History will be made, as five women compete to become the first winner of a female-only ‘Money in the Bank’ ladder match. Six men battle for their own briefcase, giving them a world title opportunity at any time of their choosing, whilst Randy Orton looks to reclaim his WWE Championship from Jinder Mahal…
Carmella (with James Ellsworth)
Women’s Money in the Bank 2017
Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso (“The Uso’s”) (C)
Big E & Kofi Kingston (with Xavier Woods, “The New Day”)
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
(Winners via count out: The New Day)
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
(Winner via submission: Naomi)
Jinder Mahal (C) (with the Singh Brothers)
(Winner via pinfall: Jinder Mahal)
Fandango & Tyler Breeze (“The Fashion Police”)
Konnor & Viktor (“The Ascension”)
(Winners via pinfall: The Fashion Police)
Money in the Bank 2017
(Winner: Baron Corbin)
When Money in the Bank 2017 began, I don’t think anyone expected it to be a controversial show, but then James Ellsworth retrieved the briefcase for Carmella, and from that point on it was a social media shit storm which saw five out of the six matches end in some manner of controversy (if you include the attack on Nakamura). For me, that’s good story progression, and I believe the crowd agreed too, but those watching at home were not impressed.
I’ll write about the implications of the finish to the first ever Women’s Money In The Bank match another time, but I will say this: perfect way to put heat on Carmella. The match itself was about as risky as I expected from this group, which is to say it didn’t take a lot of risks at all, but all of the women who took ladder bumps are to be commended. Hopefully, we’ll see more women-only ladder matches in the future.
Naomi can’t work, I’ve said that before. That the attention was on how green Lana is turned out to be ridiculous, as the Ravishing Russian did almost all the work in this match and showed an aggressive side many likely didn’t expect. Lana needs to tone down the screaming though, as that has no place in women’s wrestling in 2017. Nice ring gear too!
The WWE Championship match between Mahal and Orton was a lot smoother than their bout a month ago. Orion ate the pin yet again, but he was protected through distraction one more. If they want to give Mahal the rub, I really wish they’d just bite the bullet and have him go over Orton clean, as it doesn’t cement him as a champion if we know that he’s not better than Orton every time.
The final match, the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match, was a superb contest that saw some crazy bumps, but also just some good wrestling. Along with stalwarts such as Dolph Ziggler, we got to see fresh faces in the match up too, and the staredown between Nakamura and AJ Styles was a “holy shit” moment that even WWE‘s fans got into. It was the right call putting the briefcase on Corbin, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for Sami Zayn to cause an upset.
A good show that will get a lot of hate from people who don’t like story-progressing finishes. They’ll claim WWE have lost their minds, all their direction, and so on. Those complainers should check out anything from the Attitude-Era, which is considered the greatest period in wrestling, but rarely ever seemed to see a clean finish ever. The next few weeks of WWE Smackdown Live should be interested.
Match of the Night
Styles vs. Owens vs. Zayn vs. Ziggler vs. Corbin vs. Nakamura