WWE Money In The Bank 2019 Results, Review and Highlights

Brock Lesnar is Mr. Money In The Bank, Bayley becomes WWE's first women's grand slam champion

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WWE Money In The Bank 2019 results as the show aired live from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, US

Kickoff Show: Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs. The Usos

This was a non-title match but Bryan and Rowan led a heavy beatdown on Jimmy for the most part of the bout. Jimmy made a hot tag to Jey who changed the color of the match but his valiant efforts proved to be too subtle for the mighty Rowan. The 6’8″ monster floored the twins with a disastrous double suplex.

Jey later managed to survive Bryan’s LeBelle Lock and joined forces with Jimmy to floor Rowan at ringside. The Usos then delivered a double top-rope splash on Bryan for the win.

Winners: The Usos

Rating: 3/5

Our take from it: Rowan’s solid performance protected Bryan from injury and established The Usos as a threat to tag team gold on both brands. While the victory may have earned the brothers a SmackDown Tag Team Championship opportunity, with the brand split and wild card rule in effect, it remains to be seen which direction WWE heads forward before SummerSlam.

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

(Natalya vs. Nikki Cross vs. Bayley vs. Naomi vs. Carmella vs. Dana Brooke vs. Mandy Rose vs. Ember Moon)

Nikki Cross dominated the match in the beginning followed by Dana Brooke with her athleticism. Carmella suffered a knee injury and was escorted backstage by the officials while the women in side the ring continued taking nasty bumps.

Naomi almost reach the briefcase before being pulled down by Cross and Ember Moon. Moon delivered an eclipse from the top of a ladder placed outside the ring to Natalya while the Queen of Hearts was still inside the ring.

Carmella returned to the ring, still limping, and stopped Mandy Rose from grabbing the briefcase. Sonya Deville made a run-in to stop Carmella from further climbing the ladder. She then carried Rose in a fireman’s lift up the ladder. This was a major throwback to Kane-Seth Rollins and Carmella-James Ellsworth‘s alliances that had earned The Kingslayer and The Princess the briefcase in the past.

Deville’s mighty efforts proved to be futile as Bayley confronted the duo at the top and shoved them off. Seconds later, The Hugger captured the Money In The Bank briefcase and earned herself an opportunity of a lifetime.

Winner: Bayley

Rating: 3.5/5

Our take from it: Babyface Bayley winning the briefcase is exactly what Sasha Banks would’ve done had she returned to WWE. Unlike most Superstars, Bayley’s gimmick happens to get stale quickly which is why WWE needed to keep her hot after she lost the Women’s Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania. On the other hand, Deville and Rose’s spot has popped up numerous opportunities for WWE to book them somewhat on the lines of The Bella Twins.

WWE is finally placing Bayley on the same pedestal as that of Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair and it’s about time that The Hugger dominates the entire women’s locker room.

United States Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio

After failing to capture the title at WrestleMania 35, Mysterio took the fight to Joe right from the opening bell. However, Mr.619 soon found himself trapped in a Coquina Clutch but somehow survived and delivered a seated senton that broke the Samoan’s nose.

Mysterio then countered a powerbomb into a huricanrana pinning combination to score the sudden pinfall.

With blood pouring out of his nose, Joe ran down and took out Mysterio who was celebrating with his son Dominic on the ramp. Both men back in the ring, The Destroyer delivered a Uranage to the masked wonder. Dominic’s infinite pleas didn’t stop Joe from delivering a nasty single-arm slam and senton.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Rating: 2.5/5

Our take from it: Joe’s shoulders were off the mat, yet he was pinned. An unacceptable refereeing blunder in a title match could only render the entire feud worthless. The quick-victory has again eclipsed the true potential of Joe and Mysterio with the title win meaning nothing for the new champ.

WWE is undoubtedly trying hard to get fans familiar with Dominic and it seems like the main reason behind this shallow storyline is to actually give Mysterio Jr. a stable babyface footing in the company.

Steel Cage Match: The Miz vs. Shane McMahon

The Miz stopped Shane from escaping the steel cage twice in the early stages of the match. A Skull-Crushing Finale on the chair would’ve earned Miz the victory had it not been for a rope break – McMahon’s foot was on the bottom rope and the referee broke the count. Michael Cole later made it clear that rope breaks are not effective in a steel cage match.

Tossed atop from the cage, McMahon took a frog splash but managed to get his shoulders up at the second count. In a repeat of their highly physical WrestleMania bout, Miz went for a superplex from atop the cage but luck favored McMahon once again as The Prodigal Son slipped through his jersey to the floor and scored yet another ‘accidental’ victory.

Winner: Shane McMahon

Rating: 3/5

Our take from it: A faulty rope break and the ridiculous finish made Miz appear as a joke in the end. The rivalry is likely over and while it should’ve ended with Miz winning to tie the score at 1-1 thus leaving room for a potential renewal of the feud in the future, WWE has shamelessly wasted Miz’s talent in a storyline that accomplished nothing in the end.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese (c) vs. Ariya Daivari

Daivari arrived in style driving a luxury car, but lost momentum early on. A top-rope corkscrew followed by a 450 splash earned him a two-count.

Nese made a comeback with a 450 splash but was unable to put Daivari away. The champion survived a lariat and delivered a running knee to the challenger to retain his title.

Winner: Tony Nese

Rating: 3.25/5

Our take from it: A good match, but lackluster nevertheless. Daivari ruined his biggest oppotunity till date and helped Tony continue his title reign. Going forward, WWE should give Nese a much stronger opponent to establish him as a promising long-lasting champ while raising the bar of the Cruiserweight Division in the process.

Sami Zayn Gets Attacked While Hiding From Braun Strowman

Triple H was on the phone backstage when Sami Zayn showed up and repeatedly asked him where he could find Shane McMahon. The Game tried to ignore the pestering but Zayn continued to nudge him saying that Braun Strowman must be stopped before he ruins his Money in The Bank opportunity. The CEO assured Zayn that Braun isn’t in the building. The answer didn’t quite satisfy Sami who noted that’s always the case but someone somehow still manages to get in.

Later on, Strowman was shown destroying the backstage area while an unconscious Sami was hanging upside down. Triple H blamed Braun for the attack but the monster denied nonetheless. The Game asked Strowman to leave professionally and the former Mr. Money In The Bank complied.

Our take from it: Another mystery attack on the scene gives a strong indication of another forgotten Superstar behind the act. We’ll eventually find out who the person is in the coming weeks, but until then, it appears that Zayn is the first of many victims or perhaps the only victim who the attacker has his eyes locked on. If the next attack happens to be on Strowman, that would be nothing more of an exciting swerve!

Raw Women’s Championship – The Man Beats The Lady

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans

A fast-paced matchup with the crowd rooting for Lynch. Evans escaped a Dis-Arm-Her and focused her attack on Lynch’s left arm. The Lady attempted to put The Man in a roll-up pin. The referee didn’t count as Becky’s shoulders weren’t down.

After a brief back and forth, Becky locked Evans in another Dis-Arm-Her and this time Evans had no choice but to submit.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Rating: 3.25/5

Our take from it: Despite suffering a loss, Evans delivered a solid performance and cemented herself as a strong Superstar in her debut match on the main roster. The match had a few timing issues that culminated into the arrogant Lady being utterly humiliated in the end. However, this defeat will only establish Evans as a stronger heel and bigger threat in the coming days.

The refereeing botch did come to notice and WWE should really look into the matter given it was the third straight referring blunder of the night.

SmackDown Women’s Championship – Bayley Cashes In

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

Becky Lynch did not get much time to breath as The Queen’s music hit and Flair stepped in to the ring for the SmackDown title match. Lynch did not back down but Flair was quick enough to take advantage of the injuries suffered by the champion in her first title defense.

Lacey Evans interrupted and delivered a Women’s Right to Lynch while the referee was not looking. This gave enough time for Flair to deliver a hard right boot to Lynch’s face and pick up the victory and the title.

Post-match, the heels started unloading on Lynch and Bayley rushed in to same The Man. Flair charged on Bayley and crashed in to the middle turnbuckle. Bayley found the opportunity and informed the referee that she is cashing in. Bayley delivered an elbow drop from the top rope to successfully cash in the Money in the Bank contract and become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.

Winner and the new SmackDown Women’s Champion: Bayley

Rating: 4.25/5

Our take from it: WWE did well to protect Lynch in her defeat by making her appear ‘weak’. A Women’s Right from Lacey Evans not only helped WWE in making the rivalry far more intense and personal but also allowed Lynch to drop one title and solely focus on the other one. With that being said, Lynch is now a RAW Superstar although she can always give SmackDown Live a visit under the wild card rule.

Flair’s victory further cemented her legacy as the 9-time Women’s Champion and no matter what persona she runs with, it’s a given that she is to continue her streak of gathering gold year-in and year-out.

Bayley’s cash-in officially cements her as WWE’s first women’s grand slam champion – the only woman in history to win the RAW, SmackDown, NXT and WWE Tag Team Women’s championships. Her upcoming (expected) title feud with Flair has the potential to tear every arena they perform at. The creative has hit a home run with Bayley’s cash-in against Charlotte – the feud that kicked-off with The Hugger’s loss against The Queen on her first night on SmackDown Live has seen a sudden shift of balance with the cash-in.

WWE did accomplish a lot with this booking. And it’s about to give fans something they’ve always wanted: Two Horsewomen going head to head for the title.

Roman Reigns vs. Elias

Elias blasted a guitar on Reigns backstage as The Big Dog was making his way to the ring. The Drifter then took center-stage and played an electric guitar to his song under the assumption that Reigns was done for the night.

On his way backstage, Elias ate a Superman Punch from Reigns and the crowd went wild. The officially rang the bell and The Big Dog decimated The Drifter with a wicked spear to finish things off in just 10 seconds.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Rating: 3.5/5

Our take from it: The result was far too predictable but the backstage segment wasn’t. WWE is using Reigns wisely since WrestleMania as the company doesn’t want to ruin the megastar status that The Big Dog had achieved during his medical hiatus and subsequent return. Thus, the seconds-long matchup. With Elias seemingly done and dusted, let’s see who The McMahon’s Family’s next pawn is gonna be!

Universal Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles

A hard-hitting dream match that kept fans on the edge of their seats. Styles intercepted Rollins‘ Curb Stomp and delivered a Styles Clash for an utterly close nearfall.

A few seconds later, Rollins made a babyface comeback as he caught The Phenomenal One mid-air and grounded him with a revolution knee. The Beastslayer wasted no time in following it up with a superkick and a nasty Curb Stomp to retain the most coveted title in WWE.

Post-match, Styles came back to the ring and shook hands with Rollins in a major show of respect.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Rating: 4.25/5

Our take from it: Styles and Rollins lived up to the sky-high expectations and why wouldn’t they? After all, both men are the very best in the business and have tremendous experience in putting the ring on fire.

The match never fully sided with anyone until the finish; it was a well-balanced bout where both Superstars enjoyed 50/50 momentum throughout. With both men shaking hands in the end, it seems that WWE is done with this feud, at least for now.

Lars Sullivan Destroys Lucha House Party

Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik walked out for a 6-Man Tag Team match. The match never happened as Lars Sullivan cut a promo and absolutely laid waste to the Lucha House Party.

The Freak was busted open by Kalisto’s mask and became even more enraged. The monster didn’t hesitate to guillotine the former United States Champion.

Our take from it: Another night, another destruction at the hands of Sullivan. The Freak just attacks whoever he wants to without any explanation. WWE is firing on all cylinders to establish the former NXT star as the next big terror on the main roster and it’s about time that the company hands him a title run.

WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens

Kofi went all-out at Owens, unloading a month’s frustration and anger on the heel betrayer. The beatdown flowed to the ringside and The Prizefighter got the upper hand courtesy of a superkick.

Kingston then made multiple comebacks but every time he was stopped in his tracks by Owens who seemed to have done his homework well. Not allowing the champ to capitalize in any area, victory seemed certain for KO.

Owens, looking to finish things off, went for a stunner but Kofi countered it with a Trouble in Paradise, knocking his opponent to the floor. Kofi then rolled Owens back in the squared circle, only to eat a stunner and barely survive the pinfall.

Kingston countered KO’s top-rope senton with his knees and delivered another Trouble in Paradise to successfully retain his title.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

Rating: 4/5

Our take from it: Kingston has been on a roll ever since the historic Gauntlet Match prior to his WWE Championship victory at WrestleMania. Hands-down the best-booked wrestler since February, the victory over Owens was yet another breathtaking performance from Kofi that goes on to show his sheer resiliency and endurance.

Owens is still pretty much the top heel to come after the WWE Title following the loss, so the upcoming rematches could only get better given The Prizefighter has a habit of getting desperate and figuring out ways to get what he wants.

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match – The Beast Returns

Brock Lesnar Sami Zayn vs. Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Ricochet vs. Randy Orton vs. Andrade vs. Ali

With Sami Zayn taken out earlier in the show, the remaining seven competitors made their way to the ring to kick-off the main event.

A WrestleMania-standard main event, each man left his very best in the ring. A highly-physical bout with multiple twists and bumps, no participant was ready to settle for less as all eyed the briefcase hanging high above the ring.

Ali once again shone in the evening as he was just inches away from retrieving his maiden briefcase. Despite putting him over, WWE had ‘big’ plans for the finish.

Suddenly, Brock Lesnar‘s music hit and out came The Beast in roaring fashion. The arena went nuts as the former Universal Champion tossed the young Ali from the ladder and captured the briefcase to become Mr. Money In The Bank for the first time in his career.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

Rating: 4.5/5

Our take from it: Perhaps, the match of 2019 until now, the booking delivered from all aspects. Tremendous athleticism, dangers, bumps, twists, hard blows and risky maneuvers made this match the main event to remember post-WrestleMania 35.

Lesnar is officially retired from UFC and could be (forever) tied to WWE before hanging up his boots. After losing the Universal Championship to Seth Rollins at ‘Mania, The Beast is back with a guaranteed title opportunity and he could be haunting both Rollins and Kofi Kingston for their respective titles.

It’s very likely that Lesnar will have a successful cash-in unless WWE decides to strip him of the briefcase and hold a rematch at Saudi Arabia.