WWE Money in the Bank kicked off in Fort Worth, Texas as the second live pay-per-view event since the COVID-19 shutdown in the country in late 2019. The first game of the night was ladder match for women with simple rules. enough: the first woman to get the MIIB briefcase wins a contract match for any title, good for the whole year. There are no pitfalls, submissions or countdowns that will provide a reward for this particular ladder match. Take back the briefcase or walk away in failure.
The first woman to enter the ring was the 2018 MIIT winner. Alexa Bliss, the celebrity kept her contract for less than 3 hours before paying cash Nia Jax and claim his title. She was quickly followed by Liv Morgan (Her first MIIT), and Nikki “ASH” Cross (Her second MIIT). Next is Natalya who was quickly tagged by her team partner Tamina, both women proudly carry championship belts. Zelina Vega stepped into the next ring, having only returned to WWE in early July and was joined by Naomi almost immediately after. The biggest pop-in has arrived Asuka, the favorite of the night and last year’s MIIT winner.
Alexa perched on the wheel like a creepy bat as the bell rang to start the match and chaos ensued. All the other contenders flew out of the ring to get to the ladder, but the first bump of the night came to Asuka, taking Alexa by surprise and throwing her into the ring. What follows is an exchange of blows between the remaining wrestlers as they all land roughly on each other as they vie for control of the center of the ring.
Liv tried to climb the first step, but Tamina wisely pushed her away before the briefcase could be retrieved. For most of the earlier part of the match, Tamina maintained control of the ring until Asuka returned from the square circle and temporarily took her out of the ring. Liv Morgan again attempted to climb the ladder quickly, revealing her strategy was to wait until another woman could establish the basis for accessing the Money in the Bank contract.
One thing to keep in mind during the match is Alexa’s uncanny control over the match, both in her ability to parry Natalya’s hits but also in enticing Zelina Vega to leave the Money in contract. the Bank. Career tip: if anyone wants to get rid of Alexa quickly, bring Holy Water and perhaps a long wooden stake.
In her first offensive act of the night, Natalya tried to climb the ladder to get the contract but Vega managed to ride her all the way like a backpack. Despite having a Money in the Bank contract, Zelina is unable to unlock the pair and is thwarted by Liv Morgan, pulling both her and Natalya back to the floor.
Nikki Cross manages to beat the entire competitive lineup by sacrificing her body like a human cannon, and almost takes the edge of being the only woman in the ring, until when her former partner Alexa walked in and threw her off the ring. Unfortunately for Alexa, all the women are tired of her supernatural powers and band together to bury their opponents under a pile of ladders. Once again, Liv Morgan tries to sneak attack the Money in the Bank contract, but the defensive Tamina quickly knocks her off the ladder.
On the hot side of the game, six women set up three ladders, all desperately grabbing the Money in the Bank contract.
While they concentrated their fists on each other, Nikki “ASH” Cross, basically approached the contract by the gilded stairs, and walked up the stairs without being touched, and announced the Money in the briefcase. Bank is its own. Certainly, Cross was not expected to win the contract, with most people assuming the victory would go to Liv Morgan or Alexa Bliss. Now that she’s got her contract in hand, only time will tell when the near-superhero will make money in a title fight. She has a year to decide.
There’s no word on how Bliss handles losses after she’s supposed to win, but we’re assuming she’s hanging upside down like a bat somewhere in a Texas basement.