Trav’s Money In the Bank Premium Live Event Review

Trav’s Money In the Bank Premium Live Event Review

The WWE held another premium live event outside the United States and this time it was in London. The Money in the Bank event took place at the 02 Arena. Elimination Chamber, Backlash and the Night of Champions were all successful outside of the United States and we knew Money in the Bank would be too. Triple H stated during the press conference that it was the most successful Money in the Bank in the company’s history. Money in the Bank was highlighted by the men and women’s Money in the Bank ladder match. Seth Rollins defended his World Heavyweight championship against Finn Balor. Gunther put up his Intercontinental title against Matt Riddle. In the Bloodline Civil War, Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa battled the Usos. During the event, we also got a surprise visit from John Cena as he teased WrestleMania being in London.

Trav’s Money In the Bank Premium Live Event Review

We kicked the evening off with the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match. Ricochet, Damien Priest, L.A. Knight, Nakamura, Butch, Santos Escobar and Logan Paul all competed. Things kicked off with everyone attacking Logan Paul before they went at each other. As always, there were some crazy spots in this match. Ricochet had a few, but none like the Spanish Fly through a couple tables on the floor on Logan Paul. The spot was scary because it looked like Paul broke the table by landing on the back of his neck. Afterwards, Paul showed his wounds and said he loved what he was doing. The crowd was firmly behind L.A. Knight as he was the favorite along with Paul to retrieve the briefcase. Escobar and Nakamura also had moments throughout the match. Butch was another crowd favorite brought physicality to the match.

Knight and Butch climbed a ladder in the middle of the ring. Butch sent Knight down after attempting to snap his fingers. Priest joined Butch at the top of the ladder. Priest sent Butch down onto a ladder in the corner. Knight sent Priest over the ropes. Knight took Escobar and Nakamura out. Knight climbed the ladder. Priest joined him at the top. Priest drove Knight into the mat from the ladder. Priest headed up the ladder again and unhooked the briefcase.

Winner and 2023 Men’s Money in the Bank Winner: Damien Priest

Match Rating: 4/5- The match was amazing in my eyes. Many people online complained that the WWE fumbled the ball by not having Knight win. While Knight was my pick, I’m not upset with Priest winning the briefcase. Priest has been amazing in Judgement Day, and he deserves to have the briefcase. Triple H stated that good things come to those that wait regarding Knight not winning. L.A. Knight will be a champion in WWE, but he doesn’t need the briefcase to do so. In my opinion, Priest winning opens a lot of possibilities and one will be him leaving Judgement Day. Those seeds have been planted and they were planted even more later in the show.

Trav’s Money In the Bank Premium Live Event Review

We had Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey defending the Women tag titles against Raquel Rodriguez and Liv Morgan. Morgan and Rodriguez are the former champions but had to drop them because of Morgan’s injury. Rousey & Baszler just unified the titles with the NXT Women’s tag titles a couple weeks ago. Rousey & Baszler worked on the injured arm of Morgan throughout the match. Rousey looked good in this match but was attacked by Baszler during the match. Baszler left and leaving Rousey by herself. Rodriguez tagged in. Rodriguez slammed Rousey into the mat. Morgan tagged in. Morgan connected with Oblivion to win the gold for her team.

Winners and New Women’s Tag Champs: Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez

Match Rating: 3/5– The match itself wasn’t bad and Rousey looked comfortable in the ring. The big news is Baszler turning on Rousey which was the plan all along. Hopefully, this is the start of Baszler being the bad ass she was in NXT.

Trav’s Money In the Bank Premium Live Event Review

Gunther put up his Intercontinental Championship against Matt Riddle in this match. Gunther is one of my favorite wrestlers in the world now. He just punishes people and he’s an incredible wrestler. Gunther has held on to the championship for over a year now. This was another physical match by him, and Riddle did his fair share of dishing it out also. Gunther focused on the injured ankle of Riddle throughout the match. Gunther also hit Riddle with a flurry of chops throughout the match. In the end, Gunther hammered Riddle’s bandaged ankle and Riddle tapped to the ankle lock.

Winner and Still Intercontinental Champ: Gunther

Match Rating: 3.75/5– After the match, the music of Drew McIntyre hit, and the Scottish Warrior finally returned to the WWE. McIntyre hasn’t been seen since WrestleMania. Gunther pushed him but was met with a Glasgow Kiss and Claymore. McIntyre grabbed and held up the Intercontinental championship. There has been a lot of speculation about McIntyre and his status with the WWE, but he’s back for now.

Trav’s Money In the Bank Premium Live Event Review

We had Cody Rhodes taking on Dominik Mysterio in this contest. As always, Mysterio came to the ring with Rhea Ripley, and she played a huge part in this match. This is a good matchup for Dominik to be in the ring with a veteran like Cody Rhodes. This feud is really to give them something to do until Brock Lesnar returns for SummerSlam. The crowd was behind Rhodes and they boo’d Mysterio like every other crowd. As mentioned, Ripley got involved and that led to Mysterio trying to hit the 619, but Rhodes caught him. Rhodes sent Mysterio down with a spinning Alabama Slam. Rhodes connected with the Cody Cutter. “The American Nightmare” then hit the Cross Rhodes to win.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

Match Rating: 3/5- We all thought Brock Lesnar would make his presence felt, but it was the right call not to have him there.

Trav’s Money In the Bank Premium Live Event Review

We had the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match now. Bayley, Iyo Sky, Trish Stratus, Becky Lynch, Zelina Vega, and Zoey Stark all participated. Becky Lynch went after Stark and Stratus as they made their entrances. The match started out slow, but it picked up later. Things picked up when Stark attempted to handcuff Lynch to the ring. Lynch fought back. Stratus was sent over the commentary table. Lynch sent Stark onto a ladder at ringside. Lynch and Stratus fought on the commentary table. Lynch planted Stratus onto a ladder that was placed between the commentary table and the apron. Stark sent Lynch down. Vega and Stark battled at the top of the ladder in the center of the ring. Vega delivered a Code Red to Stark onto the ladder below. SKY climbed the ladder. Bayley pushed the ladder over while SKY was inches away from retrieving the briefcase.

Bayley and Lynch fought at the top of the ladder. Lynch used the handcuffs to hook Bayley down from the ladder. SKY then handcuffed Lynch and Bayley together on the ladder. SKY unhooked the briefcase after climbing over Bayley.

Winner and 2023 Money in the Bank Winner: Iyo Sky

Match Rating: 3.75/5– Iyo Sky was the rightful winner for many reasons. The first one is that she deserves it because she’s one of the best in the business. The other will further the dissension of Damage CTRL as it has been teased. Bayley prevented Sky from winning and Sky climbing over her to win the briefcase.

Trav’s Money In the Bank Premium Live Event Review

Seth “Freakin” Rollins put up his World Heavyweight Championship against Finn Balor. Balor has been attacking Rollins for the past few weeks. This feud is coming full circle back to 2015 when Rollins injured Balor forcing him to relinquish the Universal title. This was more of a fight than a wrestling match. While they fought Priest headed to the ring with his Money in the Bank briefcase in hand. Rollins confronted Priest. Priest grabbed a steel chair and took a seat. Bálor took advantage and delivered a flurry of moves at ringside. Back inside the ring, Bálor dropkicked Rollins into the corner. Priest distracted Bálor by standing up and getting closer to the ring. Bálor ended up missing his move from the top. Rollins then stomped Bálor’s head into the canvas to retain the gold.

Winner and Still World Heavyweight Champ: Seth Rollins

Match Rating: 3.5/5- We knew the match wasn’t going to be a classic wrestling match, but it done its job. We now have dissension in Judgement Day. Wouldn’t be surprised if Priest is kicked out soon.

Trav’s Money In the Bank Premium Live Event Review

We had the main event, and it was the Bloodline Civil War. Reigns and Sikoa worked over Jimmy throughout the match with Jey making the hot tags. Things started to pick up when Jimmy delivered two superkicks to Reigns. Jimmy went to the top rope for a splash, but Reigns caught him with the Guillotine. Jimmy fought back. Jey became the legal man. The referee was inadvertently knocked out of the ring. Jimmy landed a superkick. The Usos connected with a 1D to Reigns. The referee was unable to count the cover. Reigns and Sikoa slammed Jimmy and Jey into the mat. Sikoa and Reigns delivered a spike and spear to Jey at the same time. Sikoa dragged Jimmy on top of Jey.

The Usos kicked out of Reigns’ double pin. Sikoa and Reigns continued to assault Jimmy and Jey. Jimmy moved out of the way of Sikoa’s splash from the barricade through the commentary table. Reigns landed a spear on Jey in the ring. Jey kicked out of Reigns’ cover with a low blow out of the referee’s sight. The Usos took out both Reigns and Sikoa with a series of superkicks. Jey hit a splash on Reigns from the top turnbuckle to win the match.

Winners: The Usos

Match Rating: 3.75/5- All I have to say is that Roman Reigns took the pin. This coming Smackdown will be interesting.


Overall Rating: 7/10- Money in the Bank has always been one of my favorite premium live events for years. This one kept me entertained and we have a lot to unpack until Summerslam. Below are my top 5 things from Money in the Bank.


Top 5 Moments from Money in the Bank:

  1. Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
  2. John Cena’s return
  3. Drew McIntyre’s Return
  4. Bloodline Civil War
  5. Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

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