WWE carried out in entrance of a reside crowd for the primary time in 16 months Sunday in its annual Cash within the Financial institution pay-per-view at Dickies Area in Fort Price, Texas.
An ultra-hot crowd was handled to a pair of Cash within the Financial institution ladder matches, the place Nikki A.S.H. surprised the group along with her victory whereas Massive E snared the briefcase within the males’s match that actually stole the present. Each at the moment are in line for future title alternatives. We’ll need to see when and towards whom they resolve to money in.
Charlotte Aptitude and Rhea Ripley turned in a improbable match that noticed Charlotte as soon as once more regain the WWE “Uncooked” ladies’s championship, whereas The Usos turned seven-time tag group champions by upending the Mysterios.
Bobby Lashley dominated Kofi Kingston to retain the WWE championship and Roman Reigns turned again the problem of Edge, with a bit assist from Seth Rollins, to maintain the WWE Common championship firmly in his grasp.
However the massive story was the return of John Cena, who surprised the group by showing after Reigns’ title protection. The 2 look like headed for a SummerSlam collision in August.
Here is the way it all went down.
The Usos def. Rey and Dominik Mysterio for WWE ‘SmackDown’ tag group championship
The group was sizzling for the preshow opener and could not resolve between the white-meat, babyface father-son duo of the Mysterios or The Usos. Though they have been positioned as heels, The Usos are just too good to dislike they usually labored a strong match right here. It is nonetheless troublesome to purchase into Dominik’s offense, however he did effectively sufficient to maintain the match collectively. Clearly, the match went up a notch each time Rey Mysterio entered the fray along with his distinctive promoting and acrobatics.
However this was all about The Usos getting their titles again and additional solidifying the dominance of what could be referred to as The Samoan Swat Workforce 2.0 alongside Common champion and member of the family Roman Reigns. Within the remaining stretch, Jimmy sacrificed himself throughout a Rey 619 try to provide Jey time to recuperate and nail a superkick. Jey hit the Uso splash for a close to fall that obtained an enormous response from the group. Moments later, Jey rolled up Rey and had a bit assist from Jimmy to get the pinfall because the Usos secured the tag group title for the seventh time.
A superb opener that did not overstay its welcome and set the tone for the remainder of the night time.
Nikki A.S.H def. Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Natalya, Tamina, Asuka, Liv Morgan & Zelina Vega for girls’s Cash within the Financial institution briefcase
This MITB merely wasn’t excellent. The end was a head-scratcher, not essentially as a result of Nikki A.S.H. gained however due to how silly she made each single lady look as she nabbed the briefcase from proper in entrance of them.
The match began fairly tough with a variety of ready spots as the ladies tried to search out locations to arrange offense. A very dangerous one was a ladder tug of warfare between Morgan and Natalya the place the ladder ended up being a prop for strikes. It wasn’t clean. Add in Bliss hypnotizing Vega on the prime of the ladder and we had a variety of goofiness that stunted the motion. Tamina and Natalya’s presence was nothing greater than forestall protection as they routinely acquired in the way in which of a ladder climb.
The intense spots included Morgan and Naomi’s showcase of offense all through, however these spots ended up being few and much between because the match was usually slowed by the quite a few projected setups. Bliss, who gave the impression to be a favourite heading into the match, showcased her superhuman powers by hypnotizing Vega to stop her from getting the briefcase, however she could not muster the ability to stand up from being buried beneath a bunch of ladders.
The tip noticed six of the ladies climb up three ladders and battle for the briefcase whereas Nikki climbed up and snatched it as everybody else watched like goofballs. There was an identical MITB ending final yr when Otis gained, and it is clear that Vince McMahon prefers his comedy acts. He could not determine what to do with Otis and finally needed to have him cough up the briefcase to The Miz. Will one thing related occur to Nikki?
AJ Types & Omos def. Viking Raiders for WWE ‘Uncooked’ tag group championship
After working exhibits with out followers for greater than a yr, WWE seemingly forgot how followers react to a few of its expertise. Living proof: Viking Raiders. They struggled to get a lot of a response earlier than the pandemic and WWE overestimated the form of response they’d get when positioned as babyfaces. The WWE Universe merely did not purchase into the Viking Raiders right here as the group routinely cheered the heel group of Types and Omos. The consequence was a match that was being labored a method however not in sync with the group reactions.
The work by each groups wasn’t dangerous, however the match dragged. Omos confirmed how inexperienced he nonetheless is with terrible promoting, whereas the Viking Raiders did their finest to persuade the group to get on their facet. The much less mentioned about this match, the higher. Every thing felt as if it was taking place in gradual movement. No less than Types was wonderful, as traditional. The tip got here with an Omos slam and the champs retaining. Nothing to write down house about.
Bobby Lashley def. Kofi Kingston for WWE heavyweight championship
First, Kingston’s “Masters of the Universe”-inspired gear seemed improbable. Second, Kofi is simply as over with followers now as he was in the course of the peak of KofiMania.
That mentioned, this was a showcase of brutality from Lashley, who dismantled Kingston from begin to end. Not like Kofi being squashed by Brock Lesnar in seconds a few years in the past, this was dealt with higher as Lashley merely went to work with a barrage of energy strikes and punishment. Kingston was by no means within the match and Lashley would not give him an oz. of respiratory room as he pulverized his foe with a trio of Dominators and completed the job with The Harm Lock. Though it was one-sided, it was entertaining for the seven-plus minutes that it lasted.
The match left individuals questioning who may cease Lashley, and if the reply is the rumored return of Goldberg, then that is the way in which to get there. No, there may be nothing thrilling a few Lashley-Goldberg match by way of high quality, nevertheless it may clearly set up Lashley as a prime man.
Charlotte def. Rhea Ripley for WWE ‘Uncooked’ ladies’s championship
Who was the face and who was the heel on this match? Who is aware of? This feud has been a large number from the start and it was solely made worse when the WWE Universe revolted with a “We Need Becky” chant that was met with a center finger by Charlotte. It was a testomony to simply how dangerous this feud has been dealt with; this could have been the second that put Ripley over with followers in attendance whereas getting her revenge after dropping the NXT title to Aptitude eventually yr’s WrestleMania.
After early turbulence, these two women labored their tails off and delivered an distinctive match regardless of the fan revolt. Ripley established herself because the babyface with an exceptional energy transfer the place she hoisted Charlotte into a superb suplex. The work was well-paced; the duo took it up a notch every minute till the followers had no selection however to chant, “That is superior.”
And it was. However the unsuitable lady gained. This match may have firmly established Ripley as one of many prime ladies on the roster.
An avalanche Pure Choice from Charlotte for a close to fall drew an audible gasp from the group, which was now within the palms of the wrestlers’ fingers. However being the daughter of the “Dirtiest Participant within the Sport” has its perks as Charlotte attacked Ripley’s leg, kicked it whereas it was trapped within the metal steps after which slapped on the Determine Eight to get Rhea to submit.
Once more, the unsuitable lady gained, and that is the place WWE dropped the ball right here. However this was a improbable match.
Massive E def. Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Ricochet, John Morrison, Riddle, Kevin Owens & Shinsuke Nakamura
What a gorgeous trainwreck this was.
Maybe one of the best subject for a Cash within the Financial institution match produced a jaw-dropping exhibition of violence and athleticism the place everybody had their probability to shine.
From Rollins and Morrison forming an impromptu group to dominate early, to Owens subjecting himself to brutal bumps, to a good hanging alternate between Nakamura and Riddle lower off by McIntyre, this match had every little thing. Ricochet confirmed off his magnificent athleticism with an unbelievable dive to the surface whereas Massive E confirmed off his energy with a brutal spear to the surface. This match merely by no means let up.
McIntyre gave the impression to be on the cusp of victory till an outdated buddy made an look: Former 3MB companion Jinder Mahal took him out. This led to a improbable remaining stretch the place Owens — hobbled after taking quite a few violent bumps — delivered stunners to everybody however then was lower off by Riddle, who unfold the wealth of RKOs. Nakamura tipped his cap to KENTA with a GTS. Rollins appeared and took everybody out to make his ascent. Massive E then hit a brutal Massive Ending on Rollins off the highest of the ladder, made the climb and captured the briefcase to an enormous pop.
Phrases cannot clarify how effectively this was booked. Everybody ought to exit of their method to watch this match.
Roman Reigns def. Edge for WWE Common championship
From the second these two made their method to the ring, this match oozed big-match really feel. However moderately than it being a full-out wrestling match, it performed out like a methodical affair wealthy in storytelling and character. It labored contemplating the show of violence earlier than it, and it arrange a brand new feud between Edge and Rollins that had been teased for a number of weeks.
The match might not be a basic, nevertheless it was a big-fight battle that captured the true essences of excellent and evil.
Reigns dominated the early moments with hard-hitting assaults as he routinely taunted Edge. The tempo stayed gradual as Reigns remained in management. Edge would present flashes of a comeback however then Reigns would discover methods to chop him off. The pacing labored effectively as followers invested in Edge mounting a comeback. They had been totally onboard when Edge turned the tables getting into a powerful remaining stretch.
Reigns intercepted an Edge spear after which sunk in a guillotine. The 2 tumbled to the surface the place Reigns tried a spear however misfired and flew by the barricade. In response, Edge plowed Reigns by one other barricade with a spear of his personal. After a close to fall, a Reigns Superman punch despatched Edge into the referee and took the official out. Reigns tried to make use of a bit of a metal chair to use a crossface however Edge countered and put the exact same maintain on Reigns. The Usos tried to intervene however had been taken out by the Mysterios.
An incensed Rollins, contemporary from dropping the Cash within the Financial institution ladder match, interfered and superkicked Edge to permit Reigns to flee. However Edge wound up hitting a spear for a close to fall. Rollins reappeared to distract Edge and permit Reigns to hit a spear for the pinfall.
It was a bit lengthy at 33 minutes, nevertheless it was a well-told story. WWE has actually struck gold with Reigns’ heel run. So how does it take it up one other notch?
The return of John Cena.
After Edge and Rollins brawled to the again, Reigns grabbed the mic and demanded to be acknowledged. As a substitute, Cena’s music hit and the roof blew off the constructing. There was no actual interplay apart from Reigns staring down Cena, who hasn’t been seen in WWE since final yr’s WrestleMania. This one is definitely heading to SummerSlam, and will probably be a improbable encounter.
WWE Cash within the Financial institution 2021 outcomes
- The Usos def. Rey and Dominik Mysterio for WWE “SmackDown” tag group championship (11:25).
- Nikki A.S.H def. Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Natalya, Tamina, Asuka, Liv Morgan & Zelina Vega for girls’s Cash within the Financial institution briefcase (15:45).
- AJ Types & Omos def. Viking Raiders for WWE “Uncooked” tag group championship (12:55).
- Bobby Lashley def. Kofi Kingston for WWE heavyweight championship (7:35).
- Charlotte def. Rhea Ripley for WWE “Uncooked” ladies’s championship (16:50).
- Massive E def. Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Ricochet, John Morrison, Riddle, Kevin Owens & Shinsuke Nakamura (17:40).
- Roman Reigns def. Edge for WWE Common championship (33:10).