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WWE: Money in the Bank Recap

Every year the WWE puts on a dangerous affair entitled Money in the Bank. And it is on this night that the lives of one man and one woman grab hold of the Money in the Bank briefcase. That briefcase gives the winner the opportunity of a lifetime. So let’s get right to it and recap WWE Money in the Bank.

Kickoff Show

Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs. The Usos

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 2.5/5
Predicted Winner: Daniel Bryan & Rowan
Actual Winner: The Usos

The Money in the Bank event would begin with the “Recycle Rangers” taking on the Usos. And as expected the match would have Rowan using his size to his advantage. The team of Daniel Bryan and Rowan would work dominate much of the matchup. Both tag teams put on a solid tag team contest.

Main Card

Ms. Money in the Bank

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 4.5/5
Predicted Winner: Bayley
Actual Winner: Bayley

As has been the case with all of the women’s matchups as of late, the women are determined to outshine their male counterparts. And as expected these WWE Superstars would throw caution to the wind. The ladders would quickly get involved and remain involved throughout the match. Carmella would seemingly get hurt in the matchup. Dana Brooke would get quite a lot of shine time during the middle of this match. And you could see the hard work that Dana has put into improving her ability. The bar was set extremely high for the rest of the evening following this match. We would see a huge Eclipse from Ember Moon. Carmella would reappear but would be taken out by Sonya Deville. But ultimately Bayley would recover and take out Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville picking up the victory.

WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 1/5
Predicted Winner: Samoa Joe
Actual Winner: Rey Mysterio

Mysterio versus Samoa Joe has been an ongoing feud based on respect. But the matchup would end quite quickly. And while it was a receipt for Wrestlemania loss but still felt unsatisfactory. The post-match attack and controversial finish would serve as a way to further the feud.

Steel Cage: Shane McMahon vs. The Miz

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 1.75/5
Predicted Winner: The Miz
Actual Winner: Shane McMahon

Shane would start out trying to run away from the Miz. But Miz would quickly stop Shane and start to dominate the contest. But Shane would turn the tide and take control. Shane would continually try to escape while The Miz’s goal was to inflict pain on Shane McMahon. This would be a brutal matchup. Both men would put themselves through a vicious contest. And while the finish fit with the sleazy personality that Shane has been exhibiting it was still another disappointing ending to a match.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese vs. Ariya Daivari

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 2.75/5
Predicted Winner: Tony Nese
Actual Winner: Tony Nese

Tony Nese, “The Premiere Athlete,” is one of the most impressive athletes in WWE. And Ariya Daivari. The cruiserweight division is the most underrated division in WWE. Ariya Daivari would put on full display his evil ways. Tony Nese would find a way to capitalize using his aerial ability.

Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 2.5/5
Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch
Actual Winner: Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch would quickly attack Lacey Evans to begin the match. Lacey would then turn the matchup around. Lacey would focus her attack on Becky’s arm. And knowing that Becky Lynch would have another match still to go this match would make you feel concerned for Becky’s Becky “Two-Belt” status. Towards the end of the match, Lacey Evans would clip Becky’s leg, setting the stage for the matchup with Charlotte Flair.

Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 3.75/5
Predicted Winner: Becky Lynch
Actual Winner: Charlotte Flair

Charlotte would come out immediately following the Raw Women’s Championship matchup. Becky and Charlotte have always had incredible chemistry and this match was no different. Charlotte would control much of the matchup as would be expected. Becky would begin to make her comeback. But Lacey Evans would get involved and hit Becky with a “Women’s Right” by Evans. This would cause Becky the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship.

Following the matchup, Charlotte and Lacey would team up to attack Becky Lynch. But Bayley would make the save on Becky Lynch. Leading to Bayley cashing in her newly won Ms. Money in the Bank.

Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 3.5/5
Actual Winner: Bayley

This impromptu match would happen as a result of Bayley making the save for Becky Lynch. Bayley would capitalize and win the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship.

Roman Reigns vs. Elias

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 1.5/5
Predicted Winner: Roman Reigns
Actual Winner: Roman Reigns

Elias would attack Roman Reigns in the backstage area with a guitar. Then Elias would then perform. Following the performance, Roman Reigns would come out an hit a Superman Punch and throw Elias in the ring. The bell would ring and Roman would deliver a spear and pick up the victory.

WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 5/5
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins
Actual Winner: Seth Rollins

The opening moments of this contest would be a feeling out process. Seth would be very aggressive in the early part of the matchup. As expected this match was incredible to witness. The back and forth nature would be exactly what you’d expect from these two performers. Words won’t really capture the essence of this match. It is a must watch bout.

6 Man Tag Team Match: Lucha House Party vs. ???

Laracuente Ledger Rating:0/5
Actual Winner: Lars Sullivan

This match wasn’t initially announced. Lars Sullivan would come out and dismantle the Lucha House Party.

WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 4.25/5
Predicted Winner: Kofi Kingston
Actual Winner: Kofi Kingston

The Kofi Kingston and Kevin Owens story was beautifully done, despite being a quick build. And the hand of dominance would be that of Kevin Owens quickly in the match. Kevin Owens would display the viciousness that we’ve been accustomed to throughout his career. The back and forth struggle was perfectly timed by both men.

Men’s Money in the Bank

Laracuente Ledger Rating: 4.5/5
Predicted Winner: Andrade
Actual Winner: Brock Lesnar

The men had tough shoes to fill in this matchup as the women earlier in the evening would sacrifice themselves for the victory. And the men would answer in kind. Just the sunset flip on Finn Balor alone was incredible. But there were so many more spots to add to that. But arguably the biggest moment was the arrival of Brock Lesnar. And his victory amidst the carnage.

Laracuente Ledger MITB Overall Rating: 2.89/5

Overall Money in the Bank was a decent show. We had some spectacular spots in the MITB matches themselves. And the surprise return and MITB victory of Brock Lesnar was a nice twist. But there is room to grow for WWE. They may not publicly state that AEW is a threat but they must prepare for them as such. AEW has no intention to go after WWE as they want to be their own brand. But if WWE doesn’t treat them like real competition, then the WWE product will suffer even more than it already has thus far.

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