WWE Smackdown #932 (Review)

After the controversial end to the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, all five competitors face each other in a rematch to determine the true holder of the briefcase and contract granting the holder a title match at any time of their choosing…


Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley (“The Hype Bros.”)
vs.
Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso (“The Uso’s”)
1star
(Winners via pinfall: The Uso’s)

Naomi (C)
vs.
Lana
WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
1half_star
(Winner via pinfall: Naomi)

Sami Zayn
vs.
Baron Corbin
2half_star
(Winner via pinfall: Baron Corbin)

Charlotte Flair vs. Tamina Snuka vs. Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Becky Lynch
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
3star
(Winner: Carmella)


Review

This show was all about fixing what many perceived to be a major error at WWE Money in the Bank 2017, when James Ellsworth (a man) unhooked the briefcase in what was meant to be an historic match for women’s wrestling. So focused on this rematch was Smackdown Live, that very little else happened.

For all the build, The Hype Bros versus The Uso’s might as well have not been televised. We had a couple minutes before the commercial break, and then when we came back, we saw one or two moves and then the match was over. It was literally there for the live audience, and to then build to the decent promo exchange between The Uso’s and The New Day.

When Naomi and Lana also only went a few minutes, I started to suspect that these matches were being cut short to make time for the Money in the Bank ladder match. This women’s championship match told a decent story to begin with, but having Naomi win in such dominant fashion did no one any good. For starters, we aren’t stupid; we know Naomi cannot dominate anyone in the ring. Trying to book her as a dominant champion is absolutely insane, especially when you have real dominant athletes such as Charlotte Flair on the show. Quite where Lana goes from here is unknown, but she’s going to need to cut a damn good promo next week to recover from this defeat, or else they should just take her off TV again whilst she continues to train at the Performance Centre.

Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin were lucky enough to get more time than anyone else had, until that point, but the match never felt like it got going. Maybe it was the fact they’ve faced each other numerous times now, or perhaps it was the building excitement for the Money in the Bank ladder match, but it really felt like they were just going through the motions. Again, it was just a time filler for the main event.

All I can say about the ladder match is that it was better than the first women’s Money in the Bank ladder match. It did feel like they were utilising the ladders a bit more, and I liked that. There were some moments when they were clearly waiting to transition into whatever the next sequence was, but I can’t hold that against them given this was only the second ever ladder match that this company has done. Carmella was largely protected throughout, and whilst I think it was the right call to have her take the briefcase again, I really think we need to see more wrestling from her if we are going to take her seriously as a future WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion.

Just a little note on Charlotte Flair. I thought she was brilliant here, and brought an intensity that no one else could match, save perhaps Natalya. It looks like they are both headed into a singles feud, which is just great news, because Charlotte has yet to have a singles feud match at a PPV since moving to Smackdown Live, and I find that to be a travesty. After all, I thought she was going to to Smackdown Life to elevate the women’s division, not get lost in its mid-card?

All in all, this wasn’t a great show. Four matches, with only one taken seriously. Smackdown Live is meant to be the wrestling show, and sadly it didn’t live up to its reputation on this occasion. Also, two commercial breaks during a Money In The Bank match? Ridiculous, and caused disengagement at times. Guess that’s why these matches are normally on PPV.

Match of the Night

Charlotte Flair vs. Tamina Snuka vs. Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Becky Lynch

Rating

2star

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