5. Money in the Bank Ladder Match
There had been a steady string of stellar Money in the Bank ladder matches at the time of Money in the Bank 2014. Thankfully, this match was perhaps the best one WWE had done to this point.
The hottest thing going into this match was the breakup of The Shield. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose both competed in the Money in the Bank ladder match and brought the intensity of their feud to the match.
The other competitors added to the match as well with Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and Rob Van Dam all throwing in great moments amid Rollins and Ambrose’s destruction.
4. John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar – SummerSlam
Brock Lesnar killed John Cena. Even years later, it is inconceivable that this actually took place.
Lesnar had just defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania and was set to challenge for the WWE Championship. The original plan was for Lesnar to face Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam. With all due respect to Bryan, it is hard to imagine that match having quite the same impact that the Cena match did.
Bryan was very popular but always the underdog, especially after fighting The Authority for eight months.
Cena, on the other hand, was the most WWE-branded star since Hulk Hogan and him losing an extended squash match in this fashion was unfathomable. My god was it ever great though.
3. Team WWE vs. Team Authority – Survivor Series
Survivor Series matches are very hit and miss in WWE. The majority of them are fairly meaningless and forgettable but every once in a while a great one slips through.
The Authority had run its course by Fall of 2014 and a Survivor Series match was scheduled where if John Cena’s team won The Authority would have to go away forever (yeah, as if).
A stellar 43-minute match, there were tons of twists and turns with ongoing stories weaving this match together.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were on opposite sides, Big Show turned heel (again), and John Cena was eliminated early forcing Dolph Ziggler to be the sole survivor.
Oh, and Sting debuted. Just a minor moment, very easy to forget about.
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