This Sunday, July 19, at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, took place Money in the Bank 2021. For this first pay-per-view with the return of the public, we attended 7 fights including 5 with titles put back into play and, of course, the famous Money in the Bank matches. Champions who keep their belts while others lose them, MITB winners who surprised us, and a surprise at the end of the show: We Sport gives you the results of this evening!
The Usos defeated Dominik & Rey Mysterio (c)
It was the fight of kick off, and the champions of SmackDown, Dominik & Rey Mysterio, put their belts in play against The Usos. At the end of the fight, Jey pulls Dominik outside, Rey is in the ring alongside Jimmy. The latter, helped by Jey, performs a Roll Up on Rey and gets the count of three. The Usos therefore became Tag Team Champions for the 7th time in their WWE career.
Nikki ASH won the Money in the Bank contract
The main show opened with the women’s Money in the Bank match. Eight women competed: Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Liv Morgan, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki ASH, Tamina and Zelina Vega. Many times we thought we saw a winner. First, Zelina Vega who was at the top of the ladder, but Alexa Bliss “bewitched” her as she usually does. So Vega went back down, Bliss had the way clear, but Natalya came back. Zelina Vega then clung to Natalya’s back as she climbed the ladder. Vega was close to picking up the briefcase, but Liv Morgan came quickly and stopped him. Then, Bliss landed a Sister Abigail on Nikki ASH and climbed to the top as well, but the Tag Team Champions arrived and swung her out of the ring. The participants therefore found themselves occupied outside by Bliss. Morgan took advantage and climbed the ladder, but Tamina once again came back to prevent her. At the end of the meeting, 6 women found themselves scattered on 3 ladders and fought among themselves, completely unaware of the purpose of the stipulation. The superhero Nikki ASH then took the opportunity to quickly climb the ladder and retrieve the briefcase without the others noticing. The former Nikki Cross will therefore be able to challenge the champion of her choice whenever she wants.
AJ Styles & Omos (c) defeated The Viking Raiders
Late in the fight, the Raiders did their Viking Experience on Styles when Omos was on the outside. Ivar pinned Styles, but Omos pushed Erik onto Ivar which broke the referee’s count. Omos tagged, then double chokeslammed Erik for the three count. The champions of the red show therefore kept their belts.
Bobby Lashley (c) defeated Kofi Kingston
A one-sided match, so much so that one wonders if it was really useful. Early in the game, the bell rang and Lashley lunged at Kingtson who managed to place a hold. But, throughout the fight, the champion dominated. Kingston couldn’t place any shots, any holds, he just managed a single small counter. In just 7 minutes, Lashley literally destroyed Kofi Kingtson. The referee was forced to ring the bell, the latter becoming unresponsive after Bobby Lashley’s Hurt Lock. One wonders who will be up to the champion to come and dethrone him.
Charlotte Flair defeated Rhea Ripley (c)
It was the third pay per view consecutive where the two women faced each other for the title of champion of RAW. And it was good for Charlotte Flair. At the end of the fight, the latter began to attack the leg of the champion. Indeed, she blocked him between the steel stairs and the post, then knocked on it. She then followed up with her Figure Eight Leglock and was able to get Ripley to give up. Charlotte has therefore become the new champion of the red show.
Big E became Mr. Money in the Bank
Few people predicted it, but Big E managed to surprise everyone, just like Nikki ASH during the women’s MITB. For this men’s Money in the Bank, 8 men competed: Big E, Drew McIntyre, John Morrison, Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Riddle, Seth Rollins and Shinsuke Nakamura. During the fight McIntyre had cleaned up the ring and as he climbed the ladder Veer & Shanky came to tackle him. Jinder Mahal then came in and chair-butted the former WWE Champion. The three men then took the latter backstage. At the end of the meeting, Nakamura was climbing, but Morrison sprayed him which destabilized him. Owens then came to knock John down and rushed back to the ladder, but Rollins Powerbombed him and threw him out. The latter was at the top of the ladder, ready to pick up the briefcase, but Big E came back and gave him the Big Ending from the top of the ladder. He then came back and won the contract. Big E thus became the new Mr. Money in the Bank.
Roman Reigns (c) defeated Edge
For the Main Event of the evening, the Universal champion, Roman Reigns, defended his title against the superstar ranked x, Edge. During the fight, the referee fell and exited the ring, which favored Reigns who used a piece of chair against his opponent. The Usos then wanted to disrupt the fight, but Dominik & Rey Mysterio came to stop them. Then, it was Seth Rollins who came twice to intervene in favor of the champion. While Edge had made his final Spear, the referee took time to return from the locker room to count. Rollins then came once again to distract him, which allowed Reigns to land a Spear himself on his opponent and get the three count. After the encounter, Rollins attacked Edge again, then faced the ever-champion Roman Reigns. Edge got up and in turn attacked Rollins. The two men fought in the audience while Reigns remained in the ring. It was then that an entrance music recognizable by all sounded: that of the 16 times world champion, John Cena. He got in the ring right away and did his famous “You can’t see me” to the champ. He then celebrated with the audience, and the show ended like this. No doubt, the universal title is now coveted by John Cena, but also probably Seth Rollins.
It was a rather surprising show where the public’s return was expected, and it did not disappoint. The two winners of the MITB will have surprised us. The match between Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair was really good, the two women having not made gifts and that is what was expected of them. The surprise of the Main Event cheered the public, even though they certainly wanted to see the Hall of Famer, Edge, walk away with the belt.
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