Thursday, 6 November 2014

WWE Money in the Bank 2014 DVD Review

WWE Money in the Bank 2014 is out on DVD and Blu-Ray now, available from Broadcast live on Pay-per-View (and the WWE Network) from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on 29th June 2014, the show features Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, John Cena, Kane, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Sheamus battling it out in Ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship, a traditional Money in the Bank Ladder featuring Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Rob Van Dam and Seth Rollins, The Wyatt Family's Luke Harper and Erick Rowan challenging The Usos for the Tag Team Championships and five other matches. The special features include an interview with Daniel Bryan from the Kick-Off show, a post-match interview and four "Money in the Bank moments". The commentary is provided by John Bradshaw Layfield, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler.


The main event ladder match over the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship see's WWE trying to make the best of a bad situation, following Daniel Bryan's neck injury forcing him to vacate the title. The match isn't a vintage Money in the Bank ladder match, but it still offers enough thrills and spills to keep one entertained for the duration. Some original spots involving ladder placement brighten this one up, as the story of Kane attempting to help Authority team mate Randy Orton win the title plays out over the top of the spots. The match flows nicely from spot to spot, but I can't help feeling that the finish ends up being a bit anti-climatic. 

The traditional Money in the Bank Ladder match is a better offering, even with a similarly flat finish. Whilst everyone plays their part in the match, this is the Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose show as their lengthy feuds begins to build in intensity. The Usos defending the tag titles against the Wyatts is a well paced tag team match, with a red hot crowd. Whilst the bout goes on to have some terrific falls, I can't help feeling it goes two or three minutes too long. 

On the undercard, the new Stardust and Goldust take on Rybaxel in a fairly basic tag team outing. Rusev and Big E put on an entertaining heavy contest, that does the best the pair could have realistically done in the situation. Paige puts her Divas Championship on the line against Naomi in a match, that get's a bit lost and has the focus completely wrong. Damien Sandow's begins his transition towards Damien Mizdow in a contest with Adam Rose that couldn't be considered anything other than filler. Summer Rae and Layla waste my time with a match that has absolutely no flow, as their God awful storyline continues in earnest.

Special Features

The special features include an enjoyable interview with Daniel Bryan conducted by Michael Cole on the Kick Off show, that includes some terrific work from Bo Dallas during an interruption. Fandango nails his character in a post-match interview with Tom Phillips, despite being stuck in the middle of the Summer Rae and Layla feud. There's also four video packages entitled Money in the Bank moments, that include highlights of a previous Money in the Bank ladder match and the subsequent cash-in. These include Jack Swagger, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton. Nice little additions but nothing that isn't already on WWE's own Youtube channel. 


Overall, this is a decent PPV offering from WWE, with both Ladder matches offering more than enough to keep me entertained throughout, whilst the Tag Title match is also well done. Whilst the undercard is a little rushed in parts, the majority is bearable and timed well, with the exception of Summer Rae and Layla's bout. I wouldn't say this DVD is a must-have, but it certainly wouldn't be a bad way to spend an evening. 

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