Money In The Bank 2018
[Kick-Off Show] Jeff Hardy (c) bt. Shelton Benjamin - Cedric Alexander (c) bt. Tony Nese
Live From Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Following the usual video package and introduction to the Pay-Per-View, the second ever Female Money In The Bank took place. Throughout the match, all of the competitors came close to victory, with Ember Moon in particularly pulling out the stops. Certainly on the Raw side, Ember was the star of the match. This was as a result of her first hitting a Moonsault to Becky Lynch, who was on a Ladder, as well as an impressive Eclipse which bounced Asuka’s jaw off the Ladder. Despite this, she would be taken out of the match, being hit with a Ladder to the Shoulder as she attempted a Suicide Dive to the outside.
The match also saw Billie Kay and Alexa Bliss essentially attempt the same strategy, only to be thwarted by Bayley and Charlotte Flair respectively. Thinking that their idea to avoid conflict as much as possible was foolproof, they soon realised just how much the match meant to the other competitors in the match. Bayley and Charlotte Flair then competed at the top of the Ladder, before their fellow NXT-alumni Becky Lynch pushed them from the Ladder. As the field thinned out, Becky Lynch looked to secure the Briefcase, but was stopped by Asuka. However, when Asuka returned to the outside, looking for another Ladder, The IIconics teamed up with Alexa Bliss, running into her with a Ladder. The three would then cover Asuka in Ladders on the outside, burying her underneath.
This allowed them to return to the ring, looking to climb the Ladder. Of course, the two were never going to agree on who should win the match, and this bickering - while half way up the Ladder proved costly. Returning to the ring, Becky Lynch pushed the Ladder over, once again sending her opponents flying out of the ring. Becky would then climb the Ladder unopposed, until Natalya came up behind them. Becky was able to kick Natalya back down to the mat, before successfully unhooking the Money In The Bank Briefcase.
Becky Lynch wins the 2018 Money In The Bank Briefcase
Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre vs. Titus Worldwide
Two very different approaches, this match saw Titus Worldwide look to “get serious” as soon as the bell rang. Largely remaining on the outside, Titus O’Neil served as a cheerleader to the impressive No Way Jose and Apollo Crews, who held their own in the match. While Corbin, Ziggler and McIntyre did probably have the better of the match, Apollo Crews was fired up during the match, and the team went from strength to strength when No Way Jose was brought in. As Crews took a dive to the outside, he was able to take out Drew McIntyre. No Way Jose was then able to hold his own with Baron Corbin. This resulted in Dolph Ziggler being left with Titus O’Neil in the ring. Fired up, having been mocked for his slip by Ziggler and Corbin, Titus O’Neil took the fight to Dolph Ziggler, and looked to be finding a new fire from somewhere. It was at this point, as O’Neil looked to close in on an unlikely victory, he ran against the ropes. When he did this, his leg was grabbed by Dana Brooke.
Titus O’Neil would react in shock, as Dana climbed onto the apron. Titus would ask her what she was doing, and Dana would try and throw a slap at him, only for Titus to block it. As a result of this, Titus O’Neil turned around, straight into a Superkick from Dolph Ziggler. This allowed Ziggler to pin Titus, scoring the victory.
Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre bt. Titus Worldwide
After the match, Dana Brooke would join Dolph Ziggler in the ring, before Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin also entered. Looking just as surprised as the members of Titus Worldwide, Dolph Ziggler had his arm raised by Dana Brooke, who then left up the ramp.
Coming into the match, a video package recapped the history between the two men. Particular focus was on the 18 second victory of Sheamus over Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania, with the parallel between Daniel Bryan’s even shorter victory over Sheamus on Smackdown last week. Unlike those matches, this contest was evenly fought and an extremely competitive match. Physical, as these two competitors always are, the match came to an end in decisive fashion. Locking in a “YES Lock!”, Daniel Bryan forced the submission from Sheamus.
Daniel Bryan bt. Sheamus
Following that match, a video package played which showed highlights of Ronda Rousey’s run as a member of the Raw roster. Featuring the WrestleMania moment where she made Stephanie McMahon tap out, the package also recapped her developing rivalry with Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. When the video package finished “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey made her way to the ring. After taking a microphone, Ronda Rousey would talk about her rivalry with Mickie James and Alexa Bliss, before calling the former out to the ring.
Stalling for time as long as she possibly could, Mickie James would eventually get in the ring with Ronda Rousey, before once again leaving. The segment was built around Ronda Rousey looking to finally get her hands on Mickie James in a one on one scenario, and despite the best attempts of the former WWE Women’s Champion, Ronda was eventually able to get Mickie exactly where she wanted her. Having started the physical interaction with a slap to Ronda, Mickie James grew in confidence, only to quickly find herself in the former UFC Champion’s grasp. Taking complete control of the arm, Ronda Rousey was able to pull back on the Armbar just as she had to Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania, leaving Mickie James in pain in the ring. As Ronda Rousey stood tall, medical personnel came down to the ring and attended to Mickie James.
Intercontinental Championship Match
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Elias
Prior to the match, an interview with Elias revealed that there would be no performance from him tonight. This put over the importance of the opportunity to Elias, who appeared focussed ahead of the Intercontinental Championship match. Going into the match, it was clear that Elias was up against it, with Seth Rollins put over as one of the best in the world, who has much more in-ring experience than the rising Elias. Given a fairly decent amount of time, the match served as a showcase of Elias, putting him over as almost there - but not quite. After a number of near falls, the finishing sequence to the match saw Seth Rollins take control, setting up for the Curb Stomp. Of course, this spelled the end of the contest.
Seth Rollins bt. Elias
Going into the match, Sanity’s quest for “Chaos” on Smackdown Live was recapped, showing their complete dominance over The New Day in recent weeks. As such, much of the contest was competed in a manic manner, with the trios breaking into three pairs (Big E. & Killian, EY & Kofi and Wolfe & Xavier Woods). It was when these individual battles couldn’t be kept under control that the match broke down. Fighting all around the ringside, and then back into the ring, the competitors not currently legal made the referee’s job very difficult. Things went from bad to worse when Big E. and Killian Dain brawled out of the ring. Beginning a countout, the referee was completely ignored by the competitors, leaving him no choice but to call for the bell once he reached 10. After the match, the brawl continued until the two teams were led to the back.
Ahead of the Main Event of the evening, the second Money In The Bank ladder match, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens were seen together in the Locker Room.
Asking his “best friend” if he has his back tonight, Sami Zayn will be left confused by Kevin Owens’ response. Distant, since Sami Zayn went back on a promise to hand over his place in the match to him, Kevin Owens had little to say, telling Sami “you know what, buddy… I think you got this”. Kevin Owens would then stand up and exit the Locker Room, leaving Sami Zayn confused as to where they stand in their mission to become the WWE Universal Champion.
Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The fourth meeting between the two competitors in the match, the commentators put over the fact that Shinsuke Nakamura’s hand-picked “Last Man Standing” match signified his final shot at becoming the WWE Champion. At least as long as AJ Styles holds the title. Again competing in a match where anything goes, the two men left everything in the ring, putting on what was arguably the best of their matches against each other in the WWE so far. Not confined to the ring, the two men went all around the ringside area, looking for the decisive blow that would keep the other man down for the 10 count. This time, AJ Styles avoided the Low-Blow, and also managed to block any attempt from Shinsuke Nakamura to use the move that kept them both down at last month’s Backlash Pay-Per-View.
Getting creative, AJ Styles looked to hit a Phenomenal Forearm from a raised platform to Shinsuke Nakamura, but the challenger got out of the way. The commentators put over the lengths that the two men were going to, attributing it equally to their desire to be WWE Champion and the need to take out their aggression on one another. It was during one of the more heated moments of the match that the finish came, as AJ Styles seemed to have Shinsuke Nakamura where he wanted him. Styles set up to hit a shocking Styles Clash to Shinsuke Nakamura, which would have sent both men to the floor below, through a Table. Nakamura managed to escape, scrambling away after a Low-Blow. Desperate to stay up, AJ Styles crawled after Shinsuke Nakamura, whose only intention was to get away from AJ Styles at that moment. In order to do this, Shinsuke Nakamura unbalanced a large production box from the surrounding area. This heavy container dropped on the WWE Champion, crushing him beneath it.
As the box fell on AJ Styles, it’s contents spilled out on the floor. Revealing a bunch of cables, Shinsuke Nakamura was given an idea. Already taken a lot out of AJ Styles with the container, Shinsuke Nakamura finished the job by tying cables around the legs of the WWE Champion. While Styles began to move before the 10 count was complete, he was unable to free himself from the cables, rendering him unable to return to his feet.
Shinsuke Nakamura bt. AJ Styles to become the new WWE Champion
Having won his last chance match, Shinsuke Nakamura celebrated with the WWE Championship at the top of the ramp. Becoming the Champion for the first time, ending the 253 day long reign of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura had finally defeated AJ Styles and held the title high in the air.
Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Billed as the most physical Money In The Bank match of all time, the early goings of the match were dominated by Bobby Lashley, Braun Strowman, Rusev and Samoa Joe. Using the Ladders as weapons instead of climbing implements, it appeared that the idea was to take as many men out as possible, before taking an open road to the Briefcase. Of course, in a match of this size, that technique proved impossible. As a result, the smaller competitors grew into the match, and there were some impressive sequences featuring Cesaro, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe. Cesaro and Bobby Lashley also impressed, hitting stereo delayed Suplexes to Sami Zayn and Finn Balor respectively.
These one upmanship games continued throughout the match, with Braun Strowman eventually topping them all by first recovering from a series of Ladder shots from his opponents, then by throwing competitors and Ladders around the ring as if they weighed nothing it all. However, an effort by his opponents to take him out of the match was eventually successful, and the following minutes were quiet ones for Braun Strowman. It was during this time that the field thinned out, with Sami Zayn coming close, only to be thwarted by Bobby Lashley. Sami Zayn had called for Kevin Owens’ assistance as he looked on the brink of winning the Briefcase, but his so-called “Best Friend” was nowhere to be seen. This allowed Lashley to send Sami Zayn crashing, but in doing so he also hurt his own chances of victory.
Now, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe battled it out, calling back to their Ladder match at a previous NXT TakeOver. In a repeat of that match, Finn Balor was able to hit Samoa Joe with a Coupe De Grace from the Ladder, onto another one which had been suspended from the ropes. Finn Balor was now in the clear, as he began to climb to reach the Briefcase. His chance to finally get his rematch at the Universal Championship, Finn Balor’s fingertips touched the Briefcase, at the very moment he was pushed off the Ladder by The Miz.
With a clear path, The Miz took his time, setting himself on the top rung. Confident that he had secured victory, The Miz must have been the only person unaware of the reemergence of Braun Strowman. Pulling himself from out of the rubble, “The Monster Amongst Men” made his way to the ring, with his eyes remaining on The Miz throughout. Entering the ring, Braun Strowman climbed up the Ladder, with The Miz only realising that he was no longer alone when it was too late. Grabbing The Miz from behind, Braun Strowman put a Vice Grip on his head. With The Miz trying to escape, his leg began to dangle. Braun Strowman would then throw The Miz down to the ring, leaving him alone atop the Ladder. Unhooking the Briefcase, the dominant Braun Strowman became the 2018 Money In The Bank winner.
Braun Strowman wins the 2018 Money In The Bank
Raising the Briefcase high above his head, with two hands, Braun Strowman held a “golden ticket to the WWE Universal Championship” in his giant grip. Having dominated parts of the match, the commentators put over Braun as “the most dangerous Mr. Money In The Bank” of all time. It was also suggested that there has never been more of a sure thing than Braun Strowman successfully cashing in, with Michael Cole laughing in disbelief at what “The Monster Amongst Men” may now be capable of.
Focus then switched to the current WWE Universal Champion, with the commentators wondering when Brock Lesnar would next appear in the WWE, and how he will look to go about avoiding Braun Strowman. It was agreed that wherever or whenever he cashed in, and whoever he cashed in on, Braun Strowman is the biggest threat there has ever been to a Champion in this unenviable position.
Last edited by 20LEgend : 05-24-2018 at 07:43 AM.