Money in the Bank was a very middle of the road show because of the high quantity of television level filler, but it did have some rock solid moments.
I was impressed with the booking of Rusev and Big E because it made both guys look strong while still moving Rusev in the appropriate direction.
When you pit two big guys against one another who are in a position to do good things in the ring, the key is not undercutting one guy's strength for the opposition.
While Big E had no chance of winning the match, he still got over to some extent because of the way the bout progressed and how it flowed.
The bout told a story of E getting the better of Rusev and placing him in a spot of unfamiliar peril for the first time on the main roster.
The spear to the floor, redone from last month, may well have taken the breath out of Rusev, but in truth, if he came out okay, it worked better because it made Rusev work from the underdog role.
E got several spots in, including a nice overhead belly to belly suplex that showed the man's power and also reminded the smart fans that Rusev could take that kind of move and make it look good.
Far too many matches with bigs feature exceedingly slow movement, a lot of weak back and forth strikes, and very basic and vanilla moves.
Last night worked because they went the opposite way of that formula and because E's salesmanship inside the Accolade bought him sympathy and legitimate tough guy status.
Now if only WWE didn't have him cut that Al Sharpton promo beforehand, we might have really had something there.