On May 11th, WWE put on it’s annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view with some slight twists to adjust to the current situation. The card looked weak on paper, but the bottom half of the show surprised me greatly.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship fatal four-way-
The New Day(C) vs The Forgotten Sons vs Lucha House Party vs The Miz and John Morrison
This was a very fun tag title match, which in my opinion has become very common with these multi-team matches on Smackdown. Every team had some strong spots in the match; however, it was not an amazing match or a bad one at the same time.
My biggest issue with this match was the result, having The New Day go over. The New Day has been at the top of the tag division for the better part of six years now, and it is time for a change.
I personally would have put the titles on The Forgotten Sons, they were recently called up and have been on a terror ever since. Ryker, Cutler, and Blake are a great young trio, and they would have been amazing heel champions.
Winner: The New Day retains
R- Truth vs Bobby Lashley
Not much to say here, a very random pay-per-view squash match that did not need to happen. Bobby Lashley has become so boring recently, and he needs some big changes to his character if he wants some success during this run.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Smackdown Women’s Championship match-
Bayley(C) w/ Sasha Banks vs Tamina
This match was a pure disaster and an absolute snooze fest. Tamina has never appealed to me, she has no character and does the same few moves every match. I could never get behind a push for her.
Bayley, on the other hand, has been one of the worst champions in quite some time, her matches are bland and her heel character is so cringy. Every fan is just waiting for Sasha to turn face and take that title off her.
The whole Smackdown Women’s Championship scene needs a lot of work in order to catch my attention again.
Winner: Bayley retains
Universal Championship match-
Braun Strowman(C) vs Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt’s firefly funhouse and The Fiend characters have been pure gold since debuting, but I think Money in the Bank was the nail in the coffin of these characters.
I am a big fan of Braun Strowman, but if WWE wanted to keep building up Bray Wyatt he needed this win. Ever since losing to Goldberg, he has been on a downward spiral.
After the losses to Goldberg and Strowman, Wyatt’s character will never be the same to me. However, I hope WWE finds a way to prove me wrong and get me hooked on him once again.
As for Strowman, it seems like Vince is finally putting some trust in him and building him up as a strong monster once again. I want to see where this feud goes next and I wonder if we get Strowman vs The Fiend next.
Winner: Braun Strowman retains
WWE Championship match-
Drew McIntyre(C) vs Seth Rollins (MATCH OF THE NIGHT)
The Scottish Psychopath, Drew McIntyre, and the Monday Night Messiah, Seth Rollins, put on the perfect example of a great world title match. These two men put on a wrestling clinic.
Rollins looked amazing and came into the form of Seth Rollins of the old, he proved once again what a skilled in-ring worker he is. McIntyre looked like a beast in his first world title defense, and he showed the world why he is the champion.
It was a clean one on one match, with a great finish, a good length, and a very back and forth contest. This was one of the best world title contests I have seen in a long time and it brought me back to those great title matched of the 2000s.
The post-match handshake between the two men, showing respect between one another was another great touch that we do not see often enough in WWE. I am now even more excited for the rest of Drew’s title reign and I can only imagine the other amazing matches he will have.
Result: Drew McIntyre retains
Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches-
Men’s competitors: Otis vs Daniel Bryan vs King Corbin vs Rey Mysterio vs Aleister Black vs AJ Styles
Women’s competitors: Asuka vs Nia Jax vs Shayna Baszler vs Carmella vs Lacey Evans vs Dana Brooke
Under the circumstances, WWE came up with a great way to make the Money in the Bank ladder matches very fun and enjoyable. Having the match take place in WWE headquarters and putting both matches on at the same time was so original and it gave us some great spots.
Things like having Asuka start the match by jumping from the second floor onto her opponents, Otis trapping AJ Styles under a dumbbell, and the amazing segment with Vince McMahon himself.
WWE really realized this match was not about great wrestling, and they kept the fans very entertained. I also really enjoyed AJ Styles still being traumatized by anything related to The Undertaker in the building.
Once the competitors made it to the roof, the match continued to build as everyone was so close to the briefcases. The women did not get much time on the roof, but their finish was perfect.
With Asuka and King Corbin at the top of the ladders, Asuka kicked Corbin off and secured the women’s briefcase. This was the perfect choice for a women’s Money in the Bank holder, and I expect Asuka’s character to be so entertaining carrying around the briefcase. Her loud and obnoxious character will suit this role so well, and hopefully, we will see Asuka as champion once again.
With just the men left, there was the crazy spot where King Corbin threw Rey Mysterio and Aleister Black off the building. This was an odd spot, as there was no reaction and we did not see a landing or either competitor again. Something like this would have gone off much better with a crowd or even commentary.
The close to this match was very unexpected, but amazing at the same time. Styles and Corbin were fighting over the briefcase at the top of the ladder and ended up dropping the briefcase right into the hands of Otis. Crowning Otis, the 2020 Men’s Money in the Bank winner.
I am still shocked that WWE pulled the trigger on this, Otis has been a fan favourite on television all 2020 and giving him this reward was a great option. Otis will be so entertaining carrying around his briefcase, and with Mandy Rose as his manager, he is now cemented as a future star of the company. “OTISMANIA” is truly running wild.
Results: Asuka (Women’s) and Otis (Men’s)
Overall, this pay-per-view started off really slow and felt like another boring event, but the final two matches of the night really saved this card. McIntyre and Rollins’ clinic, followed by the ladder match which had two perfect winners. WWE made me excited for the next bit of television to see these two Money in the Bank holders shine.
Overall Rating: 7/10