On the back of WrestleMania, we were absolutely bombarded with WWE PPVs, weirdly following an announcement that there were going to be less WWE PPVs. That statement eventually came true, however, and Sunday night's Money In The Bank was the first big WWE show for six weeks. It was a refreshing break and actually gave WWE time to build to the event and create some intrigue. Did all of that intrigue make for some great payoffs though? Find out below via our Huge Takeaways.
6. That's The End Of That, We Hope
One of the strangest storylines to unfold on Raw in recent history has been taking place over the past month or so, and it has basically been downright baffling. We are of course referring to the antics between Bobby Lashley and Sami Zayn. From the 'sisters' to the obstacle course and everything in between, it has been hard to watch. All of that built to a match between the two of them at Money In The Bank, and we can only hope that the bout signifies the end of their dealings together. As expected, it was a very one-sided match in favor of Lashley. The last few minutes of it just featured the recently returned Superstar exhibiting his strength on his opponent. An easy Lashley win and hopefully the end of this chapter.
5. Little Miss Bliss Is Miss Money In The Bank
The first of the two Money In The Bank matches to take place on Sunday was the women's bout. Eight Superstars vying for the MITB contract and all of them with a genuine chance of winning it. Charlotte Flair so she could get revenge on Carmella. Natalya in order to potentially build tension between herself and Ronda Rousey. It was neither of those women in the end but instead, it was perhaps the most fitting of the eight competitors, Alexa Bliss. WWE's resident Goddess kept a low profile for a lot of the match but was effective when it meant the most. With Superstars scattered around the ringside area following a brutal match, Five Feet Of Fury scampered into the ring, dumped Becky Lynch off the ladder, and successfully unhooked the briefcase.
4. James Ellsworth Has Returned
Carmella was awfully confident heading into her SmackDown Women's Title match with Carmella. That's because, according to her, since Charlotte Flair beat Asuka, and she beat Flair twice, then obviously she would be able to defeat Asuka. It doesn't really work like that, but try explaining that to Carmella. The Princess Of Staten Island may have also been confident because she knew a creepy figure in The Empress's gear was going to appear. That creepy someone turned out to be James Ellsworth. He helped 'Mella win the MITB briefcase a year ago, and he helped her retain her title on Sunday night. The champ has her lap dog back, and he's the reason she is still champion.
3. AJ Styles Is The Last Man Standing
Prior to WrestleMania AJ Styles versus Shinsuke Nakamura was the dream match we couldn't wait to see. Since then we have seen the match a litany of times, yet their Last Man Standing clash at MITB was still an incredible affair. When the very best compete in a Last Man Standing match, by the end of the match you're left questioning what on Earth can possibly keep one of the competitors down. That was exactly how most of us felt watching this one on Sunday night. Low blows, kinsashas, steel chairs, even a Styles Clash off of the steel steps. In the end, it took Styles delivering a Phenomenal Forearm from the ring and through the announce table, obviously going through Nakamura on the way, to keep The King Of Strong Style down for a ten count.
2. Rousey And Jax Did Not See Bliss Coming
Of all the matches taking place at MITB on Sunday night, the most hyped by WWE was the Raw Women's Title match between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey. Understandably so considering it marked The Rowdy One's first ever singles match in WWE. Rousey quickly reminded us why her tag match at WrestleMania was perhaps the best on the card. She may not be polished on the mic, but she is definitely improving between the ropes. She was about to become champion too until Bliss happened. The Goddess appeared from nowhere, beat down Rousey with her briefcase, cashed it in and turned her attention to the champion. A DDT and a Twisted Bliss later, and Five Feet Of Fury is once again the Raw Women's Champion.
1. We Have A Monster In The Bank
With Alexa Bliss cashing in her MITB contract just two hours after winning it, by the time the men's ladder match began we were once again back down to zero active contract holders. So which brand would end the night with a MITB holder? Similarly to the women's match earlier in the evening, there was a case to be made for all eight Superstars in the match. That included Kofi Kingston, who New Day announced would be their representative at the last possible second. Kevin Owens' attempts to convince people to gang up on Braun Strowman clearly worked to some extent, as early on the rest of the field buried The Monster Among Men under a pile of ladders. Never count Strowman out though, and after he emerged he systematically began to take out everyone else in the match. After throwing Kingston off the ladder, there was no one left to stop him, and Raw's Resident Monster is Mr. Money In The Bank.