WWE just completed their 2020 Money in the Bank PPV and there were some amazing things that happen. Yes, the absence of the audience has been a major issue, but they are moving forward and I get tired of hearing that complaint. The lack of a live audience forces the WWE to bring out some creative ideas, and there was nothing more creative than this year’s Money in the Bank Ladder match.
The Men’s and Women’s Ladder Matches were going to go on at the same time, which was a first. Then, the match itself was completely new.
After the cinematic matches at Wrestlemania went over so well, they came up with a concept for this match that was extremely intriguing. Six men and six women started the match at WWE Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut on the ground floor. A ring was set up on the roof of the building with two Money in the Bank briefcases suspended above it. The wrestlers had to fight their way from the ground floor to the roof and the first person, male and female, to retrieve the briefcase would be proclaimed the winner.
The match was pre-recorded, allowing the WWE to pull off all kinds of fun scenes and cameos. We saw Brother Love coming out of the bathroom. Vince McMahon inside his office. Stephanie McMahon just floating around. Paul Heyman was in catering which, of course, led to a food fight.
The men started in the weigh room. The women started in the lobby. Then, anything went. Poor A.J. Styles had some bad moments. He had a weight set placed across his chest by Otis so he couldn’t move. He ran into a poster of the Undertaker, showing off what may be some PTSD from his Boneyard Match at Wrestlemania. He fought with Daniel Bryan into Mr. McMahon’s office and got yelled at by the Boss. He also had the briefcase literally slip through his fingers.
The star of the female side of things was clearly Asuka, who wound up winning the case. She started the match by leaping on the rest of the women from above and rushing into the elevator, inside which she continued her weird Asuka dance. That elevator spot was just so smart and I popped big time for it. Asuka also knocked King Corbin off the ladder as he was climbing up the opposite side, even though he was not going after the same case as she was. I guess even Asuka did not want to see King Corbin win.
Honestly, Asuka has been on absolute figurative fire lately and has been one of the most entertaining parts of the quarantine time in WWE so she really deserved this.
The men’s match ended strangely. After Rey Mysterio and Aleister Black were thrown off the roof (at least, that is was it looked like had happened… RIP guys), Styles and Corbin fought over the briefcase only to have it slip out of AJ’s hands and drop into the waiting hands of Otis.
Yes, I said Otis.
I never would have guessed that Otis would have won that match and, although I was cheering for Asuka, I figured that either Nia Jax or Shayna Baszler was going to win. I was extremely happy when “The Empress of Tomorrow” secured the briefcase.
The MiB ladder match was unbelievably entertaining. It had moments of laughter. It had moments of drama. It had painful looking blows. There was a ton of storytelling going on. It was a rousing success. I was not sure how they were going to pull this off, but it was tremendous.
And the PPV ended after just 2 1/2 hours.
We are in new times right now. Sure, I want the crowds back, but these cinematic matches are gold. Give the creative people a chance to do something creative and good things will happen.
Other match results included:
Drew McIntyre defeated Seth Rollins in the WWE Championship match. Drew shook Seth’s hand after.
Braun Strowman defeated Bray Wyatt to retain his Universal Championship. Strowman pulled a fast one on Bray, using the Black sheep mask as a way to get over on Firefly Funhouse Bray. More coming with this one as the Fiend will surely make his way into this feud.
Bayley defeated Tamina with a distraction help from Sasha Banks.
The New Day retained the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships in a fatal four way match.
Bobby Lashley (replacing MVP) defeated the ever-entertaining R-Truth. Later R-Truth decided to go after the 24/7 title and he threatened to sack Tom Brady.
Jeff Hardy defeated Cesaro on the pre-show.