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What Time Is Money in the Bank 2021?

Money in the Bank 2021 will be presented live Sunday night from the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. It will begin at 8 p.m. ET with a kickoff show starting one hour earlier at 7 p.m. on Peacock. CBSSports.com2021 WWE Money in the Bank results, recap, grades: John Cena returns to WWE after epic main event

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Who won the women's money in the bank?

Nikki Cross wins Money in the Bank It turns out intelligence is the greatest superpower of all: Nikki snagged the win as six other women, perched on either side of three ladders as you can see below, were brawling for the case. CNETWWE Money in the Bank 2021: Live updates, Big E wins, results and match ratings

Kofi Kingston was once again completely dominated in a WWE championship match, this time against Bobby Lashley at Money in the Bank. It was the sort of lopsided ass-kicking that emphasized Kofi has no business challenging for the title right now, so he’ll likely be shuffled down the card right back into the tag team division (just like last time).

That leaves the door open for Lashley to face a new challenger at SummerSlam, and the rumor mill says Goldberg will return to WWE tonight and be that guy. It sounds like Lashley would far prefer to fight Brock Lesnar, but will instead have to settle for the underwhelming consolation prize of Goldberg.

Goldberg’s last match with Drew McIntyre showed that he doesn’t have much or anything left in the tank. But he is a legend from the 90’s, and that means he is essentially a walking Money in the Bank contract who can get a title match any time he wants one. Goldberg’s actual work in the ring is terrible, of course, so this just feels crummy all around. It mostly serves as a reminder of WWE’s recurring reluctance to push their full time roster members as legitimate stars who can headline major events.

We should find out tonight if Goldberg really wants a piece of Lashley at SummerSlam. But if the Goldberg rumor turns out to be wrong, well, Big E happens to have a Money in the Bank contract in his possession, so Lashley may not be done with the New Day just yet.

John Cena is kicking off Raw tonight to explain why he stole the spotlight from Roman Reigns after the Tribal Chief retained the Universal championship against Edge at Money in the Bank. Cena vs. Reigns is rumored to be the main event for SummerSlam.

Charlotte Flair defeated Rhea Ripley at Money in the Bank to once again become Raw Women’s champion. Nikki ASH won the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match on that same card. There are rumors that Becky Lynch will return to WWE any week now. How will all of these elements mix together as SummerSlam approaches? One thing we know for sure is that Vince McMahon really loves booking Flair vs. Lynch matches, so if Ripley is getting a rematch for the title at some point, it might happen sooner (on Raw) rather than later (at SummerSlam).

AJ Styles & Omos successfully defended the Raw tag team titles against the Viking Raiders at Money in the Bank. One rumor indicates that Styles & Omos could be lined up for a SummerSlam title defense against RK-BRO. But there are five weeks of Raw before we get there, and Randy Orton is still missing, so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the Viking Raiders get another shot at the titles tonight or next week before WWE moves on to the next story for the champs.

Sheamus made quick work of Humberto Carrillo last week in his first official defense of the United States championship since winning it over three months ago. Damian Priest came out afterwards to stop the Celtic Warrior from doing further damage to Humberto. The foundation is set for the start of a feud between Sheamus and Priest, so they’ll likely cross paths in some form tonight on Raw.

Mandy Rose has apparently been traded to NXT, leaving Dana Brooke without a tag team partner on Raw. We should know with more certainty tonight if the Sexy Muscle Friends are truly disbanded, or if WWE will try to pay off their recent conflict with Natalya & Tamina with a Women’s tag team title match before Mandy and Dana go their separate ways.

- Tonight’s episode of Raw is the first one back on the road with live fans in 16 months.

- Eva Marie ordered Doudrop to attack Alexa Bliss last week. Doudrop obeyed the command, even though she seemed to get along fine with Bliss earlier in the show. Eva and Doudrop should know by now that it’s a big mistake to mess with Alexa and her Lilly voodoo.

- Ricochet and John Morison had a series of killer matches to close out the ThunderDome era. Will they continue receiving time to show off their elite skills on Raw now that WWE is back on the road?

- Biker Jinder Mahal tried to break Drew McIntyre’s flame-generating sword, only for Drew to trick him and destroy Mahal’s motorcycle instead. Mahal paid Drew back by screwing him over at Money in the Bank. It would appear that Drew McIntyre is finally out of the WWE championship scene, at least for tonight.

- It’s all hands on deck as WWE tries to go all out for SummerSlam. That means Bray Wyatt should be back soon, no?

What will you be looking for on Raw tonight?

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WWE: More Details on John Cena's Return

ComicBook.com 19 July, 2021 - 01:13pm

John Cena arrived in the closing moments of WWE's Money in the Bank pay-per-view on Sunday night, marking the first time he's been on WWE TV since WrestleMania 36. Cena assured fans in his post-show promo that this was not a one-night occasion, then announced he'd be opening this week's edition of Monday Night Raw to explain why he's back. He said in a video promo, "Money in the Bank shocked the world with so many surprises, so many of the WWE Universe have a litany of questions. Who? What? When? Where? Why? Amongst others. Well, I'm not going to make you wait for answers, I am kicking off Monday Night Raw to tell you my motivation and you're not going to want to miss it."

Fightful Select's Sean Ross Sapp then released a report stating that, much like his last run with the company, Cena will be viewed as a free agent. This allows him to hop back and forth between Raw and SmackDown, even as he feuds with Roman Reigns in what's rumored to be the main event of SummerSlam next month. Cena is also slated to star in Matthew Vaughn's upcoming spy thriller Argylle, which reportedly begins filming in Europe next month. Depending on when he's needed, the 16-time world champion could be gone from WWE again following SummerSlam on Aug. 21.

Cena confirmed his return to WWE in a number of interviews leading up to the recent premiere of F9. In one interview with Chris Van Vliet, he talked about the possibility of playing a heel role in WWE after playing the villain in the last installment of the Fast & Furious series.

"I think this is the beginning to showcase the fact that it's possible. Now as WWE invests and builds its roster, it has a wealth of talent and truly has many anchors to the ship now. Certainly [with] Roman being a very, very marketable and definitive star. I think the reason for me not to explore that side is because WWE didn't feel confident they had any alternative [top star in the company]. And I respect that business choice, I really do. But now with them really laying their foundation for the future, even for life in the next decade or so, maybe... maybe. I don't know."

Check out the full results from Money in the Bank below. SummerSlam will take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

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