This week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown saw WWE make just two additions to the men’s and women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches scheduled for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view on Sun., July 18, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas.
On the men’s side, Big E defeated Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews in yet another match between the two. So while he failed to regain that title, he does earn the right to wrestle a contract that will give him a guaranteed match for an even more important title.
Elsewhere, Sonya Deville just came right out and announced that Carmella would be joining the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match. Unlike the four women on the Raw side, she had to do nothing to earn it, although they were sure to remind everyone she is a two-time winner, perhaps banking on that being explanation enough for her inclusion.
Liv Morgan promptly defeated her in a singles match designed to showcase her skills so that she, too, could get into the match. They didn’t announce whether that was enough to do so, however.
The updated men’s Money in the Bank ladder match participants: Riddle, Ricochet, John Morrison, Big E
The updated women’s Money in the Bank ladder match participants: Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Asuka, Naomi, Carmella