Wrestling Review: WWE Money in the Bank (2020)

It’s a year of firsts for the WWE, and the annual Money in the Bank event is no different, as for the first time ever six men and six women will try to climb the corporate ladder – literally. Starting at the bottom floor of WWE headquarters, contenders will have to make their way to the roof before climbing a ladder and claiming the briefcase, therein which contains a contract for a WWE Championship match at any time of their choosing. What’s more, both matches will be taking place at the same time with the men’s competitors – AJ Styles, King Corbin, Daniel Bryan, Aleister Black, Rey Mysterio – and the women’s competitors – Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, Carmella, Asuka, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler – all starting at the same time. Also on the card, Drew McIntyre will have to defend his WWE Championship against the Monday Night Messiah, Seth Rollins, while on the SmackDown side of things, Braun Strowman faces a monster from his past, as Strowman defends the Universal Championship against Bray Wyatt. These four matches, as well as the SmackDown Women’s Championship, SmackDown Tag Team Championships and much more at WWE Money in the Bank.

+ WWE Money in the Bank: this was comedy gold. I loved every single second of this, and although I can safely and honestly say I did not predict either of the winners, this was a lot of fun. I think I did lose track of a few people, some who disappeared almost entirely. I think I almost wanted it to be longer, and perhaps a bit more, but overall I can’t say it was a failure in any regard
+ Braun Strowman (c) vs Bray Wyatt (Universal Championship): Bray Wyatt is a money printing machine if they wanted him to be. I like both these guys, and I was well aboard the Strowman express from near his beginning as part of the Wyatt Family (again, which I was a massive fan of, overall). I was surprised this was just a regular match, but I was also impressed. This was clearly never going to be a technical showcase, but as far as two of my favourite big bois hitting each other with hambones, this was fun
+ The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (c) vs The Miz & John Morrison vs The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler, Jaxson Ryker, and/or Wesley Blake) vs Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado) (SmackDown Tag Team Championships): this was a lot of fun. The Forgotten Sons are not an amazing team, but they just move so quickly and have so many unique team moves that they are a real breath of fresh air. Both the luchadores looked really good, as well, and it is well known just how great Morrison is in the ring. Overall, this was a really good match
+ Jeff Hardy vs Cesaro: it pains me that Cesaro is relegated to the pre-show, but at least he is on every show, and I can’t really think of anyone better for that role. This was far longer than many other pre-show matches, and both guys took a real beating, but Cesaro in particularly looked fantastic. I enjoyed this

Drew McIntyre (c) vs Seth Rollins (WWE Championship): damn this did nothing for me. Seth Rollins had some new, much more fitting music but overall this was as standard a match as you could imagine. Even had there been a live crowd, I can’t imagine I would have cared too much about this
Bayley (c) (w/ Sasha Banks) vs Tamina (SmackDown Women’s Championship): this was not very good, but thankfully it was short. Tamina worked really well in the multi-woman match at Wrestlemania, but she was not good in this match
R-Truth vs MVP: this was not as advertised, and it accomplished nothing. What a waste of time

> I think this was the first WWE PPV show in years that went under three hours, and it was a breeze to watch.

Should you watch this event: For the most part, this was a very easy watch, and very fun to watch. If nothing else, this pandemic is at least causing the WWE to try new things, and while obviously not all of them are going to work, the ones that do, really do.

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