With WWE Money in the Bank 2019 concluded, it’s time to look back on what happened and assess the damage, praise the positives and talk about what went down.
Per usual, at the end of this post, you’ll see my regular Smack Talk Pay-Per-Viewpoint post-show podcast, which reviews the event in more detail, but for those who want a more condensed version of my thoughts, I present to you my “quicker than a hiccup” reaction to the different parts of the evening:
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. The Usos:
Not having the titles on the line felt like a cop out to me, but I still enjoyed the match. If this is how they’re going to waste time until they figure out a better direction for the SmackDown tag titles, and it may even cut down on burying The Revival, then I’m all for it.
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Bayley vs. Carmella vs. Dana Brooke vs. Ember Moon vs. Mandy Rose vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Nikki Cross:
I really enjoyed this. It was one of my favorite matches of the night.
Carmella’s “injury” sold me and I thought she was legitimately hurt, so I have to applaud how they pulled that off and roped me in.
Naomi doing a split to avoid being crushed between two ladders was fun. Dana Brooke dangling from the briefcase was neat. Ember Moon’s Eclipse onto Natalya after jumping off the ladder from the outside was a highlight, too.
Big fan of Bayley winning this, as well, and I gave this whole segment a big thumbs up.
United States Championship Match: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio:
I wasn’t into their WrestleMania feud to begin with, and was really disappointed with it being a squash match on that show. Then, it seemed like they would follow it up here with something more worthwhile, and boy was I wrong.
Less than 2 minutes, with Joe getting busted open and a HORRIBLY botched finish with the first of three terrible referee calls for the night? That was ridiculous.
Dominic didn’t even factor into this, which makes me wonder if they ever had any plan for WrestleMania that didn’t happen, or if this was the whole idea anyway. Someone needs to show me something more, because right now, I’m considering this one of the worst “storylines” and feuds of the year.
Steel Cage Match: The Miz vs. Shane McMahon:
Another bad referee call, but this wasn’t as bad as the other two, at least.
The match itself had some entertaining parts, like Shane being tossed from the cage. I enjoyed quite a bit of it.
However, I don’t see the point in having Shane win this, and I’m worried they’re only doing that so he can look stronger in order to lose to Roman Reigns at Super ShowDown, and if that’s the case, WWE needs to stop going down that road with Reigns or they’re risking having fans turn on him again.
Cruiserweight Championship Match: Tony Nese (c) vs. Ariya Daivari:
I maintain that Tony Nese, while a perfectly fine performer, does not have it in him to be a babyface, especially not a babyface champion.
Ariya Daivari trying to pull the Alberto Del Rio shtick felt really lame to me and I’m not into that at all, just like how most people weren’t into this match.
It’s a shame, as the match was fine, but nobody will care and this will have done nothing to get any more viewers to tune in to 205 Live.
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans :
Good match with a crappy referee spot at the end that made the finish pretty awkward. But what was up with Evans shooting money out of guns and all??
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair:
I figured they would give the title to Flair, because that’s almost a default option. At this point, she’s going to beat her father’s record in no time, which makes it less special when it’s fabricated like that.
Flair TOTALLY whiffed that kick at the end. Yeesh, that wasn’t a good angle at all.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Bayley:
Bayley in the Bank to the rescue! I had thought that there would be a possibility Flair would come up short and Bayley would turn heel and cash in on Lynch, but I guess WWE still isn’t in the mindset to play around with a villainous Bayley.
In any fashion, I hope this works out better for Bayley than her previous title reign did, and I think this was a good way to subvert pissing the audience off with Lynch’s loss. Of course, WWE would later do something that would leave the fans annoyed at the end of the night, so I guess that doesn’t matter in the long run, right?
Elias vs. Roman Reigns:
Guitar shot. Promo. Superman Punch. Spear. 20 seconds. It wasn’t even a good promo.
Universal Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles:
Very good match, which isn’t surprising at all, given the caliber of the performers in it.
I’d love to see another fight between the two in the future and maybe have this as some feud that is revisited once in a while, like after SummerSlam or something.
Lars Sullivan Beats Down The Lucha House Party:
Seen it a dozen or so times now. He powerbombs people in the bottom right corner. The only thing interesting about this was Lince Dorado struggling with the promo. I’ve been past Sullivan and his push for a long time now. NEXT.
WWE Championship Match: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens:
I enjoyed this match quite a bit, and I think Kofi Kingston came out of it looking like a true world champion who belongs, rather than someone who is just renting that spot.
A clean victory over Owens, after having defeated Daniel Bryan twice before, really helps establish Kingston, and since we didn’t get any interference from Xavier Woods or a returning Big E, there’s less of a worry on my part that WWE will make him a weak champion.
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Ali vs. Andrade vs. Baron Corbin vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Balor vs. Randy Orton vs. Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn:
I really enjoyed this all the way up until the end. If you’ve followed me for the past THREE years at this point, you’ll know that when Brock Lesnar is champion or in the title hunt, I get incredibly frustrated at having to talk about the same talking points over and over nonstop, so I’m sick at my stomach that this is going to have to happen for an entire year again and I’ll be stuck with this until WrestleMania 36, which I no longer want to go to anymore.