With the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match less than two weeks away, two of SmackDown LIVE’s four representatives in the contest — Ali and Andrade — looked to make a statement at the other’s expense in a one-on-one contest.
Prior to the match, Andrade boldly declared that Ali would be lucky to even make it to the Money in the Bank event after their battle. With both wanting to gain a victory and a psychological advantage heading into the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, the two Superstars went full force, but neither could claim a victory thanks to Randy Orton.
Without warning, The Viper slid into the ring and blindsided both Ali and Andrade. After Zelina Vega grabbed Andrade’s leg to prevent Orton from dropping him with a DDT, however, Ali and Andrade both got their licks in on The Viper. Ali avoided an RKO and hit Orton with several stinging blows, but Ali and Andrade were each leveled with ring-rattling RKOs by The Apex Predator (Orton lifted Ali into the air and caught him with an RKO on the way down, and Andrade felt the same move when he launched himself off the top rope at Orton). After taking out the pair, Orton eyed the Money in the Bank briefcase — a prize he very conceivably could obtain if he once again rains down RKOs at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.