WWE Money-in-the-Bank would kick off with what was sure to be a chaotic match as the second longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions in history, The New Day, represented by Big E & Kofi Kingston, with Xavier Woods in their corner, would put the gold on the line in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Match against Enzo & Cass, The Vaudevillains, and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson where any two members of any two teams can legally compete in the match at a time with the first team scoring a pinfall or submission walking out as the WWE Tag Team Champions. Throughout the latter part of the match, the story would become Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson repeatedly ensuring that the match would not end, breaking up pinfall attempts on a number of occasions. In the end, it was Gallows & Anderson isolating Aiden English and scoring with the Magic Killer, but Big E would break it up as Big E & Kofi Kingston hit the Midnight Hour on Karl Anderson before Kofi pins Aiden English to successfully retain the WWE Tag Team Titles for The New Day in a wild and hard-fought match.
In their ongoing rivalry, WWE Money-in-the-Bank would then see “The Show Off” Dolph Ziggler go one-on-one with “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin. During the intense matchup, Dolph Ziggler would look for Sweet Chin Music, but Baron Corbin would quickly roll out of the ring and, when Dolph tries to leap off of the steel steps to take out Corbin, “The Lone Wolf” catches Dolph and delivers Deep Six on the arena floor! Both men would then manage to beat the ten-count back into the ring and, after Dolph fails to put Corbin away with a super kick, “The Lone Wolf” would fight back, knocking Ziggler off of the top rope before planting “The Show Off” with the End of Days, pinning Dolph to pick up a hard-fought win.
The Women’s Division would be represented at WWE Money-in-the-Bank as the team of Natalya & Becky Lynch would face Women’s Champion Charlotte and her protégé Dana Brooke in tag team action. In the end, it was Dana Brooke sending Becky Lynch into Natalya, giving Charlotte the opportunity to hit Natural Selection as the Women’s Champion pins Natalya to pick up the win for herself and Dana Brooke. After the match, Becky Lynch would console Natalya after their loss, but as soon as Becky turned her back to Natalya, Natalya would attack Becky from behind! Natalya would then pummel Becky with right hands before leaving the ring, apparently taking her frustrations out on Becky Lynch.
In an intense first-time match, newcomer Apollo Crews would make his WWE Money-in-the-Bank debut, going one-on-one with “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus. In the end, it was Sheamus delivering White Noise to Apollo Crews off of the second rope, but Crews would kick out. Sheamus would then argue with the referee over the count and this would give Apollo the chance to take advantage, surprising “The Celtic Warrior” with a roll-up to pick up the win over a former World Champion.
Then it was time for a surreal dream match at WWE Money-in-the-Bank as, for the first time in their accomplished and legendary careers, fifteen-time former World Champion John Cena would go one-on-one with “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles with Styles signing a contract on RAW that would ensure that Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson would not be in AJ’s corner, truly keeping the match a one-on-one affair. During the match, John Cena would lock in the STF on AJ Styles, but AJ would make it to the ropes and, shortly after this, Cena would look for the Attitude Adjustment, but “The Phenomenal One” would counter, locking Cena in the Calf Crusher with Cena able to make it to the ropes to break the hold. Despite struggling with his left leg after the Calf Crusher, John Cena would manage to pick AJ Styles up and deliver the Attitude Adjustment, but Styles would kick out. Cena then goes to the top rope for his signature leg drop, but AJ would catch Cena in mid-air, countering the leg drop with a thunderous powerbomb. Shortly after this, AJ Styles would hook John Cena before dropping Cena with the Styles Clash, but Cena would kick out!
Both men would then go counter-for-counter with each competitor looking to hit a big move on the other, but when Cena lifts Styles up for the Attitude Adjustment, AJ’s frantic kicking to free himself from Cena’s grasp would catch the referee, inadvertently knocking the referee out of the ring. Cena then hits the Attitude Adjustment for the second time, but with no referee, there would be no one to make the count. With the referee still down at ringside, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson would rush the ring to come to the aid of AJ Styles as Gallows & Anderson would hit Cena with the Magic Killer before dragging Styles onto Cena. Gallows & Anderson then make a quick exit to the back as the referee gets back into the ring, counting the pinfall as AJ Styles successfully scores the three count to win the match under dubious circumstances.
Then it was time for the namesake of the WWE Money-in-the-Bank event as “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose, “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro, the self-proclaimed “Prizefighter” Kevin Owens, “The Underdog from the Underground” Sami Zayn, the inventor of the Money-in-the-Bank concept Chris Jericho, and former “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Alberto Del Rio would all compete in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match where the first Superstar to climb a ladder and retrieve the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase hanging above the ring will win the match and earn themselves a guaranteed shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at any time they want it for the next year. Early on in the match, Chris Jericho would be the first competitor to bring a ladder into the ring, slamming Cesaro face-first on the ladder before tossing the ladder onto “The Swiss Superman”. Dean Ambrose then enters the fray, slamming Jericho on to the ladder before Jericho delivers a suplex to Ambrose on the ladder.
Alberto Del Rio then takes over in the match, placing a ladder on the top turnbuckle before Cesaro takes control, going corner-to-corner-to-corner with repeated European uppercuts. Kevin Owens then intervenes, catching Cesaro with a super kick before sending Cesaro face-first into the ladder. Sami Zayn then delivers a Helluva Kick to Dean Ambrose before using the Helluva Kick to take out both Owens and Jericho! Sami then sets up a ladder in the middle of the ring before Sami makes the climb, but the climb is interrupted by Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio then exits the ring to toss a ladder at Dean Ambrose before Del Rio kicks a ladder into the face of Sami Zayn. Del Rio then sets Cesaro up on the ladder in the corner before Del Rio delivers his signature double stomp to Cesaro on top of the ladder.
Del Rio then tries to climb the ladder, but he is interrupted by Chris Jericho and, after taking Jericho out, Del Rio would try to climb the ladder again before he is stopped by Cesaro. However, Del Rio is able to trap Cesaro with a modified version of the cross armbreaker on top of the ladder! Owens then comes in with a super kick to Del Rio before Cesaro delivers his springboard European uppercut to take out Owens. Cesaro then climbs the ladder, but is stopped by Dean Ambrose, who pulls Cesaro off of the ladder, delivering Dirty Deeds to Cesaro. Jericho then fends off Dean Ambrose, taking Ambrose out with the Codebreaker before climbing the ladder again. This time, Sami Zayn joins Jericho at the top of the ladder, but Owens comes in and pushes the ladder over, taking out Sami and Jericho. Owens then tries to climb the ladder, but Del Rio picks Owens off of the ladder with the Back Stabber. Cesaro then takes over, taking out both Del Rio and Jericho with their own Cesaro Swings. Dean Ambrose then gets involved, jumping off of the top of a ladder with an elbow drop to Cesaro. Owens then slams Ambrose on top of a ladder before coming off of the top rope with the frog splash, compacting Ambrose.
Sami Zayn then re-enters the fray with his sights set on Kevin Owens as “The Underdog from the Underground” delivers a sickening Michinoku Driver to Owens onto the side of a ladder, which shocks even Sami Zayn! Sami then makes the climb up the ladder, desperately reaching for the briefcase before Del Rio intervenes, repeatedly slamming a ladder into Zayn, knocking Sami off the ladder. Del Rio then props up one ladder between the corner and the ladder set up in the middle of the ring, serving as a platform for Sami and Del Rio to fight on. Jericho then tries to climb the ladder, but he’s stopped by Cesaro, who then props up a ladder between the other corner and the ladder in the middle of the ring. Zayn and Jericho then find themselves battling on the vertical ladder in the middle of the ring while Cesaro brawls with Ambrose on one of the horizontal ladders and Owens brawls with Del Rio on the other horizontal ladder!
Cesaro and Del Rio are then knocked off the steel concoction before Ambrose and Owens try to pull Jericho and Sami off of the ladder. With these four men battling atop one ladder, Cesaro sets up another ladder next to the initial ladder that he and Del Rio climb, which results in all six competitors making a desperate reach for the briefcase. Kevin Owens then knocks the second set-up ladder over, which results in Cesaro getting crotched on the top rope while Del Rio bounces off the ropes in a more complicated fall.
Ambrose and Jericho then knock each other off of the ladder before Sami knocks Owens off of the ladder. Sami then tries to grab the briefcase, but Chris Jericho quickly walks across one of the propped-up ladders before knocking Sami down. Ambrose then keeps Jericho from retrieving the briefcase, pulling Jericho down to the horizontal ladder and taking Jericho out with a modified version of Dirty Deeds. This again leaves Sami alone to climb the ladder, but Zayn is interrupted by Kevin Owens, who pulls Sami off of the ladder, driving Zayn down with a powerbomb on the horizontal ladder. Owens then climbs the ladder, nearly grabbing the briefcase before Dean Ambrose stops Owens, repeatedly sending Owens face-first into the ladder until Owens falls on top of one of the horizontal ladders. This leaves “The Lunatic Fringe” on his own to climb the ladder as, with the ring and ringside area littered with broken Superstars, Dean Ambrose would successfully unhook the briefcase to win the match and become “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”, earning Dean Ambrose a guaranteed shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship any time he wants it for the next year!
The United States Championship would then be on the line at WWE Money-in-the-Bank as Rusev, with Lana in his corner, would defend the prestigious United States Title against Titus O’Neil. Throughout the match, Titus O’Neil would give Rusev a run for his money, out-powering the United States Champion on a number of occasions, but in the end, it was Rusev delivering a pair of kicks to the head of Titus before locking in the Accolade, leaving Titus no choice but to tap out as Rusev successfully retains the United States Title.
Then it was time for the main event of WWE Money-in-the-Bank as former allies would compete for the top prize in WWE as Roman Reigns would defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against the man who never lost the title in Seth Rollins. During the match, Roman Reigns would take the fight to Seth Rollins on the outside, sending Rollins over the Spanish announce table. Rollins would then send Reigns shoulder-first into the steel steps before the fight returns to the ring. Later on in the match, Seth Rollins would try just about everything to beat Roman Reigns from the Turnbuckle Powerbomb to a superplex off of the top rope into the falcon arrow, but the champion would continue to kick out. Rollins would then hit another Turnbuckle Powerbomb before Reigns fires back with the Superman Punch, but Rollins would kick out. The challenger then rolls to the outside, luring Roman Reigns into charging at Rollins with the intention of delivering the Spear with Rollins moving out of the way as Reigns collides with full force into the barricade!
Referees and medical personnel then try to tend to Roman Reigns, but Rollins is frantic to get the champion back into the ring. Rollins then looks for the Pedigree, but Roman counters, inadvertently sending both men into the referee, taking the referee out. Reigns then blasts Rollins with the Spear, but the delayed count by the referee would give Rollins the time he needed to kick out! Roman then sizes the challenger up for another Spear, but Rollins is able to counter into a modified Pedigree, but Roman kicks out! Rollins then picks Reigns up and delivers another Pedigree, this time keeping Reigns down for the three-count as Seth Rollins pins Roman Reigns to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion!
However, Seth Rollins’ celebration was short-lived as the music of Dean Ambrose would blare throughout the arena. This would draw the attention of Seth Rollins as the new champion looks at the entrance, expecting “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”, but Dean Ambrose would come from behind, blasting Rollins in the face with the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase! Ambrose then exits the ring to inform the referee that he is cashing in his Money-in-the-Bank contract, handing the briefcase over to the referee. After the official announcement of Ambrose’s cash-in is made, the bell rings and the impromptu WWE World Heavyweight Championship match is underway as Dean Ambrose picks Seth Rollins up, spiking Rollins with Dirty Deeds and pinning Seth Rollins to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion! “The Lunatic Champion” then celebrates with the WWE World Heavyweight Title as Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns both look on in disbelief as neither of them leave WWE Money-in-the-Bank as champion while Dean Ambrose leaves Las Vegas the way he said he would, as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
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