MONEY IN THE BANK: Triple H gives his take on a successful ‘Money in the Bank’ (SI.com)


Posted on 7/21/121 by Mike Informer



Triple H gives his take on a successful ‘Money in the
Bank’


From the two ladder matches to the shocking return at the
end, WWE exec Paul Levesque breaks down the show that set
the table for SummerSlam.


JUSTIN BARRASSO
JUL 20, 2021

WWE delivered an outstanding Money in the Bank pay-per-view
on Sunday, creating memorable moments and laying the
foundation for the development of new stars. The card
finished on the highest note possible, with the legendary
John Cena emerging to interrupt Roman Reigns and send the
crowd home overjoyed following his memorable return.

Max-capacity crowds over the weekend brought a must-see
factor to WWE, even helping to significantly boost TV
ratings for Friday’s SmackDown. Sunday’s show evoked the
sort of passion and exuberance that WWE programming so
sorely missed while performing without live audiences during
the pandemic.

“The crowd was gone, and that’s our bloodline,” Paul “Triple
H” Levesque, WWE’s executive vice president of global talent
strategy and development, says. “It was taken away from us.
Now it’s back, and there is new life in WWE.”

Beginning with Friday’s SmackDown, WWE’s shows have been
permeated by a distinct spirit and energy thanks to the
return of a live crowd. This was palpable during Cena’s
return at Money in the Bank, which was perfectly timed to
take place after a lengthy match—and its aftermath—featuring
Reigns, Edge, and Seth Rollins.

“There are lots of moving parts in a match like that,”
Levesque says, speaking with Sports Illustrated on Monday
afternoon. “Roman Reigns and Edge needed time for their
story to play out, and you want people to invest to the
point where they forget about anything else. Seth Rollins
needed time to make his point. You need to allow all the
moments time to breathe. The goal for everyone involved is
to be so good you make people forget about everything else.


“Those rumors you might have heard about who could show up,
or what may happen, our goal is to make you forget about
those. Be so captivating out there that you make people
focus only on you. Get everyone so caught up in the moment,
and that’s what Roman, Edge and Rollins did. Then, in this
case, when you’re focused entirely on what’s happening in
the ring, that’s when Cena comes out.”

The Cena return was done spectacularly. The crowd erupted,
and it came off as a genuinely significant moment.

“If you ask John, I’m sure it felt right in the ring,”
Levesque says. “It was magic.”

Levesque was impressed with how Reigns helped elevate that
moment for Cena with his reaction to the surprise
appearance. The scene saw Reigns, who has been carrying the
company throughout the pandemic as its champion, watch Cena,
this returning conquering hero, staring on with a perfect
blend of exhaustion and frustration in the ring.

“Roman is the biggest star in WWE, he’s the biggest star in
the industry,” Levesque says. “He perfected his craft at a
really hard time to do so with no fans. He put so much into
his character work, and his reaction to Cena was as powerful
as the moment itself.

“Watching that, I couldn’t help but think back to how long
he’s been doing this and some of the tougher times he’s been
through. Right now, he’s performing on a whole other level.
He’s at the point where he is no longer thinking about the
character, he just is.”


Levesque also shared his excitement for the two Money in the
Bank ladder match winners, beginning with Nikki A.S.H., who
already cashed in to become the Raw women’s champion on
Monday night.

“Nikki’s win, that captured the beauty of what we do,”
Levesque says. “You get lost in the moment and maybe you
never saw it coming.”

The finish of the match saw her climb the ladder and grab
the briefcase when her opponents were each dangerously close
to snatching it, in the same way she has continually defied
the odds throughout her career.

“It was great to give that surprise, but it’s no surprise to
us that people love Nikki,” Levesque says. “She has an
intimate connection to her fans. You could see it was
overwhelming to her on Sunday night. That was real emotion.”

Big E was the men’s winner, victorious in an outrageously
compelling ladder match. This allows him to take the next
step toward becoming world champion, a position where he
will add immense value as he continues to become an even
bigger star.

“Big E created a real identity while maintaining his
alliance in The New Day, which is remarkable,” Levesque
says. “We are just beginning to see his next gear. The
ultimate potential with Big E exists at a whole other
level.”

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