WWE Money in the Bank 2018 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterJune 17, 2018

WWE Money in the Bank 2018 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    With a wild energy coursing through it during its best moments, WWE Money in the Bank felt like it belonged alongside the company's Big Four pay-per-views.

    Sunday's event was largely a fun ride filled with big spots, surprises and ladders. Money in the Bank had matches that dragged and head-scratcher booking choices, but a lot of the action buzzed. And WWE gave its audience plenty to talk about.

    AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura put a bow on their rivalry. Ronda Rousey continued to silence her critics. Braun Strowman could not be stopped. Alexa Bliss had two major victories to celebrate in Chicago.  

    Read on for a full breakdown of Sunday's PPV. 

The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (SmackDown Tag Titles)

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    Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson brawled with the champs in a high-energy opening sequence. The fight moved to the outside, where The Bludgeon Brothers took control.

    Harper and Rowan dominated, punishing the challengers with smashmouth offense.

    Gallows and Anderson fought valiantly, but it wasn't enough. The Bludgeon Brothers barreled over their foes and scored the win by way of a powerbomb.

            

    Result

    The Bludgeon Brothers win via pinfall to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.

             

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Harper and Rowan nail Gallows with double dropkicks outside the ring.
    • Rowan bowls over Anderson to break up the Magic Killer.

          

    Grade

    C+

           

    Analysis

    WWE continues to build up The Bludgeon Brothers as forces of nature. That's going to result in uneven bouts like this, but in theory, it will lead to a great showdown when someone finally goes toe-to-toe with Harper and Rowan.

    And strangely enough, despite the amount of talent in SmackDown's tag division, the show hasn't focused much on it of late. This match, for example, was among the least hyped contests of the show.

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

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    Daniel Bryan was aggressive early, managing to ground Big Cass. He went after the big man's legs until the heel turned the tide by pushing Bryan into the security barricade, which left Bryan hurting. 

    The match slowed as Big Cass punished his opponent. 

    Bryan, though, managed to chop down the giant by focusing on his legs. A frenzied flurry had Big Cass reeling. The rivals traded shots as the crowd grew louder. 

    A heel hook from Bryan ultimately did Big Cass in, forcing him to quit.

       

    Result

    Bryan wins via submission. 

        

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Big Cass mocks Bryan's "Yes!" taunt.
    • Bryan smashes Big Cass' knee into the ring apron.
    • Bryan dives from the top turnbuckle onto Big Cass outside the ring.
    • Fans chant "Big Cass sucks!"
    • Big Cass hits a fallaway slam from the second rope. 

       

    Grade

    B-

       

    Analysis

    This outdid their first encounter by a good margin. The battle of power versus skill played out well, exceeding expectations.

    The buildup played up the power of Bryan's heel hook, and the outcome here followed up on that.

    As good as Bryan did against a so-so performer like Big Cass, WWE has to start pitting him against the elite talents on the roster. There's no need to keep asking him to slum it in the midcard when he is built for the main event.  

Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn

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    Bobby Lashley chased Sami Zayn around the ring until the heel raked his eyes to slow him down.

    Zayn's advantage didn't last. Lashley blasted his foe with power moves. He glared at Zayn as he manhandled him.

    A delayed suplex did Zayn in.

       

    Result

    Lashley wins via pinfall.

       

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • "I hope Sami's vertigo doesn't come back."—Corey Graves.

        

    Grade

    D

        

    Analysis

    Repetitive offense and a lack of emotion made for a forgettable match. This didn't feel like a man getting his revenge. It was a suplex exhibition that didn't connect.

    This feud has done nothing for either man. Let's hope Sunday marks its end.

Seth Rollins vs. Elias (Intercontinental Championship)

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    Elias delivered a pre-match performance where he bashed the Chicago fans. 

    Once the bell rang, Seth Rollins kept the challenger on the mat. He had Elias in trouble until a clothesline sent him crashing outside the ring.

    Elias focused on the champion's neck, grinning as he began to smother his opponent.

    Rollins' speed advantage got him back into the match. He favored his neck as he rattled off his signature moves and tweaked his knee in the process.

    A limping Rollins battled on and was able to roll up Elias (with a hand full of tights) for a three-count.

       

    Result

    Rollins wins via pinfall to retain the Intercontinental Championship.

       

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • "Seth Rollins is a steppingstone to my future. He can go ahead and lay down now."—Elias.
    • "I know I'm in Chicago because I'm surrounded by a bunch of loudmouth scumbags who just want attention."—Elias.
    • Elias clotheslines Rollins onto the ring apron.
    • Elias slams Rollins into the security barricade, the ring post and the steel steps in succession. 

       

    Grade

    B+

       

    Analysis

    The bout's grinding pace gave way to a stirring, high-energy stretch from both men. The clash showcased Rollins' heart, but Elias benefited big, as well. He came off looking like a star here.

    The Drifter holding gold is inevitable.

    Rollins, meanwhile, continues his hot streak, churning out a stellar title reign. He remains WWE's MVP this year.

Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match

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    Lana vs. Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Ember Moon vs. Becky Lynch vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks

    A wild brawl broke out as soon as the bell rang. Moon and Banks brought ladders into the ring and wasted no time in trying to hurt each other with them. 

    Each of the wrestlers each took control momentarily, but no one was able to maintain it. High-risk spots left much of the field laid out. 

    Banks nearly grabbed the briefcase before getting pushed aside. Naomi, Lynch and Bliss closed in on victory with the same result, as well. The wrestlers battled to climb past each other. Everyone who tried to climb the rungs got ripped down in a cycle of failures.

    Bliss eventually pushed Lynch from a great height, unhooked the briefcase and claimed the win.

       

    Result

    Bliss wins the Money in the Bank briefcase.

       

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Moon smashes Banks into a ladder with a springboard crossbody.
    • Naomi leaps off a ladder onto Natalya. 
    • Lynch tries to climb the ladder that Moon and Naomi were holding. 
    • Banks knees Lana and Moon atop a ladder.
    • Natalya powerbombs Banks into a ladder.
    • "That's mine!"—Lana.
    • Naomi springboards from the ropes to near the top of the ladder.
    • Flair spears Moon into a ladder.

       

    Grade

    B+

       

    Analysis

    As good as Bliss has been, she was one of the most underwhelming choices to go with here. She was the champion just a few months ago. 

    The match itself, however, was a fun, nutty contest.

    It was wilder and more dangerous than the first women's Money in the Bank ladder match. And there was no controversy this time around. At times, though, it felt too choreographed as it moved from spot to spot with little room to breathe.

Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal

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    In a wheelchair and neck brace, Sunil Singh winced as he introduced Jinder Mahal. 

    Roman Reigns pushed around Mahal to start things off. The supposedly injured Singh attacked The Big Dog to give Mahal the edge. 

    After taking a ton of punishment, Reigns fought back. He was able to climb back into the bout with his signature moves. Mahal, though, countered The Big Dog several times over.

    The Modern Day Maharaja couldn't do anything to stop the spear, however. Reigns used the big move to floor Mahal and take the win.

       

    Result

    Reigns wins via pinfall.

       

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Singh leaps out of his wheelchair and pushes Reigns into the ring post. 
    • Fans chant everything from "Johnny Gargano!" to "This match sucks!" 
    • Mahal scores a two-count after a gutbuster.
    • Reigns hits Singh with a Superman Punch.

       

    Grade

    D-

       

    Analysis

    The crowd wasn't into this match in the least. It's hard to blame it.

    Mahal's trademark methodical offense and WWE following a familiar script with Reigns battling from underneath led to a boring, lifeless match. 

    This went on far too long as well. There was no electricity outside of Singh's involvement. The bout also failed to match the animosity the rivals built up in previous weeks. Reigns vs. Mahal was too ordinary to feel like the de facto No. 1 contender's bout it was. 

Carmella vs. Asuka (SmackDown Women's Championship)

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    Carmella showboated and taunted Asuka before slapping her. Those choices didn't pay off, as they left Asuka focused and angry.

    The champ sent Asuka crashing into the ring post and proceeded to go on the attack.

    Carmella slapped The Empress of Tomorrow around. She was able to evade Asuka's offense. At least for a while.

    Asuka eventually went on a tear, leaving Carmella woozy.

    Someone in Asuka gear came out, distracting the challenger. He revealed himself to be James Ellsworth. His presence allowed Carmella to steal a pinfall win over Asuka.

         

    Result

    Carmella wins via pinfall to retain the SmackDown Women's Championship.

       

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • "I'm not scared of you, Asuka!"—Carmella.
    • Carmella ducks a spinning back fist and hits a superkick. 
    • Asuka misses Carmella and spills out of the ring.

       

    Grade

    B-

       

    Analysis

    Carmella delivered the best performance of her career. She proved to be a fun foil for Asuka, her cockiness the catalyst for The Empress of Tomorrow's rage. She came off as cunning and dangerous. 

    The Ellsworth stuff was equal parts ridiculousness and fun. This is the kind of angle one should do with Carmella, who needs some bells and whistles to supplement her ability.

    Asuka losing again is disappointing, but she's sure to get more shots at the gold in the near future. It should be fun, too, when she digs her claws into Ellsworth.

AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Last Man Standing; WWE Championship)

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    Nakamura and Styles approached each other warily as the crowd chanted their names.

    The champ had Nakamura on the defensive thanks to a varied attack. Styles took the fight out of the ring, but The King of Strong Style took control by delivering thunderous strikes. 

    The action moved into the stands where Nakamura continued his assault.

    Styles later charged back despite his fatigue. Nakamura responded by bringing tables into the mix. The challenger cracked his knee against an exposed turnbuckle, giving Styles a weak spot to focus on.

    After a long time spent in the Calf Crusher, Nakamura barely made it to his feet to beat the referee's 10-count.

    Chair shots, low blows and a Styles Clash weren't enough to end it all. It took a Phenomenal Forearm from the heavens to decide a winner.

        

    Result

    Styles wins via 10-count to retain the WWE Championship.

       

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm outside the ring.
    • Nakamura suplexes Styles onto the entrance ramp.
    • Nakamura kicks Styles off the security barricade.
    • Nakamura dashes across the announce tables to land a Kinshasa.
    • Nakamura flings Styles through a table.
    • "Nakamura is now the wounded prey for AJ Styles."—Byron Saxton.
    • Styles batters a pleading Nakamura with chair shots.
    • Styles lands the Styles Clash from the ring steps.
    • "Styles Clash to the floor. Holy hell!"—Tom Phillips.
    • Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm that sends both men through a table. 

        

    Grade

    A

        

    Analysis

    The pace was measured for much of the bout and the violence was tame compared to other Last Man Standing matches. Still, this was a dramatic, emphatic title bout with a string of memorable spots. 

    Nakamura's facial expressions helped make this a world-class drama, his emotions deepening in the big moments. 

    Styles and Nakamura still haven't matched their Wrestle Kingdom contest, but they delivered a strong climax to their rivalry here. Both The Phenomenal One and Nakamura looked like warriors. Styles having to dig down and lean on his dark side to win elevated what felt like an early main event.

    Styles can now move on to challenges from Samoa Joe, The Miz and, hopefully, Bryan.

Nia Jax vs. Ronda Rousey (Raw Women's Championship)

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    An aggressive Nia Jax overpowered Rousey.

    The champion dominated, beating down Rousey, leaving her reeling. Rousey sought to submit Jax, but the powerhouse overwhelmed her.

    Rousey went after Jax's arm, allowing her to make a comeback. Fired up, the former UFC star dazed Jax with strikes.

    Bliss leaped into the fray, smashing everyone with the Money in the Bank briefcase. After cracking the weapon on Jax's arm, she cashed in her Money in the Bank contract. Twisted Bliss allowed her to reclaim her title.

       

    Result

    Jax wins via disqualification; Bliss wins via pinfall to win the Raw Women's Championship.

       

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • Jax hits a thunderous sit-out powerbomb to break up an armbar. 
    • Jax swings Rousey into the security barricade.
    • "This is turning into a slaughter."—Michael Cole.
    • Rousey tumbles out of the ring.
    • "You're not ready for me, Ronda."—Bliss.

       

    Grade

    A-

       

    Analysis

    Rousey is green and unpolished, but she was born to do this. She and Jax were well on their way to a full-on banger when the cash-in shenanigans began.

    A number of small things felt like big moments, from Rousey's crossbody to Jax struggling to keep her fingers locked and stave off the armbar.

    Bliss' cash-in was an exciting swerve. Bliss vs. Rousey has massive potential if that's the direction they are going. It all feels like WWE hitting the reset button with the Jax reign.

Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match

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    Samoa Joe vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Roode vs. Braun Strowman vs. The Miz vs. Rusev vs. Finn Balor vs. Kofi Kingston

    The ladder match field looked to gang up on Strowman. The beast ran through everyone at first, but Kingston, Roode and others buried him under ladders.

    Several separate brawls broke out at ringside.

    Rusev spoiled a chance for Owens to crush Balor. Joe, Rusev and Owens teamed up to take out The Monster Among Men. The plan failed as Strowman wreaked havoc, leaving the opposition floored.

    Rusev went on a flurry, leaving behind his own trail of destruction.

    Strowman prevented a number of Superstars from climbing the ladder. He took out Balor and Kingston to claim the win.

       

    Result

    Strowman wins the Money in the Bank briefcase.

        

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    • "I don't like cereal. I tried your cereal. It sucked."—Owens to The New Day.
    • Aiden English dons airbrushed Chicago-themed gear.
    • Rusev slams Owens onto a ladder.
    • Kingston dives onto a pile of opponents. Balor soon follows suit.
    • Strowman drops Owens from a 50-foot ladder. 
    • Strowman breaks a ladder by running through it.
    • Rusev puts the Accolade on Roode, Miz and Kingston at the same time.
    • Balor hits a Coup De Grace from off a ladder.
    • Kingston leaps onto Strowman's back as the big man climbs a ladder.

       

    Grade

    A

       

    Analysis

    The ladder match was a thriller filled with touches of comedy, memorable facial expressions (thanks Miz) and the spot where Strowman hurled Owens to his doom, which will be shown on highlight clips for years to come. 

    Joe received some strong booking. Rusev and The Miz had their moments. The story here, though, is Strowman.

    He was the centerpiece of the buildup and the bout and now emerges from Chicago armed with the Money in the Bank briefcase.

    In a way, he's a surprising choice. It's not as if the monster needs that extra advantage. It will be mighty interesting to see how WWE handles him in this role.

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