WWE MITB took place this Sunday, April 19 in Hartford, Connecticut.
Becky Lynch defended both titles individually against Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans, Kofi Kingston defended his WWE Championship against Kevin Owens, the Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank matches took place, Seth Rollins vs AJ Styles happened for the Universal Championship, and more.
Check out Money in the Bank results below.
The Usos def. Daniel Bryan & Rowan.
Bayley wins the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
In terms of the women’s Money in the Bank matches, this might be the best one we’ve seen thus far. It wasn’t clunky or botchy like it has felt in the past. As with all good Money in the Bank Ladder matches, everybody had their own moment. But the spot of the match was easily Ember Moon. There was a ladder outside the ring and Ember Moon hit an Eclipse off the ladder on to Mandy Rose in the ring. Moon really shined in this match off that spot and I seriously hope she wins the title very, very soon. Nikki Cross also had a spot where she had her hands on the briefcase but failed to retrieve it, playing into her story with Alexa Bliss. Naomi also was a standout in this match with athletic performances as always. Carmella was injured early on but I’m not sure if it was a work or not, because she came back out later in the match. The match ended when Sonya carried Mandy up the ladder, but Bayley climbed up the other side and knocked them off to retrieve it.
Rey Mysterio def. Samoa Joe (C) for the United States Championship.
Much like there WrestleMania match, this wasn’t much of one. Possibly due to Joe breaking his nose early on. Joe generally dominated the match, until Rey swung the match in his favour. He reversed a powerbomb into a Hurricanrana and stole the victory, along with the United Sates Championship. Joe attacked Rey after the bell with Rey’s son Dominick ringside to watch the assault. I don’t know what it is with this feud having quick matches, but I think this feud could be so much more. Regardless, it is always cool to see a legend like Rey get a title, and I think this makes him a Grand Slam Champion.
Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon def. The Miz.
As soon as this match started Shane ran for the cage and tried to escape, this would be his strategy throughout playing to his cowardly character. Miz looked intense during this match and Shane looked like he just wanted to get out of there, perfect storytelling. At one point Shane tried to crawl out of the ring while locked in a figure four and while he was unsuccessful, he grabbed a chair. The chair added another element to the match, and Miz wore it out on Shane’s back.
The match came to an end with Shane and Miz fighting it out on top of the cage, and although Miz tried to suplex Shane back into the ring Shane fought it off and escaped. This was a fun match and both men played their characters perfectly, with a story throughout the match that fit both men’s characters.
Tony Nese (C) def. Ariya Davari to retain the Cruiserweight Championship.
First of all, when did the Cruiserweight Championship move from the Pre-Show to almost halfway through the card? That was a pleasant surprise. This was a decent match, but was nothing special. Nese is a different breed, he is so big (for a Cruiserweight), but he can fly just as well as Ali can! He hit one dive to the outside on Davari in particular that was extremely impressive. The two went back in forth with Davari controlling Nese for a good majority of the match, not the biggest fan of Davari but he is a decent wrestler. Nese would retain however, after hitting a beautiful 450 splash and a running Nese.
Becky Lynch (C) def. Lacey Evans to retain the Raw Women’s Championship.
Then we had Lacey Evans trying to win the Raw Women’s Championship. When Lacey debuted, I was not a fan of hers, not even in NXT, but now I see why WWE is so high on her. She came out in green glittery gear shooting money everywhere and man did she look like a Champion. The match was fine, Lacey is a good enough wrestler to have a solid match and obviously Becky is very good. Lacey makes up for what she lacks in the ring with her character work. I’ve said this before, but she knows her character, and is so good at playing to the crowd.
The match was nothing special though, certainly not the best on the card. Becky won by making Lacey tap out to the dis-arm-her. Lacey will be back, I’m sure.
Charlotte def. Becky Lynch (C) to become the new Smackdown Women’s Championship until Bayley cashes in her MITB briefcase.
Then immediately after Becky got her two belts and started to walk up the ramp, Charlotte came down and it was time for Becky 2 Belts to defend her other belt. This wasn’t much of a match because obviously Becky was tired but she looked strong putting up a fight against the fresh Charlotte. Lacey got involved hitting Becky with a Women’s Right, leading Charlotte to hit the big boot and win the Smackdown Women’s Championship yet again.
After the match, Lacey and Charlotte double teamed Becky, and at this point, I think we all knew where this was going. Bayley came down to help Becky fend off the duo, then successfully cashed in her Money in the Bank Briefcase winning the Championship for the first time.
Roman Reigns def. Elias.
Before this match Elias smacked Reigns in the back with a guitar, then walked out to the ring and cut a typical Elias promo. Then as he was about to leave Reigns music hit, he came down, hit a Spear and won. I don’t even know why they booked this match, would’ve preferred any of the next three matches get the time but it is what it is.
Seth Rollins (C) def. AJ Styles to retain the Universal Championship.
Then we had the Universal Championship Match between Seth Rollins and AJ Styles. I am not going to try and do this match justice. This was advertised as a dream match and it more than delivered. Just top notch stuff here from two of the best in the world and I would love to see this feud re-ignited down the road. The spot of this match was a flawless Curb Stomp into a Styles Clash counter. The action and storytelling was absolutely fantastic from bell-to-bell and if you blinked at all during this match, you missed something. Rollins wrestled more of a risk-taker, while AJ was more almost methodical in his pace, but they’re chemistry was undeniable.
The crowd was into this match from start to finish, and there were a few times where I honestly thought AJ had the Championship won. I think it is only a matter of time before AJ gets the title, but I am glad they are taking their time with it.
Kofi Kingston (C) def. Kevin Owens to retain the WWE Championship.
This was my most underrated match going into the show and it definitely delivered, but I think it suffered because of the crowd not being into it. The crowd aside, this was a fantastic match and I expected no less from these two. Of all the title matches on the show, this may have been my favourite one. The storytelling and the drama was top notch from the bell. Kofi played the underdog through the majority of the match with Owens hitting big moves early like a frog splash onto Kofi on the outside. Kofi had an answer for everything though, countering multiple Superkicks, Stunners, and Pop-Up Powerbombs. Kofi hit a Trouble in Paradise in the latter half of the match but Owens rolled out which was perfect storytelling. A similair sequence happened when Owens finally got a Pop-Up Powerbomb but Kofi got his hand on the rope.
I think this was the most solid match on the card and honestly go out of your way to watch at least the last three matches because they were all fantastic. Kofi did get the win with a Trouble in Paradise on Kevin Owens who was setting up for another Pop-Up Powerbomb.
Brock Lesnar wins the Men’s Money in the Bank.
This was one of the best Money in the Bank matches in history, from start to finish this was insane. Finn Balor in particular almost killed himself in this match, taking all kinds of ladder bumps on his back. This was everything you could want out of a Ladder Match but especially a Money in the Bank. Everybody got their spots in, and the match was consistent in action and storytelling. But, I want to talk about the end of the match. Due to a storyline earlier in the night taking Sami out the match was down to 7 competitors, 4 from SmackDown and 3 for Raw. Then at the end of the match, Ali was alone at the top of the ladder ready to pull down the briefcase, and then Brock Lesnar’s music hit.
Lesnar ran down to the ring (haven’t seen him work that hard in WWE in months) knocked Ali off, and won the briefcase. When this first happened, people were outraged or disappointed and I was one of those people. However, now that it’s been almost 24 hours and I am watching Raw as I write this, I am not mad at it. What is one of the biggest complaints people have in regards to WWE? “It’s too predictable.” This was not predictable in any way. Also, whether you like it or not, Brock is the biggest heel in WWE right now and this will just add on to it.
Drew doesn’t need the briefcase to be champion, neither does Ali or anybody else in that match. Personally, I think this is an interesting turn that got nuclear heat and people talking.
This was a good PPV that will be tainted by Brock winning the briefcase, but from start to finish, Money in the Bank 2019 was a very fun show with good wrestling.