Baron Corbin won the Money in the Bank ladder match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view Sunday to earn a WWE Championship match at a time of his choosing.
As Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles were fighting on the ladder, Corbin tipped the ladder over, taking the two stars out of the equation. That allowed Corbin a free path up the ladder to the Money in the Bank briefcase.
WWE showed Corbin holding the briefcase to earn the victory:
BOTH @AJStylesOrg and @ShinsukeN go tumbling off the ladder, and who is there to pick up the pieces? MR. #MITB @BaronCorbinWWE! https://t.co/OFt9vemtcQ
Uproxx’s Brandon Stroud tweeted how Corbin and Carmella, two former stars in NXT and the latter of whom won the women’s MITB match, have come a long way in a short period of time:
Brandon Stroud @MrBrandonStroud
if you told me two years ago that Carmella and Corbin would win Money in the Bank matches on the same night I would’ve laughed and laughed
Bleacher Report’s Kevin Berge is optimistic about Corbin having an automatic title shot:
Kevin Berge @TheBerge_
Baron Corbin made the most sense to win and should finally take the next step with this win. Excited to see what he can do. #MITB
ProWrestling.net’s Will Pruett thought the match, however, felt underwhelming:
Will Pruett @wilpruett
AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura had a great exchange on an otherwise truly awful show. Fast forward to their stare down. Skip the rest.
B/R’s Chris Mueller thought WWE could’ve added more time to the PPV as a whole:
Chris Mueller @BR_Doctor
Remember when every PPV went a little over the standard three hours? That doesn’t seem to happen for the B-Level shows anymore. #MITB
Sunday’s main event bout was a star-studded affair with Styles, Nakamura, Corbin, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Dolph Ziggler all vying for one of WWE’s most coveted prizes.
The Money in the Bank contract has served as a springboard for many Superstars since its inception, as history shows that it nearly guarantees the holder will eventually become a champion.
This year’s Money in the Bank ladder match provided fans with an interesting mix since Styles, Owens and Ziggler have all been world champions before, while Nakamura, Zayn and Corbin are all in search of their first title on the main roster.
In the weeks leading up to Money in the Bank, all six participants mixed it up and essentially branched off into three separate feuds.
Nakamura and Owens had several matches against each other in the tag team and singles realms with The King of Strong Style largely coming out on top.
Styles and Ziggler had some quality matches as well, and although The Showoff shocked the WWE Universe by beating The Phenomenal One, Styles was able to get his win back.
Zayn and Corbin were engaged in a rivalry prior to the announcement of the Money in the Bank match, and it has grown even more heated primarily due to the Lone Wolf jumping Zayn a couple of weeks ago on SmackDown Live.
WWE did a quality job of keeping every competitor fairly strong entering Money in the Bank, and a logical argument could have been made for any of them to pick up the win.
SmackDown Live has been heralded as the land of opportunity, and that became even truer when Jinder Mahal beat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship at Backlash.
Sunday marked another major opportunity, and six of SmackDown’s very best fought tooth and nail to seize it.
Perhaps nobody in the Money in the Bank ladder match stood to gain more from a victory than Corbin.
His size and look could make him a main event heel for many years to come, and while it can be argued that Corbin still needs to refine his game, grabbing the contract is evidence that WWE is satisfied with the progress he has made over the past year.
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