For all his battles with authority figures over the past year, Kevin Owens has gotten good at playing the game: After complaining to Stephanie McMahon over the outcome of his Intercontinental Title Match, Owens got himself added to a Triple Threat Money in the Bank qualifier as a replacement for Jinder Mahal, who had been taken out of the running after a still-fuming Roman Reigns Speared him through a wall.
Not only did Owens maneuver his way into another opportunity, he made good on it, though he once again owes a thank-you to his guardian angel. Bobby Lashley had seized control down the stretch and was seemingly headed for victory at the expense of the bout’s overwhelming sentimental favorite, Elias. That’s when Sami Zayn made his move, hauling Lashley out of the pinfall position and blasting him with a Helluva Kick over the barricade. Owens took care of the rest, pancaking Elias with a Frog Splash to earn the victory.
What becomes of Roman Reigns and Jinder Mahal now (to say nothing of Lashley and Zayn) is anybody’s guess, but for the night’s big winner, the way forward is clear: Climb, Owens, climb.