John Cena will return later tonight. Becky Lynch, Shayna Baszler, Xia Li, Tamina, Doudrop, and Nikki A.S.H. will participate in a Money in the Bank Last Chance Elimination Match. The Alpha Academy will also battle Bobby Lashley in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match with Theory as a special guest enforcer.
United States Champion Theory walks up to Cena and gets in his face. Theory says Cena should already know who he is. He’s here every week holding it down. He’s the youngest United States Champion in WWE history at 24. At 24, Cena wasn’t even in WWE. Theory says he’s one-upped Cena and goes for a selfie, but Cena walks off.
2-on-1 Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Alpha Academy (Chad Gable and Otis)
Special Enforcer: Theory
Bobby Lashley starts against Otis. Lashley cannot shoulder block Otis down, so he kicks him in the knees. Lashley signals for a suplex, but Theory jumps on the apron. Lashley shoves Otis away and swings at Theory. Theory avoids him. Lashley walks into a somersault bomb off the apron from Gable. Otis then hits a big splash.
We come back from the break to see Lashley make a comeback against Gable. Lashley goes for a superplex, but Otis blind tags in and powerbombs him. Gable hits a top rope moonsault, and Otis covers for a near fall. Otis avalanches Lashley and sets up for a Vader Bomb, but Lashley attacks. Lashley has Otis up in the electric chair and hits an electric chair drop! Unreal! Gable jumps into a Hurt Lock and submits!
Winner by Submission: Bobby Lashley
Theory immediately chop blocks Lashley. Theory attacks him, but Lashley makes a comeback. Lashley hits Otis with a flatliner and gives Gable a Spear. Theory escapes before Lashley can attack. The crowd was chanting for John Cena.
WWE United States Champion Theory makes his way to the ring.
Replays are shown of Theory attacking Bobby Lashley after losing a pose-down last week.
WWE United States Champion Theory is standing on a platform in the center of the ring. Theory showed the world his physique and proved that “The All Mighty” Bobby Lashley cannot touch him. No one can. At this point in his career, he’s better than Lashley has ever been. Theory shouts at the crowd. Next year is a 20-year celebration of John Cena, but his time is up and Theory’s time is now.
Some people might think that’s unfair to say about Cena, but what’s really unfair was his pose-down loss last week. There are poses he didn’t get to do. Tonight, all the losers in the crowd will see his poses in the Invitational Theory Pose-Down. Theory starts to pose. Bobby Lashley gets in the ring, but Theory has no idea. Theory thinks the crowd is cheering for him. Theory takes a selfie and notices Lashley behind him. Theory turns around, and Lashley squeezes baby oil in his face. Lashley then spears him off the platform! Lashley says he’s coming for the United States Championship. Theory is irate.
Theory is wiping his face backstage when Kevin Patrick comes up to him. Theory asks where the interviewers come from. Theory says Bobby Lashley will have to compete in a Gauntlet Match. If he wins, Theory will defend the WWE United States Championship against him at Money in the Bank.
Gauntlet Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Chad Gable w/ Otis
Bobby Lashley will have to survive this Gauntlet to get a shot against Theory for the United States Championship at Money in the Bank.
They lock up, and Gable goes for a waistlock. Lashley gets out and wrenches the arm. Lashley hooks a side headlock and hits a takeover. Gable fights up, but Lashley hits a wild waistlock takeover. Gable fights out of a front facelock and wrenches the arm. Lashley twists out and twists Gable. Gable rolls out and kips up before uppercutting him. Gable shushes Lashley, so Lashley hits a neckbreaker. Lashley hits a shoulder tackle before hitting a single-leg takedown. Lashley then shushes Gable. Lashley puts Gable on the apron and forearms him down to the floor. Lashley throws Gable into the barricade and pats the ring post. Lashley puts Gable on his shoulders and drives him headfirst into the ring post.
Gable somehow gets on the apron, so Lashley hits a delayed vertical suplex back into the ring. Lashley held Gable up for a LONG time. That was awesome. Lashley sets up for a Spear, but Gable hits a drop-toe-hold and applies an Ankle Lock! Lashley fights out, but Gable quickly takes him down, scales the ropes, and hits a moonsault for a near fall. Gable goes for a German Suplex, but Lashley fights it. Lashley hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and goes for a Hurt Lock, but Gable gets out. Gable rolls, but Lashley catches him in the Hurt Lock for the submission victory.
Bobby Lashley eliminates Chad Gable via Submission
Bobby Lashley vs. Otis
Otis immediately attacks Lashley from behind and stomps away at him. Otis stands on him. Lashley rolls out of the ring to recover, so Otis follows him out. Otis kicks Lashley in the ribs and sends him into the barricade. Otis sends him into the ring post a few times and gets in the ring for a count-out before thinking better of it. Otis knees Lashley in the face before backing up. Otis hits a big splash on the floor.
We come back from the break to see Otis dominating Lashley. Lashley fights up, but Otis rolls under a clothesline. Otis flattens him with a diving clothesline for a near fall. Otis drops an elbow and taunts the crowd. Otis clubs Lashley with his bear paws before hitting a short-arm clothesline. Otis goes to the second rope for a Vader Bomb, but Lashley moves. Otis rolls under another clothesline, but Lashley comes back with a flatliner. Lashley goes for a Hurt Lock, but Otis is too big. Otis elbows him, but Lashley keeps trying. Otis viciously elbows out of it. Lashley avoids an avalanche and spears him down. Lashley covers, but Gable breaks it up for the disqualification.
Otis has been eliminated by Bobby Lashley via Disqualification.
Alpha Academy destroys Lashley, sending him into the ring post. Gable hits a German Suplex, and Otis follows up with a big splash.
Bobby Lashley’s final gauntlet opponent will be United States Champion Theory.
Bobby Lashley vs. United States Champion Theory
Theory attacks Lashley and punches away at him. Theory stomps him down in the corner until the referee backs him up. Lashley fights back at Theory, but Theory kicks him. Lashley goes for a slam, but Theory slides off onto the apron. Theory connects with a rolling thunder dropkick. Theory goes for the A-Town Down, but Lashley counters into a roll-up for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Bobby Lashley
Theory is irate. He will defend the United States Championship against Bobby Lashley at WWE Money in the Bank.
Bobby Lashley and WWE United States Champion Theory will have a Pose-Down later tonight.
Theory talks about beating Bobby Lashley in a pose-down that’s happening later tonight. Theory says he’s the best investment Mr. McMahon has ever made. In 20 years, his celebrations will surpass John Cena’s.
Theory makes his entrance.
WWE Official Adam Pearce is in the ring with Theory. This is the inaugural Theory Pose-Down. Pearce introduces Theory, who taunts the crowd. Theory is wearing a wireless microphone. Pearce then introduces Bobby Lashley.
Pearce says the winner will be decided by the WWE Universe. Theory says the rules were botched. This is his pose-down. Pearce orders Theory to get on the platform and pose. Theory does a double bicep, followed by a side chest, and ends with the most muscular. Lashley chuckles and politely claps. Theory continues to pose, so Lashley says he’s going to embarrass him here and then kick his ass in the ring. Lashley is going to take the title from him.
Lashley gets on the platform and shows off his impressive physique. The crowd oohs and aahs. Pearce asks the crowd is Theory won, but Theory shouts at them. They loudly boo him. Lashley gets the most cheers. Pearce declares Lashley the winner. Theory squeezes baby oil into Lashley’s face and dropkicks him out of the ring. Theory poses to end the show.
Bobby Lashley is in the ring, and the crowd is chanting his name. Lashley says it didn’t need to end this way with MVP. For a long time, he considered MVP to be his family. At Hell in a Cell, they had every advantage against him, but he overcame it. You never say anything when your enemies make a mistake. The biggest mistake MVP made was stabbing him in the back. It felt damn good to put MVP in the Hurt Lock. Now that he has MVP and Omos in his rearview mirror, Lashley was thinking about what is next.
WWE United States Champion Theory comes out. Theory doesn’t know what authority allowed Lashley to come out and steal his spotlight, but this is his time. Theory deserves the spotlight, not Lashley. Lashley is only out here because someone helped him win his match. Theory is out here because he won his match all by himself. Theory gets in the ring and tells Lashley to get out of “his ring.” Theory says he wants a selfie first. Lashley says this ring belongs to him and they can settle this like gentlemen. Theory says they can have a match, but first, he can check out his bicep. Theory poses, so Lashley flexes his enormous bicep. Lashley says if Theory is so confident he can beat him, he can put the United States Title on the line. Theory says Lashley doesn’t deserve a title match. Sure, he’s beaten Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre, and Randy Orton, but he hasn’t beaten Mr. McMahon’s protege, the youngest United States Champion in WWE history. Theory goes to take a selfie, so Lashley boots him out of the ring. Lashley tells him to take a walk.
Mustafa Ali vs. Ciampa – If Ali wins, he earns a future WWE United States championship match
The bell rings and we are under way. Theory is on commentary. A chop to the chest by Ali. Ciampa to the ropes and Ciampa with a shoulder block. Ali on his feet and Ciampa with a knee to the face. He goes for the cover but Ali kicks out. A chin lock by Ciampa in the middle of the ring. Ali gets out of it but Ciampa with a clothesline. Ciampa climbs the second rope and hits him with an elbow. He goes for the cover but Ali kicks out. Ciampa goes for a clothesline but Ali moves out of the way and he hits Ciampa with a clothesline. A boot to the face by Ali and Ciampa to the outside. Ali with a suicide dive. Ali climbs the top rope as Theory trips him up.
Winner: By disqualification, Ali
Theory throws Ali into the ring steps after the match. Theory tells him they’ll have their United States title match right now.
WWE United States Championship – Theory (c) vs. Ali
Back from commercial, Theory slams Ali face first into the turnbuckle. Ali kicks Theory away and hits him with a jumping DDT. Ali climbs the second rope but Theory hits him with the A-Town Down. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Still WWE United States Champion, Theory
Adam Pearce walks down and tells Theory that while Mr. McMahon appreciated what he did, at Hell in a Cell, it will be Theory against Ali in a United States Championship match.
Kevin is backstage with Ali as Ali tells him he is hurting but all this pain he is feeling, he will make sure it is worth it. He has been through hell and back to earn this opportunity. He doesn’t stay down, he gets back up. And at Hell in a Cell, he won’t stay down. He is walking out of his home town of Chicago as the new United States Champion. Theory hits him from behind and takes a selfie.