The WWE Money in the Bank lineup continues to take shape as we sit here eight days before the next pay-per-view on July 18 in Forth Worth, Texas. Last night on Smackdown, there was a significant change that saw one match being removed while the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match field is full.
First of all, the Smackdown Women’s Championship match between champion Bianca Belair and challenger Bayley is off. It was supposed to be an “I Quit Match” to end the feud. That’s because Bayley suffered a torn ACL in her left knee, which will lead to her having surgery and missing about nine months. It was an unfortunate injury that happened while Bayley was in a ring training. Instead of replacing the match at Money in the Bank, WWE announced (via WWE Official Sonya Deville) that Belair will defend the Smackdown Women’s Title against Carmella next week on Smackdown in Houston.
TJR Thoughts: The guess here is that WWE likely wants to do the Women’s Title match on TV instead of PPV because there isn’t a story between Belair and Carmella. However, by doing the title match on Smackdown, it gives fans a big title match on Smackdown next week.
Last night on Smackdown, Liv Morgan complained about Deville giving Carmella the Women’s Title shot. Deville told Morgan to stop complaining and informed Morgan that she will replace Carmella in the Women’s Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match. There are still two spots available in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match that will most likely be Smackdown women wrestlers.
IM IN MONEY IN THE BANK !!!!!!!!!!
— LIV Morgan (@YaOnlyLivvOnce) July 10, 2021
TJR Thoughts: I think Liv Morgan winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match would be a popular decision. I’m all for it. I’m not sure if it will happen, but I think the fans would love it.
On the men’s side, there were two more Money in the Bank Qualifying Matches on Smackdown last night.
King Shinsuke Nakamura beat poor Baron Corbin clean with the Kinshasa knee strike in a pretty good match. The win means Nakamura is in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
Seth Rollins also got a big victory over longtime rival Cesaro with The Stomp after a bloody Cesaro also took a DDT on the steel ramp. The match was very good and the result meant that Rollins was in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match as well.
The field for the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match is full: Ricochet vs. John Morrison vs. Riddle vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Big E vs. Kevin Owens vs. King Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Seth Rollins.
TJR Thoughts: I think it is one of the strongest fields for a Men’s Money in the Bank match ever. My main pick for a winner is Big E, but I think Riddle would be a great choice too. With that said, I don’t think there’s a bad choice either.
The next WWE pay-per-view on Peacock/WWE Network is Money in the Bank on Sunday, July 18. Here’s the lineup so far.
WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge
WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Ricochet vs. John Morrison vs. Riddle vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Big E vs. Kevin Owens vs. King Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Seth Rollins
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Asuka vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross vs. Liv Morgan vs. Zelina Vega vs. two more wrestlers.
Raw Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Money in the Bank takes place on Sunday, July 18, streaming at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT exclusively on Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else.