Money in the Bank Review: May 19, 2019

A.K.A. The One With The Worse Ending Than Game of Thrones

Results:

  • The Usos def. Daniel Bryan & Rowan
  • Bayley wins the Women’s Money in the Bank match
  • Rey Mysterio def. Samoa Joe to win the United States Championship
  • Shane McMahon def. Miz in a steel cage match
  • Tony Nese def. Ariya Daivari to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
  • Becky Lynch def. Lacey Evans to retain the Raw Womens Championship
  • Charlotte def. Becky Lynch to win the Smackdown Live Womens Championship
  • Bayley cashes in Money in the Bank to def. Charlotte to become Smackdown Live Womens Champion
  • Roman Reigns def. Elias
  • Seth Rollins def. AJ Styles to retain WWE Universal Championship
  • Kofi Kingston def. Kevin Owens to retain WWE Championship
  • Brock Lesnar wins the Men’s Money in the Bank match

Match of the Night: Bayley wins the Women’s Money in the Bank match.

This match edges out the other Money in the Bank match based on it’s ending (more on that down below). The match was truly a showcase of all eight women. Naomi impressed with athleticism that stole the show. Her splits to avoid being hit by ladders was a definite highlight. Mandy Rose being carried by Sonya Deville continues their potential break-up down the road since Deville literally “carried” her to the top. Bayley winning was a great call, and her feud with Charlotte will carry the women’s division for the next while.

Three Thoughts:

That Ending

Brock Lesnar entered a match at the very end, tossed a promising full-time talent off of the ladder, and sauntered his way to the top for the briefcase. Sami Zayn had been removed from the match after Braun Strowman assaulted him backstage. There was a buzz there would be a replacement for Zayn in the match. Strowman, Bray Wyatt, someone else on the roster would have been a good pick.

Lesnar would have been a better pick if one thing changed: have him in the match the whole time. Him storming out to get the briefcase in a match he was not introduced for doesn’t make a lot of sense. If that’s allowed, why ever start a Money in the Bank match? All seven of the other men sacrificed themselves for the briefcase, and yet Lesnar walked from catering and just grabbed it. It’s a bad look, from idea to execution.

Wild Women’s Division

All four of the women’s matches on the card were outstanding. The Money in the Bank match was touched on up top, and the title matches delivered. Becky Lynch’s two matches against Lacey Evans and Charlotte were both good. The two title belts now have two very different and intriguing feuds ahead of the. Evans and Lynch can continue to brawl over the Raw title. Charlotte and Bayley can feud over Charlotte not feeling her match was fair. Other women can easily be warmed up for title opportunities, like Naomi, Mandy Rose or Ember Moon. The women’s division is in a good space.

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Strong Champions

Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins both had excellent defences at Money in the Bank. Kingston looks like a true fighting champion, and Rollins & A.J. Styles had a tremendous clash. Both feuds look like they’ll continue as they’ve become even more personal. Kevin Owens and Styles are two big names that will help establish Rollins and Kingston’s title reigns. The two champions are on their way to carrying the brands. At least, until Brock Lesnar comes along to ruin the party.

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Grade: B+

Overall it was a fun show. Negatives include a Lars Sullivan appearance to beat up on the Lucha House Party, the cage match, and the ending of the Men’s ladder match. The rest of the card was excellent. The WWE and Universal championship matches were tremendous, the ladder matches had entertaining spots, and the work in the women’s matches. WWE has lots to build on, even if Lesnar looms large.

One More Thing:

Are bad referees going to be a storyline going forward? There were three instances of bad refereeing mentioned by commentary: Samoa Joe’s shoulder being up when Rey Mysterio pinned him, Shane McMahon getting a rope break in a cage match, and Charlotte not being on her feet before her match with Bayley. Hopefully WWE acknowledges the mistakes but doesn’t turn it into a storyline. Leave the storylines to the wrestlers, not the refs.

– Evan Gomes is the Managing Editor of Pro Wrestling for Full Press Coverage. Like and follow on and Facebook.

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