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Money in the Bank 2021 was an excellent end to the COVID-era of wrestling, and the perfect way to welcome fans back into arenas. The headline news is that John Cena is back to face Roman Reigns, probably at next month’s SummerSlam. And, of course, that Big E is now Mr. Money in the Bank. The big downside of the night was Peacock, which had streaming issues at the beginning of the Men’s Money in the Bank match. These were resolved after about 15 minutes.
Roman Reigns’ Universal Championship match against Edge was fantastic, and will get all the spotlight thanks to the two angles that spilled from it: John Cena returned, and Seth Rollins costed Edge the title. But arguably the best championship bout of the night was Rhea Ripley versus Charlotte Flair. And while the Women’s Money in the Bank opener was good, the Men’s bout was unmissable.
After a somewhat slow start to the Money in the Bank pay-per-view from Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, a trio of fantastic matches and the return of the biggest superstar of his era provided a strong close to the show. After a grueling war between universal champion Roman Reigns and Edge, John Cena returned to WWE, seemingly making it known that he was ready for a SummerSlam title shot.
That show closing segment, along with a stellar Raw women’s title match and a thriller in the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match will be the lasting memories coming out of WWE’s first big show as the promotion returns to full-capacity events after more than a year in the ThunderDome. Now, the march to SummerSlam begins, with John Cena leading the parade.
CBS Sports was with you the whole way through the event, providing updates and highlights as the action went down. Read on for results, grades and highlights of all the night’s action.
WWE Money in the Bank 2021 match grades & results: Big E, Nikki A.S.H capture briefcases, Cena returns
WWE performed in front of a live crowd for the first time in 16 months Sunday in its annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
An ultra-hot crowd was treated to a pair of Money in the Bank ladder matches, where Nikki A.S.H. stunned the crowd with her victory while Big E snared the briefcase in the men’s match that truly stole the show. Both are now in line for future title opportunities. We’ll have to see when and against whom they decide to cash in.
It’s time for the WWE Money In The Bank live stream, and our hearts are tracking what happens with The New Day. While this is definitely the start of a new-era for WWE (both the briefcases and live crowd suggest as much), Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E all have a lot potentially happening, as MVP has been trying to drive a wedge in the popular trio.
And in addition to this being the second fan-attended PPV since the start of the pandemic, the likes of Becky Lynch, John Cena, Goldberg, Nikki and Brie Bella, Sasha Banks and Brock Lesnar have all been mentioned as returning over the last months.
WWE is finally back to performing in front of sold-out crowds. After Friday’s SmackDown, Sunday’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view is the second full-capacity show in the company’s return to touring.
Money in the Bank was originally slated for May and later for June, but as WWE began planning its return to the road, Hell in a Cell took the June PPV slot and Money in the Bank was moved to July. That decision should prove to be a good one for WWE. The two Money in the Bank ladder matches are always crowd pleasers and having them take place in front of a full house in Fort Worth should create for an exciting atmosphere.