Austin Theory cashes in Money in the Bank for U.S. Title match on WWE Raw, loses to Seth Rollins

Originally published at Austin Theory cashes in Money in the Bank for U.S. Title match on WWE Raw, loses to Seth Rollins

Austin Theory no longer in possession of Money in the Bank.

WWE United States Champion Seth Rollins hosted an open challenge on tonight’s Raw after his first one was put on hold due to the ongoing rivalry between The O.C. and The Judgment Day.

In the main event, Rollins awaited his next opponent and Mustafa Ali popped up on the titantron. Ali was then taken out by Bobby Lashley, who Rollins defeated for the title after Brock Lesnar took Lashley out.

Lashley ambushed Rollins before the match started and ended up putting him through an announce table. Mr. Money in the Bank Austin Theory made his way to the ringside area and cashed in his contract. After multiple finishing maneuvers, Theory was not able to put Rollins away but he made one more attempt and that potential three count was stopped by Lashley.

Lashley beat down Theory on the outside which led to the referee starting his ten count. Theory was able to beat the count but was met with a ‘Curb Stomp’ when he got back in the ring and Rollins retained his title.

HE'S CASHING IN! HE'S CASHING IN! HE'S CASHING IN!@_Theory1 is cashing in his #MITB contract right now on #WWERaw!!!!!

— WWE (@WWE) November 8, 2022

Will @_Theory1 successfully cash in his #MITB contract against @WWERollins right now on #WWERaw to become the NEW #USChampion?

— WWE (@WWE) November 8, 2022

Looks like @fightbobby wasn't done just yet!!!#WWERaw

— WWE (@WWE) November 8, 2022

Theory had been in possession of the Money in the Bank briefcase since winning it at the Money in the Bank event over the summer. Before NXT Halloween Havoc, Theory appeared on NXT TV and teased cashing in for the NXT Championship.

You can certainly question the storyline logic of why Theory would cash-in last night on the US championship. And the booking logic for why have him fail.

But as someone who is not really a fan of Theory I loved that he failed to cash in on a secondary belt. It feels appropriate for the level of talent I think he actually is.

I still think he has lots of room for improvement and might be best used in a group or in a tag-team. He was part of The Way in NXT. Maybe the best way for him to improve should be to put him in a tag-team with Gargano.

I like that idea a lot because it’s clear that Gargano is going to struggle to get over on the main roster. The crowd has been completely dead for him the past few weeks.

I just don’t see Gargano excelling in a singles role on the main roster. Tag team definitely. Maybe even re-form DIY. But his current run has been brutal

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