WWE Money in the Bank 2020
May 10, 2020
WWE Performance Center & WWE Corporate Headquarters
Orlando, FL & Stamford, CT 

Watch: WWE Network

Meet our reviewers

Steve Case: What are we to expect from this? The post-Mania WWE cinematch craze is upon us. This reviewer had admittedly enjoyed them more than most for what they are. Yeah, there’s other matches on this show. Really though, this is all about the MITB ladder match. Here’s hoping for a big, fun, dumb action movie! Follow @Coachcase44.

Sean Sedor: If WWE wasn’t doing this weird-ass Money In The Bank concept, then Sean probably wouldn’t have volunteered to do this show. He’s had a relatively enjoyable weekend thus far (watched a fun UFC show, had a nice take-home lunch from Olive Garden with the family for Mother’s Day, and spent a lot of time playing the original Star Wars Battlefront II on the PS2). Will WWE put a damper on things, as they usually tend to do? Time will tell, as they say. You can go follow Sean on Twitter @SASedor2994 to check out what he’s doing during this pandemic.

Jeff Hardy def. Cesaro

Steve Case: Warning: Excessive use of strobe lighting effects. The lasers and 3-D like effects on these entrances are just another example of this company doing way too much. Also, LOL at all the ladders set up everywhere. They’ll come into play later during the MITB Ladder Ma….oh. 

How good is Cesaro? He does so many little things well, on top of being a top tier worker. The subtle trash-talking, licking his thumb and rubbing off Jeff’s paint, shouting, “Payback,” before hitting a move on Hardy that Hardy did earlier, and sliding in for vicious forearms on the mat and staring menacingly into the camera for a nearfall. Hardy was a little sloppy at times, but worked hard enough and was enough of himself to not take away from the match. This was the Cesaro show though, as his matches often are. At one point he was back body dropped by Hardy only to seamlessly land on his feet going right into the ropes and nailing Hardy with a lariat. There was some outside brawling that led to a Hardy diving lariat from the barricade, leading to a swanton in the ring for the win. Solid match, with Cesaro, again showing why he may be one of the most underutilized wrestlers ever. ***1/4

Sean Sedor: Jeff Hardy recently started a feud with Sheamus on SmackDown. So on this show, he’s facing…..Cesaro? Not sure why this is happening, but going in, I thought it had the chance to be solid. Ultimately, this pretty much met my expectations. Cesaro dominated a good portion of this match, as he just beat the crap out of Hardy for several minutes. There were slow sections where Cesaro just had Hardy in a headlock, but he did bust out some cool spots as well (both inside and outside the ring). Of course, this led to a Hardy comeback, and there was some back-and-forth down the stretch before Hardy got the win with the Swanton Bomb. There was one spot where Hardy landed right on Cesaro’s knee after a Whisper In The Wind, but Cesaro got thrown into the steps a few moments later, so I assume he’s fine. A good match between two veterans. Again, this was exactly what I was expecting from these two. ***1/4 

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Titles
The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (c) def. John Morrison & The Miz, Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado), & The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake with Jaxson Ryker)

Steve Case: Never thought I’d be reviewing a main roster show with the Forgotten Sons in a title match, but here we are. During the Forgotten Sons’ entrance, Corey Graves lost his main roster in ring debut to Big E’s ring jacket off-camera apparently. The highlight early in the match was Metalik hitting a Spanish Fly on Morrsion off the top rope onto everyone outside. The Forgotten Sons would take control for a bit, then things properly broke down, with every team getting their turn to hit some fun spots and double teams. This REALLY kicked into gear with all four teams working an absolutely light-speed pace and hitting all sorts of big double teams and high spots. Have to give credit where it’s due, Cole was tremendous throughout the match, calling blind tags so you always knew who was legal. Really good stuff from him. Just as it looked like the Luchas would pull a huge upset, Kofi hit the Trouble in Paradise on Lince and Big E hit the Big Ending on Metalik for the win. This was a really fun spotfest sprint. All four teams worked really hard and looked very good. Really good stuff. ***3/4

Sean Sedor: This was a pretty easy choice for the opening match slot. When the dust settled, this ended up being a very entertaining opener. One of the big highlights early on saw Gran Metalik hit Morrison with a Spanish Fly off the top rope onto everyone else on the floor. There were plenty of other fun spots throughout, and as a whole, this was a good example of how empty arena matches should be worked. A quick pace, lots of actions, and very little downtime. It’s certainly easier to do that in multi-man matches, but you can apply that to singles bouts as well. The New Day managed to retain their titles after Big E and Kingston hit their respective finishers on Dorado and Metalik respectively. You could’ve shaved a minute or two off of this, and you could’ve cut out the spot where Jaxson Ryker got ejected (despite the fact that this match doesn’t have DQ’s evidently), but other than that, I don’t have a ton of complaints about this one. ***1/2 

Bobby Lashley def. R-Truth

Steve Case: I was dreading the basketball humor on my “wrestling” show, then Bobby Lashley’s music hit and he took MVP’s spot in the match. I then realized this would be a part of Lashley’s rehab into being a badass. And that’s exactly what this was. I’m in for an MVP led Nation of Domination-like stable of underappreciated talent if that’s where this is going. I can think of a fiery tag team that could fit the bill…*1/2

Sean Sedor: Originally, this was scheduled to be MVP vs. R-Truth. Out of all the matches that could’ve been added to this PPV, why did they decide to add this one? Also, what was the rationale for putting this match on the PPV over Cesaro vs. Jeff Hardy? Anyway, we learned quickly what the rationale was, as Bobby Lashley came out to interrupt the pre-match banter between MVP and R-Truth. He tells MVP to take the night off, and takes his place in the match as R-Truth’s opponent. This was a straight-up squash match. R-Truth fought back for a moment or two, but Lashley easily disposed of him. I guess they had to feature Lashley on the show, and this was the way they decided to do it. It was fine for a squash match. N/R

WWE SmackDown Women’s Title
Bayley (c) (with Sasha Banks) def. Tamina

Steve Case: Tamina is the face in this match against despicable heel Bayley. Send that sentence back to 2017. They played up the “Nice Tamina” video she posted of herself that was shown in the preshow, which was the most personality Tamina has shown in her entire career. The match started with some good heel work by Bayley and solid leg work to take down the bigger Tamina. This included a really good superkick counter into a kneebar from Bayley. Bayley’s heel work here was very strong and she really held this match together. Also, Tamina is probably the worst major league wrestler there is, but she was pretty good here as a hoss. She hit her superkick several, threw Bayley around, and hit a few super kicks. Most importantly, she did everything smoothly. The finish came when Sasha attempted to break up the pin, and Tamina chased her out of the ring. Tamina got back into the ring and attempted one last samoan drop, which Bayley reversed into a crucifix pin. This was a solid professional wrestling match, which is kind of a minor miracle. Easily the best match of Tamina’s career. Yes, low bar. **3/4

Sean Sedor: Is it just me, or has Bayley felt like less of a star since her heel turn? I mean, the Aunt Pam jokes are funny and all, but the longer this heel run goes, it feels like I care about her less and less. Will the inevitable title bout with Sasha Banks change that? Maybe, but in the meantime, we’re stuck with Tamina getting a title match on PPV. This has asked plenty of times in the past, but Tamina is the worst major league wrestler on the planet, right? Is there anyone worse than her? Those questions aside, Bayley gained control early after targeting the knee of Tamina. A few minutes, Bayley threw some water in Tamina’s face, and this kicked off her comeback. Sasha Banks distracted Tamina just as it looked like she had Bayley beat, and after a brief chase, Bayley trapped Tamina in an ugly crucifix for the win. Sasha took out Tamina following the match, which (hopefully) signals the end of this program. I guess it wasn’t outright terrible, but it wasn’t anywhere close to being good either. **

WWE Universal Title
Braun Strowman (c) def. Bray Wyatt

Steve Case: Theoretically, this has heat from the Wyatt Family back in the day. However, both of these guys are kind of a joke now and Bray is literally in the ring as the joke part of his character. They had a hoss style brawl to start with a few big man spots from Brawn, as well as WWE in-ring banter. Then the pig puppet appeared after Brawn ran into the announce table, allowing Wyatt to take control. Wyatt beat down Strowman for the next several minutes, even hitting a Sister Abigail for a nice nearfall. Strowman regained control when Wyatt tried for a second and grabbed his neck for huge chokeslam. Bray took control after Brawn crashed to the outside of the ring. Brawn rose from the floor with his old Black Sheep Wyatt Family mask. Bray was thrilled thinking Brawn had come home. Even the puppets celebrated behind the guardrails around the ring. Brawn then swerved Bray, throwing down the mask and stomping on it. He would then hit the powerslam on Bray for the win. The match was a fine big man TV match, then got too hokey with the story finish. There’s a way to do that with their history without it coming off dumb and hokey. This wasn’t it. **

Sean Sedor: I guess they’re just ignoring the fact that the reason why Strowman left the Wyatt Family was because WWE split them up in the 2016 Brand Split Draft (though that’s par for the course, as WWE doesn’t even remember what they did a few weeks ago). Much like the TLC PPV from last December, we’re getting the Firefly Funhouse version of Bray Wyatt here, not The Fiend. Strowman beat up Bray for a bit, but then Bray gained control after sidestepping Strowman’s running shoulder tackle on the floor, which sent him flying into the announcer’s table. We got a Huskus The Pig appearance as Wyatt went on the offensive. Strowman managed to fight back after kicking out of the Sister Abigail, but then the melodramatic portion of the match began. Strowman emerged with the black sheep mask, and pretended that he was accepting Bray’s invitation to fall back under his influence. However, this proved to be a ruse, and Strowman hit the Running Powerslam for pin. As ridiculous as the finish was, I actually didn’t hate it, since it was the babyface actually outsmarting the heel, which feels like a thing you rarely see in WWE. Besides the finish, I was surprised that they, for the most part, had an actual match here. It was….ok for what it was, I guess. I didn’t hate it, and I definitely thought it was better than the women’s title match that came before it. **1/4 

WWE Title
Drew McIntyre (c) def. Seth Rollins

Steve Case: I hate that Drew gets his chance during all this. I truly feel he has what it takes to be a big-time star. Whether he would have been a success or not is up for debate, but the pandemic assures he won’t get that chance. I like that Seth has new entrance music now that he’s a heel character. Also, BURN IT DOWN can go in the trash never to return. Drew projects badassery. His work has a snap to it and viciousness. He carries himself as confident and looks like he’d rip your head off. Seth was bumping around like crazy for him early, but would take control with a few dives and some leg work. He’d keep Drew outside for an extended period of running knee strikes from the ring apron and the announce table. He would finally go to well with one too many dives, as Drew would catch him and suplex him over the announce table. Drew would take control back into the ring, throwing Seth all over the ring and trying to set Seth up for the Claymore, before Seth would roll outside. This would lead to some back and forth where Seth would regain the edge. After a nearfall Seth would go outside and get a chair, but after what I guess was soul searching, he thought better of it and went for a curb stomp, which Drew countered. The rest of this match was pretty good, hard-hitting action. Seth would hit a curb stomp that got a nearfall, but in the end Drew would eat a superkick, come off the ropes and hit a Claymore for the pin. Really good hard-hitting title match. If not for the unnecessary chair spot and Seth’s dumb banter, I might call this great. ***3/4

Sean Sedor: While I do give a small bit of credit to WWE for actually turning Seth Rollins heel following the terrible reactions he was getting during his babyface run last year, he’s in a very similar situation as Bayley. As this heel run keeps going, I care about him less and less. In other news, BURN IT DOWN is apparently dead (not the only death we would see on this show), replaced by some music that, despite being generic, does fit the current Seth Rollins character. McIntyre had the edge early, but Rollins took over after a dive to the floor and a Sling Blade. Following a belly-to-belly on the announcer’s table by McIntyre, we started to get more back-and-forth between the two.

At one point, Rollins teased using a chair, but decided against it, which I thought was strange (in the moment). We then got into the portion of the bout where the two started to exchange their biggest moves. Rollins kicked out of the Future Shock DDT, while McIntyre kicked out of the Curb Stomp. McIntyre eventually got the pin with the Claymore Kick after a fun closing sequence. I really enjoyed this match. There were certainly parts of it that I was less of a fan of, but as a whole, it was very good. The second half in particular was pretty strong. There was an interesting post-match where the Code Of Honor showed up, as Rollins accepted a handshake from McIntyre. It’s hard to care that much, since it’s WWE, but I’m curious to see if this will actually lead to anything for Rollins. Though, at the same time, it wouldn’t shock me if he’s back to being the evil heel tomorrow night. ***3/4 

Men’s & Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Winners: Otis & Asuka

Steve Case: This was a steaming pile of wet hot garbage. As someone who enjoyed the Boneyard and Firefly Funhouse matches, this was a huge disappointment. I hoped for what would be essentially a low budget, dumb fun, short action movie. Or something that was at the very least a “so bad it’s hilarious” kind of thing. This was neither. 

It started out poorly with weird entrances and commentary. Thankfully the commentary stopped once the “action” started. We then had the women brawling in the lobby and the men brawling in the weight room. Outside of Asuka being a delight, nothing of note happened until the wrestlers began their ascension up the corporate ladder. Rey would see Brother Love in a bathroom, where Brother Love gave him the “I looooooove yoooooouuuu!” To which Rey said he loved him back before bolting. Then, in a seemingly second-floor boardroom, Dana confirms she is the dumbest wrestler in the match, and possibly company, and possibly on the planet, when she sees a briefcase (that’s also see-through and full of money, so there’s layers of stupidity here) hanging above the table and unhooks it, thinking she won the match. Then the creator of women’s wrestling, Stephanie McMahon tells her she’s an idiot and wants her to clean up Nia’s slobber. One positive I will say is I liked AJ being haunted by the Undertaker photos, sparking PTSD from the Boneyard Match. As preposterous that Titan Towers would have an Undertaker themed room with caskets is, locking him in it was a nice touch. The ladies and gentleman all came face to face at catering, where Paul Heyman was enjoying a nice sub before Otis incited a food fight, because of course he would. He then made his way to a desert table where he got distracted by peach pie (because Mandy is his peach, and pie…well you get it) and John Laurinaitis, who got pied in the face by Otis. We eventually see AJ and Bryan fighting into an office with a familiar T-Rex skull in the wall. Familiar because it’s Vince’s office, who was in it. This caused the small, meak, vanilla wrasslers to cower in fear as Vince yelled at them to get out. They even rearranged his chairs for him, lest they never get a chance at those brass rings again. The women finally get to the roof and…have a ladder match. They go through a few basic ladder spots until Asuka is climbing towards the women’s briefcase. King Corbin appears and for some reason, tries to PREVENT HER FROM GRABBING THE WOMEN’S CASE.

I hope they are doing this to him on purpose at this point. Asuka thwarts him and wins the women’s match. The rest of the men make it to the roof and more ladder shenanigans ensue. Then, in the most unceremonious least creative way possible, Corbin throws Rey and Black OFF THE ROOF, to loud thuds. What are we doing here? Finally Corbin and AJ unhook the case together and start to come down the ladder, when Elias nails Cobin with his guitar, causing him to lose it and AJ to fumble it away. It falls right into the arms of OTIS. WOOF. This SUCKED on just about every level. Where the Boneyard and Firefly funhouse succeeded for me on an entertainment and creativity level, this was boring, lazy, and dumbfounding. A bad way to end what was otherwise a solid show.

Sean Sedor: So…..I have absolutely no idea what to make of this whole thing. Everything that took place inside the actual headquarters (before they got to the ring on the roof) was pretty much what you would’ve expected. We got a bunch of gags and such, with some of it being good and some of it being….not so good (like the food fight, for instance, which you know that Vince probably wanted in there somewhere). There were a number of guest appearances, from people like Brother Love, John Laurinaitis, some Doink impersonator, Paul Heyman, Stephanie McMahon, and of course, Vince McMahon himself (in his office….with the giant T-Rex skull). That portion of the match was…..enjoyable enough for what it was.

Then there was the latter portion of the bout that took place in the ring on the roof. First of all, I should say that I thought they were going to do a lot more once they got to the roof. I thought they were going to at least have somewhat of a Ladder Match. If I had to guess, they probably spent less than ten minutes in the actual ring. Anyway, Asuka ended up winning the women’s briefcase, which was a bit of a surprise. She just seemed to be the least likely of the RAW women to win it (at least to me), but I’m not going to complain that much. Asuka’s great. As for the men’s result, that led to some of the most ridiculous aspects of this whole thing. Aleister Black and Rey Mysterio were both thrown off the roof, complete with sound effects, by King Corbin (because of course, we must get more heat on King Corbin!), though aerial shots moments later reveals that there was a crash pad sitting right there. It would not shock me if Black and Mysterio are both on RAW tomorrow, perfectly fine, with no injuries. If there’s one thing you can say about that, at least they’d be selling it more than The Giant sold falling off the roof of Cobo Hall at Halloween Havoc 1995. Anyway, we got a convoluted finish to the men’s match. Corbin and Styles unhooked the briefcase at the same time. Elias showed up and hit Corbin with a guitar, and he fell off the Ladder. Styles seemingly won, but then he fumbled the briefcase, which was caught by Otis in the ring, and he was declared the win. Yes, a WWE PPV went off the air with Otis as your winner in the main event. We are truly in strange times.

So this was the third cinematic adventure that WWE has presented to us since the pandemic started. I would say the Boneyard Match absolutely blew this away. I had a blast watching that match, smiling from ear to ear. Parts of this had charm, but in no way did I have those same feelings with this match. That being said, I would put this above the Firefly Funhouse thing, simply because this was meant to be an actual match. Again, this had a lot of fun moments during the brawl in the headquarters, but it needed to be more weirdness and silliness to have the charm that the Boneyard Match had. This match came off like a bad attempt at doing a parody of DDT. I didn’t outright hate this, but at the same time, I have absolutely no desire to watch this again, aside from going back to watch a few of the more entertaining snippets from time to time just to laugh at it. I can’t even fathom putting a rating on this. N/R