WWE Money in the Bank 2014 Review: Biggest Stars of the Night
WWE's Money in the Bank pay-per-view is one of the few times each year where the Superstars have to step up their game to show their worth, and 2014's event was no exception.
Going into this show on Sunday, WWE was down a champion and had no clear and obvious direction to take that fans could fully anticipate.
The WWE Universe would be guaranteed a new world champion as well as a new Money in the Bank briefcase winner—something that opens up tons of possibilities.
With the tag team titles on the line and some other matches sprinkled in to accompany this, the card was stocked with talent.
So with all of these Superstars fighting for a chance at recognition, who among them ended up standing out and stealing some of the spotlight for themselves?
Some may have won their matches, and others may have just made a significant enough impact to get people talking about them Monday.
It's time once again to break down the biggest stars of the night.
Honorable Mention: The Usos
This list of the biggest stars is going to be rather small, but not out of pessimism.
Rather, so many different people had some highlights throughout the event to the point that only a few could stand out as great compared to very good.
The Usos are an example of the middle ground between those two variations.
Jimmy and Jey have consistently been entertaining for many months now, and this carried over here.
They had an impressive opening match and retained their titles against opponents who seemed to be primed to take the belts away from them.
Overall, though, the Money in the Bank matches overshadowed their victory, and it's less likely that fans will be talking about The Usos before the next episode of Raw in comparison to the others in this list.
3. John Cena
WWE's golden boy is back on top as the new world champion, whether fans like it or not.
He will by default be one of the biggest talking points exiting this event and have a huge amount of focus dedicated to him on Monday Night Raw.
John Cena is pretty much a permanent resident as a member of this list, since WWE never drops the ball in giving him a proper amount of the spotlight.
This is in no means a bad thing by default, despite its predictability.
Cena is simply leaps and bounds above the other Superstars in terms of recognition and overall importance to the company, as evidenced by how much weight is put on his shoulders—sometimes literally.
That being said, he isn't going to be the primary person fans are impressed with from the show, as others put on better performances and had just as much impact, if not more.
2. Dean Ambrose
There may be no actual value to coming in as a spiritual second for a Money in the Bank, but Dean Ambrose is surely going to receive benefits from his performance here.
Each man had an equal shot at winning—excusing Kane's interference on behalf of Seth Rollins, of course—but Ambrose was clearly the driving force behind much of the momentum.
With the storyline concept that Ambrose injured his shoulder, his return to the match felt as though it was the apex of the bout.
Even the littler touches like Ambrose getting the final entrance definitely helped make him appear as a bigger star than the majority of the rest of the competitors in the match.
1. Seth Rollins
Becoming the new Mr. Money in the Bank and winning a guaranteed future title shot is one of the biggest things someone can do in WWE.
Rollins is the new man in possession of that briefcase, and he already looked like a star in the process of retrieving it.
Now that several cash-in attempts have resulted in failure, there's nothing set in stone as far as what the future holds for Rollins.
It can be assumed, though, that big things are in store.
Everyone in this match deserves some credit toward being on this list, but the man above the rest has to be the winner himself.
If there is one person people will be keeping their eyes on after this pay-per-view, it is Rollins, as the fans always love anticipating future Money in the Bank cash-ins and will wonder in what direction The Authority will point him.
Who do you think were some of the other big stars of the night?
For that matter, who do you think were some of the biggest duds?
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