BEST! The Usos vertical suplexing Angelo Dawkins into the ringpost while on the outside. When you wrestle as regularly as the Usos and Profits have lately, coming up with original spots can be tough. Credit to these teams for coming up with a new spot in a long-running rivalry.
BEST! Pat McAfee on commentary. Montez Ford doing crotch chops while standing on the top rope. Some things don’t need to be examined too carefully.
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya – 1.5 stars
WORST! It’s hard to know where to start with this match. First of all, Natalya is past the point of being a credible challenger to the women’s title. She is a safe pair of hands and she’s been there forever, but come on – did any of us think she was taking the title off of Ronda? Which brings us to…
WORST! WWE’s stubborn belief that their audience has the memory of a goldfish means that they think they can heat anyone up at a moment’s notice and present them as a dangerous and credible opponent. There’s a very obvious problem there. Which brings us to…
WORST! Liv Morgan rolling up Rousey to win the title after the match’s conclusion. I’m happy for Liv, legitimately. Good for her. The crowd popped huge for her when she won, and pinning Ronda Rousey clean should give her instant credibility as champion. But we once again run into this problem of WWE treating us as though we don’t have long-term memories. The winner of the women’s briefcase cashed in and won at the event itself in 2018. They did it again in 2019. If they’d had a crowd in 2020, they probably would have done it then, too, because Becky was pregnant and had to relinquish the title anyway. Now they’ve done it again in 2022 by letting Ronda Rousey (the most famous female combat sports athlete on the planet) get pinned clean by a woman with one of the worst win-loss records in the company. And also, is Ronda going on hiatus again? With all the money that Fox is giving WWE for SmackDown, I can’t imagine that they’re going to wake up after the long holiday weekend and be thrilled that Liv Morgan is their new champ. This was just a really, really, really weird decision all around.
Men’s Money in the Bank Match – 1 star
WORST! Failing upwards, it’s the WWE way! I understand that Theory’s inclusion in the men’s ladder match is meant to be a continuation of the story they’re telling with Theory as Vince McMahon’s made man. But the guy just lost a match earlier in the night. Why is he getting a chance to compete for the briefcase? Nonsensical developments like this just reinforce that WWE are committed to moments, and not matches. They had qualifying matches for weeks! Which brings us to…
WORST! Commentary reiterating all of those previous points while this grinning midcarder wins the MITB briefcase! He just lost earlier in the night! He didn’t qualify for the match! And yet, he’s got possession of one of the most valuable items in WWE lore! To quote one of my favorite comedies, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!
BEST! Four guys coming together to powerbomb Omos through the announce table looked cool as hell.
Overall Show Rating – 2.375 stars
Money in the Bank 2022 will not go down as a particularly memorable show, or even a great one. WrestleMania and WrestleMania Backlash were better shows than this. Liv Morgan’s cash-in would have been a huge moment if it weren’t a repeat of a moment we’d seen each of the last 4 years. Rhea’s injury put the Raw Women’s Title match in a tough spot. A few mistakes in the opening contest took the crowd out of it early and it was tough getting them back. Theory winning the men’s briefcase just solidifies my fear that WWE have nothing planned for Roman Reigns until Rumble season rolls around (he’s not losing the title to Brock at SummerSlam, except we all have to watch them count extra slowly this time to do it). The Usos vs. The Street Profits was the best match on this card, and we’ve seen these two teams wrestle a lot over the last month. WWE had a hell of an act to follow, one week removed from Forbidden Door and all of its attendant buzz. What they followed up with was flat soda.