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WWE fans may have returned to the arena on Friday night, but the Money in the Bank pay-per-view is the peak of a three-shows-in-four-nights celebration of that shift.
The seven-match card features two of the titular Money in the Bank ladder matches, with a wide variety of potential outcomes for both the eight men and eight women involved. If history is any indication, the currently announced field might not even be the lineup we ultimately see once the bell rings.
There’s also three world title matches, as Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair renew tensions over the Raw women’s championship, Roman Reigns and Edge go one-on-one for the Universal title and former WWE champion Kofi Kingston challenges current champ Bobby Lashley.
Finally, both the Raw and SmackDown men’s tag team championships will be on the line, with the SmackDown version set for the kickoff show. Follow along live throughout the night as we break everything down match by match.
Match in progress: Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match: Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka vs. Liv Morgan vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Nikki Cross vs. Zelina Vega vs. Tamina
Results: SmackDown tag team championships: The Usos def. Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio (c)
Name a better pair than The Usos being jettisoned to the kickoff show despite being more than worthy of a prime pay-per-view slot, and then stepping up and over-delivering. I’ll wait.
The now seven-time tag team champions defeated Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio to win the SmackDown tag team titles with a little bit of creativity and a lot of rule bending.
It took the crowd a while to fire up, and they struggled at times to get behind Rey and Dominik, who have largely had this run inside the Thunderdome without live fans in attendance. But the collective performances of all four participants slowly brought the crowd energy up throughout the match.
They came alive and exploded into “this is awesome” chants in the closing minutes. Jimmy Uso absorbed a 619 for his brother Jey and saved the match for his team. Then Jey superkicked and top-rope splashed Rey, which the audience thought was the end. When Rey kicked out, the energy spiked again.
Finally, in a chaotic ending, Jimmy dropped Rey face-first onto the top turnbuckle, rolled Rey up for a pinfall, and Jey added illegal leverage to Jimmy’s back by sticking his legs under the bottom rope to get the three-count.
What’s next: With the cheating finish, there’s likely to be a rematch in the short term. But for now, pending Roman Reigns’ Universal championship defense against Edge later in the night, Reigns and his family have increased their power and influence over the rest of the SmackDown roster.
Still to come:
Universal championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge
Raw women’s championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
WWE championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match: Big E vs. Drew McIntyre vs. John Morrison vs. Kevin Owens vs. Matt Riddle vs. Ricochet vs. Seth Rollins vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Raw tag team championships: AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs. The Viking Raiders
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