The card for this year’s WWE Money in the Bank event is taking shape after the events of this week’s episodes of Raw and SmackDown Live.
Money in the Bank has become one of the company’s signature events over the last several years, replacing the old King of the Ring as the last big show before SummerSlam.
This year’s show promises a mix of championships on the line, good old-fashioned grudge matches, and Baron Corbin pretending he knows what he’s doing. Here’s what we learned about the show on this past week’s Raw and SmackDown Live.
New Singles Matches
Raw saw the addition of a steel cage match between the Miz and Shane McMahon. Miz will look to even the score after losing to Shane at WWE WrestleMania 35. Miz’s dad will watch from home because he still hasn’t learned a proper fighting stance.
On Tuesday’s SmackDown Live, Kofi Kingston announced that he will put his WWE Championship on the line against Kevin Owens at Money in the Bank.
Owens turned heel (because of course he did) on the New Day last week on SmackDown Live after a brief stint filling in for the injured Big E, and Kingston will be out for revenge in his first pay-per-view defense of the title.
Kevin Owens last appeared on pay-per-view at March’s Fastlane when he challenged then-champion Daniel Bryan.
Money In The Bank Participants Announced
Both shows also announced their respective participants for the men’s and women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches.
On Monday night, Alexa Bliss announced that Ricochet, Braun Strowman (last year’s MITB winner), Drew McIntyre, and Baron Corbin will represent the red brand. WWE rounded out the eight-man match Tuesday, announcing that Randy Orton, Andrade, Ali, and Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor to represent SmackDown.
It will be Ali’s first high-profile match since February when injury bumped him out of that month’s Elimination Chamber. The match will be his third or fourth since he was robbed of his first name.
For the women’s match, we learned Monday that Natalya, Alexa Bliss, Dana Brooke, and Naomi will represent Raw.
Tuesday saw the announcement that Carmella will try to retain her title of Miss Money in the Bank. Carmella won the inaugural women’s Money in the Bank match in 2018.
Actually, James Ellsworth won the match, but that’s neither here nor there. Anybody heard from James Ellsworth lately? Anyway.
She joins Bayley, Ember Moon, and Mandy Rose as the blue brand’s representatives.
Rounding out the card
Elsewhere at Money in the Bank, Becky Lynch will try to retain her title as Becky Two-Belts as she pulls double duty. She will defend the Raw Women’s Championship against Lacey Evans. Also on the show, Charlotte Flair will challenge for Lynch’s SmackDown Women’s Championship because we haven’t seen that match nearly enough over the last two years.
AJ Styles will challenge Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship, and Roman Reigns will face Elias in what the company is allegedly referring to as a wrestling match.
In other action this week, Rey Mysterio picked up a win over United States Champion Samoa Joe on Raw to set up a potential WrestleMania 35 rematch. That match has yet to be announced, but there are still just over two weeks before the show.
No matches have been announced for the Money in the Bank kickoff show yet, but it seems likely that it will feature a tag team championship match and possibly a bout for the Cruiserweight Championship.
Full Announced Match Listing
WWE Universal Championship – Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles
WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens
Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match – Ricochet vs. Braun Strowman vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin vs. Randy Orton vs. Andrade vs. Ali vs. Finn Balor
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match – Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Dana Brooke vs. Naomi vs. Carmella vs. Bayley vs. Ember Moon vs. Mandy Rose
Steel Cage Match – The Miz vs. Shane McMahon
‘Somebody Somewhere Wants to See This, Right?’ Match – Roman Reigns vs. Elias
It looks like a pretty loaded show already, but this is WWE, so expect about eight or nine more matches to be announced over the next two weeks.
Money in the Bank 2019 will stream live from Hartford, Connecticut, on the WWE Network on May 19.
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