After a historic WWE Money in the Bank event that involved two attempted murders and a surprise victory by Otis, the real winner of the night, by far, was Braun Strowman. “The Monster Among Men” is coming off of a huge victory over Bray Wyatt, and his big title defense will undoubtedly create huge repercussions moving forward.
Winning the Money in the Bank contract is usually a huge opportunity for the winner of the ladder match, but for Otis, this will not be the case — at least, not yet. On the other hand, Braun Strowman defeating “The Fiend” has set the precedent for his title reign, his character, and the futures of both Otis and Bray Wyatt.
Braun’s win over Bray Wyatt opens the door for a long and healthy title reign. After beating Wyatt at his own game, it’s very likely this feud will continue, especially considering that Braun defeated “Bray Wyatt” and not “The Fiend” at Money in the Bank. With the sheep mask and Strowman’s past association with The Wyatt Family coming into play, this storyline is just getting started. However, it’s doubtful that Braun will drop the title to either incarnation of Bray Wyatt because of Vince’s theory on “The Fiend” that the character doesn’t need the title. Braun will be locked in as Universal Champion as long as his feud with Wyatt continues, which puts Otis’ status as Mr. Money in the Bank in question.
Otis may have won the Money in the Bank contract, but he’s not taking the belt off of the shoulder of Braun Strowman. Otis isn’t going to play any role in Braun’s feud with “The Fiend,” and, in all honesty, that’s a good thing. Otis isn’t ready to be a World Champion and would certainly get destroyed if he were to cash in on “The Monster.” Otis needs more time to build his brand, especially considering he has been used mostly as a comedic character. He could always challenge another opponent, but, Braun should be safe from any surprise cash-in attempt no matter what.
With Otis likely to hold onto the Money in the Bank contract for the foreseeable future and Bray Wyatt unlikely to reclaim his title, Braun’s title reign may be long lived. However, Strowman’s recent title defense didn’t just save his belt, it also lit a fire inside his stagnant character. Using his wits to defeat Wyatt actually unlocked a side of Braun that the WWE Universe has never seen before. Known mostly for his brute strength, Braun just added another layer to his character which may play further into his feud with “The Fiend.”
In addition to his key victories over Wyatt and WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg, this win helps cement Braun Strowman as a top star in WWE. Defeating WWE Legend Goldberg was big enough for his career, but retaining the title over SmackDown‘s top villain, Bray Wyatt, finally freed Strowman of his past association with The Wyatt Family. Strowman is now his own man and has fully emerged out of the shadow of his former leader.
For SmackDown, Braun Strowman’s position as the brand’s top superstar is set in stone for the months ahead, but that may not be so great for the rest of the SmackDown roster. Strowman will likely square off against Bray Wyatt’s “Fiend” persona as their feud continues, but losing to Braun may damage The Fiend’s character even further. Without The Fiend as the top challenger to Braun, someone else on SmackDown will need to step up to pose a legitimate threat to the WWE Universal Champion, but the roster is a little light on strong contenders at the moment.
The WWE Universe may soon see new SmackDown Superstars receive a major push, or WWE could orchestrate a surprise return to try to match the physicality of the “Monster Among Men.” Unfortunately, it will be awhile before Otis is World Title ready, and, hopefully, WWE won’t waste another cash-in by rushing his challenge too soon. If it does, it’s painfully obvious that Otis will get a lot more than just a title shot — he’ll “get these hands” as well.
Otis may have won the Money in the Bank contract, but the real winner may actually be Braun Strowman after a huge title defense against The Fiend.