WWE KICKOFF SHOW
Scott Stanford and Peter Rosenberg are in the WWE digital studio as the hosts. They ran down the lineup for the PPV.
At WWE HQ, Alyse Ashton was in the lobby surrounded by WWE Hall of Fame statues. She broke down the rules of the Ladder Match noting the competitors will fight their way to the roof, using whatever they find at their disposal. She had the exact same speech pattern and cadance as every other WWE interviewer.
They aired highlights of Top Ten Moments from past Money in the Bank PPV events.
They showed clips of Dana Brooke on The Bump, noting that she’s trying to improve and earn her place. Renee Young, JBL and Booker T via skype from their homes went over predictions for the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Booker called Shayna Baszler as the winner. JBL predicted
Backstage, Kayla Braxton interviewed WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The New Day. She noted that in their Fatal Four Way tonight, they could lose the titles without getting pinned themselves. They won’t run from a challenge. They promised they would come on top, because New Day rocks. Usual super-hyper, fun promo from New Day.
They aired a video package on Tamina Snuka to build her for tonight’s WWE Intercontinental Championship match.
Jeff Hardy vs. Cesaro
They locked up. Cesaro was sent into the ropes but tackled Hardy down for a two count. They grappled in the ring but Cesaro caught Hardy in a side headlock, grinding away to wear him down. Hardy reversed and was sent into the ropes, this time being the one who tackled Cesaro down. Hardy nailed an atomic drop and snapmared Cesaro over,.
Hardy went to the floor and charged, diving off the steps at Cesaro, but was caught and slammed down across the barricade, crashing over to outside the ringside area, Hardy was almost counted out but made it back inside the ring in time. Cesaro used his boot to squeeze Hardy’s face into the mat, then choked him against the ropes. He snapped Hardy’s neck into the ropes.
Cesaro continued working over Hardy, scoring several two counts. Hardy reversed a whip into the corner and nailed a right hand. He drilled Cesaro with a kick that sent him to the outside. Hardy dropkicked Cesaro through the ropes. He went to whip Cesaro into the the digital ring apron but Swiss star reversed it and Hardy nailled them hard. Cesaro tossed him into the ring and nailed a legdrop off the ropes on Hardy for a two count.
Hardy fought off Cesaro in the corner and nailed Whisper in the Wind for a two count. Cesaro battled back with big uppercuts but was caught with a backslide for a two count. Hardy snapped him with the Twist of Fate (Yes, Michael Cole called it that, as did Corey Graves) but Cesaro kicked out of the move. Cesaro cut off Hardy and scored several two counts. Cesaro went for the Gotch Neutralizer but was backdropped over. He landed on his feet and drilled Hardy with a lariat for a two count.
Hardy rolled to the floor. Cesaro drilled him with a big running uppercut. Cesaro went to whip Hardy into the steps but Hardy reversed and Cesaro crashed over the steps. The story was that he hit knee first, which he had been selling earlier. Hardy tossed him into the ring and scored the pin after a swanton off the top.
Your winner, Jeff Hardy!
This was OK, but may have been a little too long. They told a good story and Cesaro especially looked crisp in the ring. The story of the match was such that Cesaro really controlled the bout but the knee issues led to Hardy getting a surprise win, more or less. The idea is that this is Hardy’s last run.
They showed a clip of AJ Styles on The Bump ducking how he escaped the grave in the Boneyard match and returned to Raw. He said he’s going to capitalize and win the briefcase as it’s the easiest way back to the WWE Championship.
Alyce again promoted the MITB Ladder Match from Stamford.
JBL said he has no idea how the match is going to play out since it’s never happened before. He said that it’s one of the most secure places he’s ever been and you need a key card to get through the doors. He doesn’t know if they are turning all that off. It’s like a maze in there. He said that Aleister Black has a great shot of winning. Booker said his favorite memory is JBL doing the weather report from the roof. Booker said that one of his favorite Bruce Lee movies is Game of Death where Lee had to battle his way through a building to find Kareem Abdul-Jabar waiting for him. Renee wondered why no one was giving love to Otis. JBL said Mandy Rose’s animal rescue has no chance. Renee thought Baron Corbin might have the upper hand because he’s won MITB before, but pondered whether any previous experience will factor here.
They closed out the Kickoff Show discussed WWE Champion Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins.
WWE MONEY IN THE BANK
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Forgotten Sons vs. Lucha House Party vs. John Morrison & The Miz
Gran Metallik and Kofi Kingston started out going back and forth. Cutler tagged in and controlled the ring. Metallik nailed a springboard back elbow on The Forgotten Sons. Morrison met Metallik on the top and Metallik nailed a Spanish Fly to the outside atop of everyone on the floor fighting. Back in the ring, Cutler cut off Metallik and continued controlling the ring as he and Wesley Blake tagged in and out.
They noted #MITB was the number one trend in the United States currently.
Dorado finally made the hot tag and cleaned house, hitting a big Asai Moonsault on Morrison for a two count. He nearly pinned Morrison but Blake broke up the pinfall. Kofi tried to come off the ropes but was dropkicked by Morrison and wiped out. Miz tagged in but was double stomped down by Kofi for a two count. Kingston went for Trouble in Paradise but Miz caught his leg and went for the figure four leglock. Kofi kicked him off but was attacked by Cutler. New Day regained control and nailed a double-team maneuver for a two count on Cutler.
Morrison knocked Kofi off the ropes to the floor. The Forgotten Sons worked over Big E but Miz tagged himself in. He and Morrison cleared the ring. Morrison nailed Moonlight Drive but the pinfall was broken up. Lucha House Party began whipping out all sorts of big moves. Metallik made a blind tag to Lince Dorado, who drilled Big E. The Party worked over E with a splash off the top by Dorado and a flying elbow by Metallik but The Forgotten Sons broke up the pinfall.
The Sons charged Big E but he backdropped them over the top to the floor. Kofi dove off the apron on one but Cutler sent him into the ringpost. Big E nailed Cutler and was going to nail a dive but Jaxson Ryker pulled him out of the ring. The referee ejected him even though there is no DQ in the match. Everyone was down and trying to recover from wherever they were down and out.
Metallik went for a springboard splash on E, who rolled through and slammed him with the Big Ending, scoring the pin.
Your winners and still WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions, The New Day!
An OK Four Way that had decent pacing and lots of sequences.
They plugged Undertaker – The Last Ride’s debut. You can find my review elsewhere on the site.
They aired an interview from Lacey Evans from earlier this week. She said she has memorized the entire WWE HQ layout. She is ready to climb the roof of Titan Tower and capture the briefcase for a title shot anytime she wants. The woman’s right is ready for you anytime she wants. Promo was fine.
Charly Caruso interviewed WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. He wished everyone a happy Mother’s Day. She reviewed that Drew defeated Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 36 and tonight is facing someone who has also beaten Brock, Seth Rollins. She said people were looking at him as an underdog. He said that everyone who knows his story and his ups and downs knows he’s David, not Goliath. Seth is phenomenal but there’s a little thing called heart, called passion, called desire. He’s worked his entire life to win the WWE title and he’s not going to lose it tonight. Seth can’t close his mouth, so Drew is going to break his jaw.
R-Truth vs. MVP.
Truth came out doing his song and acted like the crowd was there with his mic work, even though the Performance Center was empty. MVP came out with his Black Panther-inspired gear.
They went back and forth arguing, but before they could lock up, out came Bobby Lashley. He was dressed to wrestle. He told MVP that he’s got the match and can take the night off. MVP said, “That’s what’s up.”
R-Truth vs. Booby Lashley.
Truth said he was going to take the night off too but Lashley didn’t want to hear it. Truth tried to get away but was caught in the corner and beaten down. Lashley nailed a big Beel toss out of the corner. Lashley charged but was kicked off in the corner. Lashley rebounded immediately and nailed Truth with a spinebuster. Lashley went for a suplex but Truth slipped out and nailed a scissors kicks. Lashley destroyed him with a spear and pinned him.
Your winner, Bobby Lashley!
Very much a squash with Lashley working a pissed, aggressive style.
Earlier today, Baron Corbin bragged about everyone he has beaten down in recent weeks. He said that the best is yet to come, as he’s going to claim his second Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Even someone as brilliant as he is, he doesn’t know what to expect but the risk will be worth the reward because he’ll be King Money in the Bank.
They showed Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks walking in the back. Kayla Braxton said that Banks has always had her back but it was Sasha’s unsuccessful attempt to neutralize Lacey Evans leading to Bayley being pinned. She asked if Bayley blamed Banls. Banks said she doesn’t blame anyone and that they were stirring the pot.
WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley (with Sasha Banks) vs. Tamina
Bayley was aggressive right away, slapping and yelling at Tamina, but was unable to budge her. Tamina drilled her across the back of the neck and worked her over in the corner. Bayley mounted her back with a sleeper but was driven backwards into the turnbuckles. Tamina nailed a suplex and covered the champ for a two count. Tamina placed her on the top and slapped her. Bayley asked the referee to back her up.
Tamina kicked her in the gut as Bayley advanced upon her. She slammed Bayley, who rolled to the floor. Tamina was grabbed and pulled to the ringpost. Bayley smashed her leg into the ringpost. She worked over Tamina, who came back with a splash in the corner. Tamina went for a superkick but was grabbed in a kneebar. Tamina fought her way to the ropes to force a break. Bayley kicked away at Tamina’s leg after the break, trying to wear down the stronger competitor. Bayley went for a Fireman’s Carry but crashed forward as Tamina was too heavy to maneuver.
Bayley rolled to the floor to attempt to recover. She called for a time out. Tamina followed and was attacked with strikes to the back and neck. Bayley asked for a water and splashed it all over Tamina, which enranged the challenger. Tamina tossed her into the ropes and clotheslined her as she bounced off to the floor. Tamina sent her into the barricade.
Bayley was tossed back into the ring. Bayley grabbed the ropes to escape a Samoan Drop attempt. She went to the floor, where Tamina tossed her over the announcer’s table. Bayley was tossed back into the ring. Tamina went for the Superfly Splash but saw Bayley getting up and came down on her feet. Sasha Banks got involved when it appeared Bayley was done but backed back out of the ring, afraid.
Tamina followed and pulled her back into the ring but that allowed Bayley to grab her in a crucifix and score the pin.
Your winner and still Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley!
Tamina went to hit a Samoan Drop on Bayley after but Sasha nailed a chop block to save her.
Backstage, Seth Rollins said he will unburden Drew McIntyre when he takes the WWE title from him. Drew knows what he is capable of and knows deep in his heart, that it’s Rollins’ destiny to beat him. Fine promo.
They aired a video feature on the WWE Universal Championship.
WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt
It was all Braun early, sending Bray (sweater wearing Bray, not the Fiend version) to the floor, into the ring steps and into the ringpost. He crushed Bray with an Avalanche in the corner. He charged Bray on the floor but Bray sidestepped him and Braun crashed into the announcer’s table. The Piggy Puppet popped up in the crowd, cheering on Bray. I wonder if he’s going to start betting with MJF.
Wyatt attacked Braun and beat him on the floor, then tossed him into the ring for a two count. He sent Braun into the ring steps on the floor. Bray brought him back into the ring and prepared to attack but was nailed with a big right hand. Bray nailed him with Sister Abigail but Braun kicked out at the very last second. He went for Abigail again but Braun broke free and nailed a big chokeslam.
Strowman nailed an Avalanche in the corner and tossed the challenger to the floor. Braun charged and smashed him into the barricade. Braun tossed him into the ring but was kicked down to the floor. He rose up wearing his black sheep mask from the Wyatt Family days. Bray acted like he had found the old Braun again and told him that this time, everything will be perfect. Braun dropped to his knees in front of Bray. Bray embraced him. All the puppets celebrated that Bray had brought Braun “home” again.
Braun slowly took off the mask and showed that he wasn’t part of Bray’s group by stomping the mask. Bray tried to get him to listen to him but Braun powerslammed and pinned him.
Your winner and still WWE Universal Champion, Braun Strowman!
That was what it was. Obviously, this was all a backdrop for The Fiend to fight Braun later on.
The Hacker appeared. He said they want to know who he is. He is everywhere and sees everyone. He hears everything. He is the truth and no one is safe. The camera pulled back to him watching endless screens with different WWE performers being spied upon.
They aired a video feature on the WWE title bout.
They announced a 6/14 WWE Backlash PPV.
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins
They locked up and went back and forth until Drew nailed Seth, sending him to the floor. Rollins returned to the ring and they grappled back and forth. Drew shoulderblocked him down several times and clotheslined Seth over the top to the floor. He told Rollins he was enjoying this and he’ll let Seth take a breather. Rollins returned and they locked up. Rollins nailed him with a right hand in the corner but Drew fired back and sent him into the buckles, where he took an upside down Ray Stevens-esque bump.
McIntyre continued working over Seth until Rollins dropkicked him in the left knee. He follows up and attacked the knee again. Drew was sent to the floor, where Seth nailed him with a tope suicida. The champ was tossed back into the ring and worked over with a one-legged crab. He maneuvered that into a crossface. Drew made it to the ropes and went to the floor. He was almost counted out. Seth nailed a flying knee off the apron and rolled in, resetting the referee’s count. Seth was yelling that it was his destiny. He drilled another knee. McIntyre was trying to pull himself up but was all out of sorts.
Seth climbed up on the announcer’s table and leapt off with a knee strike to the face. He went to attack Drew again with another dive but was caught with a painful looking overhead belly to belly suplex. Back in the ring, Drew nailed another belly to belly and a big boot to the face. Drew ascended to the top and nailed a clothesline. He went for a kick but Rollins snapped him on the top rope. Rollins went for a springboard move but was caught and nailed with a spinebuster. Drew flipped over for a two count.
Drew went for the Futureshock DDT but Rollins attacked his leg and covered him, only scoring a one count. They went back and forth and at this point, were far and away the best in-ring match on the show with lots of good near falls. McIntyre nailed the FutureShock for a two count. They battled to the top, where Drew was crotched on the top turnbuckle before being tied to the tree of woe. McIntyre was worked over but pulled up and suplexed Seth into the ring, with Rollins flipping into the ring. That looked great.
Rollins came back with a superkick for a close, close two count. They battle until Drew nailed the Glasgow Kiss and the Claymore Kick, scoring the clean three count.
Your winner and still WWE Champion Drew McIntyre!
Drew told Seth he was exactly what Drew needed. He told him he was the man, but not tonight. He dared Seth to show the world he really was a leader and to shake his hand. Seth finally did so. Drew thanked him and walked off, leaving Seth in the ring.
Backstage, R-Truth was sad. Charly Caruso tried to interview him. He said he beat MVP tonight and should be on Cloud Nine. He has no one to celebrate with, showing a photo of the WWE 24/7 title belt. He said it was time for him to get his baby back. He’s going to track down Tom Brady and take down his title. He stormed off. Charly looked at the camera and said, “Tom Brady….he means Rob Gronkowski.”
MONEY IN THE BANK MATCH
They have theme songs playing for the talents as they appear.
The women are starting in the lobby. The men are in the gym. Asuka did not appear when her music played. Turns out she was on another floor above. She dove off onto all the other women, wiping them out. Asuka danced to an elevator as they all tried to stop the door. She danced in the elevator as the rest charged for the stairs
The men all circled each other and brawled in the gym. Corbin threw a weight at Bryan but missed and shattered the mirrored wall that has been there forever. Lots of spots with Rey using weight equipment as his base to do lucha spots and head scissors. Otis lifted up a big bar bell with heavy weights on it and put it on Styles to trap him. Styles asked Rey for help but he turned down Styles.
They are playing dramatic music under all this. No commentary.
The men charged through the hallways of the Tower. Rey stopped at the bathroom when a toilet flushed and out walked BROTHER LOVE. He told Rey he loved him and Rey said, “I love you too, but I gotta go” and ran off. That was funny. Everyone else battled in the hallway and into an elevator. Rey missed the elevator and kept running,
The women battled their way up a flight of stairs and pressed a button on an elevator. The doors opened and the guys all spilled out, so now everyone was in the same place. Asuka’s elevator opened and she was all this and hid in the elevator. The man battled into a room that was set up as a backdrop for photos with ringropes and Bryan tied up Corbin in the ropes. Doink the Clown peered up from behind a chair.
In another part of the building, Nia crashed Dana Brooke through a door. Shayna followed and tossed her over a conference table. Nia and Shayna battled each other. Shayna was taken down. Nia was nailed with a chair by Dana. Dana saw a briefcase hanging above the table and removed it. Stephanie McMahon told her she was in the MITB Conference Room and the real briefcase was on the roof. Carmella nailed Dana with a picture frame and moonwalked out of the room.
AJ Styles, free, said he was looking for Rey. He got scared when he came across a photo of The Undertaker in a hallway. He opened a door and The Undertaker’s music played. Styles had a “flashback” to the Boneyard Match. He said, “No way” and tried to back out of the room but Aleister Black kicked him into it and closed the door as Styles screamed “No!”
We went to catering, where Paul Heyman was about to eat a sandwich. Everyone spilled in from different doors. Dana ran in with the picture frame around her head. Otis called for a food fight and smashed a plate of food into Heyman, who stood there stunned. Everyone had a food fight. Shayna grabbed Rey in a choke. Otis and Nia sandwiched Rey. This is entertaining as hell.
Nia powerbombed Carmella through a table and left her laying. She faced off with Otis, who was chomping away on some food, then they exited through different doors. Otis ended up in the cafeteria serving room and was excited by pies. John Laurinaits showed up in an electric scooter and said “People Power!” Otis pied him in the face.
In another room, a janitor was mopping the floor. Asuka showed up and tried to get directions to the roof in Japanese. The other women followed and Asuka threw his mop at her. Dana Brooke, bringing up the rear, fell on the wet floor. The women battled their way to a stairway.
Elsewhere, the men battled their way through the Tower. Styles and Bryan battled into Vince McMahon’s office. Vince was sitting there and stood up, with his theme music playing. They stopped and looked at him and he yelled at them to get out. They fixed his office up and left. Outside, Styles told Bryan he was acting like a coward in there. Bryan said he’s the one who said to put the chairs back. Styles agreed that he did and they continued fighting. Corbin and Black joined the fray. They all battled into another conference room. Styles was tossed into the wall. Corbin declared he was going to the roof.
They had an outside camera shot rising up the side of the building and an overhead shot of the ring on the roof. Nia and Asuka brawled into the ring. Lacey followed and speared Asuka. Nia pressed Lacey overhead and dropped her. Nia brought a ladder into the ring. She set it up. Everyone battled. Asuka pulled her off and did the same to Lacey. Asuka toppled the ladder over onto Nia. Lacey attacked Asuka and drove her face into the ladder over and over.
Lacey tried to make her wau up the ladder but Asuka pulled her down and began ascending the ladder. Lacey followed and climbed right behind her, grabbing Asuka by the hair to keep her from reaching the briefcase. Asuka knocked her down onto Nia in the ring. Asuka climbed the ladder as Baron Corbin climbed and tried to grab his case. He tried to move Asuka so she kicked him. Asuka removed the case and won the MITB Briefcase.
Your winner of the Women’s MITB Match, Asuka!
The Men’s match continues.
Otis emerged on the roof, tripping. They kept that in. Otis tried to climb the ladder but the rungs broke under his weight. Corbin attacked him with the ladder and charged him in the corner. Otis moved and Corbin hit the corner and crashed to the mat. Otis did the caterpillar. Rey hit the ring with a sit-down Thesz Press. Rey and Black battled to the top of the ladder. Styles shoved it over. Rey bounced to the outside where Corbin TOSSED HIM OFF THE ROOF. Black and Corbin battled and Black was TOSSED OFF THE ROOF TOO.
The remaining four, uh, living? competitors battled in the ring. Styles nailed Otis with a Pele Kick. He came off the ropes. Styles and Corbin battled to the top of the ladder over the case. They removed it but battled over it. Elias showed up and nailed Corbin with a guitar. That caused Styles to fumble the case and it landed in the hands of OTIS!
Your winner, Otis!