Money In the Bank is here. The main purpose of MITB is about steering the ship in important directions and starting some bigger and hopefully better things.
We expect a lot and are in the end disappointed, however we continue to ride along happily.
It’s showtime, let’s get to the action.
Women’s MITB: Nikki Cross, Naomi, Natalya, Dana Brooke, Bayley, Ember Moon, Mandy Rose, Carmella
Hell of an opening match! This got my attention. Nikki Cross was just fantastic, chaotically destroying everyone early on. Ladders hurt, and these ladies are going to feel this for a few days. Mella exited with a hurt knee from a ladder at the hands of Mandy Rose and seemed out of the match. Bodies everywhere, crashing ladders and completely crazy, Mandy Rose emerged from the pack. Carmella returned and got some licks in to Mandy Rose for the earlier assault. Sonya Deville finally came into it and did everything but grab the briefcase and hand it to Mandy Rose. A hero emerged as the mighty Bayley scrambled up the ladder, took down Rose and Deville and got the prestigious Money In the Bank Briefcase! This hugger is happy! Great ending!
United States Championship- Samoa Joe (c) v Rey Mysterio
Samoa Joe is a vicious animal. He just tried to dismantle the smaller foe. Rey Mysterio always puts up a fight and this match was no different. A bloody Samoa Joe turned up the heat but Mysterio hit a hurricanranna and got a very controversial 3 count for his first US Title Victory! Obviously by the view and Joe’s shoulder up I expect a controversy storyline added to this from the result, but awesome to see Mysterio win US Title. Great athlete and legend to represent that title. Samoa Joe just destroyed Mysterio after the match in a fit of rage. This hot feud is going nowhere anytime soon and just took an extremely violent turn.
Cruiserweight Championship- Tony Nese (c) v Ariya Daivari
This match has a lot of potential, and with the placement of the match not on the preshow and after the Miz/Shane cage match, it may finally get some attention. Tony Nese is criminally Good and it showed tonight. He just knows what he is doing and seemingly can work anyone. As expected Nese just shined in this match. It was a very typical match you would see at any 205 Live show but doesn’t take away from the fact it was Good. Nese Retains!
WWE Raw Women’s Championship- Becky Lynch(c) v Lacey Evans
They did everything right. We have an interesting feud with Good heat and buildup with characters who can work. Man vs Woman and a lot of feel this match had it all. A little Lynch and a lot of Lacey we saw a ton of action in this one. Lacey Evans scratched and clawed doing everything she could to take the strap from Lynch. After it looked like Lacey had Becky Lynch in a deep roll up, the ref didn’t count and Becky Lynch reversed into a disarmer for the hard fought victory. Even with the bizarre, rushed finish, good match. Unexpectedly, out comes the Queen for Match Number 2.
WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Becky Lynch(c) v Charlotte Flair
Apparently no rest of the wicked. Becky Lynch loves a Good challenge and went right back in to fight. And fight they did, back and forth these two rivals beat the hell out of each other. Becky Lynch looked to have the count out, but Lacey Evans decked her behind the Ref’s back, giving Charlotte just enough time to recover and become the SmackDown Women’s Champion. Lynch beside herself attacked Evans for retribution but Charlotte aided Lacey overpowering Lynch. Lynch was done, completely beaten down and had nothing left. Bayley’s music hits briefcase in hand and cleans out the ring, but it was Charlotte again taking full control.
Bayley sidestepped another attack and sent Charlotte into the turnbuckle. Bayley did the best thing she could do here, she cashed in the briefcase. Bayley off the top hit a huge Elbow drop Winning the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship! This is a Great ending with a Great superstar getting the belt! Congrats Bayley! This run will be amazing!
Roman Reigns v Elias
Right before the match Elias got in a guitar attack on his opponent backstage before heading to the ring. Elias set up and performed on another guitar for the masses. Roman recovered and made his way out with fury as Elias was leaving hitting a Superman punch. Reigns made quick work of the stunned heel leaving Elias flat in the ring for a 3 count. The Big Dog Wins decisively!
WWE Universal Championship- Seth Rollins(c) v AJ Styles
Surprised a bit that this was before the MITB match as it is a Championship Match. This had the makings of a classic with little chance to fail. This was a great wrestling match with two high caliber talents feeding off each other. This match had it all, it was stiff, physical and exciting. It delivered on all levels. We saw some outrageous reversals and combos. Deft defying stunts and high risk. This was special and a true Championship Match. Styles had it won multiple times, tasting Gold, however it was finally a well times stomp by Seth Rollins for the final 3 count. Rollins Retains in a huge match! Great showing from two of the best. As it was both appropriate and needed, a handshake and mutual respect ended the standoff.
Lucha House Party vs.???
Lars Sullivan must hate LHP based on his public sentiments. I won’t say I’m disappointed as I had a “what the hell is Lucha House Party doing out here” on my face. Lars Sullivan crushed LHP and showed his dominance. Lars literally busted his own head open and just mangled all three luchas. This was weird but brutal. I like it.
WWE Championship- Kofi Kingston(c) v Kevin Owens
As expected this match had a great feel to it, and great momentum going in. It has been entertaining so the match had a lot of potential. This was very physical and personal. These guys put it all out there. Owens made sure that we all knew this wouldn’t be quick or easy for the Champ. Just as Owens had it won, Kofi woke up and took it to the vicious Canadian. K.O. again came out ahead. K.O. again took Kofi to the limit nearly defeating him with a series of offense. It was a well-placed trouble in paradise by Kingston, right on the money for the victory retaining the WWE Championship! This was a solid fight, and a great title defense.
Men’s MITB: Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Finn Balor, Ali, Andrade, Sami Zane and Randy Orton
This match is chalked full of talent and pontential. My pick was Drew McIntyre but Andrade was my second. What a sick match we have. Sami Zane is out due to getting destroyed and hung up backstage earlier in the night. Randy Orton emerged early taking out all opponents and going for the quick win. However the floodgates opened and craziness ensued. As expected once again this was intense, physical and violent. Everyone just put it all on the line. The bar kept getting raised higher as the match went on, each man leaving a trail of bodies It could have been won by anyone, which is the way it should be. Ali atop the ladder about to end the match, out comes Brock Lesnar. What in the hell is going on? Lesnar sets up the ladder and grabs the Money In the Bank. Who can do anything about it? No one. Brock Lesnar is your Money In the Bank Winner. This is just out of control. This was a phenomenal match and a shocking finish. How is this going to play out? I can’t wait to watch!
Non-Title Match- Daniel Bryan & Rowan(c) v The Usos
Considering the light crowd before the main show, the volume was turned up and the crowd was hot. Great placement of this match on the Kickoff Show. The pace of the match was surprisingly slow and safe. It had a “house show” feel and that is not a Good thing. Nothing looked sloppy or Bad but just safe. Daniel Bryan was the standout if any as always looking sharp in the ring. Jimmy Uso also rallied coming in on the hot tag taking keeping Rowan at bay. However Rowan hit a devastating double suplex. Uso’s hit a double Uso splash on Daniel Bryan for the non-title victory. Again the placement was Good, but it was very textbook, predictable and a little flat. Non-title match on a PPV is crap too. All of this puts this firmly in the Bad column.
Shane McMahon v The Miz (Steel Cage Match)
Heel Shane is Money but if you read the pre-show GBU, I have Ugly hopes for this match. For the most part it was not Good. The strikes were weak, Shane just basically kept trying to get out. Shane really worked hard out there and it showed, the result just wasn’t great. Miz beat down McMahon with a chair, over and over beating him down. Miz had Shane beat with a skull crushing finale but after Shane put his foot on the rope, the Ref broke up the count. Shane persisted and after being thrown from the top of the cage and lifelessly falling to the canvas, Miz hit a splash. McMahon would kick out and keep fighting. In a classic move, Shane slipped out of his shirt while being stopped at the top of the cage and landed on the floor in victory. It’s really crazy what Shane McMahon does out there considering who he is. This match had some Good moments but the Bad outweighed the Good. Hopefully this feud is over.
UGLY- Sorry, your services weren’t needed.
OVERALL- Good show! We had a lot of action, some great things to take on in the storylines, and of course Bayley got her Gold. This was a successful Pay Per View and Money in the Bank with big players and events that will shape the story as we move forward. Major success!
With a huge Super-Showdown coming up, and Money In the Bank in the books expect the story and weekly shows to be jam packed with special guest, huge surprises and a lot action. Professional wrestling is ripe, and don’t forget the major events coming up with AEW! What a time to be in this business. Have a great night, hope you enjoyed the Money In the Bank! Catch you on the next Good, Bad and Ugly featured on thechairshot.com.