Liv Morgan can finally proclaim herself world champion. Morgan and the WWE Universe celebrated his successful capture of the Money in the Bank briefcase on Saturday night. The energy only intensified when she was able to cash in on Ronda Rousey to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Fans have long wanted to see Morgan’s rise in the main event. Their commitment paid off as WWE finally pulled the trigger on their title campaign.
Meanwhile, on the men’s side, none of the superstars announced for the main event claimed the briefcase as that honor went to a surprise entrant.
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Money in the Bank 2022 results, grades
Money in the Bank Men’s Match – Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins vs. Riddle vs. Sami Zayn vs. Madcap Moss vs. Sheamus vs. Omos vs. Theory: The theory was a late addition to the match announced by authority figure Adam Pearce. It was teased during the match that Vince McMahon offered Theory the spot after losing the US title to Bobby Lashley earlier that night. Zayn suffered serious abuse as soon as Moss threw and slammed him into various ladders. Riddle was a madman all along. A highlight of the match saw the ultimate bro land a floating Bro from a ladder on his opponents. Omos crushed the competition for a while, but its size finally got the better of it. The rest of the field teamed up, hoisted him high, and drove him through the announcer’s table. McIntyre was on his way to retrieve the briefcase but was interrupted by Butch. Riddle took Rollins out of the equation with a Super RKO off the scales. The victory was almost his, but Theory rushed in at the last moment and captured the briefcase. Competitors put their bodies on lines with a number of big spots. It was a chaotic match with a number of credible contenders. It probably won’t be the biggest match on the Money in the Bank ladder, but it was a lot of fun. Theory def. Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins, Riddle, Sami Zayn, Madcap Moss, Sheamus and Omos to win the Money in the Bank men’s briefcase. Grade: B+
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Liv Morgan: Morgan didn’t wait long to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Rousey limped noticeably during and after her successful title defense against Natalya. The crowd jumped to Morgan’s music and the ringside announcer confirmed she was cashing in her briefcase. Rousey pulled off an extended ankle lock that had fans wondering if WWE was about to spoil Morgan’s big moment. Morgan finally countered into a schoolboy roll-up for the three count. The crowd roared with delight as Morgan’s moment of glory materialized. The execution of the roll-up was messy, but who cares? It was a moment of well-being; sometimes that’s all pro wrestling is. The Las Vegas crowd chanted “you deserve it” as Morgan hoisted his world title high. Liv Morgan defeats. Ronda Rousey (c) to become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion. Rating: A
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Natalya: Money in the Bank’s penultimate (scheduled) match was mixed. Moments of one-upmanship — like when Rousey and Natalya traded finishers — were well received. The chain wrestling exchanges went fairly well, but there were a number of glaring issues with the match. Natalya’s striking attack had little pizzazz and Rousey oversold a few times. Most notably, Rousey rushed out of the ring with virtually no input from Natalya. The exchange of submission holds at the end was a nice touch with Rousey finally getting her trademark armbar. Ronda Rousey (c) beats. Natalya by submission to retain her title. Grade: C+
WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships – The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) vs. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford): Ford is generally seen as the A-side of the Street Profits, but Dawkins really shone in this game. His forward dive to the outside was stellar and his 360 enziguri kick was absurd for a man his size. The match was brimming with charisma. Ford repeatedly telling The Usos to “suck it” off the top rope drew a massive backlash from fans. Jimmy and Jey were at their bravest and boastful best. Both teams hit with strong and believable strikes. The mid-game rest period went on too long, but the drama and intensity from the back of the game made up for it entirely. The live audience was scorching for both teams’ near falls. Ford – as he often does – stole the show by doing a front dive over the corner post to the outside. The Usos secured their title after knocking out Dawkins on the outside and planting Ford with the 1-D. It was revealed after the match that Ford’s shoulder was in fact off the mat, casting doubt on the outcome and setting up a rematch down the line. The Usos (c) def. Street Profits via pinfall to retain the undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships. Rating: A
Raw Women’s Championship – Bianca Belair (c) vs. Carmella: Belair and Carmella pieced together a short but solid match. Both women landed a hard-hitting attack and the whole game was clean. Belair showed off his wick athleticism with power bombs and backflips. Carmella had no problem drawing boos from the audience. Carmella’s post-match attack against Belair seemed pointless, but it didn’t take or add to the game. Bianca Belair (c) defeats. Carmella via fell to retain her Raw Women’s Championship. Category B
United States Championship — Theory (c) vs. Bobby Lashley: The audience was firmly in Lashley’s corner, bursting into countless “Lashley” chants. The theory excelled as his usual mockery of the audience. Lashley’s highlights included an impressive catch in a military press and a dipping Theory catch to the outside. Theory’s movement was fluid and his strikes felt very crisp. Theory eventually fell victim to Lashey’s injured lock and was forced into submission. A solid game from both participants. Bobby Lashley won. Austin Theory (c) by submission to win the United States Championship. Category B
Money in the Bank Women’s Match – Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch vs. Asuka vs. Liv Morgan vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Lacey Evans vs. Shotzi: The match suffered from a number of janky points, from an early exchange between Asuka and Lynch to a difficult ladder squat point with Rodriguez. Lynch’s dive off the ladder and Morgan’s rebound off the rope to win the match helped even things up. Morgan threw Lynch off the ladder and retrieved the briefcase. The live crowd went wild for Morgan’s victory. The good woman absolutely won and it looked like WWE was ready to pull the trigger on Morgan as world champion. Liv Morgan defeats. Becky Lynch, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Raquel Rodriguez, Lacey Evans and Shotzi to win the Money in the Bank Women’s Briefcase. Category B