The always outspoken Chris Jericho promised to triumph this Sunday in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, a contest he is credited with inventing. But his guest and longtime adversary Dean Ambrose seemed more interested in the six-time World Champion’s $20,000 carpet. After losing his JeriTron 6500 privileges, the unstable Superstar listened as the host of the “Highlight Reel’ belittled him.
The tirade was soon interrupted by Kevin Owens, who emerged to stake his own claim to the contract at this Sunday’s pay-per-view. Alberto Del Rio then came forth. He is the only Superstar in this year’s ladder showdown to already have a Money in the Bank victory on his resume. But before he could finish his statement, Cesaro interrupted. The Swiss Superman didn’t even get a word out before Sami Zayn interrupted as well to discuss SmackDown’s Six-Man Tag Team main event between them. As Jericho tried to take control of his show, Ambrose spilled his coffee all over the expensive carpet and incited a huge brawl.
Following a challenge issued during a backstage altercation, The Club’s AJ Styles went one-on-one with WWE Tag Team Champion The New Day’s Xavier Woods.
But rather than attempting to win with Phenomenal Forearm, Styles sent a message to John Cena by locking in the Calf Crusher to make Woods tap out. Will the Cenation leader tap out to the devastating maneuver Sunday and prove that his time is up and Styles’ time is now?
If you needed an indication of just how chaotic Sunday’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match will be, look at the main event tag team match on SmackDown.
In a contest pitting Sami Zayn, Cesaro & Dean Ambrose against Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio & Kevin Owens, the sheer determination of the six Superstars was so intense that several times, combatants “accidently” took out their own partners. When KO didn’t like being tagged into the action, however, he purposefully took out both of both The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla and The Essence of Excellence. But in the fury of attacking his own partners, he didn’t see Dean Ambrose, as The Lunatic Fringe hit Dirty Deeds for the victory.
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