The Money in the Bank card got a little bit clearer on Monday Night Raw. Natalya defeated Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan and Dana Brooke to qualify for the women's Money in the Bank ladder match, and Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal is official for the June 17 pay-per-view. Next week we'll get Mahal vs Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental championship, and a seven-way, second chance gauntlet match for a spot in the women's Money in the Bank ladder match.
Randy Orton underwent successful surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee, according to WWE.com. The timetable for his return is unclear, because the degree of the injury and type of surgery could have recovery times of anywhere from a few weeks up to three or four months. "I've known I needed the surgery since late last year, but I've been waiting for the right time to get my knee cleaned out," Orton told WWE.com. "Right now was the right time."
The first eight participants for the 2018 edition of the WWE U.K. Championship Tournament have been announced. Six new faces -- Zack Gibson, Joe Coffey, Dave Mastiff, Kenny Williams, El Ligero and Amir Jordan -- join 205 Live's Jack Gallagher and 2017 U.K. Championship Tournament participant Joseph Conners. The first round of the tournament will take place at the Download Festival from June 8-10z
It was a busy Tuesday night on SmackDown, with Becky Lynch defeating Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville to qualify for Money in the Bank, and New Day defeating The Bar to qualify one of their members for the men's Money in the Bank match. Shinsuke Nakamura defeated AJ Styles to get the right to choose the stipulation for their Money in the Bank PPV WWE championship match, Asuka was named Carmella's next challenger for the SmackDown women's championship and Daniel Bryan laid out Big Cass.
In a second multi-man match of the night (this time a 6-man tag), the faces got the win after Mustafa Ali hit Drew Gulak with the 054. The match hit a fun, fevered pace late in the match, and gave us our first look at Flash Gordon Webster, who teamed with Ali and Cedric Alexander against Gulak, Joseph Conners and James Drake.
205 Live combined the UK Division with the cruiserweights, featuring some of the best of both division in a crossover I wish happened more often. Tyler Bate started the night by pinning TJP to win a fatal-four in a match also featuring Kenny Williams and Kalisto. A bit sloppy at times, but well-booked.
Three more tickets were punched for Money in the Bank on Monday Night Raw. Bobby Roode defeated Baron Corbin and No Way Jose, Alexa Bliss defeated Bayley and Mickie James and, after a losing effort earlier in the night against Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens assumed Jinder Mahal's spot in the main event and beat Bobby Lashley and Elias. Two spots remain in the men's match, while five spots are still open in the women's match.
The question of when former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would get her shot at gold in WWE was answered on Monday at the NBC Universal upfronts. At an event that also featured Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax challenged Rousey to a Raw women's championship match at Money in the Bank, which Rousey accepted. The Money in the Bank pay-per-view takes place on June 17 in Chicago. In her lone televised match to date, Rousey impressed alongside Kurt Angle in a win over a Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34.
Tickets for the All In independent show promoted by Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks sold out in less than one hour on Sunday afternoon. Set for the Sears Centre Arena in the suburbs of Chicago on Sept. 1, the independent supershow advertised face value prices from $28-$153 (plus fees) for a venue configured to seat more than 10,000. As of 6:05 p.m. ET Sunday, ticket re-seller StubHub had 222 tickets available -- the least-expensive coming in at $170.49 including fees, with the most-expensive seats (second row) listed at $1,502.50 each, including fees.
One week after ambushing Johnny Gargano before an NXT Championship match, Tommaso Ciampa faced off with Kassius Ohno. Ciampa picked up the win. Staying true to his villainous persona, he added salt to Ohno’s wounds and attacked him after the match. Next week's episode of NXT TV will be highlighted by the Undisputed Era taking on the trio of WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.
Coming off a loss in the 6-person North American Championship ladder match at TakeOver: New Orleans, EC3 picked up his first NXT TV win on Wednesday night when he defeated Raul Mendoza. Two other NXT newcomers were victorious as well as the War Raiders added another notch to their win column with a victory over Heavy Machinery. The NXT Women's Champion also made an appearance as Shayna Baszler continued to intimidate the women's division. After Dakota Kai defeated Vanessa Borne, Baszler emerged and locked Borne in her Kirifuda Clutch.
This week's episode of NXT TV kicked off with a face to face encounter between two of the most popular stars on the brand. Ricochet entered the ring and indicated that he has the NXT Championship on his mind. He was interrupted by the Velveteen Dream and a verbal battle ensued foreshadowing a potential showdown between the two down the road.
In what would have to be considered a major upset, Rusev defeated Daniel Bryan via pinfall in the main event of SmackDown to qualify for the upcoming men's Money in the Bank ladder match.
Charlotte Flair defeated Peyton Royce via submission to qualify for the upcoming women's Money in the Bank ladder match. She joins Ember Moon, who won a triple threat match on Monday Night Raw.
The Miz pinned Jeff Hardy via roll-up to qualify for the men's Money in the Bank ladder match to open SmackDown on Tuesday night. Miz joins Braun Strowman and Finn Balor, who qualified on Monday night.
Finn Balor locked up the second berth in the men's Money in the Bank ladder match by beating Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns in the main event. Jinder Mahal got involved in the closing moments and kept Reigns out of the final decision. Balor joins Braun Strowman, with six more spots yet to be filled.
Ember Moon, Ruby Riott and Sasha Banks wrapped up an eventful first hour of Monday Night Raw with a collectively impressive triple threat MITB qualifier. Moon ultimately walked out with the win as the first women's Money in the Bank match qualifier, but all three proved they deserve to be in that match.
Monday Night Raw opened with Braun Strowman defeating Kevin Owens to become the first qualifier for the upcoming men's Money in the Bank match. There will be eight total participants in that match, as part of the 2018 iteration of the pay-per-view of the same name, which takes place on June 17.
Ronda Rousey had a tremendous debut at WrestleMania 34, Shayna Baszler is the NXT women's champion, and now the other two members of the ‘Four Horsewomen' of MMA are joining them in the world of WWE. Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir both reported to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando for training on Monday, making the possibility of a showdown against the WWE's version of the ‘Four Horsewomen' -- Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Bayley -- a reality. Both Duke, 31 and Shafir, 30, have MMA backgrounds, with Duke having competed in the UFC's bantamweight division.
In spite of a Bayley-Sasha Banks storyline that continues to go off the rails, Ruby Riott and Bayley impressed during their WWE Backlash Kickoff show match. Riott ultimately picked up another big victory and some more momentum, while showing off more of her expansive offensive repertoire.
The second night of New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual Dontaku show was eventful, to say the least. Kazuchika Okada continued making history with his 12th consecutive successful IWGP heavyweight championship defense, against Hiroshi Tanahashi. Post-match, Okada challenged Kenny Omega to a fourth, deciding match in their ongoing rivalry. Their championship rematch will be a 2-out-of-3 falls, no time limit match at Dominion on June 9. Earlier in the night, Chris Jericho returned to attack Tetsuya Naito and Taiji Ishimori joined Bullet Club, with the rest of the group outside of Omega and Cody appearing to settle all differences.