Two Money In The Bank contracts were earned Sunday night in St. Louis - but one of the matches ended in controversy and left all but one of the participants fuming on social media.
Here are the results from WWE Money In The Bank.
The Hype Bros defeated The Colons
The Colons did their best to try and take out a returning Zack Ryder’s left knee, but Mojo Rawley changed the momentum of the match when he was finally tagged in by his partner, and they hit the Hype Rider to score the pinfall.
Carmella won the women’s Money In The Bank match
Natalya was the first woman to get a hand on the briefcase, but Charlotte prevented her from unhooking it to win the match and claim the contract. Charlotte tried to capitalize and was stalled by Carmella, and following a slugfest at the top of the ladder, Tamina tipped it over and sent both women crashing into the ropes below.
The match had a bizarre and controversial ending thanks to James Ellsworth, who interfered and handed Carmella a shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
As Becky Lynch was in position to ascend the ladder, Ellsworth entered the ring and tipped the ladder over, knocking Lynch to the floor. Realizing his chance, Ellsworth climbed the ladder, unhooked the briefcase and dropped it down to Carmella.
The three officials argued over a ruling and seemed to be contemplating a restart to the match, but before any decisions could be made Ellsworth grabbed a microphone and announced Carmella as the winner.
The New Day defeated The Usos by countout
The Usos took The New Day’s best shots - surviving Kofi Kingston’s SOS and an attempted pinfall, a Big Ending from Big E, and finally the Midnight Hour - but after Jimmy Uso pulled his brother out of the ring to break up a pin, the Usos simply decided to accept a count-out and lose by disqualification, therefore retaining their titles. It was a very unpopular tactic with the crowd in St. Louis, but it was effective.
Naomi defeated Lana by submission to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship
Lana was impressive in her first match since WrestleMania 32, and even had Naomi in a dangerous position before being interrupted by Carmella and James Ellsworth.
After Lana hit her sitout powerbomb on Naomi, Carmella’s music hit and and walked toward the timekeeper’s area as if she was about to cash in her Money In The Bank contract. It was just a tease, however - and when Lana went for a second powerbomb, Naomi reversed the move and locked in a submission that forced Lana to tap.
Maria and Mike Kanellis made their debut
Maria is returning to WWE for the first time since 2010. She spent six years with the company in her first stint, which began in 2004.
Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship
It was another slow, methodical title match between Mahal and Orton, but the added atmosphere given that Orton was wrestling in his hometown - along with the presence of wrestling legends like Ric Flair, Bob Orton and Sgt. Slaughter in the front row - made this match one of the best of the night.
Orton opened the match with a flurry of strikes and tried to put Mahal away with an early RKO, but Mahal eventually gained a foothold in the match and slowly wore away at the left knee of Orton with a series of moves an submissions. Mahal even had Flair’s Figure Four locked in on Orton, but Orton refused to tap.
Orton eventually connected with an RKO, but just as the referee was about to finish his three count, one of the Singh brothers pulled Mahal’s leg onto the rope to trigger a rope break. The referee then tossed the Singh brothers out of the match, and on their way out from ringside they stopped to harass Bob Orton.
Randy Orton left Mahal to take out the Singhs, which gave the champion plenty of time to recover. When Orton finally returned to the ring, Mahal was ready to hit the Khallas and end the match.
Breezango defeated The Ascension
In a surprise matchup that was announced in a special Miami Vice-themed episode of the Fashion Files, Breezango faced off against The Ascension, who had not appeared on SmackDown in months. In what was a quick palette cleanser of a match between main events, Fandango rolled up Viktor to win after Tyler Breeze foiled an attempted move from the turnbuckle by Konnor.
Baron Corbin won the Money In The Bank ladder match
Baron Corbin spoiled Shinsuke Nakamura’s entrance by attacking him from behind and brutalizing him with a ladder and a television camera. The match began with just five men in the ring, as Nakamura remained lifeless on the stage (he was later helped backstage).
Sami Zayn delivered the highlight of the match midway through, hitting an absurd sunset flip powerbomb over the top of the ladder on Dolph Ziggler before suplexing Kevin Owens on the back of his head on the apron.
After a series of near briefcase-clinching moments for nearly everyone, AJ Styles was a second away from unhooking the briefcase when Ziggler pulled the ladder from under Styles, leaving him hanging by the chain holding the briefcase. Styles tried to climb up and unhook it, but took a nasty fall on his shoulder.
Shinsuke Nakamura’s music hit to a huge ovation from fans, and he cleared Corbin, Ziggler and Zayn from the ring.
The match seemingly became a battle of Nakamura vs. Styles, but as they were slugging it out atop a ladder, Corbin tipped it over to knock both men violently into the top rope, then scaled the ladder to capture the contract.