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WWE Money in the Bank 2018: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE Money in the Bank 2018, out of the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE Money in the Bank 2018 results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about Money in the Bank by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Money in the Bank 2018 Quick Stats

  • Date: June 17th, 2018
  • Attendance: 15,214 // Capacity: 18,211
  • Featured Song: Money in the Bank by Jim Johnston

Kickoff Match: The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Club

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SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships Match

The Bludgeon Brothers have been bulldozing through the SmackDown tag division for months, but finally found a bit of a challenge in Gallows and Anderson. Shortly following the bell, Gallows was incapacitated, leaving Anderson to face Harper and Rowan alone.

The Bludgeon Brothers clobbered Anderson until Gallows got his feet back under him and came in to do some damage. The Good Brothers almost hit the Magic Killer, but Harper and Rowan reversed it into The Bludgeoning on Gallows to retain their titles. This was by far the most competitive Bludgeon Brothers match yet and a fun way to get the action started.

Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

We weren’t sure what to expect with this one; Daniel Bryan is always great, but Cass has had more misses than hits. Personally, we would’ve liked to see Bryan absolutely demolish Cass, but what happened is almost as good.

As promised, Big Cass used his size to his advantage, tossing Bryan around the ring for the first half of the match. When Bryan finally got his opportunity at some offense and didn’t let up, working Cass’ injured knee before trapping him in the Yes Lock. Cass escaped by grabbing the ropes but could never quite get the momentum back. After a surprisingly good performance, Bryan caught Cass in the heel hook, tapping him out and claiming the victory to a chorus of Yes Chants.

Although Daniel Bryan brought out the best in Cass and this match was solid, we’re ready to see Bryan in something a bit more compelling.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Sami Zayn vs. Bobby Lashley

Chicago loves Sami Zayn, but it wasn’t enough to balance the nearly total indifference towards Bobby Lashley. A short bout and three vertical suplexes, and Bobby Lashley pinned Sami Zayn for the win. Hopefully, this was the end of that painfully awkward feud.

Winner: Bobby Lashley

Seth Rollins (c) vs. Elias

Intercontinental Championship Match

As has become his pre-match ritual, Elias came to the ring to play his guitar and insult the crowd. No song this time, however, as he declared the Chicagoans unworthy of his inner John Mayer.

Elias avenged the loss of his custom guitar by ruthlessly working Rollins’ neck. Elias got in some big spots, but Seth actually did a great deal of the damage to himself by “injuring” both his neck and knee with his own move set.

This was a close match ending with Rollins and Elias taking turns pinning each other while the crowd went wild. With a handful of Elias’ tights, Seth Rollins retained with a roll-up.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Ember Moon vs. Lana vs.
Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte

This match had a ton of potential, almost every woman involved having a believable chance of claiming the briefcase. And they positively crushed it. Ember Moon caught our attention right away, coming out of the gate strong and taking out several of her fellow competitors in the first few minutes.

All eight women threw everything they had at each other in a truly impressive ladder match. This was miles ahead of the inaugural women’s MITB and met every expectation we had. Alexa Bliss climbed the ladder and snagged the prize, and although we would’ve liked to see someone new in the title picture, there’s no question this match was a success.

Winner: Alexa Bliss

Jinder Mahal vs. Roman Reigns

The crowd went straight from booing to CM Punk chants to NXT chants. Needless to say, they were not excited for this matchup and, to be completely honest, neither were we. It didn’t help they followed that killer ladder match, but this was awkward.

Jinder Mahal dominated The Big Dog…with several lengthy headlocks. Roman took a beating at the hands of the Maharaja, but pulled himself together in the end, taking down both Jinder and Sunil Singh.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Carmella (c) vs. Asuka

SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match

Carmella started things off by antagonizing Asuka, which unsurprisingly turned out to be a mistake, as Asuka responded by pummeling her. Carmella grabbed her title and tried to leave, but The Empress wasn’t going to let her get away that easily and dragged her back to the ring.

Mella did her best but was unable to put Asuka away on her own. James Ellsworth came out from under the ring in full Asuka entrance gear, distracting The Empress and allowing Carmella to retain.

Winner: Carmella

AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

WWE Championship Last Man Standing Match

The sense of urgency was real for this match and it didn’t take long for the fight to spill out of the ring. Styles and Nakamura pulled no punches in their attempts to bring the other down for a count of ten.

Shinsuke came close by putting Styles through a table, the ref getting all the way to nine before Styles sprang back into action. Styles got revenge by putting Nakamura in the calf crusher, Nakamura desperately tapping, but unable to end the match.

The inevitable low blow followed by a Kinshasa left the champion laid out for another count of nine. Suffice it to say, we finally got the intense championship match we wanted from these two, and after a brutal contest, Styles annihilated his opponent by kicking his Nakamuras into next week and then Styles Clashing him through the announce table.

Winner: AJ Styles

Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey

Raw Women’s Championship Match

What was initially a respectful contest devolved into a fight for supremacy throughout the build and Nia Jax immediately got to work proving herself. She put the boots to Rousey relentlessly, mocking the former UFC champ as she went.

Jax appeared to be on her way to an easy victory, but Rousey gathered her strength and attacked Nia, eventually locking in the armbar. Just when we thought it was all over, Alexa Bliss appeared out of nowhere and smashed the briefcase over both women’s backs, causing a disqualification.

Bliss beat Ronda down some more for good measure, then cashed in her briefcase, defeating Nia and becoming a five-time women’s champion.

Winner: Disqualification / Alexa Bliss Cash-In

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Finn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode vs. The Miz vs. Braun Strowman
vs. Kevin Owens vs. Rusev vs. Kofi Kingston

The mystery New Day member to join the ladder match was Kofi Kingston! His skill set and experience made him the perfect addition to the Money in the Bank main event.

To no one’s surprise, Braun Strowman threw everyone out of the ring the moment the match began, which led to the rest of the competitors burying him in ladders on the stage. With Strowman out the way, the other seven men started in on each other, some of them even attempting to climb to the briefcase early on.

When Strowman reentered the fray, he threw Owens through a table from the tallest ladder available before making his way back to the ring, leaving bodies in his wake. He was incapacitated again by a massive kick from Finn Bálor, enabling the rest of the men to focus on getting the briefcase.

This was an awesome match with nearly everyone getting their moment on the ladder, but The Monster overpowered them all and took his prize.

Winner: Braun Strowman

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Caitlin Cole
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