Updated: Jul 28
Becky Lynch vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Shotzi vs. Liv Morgan vs. Lacey Evans vs. Alexa Bliss, Women's Money in the Bank 8.5/10 B
This match definitely had some botches, but the overall match was exhilarating. These women took a lot of risks, and it looked painful. Shotzi hit her upper back on a ladder after missing off the top rope. Becky did a leg drop off the ladder and landed on Asuka, who was lying on a ladder. Alexa got an electric chair through the ladder. Raquel dominated in the field, except for Asuka because Asuka locked her down in an armbar. Liv finally got her moment by winning the match and being a standout performer. What I love most about Liv winning it all was how she did it. Her ladder was knocked down, and she had to catch herself and her ladder on the rope then kick herself back in place. That could have easily gone wrong, but Liv did it, and knocked Becky off the ladder and won the match. It's a bad time to be a Liv hater. She is proving them wrong in every way.
Bobby Lashley vs. Theory, United States Championship Match 9.5/10 A
Oh My God! This match was booked pretty perfectly. Bobby looked incredible. He dominated Theory. Bobby looked as dominant as he ever has, and it's looking more and more like he should be Roman Reigns's SummerSlam opponent. The crowd was behind Bobby 110 percent. Theory looked amazing, too. All his offense was powerful, but opportunistic. Theory took every moment Bobby Lashley dropped his guard and capitalized on it. He speared Bobby, and even kicked out of the Dominator. In the end, Theory had to tap when Bobby caught him in the Hurt Lock. Bobby Lashley is the new United States Champion, and big things have to be ahead of him. This is how you treat your superstars and book a match.
Carmella vs. Bianca Belair, Raw Women's Championship 7.9/10 C+
This match faced an uphill climb because Bianca and Carmella were a mismatch. The match didn't completely overcome that burden, but it was decent. Carmella and Bianca probably held back a little because this feud isn't over due to Carmella's after-match attack. Bianca and Carmella had a decent showing, but Bianca won decisively.
The Street Profits vs. The Usos, Undisputed Tag Title Match 9.5/10 A
The Usos and The Street Profits had a phenomenal match. The Usos and The Street Profits slowed things down initially, boring the crowd because the Las Vegas crowd came in at a ten. The Usos dominated the Street Profits beating them up until Angelo Dawkins finally got his hot tag. Then, The Usos and The Street Profits left Earth. Complete liftoff. The moves were incredible with Superkicks out of the air, Doomsday devices, and lots of high-flying by Montez Ford. Dawkins impressed me the most with his over the top rope flip. He showed off his athleticism more so than ever in this match. Both teams were amazing, and they went through a war. In the end, The Usos won, even though it felt like the Street Profits night. However, The Usos didn't really beat The Street Profits because Montez's shoulder was up. The ref just didn't see it. I cannot wait to see the sequel to this match-up.
Natalya vs. Ronda Rousey, SmackDown Women's Championship 8.8/10 B+
This match was for anyone who forgot how good Natalya was. Natalya was all over Ronda, and she outwrestled Ronda for most of the match. Ronda got physical, though. Her physicality helped her stay in the match. Ronda was incredible. She put Natalya in the Sharpshooter in an HBK, Shawn Michaels, pose. Natalya was fantastic as well. She tossed Ronda out of the ring like garbage. Natalya put Ronda in the Sharpshooter on the ring's outer edge outside the ropes. Natalya injured Ronda's leg, and Ronda did a number on Natalya's head and neck area. In the end, Natalya couldn't get the Sharpshooter in one more time, but she tried like hell. Ronda and Natalya had an excellent chain wrestling sequence that ended with Ronda making Natalya tap with an arm bar.
Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey, SmackDown Women's Championship 9/10 A-
Natalya may not have gotten the job done, but she beat Ronda enough to make Ronda susceptible to cash in on from Liv. Honestly, I wish they had let Liv hold the briefcase for awhile and then cash-in at a big moment. However, they did a pretty great job with her same night cash-in. Ronda put Liv in an ankle lock, and everybody thought it was over for Liv for a second. She is going to tap and it will just be another failure, but that was a great fake-out. Liv got out, and she rolled up Ronda and beat her. The fake-out made the moment mean that much more, and the rollup protected Ronda. So let's recap: Liv won Money in the Bank, beat the most dangerous woman on the planet, and won her first title in WWE, the SmackDown Women's Title. Liv is on top of the world, where she belongs.
Theory vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn vs. Sheamus vs. Omos vs. Madcap Moss vs. Riddle vs. Seth Rollins, Men's Money in the Bank 9.6/10 A
This match was incredibly well designed. Everyone in the match was a good candidate to win. However, WWE introduced one brat that nobody wanted to win at the end of the match, Theory. The match was incredible. Everyone had moments, but two moments stood out. The first moment was Omos dominating everyone and then getting shield bombed by the other match members through a table. Omos was essential to this match. He dominated everybody at times, and at other times he took everyone's finishers and inspired everyone to work together. Riddle had the other standout moment when he hit the RKO on Seth Rollins from the top of the tallest ladder.
In the end, after everyone had thrilling moments where we thought they might win it, it came down to Theory and Riddle. The worst option and the best option. However, Theory knocked down Riddle and won. I hated it, and so did the crowd, but is that a bad thing? As much as we love Riddle and wish it was him, it wasn't. But, the hate for Theory isn't bad. It's good because he is a heel. Haven't we asked WWE to prepare someone to take the crown from Roman Reigns? Make a new star, someone whose career would be defined by the victory over Roman. Theory checks all those boxes. Vince McMahon has been preparing him for awhile, putting him in big moments and giving him a persona that has gotten under our skin. Theory has gotten one step closer to completing his WWE 2K story, and I'm kind of here for it.
Reverse Hipster's Final Grade 8.97/10 A-
WWE's main roster ended 2021 on a sour note with Survivor Series. Then, they started 2022 with two so-so PPVs, Day 1 and Royal Rumble. Both had great moments, but also massive flaws. However, WWE then began a hot streak with Elimination Chamber, WrestleMania, WrestleMania Backlash, and Hell in a Cell. Money in the Bank has not only continued the streak, but it has set a new standard. Money in the Bank is the best PPV of the year so far.