WWE Money in the Bank 2014: Worst Matches in History of PPV
Traditionally, Money in the Bank is one of World Wrestling Entertainment's better pay-per-view events.
The ladder matches, as the big selling points of the show, are usually outstanding, and the WWE Championship bout rarely disappoints. With so many stars preoccupied with said ladder matches, it opens up opportunities for young, lesser-exposed performers to earn a spot on the card.
That the show has featured several stellar performances from talented individuals looking for that one big break only adds to its overall quality.
Still, there are matches that fail to live up to expectations or, worse yet, leave some scratching their heads and wondering why they were on the card at all.
With the 2014 edition of the wildly popular event on the horizon, there is sure to be at least one match that sticks out like a sore thumb.
Keeping that in mind, here is a look back at six of the worst matches in Money in the Bank history, ranked in chronological order.
Women's Championship Match: Kelly Kelly vs. Layla (2010)
Kelly Kelly had not quite improved to the levels that she would a year later. Layla, though developing into a fine wrestler, was not the woman to carry her former Extreme Expose teammate to a good match.
No better than any match one would see on Raw or SmackDown, the match was overshadowed by a far better Divas title match between Alicia Fox and Eve Torres earlier in the evening.
Michelle McCool bumped around ringside in an attempt to draw heat for her LayCool partner and the challenger, but she was only mildly successful.
Layla won the match, Kelly retained her popularity and the Diva division in WWE continued to flounder thanks to a lack of attention from the creative team and noticeable apathy from the fans.
A better wrestler than Kelly, perhaps Natalya or even the athletically gifted Tiffany would have made for a better match, but the stunning young blonde was the face of the SmackDown Divas and was at least accepted by the WWE Universe.
Steel Cage Match for the WWE Title: John Cena vs. Sheamus (2010)
Celtic Warrior Sheamus was riding a tidal wave of momentum in the summer of 2010. Within his first year on the main roster, he had captured the WWE Championship twice and beaten Triple H into a year-long hiatus.
His top rival to that point was perennial main event star John Cena, whom he defeated to win the company's top prize on both occasions. At Money in the Bank in July of that year, they would write the latest chapter of their rivalry when they met inside a steel cage.
With newcomers The Nexus lurking in the shadows, most anticipated their involvement at some point.
Unfortunately, the match preceding the interference was nothing much to get excited about. Sheamus was still relatively green, and he and Cena had yet to develop any sort of chemistry with one another. Their match inside the steel cage was plodding and at times boring.
It most certainly was not the match to cap off an otherwise spectacular pay-per-view offering. That the crowd was waiting for Wade Barrett and the rest of his NXT peers to hit the ring at some point put a damper on anything Cena and Sheamus would have been able to accomplish.
With little heat on the action competitors involved in the championship bout and more on Cena's growing conflict with Nexus, the match suffered, as did the conclusion of the broadcast.
Divas Championship Match: Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella (2011)
The fact that Kelly Kelly appears for the second time on this list really is not an accurate indicator of just how good she had become by the time the 2011 edition of Money in the Bank hit the pay-per-view airwaves.
A plucky, popular underdog, Kelly had developed into a solid babyface worker and really excelled against the likes of Natalya and Beth Phoenix, both her superiors in terms of wrestling ability.
Unfortunately, her opponent at the July event was neither of them. Instead, it was a Brie Bella, who was nowhere near as good as the raven-haired twin fans see on today's Raw and SmackDown.
The Divas had a competent match, but "competent" and "good" are two entirely different things.
Divas champion Kelly scored the win in the rematch from her title victory over Bella on an earlier Raw, but it was far from the last time these two would compete. Kelly would defend against Brie in subsequent rematches, then against Nikki, and would face both twins in tag team matches across the country.
None of the matches proved to be very good, and Kelly would have to wait until her defining rivalry with Beth Phoenix kicked off in August before her title reign could really be given any credibility.
Primo and Epico vs. The Prime Time Players (2012)
Primo and Epico vs. The Prime Time Players is a match that seems better suited for WWE Superstars than pay-per-view, and their bout at Money in the Bank 2012 only solidified that feeling.
There was nothing inherently wrong with the match, but fans expect a certain quality of match when it comes to shows they are asked to pay for. The PTP vs. Epico and Primo never really broke out and became little more than a contest the audience would have seen on B- or C-level shows such as Superstars.
A few high spots by Epico and Primo kept the crowd interested for a bit, but the story was so basic and the action such standard fare that it was difficult for fans to invest themselves in characters who the creative team could not be bothered to write anything interesting for.
Darren Young and Titus O'Neil were the No. 1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships, but it was Epico and Primo who escaped with the win.
Very little of note came out of the match.
Why tag champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. Hunico and Camacho was not included on the main card remains a mystery.
Ryback vs. Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks (2012)
The summer of 2012 saw the machine-like Ryback tear through the WWE roster en route to becoming one of the fastest-rising Superstars in all of professional wrestling.
With a catchphrase of "Feed Me More" and a raw power and explosiveness that slowly won over the crowd, Ryback looked like a performer capable of stepping up to the plate and joining John Cena at the top of the industry as one of WWE's go-to babyfaces.
He continued his meteoric rise at Money in the Bank that year when he destroyed the team of Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks.
The heels were essentially enhancement talent at that point, despite having name recognition, and proved to be the perfect fodder for the high-impact newcomer.
Ryback tore them apart in a meaningless, fairly pedestrian squash match that continued the former Tough Enough and NXT competitor's path of destruction.
Hawkins and Reks never recovered, falling even further into obscurity and irrelevance following the loss.
Chris Jericho vs. Ryback (2013)
For Chris Jericho to be involved in something considered "the worst," you know it had to have been an off-night. That was the case at Money in the Bank 2013, when he and Ryback wrestled a very disjointed match that never kicked out of first gear and, as a result, was one of the weaker bouts on the card.
Ryback was greatly improved from the year before when he squashed Hawkins and Reks, but he was trying to get his feet under him following an ill-advised heel turn and a series of matches with John Cena that hurt him more than they helped.
Jericho's latest run with the company was coming to an end, and after losing to Fandango and doing absolutely nothing of interest for months, it was probably the best thing for Y2J.
Both men worked hard, but the chemistry simply was not there.
At points in the match, it appeared as though they were not even in the same book, let alone on the same page.
Jericho was able to salvage something watchable out of the bout by the time they went into the finish, but the damage was done. One of the greatest Superstars of all time and the first Undisputed champion left the company on a sour note, while Ryback saw any remaining momentum evaporate before his very eyes.