WWE star Austin Theory had an absolute nightmare on Raw this week for failing to cash out his money in the bank briefcase in a baffling fashion.
The former United States champion tried to use his coveted briefcase – and the contract in it – to recapture the title, despite Money In The Bank winners historically using the prize to get a shot at a world championship.
However, he saw an opening after Lashley burst out towards the end of Monday night’s episode, first attacking Seth Rollins for his scheduled open challenge for the US title.
The All Mighty decimated the Visionary – who seems to be re-embracing his fan favorite status – and assaulted him ringside before official Adam Pearce led him backstage with the help of security.
When the open challenge was seemingly called off, Theory’s music kicked in and he came out to cash in on the briefcase.
Rollins kicked out a few pinfall attempts and tried to fight back bravely, but Theory – who even hit a pedigree, featuring Seth from his own mentor Triple H – to no avail.
Just when it looked like he’d done enough to get the job done with his own last move, Lashley reappeared and dragged the referee out of the ring.
Now that the ref was gone, Bobby—who suffered a fluke against Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel last weekend—defeated Theory and left more havoc in his path.
The now former Money In The Bank holder returned to the ring but was met by a huge Stomp from Rollins, which was enough to secure the win and keep his gold.
Fans were stunned by the series of events, starting with Theory choosing to cash in on the United States title rather than the more prestigious Undisputed WWE Universal Championship as he had until next summer to do so.
The fact that he still lost also raises a lot of questions about his standing in the company under Triple H’s regime, as his stock appears to have fallen significantly following Vince McMahon’s retirement.
WWE Raw airs Monday night at 1 a.m. on BT Sport 1.
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