At WWE’s Money in the Bank Premium Live Event, Liv Morgan shocked fans by firstly winning the women’s Money in the Bank briefcase and then cashing it in on Ronda Rousey in the same night.
There was an outpouring of love and support for Liv from both fans and fellow wrestlers following her SmackDown Women’s Championship win. It was a surprising decision for many as the new champion became the first woman who isn’t part of WWE’s four horsewomen to ever defeat Rousey.
Many felt like giving the title to Morgan was a refreshing change from WWE’s usual championship contenders and a potential reason for this may have been revealed. This report comes from Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter who states that the sudden walkouts of Sasha Banks and Naomi left a sizeable hole in WWE’s female roster on SmackDown which Liv was chosen to fill.
“Part of the reason, if not the key reason, for the recent push of Morgan was the walking out of Banks and Naomi. When they left, the idea was that Smackdown needed a new top tier woman babyface and Morgan was the one who got the pick of the draw.”– Dave Meltzer
This could go a long way in relieving some fans’ fear over Morgan as champion. Some don’t have trust in the company to fully get behind Liv when Ronda, Charlotte and more are likely to be chasing the gold again soon but since Liv has filled the ‘top babyface’ role, perhaps her time in the main event could last longer than expected.