AJ Styles Returns, Qualifies for Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Men Money in the Bank 2020 Ladder Match

AJ Styles made his return to WWE RAW this week and won the Last Chance Gauntlet match to qualify for Money in the Bank Ladder match.

Two weeks back, Apollo Crews qualified for the men’s MITB Ladder match after defeating MVP. However, he was involved in a match against Andrade last week and got injured(kayfabe). After he was pulled from the match, WWE announced a Gauntlet match to find his replacement.

The match started with Bobby Lashley and Titus O’ Niel, where Lashley made short work of Titus and eliminated him in under 2 minutes. Akira Tozawa entered next and suffered the same fate. Humberto Carrillo then entered the match and made some good strides.

Lashley was later disqualified by the referee after he refused to let go off Carrillo in the corner. Lashley went on to hit Carrillo with a spear regardless of being eliminated and left him worse.

Angel Garza then entered the match and worked on an already fatigued Carrillo. However, Carrillo had the last laugh against his cousin as he rolled him up for a win. Austin Theory suffered the same fate when Carrillo countered a submission move to a pin attempt.

AJ Styles was the last man to enter the match. Styles started working on Carrillo’s leg to set up for his Calf Crusher finisher. After some back and forth action, Styles countered the Flatliner into Calf Crusher to get the submission and enter in his first Money in the Bank Ladder match.

This was Styles’ first appearance since his loss to The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Post-match, Styles played down that loss saying that a Boneyard match does not have any rules.

WWE Money in the Bank 2020 PPV is scheduled for 10 May 2020. The confirmed match card for the show is as below:

  • Drew McIntyre(c) vs Seth Rollins – WWE Championship Match
  • Braun Strowman(c) vs Bray Wyatt – WWE Universal Championship Match
  • Bayley(c) vs Tamina – WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
  • New Day(c) vs The Forgotten Sons vs The Miz and John Morrison vs Lucha House Party – Fatal 4 Way Match, WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Match – Daniel Bryan vs Aleister Black vs Rey Mysterio vs Baron Corbin vs Otis vs Winner of Gauntlet Match
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Match – Asuka vs Shayna Baszler vs Nia Jax vs Dana Brooke vs Lacey Evans vs Carmella/Mandy Rose