WWE Money in the Bank 2023 took place at the O2 Arena in London, England, delivering both memorable moments and disappointments. Here are three things we loved and three things we hated about the event.
Hated: The Rhodes to nowhere
The match between Cody Rhodes and Dominik Mysterio, despite its anticipated main event status, fell flat. Dominik’s win was aided by Rhea Ripley’s interference, and the in-ring action failed to live up to the storytelling that had been built. WWE should reconsider the direction of Dominik and Rhea’s characters, as they seem better suited for different roles. Rhea Ripley’s title reign needs quality opponents, and Dominik may not be ready for an upper-card position just yet.
Loved: Legitimate surprises
While Brock Lesnar didn’t make an appearance, other surprises made up for it. Drew McIntyre’s return thrilled the London crowd, but the real shocker came when Shayna Baszler turned on Ronda Rousey during the women’s tag team title match. This unexpected moment added excitement and potential for Shayna Baszler’s singles push.
John Cena’s unannounced return was another jaw-dropping surprise that left fans in awe.
Hated: Legitimate surprises (redux)
Although McIntyre’s return and Shayna Baszler’s betrayal were exciting, the matches they were part of lacked substance. The Intercontinental title match and the women’s tag title match failed to deliver beyond their surprises. While John Cena’s appearance created a buzz, his predictable victory over Grayson Waller felt unoriginal and uninspired.
Loved: Bank statements
The Money in the Bank ladder matches stole the show. Damian Priest’s victory in the men’s match was a welcome choice, and Ricochet’s incredible athleticism saved a crucial spot. The women’s match had a creative finish, with Becky Lynch utilizing handcuffs to secure victory. Both matches showcased thrilling action and clever storytelling.
Hated: Rollins/Balor ends with a whimper
Despite the promising story of Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor, the match itself was lackluster. With limited time for matches on the card, many bouts didn’t have the opportunity to shine, including this one. The match lacked in-ring storytelling, and the highly anticipated Balor vs. Rollins feud didn’t receive the spotlight it deserved.
Loved: The Tribal Chief falls
The main event, the Bloodline Civil War, delivered a captivating encounter. With multiple questions surrounding the match’s outcome, Jey Uso ultimately pinned Roman Reigns, ending his undefeated streak since November 2019. The match showcased old-school tag team wrestling, intense storytelling, and a satisfying conclusion. This outcome opens up exciting possibilities for the future of the Bloodline storyline.
In summary, WWE Money in the Bank 2023 had its highs and lows. While some matches and storylines fell short, the surprises and the quality of the Money in the Bank ladder matches provided standout moments that left fans satisfied.