Saturday, March 25, 2023

WWE Money in the Bank 2019: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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WWE Money in the Bank 2019, out of the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match 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.

Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) vs. The Usos

Before ever locking up with the champs, The Usos went hard on the insults, referring to Bryan and Rowan as “Spongebob and Patrick.” Once the bell rang, Daniel Bryan went back and forth with The Usos, but when Bryan’s protector Rowan tagged in, things went downhill quickly for Jimmy and Jey.

After Rowan had softened Jey Uso up, Daniel Bryan returned to the ring to continue the beatdown. When he was unable to put Jey away, he tagged Rowan back in, who did his best to crush Jey’s skull with his bare hands.

Rowan knocked Jimmy from the apron before giving the reigns back to his partner. Jey Samoan Dropped Bryan, giving Jey time to reach his corner to tag in his brother Jimmy.

A fresh Jimmy Uso gained a bit more steam than his then run-down brother was able to do, but when he attempted a crossbody on Rowan, he was caught in mid-air and thrown down with a jackhammer.

Rowan capitalized by hitting both Usos with a double suplex from the top rope. Bryan and Jey then exchanged kicks, and Jey took control but couldn’t hold it, as he went for a splash but was caught in the LeBell Lock.

He escaped the submission, and both Usos dove onto Rowan, putting him out of commission before landing a double splash on Bryan, winning the match.

Winner: The Usos

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Naomi vs. Carmella vs. Mandy Rose vs. Ember Moon vs. Natalya vs. Nikki Cross vs. Bayley vs. Dana Brooke

The moment the bell rang, Nikki Cross and Ember Moon each went for a ladder. Nikki Cross was the only one able to secure one, however, and used it to smash into all of her opponents until she was stopped with a kick from Dana Brooke.

Early in the match, Carmella was “injured” and escorted away by officials, which we all truly thought was real.

From there, all of the women began using the ladders against each other, some employing them in creative ways, such as Mandy Rose running up one propped against Dana Brooke to knee her in the face.

It was absolute chaos, ladders and competitors flying in every direction, until everyone was laid out on the outside except Bayley and Dana Brooke. The two battled in the ring, Bayley eventually overcoming her opponent and setting up a ladder, but she was ambushed by Mandy Rose and Natalya, who worked together to smash the sides of the ladder into the Huggable One.

Ember Moon then prevented both Naomi and Nikki Cross from ascending the ladder set up by Bayley but was taken out by Dana Brooke. Alone in the ring, Dana frantically climbed the ladder, but Mandy Rose caught up to her. Dana briefly hung from briefcase with no ladder beneath her but was able to regain her footing.

All of the women except Natalya were brawling on the ladder, which Natalya took advantage of by pushing the ladder over, toppling all of her competitors in the process. Ember Moon got her revenge by wrecking Natalya with a beautiful Eclipse.

A relief to many of us, Carmella came walking back down the ramp, limping at first, but quickly abandoning it, seemingly not hurt after all. And after taking out the women in her way along the way, Carmella climbed the ladder, but was yanked down by Sonya Deville, who readjusted the ladder, put Mandy Rose on her shoulders, and carried her partner up.

Mandy had the briefcase in her hands, supported from behind by Sonya Deville, when Bayley appeared on the ladder opposite them, knocking them down and taking the briefcase for herself.

Winner: Bayley

Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio

United States Championship Match

Shortly after the match began, Rey Mysterio appeared to legitimately break Samoa Joe’s nose in his quest to gain control. Samoa Joe responded with a powerbomb which Rey Mysterio reversed into a roll-up, winning the match.

Post-match, Dominick, Mysterio’s son, came to the stage to celebrate with his father, inadvertently distracting Mysterio, allowing Joe to ambush him. Looking Dominick straight in the eye the entire time, Joe laid waste to Mysterio, leaving him battered and bruised in the ring while Mysterio’s son tended to him.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

The Miz vs. Shane McMahon

Steel Cage Match

Shane McMahon made it very clear that he had no intentions of fighting The Miz when he turned his back on his opponent and took off toward the wall of the cage in an attempt to escape, and therefore win the match without ever touching his opponent.

The Miz was not about to let Shane get away that easily, however, and pulled Shane back down to face him. When the cowardly approach didn’t work, Shane went directly for the beating his opponent into submission route, trapping Miz between the ropes and the side of the cage and laying in strike after strike on the A-Lister.

Shane set an incapacitated Miz up in a corner, going for the Coast to Coast, but Miz caught him, locking in a Figure Four. Shane broke free and nearly escaped through the cage door, but Miz pulled him back in. Unfortunately for Miz, Shane had managed to grab a steel chair while hanging from the side of the ring and pulled it in along with him.

The two struggled over the chair, and Miz eventually took it, ruthlessly hammering Shane with it before sending him face first into the steel with a Skull-Crushing Finale. Shane put his foot on the ropes, which stopped the pinfall, even though the no disqualification stipulation should have prevented it.

Miz was not disheartened, going for another Skull Crushing Finale off the top rope, but Shane got away at the last second, climbing the ropes in another escape attempt, which Miz stopped with a chair shot.

Miz climbed the cage to join him, pummeling him with strikes before smashing his face repeatedly into the cage and throwing him back in the ring. Miz splashed onto Shane, but was still unable to put him away.

Shane again climbed the cage, and Miz followed. Miz pulled at a hanging Shane McMahon, trying to suplex him back into the ring, but knowing Miz’s grip was only on his shirt, Shane simply slid out of it, landing on the ground outside the cage and winning the match via escape.

Winner: Shane McMahon

Tony Nese (c) vs. Ariya Daivari

Cruiserweight Championship Match

Ariya Daivari wasted no time going after the champ, but Tony Nese was ready for him, responding with an equal amount of aggression. However, Daivari began to pull away when he tossed the champ from the ring, continuing to wear him down once he was back in.

Daivari tried to submit Tony Nese with a modified Boston crab, but Nese escaped, hitting Ariya with multiple kicks to the face.

The two men struggled for supremacy, neither able to gain control for long. Daivari threw Nese from the top rope, but couldn’t put him away. Nese came back with a dive to the floor followed by a 450 splash, but Daivari kicked out.

With a Persian Lion Splash followed by a brutal lariat, Daivari nearly defeated the champion, but with a Running Kneese, Tony Nese retained the Cruiserweight Championship.

Winner: Tony Nese

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans

Raw Women’s Championship Match

This match spilled out of the ring almost as soon as the bell rang, Becky Lynch ragdolling Lacey Evans around the ringside area. Back in the ring, Lacey Evans shifted the action in her favor, smashing Becky’s face into the mat before crushing her hand with a knee and trying to jerk the champ’s arm out of the socket with the help of a ring post.

With an elbow from the top rope, Lacey nearly won the championship, but Becky Lynch powered out of the pin. After Evans gained a second near fall, Becky Lynch became noticeably more determined, smashing into Lacey with a flying forearm, then flinging herself from the top rope again with a missile dropkick.

Lacey Evans came back with a modified stunner and big boot, but the champ again powered out. Lacey hit Becky Lynch in the back of the knee, attempting to use Becky’s recent injury against her. But when she tried to roll-up the champ, Becky transitioned into a Dis-Arm-Her, winning the match.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Match

Taking advantage of the undoubtedly weakened Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair came to the ring for her turn against the champ champ.

Charlotte took things straight to the corner, throwing shoulders into Becky’s midsection, but Becky refused to let this keep her down, coming back full steam against The Queen, eventually throwing Charlotte from the top rope.

Charlotte, being at 100% was nearly unfazed by this, throwing chop after chop at Becky before trapping her in a Boston crab submission. The women traded forearm strikes, during which Charlotte took the upper hand, but was soon floored by Becky Lynch.

Going back to trading forearms, Becky Lynch tried to lock in the Dis-Arm-Her, but Charlotte overpowered her. With Becky Lynch on the apron, Charlotte attempted her Natural Selection, but Becky withstood the attack, sending Charlotte to the floor.

While the referee was distracted counting Charlotte’s seconds outside of the ring, Lacey Evans hit Becky Lynch with a Women’s Right. Charlotte Flair lept back in the ring, slammed into Becky with a big boot, and took the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship.

Lacey Evans paid dearly for her interference, however, as Becky Lynch immediately went after her once the final bell had rung. But Charlotte Flair wasn’t about to let her new friend be destroyed at the hands of The Man and helped Lacey to beat her down.

Newly acquired briefcase in hand, Bayley ran down to help Becky, chasing Lacey Evans away before laying Charlotte out in the corner. She then cashed in her briefcase on an apparently unconscious Charlotte, throwing a diving elbow for good measure, and becoming the new SmackDown Live Women’s Champion.

Winner: Charlotte Flair / Bayley

Roman Reigns vs. Elias

While both on their way to the ring for their match, Elias snuck up from behind Roman Reigns and smashed his guitar across The Big Dog’s back. Confident that Reigns was down for the count, Elias came to the ring to give a musical performance.

While Elias made his way up the ramp post-song, Roman Reigns ran from the back, Superman Punching Elias to hell before chasing him back to the ring, hitting a spear, and winning the match.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles

Universal Championship Match

Rollins and Styles kicked things off with a test of strength, each man doing his best to overpower the other. Styles drew first blood with an arm drag, but Rollins came back with a clothesline after another lock up, then launched Styles into a set of turnbuckles.

The two exchanged strikes in the opposite corner, Styles adding an exclamation point with a dropkick. Styles continued with a backbreaker, but couldn’t keep Rollins down.

AJ went for the Styles Clash on the apron, and when that didn’t work, kneed Rollins in the face. Rollins lept from the ring with a suicide dive and hit a second one when that didn’t keep Styles down.

Back in the ring, Rollins attempted to keep the momentum going but caught a forearm from Styles. With a slingblade to Styles, Rollins began to pick up even more steam.

Styles went for the Styles Clash, which Rollins escaped, and the two exchanged roll-ups until Rollins broke away, frog splashing onto Styles, but only got a two count.

Styles caught Rollins in a torture rack, transitioning it into a rack bomb, then went for the pin, but Rollins kicked out. Both men on the top rope, Seth Rollins threw Styles in an inverted superplex, immediately transitioning into an inverted DDT, but still couldn’t put Styles away.

Rollins tried to finish Styles once and for all with a Curb Stomp, but Styles was ready for it, catching him in a calf crusher, which Rollins escaped, but not without suffering damage to his leg.

Styles hit a Phenomenal DDT, but Rollins again broke free, responding with a superkick to Styles’ jaw. Rollins landed a step-up enziguri, a kick to Styles’ face, and went for a Curb Stomp, but Styles reversed it into a Styles Clash.

Rollins hit a ripcord knee, another kick to the face, and a second, this time successful, Curb Stomp, and finally defeated The Phenomenal One, retaining his championship.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Lucha House Party Surprise

Lucha House Party came to the ring in a surprise Money in the Bank appearance, but before they could do much partying, they were assaulted by Lars Sullivan, who decimated all three members of LHP before smearing his own blood on himself and marching away.

Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens

WWE Championship Match

Wasting no time in going after each other, Kofi Kingston and Kevin Owens immediately got into a battle of strikes, Kofi throwing a vicious flying forearm on the outside after leaping from the steel steps.

Kevin Owens put an end to Kofi’s momentum with a series of strikes, ruthlessly clobbering the champion, jeering at him all the while. Owens splashed onto Kofi on the outside, then continued the relentless barrage of strikes back inside the ring.

Kofi Kingston came back by back dropping Kevin Owens into the corner, following it up with forearms, a dropkick, and a leg drop, which Kevin transitioned into a Boston crab.

Kingston leveled Kevin Owens by stomping him into the ring apron, hurling himself from the top rope to finish Owens off, but Owens caught him with a superkick.

With an SOS, Kofi Kingston came close to retaining his championship, but Owens kicked out. Determined to defeat Owens, Kofi went for a Trouble in Paradise, but was caught again with a Boston crab from Owens.

Owens went for a superkick but was floored by Kingston, who rained punches down on the back of Owens’ neck. The second Owens was back to his feet, he hit a pop-up powerbomb and clearly thought he had won, but Kofi kicked out.

Kofi Kingston went for another Trouble in Paradise, this time catching Owens in the side of the head, but Owens rolled out of the ring, avoiding the pin. Back in the ring, Owens got a Stunner on Kofi, but was too close to the ropes, allowing Kofi to break the pin.

Enraged at his inability to defeat the champ, Kevin Owens removed Kofi Kingston’s shoes, tossing them out of the ring before going for a Swanton Bomb, but Kofi put his knees up, instantly following with a sock-footed Trouble in Paradise, winning the match.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Finn Bálor vs. Ricochet vs. Andrade vs. Ali vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton vs. Baron Corbin

Earlier in the evening, Braun Strowman stormed through the backstage area in search of Sami Zayn. Incidentally, Sami Zayn was soon found strung up by his ankles. Triple H approached Braun Strowman, saying he knew why Braun did what he did, but that he wouldn’t be rewarded for his actions by replacing Sami in the ladder match. 

Braun denied having in part in the gruesome act, claiming to have no idea what Triple H was talking about. Triple H didn’t believe him, however, and asked him to leave. Initially, it appeared that he wouldn’t be replaced by anyone, as only 7 men made their entrances.

Seconds after the bell, Randy Orton took Ali out by throwing him into an announce table, doing the same to Finn Bálor and then Ricochet moments later.

Randy Orton slowly climbed a ladder he had set up in the middle of the ring, but Andrade put a stop to his ascent by dropkicking the ladder, knocking it and Randy over.

Ricochet and Ali were the next to get to the ladder, reaching the bottom rung at the same time and taking a moment to accept that they would have to put their friendship aside for the sake of the briefcase.

They chose sides, both climbing to the top, but Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre each grabbed one of the men, wrenching them to the ground before throwing each of them into ladders propped in the corners of the ring.

Baron Corbin got a little too comfortable in his dominance, allowing Randy Orton to get a sick DDT, but Drew McIntyre avenged his ally with a Claymore Kick to The Viper. Finn Bálor lept back into the ring the moment Randy Orton rolled out, taking out both McIntyre and Corbin before climbing the ladder.

Bálor’s fingertips had barely brushed the briefcase, however, when he was struck down by Andrade and fell to the mat. Andrade climbed but apparently hadn’t done enough damage to Bálor, who scaled the ladder to meet him. Andrade sunset flipped Bálor onto another ladder bridged between it and the ropes, absolutely demolishing Bálor (and himself) in the process.

Ali and Ricochet went back to their one-on-one battle, Ali hitting a disgusting poison rana before beginning his climb. He had only made it up a few rungs, however, when he was attacked by Andrade.

After laying in a few kicks to a dangling Ali for good measure, Andrade climbed a second ladder, but Ali followed him up on the first. Ali flung Andrade from the top of the ladders with a Spanish fly but fell right into McIntyre’s unfriendly hands.

Baron Corbin added to the beatdown by choke slamming Ali through an announce table, then turned his attention to an unsuspecting Drew McIntyre, throwing him into the crowd.

Corbin launched an attack on Bálor back in the ring, hitting a Deep Six on Ricochet when The One and Only tried to catch him off guard, but catching a Claymore from McIntyre as revenge for his earlier betrayal.

Ricochet attempted to climb the ladder but was snatched by McIntyre and thrown into a ladder bridged between the ring and the announce table. McIntyre took his turn on the ladder but was caught with an RKO from Randy Orton.

Baron Corbin threw Orton out of the way and climbed the ladder, but was stopped by Ali, who tossed him out of the ring before making his way toward the briefcase. Ali had the briefcase in hand, mere seconds from victory, when Brock Lesnar’s music hit. The Beast ran down to the ring, shoved the ladder out from under Ali, set it back up, and took the briefcase.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

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