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Money in the Bank Pre-Show
The tag match between Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. The Usos was nothing spectacular but the thing to take home here was that Bryan took a clean pin and the Usos may now be the No. 1 contenders for the SmackDown Tag Titles as members of the Raw brand.
WWE will be pushing this angle this week on tv.
With Money in the Bank now in the books, here are the results and comments on the show:
Women’s Ladder Match
The show opens with the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match.
A series of big spots, including one that made it appear Carmella had a serious knee injury led to the closing segments where Carmella returned to take out Mandy Rose. She did, only to see Sonya Deville jump in the ring and take out the former SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Mandy couldn’t make it up the ladder on her own so Sonya carried her up. As she got to the top, Bayley met them both up there, stared the two women in the face and knocked them off the ladder to grab the briefcase.
This was a great match to open the show and you could tell the women were going all out to put on a great show. The Carmella injury looked legit but it was a smart way to work Deville into the match, setting up a storyline between she and Rose and eventually Deville.
Bayley winning was a good choice and easily opens the door for a Sasha Banks return.
The high spots were great. Ember Moon performed an eclipse off the top of a ladder and Naomi (despite a strange outfit) was awesome.
** Sami Zayn is backstage pleading with Triple H that he get some extra protection tonight. He’s worried about Strowman.
U.S. Title Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe
In a weird match, Samoa Joe looked to have his nose broken early only to be on the receiving end of a quick roll-up and win for Mysterio. And, with that, Mysterio is the new United States Champion.
Joe’s shoulder was clearly not down and the count shouldn’t have taken place. Fans will clearly suggest something was off here.
Dominick came down to the ring to celebrate with Mysterio while the announce team talked about the controversy. As Rey and his son were walking up the ramp, Joe attacked.
Joe was livid and stared down Dominick before going back to Mysterio and holding him up for his son to watch. Another chokeslam had Dominick pleading for Joe to stop.
This match was only saved by the post-match beatdown. Still, the match itself was just odd and looked very unplanned. If it was planned, it wasn’t executed very well. Speculation has to be WWE called for a quick finish after Joe broke his nose.
** Backstage, the cameras showed Braun Strowman searching for Sami Zayn.
Steel Cage Match – Shane McMahon vs. The Miz
Shane tries for a quick escape only to be caught. The match was all Miz early on until Shane turned the tide and slowed things down. Shane went for a number of pins only to get near falls.
Shane went for a coast-to-coast jump off the top ropes only to get caught. A figure-four leg lock saw Shane almost tap and as Shane tried to get out the door while in the hold, Miz had to release it.
A chair now in the ring, Miz is the first to get his hands on it and starts the beat-down. The Miz delivered easily 10 chair shots to Shane’s back, when he got up, Miz delivered a Skull Crushing Finale on the chair. Shane reached the ropes and the ref stopped the count (which shouldn’t have happened because of the rules of a cage match).
Miz went for the finisher from the top rope and wasn’t able to deliver the move. Both men wound up on top of the side of the cage when Miz slammed Shane back in and dropped him off the top. A terribly delivered frog splash by Miz led to a kick out.
The Miz eventually went for a superplex from the top of the cage. Shane got away when he fell out of his shirt and landed on the floor.
Winner: Shane McMahon
The match was ok, but again, confusing. The ref shouldn’t have stopped the match when Shane’s foot hit the ropes. Once again, WWE seems to have ignored their own match rules for the sake of a storyline.
Otherwise, the two men did well to deliver what they could from the cage and its surroundings. Shane was especially willing to use the environment to keep the fans entertained.
** WWE announces that Mick Foley will be on Raw tomorrow to announced the introduction of a new championship.
Cruiserweight Title: Tony Nese vs. Ariya Daivari
In a match I almost completely ignored because the of Foley announcement, Nese ended up retaining the Cruiserweight Title. I’m sure it was a solid match but I really have no idea 🙁
Winner: Tony Nese
Grade: No Idea what to give this match. I’ll have to watch it back on the replay.
** Sami Zayn is found backstage hanging upside down, Strowman is thrown out of the building and Zayn is announced as no longer being a part of the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
Strowman says he didn’t attack Zayn which means someone else did.
Women’s Raw Championship Match: Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans
Lynch got the early advantage but Evans quickly turned things around. A typical match that was often controlled by Evans continued until the ref seemed to be out of position and didn’t count Lynch being down. Lynch turned things around, finally leading into an armbar from Lynch and a tap out from Lacey Evans.
There’s certainly something in the water with the refereeing tonight. That being said, clearly, it wasn’t time for Evans to get her push.
Winner: Becky Lynch
This was not a great match. It was simply a speed bump on the road to Lynch facing Charlotte for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship immediately following her victory.
SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Charlotte vs. Lynch
A match that followed the Raw contest, the announce team talked about how smart it was for Flair to take advantage of making Lynch fight right away after winning over Evans. Flair took the beating to Lynch early.
Lacey Evans eventually came back down to the ring to deliver a Women’s Right and Charlotte a big booth. Charlotte gets the three-count and Flair wins the SmackDown Live Women’s Title.
Winner: Charlotte Flair (New SmackDown Women’s Champion)
This was an ok match but the fact that it took place right after the Evans match made it a bit too predictable that Lynch might not walk out of Money in the Bank with both titles.
Flair and Evans gave Lynch a double-team beating after the match only for Bayley to come down with the briefcase and try to make the save. Bayley took out both women and was left with Flair in the ring who attacked her from behind.
Bayley and Lynch were left laying in the ring. Charlotte got greedy, tried to nail Bayley who moved and sent Flair into the post. Bayley stared at Flair, looked at the briefcase and cashed it in.
SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match: Bayley vs. Charlotte
Bayley pulled Flair out for an elbow drop, nailed it from the top rope and won the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Winner: Bayley (New SD Live Women’s Champion)
Great for Bayley and a nice twist with the Women’s Title. This is a good use of the briefcase and it added unpredictability to the segments that included Becky Lynch.
** Backstage, Elias smashed Roman Reigns with a guitar before their scheduled match.
Elias came out and talked to the crowd with an electric guitar because his acoustic one “was broken”. He taunted the crowd and tried to leave Hartford only to be met by Reigns at the top of the ramp, brought back into the ring and pinned for the easy Reign’s victory.
Winner: Roman Reigns
This was silly and it’s unclear as to why WWE chose not to have an actual match here. If both competitors wound up in the ring anyway, was this just their way of keeping Reigns looking like the unbeatable Big Dog?
Universal Title: AJ Styles vs. Seth Rollins
Styles makes his way to the ring first. Rollins comes in second. Tons of back and forth, great action and the kind of match you’d expect out of these two made for a great Universal Title match.
It appeared Styles might win a couple of times and has opportunities to put the champ away but Rollins pulled it out.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Great match with lots of close finishes and a great counter to the stomp. Rollins winning isn’t a surprise.
There’s likely a heel turn in Style’s future as he reluctantly offered his hand in congratulations and Rollins almost didn’t accept.
Lars Sullivan Destroys Lucha House Party
In an unscheduled match, Sullivan completely wiped the floor with all three members of the group including cutting himself on the forehead. Quick squash.
Winner: No contest
Not sure what the point of this was and why it was chosen for this event. It could have been done on Raw or SmackDown.
Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens
A strong match with a ton of good action, reversals and counters and a predictable winner.
As the match came to a close, KO hits a Stunner. Kingston grabs the bottom rope to break the count and Kofi and blocks a Swanton Bomb. He hits Trouble in Paradise to get the pin and the win.
Winner: Kevin Owens
It was too soon to take the title off of Kofi. There’s not much more that can be said here. Good match between two string workers.
Men’s Money in the Bank Match
So, nobody replaces Sami Zayn. And with that, the match has one less member, unless, of course, someone comes out later.
The match started ferociously and didn’t slow down for minutes. Never with any one person getting a clear advantage, the first attempt to get the breifcase came early and then not again until a few minutes in.
Ricochet seemed to take the most punishment at the outset. Andrade and Balor (two men who will battle at Super ShowDown) wound up on the top of the ladder only to see Andrade powerbomb Balor onto another ladder. It was an insane move that couldn’t have gone better if two people were going to take such a risk.
And from there, things just kept getting higher-risk. Ali delivered a reverse driver to Ricochet but wound up getting his feet stuck in a ladder. Andrade grabbed another ladder and placed it beside Ali who was hanging defenselessly. The two wound up at the top of ladder beside each other jostling back and forth. Ali with a reverse faceplant off the ladder.
Corbin cathes Ali outside the ring and chokeslams him through a table then nails Balor with a chokeslam onto the side of a laying ladder. Corbin cathes Ricochet and then gets caught with a Clayborne Kick.
McIntyre and Balor end up in the ring and McIntyre suplexes Balor on the ladder. He then slams Andrade on top of Balor who was still on the ladder.
McIntyre throws Ricochet outside the ring onto a ladder and through it. McIntyre climbs the ladder only to be caught with an RKO. Corbin throws out Orton and climbs up to get caught and mounted by Ali. Ali dumps Corbin outside and stays in the ring to try and climb.
Brock Lesnar’s music hits and down he comes. He climbs the ladder and climbs up to get the briefcase.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
People aren’t going to love that Lesnar won but this was a perfect way to create heat for the Beast Incarnate. A great match ruined by him winning the briefcase and the right to challenge for the title whenever he wants will make him hated.