Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss were the duo standing tall with briefcases in their possession following WWE Money in the Bank 2018—and while the latter had already taken full advantage of her any time, any place title shot before the pay-per-view had even gone off air, did WWE pick the right winners in both matches?
With such a vast array of star talent in both matches, it was perhaps inevitable that, no matter who won the bouts on the night, fans would be upset about a failure to pick a different star to earn the coveted briefcase.
So here's a closer look at both matches, and whether Strowman and Bliss were the right picks by WWE.
The true significance of someone winning a Money in the Bank briefcase is perhaps open to interpretation—but it's a fair assumption that, ordinarily, it's a chance to catapult someone back into the main event scene after time away from it.
So in that regard, Bliss was categorically the wrong choice here—but that should be taken as a compliment.
Given her popularity, momentum and prestige among Raw's women's division, it's easy to argue she didn't need a Money in the Bank briefcase to get back into the title scene on Monday nights. That would have been accomplished easily without a guaranteed title shot.
But it's clear that, given what happened later in the night, there was never any intent of Bliss holding on to the briefcase for a prolonged period.
If the plan was for a cash-in much later in the year, then a candidate such as Becky Lynch—who is well overdue a push back into title contention—would have been a better fit.
As it is, Bliss was perhaps the only choice if the plan was to keep Ronda Rousey away from the title but to avoid pinning a clean defeat on her.
Given the wider implications, Bliss probably was the right pick on this particular occasion.
Whereas two or three women had a strong case to claim the Money in the Bank briefcase in Chicago, almost every competitor in the men's match was a credible winner.
Again, if the intention from WWE is to push someone new into the main event scene, Strowman was the wrong pick on Sunday night.
Who would have been better? Guys such as Samoa Joe—who is being underused lately on SmackDown—and The Miz, who is well overdue a return to the WWE Championship picture.
But again, as with Bliss and the women's division, it seems likely there is already a clear path for when and where Strowman will cash his briefcase in.
Minutes had passed from the pay-per-view going off air before The Monster Among Men had declared he wanted to get his hands on Brock Lesnar.
With Lesnar likely to defend the Universal Championship at or before SummerSlam on August 19, perhaps Strowman will gatecrash any potential match with Roman Reigns, much like Bliss did on Sunday night in Nia Jax vs. Rousey?
There was a host of guys who perhaps needed the briefcase more than The Monster Among Men. In that regard, it makes him the wrong pick—but with a desperation to get the belt off Lesnar and into a more suitable, full-time pair of hands sooner rather than later, Strowman gets the nod.