WWE Money in the Bank has always been the moment for new stars to emerge. Winning the briefcase allows fresh talent to emerge and veterans to get a new shot at the top. This year was no different with new stars and champions emerging from the night.
Sunday's show saw several titles change hands, setting the stage for a fresh setup for Raw and SmackDown going forward.
The 2019 edition of Money in the Bank offered so much for fans to talk about, leaving the WWE Universe eagerly awaiting what will come next.
Brock Lesnar Steals Ali's Spot Right at the End
The men's Money in the Bank ladder match was a big moment for the field with most of the performers having never won the world championship.
It was a moment for a new talent to emerge with teases as Drew McIntyre, Finn Balor and Ali neared victory during the contest.
In the end, the shock of the night was the return of Brock Lesnar, who spoiled the moment for Ali, taking him down and stealing the case. The Beast Incarnate replaced Sami Zayn, who was injured earlier in the night, seemingly by Braun Strowman.
This moment set off many fans about a familiar face, who appeared to be finally out of the title scene, getting immediately thrust back into the spotlight:
It also ruined a great match with seven men going all out in a brutal contest that broke backs and ladders in the process. Everyone took a beating, yet no one came out on top from that work:
It was a disappointing end to an exciting contest that left most scratching their heads, wondering why the company could possibly think this was the right direction when Lesnar could have had a title match whenever he wanted it.
Even Chris Jericho got in on the criticism, reminding fans—with veiled sarcasm—that he will soon be debuting for potentially the biggest WWE competitor for over a decade, All Elite Wrestling, a company that might avoid such callous repetitive booking:
Seth Rollins and AJ Styles Steal the Show
When it was first announced that Seth Rollins would fight AJ Styles for the Universal Championship, the main expectation was a spectacular match. Even with a fairly limited story, everyone anticipated what these two could do together.
They did not disappoint. The Architect and The Phenomenal One went all out in a fantastic showcase of their talent that had everyone talking:
While it was set up mostly as a one-off with the two men shaking hands at the end, no one would likely object to see these two showing what they can do together again somewhere down the line.
Bayley Restarts Her Career with Money in the Bank Win
In the show opener, the women started the night off with a bang in a physical and high-octane ladder match that allowed everyone a spot to shine. No one shined more clearly than eventual winner Bayley, though.
The Hugger came out aggressively with everything on the line, and it paid off. She got her second chance at glory with a huge victory after knocking Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville off the ladder.
The victory was largely welcomed by fans:
The win got people talking, although mostly because of the post-match interview in which Bayley's tag team partner, Sasha Banks, was mentioned.
The Boss has been sitting out for over a month since WrestleMania 35, with some wondering if this latest reference would anger her:
To be fair, Banks made her own statement and was clearly happy for her friend getting this opportunity:
Hopefully, this will be the start of a fresh start for both women if Banks does return to WWE any time soon.
Becky Lynch Cannot Overcome the Odds, But Bayley Leaves Fans with a Happy Ending
Bayley's story was not over after her Money in the Bank victory. Watching from backstage, she saw Becky Lynch fight in tough back-to-back title matches.
The Man managed to overcome Lacey Evans and looked close to taking out Charlotte Flair as well.
However, Evans returned to hit the champion with the Women's Right and set up a big boot by The Queen to take the SmackDown women's title.
It would have been a bittersweet ending for the women's division on this night if The Hugger did not head out to save The Irish Lass Kicker.
When she saw her opportunity, Bayley struck and cashed in on The Queen and won her belt. It was a fantastic ending to the segment that made up for the latest Flair title victory, and fans were clear in their excitement:
What makes this even bigger for Bayley is that she is now the first woman to win every major women's championship WWE has to offer.
Fans were quick to point out that this would make Bayley the first-ever women's grand-slam champion:
It was a huge night for a woman who has long been treated as the odd one out in the Four Horsewomen, and she now has a chance to take her career to the next level.
Shane McMahon Gets the Best of The Miz Again
The Miz got his chance to take down Shane McMahon again. Their steel cage match was all The A-Lister from the start, with The Best in the World trying to escape at every turn.
It seemed like Miz had this win in the bag much as he did at WrestleMania.
However, just like at The Show of Shows, McMahon fell into the victory as he slipped out of his own shirt right to the floor, winning by escape of the cage.
With The Miz coming into his own as a top babyface, this latest loss in embarrassing fashion was not well-received by fans:
This may not be the end of this rivalry, but it could be close to the end of fans caring about the feud if McMahon keeps escaping Miz at every turn.