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The 2021 Money in the Bank was the 12th annual Money in the Bank professional wrestling event produced by WWE. It was held for wrestlers from the promotion's Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. The event aired on pay-per-view (PPV) worldwide and was available to stream through Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network elsewhere, which made it the first Money in the Bank to air on Peacock. It took place on July 18, 2021, at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. It was the first Money in the Bank event to take place in the state of Texas.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE had presented their shows for Raw and SmackDown from a bio-secure bubble called the WWE ThunderDome since August 2020, with the exception of WrestleMania 37 in April 2021, which was the company's first major event to have live ticketed fans since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020. With the decline of cases and the development of vaccines, WWE announced that they would be leaving the ThunderDome and returning to a live touring schedule in mid-July 2021 with Money in the Bank being the first pay-per-view on this initial 25-city tour. This was the WWE's first pay-per-view held outside of the state of Florida since Elimination Chamber in March 2020.
Seven matches were contested at the event, including one on the Kickoff pre-show. In the main event, Roman Reigns defeated Edge to retain the Universal Championship. Additionally, Big E and Nikki A.S.H. won their respective men's and women's Money in the Bank ladder matches. In other prominent matches, Bobby Lashley defeated Kofi Kingston to retain the WWE Championship and Charlotte Flair defeated Rhea Ripley to win her record-tying fifth Raw Women's Championship and 13th overall singles championship in the women's division. The event also saw the surprise return of John Cena, appearing for the first time since WrestleMania 36 in April 2020.
Money in the Bank is an annual gimmick pay-per-view (PPV) and WWE Network event produced by WWE since 2010, generally held between May and July. The concept of the show comes from WWE's established Money in the Bank ladder match, in which multiple wrestlers use ladders to retrieve a briefcase hanging above the ring. The briefcase contains a contract that guarantees the winner a match for a world championship of their choosing at any time within the next year. The 2021 event featured wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands; male wrestlers competed for a contract to grant them a match for either Raw's WWE Championship or SmackDown's Universal Championship, while female wrestlers competed for a Raw Women's Championship or SmackDown Women's Championship match contract. While the previous year's event had featured a "Corporate Ladder" gimmick, which took place at WWE's Titan Towers headquarters and had only six competitors in each match due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event reverted to the standard version of the titular ladder match as well as returning to having eight competitors for both matches, evenly divided between the two brands. It was the 12th event in the Money in the Bank chronology and the first to be held in July since the 2013 event. It was also the first Money in the Bank to air on Peacock after the American version of the WWE Network merged under Peacock in March.
The 2021 event was initially scheduled for May 16, however, it switched dates with WrestleMania Backlash and was to take place on June 20 until Hell in a Cell was announced for that date with Money in the Bank pushed back to July 18, which had originally been reported as the date for Extreme Rules. It was also reported that Money in the Bank would be held with live ticketed fans in attendance. Since August 2020, WWE had presented Raw and SmackDown's shows from a bio-secure bubble called the WWE ThunderDome due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With cases declining and vaccines available to most American citizens, the company announced that they would be leaving the ThunderDome and returning to live touring, starting with a 25-city tour beginning with the July 16, 2021, episode of SmackDown in Houston, Texas. Money in the Bank was in turn announced to take place at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on July 18, thus it was the first WWE pay-per-view held outside of Florida since Elimination Chamber on March 8, 2020, and the first pay-per-view held following the end of the ThunderDome Era.
The event comprised seven matches, including one on the Kickoff pre-show. The matches resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results were predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands, while storylines were produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
Qualifying matches for the men's Money in the Bank ladder match began on the June 21 episode of Raw. Ricochet, John Morrison, and Riddle qualified by defeating AJ Styles, Randy Orton, and Drew McIntyre, respectively. Raw's final spot was determined in a triple threat match the following week, which was originally scheduled to be between Styles, Orton, and McIntyre; however, Orton was unable to compete for unknown reasons. A battle royal was held to fill Orton's spot in the triple threat match. Orton's RKBro tag team partner Riddle convinced WWE officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville to allow him to compete in the battle royal where if he won, he would represent Orton in the triple threat match. Although Riddle won the battle royal, McIntyre won the triple threat match to earn Raw's final spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match. SmackDown's first spot was filled by Big E, who qualified by defeating Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews on the June 25 episode of SmackDown. The following week, Kevin Owens qualified by defeating Sami Zayn in a Last Man Standing match, which was a rematch from Hell in a Cell that Zayn had won. SmackDown's last two spots were filled on the July 9 episode: Seth Rollins defeated Cesaro, which was another rematch from Hell in a Cell that Rollins had also won, and King Nakamura defeated Baron Corbin, previously King Corbin before he lost his King of the Ring crown to Shinsuke Nakamura, who took on the king moniker.
Qualifying matches for the women's Money in the Bank ladder match also began on the June 21 episode of Raw. The brand's four participants were determined by two tag team matches in which the members of the winning teams qualified. Asuka and Naomi qualified by defeating the team of Eva Marie and Doudrop (formerly Piper Niven in NXT UK) and later, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, the latter incorporating a superhero gimmick and a new nickname of Nikki A.S.H. (short for Almost a Super Hero), qualified by defeating the team of Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. On the June 25 episode of SmackDown, WWE official Sonya Deville named two-time Money in the Bank winner Carmella as the first of SmackDown's four participants. Liv Morgan, who had been feuding with Carmella and defeated her the previous week, took issue as Carmella did not compete in a qualifier match to earn her spot. Deville then had Morgan face Carmella to prove she deserved to be in the match and Morgan subsequently defeated Carmella; however, Deville did not add her to the ladder match. The following week, Deville named Zelina Vega, who made her return to WWE after her release in November 2020, as the second SmackDown entrant in the match. Morgan again confronted Deville about Vega not having to qualify. She also pointed out the fact that she proved herself by defeating Carmella and was not added, but would prove herself again in a match against Vega. Morgan subsequently defeated Vega, but was still not added. On the July 9 episode, Carmella was removed from the match as she was named as Bayley's replacement in the SmackDown Women's Championship match against Bianca Belair due to Bayley suffering an injury. Morgan once again confronted Deville about her giving Carmella an opportunity despite not earning one; although annoyed at Morgan's interruption, Deville named Morgan as Carmella's replacement in the Money in the Bank ladder match. WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Natalya and Tamina were announced as SmackDown's last two participants on July 12 and July 15, respectively, via Twitter.
On the June 21 episode of Raw, as WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and his manager MVP were celebrating Lashley's win over Drew McIntyre at Hell in a Cell the previous night, they were interrupted by The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods). Kingston reminded Lashley that he had defeated him in a non-title match on the May 17 episode of Raw and that he had also never received a rematch for the title after he lost the championship to Brock Lesnar at SmackDown's 20th Anniversary in October 2019. Kingston then challenged Lashley for the title. Lashley accepted and the match was scheduled for Money in the Bank.
At Hell in a Cell, Charlotte Flair defeated Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley by disqualification after Ripley attacked Flair with the top cover of the announce table; however, since titles do not change hands via disqualification unless stipulated, Flair did not win the title. The following night on Raw, Flair claimed she was "proud" of Ripley and told Ripley that she had never seen her as a "strategic champion". WWE official Sonya Deville then scheduled a rematch between the two for the title at Money in the Bank.
At WrestleMania 37 in April, Roman Reigns defeated Edge and Daniel Bryan in a triple threat match to retain the Universal Championship. On the June 25 episode of SmackDown, Reigns and his special counsel Paul Heyman had a Universal Championship address. Heyman stated that Reigns had defeated all of SmackDown's top contenders and that there was no one left to challenge Reigns. Edge then made a surprise return after a two-month hiatus and attacked Reigns and also took out Jimmy Uso, who had come to Reigns' aid. On Talking Smack the next day, it was revealed that Edge had confronted WWE officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville and demanded a one-on-one match against Reigns for the title at Money in the Bank, which he was originally supposed to have at WrestleMania before Bryan worked his way into the match. Pearce then granted him the match. The following week, Edge explained that the loss at WrestleMania affected him mentally, which is why he had taken the past two months off.
At Hell in a Cell, Bianca Belair defeated Bayley in a Hell in a Cell match to retain the SmackDown Women's Championship. On the following episode of SmackDown, both were involved in a mixed tag team match in which Bayley pinned Belair. The following week, Bayley claimed that Belair's Hell in a Cell victory was a fluke, citing her own victory over Belair in the mixed tag team match. Belair then came out and challenged Bayley to an "I quit" match with the title on the line at Money in the Bank and Bayley accepted. On July 9, however, WWE announced that Bayley suffered a legitimate injury while training that would sideline her for up to nine months; this was followed by an announcement that a replacement for Bayley would be revealed on that night's SmackDown. Carmella was revealed as the replacement and the match was changed to a regular singles match that would instead occur on the July 16 episode of SmackDown, where Belair retained.
|English commentators||Michael Cole (SmackDown)|
|Pat McAfee (SmackDown)|
|Jimmy Smith (Raw)|
|Corey Graves (Raw)|
|Byron Saxton (Raw)|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Ring announcers||Greg Hamilton (SmackDown)|
|Mike Rome (Raw)|
|Pre-show panel||Kayla Braxton|
|John "Bradshaw" Layfield|
During the Money in the Bank Kickoff pre-show, Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio defended the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The Usos (Jey and Jimmy). During the match, Jey caught Rey with a Superkick in mid-air and then performed the Uso Splash on Rey for a nearfall. In the end, as Rey attempted a 619 on Jey, Jimmy protected Jey with Jimmy receiving the 619 instead. Jey then performed a roll-up on Rey with an assist from Jimmy to win the title for the fifth time, and their seventh overall tag team championship in WWE.
The actual pay-per-view opened with the women's Money in the Bank ladder match, featuring Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Naomi, and Nikki A.S.H. from Raw and Liv Morgan, Zelina Vega, and WWE Women's Tag Team Champions, Natalya and Tamina, from SmackDown. During the match, Bliss used her supernatural powers to try and lower the contract into her hands only for Vega to stop her. Later atop a ladder, Bliss hypnotized Vega into climbing down the ladder and allowing Bliss an opportunity to unhook the briefcase, however, Natalya intercepted Bliss. The rest of the competitors eventually buried Bliss under a pile of ladders, taking Bliss out for the remainder of the match. With three ladders positioned under the briefcase, Asuka, Naomi, Morgan, Vega, Natalya, and Tamina all fought atop of the three ladders. Nikki, who had been down outside the ring, used the opportunity to quickly climb the middle ladder and reach over the other competitors to unhook the briefcase and win the match.
Next, AJ Styles and Omos defended the Raw Tag Team Championship against The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar). In the end, Erik and Ivar performed The Viking Experience on Styles, however, Omos stood on the ring apron and shoved Erik into Ivar to void the pin attempt. Omos then delivered a Two-Handed Chokeslam on Erik to retain the title.
After that, Bobby Lashley (accompanied by MVP) defended the WWE Championship against Kofi Kingston. At the start of the match, Kingston performed a Double Stomp on Lashley's chest for a nearfall. Following this, Lashley completely dominated Kingston for the remainder of the match. After Kingston refused to submit to the Hurt Lock, Lashley performed the Dominator three times on Kingston before applying the Hurt Lock again, forcing Kingston to submit and retain the title.
In the fourth match, Rhea Ripley defended the Raw Women's Championship against Charlotte Flair. After a well contested match, as Ripley went for the Riptide, Flair countered into a DDT. Flair performed the Natural Selection on Ripley off the second rope for a nearfall. Ripley performed a German Suplex on Flair who rolled out of the ring. Flair rammed Ripley's head in a turnbuckle and trapped her leg in between the steel steps and the corner post, kicking it several times. Flair then got Ripley back in the ring and applied the Figure Eight Leglock on her to win the title for a record-tying fifth time, marking her 13th overall singles championship in WWE and 14th title overall.
The penultimate match was the men's Money in the Bank ladder match, featuring Drew McIntyre, John Morrison, Ricochet, and Riddle from Raw and Big E, Kevin Owens, King Nakamura, and Seth Rollins from SmackDown. During the match, as McIntyre ascended the ladder, he was attacked by Jinder Mahal with a steel chair and was carried off by Mahal's henchmen Shanky and Veer—continuing a rivalry that had recently begun on Raw. As Ricochet ascended the ladder, Riddle tipped the ladder over and Ricochet jumped onto the other competitors, who were outside the ring. Riddle and Owens performed the RKO and Stunner, respectively, on the remaining competitors. As Owens ascended the ladder, Rollins pulled Owens off, performing a Powerbomb on Owens through a ladder that was wedged between the apron and announce table. As Rollins ascended the ladder, Big E stopped him and performed the Big Ending on Rollins off the ladder. Big E then ascended the ladder and unhooked the briefcase to win the match.
In the main event, Roman Reigns (accompanied by Paul Heyman) defended the Universal Championship against Edge. During the match, Reigns and Edge brawled at ringside. As Reigns attempted the Spear, Edge moved out of the way and Reigns went through the barricade. Edge then performed a Spear on Reigns through the remainder of the barricade. Back in the ring, as Reigns performed the Superman Punch on Edge, Edge incapacitated the referee. Reigns obtained a broken piece of a chair and attempted to apply the Crossface on Edge, however, Edge reversed and applied the Crossface on Reigns. The Usos (Jey and Jimmy) then came out and attempted to interfere in the match, however this was thwarted by Rey and Dominik Mysterio, who attacked them before they reached the ring. Seth Rollins, frustrated over losing the Money in the Bank ladder match earlier as well as for Edge receiving the championship match before him, then came out and performed a Superkick on Edge. As Reigns attempted a Spear, Edge performed a Spear of his own for a nearfall. Rollins then returned to the ring, only for Edge to knock him off the apron. This brief distraction allowed Reigns to perform a Spear on Edge and retain the title. Following the match, as Reigns and Rollins had a stare down, Edge attacked Rollins and they brawled into the crowd. As Reigns obtained a microphone and proclaimed that the whole world needed to acknowledge him, John Cena made a surprise return—in his first appearance since WrestleMania 36 in April 2020—and entered the ring where Cena had a stare down with Reigns and performed his "You Can't See Me" taunt at Reigns to end the event.
Though the event itself was well-received, Peacock's streaming of the event in the United States was poorly received due to technical issues occurring throughout, particularly during the Men's Money in the Bank ladder match.
Following his dominant victory over Kofi Kingston, Bobby Lashley (accompanied by MVP) held an open challenge for the WWE Championship on the following night's episode of Raw. The challenge was accepted by a returning Keith Lee, who had been out with health issues since February, but lost to Lashley. Following the match, Lashley and MVP were confronted by WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg, appearing for the first time since the Royal Rumble in January. Goldberg proclaimed that he would be Lashley's next challenger, which was scheduled for SummerSlam.
Also on the following Raw, as Charlotte Flair boasted about winning the Raw Women's Championship for a fifth time, she was confronted by Rhea Ripley, who challenged her to a rematch that night which was granted by WWE officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville. During the match, Flair was disqualified after striking Ripley with the championship belt, thus Ripley won the match but not the title. Following the match, the two brawled at ringside where Ripley performed the Riptide on Flair. Nikki A.S.H. then ran down to the ring and cashed in her Money in the Bank contract and defeated Flair to win the Raw Women's Championship. The following week, Nikki was scheduled to defend the title against Flair and Ripley in a triple threat match at SummerSlam.
Also on Raw, Riddle teamed with The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) in a six-man tag team match against John Morrison and Raw Tag Team Champions AJ Styles and Omos in which The Viking Raiders performed The Viking Experience on Morrison to win the match. Styles and Omos were subsequently scheduled to defend the Raw Tag Team Championship in a rematch against The Viking Raiders on the following week's episode, where Styles and Omos again retained.
Jinder Mahal, along with Shanky and Veer, gloated about costing Drew McIntyre the Money in the Bank ladder match. McIntyre then appeared and attacked Mahal and Veer with a steel chair. As Shanky tried to calm McIntyre down, McIntyre attacked Shanky with multiple chair shots. After a couple more weeks of feuding, a match between McIntyre and Mahal was scheduled for SummerSlam with Shanky and Veer banned from ringside.
Instead of waiting until SmackDown, John Cena first appeared on Raw to explain his appearance at Money in the Bank. He stated that he wanted to put Reigns in his place and officially challenged Reigns for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam. On SmackDown, however, Reigns rejected Cena's challenge and instead accepted a challenge from Finn Bálor, who had returned to SmackDown the previous week. An altercation occurred during the contract signing the following week, which ultimately led to Cena signing the match contract, officially scheduling Reigns to defend the title against Cena at SummerSlam.
Also on the following episode of SmackDown, Edge claimed that he would have won the Universal Championship had it not been for Seth Rollins' actions. He stated that their issues date back to December 2014 when Rollins had attempted to injure Edge's surgically repaired neck and definitively put an end to his career. Rollins then came out and said he despised older wrestlers like Edge and John Cena for coming back and taking opportunities from the current wrestlers who earned them. A brawl then ensued with Edge performing the Edgecution on Rollins. As Edge attempted a Spear, Rollins retreated. On the August 6 episode, Edge challenged Rollins to a match at SummerSlam that Rollins accepted.
Big E cut a promo on winning the Money in the Bank briefcase and called it the biggest victory of his career only for Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews (accompanied by Commander Azeez) to interrupt and gloat about defeating Big E for the title back at WrestleMania 37. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode interrupted, followed by King Nakamura (accompanied by Rick Boogs) and Cesaro, all wanting to challenge Crews for the Intercontinental Championship. A brawl then ensued with Big E, Cesaro, and Nakamura taking out Crews, Azeez, Ziggler, and Roode. Big E then appeared on the September 13 episode of Raw and successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Bobby Lashley to win the WWE Championship, thus transferring to Raw in the process, and made Big E WWE’s 33rd Triple Crown winner.
Also on SmackDown, Jimmy Uso defeated Dominik Mysterio in a singles match, thanks to Jey assisting Jimmy during the pin, similar to the pin during Money in the Bank Kickoff that won The Usos the SmackDown Tag Team Championship from Dominik and Rey Mysterio.
|1P||The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) defeated Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio (c) by pinfall||Tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship||11:25|
|2||Nikki A.S.H. defeated Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Liv Morgan, Naomi, Natalya, Tamina, and Zelina Vega||Money in the Bank ladder match for a women's championship match contract||15:45|
|3||AJ Styles and Omos (c) defeated The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) by pinfall||Tag team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship||12:55|
|4||Bobby Lashley (c) (with MVP) defeated Kofi Kingston by technical submission||Singles match for the WWE Championship||7:35|
|5||Charlotte Flair defeated Rhea Ripley (c) by submission||Singles match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship||16:50|
|6||Big E defeated Drew McIntyre, John Morrison, Kevin Owens, King Nakamura, Ricochet, Riddle, and Seth Rollins||Money in the Bank ladder match for a world championship match contract||17:40|
|7||Roman Reigns (c) (with Paul Heyman) defeated Edge by pinfall||Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship||33:10|
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John Cena made his return to WWE, showing up after Reigns took the microphone and said, "Now the whole world can acknowledge me." Cena's music hit and he made the sprint to the ring and running the ropes. Cena never said a word, instead moving toward Reigns before delivering the "You can't see me" hand gesture as the show went off the air.
Universal Championship -- Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge: The match started with a pair of collar and elbow ties, first with Roman shoving Edge to the corner and shoving his face and then with Edge returning the favor. After more gamesmanship, Reigns drove Edge from the ring with a big shoulder block. Reigns tried to follow up with strikes, but Edge countered and started working on the arm, driving Reigns into the ring post twice, softening him up for the crossface. Edge's attack was finally cut off when Reigns hit a Samoan drop outside the ring. Reigns tossed Edge around ringside, smashing him into the ring steps multiple times with a methodical pace.
Reigns locked Edge in an extended chinlock, screaming that he could hold Edge in that position all night if he chose to. Edge countered a Superman punch into a backslide for a near fall, giving his first glimpse of hope since the opening of the match. After an Edgecution, Edge again nearly scored the win, finally building momentum against the champ. Edge locked in the crossface but Reigns was able to escape by grabbing the bottom rope. Reigns then countered a spear attempt by locking in a guillotine choke.
After the action spilled back outside the ring, Reigns missed a spear, driving himself through the barricade. Edge stopped the referee's 10 count and left the ring to spear Reigns through a second barricade. Reigns hit a superman punch that also took out the referee when Edge crashed into his knee. With the ref down, Reigns rolled out of the ring and broke the bottom off a steel chair, saying he'd teach Edge a lesson, trying to lock in the assisted crossface. Edge reversed with a series of headbutts before locking in the crossface with the metal pole. The Usos tried to make the save but they were taken out by The Mysterios. Still with no referee in the match, Seth Rollins ran in and superkicked Edge before walking off. Reigns went for a spear, but Edge hit one of his own. A new referee had to run to the ring, giving Reigns enough time to kick out. Rollins returned to the ring, drawing Edge to kick him from the ring apron and allowing Reigns to hit a spear to retain his title. After the match, Rollins jumped in the ring to continue attacking Edge before the two brawled to the back. A slow build led to a very hot finish, overbooked but in the best way, with interference, ref bumps and the "I'd have won if the ref were still here" nonsense that makes wrestling work. Roman Reigns (c) def. Edge to retain the title. Grade: A
It's main event time!
Men's Money in the Bank -- Ricochet vs. John Morrison vs. Riddle vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Big E vs. Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Seth Rollins: An all-out brawl got things going at the jump before Rollins and Morrison argued over who truly had "drip." Ricochet and Riddle both came flying in on Rollins and Morrison, eventually thinning things to Big E and McIntyre in the ring. Morrison had a big highlight early moment, coming off the ladder with a twisting body block. Morrison and Rollins eventually began working together to take out other competitors, also setting up a ladder suspended between the ring apron and the commentary table. Morrison also helped Rollins hit a falcon arrow onto a ladder on Owens after Owens hit a springboard moonsault on both men. Eventually, Rollins turned on Morrison, as expected, striking him with a ladder.
It was then McIntyre's turn to take over, slamming Ricochet into a ladder with a reverse spinebuster and hitting a slipping dive over the top rope onto the rest of the field. McIntyre was taken out of the match when Jinder Mahal, Veer and Shanky ran in and attacked before dragging McIntyre to the back. Ricochet had one of the most iconic moments of the match when he leaped from a ladder as Riddle was tipping it over, hitting the top rope and flipping onto a group on the outside. Shortly after was another big bump as Rollins powerbombed Owens from the ring and through the ladder that was suspended on the commentary table earlier in the match.
As Rollins seemed ready to grab the briefcase, Big E caught him and hit the Big Ending off the ladder. Big E then climbed the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to win the match. The absolute right call for a winner and a great moment in a very entertaining Money in the Bank match. Big E won Money in the Bank. Grade: A-
Raw Women's Championship -- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair: Flair gave the fans a middle finger at the start of the match, establishing herself as the heel in this somewhat confusing rivalry. Flair then started hot, knocking Ripley from the ring apron before hitting a t-bone suplex into the turnbuckle when the action returned to the ring. Ripley came back by going after Flair's injured knee and dumping her over the top rope. Ripley tried to follow up a big German suplex with a dropkick but instead found herself in a Boston crab as he action continued to swing back and forth with huge moves, including Flair's top-rope moonsault to the outside and Ripley locking in her modified Texas cloverleaf. Flair reversed Riptide into a DDT for a near fall as the crowd began buying into the match in a big way. Flair hit Natural Selection from the top rope for a very convincing near fall, drawing a huge reaction from the crowd. Ripley missed a charge into the corner and Flair took her to the outside, sandwiching Ripley's leg between the post and the ring steps before kicking repeatedly kicking the steps. With Ripley's leg softened up, Flair locked in the Figure-Eight to force the tap and regain the championship. This was an outstanding match that overcame early chants of "We want Becky" to draw "This is awesome" chants as the crowd fully bought in. Charlotte Flair def. Rhea Ripley (c) to win the title. Grade: A-
Championships, title opportunities and bragging rights were all up for grabs Sunday night as WWE presented Money in the Bank, a show headlined by the event's namesake matches and Roman Reigns defending his Universal Championship against Edge.
Was The Head of the Table able to retain his title or did The Rated-R Superstar net title No. 12 in an epic return to pay-per-view?
Who emerged from the men's and women's MITB ladder matches with guaranteed title opportunities to use at any given point in the next year?
Find out now with this recap of the extravaganza.
- WWE Championship match: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
- Universal Championship match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge
- Men's Money in the Bank ladder match: Kevin Owens vs. Big E vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Ricochet vs. Riddle vs. Seth Rollins vs. John Morrison
- Women's Money in the Bank ladder match: Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki A.S.H. vs. Naomi vs. Asuka vs. Liv Morgan vs. Zelina Vega vs. Natalya vs. Tamina
- Raw Women's Championship match: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
- Raw Tag Team Championships match: AJ Styles and Omos (c) vs. The Viking Raiders
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships match (Kickoff Show): Rey and Dominik Mysterio vs. The Usos
The SmackDown tag team titles were up for grabs on the Kickoff Show as Jimmy and Jey Uso challenged Rey and Dominik Mysterio in the first match of the evening.
The champions controlled early, but "Main Event" Jey downed the veteran Rey to seize the upper hand.
A tag to Dominik allowed the champs to fight their way back into the match but the rookie's overzealousness allowed The Usos to catch him mid-flight and deposit him into the barricade to again seize control of the bout.
A hot tag to Rey sparked the comeback. He attempted to deliver the 619 to Jey, but Jimmy sacrificed himself, eating the boots of his opponent. Jey delivered a superkick and the top-rope splash, but Rey kicked out at two.
Moments later, Jey drove Rey into the top turnbuckle and Jimmy assisted him on a roll-up for the win and the titles.
The Usos defeated The Mysterios to win the tag titles
Jimmy and Jey picked up tag title No. 7 in a fun, energetic and dramatic match that reached its crescendo at the right time. The late-match near-fall where Jey nearly pinned Rey off the splash was great and gave the impression that the champions might find a way to win the match after all.
Instead, The Usos carried over the momentum they have had of late as two-thirds of the hottest act in the company and captured gold.
How will Roman Reigns react now that his cousins, whom he has ruled over, have titles to their names too? Will it draw resentment? Might he be threatened by their ability to succeed on their own? Or will it only serve to strengthen The Bloodline, creating a seemingly insurmountable faction for the rest of the SmackDown roster to overcome?
The booking creates intriguing questions rather than predictable answers and that is always welcome.
The women's Money in the Bank ladder match kicked off the main card, with Natalya, Tamina, Zelina Vega, Liv Morgan, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Naomi and Nikki A.S.H. in contention.
Bliss teased dark magic early by motioning toward the briefcase while Tamina dominated from there. Bliss mesmerized Vega, preventing her from earning the win before falling prey to a powerbomb from Natalya. Morgan brought Vega down on a ladder propped up on the bottom rope, only to be powerbombed by Naomi.
Nikki flew through the air, only for Bliss to drop her with Sister Abigail. Fed up with the threat that was Little Miss Bliss, the other competitors buried her under ladders.
Six of the competitors scaled the ladders and battled for the right to retrieve the briefcase, only for Nikki to come from out of nowhere and claim the win.
Nikki A.S.H. defeated Bliss, Naomi, Vega, Morgan, Asuka, Natalya and Tamina
There were some fun spots and the effort was off the charts, but this was one of the weaker women's ladder matches in Money in the Bank history.
WWE completely underestimated the fan reaction to certain competitors, opting to highlight them at the expense of the wrestlers the fans were actually behind. Naomi's role was minimized, as was Asuka's, despite drawing two of the biggest pops.
Bliss was adequately used but the company again relied on the hocus-pocus element and mind games, neither of which she needed to be effective here. Burying her under ladders like she was Braun Strowman or Big Show was a bit much, too.
Nikki A.S.H. is a hell of a talent and has worked as hard as anyone since her debut in 2016. But she has always been the sidekick or an afterthought,so it is good to see WWE committing to her. With that said, she wasn't the right choice to win here.
If the crowd reaction to her entrance was any indication, it is that the superhero gimmick is going to be a tougher sell to audiences than the canned heat inside ThunderDome would suggest. Is Nikki talented and invested enough to make it work? Absolutely, but the woman who should have held the case was Morgan.
The former Riott Squad member entered to a fairly decent pop but as the match went on, the crowd got behind her. This was her opportunity to make a huge splash and set herself up for the success so many have predicted for her. Instead, she fell short.
Will that benefit her in the long run? Possibly, but there are only so many times the commentators and performers can discuss potential before fans tune out and become bored by the concept.
Raw tag team champions AJ Styles and Omos entered the arena to a thunderous ovation, with chants of the former's name spilling from the stands.
The Viking Raiders would strike early and often, though, cutting the ring off and isolating The Phenomenal One.
A tag to Omos brought momentary relief for the champions but Styles re-entered the match and ate double knees to the face from Erik. The challengers used a combination clothesline/German suplex but still could not put the former WWE champion down for the count.
The Raiders nullified Omos, knocking him to the floor and delivered the Viking Experience. However, the big man popped up at the right time to shove Erik and break up the cover.
Moments later, Omos grabbed hold of Erik and delivered a chokebomb for the hard-fought victory.
Styles and Omos defeated The Viking Raiders to retain the titles
This was so much more fun than it had any right to be, thanks in large part to Styles and the Raiders beating the hell out of each other with stiff strikes and perfectly timed spots.
Anyone familiar with their work in Ring of Honor and internationally shouldn't be surprised that they were able to turn in the performances against each other that they did.
This match thrived on the expert use of Omos, which has been one of the few bright spots on Raw. He has been put in a position to succeed and excel despite being woefully inexperienced given the role he finds himself in.
He was great here, hitting everything he had to and already looking more confident than he did three months earlier at WrestleMania 37. Will he ever succeed as a singles star? Probably not, but if he can hang around Styles and learn from one of the best wrestlers to ever lace a pair of boots, he will be at a level no one could have predicted a year ago.
The fans in Fort Worth, Texas welcomed Kofi Kingston with a thunderous ovation as he entered the arena for his WWE Championship opportunity against Bobby Lashley.
The All Mighty answered Kingston's early flurry with the sort of physical dominance that has defined his title reign to this point. He pummeled, punished and obliterated the challenger, using his Hurt Lock and a series of Dominators to overwhelm his opponent.
One more Hurt Lock and Lashley took the one-sided victory.
Lashley defeated Kingston to retain
There was so much goodwill for Kingston as he entered the arena, but it was snuffed out in short and decisive fashion by Lashley.
Remember the overwhelmingly negative feedback to Brock Lesnar decimating Kingston and winning the WWE title in 2019? This felt the same, just longer. It is no more excusable that one of the most popular acts in the company being sacrificed just because it was Lashley instead of The Beast Incarnate.
Kingston deserves the right to better than he has received in these high-profile situations of late.
From a storyline perspective, Lashley needed to refocus ahead of SummerSlam. Couldn't that have been accomplished on the road to August 21 through squash matches on Raw, rather than at the expense of a perpetual fan favorite who has more than done his share of making others look good?
Raw women's champion Rhea Ripley put her title on the line against Charlotte Flair, the standard-bearer of women's wrestling in WWE.
However, The Queen found herself flustered early and often by the negative crowd reaction for her. The champion benefited, cutting off any and all momentum and dominating the action.
Ripley had an answer to everything Flair threw at her, until the challenger sent her crashing to the floor. She followed with a big boot to the face and added a top-rope moonsault to the floor. Back inside, The Queen countered the Riptide into a DDT for a solid near-fall.
Ripley tried for a superplex but Flair fought out and delivered Natural Selection off the top rope. The champion narrowly kicked out, to the shock of the challenger and fans in attendance. She slammed the Australian's face into the ring post, then trapped her leg in the steel steps and stomped on it.
The Figure Eight earned Flair title No. 14 after a grueling victory.
Flair defeated Ripley to win the title
This was the best match of the night, and it's not even particularly close.
Flair and Ripley beat the life out of each other until The Queen seized an opportunity to exploit an injury that was set up this past Monday on Raw. It made sense within the storyline that had been presented to that point, even if the idea of The Nightmare losing to Flair again wasn't really appealing.
From a booking perspective, it creates questions about where Flair can go from here. That isn't necessarily a good thing considering she has run through everyone on the roster, multiple times. The obvious answer is Becky Lynch, but even that is a match we have seen multiple times within the last two years.
Why not let Ripley run with the title for a while and flesh out her character instead of giving up on it and going back to Flair? Creatively, the outcome was the far more uninteresting option.
When The Queen can be counted on to deliver this strong of a match regardless of the booking, though, she will always get the benefit of the doubt.
John Morrison, Riddle, Seth Rollins, Big E, Ricochet, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre battled in the men's Money in the Bank ladder match, with each looking to strengthen their championship aspirations by securing a guaranteed title opportunity.
Owens took an ugly bump that hobbled him early, while Rollins and Morrison forged an unlikely alliance. Riddle delivered an RKO to Rollins, and McIntyre flattened the former world champ with a Claymore Kick.
However, Jinder Mahal, Veer and Shanky hit the ring and attacked the former WWE champion, driving him to the back.
Ricochet shined by flying through the air, Owens stunned everyone around him and delivered a breathtaking popup powerbomb to Ricochet. Rollins stopped KO's momentum, targeting his injured leg and powerbombing him through a ladder propped between the ring and announce table.
Big E then popped up, stopped Rollins' ascent with a Big Ending, and retrieved the briefcase for the win.
Big E defeated Rollins, Riddle, Morrison, Ricochet, Nakamura, Owens and McIntyre
This was the right conclusion to a wild and action-packed match.
McIntyre being taken out by Mahal and Co. was the right call. As much as he has earned the right to win big in front of a live audience, the fans in Forth Worth would have booed him furiously if he had. It is an unfortunate side-effect of being pushed prominently at the top of the card for any extended stretch.
Ricochet wowed, and Owens showed incredible guts considering how ugly the bump that injured his knee was. The powerbomb through the ladder was equally as jaw-dropping, with his head smacking the weapon on the way down. Here's hoping he is OK.
That brings us to Big E, who has been main event-ready for a year now. His energy, charisma and explosiveness won over audiences a long time ago, and his win Sunday was a confirmation of WWE's trust in him. He has thoroughly earned this opportunity.
Hopefully, the company pays it off in grand fashion with a victory that solidifies him as one of its building blocks of the future.
Roman Reigns defended the Universal Championship against Edge in the night's marquee bout, with the crowd alive and energized from the opening bell.
The Rated-R Superstar seemed hellbent on avenging his humiliating experience at WrestleMania 37, when Reigns definitively pinned him and Daniel Bryan.
Edge countered a Superman Punch midway through with a backslide for two before a double-down spot left both down. The veteran capitalized on a prone champion, stomping away at him in the corner. From there, he applied the STF in a nice nod to rumors regarding John Cena's impending return.
The challenger took off across the ring for a Spear, but The Tribal Chief grabbed hold of the guillotine choke. On the floor, Edge dodged a Spear from Reigns, who crashed through the timekeeper's position. Edge then hit him through another barricade.
Back inside, a Superman Punch leveled Edge, who bumped the referee. The Rated-R Superstar used the piece of steel chair to apply the crossface and just when it appeared as though The Usos would get involved, the Mysterios cut them off.
Seth Rollins then appeared from out of nowhere and rocked Edge with a superkick.
The Hall of Famer delivered the Spear but could not put the champ away. Rollins again interfered, this time drawing Edge's attention long enough for Reigns to deliver his own version of the move for the win.
Edge and Rollins brawled out of the arena and John Cena returned to an earth-shaking pop. He stared Reigns down and stood tall to close out the show.
Reigns defeated Edge to retain the title
What started as a slow-paced encounter evolved into a hellish main event right out of the Attitude Era.
There were big bumps through barricades, run-ins and a referee injury all to set up Rollins' interference and an inevitable showdown with Edge. If that wasn't enough, there was the not-so-shocking return of Cena to hype up his most-definitely-happening SummerSlam main event with Reigns.
Everything hit, even if it took some time to get there.
Reigns is such a superb heel at this point. When he found success as a villain in the ThunderDome, some questioned whether he could translate it to big arenas in front of a live audience. Not only has he succeeded, but he may also be better with an actual crowd to feed off of.
The trash-talking was on point. The disdain for the WWE Universe painting his face as he entered the arena was indicative of a heel hitting the little things.
This is peak Reigns and we should all be thankful we live in an era to see it because his name will be mentioned alongside the likes of Hogan, Austin, Rock, Flair and Cena as pillars of pro wrestling history one day. And that's not hyperbole.
As for Edge, this was another strong outing for a guy who should not be having matches of this quality this late in his career. He thrives on the energy and takes a little while to heat up, but when he does, it's simply outstanding. His match with Rollins on August 21 could steal the show.
And given the other matches that could be on the card, that is a bold statement.
It's time to see who can climb the ladder the fastest, with no one trying to pull them down. It's time for the 2021 edition of WWE's Money in the Bank, where Roman Reigns will face Edge for the Universal Championship and Rhea Ripley defends the Raw Women's Championship against Charlotte Flair. Of course, there will also be two matches dedicated to climbing a ladder.
This year's event will take place at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. What's important about the latest PPV is that it marks the return of audiences to live WWE events. The era of the Thunderdome is no more, and we will miss you. Of course, the titular ladder-climbing event means the winners of the men's and women's matches will get a contract for a championship match, so there is a lot on the line.
If you want to watch MITB, you'll need to subscribe to Peacock--or WWE Network if you're outside of the US. While Peacock has a free tier, you'll need to subscribe to Peacock Premium ( a month) or Peacock Premium Plus ( a month). The difference between the two is that Premium Plus is not ad-supported. However, both tiers of Peacock play the same stream of the PPV.
- Rey & Dominik Mysterio (c) vs. The Usos (Smackdown Tag Team Championship) [KICKOFF SHOW]
- AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs. The Viking Raiders (Raw Tag Team Championship)
- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Raw Women's Championship)
- Men's Money in the Bank
- Women's Money in the Bank
- Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge (Universal Championship)
- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Kofi Kingston (WWE Championship)
The men's Money in the Bank match will feature Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre, Matt Riddle, Ricochet, John Morrison, Big E, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Seth Rollins. The women's will feature Zelina Vega, Asuka, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Nikki A.S.H., Liv Morgan, Natalya, and Tamina.
While you wait for Money in the Bank to begin, why not check out this week's episode of GameSpot's professional wrestling podcast Wrestle Buddies? This week, Mat Elfring, Chris E. Hayner, and sophisticated AI program PredictionBot 3000 predict the winners and losers and possible surprises we'll see at this year's WWE PPV.
Below, you'll find live updates and results for Money in the Bank as it airs on Peacock--or on the WWE Network outside of the US. Additionally, there will be some notes for each match as well.
The Kickoff Show starts at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT and will air on Peacock, Twitter, and YouTube.
Notes from the preshow or changes in the match card will be noted here.
GameSpot's Wrestle Buddies--Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner decided very last minute they'd be reviewing the show.
Rey & Dominik Mysterio (c) vs. The Usos
(Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
The Usos win by pin.
Mat: That pop for the Usos from a live audience when they entered the arena. It made me feel so good. Chris may have hated the Mysterios' entrance--spoiler alert--but I loved it because it reminded me of the movie Stargate, and I love me some Stargate. I loved hearing the crowd again, and they were ready for anything. This could have been a 20-minute starefest and they would have been all in--and honestly, I would have been as well. But we actually got a fantastic Kickoff Show match to really get the crowd pumped up for the PPV, and that's what we needed. Plus, The Usos get another title run, which always makes me happy.
Chris: I know WWE has said they're going to lean further into the weird augmented reality stuff they already use too much, but the Mysterios' entrance looked terrible. Why do they have a portal? Why were they wearing suits? Why was the whole thing a bad mid-'90s green screen? Yeah, Mat loved it cause it looked like Stargate, but that's an old movie with questionable visual effects, so I'm not wrong. Anyway, the crowd was hot for this, obviously. Everyone on this should be super over--and who can blame the audience?
This was a well-worked match and easily the best of the Mysterios' run with the titles. There were some eye-popping moves, a bunch of heel work by the Usos, and the right team won. It was a somewhat short affair, which might be a bigger thing to nitpick if this wasn't on the kickoff show. All told, this was an exciting way to start the show for those in the arena, as well as those of us watching at home.
Women's Money in the Bank
Nikki A.S.H. grabs the briefcase.
Mat: I am honestly surprised Alexa Bliss got such a big pop as she did. Her storyline has felt a bit all over the place, and I've lost a lot of interest. However, I'm not the only human that watches wrestling, so I am in the minority. During the entrances, the camera kept cutting back to her while other people were coming to the ring, and it annoyed me. Regardless, I don't care who wins this match. I could see any of these wrestlers taking home the contract, and I'd be pumped about it.
Ok, I've been turned on Alexa Bliss (That was written at the halfway point of the match). I was wrong. She's great. What really worked about this match is that there were no lulls, there were tons of spotlight moments for everyone, and it was a ton of fun. Nikki A.S.H. winning the bout was quite a shock--she was one of the people I told myself she wouldn't win, but I'm really happy with this nonetheless.
Chris: I haven't lost interest in Alexa Bliss and continue to love her weird bonkers character--and the very strange entrance it comes with. I'm just glad the doll isn't sticking around for the matches, to be honest. Nikki Cross, on the other hand, I'm still not sure what to make of the A.S.H. thing. It's still very early in that gimmick's life, though. Maybe she'll become the next Hurricane?
I'm pulling for Naomi here, above all others. An Alexa win could be fun, as would Zelina Vega. I sort of want to lump Liv Morgan into that group, but I don't know if she's ready to be elevated to the Women's Championship just yet--I could be wrong!
I'm genuinely confused by Nikki ASH's win. The match was great and burying Alexa under a pile of ladders was a nice move to "remove" her from the match. I'm just very surprised that they went with Nikki Cross in her fledgling gimmick, but clearly WWE has some big things in the plans for her--and hopefully they showcase her to make her seem like a credible main event threat.
AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs. The Viking Raiders
(Raw Tag Team Championship)
Omos wins by pin.
Mat: Omos is a very tall wrestleman, and AJ Styles is one of the greatest workers and performers of this generation. So why does Styles have a heater? And look at everyone else in this match: all highly-experienced wrestlers with distinct styles. Because of this, it highlights where Omos is a bit greener, and it stands out like a sore thumb.
I have highly under-valued Erik from the Viking Machine for far too long. The back and forth fistfight between him and Styles was one of the coolest and most enjoyable things in this match. Speaking of under-valued, The War Experience is just this. They are a unified duo that works together as a tag team, and not just two singles wrestlers slapped together.
I am not down with Styles and Omos retaining. The match was fun and had some great spots, but this conclusion was blah.
Chris: The tag team of AJ Styles and Omos makes me tired. I don't find them to be a compelling team, I don't think Omos's in-ring work is championship level, and also I wish he changed his clothes once in a while. I'm assuming this will eventually lead to Omos vs. AJ Styles, and I have no doubt AJ can pull his best match out of him, but can we fast-forward to that instead of letting Raw's tag team division continue to stagnate?
The Viking Raiders are a great team that have been wildly misused during practically their entire time on the main roster, which is unfortunate. Their performance here proves it, as they presented interesting tandem offense, worked on Styles' level, and manages to actually operate like a tag team.
The unfortunate thing about this match is Omos, as his total lack of in-ring seasoning shines through. He moves and wrestles like a rookie in there with top-level veterans--because he is. And yet, the experiment continues with the champs retaining, making me care even less about Raw's tag division.
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
Lashley wins by submission.
Mat: It's great to hear that Kofimania still lives on with the live audience. What a great pop for him. We got some great cheers for him. All around, great audience participation for Kofi. I love it. Full disclosure: Chris and I have been talking about Bobby Lashley saying "bulls***" on TV for the past hour, like non-stop.
This was a match to showcase Lashley as a dominant champion. It was a match to surprise the live audience by taking the hope they had for Kofi to win and squashing it right in front of their faces. Kofi got almost no offense in, which is a huge bummer since he's overcome just as tough odds time and time again. I have very mixed feelings about all of this because there's no setup for where Lashley goes next. Sure, I could listen to rumors and think about Goldberg or Bork Lazer, but neither of those things excite me one bit. In fact, if that happens, I'll quickly lose interest in what's going on.
Chris: Why didn't anybody tell me you can say bulls*** on WWE programming now? Or can just Bobby Lashley do it? I didn't think Kofi would win this bout, but he deserves to be a main event player and he should become WWE Champion again at some point.
That all said, it would have been nice for Kofi to get, you know, a little bit of offense in this match. Lashley utterly destroyed him, and it wasn't very compelling storytelling. This reaffirmed what a beast Lashley is, but at the expense of one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE, full-stop. This is the same thing they did when they had Brock Lesnar rip apart Kofi to send him toward a bad match with Cain Velasquez. It's cheap and boring. And for what, to make people care about Lashley vs. Goldberg? Spoilers: Nobody cares. I came in excited for this match and have walked out not liking it one bit. What a weird welcome back for fans.
Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
(Raw Women's Championship)
Charlotte wins by submission
Mat: When the cameras went off for a split second, I lost my mind thinking Becky Lynch was coming out. Sadly, they went off because Charlotte Flair was flipping off the crowd. But wait, didn't Bobby Lashley say "bulls***" during like 40 promos before that match? Surely WWE, if I can handle bulls***--a word I need to censor here--then I can handle a middle finger--something I wouldn't have to censor here.
What I do like about what's going on here, is that the crowd is having an effect on Flair, and it's just refreshing to see that again, after a year of TV screens. Charlotte seems a bit off here, and it's slowing the flow of the match. A super-fun moment for me is when Charlotte was pinning Rhea, and had her legs on the ropes. The ref tapped Charlotte on the back to let her know he sees it, and it's just a brief moment I really enjoyed and giggled at a little.
This was a great match where I didn't like the ending. Charlotte's dastardly tactics to get that win were great, but I would like to see Rhea as champion for a bit longer. Regardless, this is the match of the night by far.
Chris: Someone should remind Charlotte that it's okay to evolve your character, even if just a tiny bit. The multiple-time champion has long grown stale and has spend way too long skating by on "I'm Charlotte Flair."And no, flipping off the crowd isn't much of a character change--though goes to show WWE is at least attempting to be a bit more adult with some of its content.
Meanwhile, Rhea Ripley has seemingly been stuck in this feud with Charlotte since the dawn of time and I'm ready for her to mix it up with others. Where you at, Becky Lynch? Even the crowd is cheering for her to show up, for crying out loud.
Looking at the match, it was a good one. What else would you expect from these two? Still, Flair seemed to have no idea what her character is several times throughout the bout. She went from flipping the crowd off the playing to them after a moonsault to the outside. What's more, she seemed to be working at about 75% of her normal speed at times throughout the match. And yet, she's champion again and Rhea Ripley's reign comes to a premature end. Ripley deserved to go up against a bunch of wrestlers for that title, but it wasn't in the cards this time. Now Charlotte has the title, which I don't find very exciting. And they didn't even give us Becky Lynch!
Men's Money in the Bank match
Match in progress*
*=Peacock is having severe streaming issues for many people.
Big E grabs the briefcase.
Mat: Even when Peacock was "fixed," I still have buffering issues. Yay. When everything came to, Jinder Mahal was beating up Drew McIntyre. I am at a complete loss. At least no one was trying to hinder him. I was told by wrestling fans that didn't have problems that this match was "bonkers." Guess I'll have to watch the replay later tonight.
Big E ended up winning, which I loved. I only wish I could have watched this match to enjoy the build to it.
Chris: I'm offended that I missed almost all of the entrances because Peacock broke. I'm more offended that the one I didn't miss was Drew McIntyre's, which is the least exciting of the bunch. WWE wisely stacked this match with people they know would deliver a number of crowd-pleasing feats, and it worked. I'm pro Drew feuding with Jinder Mahal for two reasons. First of all, he's been in the world title picture non-stop for what seems like almost two years. It's time for something else. Beyond that, you don't hider Jinder. That's just a law. The dude is the goods and hopefully will be used in a more prominent role going forward.
The things Ricochet can do in a normal match are incredible. He definitely took it to another level here, though. He tightrope walked across the top rope, flew all over the place, and looked incredible the whole time. Meanwhile, Riddle's new gimmick of Randy Orton hero-worship makes him a tiny bit more palatable. So that's something!
There are so many worthy winners in this match--and so many believable ones. It made this match so much more interesting than the first one earlier this evening. And, ultimately, it's impossible to be upset that Big E won. It's his time and we're all lucky enough to get to watch it unfold.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge
Roman Reigns wins by pin.
After the match concluded, John Cena showed up.
Mat: You have two icons coming face-to-face here (sorry Roman haters), and the beginning of it played out like it should. Two sweaty wrestlemen staring each other down, one throws a punch, the other throws a punch, and the pacing is insanely slow. This is what I like for a good main event. I want that build, baby.
This is easily the most-invested I've been in a match this evening. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it, even knowing that Reigns would get the win. I really enjoyed Seth Rollins getting involved. It makes perfect sense for his character, and sets up a nice rivalry between him and Edge, which will most likely lead to a triple threat for the title at SummerSlam. What a great way to close out of a PPV.
Or you can just build a rivalry between Reigns and Cena. That works.
Chris: The best thing I can say about this match is I was so wrapped up in what was happening that I temporarily forgot I needed to write something about it. Watching these two slug it out is wildly entertaining. And unlike Lashley vs. Kofi, this was competitive. I never really thought Edge was going to win the title, but these two really wanted you to think it was a possibility. In fact, it seemed like Edge might somehow actually pull it out, until the interference by Seth Rollins--interference that gives Edge an easy and perfect opponent for SummerSlam.
Like Mat, I was on the edge of my seat throughout this match. The build was great, the match itself told an awesome story, the fighting was vicious. Just a win all around. And that's before you throw in the fact that John Cena's back! Wrestling rules.
Big E won the men's Money in the Bank match.Credit: WWE.com
WWE put its best foot forward with the best show of 2021 in Money in the Bank, putting forth a major-league product that presented WWE as the industry leader it is with no equal. Money in the Bank was a crowd-pleasing show with a fully engaged audience filled with casual fans who played nice with a product that was easy to enjoy.
Top babyfaces, like Roman Reigns, John Cena, Kofi Kingston and Edge, were treated like superstars while heels like Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley received massive heel heat.
WWE’s cynical audience may continue its countdown to when this honeymoon period ends, but so far WWE has been more than stellar in its return to live fans.
Many Superstars took career-making steps forward while others appeared to regress as WWE looks to shoot big angles for major matches headed into SummerSlam season.
WWE Money in the Bank 2021 Winners
Big E became the first black Money in the Bank winner.Credit: WWE.com
Big E scored the biggest win of his career tonight as he won the Money in the Bank briefcase in an entertaining ladder match that was one of the better Money in the Bank matches in recent history.
As you won’t read in most pro wrestling publications, Big E became the first black Money in the Bank winner in the nearly two-decade history of this important briefcase. In a night filled with black excellence, Big E’s win was not diversity for the sake of diversity, but more of a rising babyface who WWE has progressively pushed for an entire year. The fruits of WWE and Big E’s labors paid off as fans unanimously celebrated the win with chants of “E! E! E!”
Big E figures to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase sooner rather than later, especially with Bobby Lashley currently feuding with The New Day on Raw and the WWE Draft around the corner.
Roman Reigns and Edge wrestled a phenomenal main event where Reigns added yet another notch to his belt by beating Edge. Seth Rollins’ interference was very much expected as WWE had been planting these seeds for weeks, right up to Rollins’ fiery post-match promo. Reigns now turns his attention to a returning John Cena in what should be a great singles match.
In a moment that laid egg on the face of hardcore wrestling fans who have crucified the Alexa Bliss character, Alexa Bliss was easily the biggest star of the women’s Money in the Bank match. Bliss received the biggest reaction for her entrance, she was cheered loudly anytime she even looked up at the briefcase, and the women’s Money in the Bank field was booed loudly when they buried her under a series of ladders.
A crowd filled with women, children and the far more valuable casual fans showered Alexa Bliss with cheers every chance they got. The Alexa Bliss magic storyline is working, period. Those looking for fans to turn on Alexa Bliss simply need to deal with this reality.
Charlotte Flair won her 14th overall women’s championship—and her 11th world title on the main roster—at Money in the Bank 2021 in an instant classic against Rhea Ripley. Flair rose to the occasion like the big-match wrestler she is, transcending a Heel vs. Heel storyline that confused live fans who opted to chant for Becky Lynch overall.
As the match progressed, fans forgot what a Becky Lynch even was and chanted “this is awesome” for a great women’s match between Ripley and Flair.
Flair winning will rub a lot of people the wrong way with the overpowered top star inching closer to her father’s iconic 16 world championships, but a feud with Becky Lynch seems all but inevitable.
Nikki A.S.H. was somewhat of a surprise winner of the women’s Money in the Bank briefcase, though she has won the majority of her matches headed into the pay-per-view. Though Liv Morgan was positioned as the top babyface in this match on SmackDown, Nikki A.S.H. and her newfound superhero gimmick continues to enjoy momentum. Money in the Bank hasn’t been kind to comedy characters such as Damian Sandow and Otis, but no woman has ever failed
Bobby Lashley was booked exactly the way he should have been in the first singles match for the WWE Championship between two black men. Lashley absolutely squashed Kofi Kingston, who was very over to this live crowd. After shockingly losing to Xavier Woods this past Monday on Raw, and becoming furious by the end of the broadcast, all signs pointed to a dominant Lashley win.
Moving forward, Lashley may do the same to Xavier Woods, who is theoretically owed a WWE Championship match after pinning the champion in a non-title match, opening the door for a Money in the Bank winner Big E to feud with Lashley as the WWE Championship picture continues to drip with beautiful melanin.
Drew McIntyre received a loudly mixed reaction during a backstage promo, and fans seemed very much against him possibly winning Money in the Bank. As they are wont to do, WWE killed this babyface dead by having him lose a last-chance match, and McIntyre is done as a top babyface, period.
McIntyre is now feuding with Jinder Mahal with the likes of John Cena, a returning Goldberg, Roman Reigns, Bobby Lashley, Big E and even Xavier Woods all ahead of him in the depth chart. Until further notice—or a heel turn—he’s Midcard McIntyre.
Rhea Ripley lost yet another big match to Charlotte Flair as her shaky Raw Women’s Championship run came to an end. After losing the NXT Championship to Flair at WrestleMania 36 and failing to regain it at WWE NXT TakeOver: In Your House 2020, Ripley is in danger of being defined as a loser to WWE crowds before being able to establish herself as a credible champion. WWE has a lot of work to do if it wants to rehabilitate Ripley, and it can start by turning her into a clear-cut babyface.
WWE on Peacock
WWE Peacock endured massive streaming issues that led to widespread outrage on social media. According to PWInsider (h/t Wresting Inc) were buffering issues on Peacock’s end. The issues were prominent enough to not only warrant a response from WWE upon resolving the technical difficulties, but they also caused “Peacock” to trend worldwide on Twitter.
It's time for just the second WWE PPV event in front of a live audience since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization heads to Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday night for Money in the Bank with a quintet of title matches as well as the namesake matches for the event on both the men's and women's side.
Eight competitors will compete in each match where the winner will climb a ladder to retrieve a briefcase containing a contract for a guaranteed title match at a time of their choosing at any point in the next year. Historically, the contract is cashed in against a champion who is vulnerable immediately after an attack or a title defense.
Let's take a look at how we believe Money in the Bank will play out this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. kickoff show) from Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
2021 WWE Money in the Bank predictions
Universal Championship -- Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge
It's hard to ignore that WWE already seems to be setting up Edge vs. Seth Rollins, not to mention the rumors of Reigns' next title challenger. While Edge winning the championship would make for a good story, it would also seem to derail the bigger story being told involving Reigns and the Usos -- a story that WWE has prioritized above all other things for those involved. Expect a good match, but a match that sees Reigns keep his title. Pick: Roman Reigns retains the title
WWE Championship -- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
There's a line of thinking where a shock Kingston win would get a huge reaction for the first pay-per-view back in front of a full-capacity crowd. That said, Lashley is very unlikely to drop the title here. WWE has just started to tell the story of Lashley's aura of dominance beginning to crack and he hasn't completely descended to where it makes sense to move the title yet. Kingston will give a spirited effort before ultimately coming up short. Pick: Bobby Lashley to retain the title
Men's Money in the Bank -- Ricochet vs. John Morrison vs. Riddle vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Big E vs. Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Seth Rollins
We can pick through the clues here to narrow down our range of potential winners. Ricochet, Nakamura and Morrison are not realistic winners. Rollins seems tied to a SummerSlam program with Edge rather than a spot as the Money in the Bank winner. That leaves Riddle, McIntyre, Big E and Owens. Of that group, Owens feels the least likely option. A McIntyre win would be a disappointment because he needs to be out of the title picture for a considerable amount of time to freshen up -- yet, it remains a possibility that he takes home the briefcase. Riddle's program with Orton should keep him busy enough without needing the briefcase, though a program of Orton "mentoring" Riddle on the right way to handle being Mr. Money in the Bank would be fun. That leaves Big E as the most interesting and probable winner. There have been some rumors of Big E reuniting with New Day on Raw and what better way to do it than cashing in on Lashley. Pick: Big E wins
Raw Women's Championship -- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Ripley's run as Raw women's champion has been something of a dud, which isn't a knock on an extremely talented woman, but rather the reality that she wasn't yet ready for the role. Despite pushback from fans over how strongly Flair has been booked for the past several years, she's entirely capable of being that top player in the division. That adds up to Flair being a good pick to unseat a champion. WWE women's booking often lacks logic, however, so this remains a tough match to call. Pick: Charlotte Flair to win the title
Women's Money in the Bank -- Asuka vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross vs. Liv Morgan vs. Zelina Vega vs. Natalya vs. Tamina
It's easy to see WWE liking the visual of Bliss skipping to the ring carrying the briefcase even if her storyline and character have become a complete disaster. Morgan has been in something of a "being held down, going to prove myself" story, which would make the resulting conflict with WWE official Sonya Deville interesting. Outside of those two participants, only Nikki Cross has the momentum to be a possible winner. There's not a lot of good that comes from a Bliss win, but that seems likely. Pick: Alexa Bliss wins
Raw Tag Team Championship -- AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs. The Viking Raiders
The Viking Raiders feel largely like a stay-busy opponent for the tag champs. Their return was good to see and WWE always needs more established and talented tag teams in the mix. Still, Styles and Omos are going to lose the titles in a bigger program than this, possibly to a team like Riddle and Orton. Sunday won't be the day their reign ends. Pick: AJ Styles & Omos retain the titles
The 2022 Money in the Bank is the upcoming 13th annual Money in the Bank professional wrestling live event produced by WWE. It will be held for wrestlers from the promotion's Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. The event will air on pay-per-view (PPV) worldwide and will be available to stream through Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network internationally. It is scheduled to take place on July 2, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada. It will be the first time the event will be held in a National Football League stadium, thus becoming one of WWE's five biggest events of the year, alongside the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series.
Money in the Bank is an annual gimmick event, produced by WWE since 2010, generally held between May and July. The concept of the show comes from WWE's established Money in the Bank ladder match, in which multiple wrestlers use ladders to retrieve a briefcase hanging above the ring. The briefcase contains a contract that guarantees the winner a match for a world championship of their choosing at any time within the next year. The 2022 event will feature wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands; male wrestlers will compete for a contract to grant them a match for either Raw's WWE Championship or SmackDown's Universal Championship, while female wrestlers will compete for a Raw Women's Championship or SmackDown Women's Championship match contract.
The 2022 event was announced during the 2021 SummerSlam, which was held at the Allegiant Stadium in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada. Money in the Bank was announced to be held at the same venue on July 2, 2022, marking the first time that a Money in the Bank event will be held in a National Football League stadium. In addition to airing on traditional pay-per-view (PPV), it will air on Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network in international markets. While Money in the Bank had been established as one of WWE's monthly PPVs held between their "Big Four" shows (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series), in October 2021, WWE President and Chief Revenue Officer Nick Khan referred to Money in the Bank as one of the company's "five annual tentpoles", thus elevating its status as one of WWE's five biggest events of the year, colloquially referred to as the "Big Five".
On February 24, 2022, WWE announced a partnership with On Location, a company known for providing premium hospitality experiences for marquee events. Through the partnership, spectators will have access to hospitality packages for WWE's five biggest events, including WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Royal Rumble, Survivor Series, and Money in the Bank. The 2022 Money in the Bank will be WWE's first event to offer the premium hospitality packages. These ticket and travel packages include premier seating, premium hospitality offerings, and meet-and-greets with current WWE wrestlers and legends.
The event will include matches that resulte from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands, while storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
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The Money in the Bank 2021 pay-per-view is now just a few short hours away. There are five championship bouts on the card along with the annual men's and women's Money in the Bank ladder matches.
The two winners of the ladder matches will be able to cash in the Money in the Bank contract for a championship opportunity once over the next year. With that said, let's take a look at the final betting odds for the Money in the Bank card, courtesy of BetOnline.
For the men's Money in the Bank ladder match, Big E is the favorite at 175. Seth Rollins carries the second best odds at 250, followed by Riddle ( 300) and Drew McIntyre ( 5000). Kevin Owens and Shinsuke Nakamura are listed at 1000 and 1200, respectively. Ricochet and John Morrison share the lowest odds at 1600.
In the women's Money in the Bank ladder match, Alexa Bliss is the favorite at 135. Liv Morgan is a close second at 175, followed by Nikki Ash, Zelina Vega (both 500), Asuka ( 700) and Naomi ( 1400). Natalya and Tamina are both listed at 2000.
Bobby Lashley is a massive -1100 favorite to retain his WWE Championship against Kofi Kingston, a 700 underdog. Roman Reigns (-500) is also heavily favored in his Universal Championship showdown with Edge, a 300 underdog.
In the Raw Women's Championship match, Rhea Ripley is a slight -140 favorite to defend against Charlotte Flair, a 100 underdog.
AJ Styles and Omos are -450 favorites to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships against the Viking Raiders. who are 275 underdogs. In the SmackDown Tag Team Championships bout, Rey and Dominik Mysterio are -220 favorites against The Usos ( 160 underdogs).
We Need Some Surprises At Money In The Bank
The betting odds suggest that there won't be many (if any) title changes at Money in the Bank. But this is the first WWE pay-per-view with fans since WrestleMania 37, so let's hope that WWE has some surprises planned out for the event. It would be extremely disappointing if the show was filled with only predictable results, after all.
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