|Money in the Bank|
Promotional poster featuring various WWE wrestlers
|Date||April 15, 2020|
May 10, 2020
|Venue||WWE Performance Center|
WWE Global Headquarters
|Tagline(s)||Climb the Corporate Ladder|
The Risk is Worth the Reward
|WWE Network event chronology|
|Money in the Bank chronology|
Money in the Bank was a professional wrestling pay-per-view and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. The majority of the event took place live on May 10, 2020 from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, while the show's eponymous ladder matches were pre-recorded on April 15, 2020 at WWE's Titan Towers global headquarters building in Stamford, Connecticut. It was the eleventh event under the Money in the Bank chronology.
The event was originally scheduled to take place at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, but the venue cancelled all shows that were to be held in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, WWE took advantage of the situation and moved the two titular ladder matches to their global headquarters building in Stamford with a new "Corporate Ladder" gimmick where the match's titular briefcases were suspended above a ring on the building's roof. The wrestlers began on the ground floor and fought their way to the roof.
Eight matches were contested at the event, including one on the Kickoff pre-show. In the main event, Otis and Asuka won their respective Money in the Bank ladder matches, which were contested at the same time. In other prominent matches, Drew McIntyre defeated Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Championship, Braun Strowman defeated Bray Wyatt to retain the Universal Championship, and Bayley defeated Tamina to retain the SmackDown Women's Championship.
Money in the Bank (MITB) is an annual gimmick pay-per-view produced by WWE since 2010 and generally held between May and July. The concept of the show comes from WWE's established Money in the Bank ladder match, in which multiple wrestlers use ladders to retrieve a briefcase hanging above the ring. The briefcase contains a contract that guarantees the winner a match for a world championship of their choosing at any time within the next year. For 2020, male wrestlers competed for a contract to grant them a match for either Raw's WWE Championship or SmackDown's Universal Championship, while female wrestlers competed for a Raw Women's Championship or SmackDown Women's Championship match contract. The 2020 show was the eleventh event in the Money in the Bank chronology.
As with WWE's other programming since mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated changes to the PPV; Money in the Bank was originally announced with Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena as host. On March 30, however, Maryland issued a stay at home order. An advertisement promoting Money in the Bank aired during WrestleMania 36 Part 2 on April 5, but with no reference to a venue. Subsequently, Royal Farms Arena cancelled all events due to the pandemic and began issuing refunds.
WWE initially did not announce whether the event would still go on from a different location (such as the WWE Performance Center in Orlando where most WWE shows have been held since mid-March), but on the April 17 episode of SmackDown, it was announced that the two Money in the Bank ladder matches would take place at WWE's global headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. A new "Corporate Ladder" gimmick was also added to the matches, in which the participants had to travel from the ground floor of the building to the roof in order to locate the briefcase, which itself was suspended above a ring on the roof. On the May 1 episode of SmackDown, it was also announced that the men's and women's matches would take place at the same time. With the changes in format, the number of participants in each match was also reduced to six; since the 2018 event, both the men's and women's ladder matches featured eight wrestlers that were evenly divided between the Raw and SmackDown brands. While the ladder matches were pre-recorded on April 15, it was confirmed on the day of the event that all of the other matches would take place live from the WWE Performance Center.
The show comprised eight matches, including one on the Kickoff pre-show. The matches resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results were predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands, while storylines were produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
At Super ShowDown, "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt lost the Universal Championship to Goldberg, who in turn lost the title to Braun Strowman during WrestleMania 36 Part 1. On the following episode of SmackDown, Wyatt interrupted Strowman after his match and reminded Strowman that it was he who brought him to the WWE with his old Wyatt Family stable. Wyatt then stated he wanted his title back and Strowman accepted the challenge, which was scheduled for Money in the Bank, though against Wyatt's normal self instead of The Fiend.
Qualifying matches for the women's Money in the Bank ladder match began on the April 13 episode of Raw. Asuka, Shayna Baszler, and the returning Nia Jax qualified for the match by defeating Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, and Kairi Sane, respectively. Dana Brooke then qualified by defeating Naomi on the April 17 episode of SmackDown. On the following week's SmackDown, Lacey Evans defeated Sasha Banks to qualify for the match. Carmella won the last spot by defeating Mandy Rose on the May 1 episode of SmackDown.
Qualifying matches for the men's Money in the Bank ladder match began on the April 17 episode of SmackDown where Daniel Bryan defeated Cesaro to qualify. On the April 20 episode of Raw, Aleister Black, Apollo Crews, and Rey Mysterio qualified for the match by defeating Austin Theory, Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP), and Murphy, respectively. King Corbin then qualified by defeating Drew Gulak on the April 24 episode of SmackDown. On the April 27 episode of Raw, Crews injured his left knee during his United States Championship match against Andrade, thus pulling him from the ladder match. Otis was the next to qualify by defeating Dolph Ziggler on the May 1 episode of SmackDown. On the May 4 episode of Raw, AJ Styles—his first appearance since being buried alive by The Undertaker at WrestleMania—won a Last Chance gauntlet match to take the last spot vacated by Crews.
During WrestleMania 36 Part 2, Tamina was eliminated first in the fatal five-way elimination match for the SmackDown Women's Championship due to all of the other competitors piling on top of her for the pin; Bayley subsequently retained the title. On the following SmackDown, Tamina pointed out the fact that Bayley nor any other competitor in that match actually beat her and challenged Bayley to a singles match for the championship. Bayley agreed if Tamina could defeat her friend Sasha Banks, which she did the following week to earn the title match at Money in the Bank.
During WrestleMania 36 Part 1, Seth Rollins lost to Kevin Owens, while in the main event of Part 2, Drew McIntyre defeated Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship. On the April 13 episode of Raw, Rollins stated that by losing to Owens, he had been crucified and now had truly risen (buying into his "Monday Night Messiah" gimmick). He later attacked McIntyre following the latter's match by performing The Stomp on him. The following week, McIntyre challenged Rollins to a match at Money in the Bank with his title on the line, stating that as champion, he needed to face the best. Rollins responded, noting their similarities, such as both being former NXT Champions, as well as both defeating Lesnar to win a world championship at WrestleMania (which Rollins did twice, first at WrestleMania 31 in 2015 for the WWE Championship, at that time called the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and again at WrestleMania 35 for the Universal Championship). Rollins then accepted McIntyre's challenge.
On the April 17 episode of SmackDown, The New Day's Big E defeated Jey Uso (representing The Usos) and defending co-champion The Miz (representing himself and John Morrison) in a triple threat match to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship for The New Day. The following week, Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik) came out to challenge New Day but were interrupted by Miz and John Morrison, who also challenged The New Day. The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler, Jaxson Ryker, and Wesley Blake) then made their SmackDown debut, stating they would be taking over the SmackDown tag team division before attacking New Day. The following week, The Forgotten Sons (Cutler and Blake) defeated The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) where Miz and Morrison were on commentary. The New Day were then scheduled to defend the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The Forgotten Sons, Miz and Morrison, and Lucha House Party in a fatal four-way tag team match at Money in the Bank.
|English commentators||Michael Cole (SmackDown)|
|Corey Graves (SmackDown)|
|Tom Phillips (Raw)|
|Samoa Joe (Raw)|
|Byron Saxton (Raw)|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Ring announcers||Greg Hamilton (SmackDown)|
|Mike Rome (Raw)|
|Pre-show panel||Scott Stanford|
|Pre-show correspondents||Renee Young|
|John "Bradshaw" Layfield|
During the Money in the Bank Kickoff pre-show, Jeff Hardy faced Cesaro. In the end, Hardy performed a Swanton Bomb on Cesaro to win the match.
The actual pay-per-view opened with The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) defending the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The Miz and John Morrison, Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik), and The Forgotten Sons (Steve Culter and Wesley Blake) (accompanied by Jaxson Ryder). During the match, Ryder was ejected from ringside. In the climax, Big E performed the Big Ending on Metalik to retain the title.
Next, R-Truth was scheduled to face MVP. Truth began to insult MVP who was offended. Bobby Lashley then interrupted and decided that he would be the one to face Truth and MVP agreed. In the end, Lashley performed a Spear on Truth to win the match.
After that, Bayley (accompanied by Sasha Banks) defended the SmackDown Women's Championship against Tamina. During the first half of the match, Bayley began to target Tamina's leg. After Bayley taunted Tamina by splashing water on her, Tamina performed a clothesline on Bayley and threw her onto the announce table. After Tamina performed a Samoan Drop on Bayley, Banks distracted Tamina. This allowed Bayley to recover and attack Tamina. As Tamina attempted a Samoan Drop, Bayley countered into a roll-up to retain the title. Following the match, as Tamina attempted a Samoan Drop for a third time on Bayley, Banks attacked Tamina and saved Bayley once again.
In the next match, Braun Strowman defended the Universal Championship against Bray Wyatt. During the match, Strowman dominated Wyatt. As Strowman attempted to tackle Wyatt outside the ring, Wyatt avoided Strowman, who collided with the announce table. Huskus The Pig Boy puppet then appeared behind the barricade to cheer on Wyatt while he was dominating Strowman. Wyatt performed a Sister Abigail on Strowman for a near-fall. As Wyatt attempted another Sister Abigail, Strowman countered into a Chokeslam. Strowman then performed a Running Powerslam on Wyatt outside the ring. In the closing moments, Strowman wore his old "Black Sheep" mask, with which Wyatt had taunted him on episodes of SmackDown and was an integral part of Strowman's gimmick during his time in The Wyatt Family. Strowman started to play mind games on Wyatt, who was laughing hysterically and elated that Strowman presumably decided to rejoin Wyatt and the two embraced. However, Strowman shoved Wyatt back, removed the mask, and then performed a Running Powerslam on Wyatt to retain the title. Following the match, as Wyatt sat in the corner realizing he had been outsmarted, imagery of The Fiend appeared on screen.
In the penultimate match, which was the final match from the WWE Performance Center (and the final match that was broadcast live), Drew McIntyre defended the WWE Championship against Seth Rollins. Rollins performed a Stomp on McIntyre for a nearfall. In the end, as Rollins attempted another Stomp, McIntyre countered with a Glasgow Kiss. Rebounding off the ropes, Rollins performed a superkick, but as McIntyre also rebounded off the ropes, he performed a Claymore Kick on Rollins to retain the title. Following the match, McIntyre offered a handshake to Rollins, who reluctantly obliged.
In the main event, both the men's and women's Money in the Bank ladder matches were contested simultaneously at WWE Global Headquarters. The women's match featured Asuka, Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, Lacey Evans, Carmella, and Dana Brooke, while the men's match featured AJ Styles, Rey Mysterio, Aleister Black, King Corbin, Daniel Bryan, and Otis. The women began in the lobby, where Asuka performed a splash off the mezzanine onto the other competitors before escaping in an elevator. The men, meanwhile, began in the gym, where Otis pinned Styles under a barbell. After leaving the gym, Mysterio ran past a restroom where he encountered Brother Love.
Bryan, Black, Otis, and Corbin brawled into an elevator, spilling out onto another floor where they briefly encountered Evans, Baszler, and Carmella. Bryan performed Yes Kicks on Corbin with encouragement from Otis, after which, Bryan attacked Otis. A Doink The Clown impersonator then briefly appeared from behind a chair. Baszler, Brooke, Jax, and Carmella then fought into the Money in the Bank conference room. After knocking Jax out with a steel chair, Brooke unhooked a prop Money in the Bank briefcase hanging from the ceiling and celebrated, thinking she had won, but Stephanie McMahon appeared and reminded Brooke that the actual briefcase was still on the roof. Carmella then unhooked a large poster off the wall (depicting herself winning the first women's Money in the Bank ladder match) and smashed it over Brooke's head. Evans then performed the Women's Right on Carmella. Searching for Mysterio, Styles encountered a large poster of The Undertaker and then stumbled upon an Undertaker-themed room, which caused him to have flashbacks of his WrestleMania 36 loss to The Undertaker. Black then attacked Styles and closed the door, locking him in the room.
All of the participants except Styles and Asuka converged on a room where Paul Heyman was indulging in a buffet, and an inter-gender food fight ensued. During the melee, Baszler applied the Kirifuda Clutch on Mysterio, which was broken up when Jax and Otis charged and collided with Mysterio between them. Jax threw Carmella through the buffet table and teased a fight with Otis before the two went separate ways. Otis then encountered John Laurinaitis in the cafeteria and threw a pie in his face. Later, Styles and Bryan brawled into Vince McMahon's office, after which, Mr. McMahon ordered them to leave. Before leaving, however, Styles and Bryan positioned the chairs in their proper place.
Asuka was the first to reach the roof, followed by Jax and Evans. The three fought in and around the rooftop ring until Asuka gained the upper hand by dropping a ladder on Jax. Asuka then briefly fought with Evans on the ladder before throwing her on top of Jax. As Asuka ascended the ladder again, Corbin appeared on the roof and climbed the other side of the ladder; however, Asuka threw him off. Asuka then grabbed the women's briefcase to win the women's match. Otis was the next to reach the roof, followed by Black, Mysterio, Styles, and Bryan. Corbin dispatched Mysterio and Black by throwing them off the roof. Styles performed the Phenomenal Forearm on Otis, and Styles and Corbin climbed the ladder. After a scuffle atop the ladder, Styles and Corbin unhooked the men's briefcase with both holding it. Elias then appeared and attacked Corbin with a guitar. This caused both Styles and Corbin to fumble the briefcase into the hands of Otis, who thus won the men's match.
The next night on Raw, Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch came out with the women's Money in the Bank briefcase and announced that she would be going on hiatus. A confused Asuka then came out. Lynch stated that by Asuka winning the women's Money in the Bank ladder match, she actually won the Raw Women's Championship and opened the briefcase, revealing the title belt inside. Lynch told Asuka that she was pregnant which was the reason that she had relinquished the title. With this, Asuka became WWE's second Women's Grand Slam Champion.
On the following SmackDown, Money in the Bank winner Otis was a guest on MizTV where Miz and John Morrison would make fun of Otis and his relationship with Mandy Rose. Miz and Morrison then challenged Otis to a tag team match. Due to the unavailability of Otis's tag team partner, Tucker, Otis had to find a partner of his own. Later that night, Otis's partner was revealed as Universal Champion Braun Strowman and defeated Miz and Morrison in the ensuing tag team match. Following the match, Rose came out to congratulate Otis and then distracted Strowman for Otis to cash-in. Otis was tempted, however, he opted not to and stated to Strowman that he was "just kidding".
|1P||Jeff Hardy defeated Cesaro||Singles match||13:30|
|2||The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (c) defeated The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake) (with Jaxson Ryker), The Miz and John Morrison, and Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado)||Fatal 4-Way Tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship||12:00|
|3||Bobby Lashley defeated R-Truth||Singles match||1:40|
|4||Bayley (c) (with Sasha Banks) defeated Tamina||Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship||10:30|
|5||Braun Strowman (c) defeated Bray Wyatt||Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship||10:55|
|6||Drew McIntyre (c) defeated Seth Rollins||Singles match for the WWE Championship||19:20|
|7||Asuka defeated Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, Nia Jax, and Shayna Baszler||Money in the Bank ladder match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship[c][d]||22:00|
|8||Otis defeated AJ Styles, Aleister Black, Daniel Bryan, King Corbin, and Rey Mysterio||Money in the Bank ladder match for a world championship match contract[c]||27:15|
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