Takeaways from WWE Money in the Bank

wweThe most memorable part of the Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal match at Money in the Bank last night was the crowd starting and maintaining The Wave.

This is your guy, who reportedly is set for yet another match against WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar.

Fans don’t do The Wave, of course, when they’re not bored. They’re chanting things like, “This is awesome!” When they’re not counting with the ref on two- and three-counts.

More takeaways

  • Shinsuke Nakamura has been chasing A.J. Styles since WrestleMania season, and he’s still oh-fer against the WWE champ. Which is fine for a face chasing a heel (think: Dusty Rhodes chasing Ric Flair), but a heel chasing a face and losing over and over, that’s not a good look.
  • I don’t mind Ronda Rousey not winning the Raw women’s title in her first TV singles match, but I’m not sure about Alexa Bliss leaving last night with the belt after cashing in her Money in the Bank briefcase, won maybe 90 minutes earlier. The fun of the briefcase is that it can be cashed in at any time, and it’s best used when it sits out there for months, lending unpredictability to every show, weekly or monthly or otherwise. That’s now gone, and that’s a waste, and for what? To further a feud between Bliss and Nia Jax that didn’t need artificial juice?
  • Braun Strowman doesn’t need the Money in the Bank briefcase, on the one hand, but on the other, putting the briefcase in the hands of Strowman means he’s in the cards to be a world champ sometime in the next year, which is good, and the idea of him lingering in the background for a few months with the briefcase, even better. Does this foretell Strowman vs. Reigns main-eventing WrestleMania 35?
  • I hate to be one of those guys, but, yeah, the NXT Takeover show was the show of the weekend. I’d put Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano on the short list for runner-up for Match of the Year. (Nothing will come close to approaching Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada at Dominion, so the rest of the year will be spent in a race for #2.) I also liked the Velveteen Dream vs. Ricochet match, and honestly, the Undisputed Era vs. Oney Lorcan-Danny Burch match was pretty good, too.

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