE for the summer ahead, while delivering some great action. Not the best Money In The Bank show ever, but it's an eventful card which warrants a DVD purchase.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10 - Good

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