It’s been less than four years since The Shield made their debut in WWE, and all three wrestlers have held the company’s top title. In fact, all three superstars held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at some point on Sunday night at Money in the Bank 2016 in Las Vegas, where Dean Ambrose left as champion.
Ambrose won the Money in the Bank briefcase before the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, which saw Seth Rollins defeat Roman Reigns, who began the night with the title. After Rollins won the belt that he was forced to relinquish in November because of an injury, Ambrose attacked Rollins from behind with the briefcase, demanding his title opportunity. He quickly hit Dirty Deeds for the win.
Sunday’s events will clearly set up a triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, likely to come at SummerSlam in August. The three wrestlers last competed in the same match at WWE Payback 2015, when they fought in a Fatal 4-way that included Randy Orton.
John Cena and AJ Styles faced off in one of the highlights of the night. The finish of their match will likely result in one or two more matches on pay-per-view.
Money in the Bank 2016 lasted nearly three and a half hours as it competed against Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Below are the results and a short recap for each match from the PPV.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins
Reigns suffered his first loss since winning the title at WrestleMania 32, and he did so without any outside interference or foul play from Rollins. Reigns was shaken up after he flew head-first into the barricade, missing a Spear attempt on Rollins. Soon after Rollins turned another attempt at a Spear into a Pedigree, he Pedigreed Reigns one more time to reclaim the championship that he never lost.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Kevin Owens was the favorite, but Dean Ambrose grabbed the briefcase after sending Owens off the ladder in the middle of the ring one final time. The rivalry between Owens and Sami Zayn continued to play out, as Owens powerbombed Zayn onto a ladder, shortly before the match ended. Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho all had their moments when they climbed the ladder, but none ever felt like a real threat to win the match.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
Styles said he would face Cena without any help from Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, but that’s not exactly how the match played out. Having already kicked out of one Attitude Adjustment, Styles was pinned for more than three seconds after falling victim to another AA. The only problem was that the ref was knocked out in the process, and there was no three-count to end that match. That allowed The Club to run down to the ring and attack Cena, putting Styles in position to get the pinfall, once the ref got back to his feet.
Winner: AJ Styles
United States Champion Rusev vs. Titus O’Neil
No surprise here. Rusev was the biggest betting favorite of the night, and he forced Titus to tap out to the Accolade. After the match, Rusev taunted Titus’ children, who were sitting ringside.
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains (Fatal 4-Way Match)
It appears inevitable that The New Day will set the record for having the longest WWE tag team championship reign in history. The team kept the titles as Kofi Kingston pinned Aiden English, who had just fallen victim to Magic Killer by The Club.
Winner: The New Day
Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch
Natalya had the Sharpshooter locked in on Charlotte, but Dana Brooke tossed Becky Lynch into her teammate, allowing the women’s champ to hit Natural Selection for the win. After the match, Natalya attacked Becky, sparking an unexpected heel turn.
Winner: Charlotte & Dana Brooke
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
In a match that was moved up from the pre-show, Corbin defeated Ziggler to likely end their feud that began right after WrestleMania 32.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus
Crews got his first PPV win by rolling up Sheamus, who was caught by surprise as he was arguing with the ref.
Winner: Apollo Crews
Lucha Dragons vs. The Dudley Boyz (Kickoff Match)
The Dudley Boyz continue to lose matches, putting over one of the few tag teams that didn’t make their way into Sunday’s title match.
Winner: Lucha Dragons
The Golden Truth vs. Breezango (Kickoff Match)
Tyler Breeze and Fandango entered the match with awful sunburns that were caused by their opponents, who turned up the heat in their tanning beds on last week’s “Monday Night Raw” pre-show. That allowed Goldust and R-Truth to get an easy victory.
Winner: The Golden Truth