Money In The Bank 2018
I am so far out of the loop with the current product – this is the first PPV event I’ve watched in well over a year. And it’s the first WWE DVD I’ve reviewed in even longer…
But that worked out pretty well for me. I’ve always enjoyed the Money In The Bank-match concept and its full-branded PPV learned, early on, not to stretch that concept to breaking point.
Here, this year we have a co-branded RAW/SmackDown showcase with a stacked card. And a lot happens. Most of it goes down pretty well too.
Things start off well with the always-huge pop for Daniel Bryan. The match itself was neither great nor bad but the crowd-energy and investment sells it well.
Bobby Lashley and Sami Zayn are far less exciting. But the intercontinental bout between Seth Rollins and Elias is one of the great matches of the evening.
I loved the Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match too. A nice surprise in the finish – for later storyline purposes, of course but everyone had a chance (or two) to shine. And just further evidence of how far the women’s division has come.
Roman Reigns an Jinder Mahal suffered for being just-another-match on a stacked card. Good performers, Reigns especially, all but ignored by the crowd. Again, not a dud as such – but one of the lesser matches on the night.
One of the big, big matches here was AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura; two great workers with huge amount of skill just going at it. And lots happened. And it was good. No-brainer.
Ronda Rousey in her first solo match for the RAW Women’s Championship looked awesome; she’s got wrestling down – using her awesome fighting skills, riding on the impressive back-story and physical pedigree but totally in the pro-wrestling world now. Nia Jax is a big talent too so this was yet another ripper. Even if it existed to further future storylines more than to really sell any particular talent or settle a specific feud.
On such a big card – stacked high with talent – the Men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match tended to suffer somewhat even though it was not bad. The women’s title that happened directly before it and AJ and Shinsuke were the late show-stealers; the final ladder match has some great, gruesome spots in it – but maybe it was just too late in the piece. I guess it had to close the show.
Good card though. Really good show all up – and with a second disc to cover the second half of the event and add extras of the dark matches and promos it’s 300 minutes of Supershow; one of the WWE’s newer flagship PPV events – a classic to rival the great “Big Four” shows of the early years.
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