In a shocking turn of events, a Triple Threat Match between Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe and Big Cass was announced as the final Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match. Elsewhere, The New Day and The Bar squared off in a major Six-Man Tag Team Match.
With his monumental Money in the Bank Qualifying Match against Daniel Bryan scheduled for later in the evening, Samoa Joe kicked off SmackDown LIVE by stomping down the ramp, tossing a ladder in the ring, climbing it, grabbing the Money in the Bank briefcase and letting everyone know that him officially holding the Money in the Bank contract would equate to a reign of fear and destruction on the blue brand.
Joe promised to send Bryan home to his wife Brie Bella and daughter Birdie as a broken man full of failure and regret — claims that provoked Daniel and made him want to have their high-stakes showdown immediately. Joe and Bryan seemed ready to throw down, but before fists could fly, Big Cass arrived with one crutch under his arm. The seven-footer continued to insult Bryan and said that he spoke with SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige, who told him it would not be Bryan vs. Joe tonight, but The Samoan Submission Machine vs. himself since he was cleared for competition.
In one swift motion, Cass then swung his crutch at The “Yes!” Man, but Bryan ducked, and Big Cass connected with Joe instead. From there, chaos broke out with Bryan assaulting Cass with a barrage of “Yes!” Kicks, but Cass stopped his momentum by throwing Bryan into the ladder and using the Money in the Bank briefcase to take down both Joe and Bryan before standing tall with the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Due to the commotion, Paige clarified Cass’ statement and declared that tonight’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match would now be a Triple Threat between Samoa Joe, Big Cass and Daniel Bryan!
After The Miz defeated Big E last week following The Bar’s ambush of The New Day, Paige decreed that the two sides could settle the score in a Six-Man Tag Team Match.
The action was high-octane as Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods used their explosive attacks, while The Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus attempted to keep the pancake-lovers neutralized. Eventually, the pace picked up, and both sides connected with some jaw-dropping double-team maneuvers.
In the pivotal moments, Kingston pulled off an absolutely incredible leap from the top rope onto The Bar on the outside. It was so awe-inspiring that it even caught The Miz off-guard for a moment, and Big E caught him in the Big Ending for the thrilling win.
After the match, The New Day celebrated, but with all three members of the trio taking turns pointing to the Money in the Bank briefcase hanging above them, perhaps they were still unsure as to who would claim the coveted slot in the career-changing contest.
The path to the eighth and final slot for the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match had been nothing short of a whirlwind, but clarity would finally be reached tonight as Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe and Big Cass threw fists in a nail-biting Triple Threat Match.
From the get-go, the intensity was through the roof as all three Superstars unleashed their pent-up aggression on one another, which had been building for weeks.
Bryan carried out massive assaults on Cass and Joe, even delivering a hurricanrana to Joe off of the top rope. Given the unpredictable nature of the contest, however, it was never possible for one Superstar to stay in firm control for too long due to always having to look out for the third man.
Bryan seemed to be closing in on the victory when he took out Joe on the outside and then connected with the Running Knee on Big Cass. However, right as Daniel was going for the pin onto the seven-footer, Samoa Joe reentered the fray and applied the Coquina Clutch on Bryan from behind, eventually causing his opponent to pass out to obtain the victory and become the eighth Superstar in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
As Samoa Joe celebrated up the ramp, Big Cass took the opportunity to blindside Bryan yet again, this time connecting flush with a big boot while The “Yes!” Man was attempting to get to his feet. Neither Bryan nor Cass had qualified for the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but it was very clear that their conflict was far from over.
In other action … Shinsuke Nakamura def. Tye Dillinger … Naomi and Lana went head up in a Dance-Off … and Asuka def. Mandy Rose.