We open with Daniel Bryan. He says that he loves what he does and at this stage of his career, he loves trying new things and tackling new challenges. He’s excited to compete in the most unique MITB match ever. He has competed in many weird places before, but he’s never competed in an office building. Bryan isn’t aware if there is a specific ettiqutte to follow, if he’ll get fined for bringing expensive objects, if there will be catering or if there is real dinosaur bones in Vince McMahon’s office.
9 years ago, he couldn’t get booked on SmackDown, but then he won the MITB ladder match, cashed in on the Big Show and has changed his life since then. Winning this match spawned the YES movement and it’s what taught him that fighting for his dreams will result in his dreams fighting for him. He’s also sad because he was hoping that Drew Gulak would compete with him, but King Corbin helped ruin that moment, and he calls him out.
Corbin comes out and says he better think twice about calling out a king. Bryan asks what Corbin would do if he were to win, and ponders if he would squander it like he did three years ago. He’s 1 of only 4 people to blow the opportunity. Corbin threatens Bryan before something bad happens to him, just like Gulak. Corbin says that he was strong when he won MITB, but now he’s stronger and smarter. And he’ll show Bryan right now.
Daniel Bryan vs. King Corbin
Bryan takes the fight to Corbin outside and he’s able to gain the advantage with a kick to the face, but Corbin hits Bryan with a ladder, and the match ends in a DQ.
Winner by DQ: Daniel Bryan
After the match, Corbin looks to hit an End of Days on Bryan onto the ladder, but Bryan reverses into a YES Lock onto the ladder. Shinsuke Nakamura comes out and hits the Kinsasha from behind and Cesaro hits Bryan with a ladder. Then, Corbin takes Bryan to the entrance ramp and throws Bryan into the set of ladders on the side. Corbin stands tall with Shinsuke and Cesaro.
Braun Strowman comes out and recaps last week’s trip down memory lane before we get Firefly Fun House. Bray says he has something special in store for all of us. It’s story time. He says it’s a true story called The Black Sheep. Yowie wowie. Once upon a time there was a black sheep who looked a lot like Braun. He was big and smelled a little funny, but he was stronger than every other animal at the farm. The farmer, who was handsome, noticed the black sheep wandering alone and took him into his home.
He taught the black sheep well and took him in, and the black sheep protected the shepherd’s farm in return. One day, the black sheep left in search of greener pastures, and didn’t even say thank or goodbye. Not even a note. The shepherd was very sad. Why would he leave him, he cried, but the cries fell on deaf ears. Eventually, all the other animals abandoned him as well and the shepherd was all alone. To make matters worst, the government impounded the farm and everything was taken away. The reptilians took over, because that’s what reptiles do. The end.
Bray says that’s a sad ending, but he has to come up with a happier ending. One where the shepherd finds the black sheep. Strowman cuts him off and says he’s tired of these riddles. If he has something to say, say it to his face. All Bray does is wave him goodbye.
Sheamus vs. Leon Ruff
Sheamus easily swats away some dropkicks, and Ruff tries to get some offense in, but Sheamus wins with ease with a Brogue Kick.
Sheamus approaches the announcer’s table and asks Cole to play the Hardy comeback story. Chapter Four of Jeff Hardy’s comeback story is next. We go to April of 2019 when he had a knee injury that kept him out 6-9 months. Jeff says he did something every day to better himself during that time. Two months ago, he returned on WWE backstage and he was cleared. He’s ready to return and take his career more seriously. He says there’s something left for him in the WWE to do. He’s owning his past mistakes and he’s moving forward. We get some vintage highlights of Jeff throughout his career.
Next week. Jeff Hardy will be live on SmackDown next week. Sheamus says he’ll be on SmackDown next week too.
Otis and Mandy Rose are interviewed backstage about their matches tonight. Otis says the same thing at WrestleMania will happen tonight, and he’ll win that MITB briefcase. Mandy calls Sonya her former best friend and says what Sonya did hurt her, and she’s looking forward, and not back. She says Carmella is very good and presents a hard challenge since she’s a former Women’s Champion and a Ms. MITB, but she’s not going to allow her to moonwalk all over her. She’ll win, and then she’ll do whatever it takes to win MITB because the risk is worth the reward. Mandy kisses Otis on the cheek before leaving.
Mandy Rose vs. Carmella – Money In The Bank Qualifying Match
During the match, Sonya Deville comes out and cuts a promo from the top of the ramp while the match is taking place. She says that MITB is a great time to reflect on their friendship, since this time last year, Sonya gave her MITB spot to Mandy.
She even helped Mandy up the ladder in that match and she still couldn’t win, which is almost as embarrassing as losing to Carmella, which will probably happen. Karma’s a bitch, and if she wants to fight, they can fight right now. Mandy gets distracted and Carmella gets a superkick from behind for the win.
After the match, Sonya attacks Mandy, saying that she’ll never be better than her. She flings her to the outside, and tosses her into the ring post and then the steel steps before officials break it up. Next up, New Day takes on The Forgotten Sons.
Otis checks on Mandy getting medical attention where he runs into Dolph. Dolph asks Otis about Mandy and Otis snarls at him.
The New Day vs. The Forgotten Sons
Cutler and Blake are eventually able to isolate Kofi Kingston, and they hit their tag team stomp manuever for the victory.
Winners: The Forgotten Sons
We learn that both the men’s and the women’s MITB ladder matches will be taking place at WWE HQ simultaneously.
Tamina is interviewed backstage about her match against Bayley. She said it took four women to beat her at WrestleMania, and that she won’t be disrespected. Sasha Banks arrives and says that in her debut, it was done standing at her side, and that she shouldn’t be resorting to name-calling and cheap shots. She offers an olive branch before Bayley attacks her from behind. She and Sasha jump Tamina before Lacey Evans comes to even the odds. All four brawl with each other before officials break it up.
Dolph and Sonya are backstage, and Sonya tells Dolph she wishes she could have seen the look on Otis’ face when he asked how Mandy is. Sonya says she knows Dolph will do the same to Otis. Ziggler says people think they know him, and there’s a reason why people cheer for Otis. They see themselves in him. They are content with participation awards, social media likes out of pity, but fail to realize that talent, hard work and results are all what matters. Dolph declares victory and he will win MITB, cash it in and become champion again. And when he does, he’ll slide up to Mandy as her champion. Sonya says it sounds like a plan.
Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler – Money In The Bank Qualifying Match
Otis gets the cattepillar and gets the jumping elbow onto Ziggler for the victory.