Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose geared up for Money in the Bank
The Corporate Demon chokeslamed his way into The Big Dog’s SmackDown showdown with The Celtic Warrior, NXT Champion Kevin Owens further disrespected the leader of the Cenation, three of WWE’s most explosive combinations went head-to-head for an opportunity at the WWE Tag Team Titles, and The Architect prepared to battle The Lunatic Fringe at WWE Money in the Bank.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins kicked off SmackDown without the World Title or The Authority. Reaffirming his belief that he was the greatest World Champion ever, he claimed that he dismantled The Shield, won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match and beat Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns at WrestleMania all on his own. In reference to Dean Ambrose “stealing” his title, Rollins said he wouldn’t need anything or anybody to destroy The Lunatic Fringe at WWE Money in the Bank to get back what was his.
A determined Ambrose interrupted from an undisclosed location, disputing Rollins’ claims that he achieved his success on his own and declaring himself the rightful WWE World Heavyweight Champion — something he said he’d prove, or die trying, in their Ladder Match on June 14.
The Prime Time Players defeated The Ascension and The Lucha Dragons to become No. 1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Titles
Fresh out of the first Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships, three of the squared circle’s most explosive tandems battled in a Triple Threat Match to become the No. 1 contenders to The New Day at Money in the Bank.
In the height of the action, Titus O’Neil hurled Sin Cara into Konnor and sent them both flying over the top rope. This paved the way for him to hit a devastating powerslam on Viktor for the win — making The Prime Time Players the No. 1 contenders to The New Day.
Moments after the match, Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods greeted the situation with a very “positive” reaction. At Money in the Bank, they said they planned to beat O’Neil & Young, inspire the WWE Universe and watch Kingston win the Money in the Bank contract.
Ryback def. Stardust
The Big Guy earned his first victory as Intercontinental Champion, overcoming Stardust with an earth-shattering Meathook Clothesline–Shell Shocked combination.
In the face of Twins Magic, Paige set out to change things
The Diva of Tomorrow sounded off about The Bellas, following Nikki and Brie’s use of Twin Magic during the Divas Championship Match on Raw.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan warned that it is time to pay for your sins
Feeling rejected, two of WWE’s scariest Superstars reunited to focus their wrath outward.
Kevin Owens defeated Zack Ryder —NXT Title Open Challenge
After defeating 15-time World Champion John Cena in a Champion vs. Champion Match at WWE Elimination Chamber one of the greatest WWE debuts ever, Kevin Owens, focused on destroying The Champ at WWE Money in the Bank emerged on SmackDown.
Addressing the WWE Universe, the brash Superstar responded to Cena’s Raw remarks by calling his adversary delusional and promising to put an end to the Hustle, Loyalty & Respect “garbage” — which he said the Cenation leader “force fed” kids for 10 years.
Owens then mocked Cena further as he presented an open challenge for the NXT Title. Zack Ryder answered the call, and in the end, Owens reigned supreme with the Pop-up Powerbomb. He then attacked “Long Island Iced-Z” after the bell and repeatedly hit the brutal finishing maneuver.
Neville defeated Kofi Kingston
In a fast-paced contest between Money in the Bank Ladder Match participants, Neville used his high-flying superiority to overcome the antics of The New Day and pin Kofi Kingston outright.
“Miz TV” with special guest Lana
The Awesome One welcomed Lana onto his always controversial show, questioning why the beauty had parted ways with Rusev. Business really picked up, though, when The Moneymaker introducing Lana’s former ally as his surprise second guest. A “broken” Rusev emerged on crutches and begged Lana to give him a second chance. After Lana refused, Dolph Ziggler emerged to escort her from the ring, leaving Rusev to fume inside it.
Roman Reigns def. Sheamus by Disqualification
After attacking Randy Orton on Raw, Sheamus went head-to-head with Roman Reigns on SmackDown — amid speculation that The Celtic Warrior might be trying to take out his Money in the Bank Ladder Match opponents before their June 14 showdown.
Just when it looked as if The Big Dog might overcome the first Irish-born World Champion, Director of Operations Kane attacked him out of nowhere. After the bell rang, Sheamus recovered and reengaged Reigns, only to suffer the attack of The Corporate Demon as well. Moments later, Kane stunned the WWE Universe by announcing that he would be the final participant in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.