Smark Your Territory: WWE Money in the Bank Recap

Let’s be honest, very few people watched WWE’s Money in the Bank Pay-per-view on Sunday night, because, of course, Game of Thrones.  And although the hit HBO series didn’t end the way many of us anticipated, it still had to be better than the wrestling, right?

I was about to find out.

So I woke up early in the morning, grabbed my coffee, and started to watch some sports entertainment for my viewing please.

Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly from Money in the Bank.

This is a quick and gritty recap of WWE Money in the Bank and contains spoilers. enjoy

Women’s Money in the Bank match – Bayley vs Nikki Cross vs Natalya vs Naomi vs Carmella vs Dana Brooke vs Mandy Rose vs Ember Moon 

This match was filled with each superstar doing their own thing.  Which is exactly what we’ve come to expect in these type of matches. However, the coolest part aside from the ending, was watching Sonya Deville carry Mandy Rose’s lifeless body to the top of the ladder. A devastating one handed push from Bayley would inevitable send both superstars crashing to the mat. The only thing left was for Bayley to hoist the briefcase high above her head.  Momma, she made it!

Winner- Bayley (in the bank)

United States Championship – Rey Mysterio vs Samoa Joe (C)

This match lasted longer than Cersei’s reign on the iron throne. And after Mysterio appeared to break Samoa Joe’s nose with a devastating whoopee cushion off the top rope, the match was quickly accelerated. A very weak and controversial roll-up pin, would prove to be the difference maker.

Winner – Rey Mysterio

And then in typical Samoa Joe fashion, he attacks Mysterio from behind.  He then beats the living hell out of him in front of his son.  The rivalry continues.

Shane McMahon vs The Miz inside a Steel Cage

I’m not really sure where this feud is going, but it appears that there is no end in sight.  And despite Miz looking like the superior wrestler for most of the match, the ending was about as bad as it gets.  As Shane tried to escape over the top of the cage, Miz grabbed him. And after a good minute of teasing a superplex from the top of the cage, Shane slipped out of his shirt like Houdini and onto the floor below.  WAIT! HOW!?!?!WTF!?!?!

McMahon defeats Miz in one of the more “meh” matches of the night.

Winner – Shane McMahon

Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (C) vs Lacy Evans

For weeks, I was left wondering why they were pushing Lacy Evans so hard. I think after this match, we now know why.  Evans is a stud and for most of the match, looked like the better wrestler. (Don’t be mad) And after dominating Becky for a solid five minutes, momentum would shift in Lynch’s favor.  Much like the Samoa Joe match, there would be a controversial finish.  This time, Evans rolled up Lynch for what appeared to be a three-count.  However, the referee did not count, and Lynch would reverse the pin into her signature “disarmer”- for the submission victory.

Lynch would celebrate with the millions and millions of her fans.  And then, Charlotte Flair’s music would hit. WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Winner – Becky Lynch

Smackdown Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (C) vs Charlotte Flair

Of course it’s not fair that Becky has to defend both titles consecutively, but she is “The Man”.  This match was quick and to the point.  And after a Lacy Evans right hand, Charlotte Flair would hit (completely miss) with a big boot that resulted in the 1,2,3 victory.  As if we all didn’t see this coming, Flair would once again become the Smackdown Women’s champion.  Evans and Flair would continue to assault Becky after the match and then…


Winner – Charlotte Flair

Bayley cashes in the Money in the Bank!

For as uneventful as the Charlotte/Becky match was.  Bayley finding a way to overcome all obstacles, cash in her Money in the Bank contract, and defeat Charlotte Flair was a great way to end things.  Very few are as deserving as Bayley and this almost certainly opens up a Bayley/Charlotte rivalry that should make Smackdown must-see television for the next few months.

Bayley would celebrate with all of her fans.

Winner – Bayley

CruserWeight Championship – Tony Nese (C) vs Ariya Daivari

Surprise, surprise.  205 live continues to be one of the better kept secrets of the wrestling world.  And this match did not disappoint.  Then again, it wasn’t overly great either.  Nese defeats Ariya (not Stark) to retain the title.  My guess is that Nese is the champion heading into Summer Slam but who really knows?  Vince could scrap the title tomorrow night in favor of the Hardcore title but again, idk.

Winner – Tony Nese

Roman Reigns vs Elias 

Elias continues to be a poor man’s Jeff Jarrett, this time attacking Reigns from behind with a guitar in the corridor.  After a quick ad, Elias is in the ring getting ready to play the guitar and talk bad about the fans in attendance.  As he’s getting ready to head to the back, ROMAN REIGNS appears from out of nowhere with a super man punch right to his face.  They then go in the ring and after Reigns hits the spear, it’s 1,2,3.  This further proves that Elias is just a glorified jobber with nice clothes and a guitar he likes to break over other human’s skulls.

Winner – Roman Reigns

Universal Championship – Seth Rollins (C) vs A.J Styles

This is a match that I could watch every night for the next 365 days and not get bored. (okay, maybe a little) But let’s be honest, heading into MITB this was probably the one match fans could get overly excited for.  After all, these two small-town prospects were fighting in a gymnasium 15 years ago.  Now, they’re two of the biggest superstars in the world.  And no matter how bad Vince McMahon is getting at his old age-it didn’t disappoint.

The match had everything.  A reverse superplex off the top-rope.  A styles clash.  Phenomenal forearm. And most importantly, a Seth Rollins curb stomp.  I’m not sure where the feud goes after Rollins and Styles shook hands in the center of the ring, but I hope they prolong the sequel until Summer Slam.  We need more matches like this in our life and kudos to WWE for allowing these two superstars to do what they do best.

Winner – Seth Rollins

Lars Sullivan vs Lucha House Party

*insert fart sound*

At least Lars got his head split open like a cantaloupe.

WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (C) vs Kevin Owens

Both of these superstars deserve to be in the spotlight. But this match seemed a bit stale compared to some of the others on this night.  And although many would have loved to see Kevin Owens once again be at the top of the WWE totem pole, they will just have to wait.  Kingston defeats Owens after hitting him with that cool, spinning kick that he does.  Will this rivalry continue?  I think so, but I’m not entirely sure.

Winner – Kofi Kingston

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match –  Finn Balor vs Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin vs Drew McIntyre vs Ricochet vs Randy Orton vs Andrade vs Ali

I was actually very surprised with how great this match was.  Finn Balor nearly died about fifteen times and the moves that were done onto/off/through ladders were breathtaking.  But for all the hard work that guys like Balor, Ricochet, Andrade, and Ali put into this match, they were rewarded with a kick in the nuts from Mr.McMahon.  And when Ali was at the very top of the ladder, with the briefcase in his hands.  What other superstar would you expect to come down the entrance ramp?


And of course, Lesnar was not going to enter the match without walking out with the briefcase in hand.  It will now be interesting to see when and where he cashes in his briefcase.

The End.

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