The Good, The Bad and The NXT: WWE's weekly winners and losers
By Phillipa Hopwood
Last Updated: 17/05/18 10:26am
Bobby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura had good weeks in WWE, but Finn Balor and Big Cass did not fare so well.
WWE superstars made the trip over to the United Kingdom to present Raw and SmackDown Live on British soil this week - and several stars stood out as the build-up to this year's Money in the Bank pay-per-view continued.
Bobby Roode (Raw)
Bobby Roode has made quite the impact since moving over to Monday nights as part of the Superstar Shakeup. The former United States champion pulled off an impressive victory this week in a triple threat match that also included Baron Corbin and No Way Jose, to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match for the first time.
Roode has been a standout star on the main roster over the past few months and could easily be considered a sleeper in this year's Money in the Bank contract match.
Shinsuke Nakamura (SmackDown)
Shinsuke Nakamura has faced AJ Styles for the WWE championship three times over the past month and has walked away empty-handed each time.
At Money in the Bank, the former friends collide once again but this week on SmackDown, the King of Strong Style ensured that he had an advantage when he defeated Styles in a match where the winner would determine the stipulation of their Championship showdown.
It will be interesting to see which stipulation he chooses since it's hard to imagine that AJ Styles has a weakness, but this could lead to a new WWE champion being crowned at the upcoming pay-per-view event.
Lacey Evans (NXT)
The women's division is wide open on NXT right now after the departure of The IIconics and Ember Moon, and Lacey Evans is taking full advantage of that. The former marine has definitely made an impact over the past few months and if she continues down this route then she could be handed a title match in the near future.
This week on NXT, Evans debuted her new finisher called "The Women's Right" as she defeated Brandi Lauren before she was attacked by Kairi Sane. This could be the beginning of a career-defining feud for both Evans and Sane and it'll definitely be one that will set the NXT women's division alight.
Finn Balor (Raw)
Finn Balor was in the Intercontinental title picture a few weeks ago, but now he's floating around the mid-card and this week found himself in a tag-team match with Braun Strowman against Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler.
It was a match that wasn't going to have a real winner since both teams have been on a high as of late, but it was McIntyre and Ziggler who were able to pick up the win when they isolated and pinned Balor.
If Strowman has any anger following this loss then Balor could have many more problems in his future, since this was the first real loss Strowman has felt in months.
Big Cass only made his return to WWE a few weeks ago and it's being reported that he has already managed to get on the wrong side of some of the officials backstage, which could be why he was not only defeated at Backlash by Daniel Bryan but also humiliated by the former world champion this week on SmackDown.
According to the rumours, Cass failed to follow a direct order a few weeks ago which has now put him in a position where he has a lot of backstage heat.
Since Cass has only recently returned and has a Money in the Bank qualifying match against Samoa Joe to look forward to next week, there could be another few bad weeks ahead for the seven-foot star.
The Undisputed Era (NXT)
The Undisputed Era managed to forge the team of Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch based on their mutual dislike of the trio and it appears that their plan failed when they were defeated in tag team action this week.
It was Kyle O'Reilly who took the pin off a wheelbarrow DDT, but the altercation between Roderick Strong and his fellow tag team champion was their entire undoing.
The team currently holds three championships between them, but Burch and Lorcan definitely have their numbers now and they could be coming for those belts in the coming weeks.