Nikki Cross wins Money in the Bank
Nikki “Almost a Superhero” Cross defeated Asuka, Natalya, Tamina, Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan, Naomi and Zelina Vega to win the women’s Money in the Bank match. It turns out intelligence is the greatest superpower of all: Nikki snagged the win as six other women, perched on either side of three ladders as you can see below, were brawling for the case. She snuck in unnoticed and unclipped the briefcase to win.
Alexa Bliss’ presence was unsurprisingly a bummer. Moments into the match, Bliss tried to use magic to lower the briefcase but was interrupted by a German Suplex from Asuka. Later, Bliss and Vega climbed the ladder at the same time but Bliss stopped Vega from reaching for the case by hypnotizing her. Eventually, all of the women buried Bliss under a bunch of ladders. That managed to keep her down.
Nikki Cross got a cute superhero monent in, jumping off a ladder to flatten the rest of the women, who had conspicuously gathered in the middle of the ring.
Meanwhile, Natalya and Tamina most often played spoilers, stopping many of the participants’ attempts at climbing to the case. The crowd was into it — which is to say, they hated Tamina and Natalya, as the tag champs got loud boos consistently.
Naomi also got plenty of shine in, doubleteaming the tag champs and hitting a wicked powerbomb when she slammed Liv Morgan into Vega, who was sprawled out on a ladder. Ouch.
Rating: 3.25 stars. All the women worked hard, and there were certainly some of the wild stunts you’ve come to expect with Money in the Bank matches. But that’s the issue: It’s what you’ve come to expect. Nothing above and beyond that. The match also lacked star power. There was a surprising amount of boos for Tamina and Natalya, but the crowd wasn’t particularly rooting for anyone.
Kickoff Show results
Money in the Bank hasn’t even properly started and we already have new champions. In the pay-per-view’s preshow bout, The Usos defeated Rey and Dominik Mysterio to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
Jimmy Uso pinned Rey Mysterio after an 11-minute match. It’s weird to see the tag team titles change hands in a Kickoff Show match, since this is meant to be the culmination of Jimmy and Jey’s storyline, but the crowd was happy to see the change.