WWE Money in the Bank: Everything you need to know

Get ready for WWE Money in the Bank with our preview, including predictions for each match, start time, how to watch and more.

As gimmick matches go, the Money in the Bank Ladder Match has reached the point where it has stood the test of time. It’s long since graduated from a bout at other events to headlining status in its own right, and the latest Money in the Bank premium live event is set for Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas.

WWE initially had thoughts of holding the show in Allegiant Stadium, the football venue where the Las Vegas Raiders play, hoping it would prove attractive enough to sell 30,000+ tickets. But several factors, including UFC holding a pay-per-view card on the same night in Vegas, caused the company to reconsider, moving it to the smaller MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Does that mean the event itself is less significant? That depends on one’s point of view. On one hand, Roman Reigns, the man with the two most important men’s titles, is not on the card. Nor is Cody Rhodes, probably the hottest performer in WWE the last few months, as he is out long term recovering from surgery.

The counter-argument is that Money in the Bank has no filler; its six matches include four title bouts and the namesake ladder matches for the men and women. The undisputed tag team titles are on the line, as are both women’s singles titles, and the United States Championship. Most other significant, healthy superstars are vying for one of the briefcases.

So while WWE might be saving some of its best stuff this summer for SummerSlam, Money in the Bank is shaping up to be a night that could definitely be a pleasant upside surprise. Scroll down to get details on everything you need to know before watching this holiday weekend.

WWE Money in the Bank 2022

  • When: Saturday, July 2
  • Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
  • Start time: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
  • How to watch: On Peacock in the U.S., or on WWE Network internationally
  • Matches announced: 6

WWE announces Logan Paul signing, teases SummerSlam match with The Miz

WWE announced Thursday it signed social media personality Logan Paul to a contract and teased a match with The Miz for SummerSlam.

Like him or not, Logan Paul is someone who commands attention thanks to his immense social media following, and wrestling fans have already seen him in the ring. Apparently WWE is convinced he’s an asset, because he’s returning for more appearances soon.

WWE announced Thursday that it had signed Paul to a contract, showing off pictures of the 27-year-old YouTuber at company headquarters with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Paul also revealed the news to his 23 million-plus followers on Instagram.

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WWE included a video of Paul making “a little addition” to his contract, which turned out to be the message “coming 4 U @Miz.” The article also noted that Paul would be “out for payback at SummerSlam,” suggesting he’ll take on The Miz in a singles match in a few weeks in Nashville.

The payback part would be due to Miz turning on Paul after they were victorious as a tag team in Paul’s in-ring debut at WrestleMania 38, defeating Dominik and Rey Mysterio. Following the match, Miz gave Paul a Skull-Crushing Finale, seemingly due to some disagreements leading up to the event.

Miz recently claimed on WWE TV that he thought Paul would forgive and forget to team with him again, but he might be in for a rude awakening given today’s announcement. Expect him to address it on Raw as soon as this coming Monday.

Positioning Paul as the fan favorite for SummerSlam is an interesting move considering he can be a polarizing figure, but WWE probably sees his social media reach as a sign that more people will cheer him than boo him, and Miz is one of the very best in the business at putting others over. SummerSlam hits Nashville on Saturday, July 30, giving WWE plenty of time to build a program up for Paul over the coming weeks.

Damian Priest on working with Bad Bunny: ‘You’ve got to commit yourself, which is what he did’

Damian Priest spoke to the Under the Ring podcast about working with Bad Bunny, why The Judgment Day works, the influence of Scott Hall, and much more.

Not every celebrity who dabbles in sports entertainment makes a lasting impression with their in-ring work, but Bad Bunny raised eyebrows with his performance at WrestleMania 37. As his tag team partner, Damian Priest had more insight into how the music megastar was able to look so at home in WWE.

“If you want to do this, and you want to be successful, even if it’s for one match or whatever, you’ve got to commit yourself, which is what he did,” Priest told host Phil Strum on the latest episode of the Under the Ring podcast. “I was so impressed, I think everybody was impressed by that internally. Just his commitment to making sure he delivered.

“He didn’t want to embarrass himself, he didn’t want to embarrass his family, his friends, his fans, and he didn’t want to embarrass our business. That was a big thing for him. He wanted to earn the respect of everyone.”

Priest is now turning heads himself as a member of The Judgment Day, alongside Finn Balor and Rhea Ripley. During this episode, which you can hear in full above, he discussed how he and his teammates align on their look and approach, and why he thinks the best is yet to come.

Other topics Priest and Strum cover include:

  • Getting to work with Edge, who Priest calls “a wizard” in the pro wrestling business
  • His specific journey to make it to the WWE main roster, and who helped him most along the way
  • Learning from Scott Hall and the influence the Bad Guy has had on his career
  • How his Puerto Rican heritage influences his work and how WWE gives him a platform to share it

Under the Ring drops new episodes every Monday, as Strum sits down and chats with a fascinating personality from the world of pro wrestling each week. Recent guests have included veteran grappler Davey Richards, former WCW President Eric Bischoff and recent NWA Champion Matt Cardona.

To make sure you don’t miss an episode, subscribe to Under the Ring on Apple Podcasts or your podcast provider of choice, or check out the Under the Ring YouTube channel to see all of the interviews in video form.

MMA fighter Valerie Loureda (and Instagram sensation) confirms she has signed with WWE

MMA fighter Valerie Loureda told The MMA Hour on Wednesday that she has signed with WWE, and will join the promotion full-time in July.

Valerie Loureda is set to become the latest MMA fighter to take a shot at WWE stardom.

The 23-year-old Miami native appeared on The MMA Hour today to confirm she had signed with WWE, and has been training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando to prepare to join the promotion full-time next month.

Fightful Select reported on June 1 that Loureda had taken part in a week-long tryout this spring and made a “great impression.” Loureda also hinted at career news yesterday on social media, tweeting that “my life will never be the same.”

“I am now a WWE Superstar,” Loureda said to host Ariel Helwani, tearing up as she did so, discussing her difficult background and the journey it’s taken for her to get to this point.

“Yes,” Loureda said when asked if she was done with MMA. “My mind has completely shifted from MMA to the WWE, and all that passion and energy I have for MMA that I worked for five years, I’m now doing that in a training facility in Orlando. I love fighting, but this is my time”

Loureda’s background prior to starting her MMA career was in taekwando, earning a 4th dan black belt and a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. She signed with Bellator in 2018 and made her professional debut on February 2019 while training with a gym that’s had plenty of visibility in pro wrestling as of late, American Top Team.

All five of Loureda’s fights to date have come under the Bellator banner, where she’s gone 4-1. Her most recent bout, a split decision victory over Taylor Turner, came at Bellator 271 last November. She will remain under contract with Bellator should she change her mind and decide to return to MMA down the road.

“Valerie Loureda is a very young and talented athlete who can accomplish plenty in MMA for years to come, but for now we wish her the best of luck as she pursues her dream of becoming a WWE Superstar,” Bellator president Scott Coker said in a press release. “She will remain an active and under-contract fighter with Bellator, and we look forward to welcoming her back into the cage in the near future. We take great pride in allowing our athletes to test themselves in additional arenas such as boxing and pro wrestling.”

Given her inexperience in pro wrestling, WWE’s NXT brand will likely be the first place Loureda will appear if and when she makes it to TV. Another thing to watch will be whether WWE allows her to perform under her real name; Loureda already has a sizable following on Instagram and Twitter, but WWE has been increasingly insistent on marketing performers under stage names it can control.

However she’s announced when she makes her first walk to the ring during a live WWE event, Loureda figures to be a name whose progress will be tracked with interest by MMA fans, her social media followers, and now, pro wrestling fans as well.

Ronda Rousey on possible turn: ‘I want to be heel the whole time’

Ronda Rousey told former UFC champion Daniel Cormier that she would prefer to be a heel “the whole time” in WWE and understands the goal of that role.

If Ronda Rousey had her druthers, WWE fans would be booing her enthusiastically every time she came to the ring.

That may come as a bit of a surprise considering that one of the first images that comes to mind of the SmackDown Women’s Champion is her smiling and slapping fans on her way to the ring as “Bad Reputation” blasts through a crowded arena.

But as Rousey told former UFC champion Daniel Cormier during a recent episode of The DC Check-In, her heart is really with being a heel in the classic sense: someone for fans to hate and help the face get more cheers in return.

“I want to be heel the whole time,” Rousey said, reminding Cormier that Rowdy Roddy Piper was her idol, and that people would threaten him with physical violence because they disliked him so much. “That’s the kind of heel I want to be. I want to be the heel that really inspires that vitriol and really gets the other person liked.

“It’s so much easier to get people to hate someone than to like them. I think a lot of people forget that the job of a heel is to get the babyface over. It’s not for everyone to think that you are a cool heel.”

That kind of perspective, as well as Rousey’s WWE success, makes it easy to forget that she’s only been in the pro wrestling business for four years (a big chunk of which she took off for the birth of her first child) and really only spent a month as a heel, leading up to WrestleMania 35.

The biggest obstacle to Rousey exploring her ability to get crowds to hate her right now is that WWE needs her desperately as a fan favorite. Becky Lynch shows no signs of ending her memorable heel run, Charlotte Flair is likely to resume her villainous ways when she returns, and one of WWE’s most popular women’s stars, Sasha Banks, famously walked out last month. That leaves only Rousey and Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair as top babyfaces at the moment.

That said, the landscape shifts often in pro wrestling, so it’s not hard to imagine a time a few months ago when a turn makes sense for Rousey. Thanks to her interview with DC, you can be sure that if and when it arrives, she’ll be 100% in favor of it.

WWE Raw live results: Celebrating 20 years of John Cena

Check out WWE Raw live results from Laredo, Texas, featuring the return of John Cena and Kevin Owens facing Ezekiel or one of his brothers.

Unless you’ve been living under a WWE-proof rock for a bit, you already know what the big hook is for tonight’s episode of WWE Raw from Laredo, Texas. John Cena is back, and the fans should treat him like a returning hero instead of … well, other ways they’ve responded to him at points of his career.

Speaking of said career, it’s a big milestone for Cena as well, a cause for celebration: It’s been 20 years since his first appearance on WWE television (albeit on SmackDown, not Raw), when he displayed his “ruthless aggression” to Kurt Angle. Time flies.

The question worth watching for now is how long he’ll be hanging around. It’s been long rumored that WWE might be building up to a match between Cena and Theory at SummerSlam, and nothing those two gentlemen have been doing on social media has done anything to cool down that speculation. Any number of people might come out to either congratulate or harass Cena, but we’re expecting Theory will be one of the latter.

Another thing we’re not 100% sure about is who Kevin Owens will face tonight. He challenged either Ezekiel or Elias after his quest to prove they are one and the same hit a new low last Monday, and then said it could even be their  “even younger brother” Elrod. We can’t be the only people hoping it is, indeed, Elrod who walks down that ramp. Wink, wink.

If you can’t watch the action go down live from Laredo, just bookmark this page as we’ll be updating it throughout the show with the latest WWE Raw live results.

Opening Bell: John Cena returns on Raw, Blood and Guts on Dynamite

Get set for the week in WWE and AEW with Opening Bell: quick previews of Raw, SmackDown, Dynamite and Rampage for the week of June 27.

Welcome to the Opening Bell, where we round up what’s been announced for WWE (Raw and SmackDown) and AEW (Dynamite and Rampage) programming for the week ahead.

WWE Raw preview – Monday, June 27, Sames Auto Arena, Laredo, Texas

Hit the trumpets! After being gone for some time thanks to a busy schedule of Hollywood roles, John Cena returns to Raw to celebrate 20 years in WWE. It seems like only yesterday when he was the Doctor of Thuganomics, but it was, in fact, more than a decade ago. Along with celebrating his many contributions to the company, expect a party crasher by the name of Theory to set up a match for SummerSlam.

Also, Kevin Owens‘ quest to prove Ezekiel and Elias are the same person hit a major bump in the road last week, when Elias performed his first concert in month, then broke a guitar over K.O.’s back. Enraged, Owens challenged Ezekiel or Elias or “their even younger brother” Elrod to a match for Laredo, so the fun will be seeing which one of them walks down the ramp.

AEW Dynamite Blood and Guts preview – Wednesday, June 29, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

It’s time for Blood and Guts, the match that threw Chris Jericho off a steel cage last year. Times have changed, however, with Jericho now leading the Jericho Appreciation Society, definitely not the fan favorite faction (alliteration is great) this time around. They’ll go up against the Blackpool Combat Club, newly bolstered by the arrival of Claudio Castagnoli during Forbidden Door.

But there is tension on the BCC side as well, with the combustible Eddie Kingston not always getting along with the Club members proper. That could be an issue in a match this intense.

Also, expect to see fallout from Forbidden Door, because it was a great show bound to reverberate through AEW programming in various ways.

WWE SmackDown – Friday, July 1, Footprint Center, Phoenix

Pat McAfee isn’t just a podcaster and announcer with the strongest leg in the universe. He’s acquitted himself well in a WWE ring so far, even if his 1-3 record doesn’t quite show it. Now he’s engaged in a war of words with Happy Corbin, and feeling good enough about himself to call Corbin out for a match at SummerSlam. Happy is expected to give his answer to the ex-NFL punter on Friday, and we’d be surprised if he doesn’t accept.

AEW Rampage – Friday, July 1, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit (taped on June 29)

AEW hasn’t released any info yet for this show, mostly thanks to it having two big events in less than a week. One thing to watch for is Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee, who were victorious on the Buy-In at Forbidden Door but then immediately under verbal assault from Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs. Another showdown between the two teams would make a lot of sense as the featured match on Rampage this week, but we’ll have to wait until Wednesday, most likely, to see.

WWE SmackDown live results: Ricochet gets his rematch with Gunther

Check out WWE SmackDown live results from Austin, Texas, as Ricochet gets a rematch against Gunther and Drew McIntyre speaks.

Can anyone stop Gunther? It’s a fair questions and one that might get answered tonight on WWE SmackDown from Austin, Texas.

The Ring General has only been on the main WWE roster for a few months, but he’s already made quite the impression, running through everyone in his way. That includes Ricochet, who was the WWE Intercontinental Champion and on a pretty nice run of his own … until he ran into Gunther.

The question is what Ricochet can do the second time around that’s any different than the first. But like they say, that’s why we watch.

Another Superstar with gold on his mind is Drew McIntyre. But his sights are set on the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship held by Roman Reigns. How can he get his shot at the Tribal Chief? He’s planning on letting the world know tonight.

If you can’t watch the action as it happens tonight in Austin, bookmark this page and check back as we update it with the latest WWE SmackDown live results.

Watch: Riddle tries (and fails) to play hockey goalie against onion ring shot by NBA prospect

Watch as Riddle makes an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, trying and failing in an unusual twist on playing hockey goalie.

An unbelievable athlete, Riddle could likely have been a star in numerous sports. Alas, ice hockey, and playing goalie in particular, probably isn’t one of them.

The King of Bros found that out the hard way as part of a segment on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” As the name suggests, Audience Suggestion Box has the host address requests from the show’s audience, usually the more ridiculous, the better.

In this case, someone pointed out to Fallon that this week features the NHL Final and the NBA Draft, and WWE is gearing up for Money in the Bank on July 2. On top of that, June 22 was National Onion Ring Day.

What do all those things have in common? For most people, not much. For Fallon, that meant he wanted to see if an NBA draft pick could shoot an onion ring like a hockey puck and get it past a WWE Superstar.

Enter Riddle, playing goalie, and NBA prospect Jalen Williams, a likely first-round pick on Thursday evening. Hilarity ensues, mostly because Williams only needed one shot of a possible three.

Props to Riddle for coming out in what is more or less his ring gear and doing his bit where he flips his slides into the crowd. Someone needs to work on having him cover his five-hole, though in fairness, no one even gave him leg pads.

No word on whether anyone ate the other two onion rings or if Riddle invited Williams to try his hand at pro wrestling, but we can always dream.

Cody Rhodes hints he doesn’t expect to be out 9 months

Nine months to recover from surgery to repair a torn pec? Not if Cody Rhodes has anything to say about it.

It’s hard to argue against the idea that  Cody Rhodes‘ torn pec has been one of the biggest pro wrestling bummers of 2022, even if the injury gave us the most awe-inspiring in-ring performance in recent memory.

As people burned up their keyboards searching for “How long does recovery take from a torn pec?” after Rhodes had surgery a few weeks ago, the consensus was one of a surprise when WWE suggested he could be out nine months while recovering. After all, John Cena made it back from a similar injury in less than four months.

(On the other hand, he’s John Cena.)

But it’s possible that WWE is just trying to manage expectations for one of its hottest performers in 2022 by stating the longest possible time, the same way Applebee’s tells you it’s a 20-minute wait and then seats you in 10. Rhodes slyly hinted at a faster timetable for his return in an Instagram Story (as spotted by Fightful’s Robert DeFelice), giving fans hope they may see him in the ring again before the end of the year.

Rhodes’ WWE return has been one of the most notable positive stories in the pro wrestling industry this year. The company that gave the second-generation wrestler his first exposure to a worldwide audience treated him like a big deal when he rejoined after finding greater success in NJPW, ROH and as one of the architects of AEW, and he repaid it by looking every bit a main event-caliber attraction.

Though the potential for him to reach his stated goal of achieving the WWE world championship his legendary father never quite captured seems real, that quest is on hold for now. But if Rhodes has anything to say about it, the next chapter might not have to wait until next March, and that would be fantastic news for both WWE and wrestling fans in general.

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