By Jason PowellEditor of ProWrestling.net (@prowrestlingnet)

WWE money in the bank
Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
Airing live July 2, 2022 on Peacock and pay-per-view

A video package opened the show… Pyro took flight on stage… The broadcast team of Jimmy Smith, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton recorded from the ring. Smith clearly did not receive the memo from Graves and Saxton about wearing green. Mike Rome was the ring announcer and introduced the participants in the women’s Money in the Bank match.

Powell’s point of view: I hope our American and Canadian readers are having a great holiday weekend and welcome everyone to our MITB coverage. Jake Barnett and I will be recording an audio review the same evening for Dot Net members (including our Patreon customers). For those who didn’t watch the Kickoff Show, it was just unmatched chat and video packages.

1. Lacey Evans vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Liv Morgan vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Asuka vs. Shotzi vs. Becky Lynch in the Women’s Money in the Bank match. The bell rang and everyone other than Asuka and Lynch went to the ground to fight on ladders. Asuka worked on Lynch then pulled a ladder out of Shotzi’s hands, but Lynch recovered and hit her from behind. Lynch got another ladder and tried to drop it on Asuka, who got out of the way.

Rodriguez tried and failed to pick up a ladder Lynch and Bliss were lying on. Rodriguez ended up suplexing both women on another scale simultaneously. Shotzi tripped as she tried to climb a ladder in the corner, but she seemed fine.

Bliss was the first to set up a ladder in the middle of the ring and make a play for the briefcase, but Rodriguez pulled her down. Asuka threw Shotzi down a ladder that leaned into the corner. Asuka made a play for the belt, but Evans cut her off and was booed. Lynch knocked down the ladder and then Asuka and Evans took a tame bump landing on their feet in the ring.

Evans set up the ladder again moments later and was booed. Shotzi pulled her down and climbed the ladder, but Evans recovered and pulled her down. Evans went up and Shotzi pulled her down. They climbed on opposite sides of the ladder and Shotzi put his hand on the briefcase. Evans knocked Shotzi off the ladder. Evans was about to pull the briefcase when Rodriguez climbed under her to stop her.

Morgan joined Evans and Rodriguez on the ladder and ended up performing a sunset bomb on Evans. Rodriguez was taken down by Shotzi, who then climbed and then stomped on her. Bliss climbed up the other side of the ladder, but Shotzi put her in the electric chair position. Shotzi fell backwards and Bliss landed on the ladder. Ouch.

Lynch slammed Shotzi’s head off the top of the ladder to knock her down. Lynch climbed down and repositioned the ladder, which gave Shotzi enough time to recover and pull her down. Shotzi put Lynch on a ladder that was in the ring, then went for a senton at the top rope. Lynch swerved out of the way, causing Shotzi to be crushed and burned.

Asuka worked her way up and was stopped by Rodriguez. Asuka returned the favor. Rodriguez sent Asuka to ringside and followed. Rodriguez placed a ladder above the broadcast table and the ring. Asuka went after Rodriguez, who slammed her head on the table. Rodriguez climbed on the table and wanted to slam Asuka on the ladder, but she escaped.

Asuka found herself on Rodriguez’s back. Lynch kicked Rodriguez which put Asuka on the ladder which was draped across the ring and broadcast table. Lynch climbed up another ladder and performed a leg drop (more like an ass drop) on Asuka on the ladder, which the two women sold on the floor as a “that’s awesome” chant erupted.

Three ladders installed in the ring. Lynch pushed them both, sending most of his opponents to ringside. Morgan ran and stopped Lynch. Lynch kicked Morgan’s ladder towards the ropes, but Morgan pushed the ropes with his foot to balance his ladder. Morgan pierced Lynch with a knee to the face to knock her down, then Morgan pulled the briefcase down to win the match…

Liv Morgan defeated Lacey Evans, Alexa Bliss, Raquel Rodriguez, Asuka, Shotzi and Becky Lynch in 4:35 p.m. to win the Women’s Money in the Bank match.

Morgan was emotional afterwards. Meanwhile, Lynch threw a massive meltdown at ringside after losing the match…

Powell’s point of view: A decent MITB ladder match. It was sloppy at times and they didn’t create a lot of really dramatic moments. On the bright side, they didn’t do anything ridiculous over the top, which is a concern for daredevil Shotzi in ladder matches. The finish surprised me in a good way. Morgan got the pin in the six-woman match on Smackdown and Michael Cole dubbed her his favorite to win the MITB. It’s usually a kiss of death moment before MITB, but hopefully the creative forces are aware of their usual narratives and even used one to throw us off balance this time around. If so, I like it. It was also nice to see Morgan getting emotional rather than putting on the usual smug smile she’s gone to for some of her biggest wins. With two women’s title matches still to come, Morgan has a few opportunities to cash in tonight.

Cody Rhodes’ update video package originally aired on Raw has been replayed… A video package set up the United States Championship match…

2. Theory vs. Bobby Lashley for the US Championship. Smith, Graves and Saxton called the game. Lashley performed an early spinebuster and set up for a spear, but Theory rolled. Lashley followed by knocking him off the ring apron. Lashley hoisted Theory and wanted to lead him to the post, but Theory slipped away and sent Lashley to the post instead.

Lashley came back and repeated the spot, this time pushing Theory into the post. Back inside the ring, Lashley braced for a spear, but Theory curled up in a fetal position. Shortly after, Theory put Lashley on the top rope and went for a move which Lashley stuffed. Theory kicked the apron that Graves had to describe as a peek.

The theory put Lashley in a chin bar. Lashley finally fired and regained offensive control. Lashley set up for a suplex, but Theory slipped away and rolled to the apron. When Lashley approached him, Theory took him over the top rope.

Theory went for a somersault move, but Lashley pressed it and finally slammed it for a near fall. Theory tripped a charging Lashley in the corner, then kicked him for a two count. Theory called his finisher, but Lashley escaped and rolled him into a pin for a two count.

Lashley hoisted Theory for a move, but Theory raked his eyes. Theory ran the ropes and speared Lashley. Theory went for his ATL finisher, but Lashley escaped and put him in the Hurt Lock for the win…

Bobby Lashley defeated Theory in 11:05 to win the United States Championship.

Powell’s point of view: An entertaining match with Graves that really goes above and beyond in a fun way while singing Theory’s praises. Lashley’s win frees Theory up for the supposed SummerSlam match with John Cena if they want to go that route. Plus, it gives WWE another strong secondary champion in Gunther, which is significant since both world titles are tied to a part-time wrestler.

Behind the scenes, MITB winner Liv Morgan was interviewed by Sarah Schreiber, who asked if she had decided who she would cash in on. Morgan got emotional again and explained how much she always wanted to be a champion. She said that for now she thinks she just wants to celebrate her victory…

A video package set up the Smackdown Women’s Championship match…

3. Bianca Belair vs. Carmella for the Raw Women’s Championship. Rome made in-ring presentations for the title match. Smith, Graves and Saxton called the game. Carmella went for an early huracanrana, but Belair stuffed it and countered into a backbreaker. Belair made his leap into the ropes. Carmella exited the ring and Belair landed on her feet.

Belair rolled to the ground and hit a charging Carmella with a shoulder block. Belair returned to the ring and when she went after Carmella, who was on the apron, Carmella tied her down via the top rope. Shortly after, Belair prepared for a slam, but Carmella escaped and pulled her down by her braid.

Belair came right back and performed a delayed vertical suplex after stepping in place. Belair hit Carmella with nine punches in the corner, did a backflip off the middle rope and hit her for the tenth time. Carmella avoided Belair charging her, causing Belair to hit the ring post. Carmella picked up two or three counts, then blasted Belair with a superkick for another near fall.

Carmella bit the referee then barked at Belair. Carmella slapped Belair, who fought back with a punch and then hit the KOD for the win…

Bianca Belair defeated Carmella in 7:10 to retain the Raw Women’s Championship.

After the match, Carmella attacked Belair during her post-match celebration. Carmella left the ring

Powell’s point of view: It was originally supposed to be Belair vs. Rhea Ripley. With Carmella added as a late replacement, there was no mystery regarding the result and it was a match to remember. Still, the right person showed up and the live crowd pitched in for Belair’s iconic spots. I guess Carmella’s post-match attack means they want to rerun this match on Raw Monday because there’s not much else to come out of the feud.

A SummerSlam commercial aired, and then the broadcast team spoke about the match from their office at ringside. They also touted Logan Paul signing a contract with WWE. Footage has been released of Paul saying he didn’t sign his deal to team up with The Miz, but rather so he could butt-fuck at SummerSlam…

Footage released earlier today of Alexa Bliss entering a room and finding Lilly with a pile of doll-sized clothes. Bliss acted like Lilly told her she bought everything. It turned out to be a credit card ad, which drew moans and boos from the crowd…

The Usos made their entrance for the title match. Michael Cole, Pat McAfee and Corey Graves joined the broadcast team. The Usos delivered a brief promo then the Street Profits came in and walked into the crowd before stepping into the ring…

4. Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso vs. “The Street Profits” Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles. Graves played down Kayla Braxton’s claim on Smackdown that Ford and Dawkins don’t get along.

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