Money In The Bank is one of WWE’s most anticipated pay-per-views of the year. On Sunday, May 19th, 2019, the annual event emanates from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Kickoff Show begins at 6 PM ET, the main card begins at 7:00 PM ET, and you can watch on the award-winning WWE Network.
The show features two Money in the Bank ladder matches, where the match is won by retrieving a briefcase hoisted in the air. The winners can “cash in” their briefcase at any time and receive a championship match.
Without further ado, here’s my brief but blunt thoughts on the card.
Universal Championship – Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles: Fresh off of publicly announcing he’s been burning it down in the bedroom with WWE’s Becky Lynch (stemming from my exclusive report on the award-winning “Oh, You Didn’t Know Wrestling Show” – available on Apple, Android, Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud), Rollins is set to face one of the greatest in-ring workers of this generation in AJ Styles. Babyface champion Rollins is as ‘create-a-wrestler generic’ as it gets. The storytelling has been virtually non-existent but the match itself should be good.
WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens: Kevin Owens, who was originally scheduled to face Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania before getting injured, will finally receive the WWE Championship match he was scheduled to (albeit a bit later than planned and against a different opponent). He cuts a pretty good promo and can put on a good match, but the criticism is that he looks like many fans watching the show in the arena. Kingston’s win at WrestleMania was meaningful for various reasons, but he has a comedy gimmick and doesn’t seem to be the long term answer. The match should be fine, but Owens isn’t the right character to be the next champion.
Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans: The women’s division badly misses Ronda Rousey already, and that’s never been more evident. Lacey is currently the best female character in the entire company and Becky’s “Dollar Store Stone Cold” character hasn’t connected with WWE’s audience like they hoped. The match won’t be very good, but they can tell a good follow-up story if Lacey Evans leaves as the champion.
Smackdown Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte: There are a limited amount of WWE Superstars that I would watch wrestle each other repeatedly, and these aren’t two of them. The match will probably be perfectly fine, but the rivalry has been played out, and doesn’t nearly have the interest it once did. I don’t see any chance of Lynch losing both championships, and Charlotte doesn’t need another champi onship reign.
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match – Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor vs. Ali vs. Andrade vs. Sami Zayn vs. Randy Orton: There are far too many WWE Superstars in this match, but I would argue the biggest issue is the played out concept of the Money in the Bank briefcase. Regardless, the match should be fun and arguably the best on the card. Baron Corbin winning and cashing in successfully would be true redemption for the character who is arguably the company’s biggest heel.
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Dana Brooke vs. Bayley vs. Mandy Rose vs. Ember Moon vs. Carmella: To date, the in-ring work itself has been a disaster in the two women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches, but they’ve managed to nail the ending each time. There isn’t a single character in this match that I watch and think, I’d sure love to see them win. I don’t have any emotional investment in this match at all – maybe the car crash potential will make it entertaining.
Roman Reigns vs. Elias: This match is simply filler for Roman Reigns until he’s moved into the main event. Elias has been criminally mishandled and is badly in need of a signature win on PPV.
Steel Cage Match – Miz vs. Shane McMahon: This rivalry feels like it has gone on forever. Shane defeated the Miz at WrestleMania, and this should be Miz’s opportunity for payback. I’ve long admired Shane’s work in the Attitude Era of WWE, and for stepping away to prove himself outside of the WWE bubble, but his worked punches are the worst in the history of the company – with that said, enjoy this video.
United States Championship – Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio: This has the potential to be one of the more intriguing matches on the card, thanks to the involvement of Rey’s son, Dominic. No doubt he should have some involvement in this match, leading to the rivalry continuing.
Kickoff Show – SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship – Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. The Usos: Bryan and Rowan are a ‘fine for the moment’ tag team, although Rowan, while being a very, very large man, is also a very, very boring WWE Superstar. The Usos have recently evolved into more of an entertainment and comedy duo. The Uso Penitentiary is now the Uso Daycare. This should be a pretty good match, but the rivalry was rushed, and I’m not emotionally invested in it at all.
Kickoff Show – Cruiserweight Championship — Tony Nese (c) vs. Ariya Daivari: I don’t watch 205 Live, along with most humans on Planet Earth. If I wanted to watch a bunch of athletic, smaller men flip, flop and fly, I’d buy a ticket to Cirque Du Soleil. WWE’s Cruiserweight division is awful.