WWE’s Money in the Bank was unlike any other last night. The majority of the show took place at the WWE Performance Center in Florida, where WWE has been taping all of its shows in front of no audience.
However, the men’s and women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches took place at WWE headquarters in Stamford, Conn. The match began on the bottom floor of the building and wrestlers had to fight their way up through the building to the roof, where a ring and suspended briefcases were hanging.
The matches featured cameo appearances from someone wearing Doink the Clown makeup, Brother Love (Bruce Prichard) as well as Vince and Stephanie McMahon. Vince, by the way, looks like he’s aged 30 years in the last five years.
The men’s match was won by Otis. I’ll write that again so you know it’s not a typo. The men’s match was won by Otis.
Otis now has a WWE Championship match any time he wants. It was a surprising pick, given that Otis has been a comedy character. The crowd is behind him, but not really in a “we want him to win the WWE Championship” kind of way.
That being said, there’s a reason why Otis makes sense. Drew McIntyre is the WWE Champion and should hold on to the belt for a considerable amount of time. Given the choices, WWE could have put the briefcase on AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, or Aleister Black, but is it worth having one of those guys cash-in and lose? Probably not.
If you’re going to have someone cash-in and lose the match, Otis makes sense. He’s not really a main-event player.
But there are problems with Otis cashing in altogether. The Money in the Bank stipulation should organically be on a heel, especially if there is a babyface champion. In this scenario, we have Otis, a funny babyface, cashing in on Drew McIntyre, a babyface who you are trying to get over as a top guy. It could cheapen Otis if he cashes in on a prone Drew, only to lose the match.
Fans would have groaned, but the guy that made the most sense was probably King Corbin. He’s a heel everyone hates, so him cashing in and losing to McIntyre would have generated a positive reaction, even if Corbin winning the match was a negative.
Now, there’s always another way WWE could go with this. The MITB briefcase allows you to cash in for any title, at any time. Otis has been mainly a tag-team wrestler. Perhaps he cashes in for a chance at The Street Profits?
On the women’s side, Asuka won the match and was heavily featured, beginning the match with a dive off the second-floor balcony onto the other women’s participants on the first floor.
WWE Money in the Bank 2020 Results
- Jeff Hardy def. Cesaro.
- New Day (c) def. Forgotten Sons, Miz & Morrison and Lucha House Party to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championship.
- Bobby Lashley def. R-Truth.
- Bayley (c) def. Tamina to retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- Braun Strowman (c) def. Bray Wyatt to retain the Universal Championship.
- Drew McIntyre (c) def. Seth Rollins to retain the WWE Championship.
- Asuka won the women’s Money in the Bank match.
- Otis won the men’s Money in the Bank match.