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Not-So-Immediate Money In The Bank Thoughts

These Saturday night PPVs don't always work for my schedule... so getting to this one more than a few hours late.

The Womens Money In The Bank was an incredible opener. Loved the exchanges between Raquel Rodriguez and Asuka, specifically, but everyone played a great part. Liv Morgan as the winner was a positive surprise; hopefully she can parlay this into something bigger for her now. (SPOILER ALERT: She did.)

Bobby Lashley vs. Theory was okay, but just never seemed to get into a great rhythm. They had their moments, but these didn't click as well as I would have liked. I also wonder how, if Theory is to take on John Cena at SummerSlam as rumored, how he'll be able to draw people in to his character now that he's no longer champion.

Bianca Belair vs. Carmella was another okay match, only the crowd really wasn't into it. No issues extending this feud until SummerSlam, but they're going to need to pull off a few more tricks to get people there.

Street Profits vs. The Usos felt somewhat like their usual match.... which wasn't bad, but the wonky ending felt flat. Is the beginning of dissention between Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins?

I thought that Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya would have that famous Las Vegas "big fight feel" but it certainly didn't start out that way. They eventually got them back (and the sharpshooter-into-the-post spot looked sick) until they were finally given the reception they deserved. Super-solid match overall.

Then the Liv Morgan cash-in, which I did not see coming! Had to think she was going to lose her shot, but WWE got me again with a huge surprise victory. They created a star tonight.

The Mens Money In The Bank Match didn't disappoint... even if I groaned at Theory's inclusion at first. The cool thing about this year's edition is you had eight distinct personalities in the ring (or seven and Madcap Moss), which is really a throwback to the "MITB at WrestleMania" era. The on-again, off-again rivalry between Drew McIntyre and Sheamus is intriguing, and I hope they keep going back to it every once in a while. Omos looked like a true monster in there, and he is honestly getting better month by month. For all the "meh" feelings I have about him, Madcap Moss played his role well here as well. Riddle, Rollins, Zayn and Theory all stayed true to character, creating some fun moments throughout the match. Loved the Omos table smash, McIntyre benchpressing the ladder and Riddle's RKO to Rollins. Did I like Theory winning? Not really, but I do get why it makes sense to elevate him with this. And to my earlier point, if he's taking on Cena at SummerSlam, this definitely adds something to it.

I loved the main event and a few other matches... but overall I've seen better instalments of this show.


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