Wrestling Review: WWE Money in the Bank (2021)

Four championships and two new title contenders will be determined at the 2021 edition of WWE Money in the Bank. In the main event, Roman Reigns faces the largest obstacle in his path of destruction as he contends with the WWE Hall of Famer and former 11-time World Champion. On Monday Night Raw, “The All Mighty” Bobby Lashley will face Kofi Kingston in Kingston’s first championship match since losing the title to Brock Lesnar several years ago, and Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair will hopefully finish their rivalry as they go one on one for the Raw Women’s Championship. Both an 8-Man and 8-Woman Money in the Bank Ladder match will also crown the new holder of the coveted briefcase, where each winner will be granted a championship match against the champion of their choice, any time and any place.

+ Kevin Owens vs Riddle vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs Ricochet vs John Morrison (w/ The Miz) vs Big E vs Seth Rollins vs Drew McIntyre (Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match): I can’t say this was a great match but it was fine. McIntyre looked incredibly out of place in this match, and the crowd seemed to agree as he was not well received by many. Individually, Big E and Riddle looked great, and though there was some fun Rollins/Morrison shenanigans (and I’d love to see that match given some time) it was Ricochet who finally stood out as someone to pay attention to. His series with Morrison on Raw of late have really shone a spotlight on him, and this match did more of that. Overall, this just ticked enough boxes to be a good match, but it fell into far too many of the “WWE ladder match” tropes
+ Bobby Lashley (c) (w/ MVP) vs Kofi Kingston (WWE Championship): this was certainly something to behold, but maybe not for the reasons you may expect. I liked it, but it also makes what comes next far too obvious, and I don’t care for that
+ Rhea Ripley (c) vs Charlotte (WWE Raw Women’s Championship): early on, there was a lot about this match that I really did not like, and all the while the crowd was chanting for Becky Lynch. But then something good would happen and I’d be suckered right back in again. Charlotte busted out some of of her fiancĂ© Andrade El Idolo’s greatest hits and Rhea showed off some crazy impressive power and in the end I have to call this a positive
+ AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championships): I’ll be honest, I really enjoyed this match. Omos finally looked like a wrestler (albeit still a very inexperienced one) and this was easily the biggest spotlight that the Raiders have had since their call up to Raw

Roman Reigns (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs Edge (WWE Universal Championship): this match was not good. Edge has a few good moves that he can do, but the music between the notes is all but missing. Reigns, meanwhile, is all about the talking between the moves, and that just meant the whole match devolved into “Edge hits a move > Reigns counters and talks a bit > Edge hits a move”. Surprise or not, some post match happenings were fun and I expect things to be very interesting over the next month or so until SummerSlam
Alexa Bliss vs Liv Morgan vs Nikki A.S.H. vs Natalya vs Tamina vs Zelina Vega vs Naomi vs Asuka (Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match): Natalya shouldered the burden of making sure everyone was ready for everything that happened, but it was Nikki, Asuka and Alexa that the crowd was most behind. Surprisingly, a far cry from their support at Wrestlemania, the crowd did not want Tamina to win this match whatsoever. The ending to this was incredible, and not for a good reason, as almost every other competitor looked like the biggest idiot you could imagine

> all throughout the show, during superstars’ entrances, small videos would be shown of past accomplishments, such as Kofi-mania from 2019, or Alexa Bliss winning the MITB in the past. I really enjoyed the presentation, and it made the competitors highlighted look like big deals, which is something the WWE desperately needs
> I have no justifiable reason for this, but take a look at that featured image: that’s the official splash for this event on WWE Network. Did they get an intern who had never used a computer before to make it?

Should you watch this event: There was a lot of good and bad on this show. Rhea Ripley/Charlotte Flair was probably match of the night, but ever match had something to look out for, even if that only occurred in the aftermath such as with Reigns/Edge. Seek out matches of anybody you’re a fan of, but don’t bother with the rest until WWE learns to do something different with ladder matches.

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