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Where will Money in the Bank 2021 take place? Money in the Bank will take place on Sunday, July 18 (Monday, July 19 in India) at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. The Arena capacitates 14,000 fans. aps.orgHow To Watch WWE Money in the Bank 2021: How to live stream and watch
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Money in the Bank represents one of the biggest opportunities of the year for WWE superstars. Eight men and eight women will receive the opportunity to compete in Money in the Bank ladder matches that will award the winner a contract for a title shot at any moment in the next year.
In addition to the two ladder matches, there are five championship matches set for the card. Roman Reigns will defend his universal championship against Edge in one of the night's biggest matches. In the other men's world title match set for the event, Bobby Lashley will put the WWE championship on the line against New Day's Kofi Kingston. On the women's side, Raw women's champion Rhea Ripley will defend her belt against Charlotte Flair.
Here's how you can keep up with all the action on Sunday night in Texas.
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No Way (formerly No Way Jose) made his debut for IMPACT at Slammiversary as the mystery partner for Fallah Bahh. Bahh was originally scheduled to team with TJP, but IMPACT announced on Friday that TJP was out of the match.
Before the match, Bahh revealed No Way as his partner. No Way has kept a similar character to his WWE persona as the life of the party and the leader of the conga line.
No Way was released by WWE in April 2020. He wrestled a handful of matches on the Independent scene as Levy Valenz.
Check out Fightful's coverage of IMPACT Slammiversary by clicking here. You can also catch the post-show podcast for a full review of all of the action by clicking here. You can also join the Fightful watch along of the event by clicking here.
18 July, 2021 - 10:10pm
After a successful welcoming back of live crowds for SmackDown, it's time to welcome them back for one of WWE's biggest events of the year, Money in the Bank. Two briefcases are up for grabs, and both ladder matches are stacked with talent. For the Women's Money in the Bank match, it will be Nikki Cross taking on Zelina Vega, Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan, Naomi, Asuka, Tamina, and Natalya, and while the challenge is high, the almost superhero Nikki A.S.H is more than up for it. ComicBook.com had a chance to talk to Cross all about the big match as well as what led to her new (almost) superhero character, saying goodbye to the ThunderDome era, and more.
Now, Cross will have to keep her head on a swivel with so much talent in the ring, but there is one threat she will have to maybe keep her eye on more than the others.
"To your point, I'm in there with, some amazing competitors. You have, Naomi who's crazy athletic, so athletic, and amazing. You have Asuka who won the Money in the Bank last year. You've got Alexa Bliss who I've got my very own history with and being former tag team champions. You have Liv Morgan, who's scratched and clawed for this opportunity. You have Zelina who's just made her return, and we all know she's got a few tricks up her sleeve, and now we have Natalya in the Money in the Bank match and she's been in so many of these matches and she brings such a wealth of experience," Cross said.
"So for me, all of them are competition. All of them are a threat," Cross said. "You're right, I love that my head has to be on a swivel and you're 100%, right. I feel like because of our past, maybe Alexa and her turn to the dark side, there is cause for concern, so I'll definitely be keeping an extra eye on her, but then I've still got my two eyes looking at everyone else. But then I have the mask and mask that can help me too, like keep my focus. So for me, it's such an amazing match, and knowing that we are in front of our fans again, we're back in front of live crowds, live audiences, I cannot tell you Matt I'm so excited. I'm so excited."
This will be the first WWE pay-per-view where fans are back in the crowd since WrestleMania 37, but unlike that event fans are 100% back now, and as a result WWE recently said goodbye for good to the era of the ThunderDome. Cross is 100% ready to have fans back in the arena, but she still took a moment to appreciate the ThunderDome and everything it brought with it.
"For me, the number one was getting back in front of fans, that was the number one, the excitement to see fans again and feel the connection and feel the energy that kind of overtakes everything else. But at the same time, I get very sentimental very easily. If I grow attached to something, whether it be a building or something like there is sadness, and you're kind of like, thank you for being our home for the last however many months. We were in the Tropicana field, the big baseball stadium we were in the Amway Center before that, leaving the ThunderDome last week it's that, thank you for being our home, bye."
"Also I'm very proud of the ThunderDome because it was still the fans watching and I think we just figured out a different way to do it, and I'm very proud of that. I think it was a very unique experience, as a performer, I think it was a very unique experience, and still going out and looking at the screens and sometimes you still pick out faces, on the screens and you can tell they're smiling or the cheering or the booing, or they're laughing or they're clapping, Cross said. "So for me, there was still, that was something that was a connection that shouldn't be, we shouldn't forget that."
Cross did catch herself getting a little sentimental in saying goodbye to the ThunderDome. "We should not forget that either, but I think the excitement of being in front of our fans again, that's the overriding feeling. I had my little spot, I had my little spot in the locker room and my little cubby in the corner. So I was like, 'bye', I'm very sentimental," Cross said.
Cross recently debuted a brand new character in Nikki A.S.H, and she seems to be having a blast with it thus far. That's partly because the character stems from Cross' own love of Marvel and DC superheroes, and now she gets to channel all that enthusiasm into a character onscreen.
"So, for me, I was actually saying this earlier on too, I was such a huge fan of the X-Men cartoon and the Spider-Man cartoon," Cross said. "I've always loved superhero cartoons and superhero movies, Marvel, DC, the Justice League, everything, Suicide Squad, everything with Marvel, we've just finished watching Loki, which I'm not going to, no spoilers. I loved Loki, WandaVision, Falcon, and Winter Soldier. Black Widow, we saw that last week and that was amazing."
"So it just felt like the time was right, the time was right, and I always loved Hurricane Helms, the Hurricane character, Mighty Molly, I loved that when I first watched WWE. So for me, it's, let's take something we all love, like superheroes, let's take wrestling, and let's put them together in this lovely little fusion," Cross said. "To your point, I just wanted to do something that was super, pardon the pun, something very positive and I wanted something that was just energetic, something that's inspirational because I think that I wanted a message to send to, I was 10 years old when I first started watching WWE, when I first started watching this amazing industry. So I wanted something that I could like reach out to a 10-year-old me for instance, and just I don't have superpowers, unfortunately, not yet, anyway, I'm working on it Matt, I'm working on it with coffee a little bit of super strength and super speed."
Superpowers or not, the message of hope, determination, and fun is coming through loud and clear, and to Cross that is the most important aspect of Nikki A.S.H.
"But, the whole message of that is and I wanted to make this really clear when we first introduced it and I used Raw Talk and we have an amazing digital and social media team. And I think we were successful in getting that message out that I don't have superpowers, but I put on the cape and I put on the mask, I put on the outfit and I feel like I can try anything and I might fall down, but I pick myself back up. I just think that's such an important message for people to have, and I wanted to be the one to deliver that message because I think that's an important life lesson," Cross said. "I think it is a life message, and it's just fun. I wear a cape and I get to do things that I've always loved and been inspired by."
"I can't tell you how much joy it's given me and seeing the fan art and reading the messages and just for something like my nephews, this is something they can totally love," Cross said. "Then my friends, some of our best friends, they have little girls, I call them my nieces, even though they're technically not, but they are, I'm like Auntie Nikki. So for me, they're nine years old, eight years old, these little girls, this is who I'm trying to reach, this is the connection. I love that message. I love that journey."
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Speaking of that fan art, there's a lot of support for having The Secret Life of Pets' lovable hero Snowball as her sidekick, and Cross thinks it's a perfect match.
"Snowball is tremendous, Snowball let's ride another day, Snowball. I love Snowball I'm all about this," Cross said. "The blue and the gold represents so much in the costume, so much. I'm so proud of that, but you've got Snowball, Captain Cross and Captain Snowball reporting for duty!"
That duo seems like quite the dream team, so we are all here for it.
You can watch Nikki A.S.H in action during WWE's Money in the Bank, which kicks off at 8 PM EST on Peacock.
Do you think Cross will take the briefcase? Let us know in the comments and as always you can talk all things WWE with me on Twitter @MattAguilarCB!
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18 July, 2021 - 07:46pm
At this year's iteration of WWE's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Nikki A.S.H. pulled off a major upset by defeating seven other superstars to win the women's Money in the Bank ladder match, which grants her a guaranteed championship bout at the time and place of her choosing.
This year, on the June 21 episode of Raw, Cross debuted her new persona, Nikki A.S.H. ("Almost a Superhero") -- which is sure to evoke memories of past comic book-inspired wrestling characters like The Hurricane (Gregory Helms) and Mighty Molly (Molly Holly). This brings us to Money in the Bank, and the newly-christened Nikki A.S.H. defeating Bliss, Asuka, Naomi, Liv Morgan, Zelina Vega, Natalya and Tamina to claim the coveted briefcase.
18 July, 2021 - 07:00pm
The seven-match card features two of the titular Money in the Bank ladder matches, with a wide variety of potential outcomes for both the eight men and eight women involved. If history is any indication, the currently announced field might not even be the lineup we ultimately see once the bell rings.
There's also three world title matches, as Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair renew tensions over the Raw women's championship, Roman Reigns and Edge go one-on-one for the Universal title and former WWE champion Kofi Kingston challenges current champ Bobby Lashley.
Finally, both the Raw and SmackDown men's tag team championships will be on the line, with the SmackDown version set for the kickoff show. Follow along live throughout the night as we break everything down match by match.
Big E's career in the WWE has certainly had its high points. He's been NXT champion, United States champion and Intercontinental champion. He was an integral part of making The New Day the most popular act in professional wrestling.
But the one thing that's been lacking, at least since he has been a part of the Raw or SmackDown rosters, was that final boost to the top tier. And at Money in the Bank, by grabbing the briefcase that earned him a future world title shot at the moment of his choosing, Big E finally has that moment within his reach.
The match itself was absolutely incredible. It started with Matt Riddle and Ricochet doing all kinds of acrobatics, taking out Seth Rollins and John Morrison, respectively, with flips to the outside of the ring, and it rarely slowed down.
Morrison jumped off the top turnbuckle, leapfrogged a ladder for leverage and spun himself into Shinsuke Nakamura. Morrison and Rollins teamed up for a considerable stretch, crushing Nakamura and then Riddle with a ladder. Morrison did a backflip to drive Riddle head-first into a ladder on the ground.
The team-up was seemingly over once Owens backflipped off the second rope into a ladder held by both Rollins and Morrison, but they recovered quickly and hit a double team Falcon Arrow to Owens that sent him spine-first into the blunt side of a ladder.
Rollins made the first climb for the briefcase, but got stopped by Ricochet and Big E.
Nakamura and Riddle kicked each other in the head simultaneously, setting both of them up for a double Claymore from Drew McIntyre. Then it was a Future Shock DDT to Big E, and a reverse Alabama slam to Ricochet, face-first onto a bridged ladder. McIntyre went into a running flip over the top rope to the outside onto all of his competitors.
And then, once back in the ring, McIntyre hit another Claymore to Rollins. As the only one left in the ring, McIntyre climbed the ladder until Jinder Mahal's pair of lackeys inserted themselves into the match to beat the crap out of McIntyre as retribution for damage done in recent weeks. Mahal had a chair waiting for McIntyre once he was outside the ring, and McIntyre was neutralized. It was anyone's match once again.
In a moment that will be played on WWE highlight reels from now until forever, Ricochet came off the top of a falling ladder, landed nimbly on the top rope, bounced to a seemingly impossible height and flipped onto everyone standing on the outside.
Somehow, the pace quickened even more in the final moments. Riddle connected with multiple RKOs in tribute to his absent tag team partner Randy Orton, only to get caught by a Rollins stomp. Nakamura hit a GTS on Rollins. Morrison brought his drip stick water gun and squirted Nakamura in the face.
Owens hit stunners first on Morrison and then Nakamura. Ricochet avoided a stunner of his own, only to land himself directly in a pop-up powerbomb. Owens climbed the ladder, but Rollins caught him, attacked his leg and then gathered him up into a powerbomb position. Rollins then dropped Owens over the top rope and back-first onto a ladder bridged between the ring apron and the commentary table.
Rollins climbed, but Big E stopped him midway up. Big E gathered Rollins for his finishing move, the Big Ending, and connected on an elevated version of the move to great effect. With no one left to stop him, Big E grabbed the briefcase down, and won the match.
What's next: Big E could easily aim for Roman Reigns or Bobby Lashley, or hold onto the briefcase for however long he likes. He's had exactly zero world title shots since his main roster debut in April 2013. He'll make this one count.
She was seemingly sidelined into a comic relief superhero character as "Nikki A.S.H." (Almost a Superhero) in recent weeks, but embraced the silliness. Now she's Ms. Money in the Bank.
Cross took advantage of the chaos of six other competitors fighting atop three ladders, climbed over them and snatched the briefcase before anyone else could realize what had happened.
The highlight reel packages for the Money in the Bank and title wins for Bliss and Asuka, and the SmackDown women's title victory of Naomi, was a great way to set the stakes and label the clear favorites in the match. It also took the spotlight off of the other five competitors and made the surprise ending all the more impactful.
The match was seemingly framed around Bliss from the start. She stood motionless -- and emotionless -- on top of the second rope as everyone else entered the match. As the rest of the competitors in the match scrambled outside to grab ladders, Bliss skipped around the ring, paused directly underneath it and motioned her hand upwards, as if to summon it to herself. But that was quickly forgotten as Asuka attacked her.
Liv Morgan made the first move towards the ladder as Tamina and Zelina Vega briefly held it, unfolded and aloft, until they realized what happened and let the ladder (and Morgan) fall.
Bliss seemingly utilized her spooky powers as Vega climbed a ladder and reached for the briefcase. Bliss climbed the other side, did mirrored hand movements and led Vega down the ladder without touching her. That spell was broken when Natalya powerbombed Bliss into the side of the ladder and then to the ground.
Naomi continued on that theme as she powerbombed Morgan into Vega, who was laid over a flat ladder sitting on the middle rope.
As Natalya climbed to the top of a ladder in the middle of the ring, Vega locked in a sleeper hold at the top of the ladder and then reached up, but could only get her fingertips on the briefcase. Morgan broke up the effort, and the ladder slowly tilted towards the ground.
It erupted into chaos in the middle of the ring. And Cross, who climbed a ladder on the outside, flew over the top rope and onto the other seven competitors.
Bliss locked in a Sister Abigail set-up for her DDT on Cross, but Natalya and Tamina, collectively the women's tag team champions, worked together to stop Bliss and then took her out of commission with ladder shots. They then buried Bliss under a pile of ladders, and the rest of the participants joined in and built the pile higher.
Morgan tried to take advantage of the chaos. Tamina interrupted, then Morgan did a spinning head scissors to Tamina. Morgan hit a suspended Flatliner on Asuka to put her alone in the ring once more, but by the time she realized it, she and Naomi climbed the middle ladder.
Tamina and Asuka climbed a second ladder off to one side. Natalya and Vega scaled a ladder on the other side. Cross joined the middle ladder in the midst of it all, climbed over Morgan to the top and then unlatched the briefcase, becoming Ms. Money in the Bank.
What's next: The women's Money in the Bank briefcase has been cashed in quickly on a number of occasions, and a surprise win like this would seemingly carry more benefit if Cross continued to build tension over a long stretch. She might get more serious. She might get even sillier. But it will undoubtedly be a more compelling story than it would have been had any of the favorites won the match.
As Flair and Ripley circled one another, attempting to build tension, the crowd broke out into "We want Becky!" chants, referring to Becky Lynch. Whether it was rumors of Lynch as a late replacement for the women's Money in the Bank ladder match, or photos she posted on social media outside the arena a few hours before the show, the crowd in Fort Worth made it clear that they had little interest in what was going on in the ring.
In response, Flair did a couple loops around the ring with her middle finger held high towards the audience. And then she and Ripley went out and put on one of the best women's matches of 2021 thus far.
Flair's show of defiance seemingly stunned the crowd, though there were a few more instances of short chants for Lynch breaking out. But the massive chip on their shoulders seemingly fueled Ripley and Flair to the kind of performance they should've been having for the entirety of what's been an inconsistent, at best, rivalry.
The first moment of real peril was Flair locking Ripley in a Boston crab. A scramble ensued as a Figure Four attempt was rolled through by Ripley but fed Ripley directly into a big boot by Flair.
Ripley used some acrobatics to maneuver Flair into an dazzling deadlift vertical suplex, but she didn't hold that advantage for long.
As the crowd completed their 180 flip on this match, digging into dueling, "Let's go Rhea, Let's go Charlotte," chants, Flair connected flush with her signature moonsault off the top to the outside. Then, as Ripley seemingly set herself up for the Riptide and a win, Flair turned it over into a DDT. Flair tried to pin Ripley with her feet on the ropes, but got caught off by the ref.
Flair connected on a Natural Selection coming out of the corner, but Ripley kicked out just before the three-count. Flair locked in a Figure Four for the second time, but Ripley fought her way out again.
Undeterred, Flair brought the action to the outside, determined to end the match. She sent Ripley's skull first into the ringpost, then trapped Ripley's knee between the stairs and the post and smashed the stairs with three kicks.
That set up a Figure Eight in the middle of the ring. Ripley tapped, and Flair became a 12-time world champion.
What's next: This was a chance to "make" Rhea Ripley, and for whatever reason, WWE went in a different direction by putting the title back on Flair. Ripley might mount one more challenge, but it seems unlikely for her to regain the title any time soon. And as good as this match was, the type of anti-Flair sentiment carried by much of the WWE universe is not going to dissipate any time soon, no matter how good the matches are. Maybe the restless masses will get what they want and Lynch will come back to renew their tensions for the massive showcase that is SummerSlam.
Bobby Lashley spent exactly zero time in peril in his WWE championship defense against Kofi Kingston.
In a match eerily reminiscent of the one-sided match in which Kingston lost the WWE championship to Brock Lesnar, Lashley thrashed Kingston from bell to bell in a clear indication that any distractions were in the rear-view mirror.
Gone was any sign of the man who lost clean to Xavier Woods just a few days ago on Monday Night Raw. Even though the match was seemingly setting up for tomfoolery, as MVP tried to grab Kingston's feet at the start of the match, it was all Lashley, all the time.
Kingston got his only real offense in as he barely got out of the way as Lashley charged in, with a double stomp that didn't fully connect. Lashley tossed Kingston all over the ring and ringside, getting particularly brutal when he winged Kingston into the ringpost on the outside at full speed.
There were elevated Flatliners, Dominators and multiple attempts at The Hurt Lock. Try as he might, Kingston couldn't offer a sufficient defense. Lashley went so far as to let Kingston up and let him out from The Hurt Lock, only to inflict more damage.
After an uncomfortably long stretch, during which Lashley put his finger to his mouth to quiet the crowd as well as a chunk of the audience that was cheering for more, he slapped the Hurt Lock on once more. Kingston was on his knees and couldn't even stand, but tapped out to end his suffering.
What's next: Lashley has been built up once again as an unbeatable champion. As we look forward towards SummerSlam, there are two paths: He could face the Money in the Bank winner, especially if there's a built-in story for someone like Drew McIntyre or Big E, or he could try to topple a returning legend in a showcase match. The latter option seems likelier.
The now seven-time tag team champions defeated Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio to win the SmackDown tag team titles with a little bit of creativity and a lot of rule bending.
It took the crowd a while to fire up, and they struggled at times to get behind Rey and Dominik, who have largely had this run inside the Thunderdome without live fans in attendance. But the collective performances of all four participants slowly brought the crowd energy up throughout the match.
They came alive and exploded into "this is awesome" chants in the closing minutes. Jimmy Uso absorbed a 619 for his brother Jey and saved the match for his team. Then Jey superkicked and top-rope splashed Rey, which the audience thought was the end. When Rey kicked out, the energy spiked again.
Finally, in a chaotic ending, Jimmy dropped Rey face-first onto the top turnbuckle, rolled Rey up for a pinfall, and Jey added illegal leverage to Jimmy's back by sticking his legs under the bottom rope to get the three-count.
What's next: With the cheating finish, there's likely to be a rematch in the short term. But for now, pending Roman Reigns' Universal championship defense against Edge later in the night, Reigns and his family have increased their power and influence over the rest of the SmackDown roster.
AJ Styles and Omos successfully retained the Raw tag team championships, following the most complete match of Omos' career thus far.
Omos picked up the pinfall victory after delivering a standing choke-bomb to Erik, and then, rather than his customary one-foot cover, put all of his weight onto Erik to secure the win.
Generally, it doesn't seem right for Styles to play the fool, even to an established tag team like The Viking Raiders. He's a two-time WWE champion and still one of the best wrestlers in the world, with the swagger and charisma to match. That was clear as the now-returned WWE fandom largely cheered for Styles over the course of this tag title match.
Styles did take the majority of the damage in this match, bumping around like crazy as Erik and Ivar put on a strong performance of there on. But there was one particularly impressive moment when Omos threw Styles feet first over the ring, and into a hurricanrana on the outside to Erik.
Omos is still clearly raw and inexperienced, but his moveset is expanding and his presence is undeniable. He effectively hit a scoop slam and a military press over the course of the match and then closed out strong. After a Styles Clash was stifled, and the Viking Raiders hit a Viking Experience on Styles, Omos broke it up by grabbing Erik by the throat and tossing him backwards into Ivar to stop the count.
Then Omos ended the match, quickly and effectively.
What's next: If Styles and Omos are indeed the long-term plan, start building some of the other teams up to benefit both the champions and their challengers.