There were some definite flaws with this year’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view, but overall the show absolutely delivered. From Seth Rollins and Elias tearing the house down early all the way to Braun Strowman’s triumphant victory, this was one for the ages. It was difficult to narrow down the five top moments, especially with so many unforgettable spots in so many matches. However, this was what stood out most from Money in the Bank.
1 It's Ellsworth! He's back!
The expectations were mixed going into Carmella's first singles match with Asuka. Despite Carmella having proved herself capable in the last few years, it remained to be seen if she could hold her own in a full-length PPV match against The Empress of Tomorrow. While Asuka definitely dished out a fair deal of punishment, Carmella brought it to her in return.
As it looked like Asuka might seal the deal and capture the SmackDown Women's Championship, a mysterious masked figure wearing an Asuka mask and robe appeared on the apron. As he pulled the mask back, the chinless wonder was revealed! James Ellsworth has returned! The distraction was enough for Carmella to nail a devastating kick and pick up the win to escape with the championship.
2 Women's Ladder Match takes it up a notch
Last year we got to see the first ever women's Money in the Bank ladder match. Also the second, which was really just a SmackDown Live replay. Both were impressive and good matches, but this year we really saw what the women could do. There were so many moments in this match that were breathtaking and terrifying, but in the right ways.
The chaos of eight competitors helped keep the tempo up and the action felt nearly non-stop. Ember Moon taking this X-Factor to the ladder like she's been knocked silly was one of my favorite moments, but it was only one of the many in this must-see classic.
3 AJ Styles takes Shinsuke Nakamura to the absolute limit
With such an odd build and poor booking in recent months, there was skepticism about what kind of match we'd really get from Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles. This isn't to say they aren't capable of something special, but rather than it's hard to trust WWE's writing team not to ruin things. After recent controversial and indecisive endings, there was still worry this might end the same.
Fortunately, those fears were assuaged early as the chaos got rolling. The sheer hatred between these two men was clear, and the carnage was all over the arena. Nakamura blasting AJ through the table here like a human bowling ball was just the beginning, but it set the tone for the brutal match that followed. AJ may have bested Nakamura, but he'll definitely be feeling it in the morning.
4 Rousey is a natural, but she's no goddess
"She's not ready." That was the way-too-obvious talking point going into Ronda Rousey's shot at the Raw Women's Championship. With Rousey having had only one televised match before, a mixed tag team match at WrestleMania, expectations were high and the pressure was on for her to get such a high-profile singles debut.
Anyone who was worried that Rousey wasn't ready can kindly take a seat or shut their mouths. Ronda Rousey is an absolute natural who reminds me of Kurt Angle in the way she's adapted so quickly. Whether she was selling, swinging, flying, or being slammed, Rousey gave this match her all and was spectacular at every turn.
She might have even defeated Nia Jax, but Alexa Bliss wasn't going to let that happen. Roughly 90 minutes after capturing the Money in the Bank briefcase, Alexa Bliss slid into the ring and slammed it into the back of Ronda Rousey. The disqualification ended the match with a win for Rousey, but left the title with Nia.
Bliss proceeded to beat the crap out of both Rousey and Jax with the briefcase until she was absolutely certain the timing was right. The Goddess cashed in, and she is now the new Raw Women's Champion!
5 Monster in the Bank!
Not did this year's men's Money in the Bank ladder match have perhaps the most stacked field of eight in history, but it was a rare occasion where every single participant felt deserving. There have been plenty of examples in the past of superstars who are multi-time champions being in or winning Money in the Bank at a time when there was no need.
There have also been situations where younger competitors clearly weren't ready for the opportunity. This was neither of those. I went into the match knowing I'd be pleased with literally any winner, but it was the carnage of the night that really made this feel special.
From Finn Balor's Coup de Grace off the ladder and into the ring on Bobby Roode to Kevin Owens getting tossed off the ladder like a (now deceased) sack of potatoes, there was no shortage of damage. Every single competitor pushed themselves and put their bodies on the line, and it became what may arguably be one of the greatest Money in the Bank ladder matches of all time.
Despite early efforts to bury Strowman under a pile of ladders and Kevin Owens' (clearly) failed attempt to jump on him from a giant ladder, there's just no stopping Braun Strowman. The Monster Among Men fought through every competitor and obstacle like a one man wrecking crew, and the other half of Team Little Big also walked out with a briefcase. Braun Strowman is Monster in the Bank, and he's coming for Brock Lesnar!
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