WWE Money in the Bank results, grades and analysis: Drew McIntyre's cash-in fails, John Cena announces retirement plan

Also, Tiffany Stratton walked out a big winner in a women's Money in the Bank match that stole the show

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 6: Drew McIntyre celebrates his win during Money in the Bank at Scotiabank Arena on July 6, 2024 in Toronto, Ontario.  (Photo by WWE/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 6: Drew McIntyre celebrates his win during Money in the Bank at Scotiabank Arena on July 6, 2024 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by WWE/Getty Images)

WWE's Money in the Bank premium live event took place Saturday at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The popular event, considered to be on the same prestige level as SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, featured two separate ladder matches — men's and women's — that guaranteed the winners a championship opportunity at any time.

The show kicked off with the men's Money in the Bank ladder match, which was won by Drew McIntyre. McIntyre wouldn't wait long before cashing in, making the World Heavyweight Championship match between Damian Priest and Seth Rollins a triple threat. CM Punk would continue his ongoing feud with McIntyre, costing him the championship for effectively the third time this year.

On the women's side, Tiffany Stratton walked out the winner in one of the best matches of the year so far. While there was no women's championship match on the card, she was unable to capitalize on the same night, but historically speaking, every woman who has held the briefcase has successfully cashed in.

The Bloodline continued their dominance in the main event, with Solo Sikoa pinning Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes in the six-man tag-team match. In addition, Sami Zayn retained his Intercontinental championship in a high-intensity match against Bron Breakker.

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 6: John Cena makes his way to the ring during Money in the Bank at Scotiabank Arena on July 6, 2024 in Toronto, Ontario.  (Photo by WWE/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 6: John Cena makes his way to the ring during Money in the Bank at Scotiabank Arena on July 6, 2024 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by WWE/Getty Images)

Outside of the ring, John Cena announced his retirement plans with WWE. Cena said he will do 30-40 dates in 2025, but the Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania next year will be his last in-ring appearances at said events. Cena did specify that he would remain with WWE in some capacity and would only be retiring from wrestling performances.

Men's Money in the Bank ladder match — Carmelo Hayes vs. Jey Uso vs. Andrade vs. Chad Gable vs. LA Knight vs. Drew McIntyre

  • Grade: A

  • Best spot: Andrade/Carmelo Hayes clashes

  • Analysis: This was a solid opening match, which set the stage for a cash-in later on in the event. Uso and Knight still come out of Saturday looking strong, despite not winning here and McIntyre was the right winner to move forward his story with Damian Priest, Seth Rollins and CM Punk. The show-stealers here were Andrade and Hayes, by far, with the reverse Spanish fly and sunset-flip powerbomb being the high-points of this match. After Priest held the briefcase for nearly a year after winning in 2023, not having the briefcase in play until next summer will feel a bit odd, but can create some intriguing, long programs moving forward.

Intercontinental Championship match — Sami Zayn (c.) vs. Bron Breakker

  • Grade: B+

  • Best spot: Breakker’s FrankenSteiner

  • Analysis: Zayn and Breakker brought clashing styles into this contest and delivered on several levels. Despite the outcome, Breakker looked strong and had moments that showed why he’s going to be a champion on Raw sooner rather than later. Zayn’s strong run as Intercontinental Champion continues and with no clear challenger lined up, there’s a chance we get to see this match again at SummerSlam.

World Heavyweight Championship match — Damian Priest (c.) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre (Money in the Bank cash-in)

  • Grade: B

  • Best spot: CM Punk taking out Drew McIntyre

  • Analysis: Priest did a solid job selling the fear/threat of McIntyre cashing in early on in this match. Rollins looked good and introduced some new staples into his repertoire, but the confusion right before the McIntyre cash-in created a bit of an awkward break in the action. Ultimately, WWE got where it needed to go, with Punk costing McIntyre again and Priest’s reign being a bit shaky in the eyes of fellow Judgment Day member Finn Balor. Rollins’ future is the interesting wrinkle here, since he cannot challenge Priest again, taking one of the top talents out of the biggest title picture on Monday Night Raw.

Women's Money in the Bank ladder match — Iyo Sky vs. Lyra Valkyria vs. Tiffany Stratton vs. Naomi vs. Zoey Stark vs. Chelsea Green

  • Grade: A+

  • Best spot: Iyo Sky’s Tombstone on Zoey Stark

  • Analysis: These six women stole the show at Money in the Bank and this deserves to be in consideration for match of the year. Every participant had a true moment to shine, but it was Stark and Sky who really dropped the audience’s collective jaw at the climax of the match. After drawing the largest reaction from the crowd, Stratton winning here continues her meteoric rise and the MITB briefcase traditionally works better on a heel character. Stratton got a little rub later in the night during a segment with Trish Stratus, so that could lay the groundwork for a SummerSlam match with Bayley locked into a match with Nia Jax in Cleveland.

Cody Rhodes, Kevin Owens and Randy Orton vs. The Bloodline

  • Grade: B+

  • Best spot: Jacob Fatu no-selling Orton’s DDT

  • Analysis: Sikoa pinning Rhodes is a major development moving forward as it gives him immediate credibility as a threat to the American Nightmare’s title reign and a leg up on Roman Reigns when it comes to being the Tribal Chief. The viciousness of The Bloodline shined through the chaos of this match, particularly Fatu, who has been built up to be the biggest weapon in the stable. It’s unlikely we see any conflict between Rhodes, Orton and Owens and a potential return by Roman Reigns doesn’t seem any closer. What is very clear is that the story between Rhodes and The Bloodline is far from over. We could see Rhodes and Sikoa go toe-to-toe at SummerSlam and eventually build into a Survivor Series/WarGames showdown.

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  • Cody Rhodes, Kevin Owens and Randy Orton vs. The Bloodline

    The Bloodline came out first, with Tonga Loa accompanying Solo Sikoa, Jacob Fatu and Tama Tonga to the ring. The crowd noticeably picked up for the entrances of Owens, Orton and Rhodes.

    There was a lengthy staredown between Owens and Fatu before the match officially began. Once the bell rang, Rhodes called out Sikoa, and the two circled one another in the ring. Sikoa quickly tagged in Tonga, however. The action started off fast, with Rhodes landing more impact moves, including a running bulldog. Rhodes tagged in Owens and he unloaded on Tonga with his fists and feet.

    After Owens' aggressive assault, Rhodes took over again, landing a standing suplex on Tonga. The babyfaces continued to stay fresh as Rhodes tagged in Orton. Orton's offense to start was similar to Owens' albeit at a much more methodical pace.

    Tonga raked Orton's eyes to escape to his corner and tag in Fatu. Announcers Michael Cole and Corey Graves had spent the whole match so far building up the danger Fatu posed, a story that continued as Fatu no-sold Orton's draped DDT and delivered a Samoan drop to Orton. Fatu dragged Orton to his corner and allowed Sikoa to tag in, isolating the Viper.

    Tonga tagged back in, continuing the offensive before Orton got a brief reprieve with a back body drop. Orton was able to tag in Owens who cleaned house, taking out all three members of The Bloodline before landing a Cannonball and Swanton on Tonga. Owens' pin was broken up by Fatu, who then dragged Tonga to his own corner and tagged himself in.

    Fatu allowed The Bloodline to regain control by isolating Owens from Rhodes and Orton. Between Sikoa, Fatu and Tonga, the heels kept the aggressiveness and punishment of Owens up. As Sikoa went for his next attack, Owens pulled down the top rope to send the new Tribal Chief outside the ring. As Owens crawled to tag in Orton, Tonga Loa interfered and prevented the fresh body from getting in.

    It looked as if Owens would get to tag in Rhodes after a quick counter, but Sikoa tagged in Fatu and the abuse continued. Owens would evade a vicious maneuver from Fatu and finally get the hot tag to Rhodes while Fatu swapped out for Sikoa.

    Rhodes instantly swung things in his team's favor with a Disaster Kick, Cody Cutter and pair of suicide dives. After the second dive, Fatu went after Rhodes but was sent over the barricade into the timekeeper's area.

    After returning to the ring, Rhodes was met with a Sikoa spear for a near-fall. As Rhodes went for a Pedigree, Sikoa reversed and inadvertently took out the referee. Rhodes hit Sikoa with a CrossRhodes, Owens landed a frogsplash and Orton delivered an RKO to Sikoa. Rhodes then cleared off the announce table, looking to truly punish Sikoa. As the trio set up a triple powerbomb, Fatu came to the rescue.

    A chaotic sequence followed, with the referee again getting taken out. Ultimately, Owens would hit a splash on Fatu through the announce table. Back in the ring, Owens tried to take out Tonga, but Loa came to his aid. Orton raced in, hitting two RKOs before Sikoa landed a Samoan Spike. As Rhodes returned and went for his triple CrossRhodes finisher on Sikoa, Fatu took out the Undisputed WWE Champion.

    Assisted by Fatu, Sikoa landed a Samoan Spike on Rhodes and scored the win.

    The Bloodline def. Cody Rhodes, Randy Orton and Kevin Owens by pinfall in 24:40

  • Women's Money in the Bank ladder match — Iyo Sky vs. Lyra Valkyria vs. Tiffany Stratton vs. Naomi vs. Zoey Stark vs. Chelsea Green

    The order of entrances were: Naomi, Zoey Stark, Lyra Valkyria, Tiffany Stratton, Chelsea Green and Iyo Sky. Stratton garnered the biggest reaction from the crowd, even with Green being a Canadian native. Sky was the only entrant to go underneath the decorative ladder set up outside the ring — something LA Knight did during the men's match, which he lost.

    When the bell rang, five of the competitors left the ring to get ladders, leaving Green in the ring by herself. Green set up a ladder but refused to climb it, selling her fear of heights. Green briefly used the ladder as a weapon before being taken out by dropkick from Sky.

    Stratton and Sky went at it in the ring for a brief segment, with Sky emerging victorious. Sky would soon be taken out by Valkyria, who dumped Sky onto a ladder set up in the corner. Valkyria attempted to set up a ladder in the ring after a devastating fisherman's suplex on Sky. As Valkyria struggled with the ladder, Stark struck, landing a missile dropkick and then a fallaway slam onto a ladder.

    Stark went for a springboard maneuver onto a ladder but appeared to miss and hit her head on the ladder. To her credit, she was able to hit the next spot with Naomi. Naomi's spotlight would be short-lived as Stratton immediately jumped into the ring and hit an Alabama slam on the former SmackDown women's champion.

    The momentum would continue for Stratton, as she used a ladder to ascend to the top turnbuckle and land a Swanton to the ring floor, taking out Stark, Naomi and Valkyria.

    Back in the ring, Green, Sky and Valkyria took turns attempting to grab the briefcase. Sky would briefly gain the upper hand by locking Valkyria in a Tree of Woe on the ladder, but Valkyria would somehow pull off a German suplex on Sky.

    Stark, Stratton and Naomi took over the action in the ring, fighting off one another trying to climb a pair of ladders. In one of the most impressive feats in any Money in the Bank match, Naomi had her legs on two separate ladders, performing a split before landing a DDT on Stark.

    Naomi got the Toronto crowd really going by pulling two tables out from underneath the ring, but Green and Stratton formed a brief alliance to take her out and set up the tables for their own use.

    Five of the six women would bring the action back into the ring, setting up four ladders. Vakyria would get her hands on the briefcase, but Stark landed a one-armed powerbomb onto one of the ladders to stop her. Naomi jumped back into the fray, taking out Stark and climbing the ladder, only to be pulled down by Green and get his with an Unpretty-Her onto a ladder.

    Stark and Sky quickly ascended, with both getting their hands on the briefcase. Sky would take out Stark with what looked like a Tombstone from the top of the ladder onto another.

    With no one around, Green climbed the ladder and was on the cusp of winning before Stratton sped up and shoved the Canadian native crashing through the two previously set up tables. Stratton then secured the briefcase and ended the match.

    Tiffany Stratton wins the women's Money in the Bank match in 16:53

  • World Heavyweight Championship match — Damian Priest (c.) vs. Seth Rollins

    Before the match, Priest was shown backstage with his Judgment Day allies. Priest told them that he did not want their help against Rollins or if Drew McIntyre cashed in his newly won Money in the Bank briefcase on him. After Priest left, the camera focused on Finn Balor who ominously said "whatever you want, boss."

    As expected, the crowd was heavily behind Rollins during the entrances and pre-match introductions. The match itself started fast, with both men going for quick finishers and exchanging counters and blows. Priest would look dominant early, while also checking the entrance ramp and selling the threat of McIntyre coming at any time.

    Rollins' first burst of offense cam with a trio of suicide dives to Priest outside the ring, sending the champion over the announce table. During this stretch, Rollins would also call out McIntyre.

    The former champion showed a new wrinkle in his offense, landing a springboard Swanton and moonsault on Priest consecutively. After a pinning combination, Priest hit Rollins with a massive clothesline but couldn't keep up the momentum. Rollins would score a near-fall after an innovative counter, running knee and frogsplash.

    As Rollins attempted to keep up the pace, Priest punched Rollins as he climbed the ropes. Rollins would again counter into a buckle bomb before Priest immediately rallied into a powerbomb of his own for a near-fall.

    Both men would make their way to their feet, exchanging punches and kicks. Ultimately, Rollins would land a Stomp for another near-fall and make this the third match of the night to earn the crowd's favor with "this is awesome" chants.

    As Rollins taunted Priest, the champion recovered and landed a Razor's Edge, shifting things back into his favor. As Priest went for a top-rope maneuver, Rollins would land a Superplex into Falcon's Arrow and score what looked like a winning pinfall. After some confusion, McIntyre made his way down to the ring and cashed in, making the match a triple threat.

    McIntyre quickly gained the upper hand over both men, and as he focused on Priest, CM Punk emerged from the crowd and battered McIntyre, pummeling him with a steel chair and the World Heavyweight Championship.

    Back in the ring, Priest hit McIntyre with a South of Heaven chokeslam to retain his championship.

    Damian Priest def. Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins in 15:46 to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.

  • Trish Stratus introduces John Cena, who announces his retirement plans

    Toronto native Trish Stratus, who was the host of the event, appeared at the top of the ramp after the Zayn-Breakker match and began recounting her WWE accolades before introducing John Cena. It's the first time Cena has appeared in WWE since his cameo in the main event of WrestleMania 40.

    Cena, a 16-time champion, was at Money in the Bank to announce his WWE retirement tour. Wearing a "The Last Time is Now" farewell tour shirt, Cena paid tribute to the Toronto crowd, praising their passion for the wrestling industry.

    The retirement would not take effect immediately, as Cena vowed to appear at several WWE events next year. He promised to appear on Raw when it moves to Netflix and that the Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania events in 2025 will be his last.

  • Intercontinental Championship match — Sami Zayn (c.) vs. Bron Breakker

    Bron Breakker was first to enter, getting a lukewarm reaction from the Toronto crowd which was heavily behind Sami Zayn.

    Breakker started off showing his power advantage, landing a pair of slams and daring Zayn to hit him. The lapse in judgment allowed Zayn to mount some early offense and show off his ring savvy. After sending Breakker outside the ring, the champion landing a springboard moonsault.

    Zayn's offense wouldn't last long as Breakker began his assault with strikes and suplexes. Amid all of it, Breakker taunted the Toronto crowd and then after a near-fall, would do push-ups after Zayn kicked out.

    The ego would backfire, with Zayn quickly gaining the upper hand with a counter, flurry of offense and a tornado DDT. Zayn continued to counter and evade Breakker, sending the challenger outside the ring for a second time. As Zayn went for a moonsault off the barricade, Breakker caught him but was sent into the ringpost by the wily champ.

    As Zayn set up another maneuver on the outside, Breaker countered with a shoulder block and sent Zayn back into the ring. As Breakker set up a spear, Zayn again capitalized, landing a knee and then the Blue Thunder Bomb for a near-fall.

    As the two men battled into a corner and eventually onto the top turnbuckle, Breakker showed off his rare athleticism and hit a FrankenSteiner off the top rope for another near-fall. Zayn rolled out of the ring and Breakker pursued him. After Zayn leapfrogged over a charging breaker, the challenger hit Zayn with a massive, jumping clothesline on Zayn into the announce table.

    Breakker seemed primed for the win, but Zayn reversed a Gorilla Press into an exploder suplex and was lining up the Helluva Kick, but was met with a high knee. Breakker and Zayn would then trade finishers, with Zayn getting the win after a Helluva Kick and the pin.

    Sami Zayn def. Bron Breakker by pinfall in 13:16 to retain the Intercontinental Championship.

  • Men's Money in the Bank ladder match — Carmelo Hayes vs. Jey Uso vs. Andrade vs. Chad Gable vs. LA Knight vs. Drew McIntyre

    The night kicked off with the men's Money in the Bank ladder match, setting up a potential cash-in later on in the night,

    Jey Uso, arguably the biggest babyface in the match, entered first, coming through the Toronto crowd. He was followed by Andrade, who is competing in his biggest match since returning to WWE. LA Knight was next, making a speedy entrance after the crowd erupted. Knight got the biggest reaction when his music hit and as he stood on the top turnbuckle.

    Chad Gable was the 4th to enter, drawing boos and "you suck" chants from the crowd. Carmelo Hayes was the penultimate entrant and the one with the least amount of experience on WWE's main roster, having spent the majority of his career thus far at the top of the NXT card. Drew McIntyre, coming off the main event at Clash at the Castle, was last to enter and sparking "CM Punk" chants from fans.

    Chaos ensued at the beginning of the match, with McIntyre, Hayes, Gable and Andrade quickly being sent outside the ring, setting up a staredown between Uso and Knight. As the two babyfaces stared each other down, Hayes and Gable introduced ladders into the ring before being taken out by high-risk maneuvers.

    McIntyre returned to the ring and utilized the ladder to take out several competitors, allowing him to climb and make the first attempt at ending the match. With McIntyre atop the ladder, Gable pursued and locked McIntyre into an armbar on the ladder. Andrade capitalized with a springboard leg drop and gained the upper hand in the match.

    As Hayes went to take out Andrade, the Lucha Libre star leaped to the middle rope and landed a reverse Spanish fly onto a ladder laid out in the middle of the ring, taking both out of the equation.

    Next, it was Uso's turn to shine, taking down both McIntyre and Gable. As Uso set up a ladder in the corner, Gable recovered to begin a string of German suplexes on four of his five rivals. Gable would then set up a ladder to attempt to win the match before Knight intervened.

    Knight turned his attention outside the ring to Hayes, setting up a ladder between the ring and the announce table. Knight went for a massive powerbomb, but Hayes countered into one his his signature moves, "First 48," drawing "this is awesome" chants early in the evening.

    As Hayes climbed to retrieve the briefcase, Gable locked the former NXT champion in an ankle lock. A resurgent McIntyre would take out Gable and Andrade before falling victim to an allied Knight and Uso. With McIntyre out, Uso and Knight ascended the ladder to grab the briefcase. As the two traded blows, Hayes exploded back into the match, tipping the ladder and landing several high-risk moves to take out Uso, Knight and Gable.

    Andrade emerged to halt Hayes, and the two climbed to the top of a ladder set up in the middle of the ring. The climax of the exchange came where Andrade landed a sunset flip from the top of the ladder onto another.

    Knight and Gable were next to go toe-to-toe. Gable would land a major move with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex onto a ladder set up earlier outside the ring. Gable had a clear path to victory, but as he grabbed the briefcase, Uso removed the ladder and left Gable swinging. A spear would set Uso up for a near-win, but McIntyre launched a ladder at him and climbed up to obtain the briefcase himself.

    Drew McIntyre wins the Money in the Bank ladder match in 17:10

  • Trish Stratus, Zoey Stark and a bit of foreshadowing

    During the pre-show for Money in the Bank, WWE showed arrivals for several of the stars competing on Saturday night. As Zoey Stark — competing in the women's Money in the Bank ladder match — entered, she crossed paths with WWE legend, and event host Trish Stratus.

    Stratus and Stark were aligned last year during Stratus' program with Becky Lynch. The split ultimately occurred after a cage match between Lynch and Stratus last fall. If Stratus gets involved in the MITB match, expect a showdown between the two as early as SummerSlam

  • The full Money in the Bank card

    With less than an hour before Money in the Bank kicks off, here is the full card (along with WWE's promotional graphics).

  • Money in the Bank predictions

    Men's Money in the Bank ladder match — Carmelo Hayes vs. Jey Uso vs. Andrade vs. Chad Gable vs. LA Knight vs. Drew McIntyre – This match’s participants can essentially be broken up into two groups, contenders and pretenders (in the sense that they can actually be booked to win). Hayes, Andrade and Gable are incredible competitors and the latter two were both top champions in NXT, but you’d have to twist yourself into a pretzel to put them into the championship picture right now. That leaves us with Uso, Knight and McIntyre. Uso is a top babyface right now and you could argue he’ll never get hotter so why not cash in (pun intended), Knight will always be a fan favorite and can make anything work at any time I believe and McIntyre was screwed by the MITB briefcase at WrestleMania and then again at Clash at the Castle last month. Ultimately, with CM Punk looming again potentially over McIntyre, I think Uso walks out with the contract. Prediction: Jey Uso wins the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match

    Women's Money in the Bank ladder match — Iyo Sky vs. Lyra Valkyria vs. Tiffany Stratton vs. Naomi vs. Zoey Stark vs. Chelsea Green – Unlike the men, the women’s side feels a little more wide open, with a case that could be made for any of the competitors. That said, Sky, Stratton and Naomi have all lost to Bayley during her recent title reign and it doesn’t quite feel like Stark or Valkyria are at that main-event level just yet. That leaves us with Green, who’s more often than not a comedy act. Green winning would be a complete stunner (in a good way) and potentially lay the groundwork for the first-ever failed women’s cash-in. Prediction: Chelsea Green wins the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match

    World Heavyweight Championship match — Damian Priest (c.) vs. Seth Rollins (If Rollins loses, he can never challenge Priest again for the title. If Priest loses, he must leave the Judgment Day) – The timing of when this match takes place will be important, as the men’s MITB winner could look to strike, especially if it is McIntyre. I don’t think either stipulation will be a cause for concern in long-term storytelling as I see Priest winning against Rollins and potentially getting cashed-in on right away. Prediction: Damian Priest retains his World Heavyweight Championship

    Intercontinental Championship match — Sami Zayn (c.) vs. Bron Breakker – A major clash of styles here should result in one of the more unique matches on the card. Zayn is a great Intercontinental Champion, but it does feel like Breakker’s momentum could carry him to a victory here. If not, Zayn could utilize his experience to gain an upper hand and win here, setting up a rematch at SummerSlam. I was wrong in predicting Zayn to drop the belt to Gable at Clash at the Castle, but I’m going to bet against him again. Prediction: Bron Breakker wins the Intercontinental Championship

    Cody Rhodes, Kevin Owens and Randy Orton vs. The Bloodline – What inning are we in? The Bloodline story continues to deliver on a weekly basis, and it has completely transformed under the guidance of Solo Sikoa. That said, I think we’re heading for split storylines coming out of this match. WWE and Orton have been dropping subtle hints about a potential challenge to Rhodes for the Undisputed WWE Championship, so win or lose, I think (hope) we’re getting that at SummerSlam. As far as the Bloodline goes, we’re on a collision course for a Roman Reigns return and potential reuniting with the Usos for yet another civil war. It may not happen as soon as next month at SummerSlam, but I think we’ll take another step toward that at Money in the Bank. Prediction: The Bloodline wins