WWE Money in the Bank 2021: strengths and weaknesses | Launderer report
0 out of 10
After last year’s battle at WWE Headquarters, Money in the Bank 2021 saw a return to not only a more traditional setup, but fans in attendance as well.
Once again, 16 Superstars attempted to climb the ladder of success to reclaim the ever-powerful briefcases with future title opportunities on the line. On top of that, many of the best titles from both brands were up for grabs in their pockets. own matches.
Events like this – especially with what was supposed to be a hot crowd excited to revel in wrestling for the first time in over a year – seemed to be successful, but that isn’t necessarily always the case. The potential is sometimes wasted.
With that in mind, what have been the best and worst parts of this pay-per-view, now that the dust has settled?
Listed in order of appearance, here are the strengths and weaknesses of WWE Money in the Bank 2021.
1 in 10
WWE Money in the Bank 2021 Results
- The Usos beat Dominik Mysterio and Rey Mysterio by pinfall to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
- Nikki ASH won the Money in the Bank women’s ranking match.
- AJ Styles and Omos defeated the Viking Raiders by pinfall to retain the Raw Tag Tag Team Championship.
- Bobby Lashley defeated Kofi Kingston by submission to retain the WWE Championship.
- Charlotte Flair defeated Rhea Ripley by submission to win the Raw Women’s Championship.
- Big E won the Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
- Roman Reigns beat Edge by pinfall to retain the Universal Championship.
2 out of 10
As many times as has been said, it bears repeating: there shouldn’t have been any issues with WWE programming on Peacock TV from the start, as everything should have been sorted out in advance.
At the very least, it certainly should have been finalized now, months later.
And yet, the rewind feature was still completely disabled in web browsers and elsewhere, despite being active during Hell in a Cell.
Worse yet, the flow went haywire after the Raw Women’s Championship game, cutting every half-second.
What happened during the behind-the-scenes segment with Money in the Bank’s competitors? No one knows, because we couldn’t see it, nor could we rewind the stream to see what we missed!
Since they’ve cracked down on people watching the normal WWE network with a VPN, that means the only way to watch any of this live was to check it out on an illegal stream.
These issues have long passed their welcome and it’s a shame WWE and Peacock don’t care enough about getting tough to prevent this from happening. It’s a bad look for something that’s already struggling with a bad image right now.
3 out of 10
Much like WrestleMania 37, one of the biggest positives about this show was finally being able to hear a live crowd in the arena again.
The ThunderDome setup was a big upgrade from the empty Performance Center shows, but there’s just no substitute for the real thing. Fans are an essential part of sports entertainment as the crowd helps illustrate the passion behind what is happening in the ring.
Tonight, instead of background noises made to WWE specs, there was genuine energy expressing both good and evil, as it should be.
Hoping that there will never be another time like this pandemic when the company has been deprived of one of its most precious resources by not having an audience.
4 out of 10
Starting with a hot game was a necessity. The crowd was too excited to be disappointed, so it was the responsibility of The Usos and The Mysterios to deliver.
Fortunately, that’s exactly what they did. It was a rock solid opening that kept the audience engaged every step of the way.
The near-falls were shocked, the heel tactics were booed, the babyface returns were applauded, and even a rookie like Dominik was greeted with positivity rather than cynicism.
The title change via a bit of cheating, but not something too illegal in the game, was a great way to end it as well. It gives the old champions the chance to say it wasn’t a completely clear win, but it happened anyway and they have to face it.
Changing the title was the right choice. Crowning new champions is a great way to blow up the crowd and keep that momentum going.
5 out of 10
Ladder matches are basically some of the most entertaining types of fights in professional wrestling. It’s almost hard not to have a fun segment with this type of formula, especially with a lot of talented Superstars in the mix.
At the very beginning of this, Alexa Bliss was standing perfectly still on the tensioner with each entry, just to try to retrieve the case by telekinesis. Character moments like this go a long way in keeping things interesting.
Of course, people also want to see dangerous places. It was far from the most brutal match in history, but these women ate their fair share of full-fledged metal.
Tamina fulfilled her role of mighty, Nikki ASH showed her superheroism by flying up a ladder towards her opponents and the crowd ate it all.
The ending felt like it was setting up something other than the conclusion, which meant it was a total surprise. Moreover, the result did the same, ASH recovering the briefcase.
It’s great to see her receive another accolade and the pop of the crowd reflects that it was a moment of well-being and a success.
6 out of 10
The Raw Tag Tag Team Championship game was just the right breath he needed. Instead of being a worthless bathroom break, it was a solid segment that again allowed audiences to recalibrate.
Omos isn’t the smoothest in the ring, but he’s still learning. What he’s done here is the best job we’ve seen so far and that’s all you can ask for.
AJ Styles has proven, as always, that he is The Phenomenal One. He held the fort on for most of the action.
Erik and Ivar had their moments to shine and look strong too. The Viking Raiders are far from child’s play and even in a game like this where they were guaranteed to lose, it’s important not to see them as losers.
Overall it was another good game to keep the pace going, the good team came out victorious and all parties did their jobs well.
7 out of 10
The WWE Championship match went exactly as it should have, with Bobby Lashley establishing his dominance.
Kofi Kingston is fantastic and a former WWE Champion in his own right, so he’s had a few hits here and there being able to use his agility and speed. However, he was fighting a brick wall in several ways.
The All Mighty cast him like a workout dummy. Even the ref was trying to convince him to go get a pin and put The Dreadlocked Dynamo out of his misery.
This is how you remind the WWE Universe that Lashley holds gold for good reason. It’s also how to properly prepare him for a towering challenger like Goldberg for SummerSlam, if WWE goes that route.
Sad as it was to see Kingston fail, this is how it was meant to be.
8 out of 10
Rhea Ripley was turning on NXT in the fall of 2019. How did WWE not only manage to screw it up, but spent the next year and a half failing to get it back on track?
The Nightmare begged and harassed Charlotte Flair for a match at WrestleMania 36, just to lose the title, bang and cry about it. She then appeared here and there for the following year, mostly losing, before randomly winning Asuka’s title at WrestleMania 37 in a lackluster no-build scenario.
That half-hearted push that Ripley’s had on Raw is why fans were more concerned with singing “We want Becky” than getting behind it against The Queen.
After having had a fantastic game that more than deserves to be called a climax, complete with some great near-falls and flips (like Flair countering the Riptide in a DDT), the end result is yet another black mark on the career of Ripley.
It’s more than firmly established now that Flair is the better of the two, having smacked her twice. WWE clearly believes the damage this will do to Ripley’s mystique is worth giving another reign to the woman who held him more than anyone else.
9 out of 10
From what was actually watchable, due to issues with the Peacock stream, this was an extremely fun game.
Watching Ricochet alone was worthy of a highlight. How he’s able to run and bounce along the ropes and fly through the air as he does is absolutely amazing.
Seth Rollins bombarding Kevin Owens out of the ring through a ladder was a moment that blew the crowd off with a “this is awesome” chant. It was far from the only time people were standing.
Interference from Jinder Mahal (flanked by Veer and Shanky) was a justifiable way to take Drew McIntyre out of the game so he stays strong.
Shinsuke Nakamura, Riddle, John Morrison and all parties had their moment to shine. Each Superstar looked like they could take the big win for at least a few seconds.
But it was Big E standing with the briefcase in hand as the crowd blew up the roof of the place. The excitement and positivity at the end of this match is exactly what the doctor ordered for a huge morale boost.
10 of 10
There were times when the main event felt like it wasn’t going to be up to par, but it all finally came together to start another “this is awesome” chant.
If there was a checklist of what to do, WWE crossed it out.
Edge had his times when he arguably won the title, if there had actually been a referee in the ring at the time. Roman Reigns was not weak, but had a few moments of vulnerability.
The interference from The Usos was interrupted by The Mysterios, only for Rollins to cost The Rated-R Superstar the victory. This will undoubtedly set up a match between the two for SummerSlam.
At the end of the night, it was the tribal chief standing like a champion, as he should have been.
The icing on the cake, however, was the return of John Cena. After so many years where these two have been relentlessly booed against the WWE narrative, it’s refreshing to see Cena meet love and massive cheers to make up for the boos from the Universal Champion.