Editor’s Note: Info from WWE.com was used in this report.
Otis and Asuka rose above unprecedented chaos at WWE Headquarters, climbing the corporate ladder to win the Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Matches. Elsewhere, Drew McIntyre prevailed in a back-and-forth classic against Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Championship, Braun Strowman held on to the Universal Title by fooling Bray Wyatt, and Bayley defeated Tamina to remain the SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Jeff Hardy def. Cesaro (Kickoff Match)
ORLANDO, Fla. – Jeff Hardy sent a resounding message to Sheamus and any other doubters on the WWE Money in the Bank Kickoff, picking up a gutsy win over Cesaro.
Squaring off with Sheamus’ former teammate, Hardy found himself in early trouble after Cesaro countered an attempt at Poetry in Motion and dumped his opponent on top of the barricade to take control.
As if The Swiss Cyborg’s hard-hitting onslaught wasn’t enough, Cesaro piled on. Cesaro berated Hardy throughout the bout, and it looked as though Cesaro’s conditioning advantage – this was only the second match for The Charismatic Enigma over the last calendar year – might be the difference.
But as the WWE Universe has witnessed many times, Hardy rallied with his signature offense, looking crisp as ever before hitting the Swanton Bomb for the victory. — WWE.com
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day won a Fatal 4-Way Match
ORLANDO, Fla. – The New Day still rocks, and they’re also still the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. Kofi Kingston & Big E prevailed in a chaotic Fatal 4-Way Match, defeating Lucha House Party, The Miz & John Morrison and The Forgotten Sons at WWE Money in the Bank.
The pace was fast and furious from the get-go, and the encounter remained that way throughout. The Miz & John Morrison nearly regained the titles after The Guru of Greatness smashed Big E with Starship Pain, but the ensuing pinfall was broken up by Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik.
The potential ace in the hole for the Forgotten Sons — Jaxson Ryker — was neutralized when the referee ejected him from ringside. Moments later, Big E caught Metalik’s springboard plancha attempt, dropping him with the Big Ending to retain the championships. — WWE.com
Bobby Lashley def. R-Truth
ORLANDO, Fla. – An angry Bobby Lashley is one of the most unstoppable forces in WWE — a lesson R-Truth learned firsthand at WWE Money in the Bank.
Initially set to face MVP, R-Truth instead found himself squaring off with Lashley, who stepped in after Truth failingly tried to educate MVP about “Ballin’” to MVP’s chagrin.
An inadvertent slap by Truth was more than enough to set off Lashley, who still appeared to be fuming after losing his opportunity to join the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match due to getting disqualified in a Gauntlet Match on Raw.
The former Intercontinental Champion seemed to take out his frustrations on Truth, who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Lashley blasted him with a massive Spear to close out an impressive showing. — WWE.com
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley def. Tamina
ORLANDO, Fla. – Thanks to Sasha Banks, Bayley has the blueprint for a lengthy SmackDown Women’s Championship reign, as The Legit Boss proved instrumental in Bayley’s successful title defense against Tamina at WWE Money in the Bank.
The self-proclaimed Role Model chose to poke the bear immediately, smacking Tamina in the face and shoving her while talking trash. The bluster quickly disappeared when Tamina asserted her physical dominance, at least until Bayley smashed her foe’s leg around the ring post. The champion continued her targeted assault, locking in a vicious knee bar after countering a superkick.
Bayley’s bravado later returned. Her splashing of Tamina in the face with a bottle of water seemed to awaken the aggression inside the challenger, who launched Bayley over the commentary table.
A superkick and Samoan Drop seemed to spell the end for Bayley’s reign, but Banks slid in before Tamina could cover. The Legit Boss drew the dangerous Samoan’s attention long enough for Bayley to recover and surprise Tamina with a roll-up pin. — WWE.com
Universal Champion Braun Strowman def. Bray Wyatt
ORLANDO, Fla. – The former Black Sheep of the Wyatt Family defeated the man who was once his shepherd, as Braun Strowman gave Bray Wyatt a dose of his own psychological medicine to retain the Universal Championship.
Strowman overpowered Wyatt early, but Bray turned the tables when he sent him crashing into the announce desk to take control. Wyatt struggled to put Strowman away, though, unable to get a three-count following Sister Abigail.
Strowman later emerged from outside the ring wearing the familiar Black Sheep mask he donned as part of The Wyatt Family years ago. Wyatt responded with delirious jubilation, thinking he had perhaps regained his most powerful follower of yesteryear. They embraced for a hug in the middle of the ring with Huskus The Pig Boy, Mercy The Buzzard, Abby The Witch and Rambling Rabbit all cheering the reunion at ringside.
But it was all a ruse and a rare example of one of Wyatt’s opponents surpassing his mind games with some of their own. After removing the mask and stomping on it, Strowman hoisted Bray above his head before dropping him with a Running Powerslam for the win. — WWE.com
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre def. Seth Rollins
ORLANDO, Fla. – Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins went to war, but even The Monday Night Messiah’s A-game wasn’t enough to dethrone the WWE Champion, and The Scottish Terminator prevailed after a back-and-forth classic.
McIntyre asserted his dominance early, pummeling Rollins and making use of his significant strength advantage until Rollins dropkicked his left knee twice in a row. High-risk calculations paid off for The Monday Night Messiah, who hit a tope suicida and successive knees to the head, including one from the top of the commentary table.
Overcome with frustration when McIntyre refused to lose — he twice kicked out at the count of one after a superkick and a frog splash – Rollins considered using a chair before refocusing. Not even a superplex followed by a Falcon Arrow and a Stomp was enough to keep the champion down.
The finale was befitting of a true heavyweight epic. McIntyre countered a second Stomp attempt with a Glasgow Kiss before Rollins answered with a superkick. Somehow, though, McIntyre still had the wherewithal to hit a Claymore to finally put Rollins away.
Despite the bad blood leading up to the encounter, it was clear that The Monday Night Messiah had won McIntyre’s respect. The WWE Champion offered him a handshake afterward, which Rollins hesitantly accepted. — WWE.com
Asuka won the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
STAMFORD, Conn. — The Empress of Tomorrow is now Ms. Money in the Bank of the present as Asuka ascended to the top of WWE Corporate Headquarters to win the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
Nowhere to be found in the ground floor lobby at the beginning of the match, Asuka had instead perched herself on the second floor railing above the fray before ambushing all five opponents below with a daring splash. The Empress immediately jumped into the elevator and left the field to pursue by stair.
Dana Brooke mistakenly thought she had won when she retrieved a briefcase hanging from the ceiling of a Money in the Bank-themed conference room, only to have Stephanie McMahon inform her of the error. That bought Carmella enough time to smash a poster of herself over Dana’s head before being leveled with a Woman’s Right by Lacey Evans.
The ladies even ran into the competitors from the Men’s Match, as well as an unsuspecting Paul Heyman, who was poised to enjoy a feast until Otis called for a food fight. Shayna Baszler locked in the Kirifuda Clutch on Rey Mysterio amid all the chaos, and Nia Jax and Otis sandwiched The Master of the 619 to put him out.
On the roof, Asuka not only had to fight off Evans and Jax, but also deal with King Corbin, who climbed the same ladder she scaled. With a slap and a boot to the face, The Empress of Tomorrow dispatched of SmackDown’s royalty and seized the briefcase. — WWE.com
Otis won the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
STAMFORD, Conn. — Otis seized the moment to win the most unique Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match ever, and he did it all without even scaling a ladder.
The battle began in the weight room at WWE’s Corporate Headquarters, and the competitors quickly made use of their surroundings. Otis showed off his creativity, trapping AJ Styles under a bar with massive weight plates. Styles called out for Rey Mysterio to help him, but The Master of the 619 declined.
Styles eventually broke free and pursued Mysterio furiously before being stopped in his tracks at the sight of an Undertaker poster on the wall. A room equipped with a casket, urn and other reminders of The Undertaker continued to conjure bad memories of his Boneyard Match loss at WrestleMania, and he eventually found himself shut in the room after a devastating kick from Aleister Black.
Several Superstars from both the Men’s and Women’s Matches stumbled upon Paul Heyman about to enjoy a feast until Otis declared a food fight. Otis and Nia Jax emerged from the fray — only for Otis to later discover the cafeteria and a full spread of desserts, one of which he served face-first to former Raw and SmackDown General Manager John Laurinaitis.
Styles and Daniel Bryan even fought into Mr. McMahon’s office, receiving a fierce admonishment from The Chairman that temporarily put their fisticuffs on hold.
Once atop the roof, King Corbin launched Mysterio and Black out of sight. SmackDown’s Royal Highness battled with Styles atop the ladder, with both competitors unhooking the briefcase simultaneously until Elias emerged to gain retribution by smashing his guitar over Corbin’s back. Styles was unable to hold on to the briefcase, fumbling it below and directly into Otis’ hands in what could wind up as one of the most consequential twists of fate in WWE history. — WWE.com