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The John Report: WWE Money in the Bank 2022 Review

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The WWE Money in the Bank event featured two huge ladder matches with a valuable contract on the line along with four title matches rounding out the card.

Money in the Bank is also the third straight Premium Live Event without the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship on the line. This event was supposed to take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, but they moved it to the MGM Grand due to slow ticket sales. It is sold out in the arena. There was no Kickoff Show match. The Women’s Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match was up first.

WWE Money in the Bank
From MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
July 2, 2022

The opening video package hyped up the Money in the Bank contract ladder matches, plus the other matches on the card. Great video as usual.

There was an impressive pyro display by the entrance area to start the show. The Vegas crowd was loud. The white Money in the Bank briefcase was hanging above the ring for the Women’s Money in the Bank match. The Raw commentary team of Jimmy Smith, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton were at ringside to call the action for the first match.

Becky Lynch was up first for the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match with some ridiculous glasses as part of her entrance. Lynch got a good pop even though she’s a heel because fans know she’s a star. Asuka was up next and they showed her MITB win in 2020 with the fans chanting for Asuka. Liv Morgan was next with a lot of energy. Big pop for Liv, who is a favorite of a lot of fans. Raquel Rodriguez was next as the tallest woman in the match. Raquel smiled a lot as usual for her entrance. Lacey Evans was up next with a military theme song and she was full of smiles as well. Shotzi was the sixth woman in the match while Alexa Bliss was up last as the seventh entrant. Bliss was a former MITB winner as well.

Women’s Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match: Becky Lynch vs. Asuka vs. Liv Morgan vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Lacey Evans vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Shotzi

The winner of the match must retrieve the briefcase above the ring. In the briefcase is a contract that gives the winner a championship match at any time within one year.

The match started with five of the women going to the floor to grab some ladders while Lynch battled Asuka with forearms. Lynch kicked Evans to knock her down on the floor. Asuka with back fists to Lynch, then a hip attack on Raquel and Asuka with a running kick on Lynch. Asuka grabbed a ladder, but Lynch hit her in the back. Asuka avoided a ladder when Lynch tried an attack. Asuka sent Lynch into a ladder, Asuka with a knee to Morgan and Raquel kicked Asuka. Raquel kicked Evans down and Raquel tried to use the ladder as a weapon, but Lynch and Morgan kicked Raquel in the ribs. Raquel came back with a double suplex on Lynch and Morgan on the ladder. Ouch. Shotzi avoided a ladder attack and hit a cross body block on Bliss. Raquel was trapped against the ladder against the turnbuckle. Shotzi tripped up trying to do a move on Raquel. The were three women that did moves on the ladder that was squashing Raquel and Lynch did a leg drop. Bliss did a somersault attack off the top onto Morgan, Lynch and Asuka. Bliss tried a ladder climb, but Raquel pulled her down. Bliss struck Raquel with punches followed by a headscissors into the ladder. Asuka was back into it with a German Suplex on Bliss. Shotzi wanted a suplex, but Asuka gave Shotzi a hiptoss onto a ladder. Asuka tried a climb, Evans stopped that and sent Asuka into the ladder. Lynch shoved the ladder, but Asuka and Evans landed on their feet. Evans hit Asuka with a running uppercut and then a trip on Lynch to send Lynch onto a ladder. The fans were booing as Evans tried a climb and Shotzi pulled Evans down. Evans pulled Shotzi back down. Shotzi was the first one to touch the briefcase and then Evans did a Woman’s Right punch on Shotzi. Evans had the briefcase in her hand, but Raquel was there to stop that. Morgan was touching the top of the briefcase, but she was stopped and Morgan hit a sunset flip Powerbomb off the top of the ladder on Evans. Ouch. The replay showed Evans was about halfway up the ladder, so it wasn’t a huge fall, but still an impressive move by Morgan. Raquel was close to the top, but Shotzi stopped that. Shotzi had Bliss on her shoulders and then they fell into the ladder with both women going down along with the ladder. Ouch. That was not what was planned, but as Graves said you can’t always predict what the ladder was going to do.

Becky Lynch climbed up right after Shotzi and sent Shotzi’s head into the ladder a few times to knock Shotzi down. Shotzi pulled on Lynch’s leg to send Becky crashing to the mat. Shotzi went up top, jumped off with a senton back splash and Lynch moved, so Shotzi’s back hit the ladder. Asuka knocked Lynch down to send her out of the ring. Raquel stopped an Asuka climb, then Asuka fought back and Raquel hit Asuka with a lefty clothesline on the floor. Raquel placed a ladder from the commentary table to the ring apron. Raquel got a hold of Asuka on the table. Asuka with a kick to the gut. Asuka did a flying armbar takedown on Raquel’s right arm, but Raqual powered out of it. Lynch kicked Raquel and threw her into the apron. Asuka was laying on the ladder. Lynch set up a big ladder by the ladder that Asuka was on. Lynch jumped off the ladder with a leg drop. Lynch hit her more with her backside and it wasn’t a leg drop through the ladder, but Lynch slid off while bumping to the floor. The fans chanted “this is awesome” for the women as they were all spread out around the ring.

There were three ladders being set up in the ring by Shotzi, Evans, Bliss and Raquel. Lynch managed to get back in the ring with a shove that sent Raquel and Shotzi into the top rope. Lynch shoved Bliss and Evans off another ladder. Lynch tried a clip, but Morgan was there to try to stop her. When Lynch shoved Morgan, that led to Liv bouncing off the top rope and Morgan kicked Lynch off the ladder. Liv Morgan reached up and grabbed the briefcase. Liv Morgan is the winner! It went 16:35.

Winner: Liv Morgan

Analysis: ***1/2 I thought it was a good match although there were some moments where people messed up as well, which I’m sure some fans are going to point out when they talk about this match. They set up the spots well, several different women had chances to climb the ladder and get their hands on the briefcase, so that led to a lot of close moments. Lynch cleaned house at the end there by knocking four women down, which made it look like she might win until Morgan was back up to get the win. The fans were really into the match, popping for a lot of big moves, chants for a lot of different and they loved the choice of the babyface Morgan finally getting that big win she needed. I will point out also that there were moments where the ladder didn’t cooperate on some moves that Shotzi did, but I don’t think the wrestlers should be punished for that. It’s tough doing ladder spots. I appreciate the effort. The crowd hated Lacey Evans going for the briefcase when she reached for the briefcase even though she’s a face, so maybe this will turn her heel. I’m happy for Liv. She was a popular pick and the fans loved seeing her as the winner, so I’m certainly fine with that result. I enjoyed the match.

Liv Morgan was emotional holding the Money in the Bank briefcase in her hands. They showed replays of the key spot sin the match. Morgan was so happy holding the briefcase while Lynch was freaking out at ringside.

Analysis: Morgan’s happiness felt genuine. You could tell it meant a lot to her and that’s great to see. Lynch was really over the top freaking out there.

A commercial aired for SummerSlam. It’s four weeks away on Saturday, July 30 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

They showed a video of Cody Rhodes talking about rehabbing his torn pectoral muscle. They showed this on Raw too.

The video package aired for the US Title match with champion Theory and challenger Bobby Lashley.

Theory made his entrance as the US Champion with the fans booing him as usual. Bobby Lashley got a pretty good ovation as the babyface challenger.

United States Championship: Theory vs. Bobby Lashley

There were “Bobby” chants at the start of the match as Lashley shoved Theory down, so Theory rolled out of the ring. When Theory got back in the ring, Lashley hit a huge spinebuster. Lashley charged, so Theory went to the apron. Lashley hit Theory with a forearm to knock him off the apron to the floor. Lashley to the floor, he tried sending Theory into the ring post, but Theory blocked it and sent Lashley into the ring post. Theory with a running knee on the floor. Theory was on the apron he delivered a kick, then he tried a jumping attack onto Lashley, who caught him and Lashley stumbled a bit. Lashley got back up and Lashley drove Theory’s body into the ring post. Lashley threw Theory into the turnbuckles, then punches and Theory slipped out of the way followed by a running clothesline. Theory with a lefty punch along with a clothesline. Theory set up Lashley on the top rope, Theory tried a move there, but Lashley blocked it and Theory came back with a kick. Theory grounded Lashley with a chinlock for about a minute, then Theory with a knee to the ribs and more chinlock work by Theory. Lashley went for a Hurt Lock attempt, but Theory got out of it. Lashley with clotheslines, then a belly to belly suplex across the ring and a running shoulder tackle. Lashley wanted a suplex, but Theory slipped out of it and did a necksnap across the top rope. Theory jumped into the ring going for a move, but Lashley caught him leading to press slam into a powerslam for two. That was great. Lashley went for a slam off the shoulders, Theory landed on his feet and there was a rollup for two. Theory sent Lashley into the middle turnbuckle. Theory from the outside in with a dropkick for two. Theory went for a move, but Lashley countered it into an inside cradle for two. Theory with an eye rake that the referee never saw and Theory ran the ropes with a Spear. Theory went for the A-Town Down, but Lashley slipped out of it and Lashley applied the Hurt Lock submission. Theory tapped out quickly to give Lashley the win at 11:05.

Winner by submission AND NEW United States Champion: Bobby Lashley

Analysis: ***1/4 A pretty good match with Theory getting a lot of offense after he spent the early part of the match running away. Lashley sold well for him, Theory looked credible and nearly won a few times. All it really took for Lashley to win was breaking free and applying the Hurt Lock submission. That move is so protected that once it was locked in, it was all over for Theory. The fans were strongly behind Lashley. I’m actually 0-2 to start the show because I thought they’d keep the title on Theory for a long title reign. That’s nothing against Lashley, who I like a lot. I just figured Theory would have kept it for longer than the three months that he held the title.

Bobby Lashley celebrated with the US Title with the fans cheering him. Lashley was bleeding from the lip or a tooth, but it wasn’t that bad.

Liv Morgan was interviewed by Sarah Schreiber with Liv holding the Money in the Bank briefcase. Liv said that the possibilities of when to cash in are endless. Liv said that WrestleMania sounds pretty good but for now, she just wants to celebrate.

Analysis: A simple promo with Liv putting over how happy she was. It looks genuine, that’s for sure.

A commercial aired for WWE shows coming to A&E TV soon.

A video package aired about The Miz’s career in WWE to take up several minutes.

There was a video package for the Raw Women’s Title match with Bianca Belair defending her title against Carmella. It was going to be Rhea Ripley, but she is out with an injury. Carmella won a Fatal 5-Way match to earn this title match.

Carmella made her entrance as the challenger with Graves hyping up his wife a lot as you would expect him to be. Bianca Belair got a big ovation as the Raw Women’s Champion looking confident as usual.

Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair vs. Carmella

Belair with a waistlock takedown, so Carmella regrouped on the apron. Carmella with a hair pull takedown, Bianca with a shove and Carmella with a knee to the ribs. Belair with a backflip off the ropes leading to a dropkick followed by some taunting. Carmella with a punch on charging Belair, but Belair came back with two backbreakers. Belair with a backflip attempt, but Carmella left the ring to regroup. Belair left the ring, Carmella charged and Belair knocked Carmella down with a shoulder tackle. Back in the ring, Carmella with a kick to knock Belair down. Carmella with back elbows in the corner. Carmella with a bronco buster in the corner. Carmella wrenched back on the arm, Belair powered out of it and Belair sent Carmella into the turnbuckle. Carmella avoided a slam while doing another hair pull move to take Belair down. Carmella charged, Belair hit her with a clothesline and Belair hit a delayed vertical suplex. Belair with a shoulder tackle in the corner followed by punches to the head and then a punch to the face. Belair charged, Carmella moved and Mella got a rollup. Carmella with a superkick for two. Carmella with some trash talk including a slap to the face, Belair with a slap to the face in return and Belair hit the Kiss of Death (KOD) slam for the pinfall win at 7:12.

Winner by pinfall: Bianca Belair

Analysis: **1/4 It was just an average match that was kept short to put over Belair in a dominant fashion. All it took for Belair was to slap Carmella in the face and hit the KOD after that. Carmella did get a few nearfalls during the match although I doubt there was anybody watching this that thought she had a chance to win. I’m glad it was kept short with Belair looking dominant. You don’t need to go 15 minutes in every match.

Belair celebrated with the title on the turnbuckle, so Carmella tripped her up and Belair bumped into the ring. Carmella punched Belair in the back repeatedly. The fans booed as Carmella left.

Analysis: Good bump by Belair there with Carmella getting heat after the loss. That will probably lead to a rematch on Raw with Belair bating Carmella again.

There was a WWE Shop commercial along with a commercial promoting WWE live events coming your way in the months ahead.

A commercial aired promoting SummerSlam on July 30 with Roman Reigns facing Brock Lesnar.

They showed Logan Paul training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. It was a few days ago when WWE announced that Logan has signed a contract with WWE. Logan delivered a message to The Miz that he’s coming after him.

This Monday on Raw: The Miz responds to Logan Paul.

There was a video shown from “Earlier Today” with Alexa Bliss walking into her dressing room. She talked to Lilly the doll about how she bought things. It was a commercial for the WWE Credit One Visa card. Fans booed when they realized it was a commercial.

The Usos entered as the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions. It was Michael Cole, Pat McAfee and Corey Graves on commentary for this match. The Usos did a pre-match promo reminding us that “We The Ones.” That was it. The Street Profits made their entrance by walking into the crowd and making their way down to the ring. That’s what they used to do a few years ago before the COVID-19 era. It’s 348 days for The Usos as Smackdown Tag Team Champions.

Unified WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) vs. The Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins)

Jimmy started with Dawkins with Jimmy hitting a shoulder tackle and Dawkins came back with his own shoulder tackle. Dawkins hit an impressive flip to land on his feet avoiding a move and hitting a spinebuster. Ford tagged in, so Jimmy rolled out of the way and avoided Ford doing a move off the top. Ford was doing crotch chops with the fans chanting along. Jey faced off against Ford, who is looks as muscular as ever as the announcers pointed out. Jey hit a jumping forearm on Ford, who came back with a dropkick and a crotch chop salute to Jimmy as well. Dawkins tagged in with a shoulder tackle and slammed Ford onto Jey for a two count. Jimmy managed to get the tag, he knocked Dawkins down and Jimmy punched Dawkins off the apron to the floor. Jimmy hit a suicide dive onto Dawkins on the floor. The Usos double teamed Dawkins with a double team suplex into the ring post. Back in the ring, Dawkins with two punches, but then Jey hit an uppercut that knocked Dawkins down. Jimmy tagged in with a jumping punch on Dawkins. Jimmy choked Dawkins across the middle rope and Jey hit a cheap shot punch. Jimmy taunted Ford on the apron a lot. Jimmy charged, so Dawkins got back up and punched him in the face. Ford tagged in against Jey with Ford hitting a jumping kick. Ford jumped off the top, Jey stepped back and hit a superkick to the chest for two. That was great! Jey with a hard whip that sent Ford crashing into the turnbuckle. Jimmy with a kick to Ford while the referee wasn’t looking. Jey held Ford, Jimmy tagged in and Jimmy hit an elbow smash off the top for two. Jimmy with some hard chops to Ford’s chest followed by Jimmy choking Ford across the middle rope. Jey tagged in with a chinlock on Ford to ground him on the mat. Jey tossed Ford down and then superkicked Dawkins off the apron to the floor. Ford fought out of the heel corner as Jimmy tagged in and Jimmy stopped Ford with an uppercut punch. Jimmy tried a suplex on the apron, but Ford blocked it and Ford suplexed Jimmy on the apron. Dawkins was back on the apron and he got the hot tag.

Dawkins hit an impressive somersault dive over the top onto both Usos on the floor. Dawkins with clotheslines on Jimmy followed by leapfrogs into a flying elbow, corner splash and a corkscrew neckbreaker for two. Dawkins left the ring where he ran over both Usos with a shoulder tackle on the floor. Ford tagged in against Jimmy as Dawkins shoved Jimmy into the air and Ford caught Jimmy with belly to back suplex for two. Great spot for a nearfall! Pat was right saying it was like an alley-oop there. The fans chanted “this is awesome” for them. Jey and Dawkins tagged in, Dawkins with a punch and Ford went up top with a top rope Blockbuster off Dawkins’ shoulders for a two count. The fans were going crazy while Dawkins had an awesome shocked look on his face. Jey and Dawkins exchanged punches, then Jey hit a spinning kick to the face and Jimmy tagged back in. Dawkins with a punch to both Usos, Ford tagged in and Jimmy saved Jey. The Usos sent Dawkins into the ring post and The Usos hit a double superkick for a two count. Ford avoided a double team by doing a headscissors on Jimmy and then he dumped Jey over the top to the floor. Ford ran across the ring and jumped over the ring post with a somersault dive onto both guys on the floor! What a move. Dawkins with a spinebuster on Jey, Ford up top and he hit a Frog Splash for one…two…and no because Jimmy made the save. The fans were going crazy for them as all four wrestlers were down selling.

They slowly got back up for a staredown with the fans giving them a standing ovation. That led to a brawl. Jimmy superkicked Dawkins while on the floor and tossed Dawkins over the barricade. Ford kicked Jey, but Jimmy had made the blind tag. The Usos hit a double superkick. The Usos hit the 1D on Ford and Jimmy covered Ford for the pinfall win at 23:02.

Winners by pinfall: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

Analysis: ****1/4 This was an excellent match. It’s probably the best WWE tag team match this year and one of the better matches of the year as well. The fans were into everything as the teams hit double team moves often, but they usually left the right after and you don’t have to worry about guys illegally in the ring. They do such a nice job of building up nearfalls in the match as well with the fans reacting to them in a big way. You don’t see standing ovations during matches very often. The finish was a bit anticlimactic after the staredown spot, but it was a clean way to give The Usos a big win. I’m fine with that and I expected that with The Usos keeping their titles. I highly recommend the match if you didn’t see it because it was an excellent tag team match.

When they replayed the finish, Montez Ford’s right shoulder was actually up. The announcers pointed it out. Ford was wondering why the match stopped. They showed it again and you could tell that Ford’s right shoulder was up. The Street Profits were frustrated by the loss.

Analysis: The controversial finish with Ford’s shoulder up could mean a rematch at SummerSlam with a stipulation and I don’t mind that at all because this was a classic match. Let’s do it again.

There was a commercial for The Undertaker and the Bone Street Krew on Table for 3 that actually had five guys on it. I haven’t watched it yet.

A video package aired profiling Kevin Owens.

There was some video package about some random guy walking around and I don’t know who it is.

Analysis: The early indication is that it is about Edge’s return since they had images referencing people from his past like Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, The Dudley Boyz, The Hardy Boyz, and so on.

There was a video package for Ronda Rousey’s Smackdown Women’s Title defense against Natalya. Natalya earned the title match by winning a contender’s match on Smackdown. It turned into a personal rivalry between two friends.

Natalya made her entrance looking confident as usual. She had some sunglasses on and gave them to a little girl at ringside. It was noted that it is uncle Bret Hart’s birthday – he’s 65 today. Happy Birthday Bret. Ronda Rousey was all smiles as she made her way to the ring for her title defense.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya

Natalya with a side headlock, Rousey slipped out of it and grabbed the arm leading to Natalya getting to the ropes. They exchanged some simple armbars, then Rousey got a takedown for a two count. Natalya picked the ankle going for an Ankle Lock, but then Rousey turned it into an Ankle Lock of her own. Natalya stomped on the neck going for a dropkick, but Rousey caught the foot and Natalya got to the ropes to break the hold. Natalya was on the floor, Rousey chased after her and Natalya with a hard slap followed by a trip sending Rousey into the ropes. Natalya with a discus clothesline for a two count. Natalya sent Rousey into the corner followed by some punches. Natalya grounded Rousey with a tight sleeper, but Rousey managed to get out of it, so Natalya did a hair pull takedown. Natalya worked over Rousey with punches and Natalya got an armbar. Rousey countered that into an abdominal stretch, so Natalya reversed it into her own abdominal stretch. After Natalya let go, she hit a running clothesline. Natalya charged, Rousey with a back elbow and two clotheslines. Rousey with an armbar takedown, Rousey with a step up knee and a knee to the face. Rousey rolled through into the Piper’s Pit slam, but Natalya fought out of it and they each got nearfalls. Natalya went for an armbar, Rousey used her fingers to block it and Rousey applied a Sharpshooter while flexing. It didn’t look like a great Sharpshooter, but at least Ronda tried as Natalya got to the bottom rope. Natalya with a slap to the face, Rousey with a slap in return and Rousey wanted an armbar, but Natalya sent Rousey out of the ring. Rousey was selling the right knee on the floor and Natalya suplexed Rousey on the apron. Natalya applied the Sharpshooter on the ring apron, but then Rousey countered it by sending the back of Natalya’s head into the turnbuckle/ring post. Natalya got back in before the ten count. Rousey tried a lift, but she had an injured right knee and Rousey went for the armbar, but Natalya tried an armbar. Rousey picked the ankle going for the Ankle Lock and Natalya managed to get out of that. Rousey was pulling on Natalya’s right arm while Natalya was standing, then Natalya went down to one knee and Rousey pulled on the right arm. Natalya tapped out to give Rousey the win. It went 12:32.

Winner by submission: Ronda Rousey

Analysis: *** I thought they had a solid match that was even most of the way. Maybe too much technical wrestling and the crowd wasn’t ready for that kind of match. The story was about how Natalya was unable to apply the Sharpshooter because Rousey’s defensive skills were so good, so then Rousey managed to keep getting back and get that armbar for the win. The crowd wasn’t into it that much because it was a submission-based match while also in a tough spot following what happened with the great tag team match.

After the match, Liv Morgan brought her Money in the Bank contract to ringside and cashed in on Rousey, who had an injured right leg. The fans were going crazy for it.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey vs. Liv Morgan

Rousey caught Morgan in an ankle lock right away, but Morgan slipped out of it. Morgan kicked the injured right leg. Morgan managed to get a ROLLUP OF DEATH~! and pinned Rousey for the pinfall win! Morgan used her leverage to keep Rousey down. It was a believable pin attempt. Morgan is the champion! It went 0:35.

Winner by pinfall AND NEW Smackdown Women’s Champion: Liv Morgan

Analysis: * That was an awesome moment. I’m so happy for Liv going from a quiet, unassuming girl a few years back when she started in WWE and she’s grown up a lot since then. The fans wanted this and WWE delivered with this happy moment for Morgan becoming the Smackdown Women’s Champion. I admit I didn’t see it coming, but I love that they did it.

Liv Morgan celebrated with the Smackdown Women’s Title. The fans loved it. The announcers were going crazy. The fans chanted “you deserve it” for her. Rousey hugged Morgan to congratulate her. There was no attack or anything like that.

The announcers mentioned that Liv had some family at ringside and they were going crazy for her just like all the fans in Vegas. Liv was really emotional about the win.

Analysis: That Liv Morgan MITB win and cash in to become the Smackdown Women’s Champion on a big name like Ronda Rousey is why the Money in the Bank concept works so well. It is such a cool moment to watch and you feel for somebody like Liv that absolutely deserves it. I’m so happy for her. I assume a lot of WWE fans are happy for her while the entire WWE roster is likely thrilled for their friend as well. It’s a great moment for her.

A commercial aired for NXT Great American Bash on Tuesday.

There was a video package about Drew McIntyre’s career.

A video package aired promoting Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam on July 30.

The entrances took place for the Men’s Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match. Riddle was up first to a big pop, Seth “Freakin” Rollins was dancing as usual in a colorful robe with the fans humming along. Omos was there with MVP, who gave him a pep talk. Madcap Moss was next with a mild reaction for him as a face. Sami Zayn entered wearing The Bloodline shirt and he said he was doing this for “Big Uce” Roman Reigns. Sheamus entered for “Fight Night” with Ridge Holland and Butch, but Sheamus made them go to the back. Drew McIntyre was up last as the biggest babyface in the match. Big pop for Drew, who was very intense on his way to the ring.

The match was about to begin, but WWE Official Adam Pearce showed up on the stage. Pearce said that it’s been a great night. Pearce said that he was going to add to the match. The eighth entrant into the Money in the Bank Ladder match is Theory. The announcers speculated that it was likely an addition from Mr. McMahon and the fans booed the decision.

Men’s Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match: Riddle vs. Seth “Freakin” Rollins vs. Omos vs. Madcap Moss vs. Sami Zayn vs. Sheamus vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Theory

Omos was dominant early with double clotheslines on Sheamus and Drew, a kick to Omos and a body slam to Riddle. Omos with a body slam on Drew. Rollins and Theory tried attacking Omos with a ladder, but Omos ran them over. Omos knocked down four more guys with the ladder. Sami Zayn was hiding behind the ring post so that Omos couldn’t see him. Sheamus punched Omos in the ribs, Omos knocked Sheamus, Rollins and Theory down. Riddle tried to choke out Omos, but Omos gave him a body slam. Omos talked Moss out of the ring. When Omos turned around, Drew hit him with a Claymore Kick to knock Omos out of the ring. Drew did the first ladder climb of the match, but Sheamus pulled him down and tossed Drew out of the ring. Sheamus climbed up, Drew pulled him down and they got into a brawl. Theory tried to climb the ladder without anybody noticing, so Drew pulled him down and Sheamus clotheslined Theory while Drew chopped Theory. Drew and Sheamus took turns hitting Theory in the chest with forearms. Rollins back in with a ladder that he used to hit Sheamus and Drew. Rollins threw the ladder onto Sheamus/Drew on the floor. Riddle back in the ring with Rollins with Rollins sending Riddle into a ladder that was set up. Riddle gave Rollins a back body drop onto the ladder in the ring. Riddle with a Broton Splash on Riddle on the ladder. Zayn threw Riddle out of the ring, then Zayn climbed up and Moss stopped him. Zayn tripped up Moss to send him into the ladder. Zayn slammed the ladder onto Madcap’s back. Moss sent Zayn into the ladder, Moss with a shoulder tackle and Moss whipped Zayn into a ladder that was against the turnbuckle. Moss set up the ladder under the briefcase and made a slow climb, but Riddle was there and Omos was finally back up as well. Omos punched Moss in chest and Omos with a powerslam on Riddle. Theory off the top, Omos caught him and he hit a Chokeslam. Omos did a very slow climb, so then Moss and Drew sent Omos out of the ring to the floor. Sheamus and Riddle attacked Omos with ladder shots to the body. Several wrestlers tossed ladders on top of Omos in the aisle. Sheamus turned on everybody by hitting Riddle, Drew and Moss. Rollins set up a ladder in the ring, but Zayn was there on the other side and Sheamus was there to set up a ladder. Theory climbed up the ladder opposite Sheamus. It was Sheamus shoving Rollins and Zayn off a ladder. Sheamus got knocked down, Moss pulled Theory down and suplexed Theory into the turnbuckle. Moss was climbing the ladder, but Sami was there again and Moss hit him with a Blue Jays game with a baseball bat. Zayn jumped over Moss and climbed the ladder, but Moss caught him on the ladder and Moss gave Sami a Powerbomb through the ladder! Moss climbed again, Drew went up the other side to fight with him and they exchanged punches at the top of the ladder. Drew headbutted Moss down, Drew was touching the briefcase, but he was too far away. Sheamus pulled Drew down and gave him the White Noise slam.

Riddle went after Sheamus with kicks, but Sheamus hit the backbreaker. Sheamus went for a Brogue Kick, Riddle moved and Riddle hit a draping DDT while Sheamus’ leg was against a ladder. Drew back in, Riddle with a knee to him and Riddle hit jumping kick to Moss. Riddle with a powerslam on Rollins. Theory sent Riddle into a ladder, Riddle climbed up the ladder, he was on the very top and Riddle hit a Floating Bro splash onto a pile of wrestlers! That was great. The fans chanted “this is awesome” as the replay showed Theory was holding the ladder while four of the guys were there to take the move from Riddle. Omos was back in the ring and he cleared the ring by tossing some guys over the top to the floor. Riddle jumped on the back of Omos with a sleeper and Omos slammed him down. Theory tried a climb, but Omos saw it and Omos hit a two handed Choke Bomb. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick on Omos, Sami with a Helluva Kick on Omos and Riddle pulled Omos by the arm to pull him out of the ring thanks to Moss lifting Omos to the floor. Rollins with a Stomp on Omos on the apron. The six wrestlers worked together to pick up Omos and gave him a six-man Powerbomb through the commentary table! The fans chanted “HOLY SHIT” for that. I’d say that was well deserved.

Sami Zayn broke free to try to climb up the ladder, but Drew was back up to stop it. Drew whipped Sami into the ladder. Sheamus back in with a ladder smash to the face. Drew came back with a ladder shot. Drew put the ladder on top of Sheamus, Drew was at the top of the ladder and he was grabbing the briefcase, but there was Butch applying a choke hold on Drew to prevent him from winning. Sheamus was back up with a jumping knee to the face. Sheamus tried climb while Drew was pinned under the ladder, but Drew was pushing the ladder back and Sheamus was knocked down. Drew hit a Claymore Kick on Butch. Drew was fired up. Drew did a slow climb, Sheamus was back up again to stop Drew and they were on opposite sides of the ladder. Zayn managed to shove the ladder to knock Drew and Sheamus down. Zayn climbed up the ladder slowly with a smile on his face. Zayn was celebrating prematurely thinking he was going to win, but Moss was there to knock him down. Rollins shoved down the ladder while Moss was climbing it. Rollins hit The Stomp on Moss. Rollins was climbing, but Riddle was there to use a huge ladder as a weapon. Riddle climbed the much larger ladder, Rollins stopped Riddle with punches and a chop to knock Riddle down. Rollins was at the top touching the briefcase, but Riddle was back up with an RKO off the top of a ladder! That was incredible by Riddle and a huge bump from Riddle/Rollins hitting the mat hard. Riddle slowly did the climb up the ladder, but Theory was there on the other side of the ladder. They were fighting on the really tall ladder. Theory knocked down Riddle and Theory reached up to grab the briefcase. Theory is Mr. Money in the Bank. The match went 25:27.

Winner: Theory

Analysis: **** I thought it was a great Money in the Bank match as usual. Due to a guy like Omos being involved, they had to book a lot of spots to try to take him out and weaken him, which was fine. I don’t love the Theory win although I get why did it since he lost the US Title earlier in the show and this is a way to get Theory more heat. I think there were better options to win, but we’ll see how it plays out whenever Theory tries to cash in. I think everybody in the match worked hard with some big bumps, but nothing that was too crazy. I was afraid somebody might try to go too far with bumps. They were mostly on the safe side. I thought Seth Rollins would have been a bigger part of the match with more moments where he came close to winning, but he just felt like another guy in the match. Drew McIntyre was my pick to win and I would have loved that, but they kept having Sheamus stop him while Butch also stopped Drew, so that’s who Drew can blame for not winning. Anyway, I wouldn’t call it the best MITB match ever or anything like that, but it was still very good.

Theory celebrated with the Money in the Bank briefcase while taking a selfie. The fans weren’t happy about it. That was the end of the show.

WWE Money in the Bank had a runtime of 3:07:56 on WWE Network/Peacock.

Analysis: People will be mad about the Theory win, but he’s also a heel character that is Mr. McMahon’s “chosen one” so it will get him more of a reaction moving forward. It’s kind of like Seth Rollins as the young heel in 2014 that won thanks to The Authority. That’s what comes to mind anyway. I don’t mind Theory as the Money in the Bank holder. We’ll see how it goes.

There was also a post-show angle that was shown on WWE social media and Youtube with Happy Corbin attacking announcer Pat McAfee and accepting his challenge for SummerSlam. You can see that in the video below.

 

Five Stars of the Show

  1. Liv Morgan
  2. The Usos
  3. The Street Profits
  4. Theory
  5. Bobby Lashley

 

Final Thoughts

I’m going with an 8 out of 10 for this show.

I enjoyed the show a lot. The tag team match was the best of the night with The Usos and Street Profits delivering an absolutely classic tag team title match. Liv Morgan had the biggest night of her career and I’m so happy for her. She is the star of the night after winning MITB and leaving with the SD Women’s Title.

Both MITB matches were great in my opinion. The two women’s title matches were fine with Rousey/Natalya being the better of the two. I’m fine with Lashley winning the US Title.

Theory had a bigger night by the end of it by winning Money in the Bank. I’m not that surprised the WWE went with that option and they always need to push young talent. It reminds me of Seth Rollins in 2014 in a lot of ways. There are others too, but that’s one that comes to mind. Anyway, I had a lot of fun writing about MITB and it was fun to watch.

Here are my WWE Premium Live Event (PPV) rankings for 2022 so far.

WrestleMania 38 – 8 (April 2 & 3)

Money in the Bank – 8 (July 2)

Hell in a Cell – 8 (June 5)

WrestleMania Backlash – 7.75 (May 8)

Day 1 – 7.5 (January 1)

Elimination Chamber – 6.75 (February 19)

Royal Rumble – 6 (January 29)

As a reminder, I have a listing of every WWE PPV that I reviewed in order by year. Thank you for supporting us at TJRWrestling. We appreciate you.

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