WWE Money in the Bank 2022
July 2, 2022 | MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Couldn’t start the show on time and of course Mayur doesn’t allow you to start a program so I wanted to wait until it was over to start it. However, Peacock didn’t upload the replay until I went to bed. What a joke from a streaming service.
Money in the Bank Match: Alexa Bliss vs Asuka vs Becky Lynch vs Lacey Evans vs Liv Morgan vs Raquel Rodriguez vs Shotzy
The women’s MITB games were hit or miss. I would rank them like this: 2018 (****), 2019 (***¾), 2017 (***½), 2021 (**¾) and 2017 SmackDown episodes (**¾). This game is mostly full so we’ll see how it goes. In fact, Raquel and Evans are the only two people in this match that I don’t really care about. I loved that everyone gave their all from the start, except that the rivalry between Asuka and Becky was renewed on the inside. I could watch him wrestle all day. From Raquel’s power to Shotji’s risk-taking, everyone brought something different to the table. There’s no way around it, but some spots don’t work in this match. They seemed crooked, cheated or just didn’t come across well. Evans was the first to actually approach the briefcase, but Raquel interrupted him and then Liv threw Raquel over Evans in a giant sunset flip bomb. This was probably the game’s biggest venue. The Asuka/Raquel swap was a bit finicky, but they had great potential and a program could work with them. Becky had everything open for victory, but Liv interrupted her and climbed up a ladder next to her. Liv captured the most important position of the game, keeping her foot on the rope from falling out, knocking Becky to the ground and pulling down the briefcase at 16:29. It was really good but a few moments kept it from being great. In the end though, all I know is that Liv won and it’s as happy a moment as she deserved. She keeps getting better, showing off new moves and getting over them. [***½]
WWE United States Championship: Theory [c] against Bobby Lashley
I’ve been told over and over again not to discuss my feelings outside of Will Osprey’s ring action, so I’ll do the same with Theory and not bring it up. Lashley had the crowd firmly in his corner. He quickly performed theory around every corner, so the winner regrouped outside and began using his mobility to slightly turn the tide. Lashley was posted giving Theory a chance to take control. This section was a little boring, but it was fun getting Lashley to throw it around. The press slam spot was sick and had one of the best reactions of the night. The principle of wielding one of his own spears was also great. Lashley avoided an A-Town down and beat Hart Lock in 11:00. I really liked it. Lashley continues to shine as a face, Theory was a good paragraph and they added some good late drama here. [***¼]
Liv Morgan was interviewed about winning and she obviously doesn’t know who she’s bucking. She only gets one opportunity and will not waste it. WrestleMania Looks good, but she wants to party first.
WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair [c] against Carmela
In many ways, Carmella has become the female equivalent of The Miz. She flaunts her character and boasts about her accomplishments, fans don’t give her enough credit for how good she is, and she can be cast into almost any angle and it can work. Now Bianca is so good I wanted her to beat Roman Reigns. Carmella quickly settled into her role and stopped by to make sure she looked good. Bianca immediately got up on a shoulder block and squeezed it, proving it was a heated fight. Bianca still didn’t take him seriously and stopped taunting and scolding. Carmella had relatively little time to commit her offense because it felt like she was just over the pumpkin, which is okay. Bianca’s held vertical suplex is by far the best. Carmella spoke trash, ate a shot, and fell at 7:11 on KOD. It was good for what it was. [**¼]
And here’s the problem. After the match, Carmella apparently jumped over to Bianca to continue the brawl. It was mostly one sided and there is no need to continue. especially Summer SlamAlso because in a show this big Bianca should work with a sane Riya or someone else like Asuka.
WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship: The Usos [c] against the road win
Holy shit, CGI usos are great. Benefit walked through the crowd as they moved in. The teams started with some one-on-ones and played match-making, where they had some one-on-one games. Leave it to WWE to create a tag match with single one-on-one outings. Dawkins became the face of the crisis, a role he doesn’t normally find himself in. Montez takes the heat and he takes hot tags, so I liked the role reversal. This helped make The Usos a brilliant tandem. Montez gets the tag, but a superkick interrupts his hot run, making it all the more logical. Cutting off the traditional tag formula only to get it back isn’t often seen, and I’ve dug it up here. This segment took some time, but tagging Dawkins turned into a sweet hot day. The shoulder block in the back suplex was a great unique point. The doomsday blockbuster Near Fall was one of the best films of the year. Montez’ somersault was also sick outside and really helped stretch the match. The Usos survived another close call on a frog spatter and won shortly thereafter with a 1D in 23:01. One of the best tag matches of the year regardless of promotion and certainly top notch for WWE. I love how they use the tag formula but with a variation on it that makes it feel different. [****½]
After the match, it looked like Ford’s shoulder was on the pin. See, unlike Carmella/Bianca, it’s okay to go ahead and push it back Summer Slam,
A vignette circulated that several people are related to Bray Wyatt, but a closer look on Twitter reveals Edge.
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey [c] against Natalia
The rare instance of pic at WWE is better than expected as Natalya shockingly poked fun at Ronda. Ronda’s second run was terrible. Part of that is booking her as a face when she was better suited to heel at the end of her first run. The biggest problem with Natalya’s PPV title shots is that you know she’s not going to win 9 times out of 10 or 99 times out of 100. It had as little drama as the first Carmella/Bianca but with a less interesting personality. Although these women were friends in real life, at times it felt like they were two people who didn’t know each other. There was no chemistry, things weren’t going well and for most viewers the crowd was dead. The highlight was Ronda’s sniping, which she did with Shawn Michaels’ mocking pose. They went into a series of submission counters before Ronda won with an arm breaker in 12:33. It was very lame and didn’t click at all. [*¾]
The most important thing in this match was that Ronda cut his knee and became weak. This sparked something the crowd really needed to respond to.
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey [c] against liv morgan
Liv ran right into the ankle lock, which startled fans as she’s exactly the kind of wrestler that WWE would have lost in that situation. However, she managed to kick and roll Ronda free to win the title in 0:27. [NR]
What a great feel-good moment. Liv deserves it and I’m so happy for her. What makes it even more special is the chills of excitement and applause from wrestlers around the world. The whole show deserves this moment.
They played a video promoting Roman/Brock Summer Slam fit. It’s absurd that they keep doing that when they literally only have one good match and that was the first.
Money in the Bank Match: Drew McIntyre vs Madcap Moss vs Omos vs Riddle vs Sami Zayn vs Seth Rollins vs Sheamus vs Theory
Yes, Adam Pearce added theory to the match at the last minute. I like the idea of Sami being an honorary member of Bloodline. Theory turned the heat off for a lot of fans, so they didn’t like the addition. Much of this game was the typical stuff you would expect from this gimmick. Big spots, people coming and going, and tight calls with briefcases. Highlights included everyone stacking ladders on top of Omos, Sami taking a powerbomb on the ladder, Riddle discovering Orton, and Sami being smarter than everyone else just to gain the upper hand. Omos rejoins the fray to work together on a team-up powerbomb via the all-only announcement table. A clever way to incapacitate him. Note that theory did not help on this occasion. Butch rushes to stop Drew from winning. Man, they could have done a lot with Dune AS Dunne, including banging Drew and getting him into a match like this. In the end, Theory jumped and dropped Riddle off the ladder (coming from a Super RKO) and won in 25:56. Better than the women because it was cleaner, although the women had better ideas. Regardless of what I expect from this game. [***¾]