For years WWE has built its calendar around the company's four big PPVs. WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Royal Rumble, and Survivor Series. There have been on and off attempts to turn that big four into a big five by making a lot more of Money In The Bank. This year signified an attempt to do that more than ever before. Both brands on the same show, two MITB ladder matches, Ronda Rousey competing for the Raw Women's Championship. Needless to say those matches and more made for some pretty big moments on Sunday night. Below are some of the biggest just in case you happened to miss them or simply want to see them again.
5. That Ellsworth Wink
In a match that involved one of the hardest hitting Superstars in WWE today, we really didn't expect this to be the standout moment. Asuka may have lost her undefeated streak at WrestleMania, but that doesn't make The Empress any less formidable, especially when she's up against the likes of Carmella. There was a feeling in the air that 'Mella would be retaining her title at MITB, but how? Well, that started to become clear when an eerie figure wearing Asuka's mask and cloak appeared on the ring apron. When the mask was removed, that someone turned out to be a returning James Ellsworth. Ellsworth gave Asuka a big wink right before she was blindsided by her opponent, and it'll be a wink that the former NXT Women's Champion struggles to forget.
4. That Had To Have Hurt
When the announcement was made that Ronda Rousey's first ever singles match in WWE would be against Nia Jax, some eyebrows were raised. Not only because The Rowdy One was getting a shot at the title in her first one on one bout, but also because Jax isn't the most polished worker between the ropes. The majority of the match actually went pretty well and it will obviously be remembered for a number of reasons, but there was a pretty nasty looking Samoan drop about midway through proceedings. Rousey ran at Jax and the, now former, champion quickly executed a move she uses a lot, but she did it a little too quickly. It looked like it should have hurt a lot and it's surprising that Rousey wasn't hurt by the move.
3. Ember Moon Shines
Before the women's revolution really hit its stride, there were concerns from some fans that they didn't want to see females in brutal matches like Hell In A Cell and Money In The Bank ladder matches. Why that is we are still not sure of, and they have been silenced time and time again over the past couple of years. In Sunday's women's MITB match the eight Superstars in the ring put on a brutal match with some incredible moments, and it was impossible to take your eyes off of the action for nothing but good reasons. Every woman in the match put their body on the line on multiple occasions, but none more than Ember Moon. Even though she didn't manage to perform an Eclipse, she did springboard onto Sasha Banks, painfully planting herself and The Boss right onto a ladder.
2. Even This Didn't Keep Them Down
The very best Last Man Standing matches leave you wondering what one competitor can possibly do to the other in order to keep them down for a full ten seconds. We very much arrived at that point when AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura went head to head for the WWE Title at MITB. If you thought you had seen it all from these two then think again. Any number of moves from this match could have made it into our biggest moments, and in the end, it wasn't even the incredible Phenomenal Forearm through an announce table that finally rendered Nakamura out for the count. It was a move that came a few minutes before, a Styles Clash off the steel steps. We haven't seen that move performed in that way since the champ did it on the aforementioned James Ellsworth.
1. Owens Is Outta There
Kevin Owens has basically spent the last week trying to convince the rest of the Superstars in Sunday's MITB ladder match to help him take out Braun Strowman. No one really committed, that was until the match began. It soon became apparent that KO probably had the right idea. That's why some others tried to hold The Monster down as Owens climbed up the tallest ladder he could find. Trouble is, Strowman broke free while KO was still up the ladder. Raw's Resident Monster joined him and then threw The Prizefighter fifteen feet to the floor, going through some tables along the way for good measure. It was pretty clear from that point on that no one was going to stop Strowman from getting that briefcase.
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