WWE Money in the Bank 2022 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights
WWE returned to Las Vegas on Saturday night for its Money in the Bank premium live event, headlined by the men's and women's namesake ladder matches in which a guaranteed championship opportunity awaited the victors.
Who climbed the ladder to success and retrieved a briefcase that all but assured them a championship reign?
What happened in the undercard, where top championships from Raw and SmackDown were at stake in matches featuring the best and brightest the company has to offer?
Find out now with this recap of the July 2 extravaganza.
- Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss vs. Riddle vs. Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus vs. Sami Zayn vs. Omos
- Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Alexa Bliss vs. Liv Morgan vs. Asuka vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Lacey Evans vs. Shotzi vs. Becky Lynch
- SmackDown Women's Championship Match: Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya
- Raw Women's Championship Match: Bianca Belair vs. Carmella
- United States Championship Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Theory
- Unified WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Street Profits vs. The Usos
Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Lacey Evans, Raquel Rodriguez, Becky Lynch, Asuka, Liv Morgan, Shotzi and Alexa Bliss battled in the first Money in the Bank Ladder match of Saturday's broadcast.
After two years of steadily climbing up the ranks in the WWE women's division, Morgan scored the biggest victory of her career, preventing Lynch from grabbing the coveted briefcase. Instead of Big Time Becks capturing what almost certainly would have been another title reign, the lone survivor of The Riott Squad paid off her arduous journey in grand fashion.
Ironically enough, it was at the hands of Lynch, who previously foiled her best shot at a championship victory.
No Superstar in this match has suffered more from start-and-stop pushes, endured more creative uncertainty or consistently wore her passion on her face more than Morgan has over the last 600-plus days. She earned this win and whatever comes as a result of it.
The match, like the Raw and SmackDown women's divisions of late, was hardly perfect.
It was disjointed at times, and the inexperience in this particular match type from several of the participants was evident. Despite all of it, the fun was real, and the crowd grew hotter for the bout down the stretch, making it a solid choice for the opener.
With Bianca Belair scheduled to defend her Raw Women's Championship against Carmella later that night and SmackDown's Ronda Rousey putting her title on the line against Natalya, the question now becomes when we see Morgan again.
Morgan wins Money in the Bank briefcase, defeating Lynch, Rodriguez, Shotzi, Bliss, Asuka, Evans.
- Rodriguez took Lynch and Morgan over with a suplex on the ladder in the first "oh damn...that hurt" moment of the night.
- The goodwill generated by Evans' return promos is all but gone at this point as evidenced by the boos that accompanied her attempted climbs.
- Morgan delivered a sunset flip powerbomb from the top of the ladder to Evans that was one of the best spots of the match.
- Shotzi and Bliss had an ugly moment in which one of the ladders did not cooperate, leading to the latter ending up crashing into the weapon back- and hip-first.
- A top-of-the-ladder leg drop from Lynch to Asuka, who was sprawled on another, bridged another ladder. Though the latter ladder (say that 10 times fast) failed to break, it was still a crowd-pleasing spot.
- Lynch dumped Shotzi, Rodriguez, Evans and Bliss off the ladder but failed to capture the briefcase as Morgan cut her off in a great, dramatic finish.
United States Championship Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Theory
For the first time in one-on-one action, United States champion Theory defended against Bobby Lashley. A feud dominated by pose-downs, bodies sculpted from granite and baby oil, it culminated Saturday night in Las Vegas in a match that was better than its build suggested.
Theory overcame an early onslaught by the No. 1 contender to wrest control of the match. Every time Lashley attempted to mount a consistent comeback, the young prodigy cut him off.
What was a signature match for the Atlanta native, though, ended in disappointment as Lashley countered his finish and applied the Hurt Lock for the submission victory.
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There were no high spots in this one—just hard-hitting action that proved Theory can hang with top stars but still needs to prove himself by beating one of them in a high-profile situation.
Given the teases of a match with John Cena, it makes sense that WWE officials would want to get the title off Theory ahead of SummerSlam. That July 30 match, assuming he wins, would be one such defining victory. Even in defeat, it would be a huge sign of trust in the young star.
Lashley as the United States champion elevates that title and, in the absence of the WWE Championship, has the potential to entrench him in the No. 1 babyface position while simultaneously giving talent something to fight over.
Lashley defeated Theory to win the United States Championship.
- Lashley narrowly caught Theory in a fireman's carry and sent him into the ring post. The champion's body smacked the floor and, at least momentarily, he nursed a banged-up knee.
- Theory used Lashley's own spear against him, gaining a close two-count.
- The new champion sported a bloodied mouth after the match—evidence of a physical battle between him and his opponent.
Raw Women's Championship Match: Bianca Belair vs. Carmella
Bianca Belair defended the Raw Women's Championship in the third match of Saturday's premium live event.
A highly competitive match not unlike its predecessor in Lashley vs. Theory, this saw a seemingly overmatched challenger in Carmella hang right in there with The EST, bringing physical intensity uncommon for The Most Beautiful Woman in WWE and rocking her with a superkick late that could have earned her the title.
Belair, proving as resilient as ever, fought through her opponent's onslaught and delivered the Kiss of Death for the win and successful title defense.
The EST's excellence is well documented. She has been extraordinary from day one and has backed it up consistently, including in two Match of the Year candidates at consecutive WrestleManias.
Carmella, on the other hand, is oftentimes overlooked and underrated by the WWE Universe and analysts alike despite repeatedly showing up in big matches. She did it during her entire championship reign in 2018, has consistently done so since in matches with Sasha Banks and Liv Morgan, and showed out in this one. Is she the most polished wrestler? No, but she is a hell of a performer and totally in control of her on-screen persona.
That helps elevate any match she participates in, and when she turns up the aggression like she did Saturday, it means more. She may have been a placeholder on this night, but she reaffirmed that there is a reason WWE officials are comfortable putting her in high-profile bouts.
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Perhaps the post-match beatdown by the heel is proof positive that WWE has plans for her to follow up Saturday's match with another title opportunity on the road to SummerSlam.
Belair defeated Carmella to retain the Raw Women's Championship.
- Corey Graves exclaimed "I'm married to her!" after Byron Saxton claimed the two were associated.
- Belair dipped into the Zack Ryder wardrobe of ring gear, rocking the one long and one short leg tights previously made famous by the Long Island Broski.
- Carmella trapped The EST in a submission, then added some tough kicks to the face in a cool spot.
- Graves, on fire for this one, said, "If Carmella wins tonight, we might renew our wedding vows. Triple H told me about a real romantic spot." It was a clear reference to the iconic angle in which The Game married a drugged Stephanie McMahon and kicked off the McMahon-Helmsley era.
- "What the hell am I supposed to do with an entire case of Dom Perignon?!" Graves asked after his wife lost her latest title opportunity.
Unified WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Street Profits vs. The Usos
For the second consecutive WWE premium live event, the company produced a five-star instant classic. This time, it was unified WWE tag team champions The Usos successfully defending their titles against The Street Profits.
A lengthy, epic of a match, it started slow but steadily built before climaxing with a series of late near-falls and a controversial finish in which it appeared as though Montez Ford's shoulder was off the mat during the deciding count.
Everything about this was extraordinary.
Knowing that the match was going long, the competitors teased the audience with Angelo Dawkins delivering the hot tag to Ford, only for the Usos to extend their heat segment by working over the high-flying member of the team.
Dawkins exploded into the match with the fire and intensity of a guy who realizes there is no chance in hell WWE is going to forget about him despite an impending singles push for his tag team partner. In many ways, this was Dawkins' coming-out party and the best of his career.
The sequences, the timing and the chemistry on display throughout this one were proof of two teams in their primes with an uncanny ability to elevate each other's performances. The hype entering it was solid, the anticipation was as high as anything else on the card and the two teams delivered, overshadowing two ladder matches and three other title bouts.
The Usos defeated The Street Profits to retain the unified WWE Tag Team championships.
- Between the commentary team reiterating Kayla Braxton's tease from SmackDown of dissension among The Street Profits and the commentary team excessively hyping the improved physical conditioning of Ford, it certainly seems like the days of the popular babyface team are numbered.
- The Usos delivered a double suplex to Dawkins into the ring post in a unique spot.
- In what felt like a hot tag but in reality was meant only to extend the heat segment part of the match, Jey rocked a springboarding Ford with a superkick.
- Dawkins exploded into the match with the sort of comeback this lengthy title match deserved. The crowd responded favorably, too. Don't sleep on him if/when the split comes.
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- "This is, as the kids say, a banger," Graves said, crediting the line to his son.
SmackDown Women's Championship Match: Ronda Rousey vs. Natalya; Liv Morgan Cashes In
Ronda Rousey and Natalya exceeded expectations Saturday night in a SmackDown Women's Championship that was appropriately physical and featured a damn good finishing sequence that highlighted the submission-based offenses of both women.
The trading of holds, from the Sharpshooter to the ankle lock, and finally Rousey's trademark armbar made for a dramatic conclusion to a match that started slow but wound up being a damn fun one. It helped make up for some of the UFC Hall of Famer's more underwhelming offerings this year.
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That match nor the winner will be remembered, though.
In the wake of the bout, Liv Morgan rushed the ring, took advantage of Rousey's injured knee and rolled her up to win her first (and long overdue) women's title.
The energy, the excitement and the genuine happiness on the faces of both Morgan and the fans in Las Vegas told the story of the moment. Here was a young woman who devoted her adulthood to chasing her dream of winning a world title and had come close on a few occasions. Unfortunately, she always fell short.
Not this time. Not anymore. Riding a wave of momentum into the show, she made good on her promise to capture the briefcase, then capitalized on an opening and won the championship that has eluded her since the first time she set foot in an NXT ring.
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Now, the question becomes whether Rousey will chase the title she just lost or if Charlotte Flair may make her presence felt sooner rather than later, returning in time to challenge for the gold at SummerSlam?
Whatever happens, Morgan and her fiercely passionate fans should celebrate the momentum occasion and all of the hard work, dedication, sleepless nights, professional frustrations and character evolution that went into it.
Rousey defeated Natalya to retain; Morgan cashed in Money in the Bank to win the SmackDown Women's Championship.
A+ for the whole thing
- Natalya dominated early and often, something Pat McAfee called out on commentary.
- Rousey applied a Sharpshooter of her own to her opponent, flexing her biceps as she did so in the ultimate insult.
- Natalya applied the Sharpshooter to Rousey's banged-up knee on the ring apron, only for the champion to reverse and send The Queen of Harts into the ring post.
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- An overconfident Rousey was sure she had Natalya in the armbar, only to be countered into a Sharpshooter attempt. Rousey countered and applied the ankle lock. Natalya again looked for the Sharpshooter, only for Rousey to reapply the armbar in a cool sequence that brought about the finish.
- The unbridled energy coursing through Morgan's veins made it very apparent that we were about to witness her defining moment without taking away from it in the slightest.
Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn, Madcap Moss, Riddle and Omos all earned their way into Saturday night's main event—the Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a guaranteed world title opportunity.
It was someone who did not that escaped with the briefcase and the disdain of the Las Vegas fans.
After losing his United States Championship to Bobby Lashley earlier in the show, Theory emerged from the locker room and was added to the match by WWE official Adam Pearce as the eighth participant in the contest.
That bit of sneakiness, as the commentary team reminded us an infinite number of times, and his ability to seize an opportunity allowed him to climb the ladder after Riddle had taken out Rollins and thwart one last offensive by The Original Bro to achieve the greatest win of his young career.
There will be infinite overanalyzing of the outcome in the coming days. Theory is a brash, cocky heel who has mostly performed up to the spot WWE management has elevated him to. He has all of the tools to be the next big star for the company, but he is also receiving the type of heat that reflects less of an effective heel and more the type of characters fans just want to go away.
Don't believe that? Check out the below clip from the end of the match, when he unclasps the briefcase and the reality of the situation sets in on the fans in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. You can almost hear the air get sucked out of the arena.
Not because a bad guy one, but because that guy won.
This was not a reaction of excitement for a fresh new face getting an opportunity, as we saw with Morgan just one segment earlier. This was one big, audioless groan from fans in reaction to a finish they saw coming the moment Theory stepped through the curtain and was added to the match.
He is not over enough to warrant the push yet. Yes, WWE pushed John Cena, Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton hard and fast in the early days of the Ruthless Aggression Era, but there is not a single one of them that Theory measures up to at this point.
This massive push, beginning earlier this year and seemingly coming from out of nowhere, has the makings of major fan rejection if management does not switch things up and focus on building Theory's character rather than his credibility.
This was a great moment for him, and again he is certainly putting in the work. Unfortunately, all of the labor and dedication to his craft will not be enough to overcome a defiant audience the moment it decides he is not the guy.
As for the match, it was tremendous, with some clever storytelling throughout and a heavy focus on McIntyre and Sheamus just beating the ever-loving hell out of each other. Kudos to Riddle, too, who is as much the workhorse of WWE as anyone else.
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Speaking of workhorses, the only other negative here was the decided lack of attention on Rollins. The Drip King has been the best character and wrestler in the company all year, and for him to be relatively quiet in such a high-profile main event was an interesting choice.
Theory won Money in the Bank, defeating Rollins, Riddle, Omos, Sheamus, McIntyre, Zayn and Moss.
- Pearce's reveal of Theory as the eighth and final entrant in the match was met with...tepidness by a Vegas crowd still riding the high of Morgan's cash-in and not at all looking forward to their good time ending with that guy going over in the main event.
- "Riddle would love to win this for his mentor, now recovering from injury, Randy Orton," Michael Cole said. Pat McAfee followed up: "Theory would love to win this match for...himself."
- "Madcap Moss used to shovel driveways in Minnesota and now he's feet away from grabbing that briefcase," McAfee said in what may have sounded like a throwaway line but was really a nice bit of backstory for a still largely undefined character.
- The opposing competitors buried Omos underneath ladders in hopes of eliminating him from the match.
- Moss powerbombed Zayn on to a ladder in a scary spot.
- Rollins directed and then joined five other competitors in powerbombing the massive Omos through the announce table in a great spot and throwback to his days in The Shield.
- Butch hit the ring in an attempt to help Brawling Brutes teammate Sheamus by preventing McIntyre from retrieving the briefcase.
- Moss took a nasty bump off the ladder, catching his leg in the ropes.