Last night on SmackDown Live, two Money in the Bank qualifying matches were announced for next week.
Big Cass vs. Samoa Joe
Just one spot remains in the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match and it will be up for grabs next week on SmackDown Live when the ‘Samoan Submission Machine’, Samoa Joe squares off against Big Cass.
Samoa Joe lost out to Roman Reigns at Backlash on May 6 and hasn’t had a match on SmackDown since. He made the transition to the ‘Land of Opportunity’ from Raw in the Superstar Shake-up, but his cross-brand feud with Reigns has left him without a program for the time being.
Big Cass, on the other hand, also made his blue brand debut during the Superstar Shake-up, and immediately targeted Daniel Bryan, because he’s small, and Cass is big.
After weeks of insults and torment, and Cass eliminating Bryan for the 50-man Rumble match at Greatest Royal Rumble, the two went one-on-one at Backlash.
Bryan came out the victor, but Cass got the last laugh, attacking the ‘”Yes!” Man’ after tapping out to the “Yes!” Lock.
On last night’s edition of SmackDown Live, however, Bryan repaid the favor and targeted Cass’ previously injured knee in a vicious attack at ringside in the opening segment of the show.
Bryan himself lost out in his qualifying match last week, against the ‘Bulgarian Brute’, Rusev.
Here is the current field for the men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match:
- Braun Strowman
- Finn Bálor
- The Miz
- Bobby Roode
- Kevin Owens
- Big E or Kofi Kingston or Xavier Woods (New Day choose which member)
- Big Cass or Samoa Joe (qualifying match next week on SmackDown Live)
Billie Kay vs. Lana
Also next week on SmackDown Live, a spot in the women’s Money in the Bank match will be up for grabs when Billie Kay of the IIconics squares of against the ‘Ravishing Russian’, Lana.
The other half of the IIconics, Peyton Royce, lost out in her qualifier a couple of weeks ago to the ‘Queen’, Charlotte Flair.
The pair made their WWE main roster debuts on the SmackDown Live after WrestleMania 34, by attacking Flair and inadvertently allowing Carmella to cash-in her Money in the Bank contract from last year to become the new WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Lana hasn’t had a TV or pay-per-view match since WrestleMania 34, wherein she competed in the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal.
She returned to our screens a couple of weeks ago, however, seemingly reuniting with real-life husband Rusev.
With the ‘Lion of Bulgaria’ already qualified for the men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match, and Money in the Bank falling on Rusev Day, could we see the first ever married couple to hold simultaneous Money in the Bank contracts? Probably not. But maybe!
Here is the current field for the women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match:
- Ember Moon
- Charlotte Flair
- Alexa Bliss
- Becky Lynch
- Billie Kay or Lana
- Three more TBD
Money in the Bank takes place on June 17 and emanates from the Allstate Arena in Chicago. It will be available to stream on the WWE Network, and via other pay-per-view broadcasters.