Posted on Sunday, June 29, 2014
by Paul in Wrestling
Check out the posts below for our Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus thingy, and for this week’s podcast season finale! Meantime, though, I’ve got a PPV to cover…
Money in the Bank has wound up an interesting pay-per-view (a term I’ll keep using for want of anything better, even though most US viewers will probably be WWE network subscribers) more by accident than design. This is the show built around the annual Money in the Bank Ladder Match, in which the winner gets the right to challenge for the world title whenever they want in the next year. Since “whenever they want” is treated as many “on any show, without having to give any notice”, it’s effectively a licence to ambush the champion and practically guarantees winning the title. A couple of people have failed, but it’s still a pretty reliable indication that somebody is destined for the main event.
But WWE Champion Daniel Bryan is out with neck surgery. The original idea was that he’d be back in time to wrestle on this show, so the company stalled on last month’s show and ran a bunch of angles with the idea that he’d resist the Authority’s attempts to pressurise him to surrender the title. Then it turned out he wouldn’t be able to wrestle on this show either, so they did a screeching U-turn and stripped him of the title after all.