And that’s it for this year’s Money in the Bank; at a time when the WWE really should be taking a few months off to keep its stars and staff safe, they’ve stubbornly stuck to their schedule and continued to throw entire groups of people at each other in ladder matches and the like.
Add to that the fact that the WWE have been building up a few storylines that they, oddly, decided to blow off on the shows prior to this event (I’m looking at you Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville) and has made a few odd decisions about who should be in this year’s matches, and Vince McMahon’s extremely unsettling, insane rant a few weeks ago on Friday Night SmackDown, and all the signs point to a company that is slowly losing the plot in terms of its immediate direction.
Anyway, let’s get into the results and see how accurate my predictions were…
So, in recent weeks, the WWE have been running this vignettes charting Jeff Hardy’s issues with drugs and run-ins with the law and his road to redemption…which I have honestly found a little odd as his recent issues have been nowhere near as bad as those he’s had in the past. Whether by coincidence or design, these have usually run before or after matches or segments involving Sheamus, who Jeff had a run-in with on the last SmackDown before Money in the Bank so, of course, Jeff took on Cesaro here.
Cesaro, on the other hand, has (like Shinsuke Nakamura) recently been downgraded to a flunky for Sami Zayn but, with Zayn opting not to compete out of fears for his health, he and Nakamura were awkwardly shoe-horned into King Corbin’s corner this past week as well. Having missed out on the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match, Cesaro was left with the task of giving Jeff a credible opponent to overcome as part of his “redemption story”. Honestly, it’s hard to really buy into Jeff or get behind him as, with Matt Hardy gone and considering Jeff’s issues (and the fact that he’s a flight risk at the best of times), I highly doubt that the WWE is going to be putting too much of their time, faith, or energy into him…but I guess he sells merchandise and gets people to tune in so they’ll wring as much out of him as they possibly can until the day he inevitably leaves or is released.
Winner: Jeff Hardy by pin fall.
My prediction: The New Day by pin fall, championship retained.
Actual winner: The New Day by pin fall, championship retained.
I am, honestly, who didn’t see this result coming? The Lucha House Party are nothing but jobbers and that’s all they’ve ever been; the Forgotten Sons have never really done anything of note, despite how dominant the WWE has tried to portray them, and it feels like the Miz and John Morrison are only a team again because the WWE’s writers have nothing better for them to do. But, hey, at least the Usos weren’t in this match for a change. This result, though, and the fact that Jackson Ryker went and got himself thrown out of the match (which should have been impossible given the multi-man format of the match…), definitely means we’ll see the Forgotten Sons tangle with, and most likely dethrone, the New Day again, probably at SummerSlam, resulting in what will surely be a long and lacklustre reign for them until a super-team is thrown together to take them out (or possible Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak as part of their ongoing angle).
Yes, we apparently had time for this throwaway, meaningless match and not the confrontation between Mandy and Sonya at a pay-per-view. This was supposed to be R-Truth taking on MVP (who, it seems, is being kept around when so many of his more deserving and talented peers are being let go) but Lashley randomly decided to take his place. As you might expect, Lashley destroyed R-Truth in no time at all, which means absolutely nothing because all Lashley ever seems to be doing is spinning his wheels; maybe he’ll get pushed towards Drew McIntyre and finally be put into a serious feud following this? More likely he’ll win the 24/7 Championship and just toss fools around until he’s released….
Winner: Bobby Lashley by pin fall.
My prediction: Bayley by pin fall, championship retained.
Actual winner: Bayley by pin fall, championship retained.
So, without a live crowd in attendance, it’s a bit difficult to gauge who we’re supposed to be cheering and booing sometimes these days, especially as the WWE like to push their own narrative. However, it only dawned on me after this week’s SmackDown that Tamina is actually supposed to be a face now…which I just find so weird and ill-fitting considering she doesn’t fit the mould of a face in any real way. Despite a push towards a Women’s Championship, Tamina continues to struggle as an in-ring competitor, though, and I can’t help but feel it’d make much more sense to reteam her with Nia Jax to protect (or lessen) both of their dangerous habits and bolster the WWE’s failing women’s tag team division. Anyway, there was no way Tamina was going to win this; the real story is Bayley and Sasha Banks and the fact that Bayley only retained because of Sasha’s interference and distraction only proves that further.
My prediction: Braun Strowman by pin fall, championship retained.
Actual winner: Braun Strowman by pin fall, championship retained.
It’s telling that Bray Wyatt went into this match as his more wacky self rather than as the Fiend; that alone tells you that he would either be losing this match or there would be an inevitable rematch at some point pitting Strowman against the more credible Fiend. This was also most likely the reason why this was more of a match than a serious of wacky angles and parlour tricks like we saw at WrestleMania.
Ultimately, this match was a good thing for Strowman as he was able to (literally) stamp out his past association with Bray and overcome his mentor to retain. I’m hoping for a more over-the-top confrontation between him and the Fiend at SummerSlam, though, that plays even further into both of their strengths.
My prediction: Seth Rollins by disqualification, championship retained.
Actual winner: Drew McIntyre by pin fall, championship retained.
Seth Rollins debuted new music for this match but it didn’t do much to tip the odds in his favour; interestingly, after kicking out of the Stomp at two and ending Rollins with a Claymore, Drew offered Rollins a handshake and he…accepted…which is a bit weird considering his current, delusional heel persona.
I can only imagine that this means we’ll see them tangle again going forward, with Rollins maybe trying to convert or brainwash Drew to help further emphasise Drew’s intelligence as much as this match focused on his strength and resiliency. Seth is only just starting to gain some traction in his new heel role and it’d be weird to have him turn face after all the things he’s said and done; I’d much rather see him involved in a four-way for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam (with, let’s say, Kevin Owens and either AJ Styles of Aleister Black) before switching his focus on to another target.
My predictions: Aleister Black by retrieving the briefcase, Shayna Baszler by retrieving the briefcase.
Actual winners: Asuka by retrieving the briefcase, Otis by retrieving the briefcase.
So the big question going into Money in the Bank was exactly how the WWE would not only pull off a cinematic wrestling match where twelve different competitors battle from the ground floor of the WWE headquarters to the rooftop but run both matches simultaneously. Well, the answer was that they would literally have both groups start off in a big old brawl and cross paths on numerous occasions on their quest to the top.
Anyway, we actually got a bit of intergender action in this match, mostly involving Shayna Baszler, and a few really awkward cameos from Brother Love, Stephanie McMahon, Doink the Clown, Paul Heyman, John Laurinaitis, and Vince McMahon and the WWE actually paid off all the hints that someone would be tossed off the roof by having Corbin throw both Rey Mysterio and Aleister Black (presumably) to their death.
In the end, Shayna didn’t even factor into the finish as she disappeared from the match, leaving Nia Jax (of all fucking people) to battle with Asuka over the briefcase. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and Asuka captured the briefcase but I have issues with this as Asuka has been ignoring her tag team responsibilities enough this past year and it just made more sense to me to have Shayna capture the briefcase and then either immediately challenge Becky Lynch at SummerSlam or threaten her with a cash-in over the next few weeks.
AJ Styles looked to be out of the running after Otis trapped him under some weights but he made an unexpected (and unexplained) comeback to successfully loosen the briefcase…only for it to tumble from his hands and into the big, beefy arms of Otis.
I also find this very strange; I get that he’s become a breakout character this year thanks to the unprecedented amount of personality he’s been allowed to show but I just don’t really buy Otis as a credible contender. This is made even more confusing when the WWE has such a poor tag team division and they really should be pushing Heavy Machinery as a tag team (with Mandy as their manager) rather than Otis as a singles guy. Even worse, I can only imagine that this will be part of a breakup angle and that doesn’t seem like a good idea.
What did you think about this year’s Money in the Bank? Do you think the WWE made the right decision in have Otis and Asuka win the briefcases? How many of your predictions came true? Are you impressed with the cinematic-style wrestling matches the WWE are putting on these days? No matter what you thought, drop a comment below.