WWE Money In The Bank 2014 Kickoff Show
The Money In The Bank 2014 “Kickoff Show” opens with the usual expert panel breaking down some of tonight’s main matches. The panel is hosted by Renee Young, and she is joined by Booker T, Alex Riley and Christian. The four give their predictions for tonight and introduce a number of video packages hyping the biggest matches on tonight’s show. The crowd in the background, by the way, sounds loud as ever.
Daniel Bryan Breaks His Silence, Bo Dallas Interupts
Without much build up at all, after a Vickie Guerrero video package for her upcoming WWE Network special, Michael Cole, standing in the ring, introduces us to his guest right now, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan.
Bryan makes his way to the ring in street clothes. Once he enters the ring and his music fades, we hear a loud “Daniel Bryan” chant from the fans in Boston. Bryan looks around the arena with a big smile on his face as the fans continue to explode with “Daniel Bryan” and then “Yes! Yes! Yes!” chants.
After the chants die down, Cole asks Bryan how his recovery is going and asks him when he will return to the ring. Bryan says this is where he has some bad news. He has he doesn’t know. He says the strength in his arm still hasn’t come back and that he might actually need to undergo another surgery. He does, however, promise that he will eventually return and be better than ever.
Cole asks Bryan to describe his feelings knowing that tonight someone is going to climb a ladder and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He says he’s been climbing an uphill battle his whole career and it wouldn’t be a Daniel Bryan story without some setbacks. He promises to return and win the title one day.
Michael Cole switches gears and asks Bryan for his prediction on who he thinks will win tonight. Bryan says he has three people he thinks could win. He mentions John Cena. Fans boo. He mentions Randy Orton. Everyone boos. He then mentions Roman Reigns and everyone cheers.
Some Twitter questions are read off for D-B to answer, and he does, in story line fashion, of course. He talks about never getting beaten for the title, and that The Authority had to strip him to get the title off of him.
As he continues talking, Bo Dallas’ music plays. Out comes the inspirational leader of the “Bo-Lieve Movement.” Dallas says Bryan may not be able to climb the ladder tonight, but he can climb the ladder of life, all he has to do is “Bo-Lieve.” Bryan says Dallas is acting like a “Bo-ner.” The fans start chanting “Bo-ner, Bo-ner, Bo-ner.” He says he speaks for all of the fans when he says “Bo….leave.” Bryan’s music plays and he leads the fans in one more “Yes!” chant.
Luke Harper & Erick Rowan Talk Tag-Team Title Shot
The Wyatt Family cut-in happens and we see Luke Harper and Erick Rowan backstage in a dark room. Harper says “you’re time is up Usos, tick-tock, tick-tock.” The camera pans over to Rowan, who is wearing his sheep mask, and all he says is “run.”
We head to one final video package and then it looks like we’re going straight into the fifth annual WWE Money In The Bank pay-per-view. The video package, by the way, which previewed the Money In The Bank ladder matches, ended with footage of NXT star Mojo Rawley. I missed the first 10 minutes of the Kickoff Show, so it’s possible that an announcement was made about Bad News Barrett (who has a separated shoulder) being replaced in the second MITB ladder match tonight. Don’t quote me on that, however. We’ll find out soon enough as the Money In The Bank PPV intro package is airing now.