PW Daily Report (5/8): Full Steam Towards Money in the Bank, Rich Swann Returning to PPV, Rousey on Shark Week, More

Last night’s WWE RAW was full steam ahead to Money in the Bank, as if the company knew exactly how bad their Backlash pay-per-view was this past weekend and needed a reason to never talk about it again. Good choice.

This year’s Money in the Bank takes place from Chicago for the first time since 2011, when CM Punk defeated John Cena in one of the hottest angles in wrestling history. NXT Takeover runs the night before, so the Allstate Arena will be expecting even more than usual. They’ll see two Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, one for the men and one for the women, each with eight superstars representing both RAW and Smackdown.

Braun Strowman was the first name to qualify for the men’s bout, followed by Finn Balor later in the night. Ember Moon picked up a really solid victory as the first woman to advance to this year’s MITB match, which she’ll be participating in for the first time. We’ll see a whole host of names qualify on WWE Smackdown Live tonight as well, with at least three big matches planned.

They may be building a program between Roman Reigns and Jinder Mahal; lord knows how that’s going to be received in the Windy City. It’s not a good sign already that Brock Lesnar reportedly won’t be working the show, so that makes two months without a title defense, and their biggest star won’t be present in a market where they really should be pulling out all the stops.

We’re apparently going to be getting the first ever Tag Team MITB Ladder Match, although there’s been some conflicting reports and speculation on that.

Major News StoriesWho is Nikki Bella living with after recent breakup?Rich Swann will be working with IMPACT WrestlingThe latest update on Jason Jordan’s return to TVPROGRESS will be touring the United States soon!Ronda Rousey Misses RAW for Shark WeekBest of the Super Juniors 2018

NJPW has announced the brackets and all 16 competitors for this year’s Best of the Super Juniors. Making their debuts are Ring of Honor’s high-flying sensation Flip Gordon, 18-year veteran Chris Sabin, junior heavyweight tag team Sho and Yoh, and Bullet Club’s newest member “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori.

The tournament kicks off May 18th with four matches from each bracket taking place at each show. The winner of this year’s BOSJ will likely face IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay at the upcoming NJPW Dominion event on June 9th. Here’s a list of some of the big matches I’m personally looking forward to the most:

Will Ospreay vs. Taiji Ishimori (5/18)Kushida vs. Chris Sabin (5/19)Hiromu Takahashi vs. Marty Scurll (5/19)Kushida vs. Marty Scurll (5/22)Flip Gordon vs. Taiji Ishimori (5/24)Dragon Lee vs. Hiromu Takahashi (5/25)Will Ospreay vs. Bushi (5/26)Chris Sabin vs. Dragon Lee (5/27)Flip Gordon vs. Bushi (5/31)Kushida vs. Dragon Lee (6/2)Flip Gordon vs. Will Ospreay (6/3)Kushida vs. Hiromu Takahashi (6/3)ResultsWWE Backlash (5/6)WWE RAW (5/7)

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