Money in the Bank 2019: Results, recap, analysis
Rob and Chris are here to talk about an eventful Money in the Bank event in Hartford, which left one of them completely beside themselves. Guess which one!
DANIEL BRYAN AND ROWAN vs. THE USOS
Chris Novak: Fun opener, as per usual. I guess we’ll continue on down the road with The Usos making appearances on SmackDown then for at least another week. Which should create more disillusion between the brands, which I’m personally not a fan of. But whatever. Do what we gotta do here. Match was fun. ***½ for me.
Robert O’Neill: I think I preferred their match on Smackdown a couple weeks ago but this one was a good opener, as you said. It got the job done and told a good story. I can’t complain about it too much, considering The Usos and Daniel Bryan are just so good in the ring. ***
WOMEN’S MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH
Chris Novak: Bayley won. Seven stars. Seven star promo after the match.
Robert O’Neill: That was wild! The women have learned how to have a good physical Money In The Bank match, something that was missing a bit from the first year, and missing a little less last year. Wasn’t missing tonight though! Ember Moon did an Eclipse off the ladder. Nikki Cross looked great and did a few spots where she took everyone else with a ladder, Carmella may or may not have gotten hurt and then returned, and Sonya tried to help Mandy but Bayley threw them both off to win the match. ****
SAMOA JOE vs. REY MYSTERIO - UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP
Robert O’Neill: Wow. A bit of a shock here as Rey Mysterio won the title after just a couple minutes. It looked like Samoa Joe’s shoulder wasn’t on the mat on the pinfall, but he appeared to have broken his nose early in the match which likely explains the quick ending and shock finish. Joe beat Rey down after the match. **
Chris Novak: Sure. You know what? Sure. I’m fine with advancing this feud. I didn’t expect it to go down this way. But sure. Have to still imagine that Dominick gets involved here in one way or another. I’ll give this ** as well. Just mostly because of the length. Not the booking decision.
THE MIZ vs. SHANE MCMAHON - STEEL CAGE MATCH
Chris Novak: Underwhelmed by this one. Shane won because Miz grabbed at his shirt and he slid down through it and out to the floor. Weak finish and a match that really just did not hit well with me. Very disappointed to be honest. Thought for sure they’d have had Miz win to even things up. Oh well. **½
Robert O’Neill: One of the only Shane matches I haven’t cared for since his return. It was just kind of there. Miz probably should have won. **
TONY NESE vs. ARIYA DAIVARI - CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Chris Novak: It’s kind of amusing, in no way of disrespecting anyone else, that this is the match that they put on the main card from the Cruiserweights. Anyways, these guys did a good job for themselves here. Nese retained, as expected. I will give this ***¼ and be satisfied with it.
Robert O’Neill: I had to step out for this match so I’ll defer to Chris here.
BECKY LYNCH vs. LACEY EVANS - RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Chris Novak: Becky retains. Not surprising. Match was a little rough around the edges here, but I did like what I saw from Lacey there. Match was more than good enough to get it going here. I’ll give this ***1/4 and keep it rolling. Becky seems to have caught the same yips that Charlotte did last year, to be honest. Also, for whatever reason, they had another ref screw up here for some reason.
Robert O’Neill: Refs are bad, just like all sports. I actually thought Lacey was better than Becky in this match, which was just OK. Think Becky/Charlotte will be better. ***
BECKY LYNCH vs. CHARLOTTE FLAIR - SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Chris Novak: So this started directly after Becky-Lacey. Smart of Charlotte to try and pick up the pieces. Charlotte picked up the win and the championship after Lacey Evans got involved and hit the Woman’s Right. Charlotte would then hit the Spear and became a nine-time champ… **¾ for this one...
But we are NOT DONE YET LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
Robert O’Neill: I always figured they would do the matches back to back so this made sense. It was good, but not one of their best matches! I liked Lacey getting involved, because Becky’s gotta be on Raw full-time and the two-title thing served its purpose. So you can continue that feud.
Plus, Charlotte’s feud is, well… Yeah. ***1/4
CHARLOTTE FLAIR vs. BAYLEY - SMACKDOWN LIVE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Chris Novak: BAYLEY WINS! BAYLEY WINS! BAYLEY WINS THE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP! She came in to ‘save’ Becky and fended off Lacey and then threw Charlotte into the corner. She then cashed in her contract, dove off the top rope and hit the Elbow Drop for the win.
Seven stars. All the stars. My goodness. I may never come down from this high.
Robert O’Neill: That was awesome. Whew boy. What a moment.
ELIAS vs. ROMAN REIGNS
Chris Novak: Roman was attacked backstage by Elias prior to the match with a guitar. Elias went out to perform, sang a song, trashed Hartford and said he’s glad the Whalers left. Then he went to leave, but was hit with a Superman Punch by Roman Reigns. Down in the ring, Roman squashed Elias as he defeated him with a Spear. Well, that served its purpose. ** just to be customary here.
Robert O’Neill: Weird show tonight with a lot of short matches but I guess they want the ladder matches to have their proper time. Elias did his job perfectly here. ** because of length, not content.
SETH ROLLINS vs. AJ STYLES - WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Robert O’Neill: Well, this certainly didn’t disappoint. Rollins and Styles gave us one of the best matches of the year as they threw everything they had at each other, with Rollins busting out a top rope reverse flapjack, Styles countering a Curb Stomp into a Styles Clash, and so much more. Rollins retained, and it was one of the best matches we’ve seen from either guy in a long time. ****½
Chris Novak: That was sensational. Styles’ best match in probably 18 months-2 years, I will go ****½ on it as well. My goodness, that was tremendous stuff honestly. For as little as I was intrigued based on the build to this match, they absolutely knocked it out of the park here.
KOFI KINGSTON vs. KEVIN OWENS - WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
Chris Novak: I really liked this match! Kofi Kingston retained the WWE Championship, naturally, defeating Kevin Owens after he went for a Swanton Bomb. Kingston pulled up his legs and then eventually got the deuce. This played out a lot differently, obviously, than Rollins and Styles, but the style in this match absolutely played very well. I will give this ****. Kingston is running with a fucking great title reign right now.
Robert O’Neill: Loved that. Looked like Owens might possibly win on more than one occasion, but Kofi retaining was the right call. Interested where they go next. ****¼
MEN’S MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH
Chris Novak: Holy Santa Claus shit. Brock Lesnar showed up out of nowhere and won the Money in the Bank contract. Prior to that, all seven other guys absolutely killed each other. The violence in this match was just completely absurd. I’m going to give this ****¼. Huge swerve ending that I, straight up, did not expect to see happen. What a chaotic and ridiculous match!
Robert O’Neill: Finn Balor is the man for his performance in this match. Bumped like an absolute maniac and looked incredible. And, yes BROCK LESNAR WON. Everyone is mad and everyone has to deal with it. ****¼
Robert O’Neill: That show had low points, but all in all it was good. The two MITB matches were two of the best (and most physical) ever, and the two title matches were excellent. The summer programs are officially getting underway starting with Raw Monday, and I’m excited to see where it goes. B+ from me.
Chris Novak: Really good show. Like you said, Rob, these two were the most physical and violent MITB matches ever. Certainly among the best of all time, too. Obviously, the Bayley stuff has me on an absolute high and I’m not sure when I’m going to be off it. Give me a B+ for this, as well. Let’s see how they move on from this.