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Sunday, June 17, 2018

2018 WWE Money in the Bank Review

The ninth Money in the Bank comes to you live from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL.

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

I'll give credit where it is due, this was a really good match. It was basic in the sense of it being the prototypical big man vs. little man story-telling but Big Cass really held his own in keeping the crowd invested. Cass tried to keep the smaller Bryan ground with power and big impact moves whereas Bryan played it smart attacking the left knee of Big Cass. The seven-foot Cass really showed his inexperience taking time to gloat instead of capitalizing on his offense. When Cass did not capitalize in time he got hit with a Running Knee then locked in the heel hook where Cass has no choice but to tap.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Sami Zayn vs. Bobby Lashley

This match was pretty one-sided for Bobby Lashley which I think was done on purpose. Commentary spent a good chunk of the match running down the various accolades of Lashley. Zayn had previously stated that the delayed vertical suplexes Bobby enjoys using have caused him vertigo. Lashley giving Zayn three vertical suplexes back to back probably didn't help issues but it led to Lashley winning convincingly.

Winner: Bobby Lashley

Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Elias

The story in this match was Seth Rollins not coming into this one at 100% due to a guitar shot to the neck a few weeks ago from Elias. Throughout the beginning of the match, Elias did focus on the neck but a misstep from Rollins led to him tweaking his knee and thoroughly affecting his offense throughout the match. This was a great showing from Elias and both men did a great job keeping the crowd into the match. The finish came during a series of rollups, the last being countered by Rollins with a handful of tights. Rollins gets the win but was it fair? Great match regardless.

Winner and STILL the Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins

Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match

I thought this was a really good MITB match where everyone did a really good job putting this together. Essentially the match was based on who can get to the top first, a race. I say it worked because it kept everyone on the edge of their seat. Lots of great story-telling between Sasha, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch all having history with each other. becky seemed like the crowd favorite as you could see excitement build as she got closer to the briefcase. She was met at the top of the ladder by Charlotte Flair. As the two women battled near the briefcase, Alexa slid in the ring and lifted the ladder dumping Charlotte and Becky off. Alexa hurries to the top of the tall ladder and retrieves the ladder to become Miss Money in the Bank 2018! Commentary hinting that the winner of Rousey/Jax should look out for an Alexa cash-in.

Jinder Mahal vs. Roman Reigns

The story of this match will be the crowd completely taking a collective dump on it from start to finish. Nothing Jinder or Roman could do would have turned this one around for the snarky Chicago crowd. As for the match itself, this one felt like more of a match suited for Raw than it would be for a PPV. There was just nothing worth noting. After taking care of the distraction that was Sunil Singh, Roman hit the Spear on Jinder for the win. I think the crowd was just happy this one was over.

Winner: Roman Reigns

SmackDown Live Women's Championship Match: Carmella vs. Asuka

I have to admit, Carmella really impressed me. She wasn't perfect but she held her own and made the match look believable from her point of the offense. Carmella was getting rocked by Asuka who looked to have things in hand when a mysterious Asuka like figure appeared in the corner. Carmella tried to capitalize but Asuka kicked out. Instead of focusing more on Carmella, Asuka seemed transfixed on the figure in the corner. Suddenly the figure revealed themselves to be...James Ellsworth! Carmella lands a kick from behind to Asuka, goes for the cover and gets the win! Carmella has done the impossible!

Winner and STILL SD Women's Champion: Carmella

WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Last Man Standing Match)

Fantastic Last Man Standing match. Both men did a great job of building to the suspense where they threw everything they could at each other. Not even a table could keep Styles down for a ten count. Styles worked the left leg of Shinsuke to the point that by the end of the match it was basically useless. Closing moments of the match saw Styles hit a Styles Clash off the steel steps but Shinsuke is up by nine. A defiant Nakamura snarls at Styles to "COME ON!" when suddenly AJ punts Shinsuke below the belt. The sound was sickening. AJ reenters the ring and dives off the top rope hitting Shinsuke with a Phenomenal Forearm breaking the commentary table. Shinsuke is unable to answer the referee's count of ten and AJ Styles is declared the winner.

Winner and STILL WWE Champion: AJ Styles

Raw Women's Championship Match: Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

Another fantastic performance from Ronda Rousey. She stuck with what she knew and made her offense convincing and fought from underneath looking like a legit underdog throughout the match. Rousey really looked like she was about to win this one and take the title. That is until Alexa Bliss intervened. Bliss whacks Ronda with the briefcase causing the referee to call for a disqualification. liss then takes out Rousey to behind the commentator's table ensuring she would not be a factor. Alexa Bliss is cashing in her Money in the bank contract just 90 minutes after winning it! Bliss knocks down Nia using the briefcase a weapon and leaves her laying. She heads to the top and hits Nia with the Twisted Bliss splash. 1...2...3! Alexa Bliss wins!

Winner and NEW Raw Women's Champion: Alexa Bliss

Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match

It seemed as though Kevin Owens got through to the other six men in the match as the bulk of the story was to get Braun Strowman out of the match as soon as possible. While they did succeed early, no one was able to get their hands on the briefcase while he was down. One by one they all tried and they all failed in keeping Strowman down. Kevin Owens tried and he got thrown off a 50 ft ladder onto a table. Kofi Kingston tried and he got chokeslammed onto ladders. The Miz tried to sneak up a ladder while causing carnage and got a power slam. Kofi even tried to use Strowman as a booster but got thrown off like a mouse on a gorilla. Pretty soon Braun was all by himself, he reaches up and grabs the briefcase winning this year's Money in the Bank!

Winner: Braun Strowman

The show ends with Braun celebrating in the ring with the briefcase. What did you think of Money in the Bank 2018? Comment below or reach out to us on Social Media:

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