WWE had its second pay-per-view May 10 with no fans in the very popular Money in the Bank. Six of the eight matches took place at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida while the two Money in the Bank Ladder matches took place at the same time at the WWE Headquarters. How did the matches go? Here are my grades […]
WWE had its second pay-per-view May 10 with no fans in the very popular Money in the Bank. Six of the eight matches took place at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida while the two Money in the Bank Ladder matches took place at the same time at the WWE Headquarters.
How did the matches go? Here are my grades and thoughts on each match.
Jeff Hardy def. Cesaro (pre-show)
With Cesaro in this match, you know that it would be a good one. Both Hardy and The Swiss Cyborg went back and forth throughout but you knew Hardy was going to win given his recent push on SmackDown. The Charismatic Engima looked great here in his first PPV match since being sidelined with a knee injury.
While there was no real build here, this was a great way to kick-off the pay-per-view. Both guys had great chemistry with each other and I’m looking forward to seeing what WWE’s plans are for Hardy.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) (c) def. The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake), John Morrison and The Miz, and Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado)
For the moment the bell rang, there was non-stop action here. Every team here got a lot of offense in and their moments to shine. You saw many high spots on some inference from Forgotten Sons third member, Jaxson Ryker, added a little bit to the match without it overtaking it.
A fun match to watch where the right team won here. Kingston and E are great tag champions and the clear top team on the blue brand for now. We will see now which of the other teams will challenge them next down the line.
Bobby Lashley def. R-Truth
Originally, this was supposed to be MVP vs. R-Truth (and I guess it got moved to the main card instead of the pre-show like I thought in my predictions). Instead, Lashley made an appearance, told MVP to take the night off, and destroyed Truth was the easy victory.
This was a good way to build up his heel persona and we could see a potential partnership between Lashley and MVP. An okay match but had some reasoning behind it.
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley (c) def. Tamina
Credit to Tamina here as she looked really good here, finally getting a chance to show what she can do as a solo act in a singles match. Bayley played the heel perfectly here and Sasha Banks in her corner helped out a lot here too.
This was a great match that was a lot better than expected on paper. It is only a matter of time before a potential Banks vs. Bayley feud.
Universal Championship – Braun Strowman (c) def. Bray Wyatt
Something about the sweater-wearing Wyatt is entertaining to me, much like it did when he was not The Fiend at TLC 2019. It was a cool twist to see Strowman put on his black sheep mask on (reminding people the time he was “The Black Sheep” in The Wyatt Family) and looking like he was going to accept Wyatt as his savior but it was just a mind game.
A lot longer than expected given these guys are known for shorter matches given their size but there was a lot of good storytelling here. Having Wyatt lose here was a good call and gives the reasoning for him to come back as his Fiend persona.
WWE Championship – Drew McIntyre (c) def. Seth Rollins
A solid match but it did feel dull in the beginning parts but it did pick up as the match went on. It was interesting to see Rollins accept McIntyre’s hand in a post-match handshake. Not sure what that means for now but will see if it means anything in the coming weeks.
Still a good match and a side note here. It is good that Rollins got a new entrance here with his Messiah persona as it fits way better than his “Burn It Down” style.
The Money in the Bank Ladder match – Asuka and Otis won the Women’s and Men’s Contract respectively.
The Money in the Bank ladder matches took place at the same time so the reviews go together here. Simply put, this was incredible. Much like what WWE did for the Boneyard and Firefly Fun House matches at WrestleMania 36, this was more of a cinematic style match and it was really good stuff here.
Starting off at the ground floor, the competitors fought each other to the top and there were a lot of highlights during this match. Cameos of Brother Love, Stephaine McMahon, Doink the Clown, John Laurinaitis, Paul Heyman, and man himself Vince McMahon were excellent here.
Another cool thing to see was AJ Styles finding a coffin inside one room and Aleister Black locked him inside with it, showing a flash of Styles’ match with The Undertaker at ‘Mania 36.
In the end, Asuka and Otis won their respective briefcases. Asuka winning was a good call as she can be really entertaining with the contract while Otis was an interesting call in my opinion. I said in my predictions that five of the six men had a good reason to win but Otis was the one that I thought was the odd man out.
As a tag team person, will this be the planting seeds for Heavy Machinery to break up? I hope not but it’ll be interesting to see. Still, this was excellent and entertaining to watch. Bravo to WWE here.
Much like with WrestleMania 36, Money in the Bank was excellently done by WWE. Even with the situation, they made it work with a unique concept. On top of that, the matches are The Performance Center was also solid matches. Overall, another solid pay-per-view by WWE.