Money in the Bank 2024 recap & reactions: Not like us

The original Bloodline was lightning in a bottle. Roman Reigns was a paranoid mob boss at the center of incredible storytelling that showcased pro wrestling at its finest. With Roman out the picture, I wondered what came next for the crew. WWE’s seen great success continuing a group when its leader goes on the shelf and the number two guy remakes it in his own image. Just like Triple H did in 1998 when Shawn Michaels didn’t get the job done at WrestleMania 14, Solo Sikoa took over the Bloodline in Roman’s absence and fashioned it into what he wants. And what he wants is a crew that chooses violence every second of the day without once hesitating. Part of solidifying that rep is presenting them properly in big moments, which is exactly what happened at this year’s Money in the Bank.

As per usual with any Bloodline affair, the match doesn’t really start until the ref gets knocked out, but I want to talk about a few moments before the ref bumped not once but twice.

First, they showcased Jacob Fatu pitch perfectly. Yes, he hit crazy moves and showed tons of energy, but it started with his moment with Randy Orton. The announce team talked him before he entered the match like he was Satan’s seed. They relayed that if Paul Heyman thinks you’re too dangerous, then you’re really a problem. After all, Paul’s last name was, and still is in the household, Dangerously. So for anyone unfamiliar with his work before WWE, the announcers did a great job giving context and setting the scene. When Jacob finally tagged in, this happened:

That told me everything I need to know about this man. Randy’s hit that move on countless opponents and almost every single one of them stays down until they slowly waltz into an RKO. Jacob ate that DDT like it was a light snack and kept pushing forward.

The second thing that stood out pre-ref tumble was building towards Solo and Cody. They started the match in the ring across from one another, but Solo tagged out before either man threw a bunch or broke a sweat. The crowd, which already hated the former street champ, despised him even more now. They took advantage of all the heat Solo gathered tossing Paul through a table, then got him even hotter here with moments like that.

Which is a perfect segue to everything that transpired once the ref went down like Mike Tyson punched him. For a moment, if only a moment, the good guys had the upper hand. Cody, Randy, and Kevin Owens took turns teeing off on the new Tribal Chief, and maintained that momentum when they took the action out of the ring. But the numbers game did what it usually does in these situations. Tonga Loa kept putting the odds in his team’s favor, then hit KO with a low blow. Actually, he did it twice, since the first one clearly didn’t connect. But he did enough damage to thwart whatever chance of winning the face team had.

Then it came right back to where we started: Solo and Cody. But it also involved Jacob as well. The Samoan Werewolf cut Cody’s Cross Rhodes attempt short, which opened him up for a Samoan Spike from Solo.

And that was all she wrote.

The Bloodline needed this win but Solo especially. What better way to follow up attacking Paul E. and calling out Roman than pinning the Undisputed champ? If it’s Cody vs. Solo at SummerSlam, then eventually Solo vs. Roman, then the new chief and his crew have to look unstoppable like Denzel Washington in that Tony Scott movie, Man on Fire.

In a matter of weeks, WWE effectively built this new Bloodline into a dangerous faction and made Solo a serious threat for Cody’s championship. It was a great finish to an even better show.


B-Sides

Psycho Boy Jack

Well, this was incredible. Narratively, it started with everyone throwing shots at each other because, duh, which morphed into Jey Uso standing across from LA Knight. Yeet vs. Yeah. The two biggest good guys in the match. And both the favorites for separate reasons. But it was merely a tease. Chad Gable and Carmelo Hayes tried instigating a fight between the two faces when they both slid ladders into the ring. I loved that moment since it said so much about Melo and Chad, but said even more about Jey and LA when they attacked the heels rather than going after each other. It kept the two faces away from each other and gave them better targets.

Jey Uso vs. LA Knight early. Almost.

Drew goes for the ladder early. Of course he does because he’s probably the most desperate for it. Every MitB match needs a daredevil; Andrade played that role in 2024.

Drew vs. Jey. Jey vs. Chad

Jey and LA team together against Drew rather than going against one another. The two biggest good guys in the match teased a confrontation that turned into “yeet’ vs. “yeah” punches. But Melo don’t miss, does he? He interrupted, pushed over the ladder, then dropped Jey with Nothing But Net. Short-lived glory considering he ate a face full of ladder thanks to Andrade and a recovered Andrade.

But the absolute best move of the match came when it looked like we might get the storybook ending. Jey, the sentimental favorite, climbed the ladder with most of the field wiped out. Jey had everything in the bag but along came Drew, who threw the ladder at Jey like a javelin. If I didn’t see it for myself I wouldn’t believe it happened. That’s how Drew won the briefcase! But, well, that was the best moment of his night as things went incredibly sideways later.

Funk Breakers

Before I go anywhere else with this section, it bears repeating: Bron Breakker is a freak. In fact, one might call him a genetic freak. He is your hook up; holla if you hear him.

He makes everything look easy and he bumps like a madman. So when you beat Bron, like Sami did here, he makes you look like you chopped down an oak tree. That’s not to say Sami didn’t do his usual great work, but this match was truly about Bron in my eyes.

As for the match itself? Let’s get into a bit.

Bron’s power became the story early. Even after daring Sami to hit him and giving the champ an open shot, Bron overpowered him. But that arrogance showed the young cat’s naiveté, since it sort of woke up Sami. And Sami took the advantage for a bit but kept finding himself beset by Bron’s power. Bron hit Sami with a Belly-to-Belly, followed by a running knee in the corner, and then mocked the Intercontinental champ with his own “Ole” chants. Sami fought back, but Bron toyed with him at that point. But once again, Bron’s ego got in the way when he did push ups in the ring and gave Sami some recovery time. Right now, Bron’s attitude is his achilles heel, and it’s paramount they keep showing that during matches, not just before them. As recent history tells us, one doesn’t defeat Sami Zayn if one boards the river showboat.

Bron couldn’t put Sami away, despite moves like this:

That fed into the usual narrative with Sami’s matches; the longer the match goes, the better he gets. If his opponent doesn’t put him away early, then he will find a way. He’s Rocky and the more they jam that idea into my head, the more I keep liking it.

Sami just had more gas than Bron at the end. That said, I don’t know how long they can keep Bron away from a championship. I won’t be surprised if these two go at it again at SummerSlam and Bron takes it away.

Atomic Punk

The World Heavyweight championship match was wild in both good ways and confusing ways. I’ll cut to the chase: Drew cashed in, turned the one-on-one into a triple threat, and once again, CM Punk cost him his shot.

Oh but there’ s a lot more. This reignited the CM Punk vs. Seth Rollins feud, because now Seth can’t challenge for that championship while it’s in Damian’s judgy hands. Punk not only cost his arch nemesis, but he screwed another guy he doesn’t like much either. Meanwhile, the champ lives another day and his group remains intact.

Now onto the weird. Damian didn’t kick out of what was supposed to be a two-count. This happened right before Drew’s music hit, so either the timing was off or Damian messed up. For a minute, it looked a little out of it, which made me think maybe the prior exchange between he and Seth knocked him out. But then he came back for the triple threat and looked fine. So yeah, weird. That hiccup aside, the ending was well done and worth the wait. Seth now involved in Drew’s war against Punk? That makes so much sense and should give us fascinating storytelling for several weeks.

Shoutout to Seth’s acting. He looked too mad and too furious.

Time

I don’t know where to start with the woman’s MitB ladder match. Well, I’ll start with the fact Chelsea Green didn’t win. While I get it, and Tiffany Stratton is the logical choice, Chelsea was the emotional favorite. And my emotions are a bit hurt.

Where to next? It was fantastic. Fun, exhilarating, scary, and incredibly captivating.

  • Naomi pulled a Jean-Claude Van Damme on two ladders, then, from the same position, DDT’d Zoey Stark. Insane.
  • Speaking of Zoey, she luckily walked out of the match because she went for a slingshot Arabian press corkscrew senton atomico (thanks, Claire!) and missed Lyra Valkyria but hit her head on the ladder’s edge. I really don’t know how she kept going, but props to her because that looked nasty.
  • Lyra’s Spider German Suplex on the ladder!

The match moved so fast that it felt like an old school Michael Bay action flick. Neither the crowd nor the wrestlers got a minute to catch their breath. As I said, I’m hurt Chelsea didn’t win but I get it. Tiffany will do wonders with that briefcase too. She’s a spoiled brat who feels entitled to everything. Giving her a contract for any championship she wants plays right into her worst behavior.

Farewell For Now

The John Cena farewell tour begins. I’m looking forward to all of this, including his last matches with opponents whom I hope he shares some history. I know the man’s been in and out the last few years, but this is truly the end of an era. Given where both he and WWE are right now, this feels right.

The time is now.


This was a spectacular show. This might be my favorite Money in the Bank. Every match delivered and the stories flowed seamlessly into what looks like a very momentous SummerSlam. We got a lot of new talent shining brightly, while the vets showed why they’re there in the first place. And, most importantly, it was fun.

*Grade: A

What say you, Cagesiders? Where do Solo and the Bloodline go from here?

*For those who care about grades, my rubric doesn’t include A+. Why? Glad you asked. We didn’t have A+ on my high school rubric. It was either A or A-, so that’s what I got used to over the years. An A is truly the highest mark I can give, so take no offense to the lack of signifier next to it. Love you all!

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