WWE Money in the Bank a crossroads for both company and storyline
Two Money in the Bank ladder matches and a number of dream title bouts basically ensure that MITB will not disappoint, but will it be enough to get the WWE machine back on track after a post-WrestleMania lull?
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RIP Ashley Massaro. Get Well Naitch. Game of Thrones. MITB. Plus a new theme song.
How two WWE superstars created their own path to success using action figures
A childhood obsession with wrestling figures helped bond Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder as a tag team. It also served as the driving force behind a podcast, a growing YouTube presence and a resurgence in their WWE careers.
WWE's Flair in hospital for procedure, wife says
Ric Flair's wife, Wendy Barlow, confirmed to TMZ that the wrestling legend was taken to a hospital Thursday but said he is expected to make a full recovery.
Former WWE wrestler Massaro dies at age 39
Ashley Massaro, who won WWE's "Diva Search" in 2005 and wrestled on two WrestleMania cards, has died at age 39, the WWE confirmed Thursday.
Alexa Bliss is not medically cleared to compete in Sunday's women's Money in the Bank ladder match. A replacement, yet to be named, will take her place.
How Wale became hip-hop's No. 1 wrestling fan
The Grammy-nominated rapper finds his escape by being a wrestling nerd.
WWE star Cesaro pushes F1 car dimensions to the limit
The 6-5, 230lb wrestling star made a big impression at the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of his appearance at WWE Raw in London on Monday.
All Elite Wrestling officially announced a partnership with WarnerMedia on Wednesday that will include weekly prime time programming on the TNT network later this year. Although the timeslot for AEW on TNT is still to be announced, WarnerMedia's B/R Live will be AEW's exclusive digital partner in the United States for Double or Nothing, AEW's inaugural event on May 25 in Las Vegas (in addition to traditional pay-per-view options).
The best WWE Money In The Bank cash-in moments
The Money in the Bank cash-in attempt is one of the highlights of the WWE calendar. We look at five of the most memorable efforts since the briefcase's debut in 2005.
Best of WWE's Money in the Bank
The Kofi Kingston-Kevin Owens showdown at Money in the Bank might be overshadowed by the two ladder matches and Becky Lynch’s attempt to retain her two titles, but the WWE championship battle has a good chance to steal the show. After a heated promo by Kofi, he and KO came to blows as SmackDown Live came to a close, a confrontation that eventually involved Raw’s Sami Zayn, who rushed the ring to help his longtime best friend (and enemy), before Xavier Woods came to the aid of his partner. It’s hard to imagine Kofi losing his title given his momentum, but win or lose, it’s gonna be good.
For the second straight week, Roman Reigns took center stage on both Raw and SmackDown, and once again he failed to leave the ring as a clean winner. On Monday, teaming with The Miz, he won via a disqualification, and Tuesday in a handicap match, Reigns paired up with The Usos, but were beaten by Daniel Bryan, Rowan, Elias and Shane McMahon, who ended the match with a coast-to-coast on Jey Uso. But fear not Roman fans -- the odds of him falling to Elias come MITB are as good as Becky Lynch getting swept in her two title defenses.
It wasn’t the most unique go-home show, but the SmackDown Money in the Bank participants put on a solid showing Tuesday, with Andrade pinning Finn Balor to win a Fatal 4-way match, which also included Randy Orton and Ali. But it was Ricochet, invoking the wild-card rule, who got the last laugh, coming down to the ring and knocking Andrade off a ladder. On the women’s side, a pre-taped segment highlighted the longstanding Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch rivalry, with Lacey Evans weighing in with a promo of her own, reminding everyone not to forget her.
Mexican wrestling star Silver King dies at London show
Mexican professional wrestler and actor Cesar Barron, known as the Silver King, has died after collapsing in the ring at a show in London.
While Raw retained a lot of the less favorable elements that have weighed them down of late, including coherence of narrative from week to week and drastic last-minute changes, there were a lot of fun moments Monday night in London as well. The most dramatic moment of the night was the only significant change to the Money in the Bank card, as Sami Zayn defeated Braun Strowman in an entertaining Falls Count Anywhere match to claim Strowman's spot in Sunday's men's ladder match. If Strowman wasn't going to win the briefcase again this year, giving the spot to Zayn and having Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre involved in Monday's match seems a pretty smart idea. The pair throwing Zayn out to slaughter post-match tracks with their characters, and Strowman can get involved in the action on Sunday without any expectation of him having to win the match.
Monday Night Raw offered a couple of standout matches in London -- none more so than the cobbled together contest between Cesaro and Rey Mysterio. A backstage confrontation and a pull-apart offered a reason for them to fight, and then they predictably went out there and stole the show in the ring (with Mysterio ultimately coming out on top). The women's Fatal 4-Way match, in which Nikki Cross filled in for Alexa Bliss and defeated Naomi, Natalya and Dana Brooke, also overachieved in a strong outing (in the only women's match of the night). The tag team match that featured Roman Reigns and The Miz vs. Bobby Lashley and Elias was solid, but a bit too long, and ended predictably when Shane McMahon got involved. Baron Corbin and Ricochet had a short, but entertaining contest with a well-executed finishing sequence feeding into an End of Days, and Mojo Rawley vs. Apollo Crews was randomly dropped into the show without much build for Rawley's new persona.
After weeks of Firefly Funhouse being one of the major highlights on Raw, it appears we may have reached the endgame of Bray Wyatt's return strategy to the WWE. The first few moments of the twisted kids show eventually melted away to show Wyatt wearing a demonic-looking clown mask, which is likely to be his new in-ring attire. Whether or not he'll play towards dual personalities moving forward, or simply lean towards this new vision, remains to be seen. Rounding out Raw, Becky Lynch fell victim to a double-team attack from Lacey Evans and Charlotte Flair during her dual contract signing -- a moment that perhaps showed there's more potential in a pairing between the two than what either currently has with Lynch. Ahead of their Universal championship match, AJ Styles and Seth Rollins both made their lone appearances of the night in backstage interviews.
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Goldberg vs. The Undertaker has been announced for June's WWE "Super Showdown" event on June 7 at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is the first time that Goldberg (52) and The Undertaker (54) have ever faced off; it will be Goldberg's first match since April 2017 (WrestleMania 33) and Undertaker's first match since November (Crown Jewel, the WWE's last trip to Saudi Arabia). Two other matches have been announced for the card -- Triple H vs. Randy Orton, and a 50-man battle royal.
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It appears that Turner is getting back into the rasslin' business. AEW is very close to a broadcast deal with the company, which would include a weekly TV show airing on TNT beginning in the fall, according to a report Thursday from The Wrap. The news is expected to be announced Wednesday at WarnerMedia's upfront event in New York. Pro wrestling was once a staple of Turner programming with WCW and predecessors.
On the surface, it seems odd that two Raw performers were partially responsible for the main event on SmackDown Live, and yes, the lack of continuity in the new wild-card edict is hard to deny, but Sami Zayn and AJ Styles are two of the most dynamic stars in the WWE and gave Kofi Kingston a legitimate scare in a tireless triple-threat match. Zayn caught Kingston with three Blue Thunder Bombs, thanks in large part to interference by Kevin Owens, but the champ finally nailed Zayn with a Trouble in Paradise for the win. While the outcome was what we expected, the performance by Zayn, both in the ring and earlier on the mic, was a reminder that he’s worthy of being in the main event and worthy of holding a title at some point soon.
Meet your new SmackDown tag-team champions, Daniel Bryan and Rowan, who beat The Usos (who took advantage of the newly implemented wild card rule to appear on the blue brand) in a highly entertaining match to win the belts that were vacated a week ago by the Hardy Boyz. Originally, Shane McMahon was going to hand over the titles to Bryan and Rowan without a fight, but The Usos intervened, demanding a match. While McMahon acquiesced, the heels nonetheless prevailed, handing Bryan another slice of hardware in only his second match since dropping the WWE championship at WrestleMania. Say what you want about the lack of time Bryan and Rowan have officially spent together in the ring, but the reality is these two give some prominence to the SmackDown tag-team titles.
While there were no major ramifications, the build to Money in the Bank took center stage Tuesday on SmackDown Live, as a couple of the men’s ladder participants, Ali and Andrade, went at it before Randy Orton interfered and landed incredible RKOs on each. On the women’s side, Mandy Rose (and partner Sonya Deville) scored a quick pin fall over Ember Moon and Carmella. Finally, for the second straight night, The Miz attacked Shane McMahon, but McMahon had the last laugh as the B-Team came to his aid, pummeling Miz before Shane O’Mac struck his upcoming MITB foe with a steel chair.
What's next for Brock Lesnar?
With Dana White publicly claiming Brock Lesnar is retired from the UFC, along with Wednesday's announcement of Lesnar's return to WWE in June in Saudi Arabia, what does the future hold for "The Beast"?
The WWE announced early Wednesday morning that they would return to Saudi Arabia on June 7 at 8 p.m. local time (1 pm ET) for their third show in the country since April 2018. The show, in Jeddah, follows Greatest Royal Rumble and Crown Jewel, and will feature Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, The Undertaker, Roman Reigns, Kofi Kingston, Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins and AJ Styles, among others. WWE entered a 10-year agreement with the Saudi General Sports Authority in 2018, which has drawn controversy for a variety of reasons, including human rights concerns, as well as the high-profile death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the connection to the Saudi government. WWE's women's roster has also not yet been cleared to perform on shows in the country.
WWE did its best to pull itself out of a creative spiral Monday night on Raw, but the result did not seem to land as intended. With Roman Reigns already scheduled to appear on the show, SmackDown superstars Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston also showed up during the opening segment of the show. Vince McMahon then introduced a "wild card" rule, which would allow up to four superstars from either Raw or SmackDown to appear on the other show in a given week -- a move seemingly tailor-made to accommodate both the USA Network and FOX when the WWE's new TV contracts kick in. The timing could've been better though; after a Superstar Shakeup that lasted for weeks on end with little rhyme or reason, Monday's show proved this new "rule" is likely to further muddy the creative waters. If the goal was to make Mr. McMahon (the character) look like he's losing his grip on the WWE, however, it was mission accomplished.
After the opening segment further mixed things up, Raw fell into an all-too-familiar pattern. AJ Styles and Seth Rollins, weeks out from their Universal championship match at Money in the Bank, were forced to team with each other against Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin. After a solid match, Styles "accidentally" hit a phenomenal forearm on Rollins, who was then pinned by Corbin. Monday's main event was more satisfying, as Kofi Kingston successfully retained the WWE championship against Daniel Bryan, but the majority of the rest of the night's matches were... less so. Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre by DQ after their best match to date, when Shane McMahon and Elias attacked Reigns. The Viking Raiders pinned the Raw tag team champions Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, while Ricochet successfully defended his MITB ladder match spot against Robert Roode. The Lucha House Party and Lacey Evans each beat enhancement talents; Evans had yet another fisticuffs with Becky Lynch after the match.
In this week's edition of "how badly can the WWE embarrass Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson", The Revival fell victim to The Usos' IcyHot knockoff brand prank and ran around the ring and ringside trying to numb the burning sensation in their wrestling trunks -- scuttling a match against Gallows & Anderson in the process. After the back-shaving escapades of weeks past, the once proud former Raw and NXT tag team champions have become the court jesters of Monday nights. In another familiar-feeling moment (on several fronts), Braun Strowman chased Sami Zayn around and threw him in a dumpster, which was then emptied into a garbage truck. On the plus side, Bray Wyatt enjoyed another step further out into madness with another edition of "Firefly Funhouse". Two other moments to note: Charly Caruso chasing Shane McMahon down to get an interview while Miz was hunting Shane around backstage with a chair, and Lars Sullivan attacking No Way Jose and his entire conga line.
White calls Lesnar 'retired'; Cormier to fight Miocic
With Brock Lesnar informing Dana White that "he's done" with MMA, the UFC is close to finalizing a heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic on Aug. 17.
Kofi Kingston remains No. 1 in post-WrestleMania ESPN WWE Power Rankings
Raw and SmackDown look very different after WrestleMania and the Superstar Shakeup, but as WWE rumbles back into action, Kofi Kingston remains No. 1 in the latest ESPN WWE Power Rankings despite dramatic shifts elsewhere in the top 10.
Best of WWE's Money in the Bank
WWE 2019 Superstar Shakeup reaction and analysis
A full breakdown of the WWE Superstar Shakeup, which saw AJ Styles, The Miz and The Usos among the moves to "Monday Night Raw," while Roman Reigns, Finn Balor and Bayley were among those who shifted to "SmackDown."
WWE Money in the Bank 2019 results, news and information
Everything you need to know about WWE Money in the Bank 2019 -- match cards, results, news, features, history and more from ESPN.com.
WWE fans got what they wanted at WrestleMania 35
WWE fan favorites Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins all won at WrestleMania 35, securing all of WWE's top titles in one exciting, emotional night. So what comes next?
The best of WrestleMania 35
Extended cuts of post-match interviews with Kofi Kingston, Seth Rollins and The IIconics, plus all of the best of what we captured throughout WrestleMania week.
After a three-day span from WrestleMania to SmackDown Live, nine of the 10 main roster titles changed hands. Samoa Joe is now the longest-reigning champion on the red or blue brands. That doesn't even include Johnny Gargano winning the NXT Championship or WALTER defeating Pete Dunne for the U.K. title.
The boys break down an exciting and long Wrestlemania weekend, salute Kofi Kingston, and discuss an "interesting" way to close Raw.
Peter Rosenberg catches up with the huge title winners at Wrestlemania 35 including Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, The IIconics (3:32), Kofi Kingston (6:55) and Seth Rollins (16:00).
WrestleMania 35 results: Becky Lynch, Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins become new champions
Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston had their WrestleMania moments with championship victories, while Kurt Angle lost his final match and retired from in-ring action.
Kofi after winning WWE Title: 'I was overcome with emotion'
Rollins wants 'to headline Wrestlemania next year'
After defeating Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins says next year he wants to headline Wrestlemania.
Hart attacker at HOF event charged with assault
The person who attacked Bret Hart during his WWE Hall of Fame speech Saturday was charged with assault and trespassing.
Ronda Rousey broke her right hand during her match at WWE's WrestleMania 35 show Sunday night, sources close to Rousey confirmed (first reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer).
From Baylor to Becky Lynch -- Reliving an amazing weekend of sports
It was an amazing weekend of sports, and with apologies to the Virginia and Texas Tech men's basketball teams, that's mostly due to the women who took center stage.
How Becky Lynch became The Man
At age 15, Rebecca Quin, known today as Becky Lynch, wanted to be the best wrestler in the world. After a 17-year journey, filled with more lows than highs, she has finally accomplished her dream.
Hawkins: It's 'pretty special' to win title in hometown
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder reflect on the feeling of winning the Raw tag team titles at WrestleMania 35.
How WrestleMania became a mainstream cultural phenomenon
Kofi Kingston's fight to become the fourth black WWE heavyweight champion
Over a decade with the company, Kingston is finally getting a title shot.
Kofi Kingston: Xavier Woods and Big E are my brothers
Angle on final match: 'The time has come'
NXT TakeOver: New York results -- Johnny Gargano wins NXT championship
Johnny Gargano defeated Adam Cole to win the vacant NXT championship, while WALTER defeated Pete Dunne to win the NXT UK championship. The War Raiders, Shayna Baszler and Velveteen Dream successfully defended their titles.
Johnny Gargano defeated Adam Cole to win the NXT championship in thrilling main event featuring many near finishes.
The War Raiders successfully defended the NXT tag team titles in the opening match of TakeOver. After the match, the four men shared a moment before the War Raiders left the ring and let the Brooklyn crowd cheer for Ricochet and Aleister Black who most likely had their final NXT match tonight.
Why are so many wrestlers 'best friends'?
A time-honored trope of pairing wrestlers together just to break them apart has been overexposed, but does it matter?
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez set for pro wrestling debut
UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez is stepping into the world of pro wrestling, with his first match coming at a major AAA show in Mexico in July.
WrestleMania 36 to take place in Tampa
WrestleMania 36 will take place at Raymond James Stadium on April 5, 2020.