MONEY IN THE BANK RECAP AND REACTIONS @ anthony locic on Twitter

So, WWE went the predictable route in terms of winners. And it even gave away an ending.

But despite that – and the filler – the Money in the Bank pay-per-view still provided plenty of excitement and some awesome spots.

On this site, I did a two-part preview. First, I broke down the pros and cons of each superstar (potentially) winning the title. In the second piece, I spoke about the second ladder match and what I believed would fill out the rest of the card. Also, I addressed the rumor that John Cena would be the new champion (more on that later).

I had my engagement party yesterday afternoon and ordered MITB with a few of my buddies who are wrestling fans, and who stayed late to take in the action – and imbibe more homemade sangria.

Let’s go match by match with reactions, comments and thoughts:

Tag Team champions The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) vs. The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper)

The PPV got off to a hot start with this terrific tag match. The Usos are known for high flying, but it was awesome and impressive seeing the 6-foot-5, 275 pound Harper dive not once, but twice through the middle ropes.

Both teams got in a lot of offense and plenty of near falls kept everyone at the edge of their seats.

I wrote in my preview that the Wyatts would win. I was wrong there. But it was a great way to start things off.

WWE Divas title match Paige vs. Naomi

This was a yawner. I’m really waiting for AJ Lee to return to feud with Paige. But with rumors flying that AJ is pregnant with CM Punk’s child, there’s a good chance the Union City native is out of action for the foreseeable future.  I said that Paige would get beat up and then hit her finisher for the win – nothing new. She has a bright future; she just has a lack of competition.

Adam Rose vs. Damien Sandow

We all agreed that Adam Rose’s theme song is catchy as hell… and that Damien Sandow has really fallen from grace after winning the briefcase at this very PPV last year.

I’m still not sure that Rose’s gimmick is getting over, but his theme song definitely is.

Sandow really gets into his characters and he’s still a talented wrestler, but boy is John Cena’s shovel powerful.

Money in the Bank Ladder match for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship contract (Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston)

By far the best match of the night. My friend Dennis pointed out pretty early on that Kane’s pyros were attached to the ring posts. I said in the preview that I firmly believed Seth Rollins would win via outside interference. Though the finish was telegraphed, it planted more seeds in the Rollins/Ambrose rivalry.

Speaking of Rollins… that was a hell of a bump the guy took, landing on the horizontal ladder that was placed through the ropes and rested on an upright, open ladder.

I think for the time being, Rollins and Ambrose will feud through at least Battleground – maybe even into Summerslam. I don’t think Rollins will cash in the briefcase anytime soon if the plan is to move forward with **SPOILER ALERT** John Cena and Brock Lesnar for the title at Summerslam.

On a side note, Swagger’s new t-shirt was a big hit. It has the outline of his arm placed over his heart, perfect for when Zeb Colter instructs Jack – and all the fellow Real Americans – to place their hands over their hearts and say along with him, “WE THE PEOPLE!” A few of my buddies may be buying that shirt. I also thought it could work as a campaign slogan for my dad, who is running for mayor of my town.

Also, it’s a shame that Swagger injured Bad News Barrett last week, leaving #BNB unable to compete in this match. Barrett wouldn’t have won, but I would have loved to have seen him deliver a bullhammer elbow to someone on the ladder and then watch that person fall off onto a ladder below.

Goldust and Stardust vs. Rybaxel (Ryback and Curtis Axel)

This match was not announced for the card, but I predicted it would take place. It did and I didn’t care one bit about it…

Rusev vs. Big E

Of course, we (meaning me and the guys watching) were all enamored by Lana. One of the guys is Russian and laughed at Lana’s fake accent. And we all get a kick out of the way she says “Vladimir Putin.”

This is another unofficial match I saw coming a mile away. Rusev and Big E have clashed several times, as Rusev seems to only wrestle the African-American contingent of the WWE roster. (I wonder if WWE will resign JTG so Rusev could squash him too?)

This wasn’t a squash, but it really didn’t do a whole lot. Big E’s stock has falling dramatically, but I give WWE credit for a slow build with Rusev.

Some musings: What about an eventual match between Rusev and Lesnar, two massive yet athletic guys? Who does it better: Iron Sheik (Camel Clutch) or Rusev (Accolade)? Plenty of Iron Sheik jokes and references from his NSFW YouTube clips were uttered (BREAK BACK! MAKE HUMBLE!)

Layla vs. Summer Rae (w/ special guest referee Fannnn… dann…goooo!!)

Bathroom break… That sangria caught up to me quickly…

Last year, Fandango – or at least his theme music – was all the rage. But Vince McMahon has seemingly given up on his pet project. And now there’s a love triangle between three heels that I’m not sure anyone cares about.

No Bo Dallas? Guess we didn’t bo-lieve hard enough.

And finally…

Money in the Bank ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Title (John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus vs. Kane vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro)

Did you see that gash on Orton’s head? Damn. He was bleeding like crazy. Took 12 staples to close that wound.

Well, Reigns certainly got to showcase his talents, clearing house. Each superstar got a chance to hit some signature moves and do some ladder-related spots. But too often, most of the superstars were resting for long periods outside of the ring – who are they, Batista? (too soon?) – while two superstars fought in the ring. And even then… almost interchangeably, Superstar A and B would clash; Superstar A would knock down Superstar B; Superstar A would climb the ladder while Superstar C entered the ring to stop A; and repeat, but with the rest of the cast.

My buddies and I were all expecting Cena to win, yet hoping he wouldn’t. But Cena was the safe option and is likely going to feud with Lesnar. We would all be okay with a Rollins cash in at some point…

At least Kane didn’t win…