Seth Rollins and the newly crowned King Shinsuke Nakamura have become the last two WWE Superstars to qualify for the men’s Money In The Bank match.
SmackDown saw the last chance for anyone to make it into the fabled ladder match where the winner is granted a match anywhere, anytime for a world championship.
On SmackDown on Friday night four men had the chance to join Raw’s Ricochet, John Morrison, Riddle, and Drew McIntyre as well as blue brand compatriots Kevin Owens and Big E in 2021’s edition of the match. Cesaro faced off with WrestleMania opponent Seth Rollins while Nakamura resumed his rivalry with an increasingly despondent Baron Corbin.
Nakamura took on Corbin in the ring for the fifth week out of sixth after already having defeated the King Of The Ring winner for his crown. The Japanese star was on the winning side again, defeating Corbin to claim his place in the Money In The Bank match and leaving Baron Corbin anything but happy.
Later in the night Rollins and Cesaro resumed their heated rivalry with Rollins looking to get into the match that he memorably won in 2014 before cashing in at WrestleMania 31 in what was known as The Heist Of The Century. The match ended in the same result as the pair’s meeting at the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view with Rollins coming out on top to claim the last spot.
Money In The Bank will be the company’s first pay-per-view event held in front of a packed house and the first held outside the state of Florida since the pandemic started. Roman Reigns will headline the event, defending his WWE Universal Championship against one of his WrestleMania opponents, Edge. Bobby Lashley will defend the WWE Title against former champion Kofi Kingston while Rhea Ripley faces another match with Charlotte Flair with her Raw Women’s Title on the line. Bianca Belair was originally slated to defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Bayley before Bayley suffered a knee injury that will see the Role Model potentially out of action for nine months.