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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Liv Morgan wins MITB briefcase, cashes in and pins Ronda Rousey

On Saturday night in Las Vegas, the careers of two WWE superstars will change at Money in the Bank.

WWE’s signature ladder match event takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and features two MITB matches, one for the women’s division and the other for the men’s. The winner of each event will be locked into a world title shot of their choosing at any time they wish to cash in.

Also on the line are both women’s singles championships with Bianca Belair defending the Raw title against a late replacement in Carmella, who stepped in after Rhea Ripley wasn’t medically cleared, and Natalya challenging Ronda Rousey for her SmackDown belt.

Follow along as Mike Coppinger recaps all the action as it happens.

Match in progress: Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match: Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus vs. Omos vs. Sami Zayn vs. Riddle vs. Madcap Moss vs. Theory

Before the match began, Theory was added as the eighth participant.


Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match: Liv Morgan def. Lacey Evans, Alexa Bliss, Raquel Rodriguez, Asuka, Shotzi and Becky Lynch

Ronda Rousey (c) def. Natalya

Liv Morgan def. Ronda Rousey (c) — Briefcase cash in for the Smackdown women’s championship

Liv Morgan is Miss Money in the Bank.

In a fantastic, frenetic Women’s Money in the Bank match, it was Morgan who climbed the ladder and captured the briefcase for a guaranteed shot at one of two women’s championships (currently held by Ronda Rousey and Bianca Belair).

The action kicked into gear when Morgan and Becky Lynch attempted to double-suplex Raquel Rodriguez — before it was reversed. Both women were then suplexed simultaneously onto the ladder.

Shotzi attempted to run up a ladder that was set up as a bridge to attack Rodriguez, but she fell through. With a pile of women now stacked on the ladder bridge, Lynch connected with a Springboard Splash onto all of them. Alexa Bliss then took out a group with a 450 splash before she made the first climb up the ladder. Rodriguez stymied her climb before Bliss used a Hurricarana to throw Rodriguez into the ladder bridge.

Shotzi then absorbed a hip toss from Asuka onto that same ladder before she started another climb with Lacey Evans ascending on the other side. Becky tried to tip them over, but they caught themselves and landed on their feet. Evans was able to grab the briefcase, but she couldn’t unhook it as Rodriguez was there to stop her.

Morgan then reached for the briefcase, but decided to go on the offensive and performed a sunset flip powerbomb on Evans in one of the high spots of the match. That left Rodriguez alone atop the ladder, but Shotzi stopped her and threw her in a Tree of Woe on the ladder.

Shotzi then put Bliss onto her shoulders and connected with an Electric Chair Slam, with Bliss awkwardly crashing into the ladder back-first. Shotzi continued to push the pace and attempted a senton off the top rope onto Lynch, but Lynch moved out of the way and Shotzi hit the ladder back-first.

Asuka returned to the mix and took out Lynch with a kick to the head. She climbed the ladder but Rodriguez threw her out of the ring. Rodriguez then set up the ladder as a bridge to the announcer table on the outside and attempted to send Asuka through the ladder. Instead Asuka countered and put Rodriguez into a triangle.

Lynch joined the action and set up Asuka flat on the ladder before she connected with a modified senton before they both bounced off the ladder in another high spot that whipped the Las Vegas crowd into a frenzy.

With three ladders set up in the middle of the ring and the rest of the field climbing, Lynch tipped over Shotzi and Rodriguez off one ladder, then tipped Evans and Bliss off the other ladder before climbing herself. Morgan made her appearance to stop her ascent and set up another ladder next to Lynch’s. Lynch tried to tip her ladder over, but Morgan stopped the fall by pushing off the top rope and took out Lynch. Morgan then grabbed the briefcase and cried tears of happiness as the Las Vegas crowd popped in a major way.

Ronda Rousey (c) def. Natalya

Ronda Rousey retained her Smackdown women’s championship after she sunk in the armbar on Natalya in a back-and-forth match. Rousey attempted Piper’s Pit early in the match but Natalya reversed it into a roll up before she applied an armbar on Ronda. Rousey then revered it into a Sharpshooter, Natalya’s finishing move, before Natalya grabbed the rope to break the hold.

Ronda then went for the armbar, but Natalya pushed her through the roes onto the floor, tweaking Rousey’s knee. She threw Rousey into a Sharpshooter on the apron, but Rousey escaped by throwing Natalya into the turnbuckle.

Ronda attempted Piper’s Pit again but her knee wasn’t strong enough to execute the finisher, so she again went for the armbar. Natalya reversed it into a sharpshooter, then Ronda revered into the ankle lock. Natalya again went for the sharpshooter but this time Rousey reversed it into the armbar for the tap-out victory.

Liv Morgan def. Ronda Rousey (c) — Briefcase cash in for the Smackdown women’s championship

With Ronda Rousey hobbled, Liv Morgan capitalized and cashed in her Money in the Bank briefcase she won earlier in the night. Morgan was immediately throw into an ankle lock, but after an extended period in the hold as a victory for Rousey was teased, the challenger escaped and rolled up Ronda for the pinfall victory to capture the title.

What’s next: Rousey hugged and congratulated an emotional Morgan after the match. It’s possible the former UFC champion is set for a hiatus, which could set up Morgan against Charlotte Flair at SummerSlam.

WWE United States championship: Bobby Lashley def. Theory (c)

The reign of the youngest United States champion in history is over. A bloodied Bobby Lashley forced Theory to submit from the Hurt Lock to regain the U.S. championship.

Theory attempted the A-Town Down, but Lashley reversed the finisher into a roll-up. Theory then raked Lashley’s eyes to escape a Powerslam before he hit Lashley with the All-Mighty’s own finisher, the spear. Theory again went for the A-Town Down before Lashley countered and sunk in the Hurt Lock for the win.

The match kicked into high gear earlier when Theory went to work with a series of elbows, followed by an extended chin lock after a Superkick took Lashley off the top turnbuckle. After nearly two minutes, Lashley nearly powered out of the chin lock before Theory dug the lock in deeper for another 90 seconds or so.

Lashley finally escaped and connected on a serious of clotheslines and a belly-to-belly suplex. Theory later attempted his somersault into a clothesline but was caught and Gorilla-pressed. Theory kicked out of a roll up, then used a drop toe hold to smash Lashley face-first off the turnbuckle. He finished that sequence with a somersault into a shotgun drop kick.

Lashley then hit his Powerslam, which was the beginning of the end for Theory’s first championship run.

What’s next: It was a mild surprise that Lashley won considering the meteoric push Theory has enjoyed since he joined the main roster in October. However, Theory still looked strong in defeat. He was facing the most formidable opponent of his career, so a victory would have been yet another signal that Theory is earmarked for stardom. It’s possible WWE wanted the belt off Theory so he could move onto even bigger things, but a rematch with Lashley could lie ahead, although a future match with John Cena was teased on Raw.

Undisputed WWE tag team championship: The Usos (c) def. The Street Profits

In an instant classic, The Usos retained the WWE unified tag team championship after they delivered the 1-D on Montez Ford following a double Superkick. The Usos and Street Profits were given ample time to deliver, with four false finishes that brought the crowd to its feet.

Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford performed a double-team Suplex into a Frog Splash onto Jey Uso before Jimmy Uso later hit Dawkins with a Suicide Dive. The Usos then double-Suplexed Dawkins into the turnbuckle post on the outside. Finally, Dawkins was able to reach Ford for the hot tag. Ford attempted an attack from the top rope, but he was caught with a Superkick from Jey followed by a Drive-by from Jimmy on the outside.

The Usos then performed a double-team backbreaker into a flying Jimmy chop off the top rope, and then connected on a wishbone. Ford attempted a springboard attack, but Jimmy stopped him with a right uppercut. Ford finally grabbed the upper hand with a Suplex of Jimmy onto the apron on the outside before he found Dawkins for another hot tag.

That’s when the match really kicked into high gear. Dawkins performed a somersault over the top rope that took out both Usos on the outside. Dawkins then delivered a Corkscrew Neckbreaker on Jimmy. Dawkins plowed through both Usos on the outside with a monster shoulder tackle before he later teamed up with Ford for a slam of Jimmy for the first false finish of the match.

In another false finish, Jey kicked out of the double Blockbuster. He traded punches with Dawkins before The Street Profits attempted a second double Blockbuster that was thwarted by Jimmy.

Ford absorbed a double Superkick but kicked out in a third false finish. He then dumped Jey over the top rope and hit both Usos with a flying splash on the outside where he cleared the turnbuckle in the high spot of the match. Ford finally connected on the Frog Splash on Jey, but Jimmy broke up the fourth false finish.

All four superstars began to trade blows in the center of the ring as the crowd went wild. Dawkins was taken out by being tossed into the timekeeper’s area leaving Ford in the ring to take the pin. After the match was over, the highlight revealed that Ford’s shoulder was up and as The Usos walked to the back, the Street Profits complained that the match should continue.

What’s next: A Ford turn on Dawkins was teased as the high flyer complained after viewing replays that his shoulder was actually up on the pin. It appears to be a matter of time until Ford turns heel and enjoys a singles run. Perhaps that will take place at SummerSlam when a rematch against The Usos seems likely.

WWE Raw women’s championship: Bianca Belair (c) def. Carmella

In yet another successful defense of her Raw Women’s championship, Bianca Belair defeated Carmella with the KOD. After the match, while Belair was celebrating the victory on the turnbuckle, Carmella attacked her and then followed with a series of punches, leaving the champion hurt and teasing a cash-in attempt. But Liv Morgan’s music never hit.

What’s next: This felt like a placeholder title match for Belair, who should find a new rival for SummerSlam.


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