Money in the Bank (2019)
|Money in the Bank (2019)|
Promotional poster featuring Becky Lynch
|Date||May 19, 2019|
|WWE Network event chronology|
|Money in the Bank chronology|
Money in the Bank (2019) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It took place on May 19, 2019, at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. It was the tenth event under the Money in the Bank chronology.
Twelve matches were contested at the event including one on the pre-show. In the main event, unannounced entrant Brock Lesnar won the men's Money in the Bank ladder match, while Bayley won the women's eponymous match that opened the main show. Later in the evening, Bayley cashed in the contract to win the SmackDown Women's Championship from Charlotte Flair, who herself had just won the title from Becky Lynch after Lynch had just retained her Raw Women's Championship against Lacey Evans. In other prominent matches, Kofi Kingston defeated Kevin Owens to retain the WWE Championship while Seth Rollins defeated AJ Styles to retain the Universal Championship.
WWE's Money in the Bank pay-per-view event centers around a match of the same name, in which multiple wrestlers use ladders to retrieve a briefcase hanging above the ring. The briefcases for the 2019 event contained a contract that guaranteed the winners a match for a world championship of their choice at any time within the next year. Like the 2018 event, the 2019 event included two ladder matches, one for male wrestlers and one for females, each having eight participants, evenly divided between the Raw and SmackDown brands. Male wrestlers competed for a contract to grant them a match for either Raw's Universal Championship or SmackDown's WWE Championship, while female wrestlers competed for a contract to grant them a match for either the Raw Women's Championship or SmackDown Women's Championship.
|English commentators||Michael Cole (Raw/Men's Money In The Bank Ladder Match)|
|Corey Graves (Raw/SmackDown/Men's Money In The Bank Ladder Match)|
|Renee Young (Raw/Women's Money In The Bank Ladder Match)|
|Tom Phillips (SmackDown/Women's Money In The Bank Ladder Match)|
|Byron Saxton (SmackDown/both Money In The Bank Ladder Matches)|
|Vic Joseph (205 Live)|
|Nigel McGuinness (205 Live)|
|Aiden English (205 Live)|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|German commentators||Carsten Schaefer|
|Ring announcers||Greg Hamilton (SmackDown/205 Live/Women's Money In The Bank Ladder Match)|
|Mike Rome (Raw/Men's Money In The Bank Ladder Match)|
|Pre-show panel||Jonathan Coachman|
The card composed twelve matches, including one on the pre-show, that resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results were predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands, while storylines were produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live.
At WrestleMania 35, Becky Lynch defeated Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair in a winner takes all triple threat match to win both the Raw and SmackDown Women's Championships. She was then double booked to defend both championships at Money in the Bank. For the Raw Women's Championship, NXT call-up Lacey Evans attacked the double champion on both Raw and SmackDown following WrestleMania. Evans was subsequently drafted to Raw during the Superstar Shake-up and defeated Natalya to earn a Raw Women's Championship match. For the SmackDown Women's Championship, former champion Charlotte Flair took offense that she lost her title despite not being the one who was pinned at WrestleMania. Lynch exclaimed that she would not freely give Flair a rematch and demanded new challengers. Among the named challengers was new SmackDown draftee Bayley. Flair then defeated Bayley to earn a SmackDown Women's Championship match.
On the April 22 episode of Raw, Chief Operating Officer Triple H scheduled two triple threat matches with the winners facing each other to determine Seth Rollins' challenger for the Universal Championship. New Raw draftee AJ Styles defeated fellow draftees Rey Mysterio and Samoa Joe in the first triple threat match, while Baron Corbin defeated Drew McIntyre and new draftee The Miz in the second. Styles then defeated Corbin to earn a Universal Championship match against Rollins at Money in the Bank.
On the April 16 episode of SmackDown, WWE Chairman/CEO Vince McMahon introduced Elias as "the biggest acquisition in SmackDown history". Both were then interrupted by fellow new draftee Roman Reigns, who attacked Elias and performed a superman punch on Mr. McMahon. The following week, Shane McMahon challenged Reigns to a fight for attacking his father. Reigns came out and was attacked from behind by Elias, who assisted Shane in beating up Reigns. Elias then challenged Reigns to a match at Money in the Bank and Reigns accepted.
During "A Moment of Bliss" on the April 29 episode of Raw, Alexa Bliss revealed Raw's four participants for the men's Money in the Bank ladder match: Braun Strowman, new draftee Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, and Baron Corbin. On SmackDown the next night, SmackDown's four participants were revealed: Ali, new draftee Finn Bálor, Andrade, and Randy Orton. On Raw the following week, Robert Roode (formerly Bobby Roode) had the chance to replace Ricochet in the ladder match if he could defeat Ricochet, but was unsuccessful. Sami Zayn then defeated Strowman in a falls count anywhere match on the May 13 episode of Raw after interference from Corbin and McIntyre, taking Strowman's spot.
The four participants from Raw in the women's Money in the Bank ladder match were also revealed by Alexa Bliss during a separate "A Moment of Bliss" segment on the April 29 episode of Raw: Natalya, Dana Brooke, new draftee Naomi, and Bliss herself. SmackDown's four participants were revealed on the following night's episode of SmackDown: Bayley, Mandy Rose, new draftee Ember Moon, and Carmella. On the May 13 episode of Raw, Bliss, who had lost her luggage, was replaced by new draftee Nikki Cross in a fatal four-way match between Raw's four participants, which Cross won. It was then announced that Cross would replace Bliss in the ladder match as Bliss was not medically cleared to compete.
At WrestleMania 35, Shane McMahon defeated The Miz in a falls count anywhere match; during the match, Shane attacked Miz's father. Miz was then drafted to Raw during the Superstar Shake-up and attacked Shane as retribution. On the April 29 episode of Raw, during Miz's match against Bobby Lashley, Shane distracted Miz, causing him to lose, leading to a brawl. Later, Miz challenged Shane to a steel cage match at Money in the Bank and Shane accepted.
On the April 16 episode of SmackDown, New Day members Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were guests on "The KO Show" where host Kevin Owens congratulated Kingston for winning the WWE Championship by defeating Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35. With fellow New Day member Big E out with injury, Owens wanted to join New Day as their third member. Kingston and Woods accepted "Big O" as an honorary member and the three won a six-man tag team match later that night. The following week, after Rusev attacked Kingston during his match with Shinsuke Nakamura, a brawl broke out also involving Woods and Owens. Owens then turned on Kingston and attacked him and Woods, proclaiming that he wanted the WWE Championship. Kingston then challenged Owens to a match at Money in the Bank with his title on the line and Owens accepted.
At WrestleMania 35, Samoa Joe defeated Rey Mysterio in one minute to retain the United States Championship. Both were then drafted to Raw in the Superstar Shake-up, and Mysterio defeated Joe in a non-title rematch on the April 29 episode of Raw. The following week, another title match between the two was scheduled for Money in the Bank.
On the April 23 episode of 205 Live, Ariya Daivari defeated Oney Lorcan. General Manager Drake Maverick then scheduled Tony Nese to defend the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Daivari at Money in the Bank.
After losing the SmackDown Tag Team Championship to The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy), The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) were drafted to Raw in the Superstar Shake-up. Two weeks later, The Hardys relinquished the title after Jeff suffered a knee injury. On the May 7 episode of SmackDown, The Usos appeared via the wild card rule to challenge Daniel Bryan and Rowan for the vacant title in a losing effort. The following week, a non-title match between the two teams was scheduled for the Money in the Bank pre-show.
On the following night's Raw, men's Money in the Bank ladder match winner Brock Lesnar along with Paul Heyman opened the show and warned both the Universal Champion Seth Rollins and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston that Lesnar could cash-in on them whenever he wanted. Both Rollins and Kingston, the latter appearing via the wild card rule, wanted Lesnar to cash-in on their respective selves that night. Later, Rollins and Kingston teamed up and defeated Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin. Following the match, Lesnar came out and teased a fight with both. Heyman said they would announce who Lesnar would challenge the following week.
Sami Zayn was scheduled to face Braun Strowman. Zayn attempted to get help from Bobby Lashley, who was scheduled to face Strowman at Super ShowDown, but Lashley denied the request, and Zayn lost to Strowman.
Lars Sullivan was about to be interviewed in regard to his attack on Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Lince Dorado, and Gran Metalik) at Money in the Bank, but was interrupted by the team. The trio attacked Sullivan, who fended them off.
AJ Styles was interviewed about his loss to Seth Rollins. He said he can beat Rollins, but Money in the Bank was not his night. He was then interrupted by Baron Corbin, who took issue that Styles got a title shot over himself.
Roman Reigns, appearing on Raw via the wild card rule, was interrupted by Shane McMahon, who said that he was done with The Miz and was now turning his attention to Reigns, bringing up when Reigns superman punched his dad, Vince McMahon. Reigns said that he was done with Elias and challenged Shane to a match. Shane, joined by Drew McIntyre, accepted Reigns' challenge, but at Super ShowDown. Miz later appeared and confronted Shane backstage and said that they were not done. McIntyre intervened and the two faced off in a match that McIntyre won. Miz received a post-match beat down from Shane and McIntyre, but was saved by Reigns. Reigns was also scheduled to have a rematch with Elias on the following night's SmackDown.
Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch appeared on Alexa Bliss' "A Moment of Bliss", co-hosted by Nikki Cross. They were interrupted by WWE Women's Tag Team Champions The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), as well as Lacey Evans, who boasted about causing Lynch to lose the SmackDown Women's Championship. Lynch said that since she lost the SmackDown title, she could deal with Evans full-time on Raw now. This lead to a six-woman tag team match in which Lynch, Cross, and Bliss defeated Evans and The IIconics.
Samoa Joe commented on losing the United States Championship. He said that he was not angry, but that mistakes were made, referring to the referee counting the pin despite both of his shoulders not being down. He said Rey Mysterio should do the right thing and hand him back the championship and set a good example for his son Dominic to follow.
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