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Random Thoughts on WWE Money in the Bank 2017

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WWE Money in the Bank took place last night and I’m here to once again share my random thoughts on the show.

As always, this is a spoiler review, so please look away now if you don’t want to see any results from the show.

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Women’s Money in the Bank contract ladder match: Carmella def. Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Tamina, and Becky Lynch

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The New Day def. The Usos © via count out. The Usos remain Smackdown Tag Team Champions

WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship: Naomi def. Lana via pinfall

WWE World Championship: Jinder Mahal © def. Randy Orton via pinfall to retain the WWE World Championship

Breezango def. The Ascension via pinfall

Men’s Money in the Bank contract ladder match: Baron Corbin def. Shinsuke Nakamura, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, and Dolph Ziggler

 

**Random Thoughts**

 

I enjoyed the Women’s ladder match. They all worked hard and put on a solid, competitive match. They all deserve the respect. There weren’t any moments in the match where it looked like the women were doing anything too risky aside from maybe Charlotte’s dive onto the floor. The ladder spots were smart and the crowd reacted to everything well.

As for the finish, I didn’t like it. It was like something out of the Vince Russo era of WCW. I realise why they did it, though. It’s a cheap win for a heel with a friend at ringside. There’s nothing in the rules that says Ellsworth can’t do that and there are no disqualifications. Controversial endings will always rub people up the wrong way. But I hope that in the long run the decision makes sense. Already Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan have announced that they’ll address the situation on Smackdown, so it be interesting to see what becomes of it. It would have been better if Ellsworth helped Carmella up and had her actually grab it because then people may have hated it less. I feel bad for the wrestlers because they put in a lot of effort and people are just going to remember this for the awful finish. Way to “make history” there, creative team.

 

Welcome back, Maria Kanellis. And welcome to WWE, Mike Bennett (or Mike Kanellis, as he will be known now). They’ve been rumours circulating about them debuting soon, so this isn’t a major surprise or anything. I was always upset when Maria was released back in 2010. They released her at a time when she was really starting to improve as a performer. My guess is that she will strictly be a valet, and that’s cool because she’s great in that role. I assume Mike taking her last name will suggest that he is whipped, but that’s just a guess.

 

Orton v Jinder felt a lot like their previous match at Backlash, even down to the table spots involving the Singh Brothers. Orton was really motivated and busting his ass all match long. Orton was selling the knee well in the first half of the match and attacking the Singh Bros really popped the crowd. If you’re looking at it from a logic point of view, Orton should have been counted out because he was out of the ring for about three minutes with the ref not counting at all. The RKO spot through the table was really well done. Biggest reaction of the match. It was one of the better Mahal matches, which isn’t saying that much since he’s never had a televised match go this long before. I predicted Jinder to retain the title. He will most likely move on to face someone like AJ Styles or John Cena.

 

Tag title match was good and on the way to being great with the crowd getting involved the whole match, but I hated that finish. I understand not wanting to book a finish to end the feud after one match. That’s fine with me. I just don’t like the “heels walk out of the count out” finish. It’s not creative at all. At least have them get disqualified because that’s better than just walking out. Use a weapon and get caught for it. Don’t do the lame count out ending. All four guys busted their ass and the timing was very good. I look forward to their next match because they were building to something interesting here.

 

What did I make of Lana’s debut? It wasn’t as bad as what I imagined it was going to be. It was far from perfect, either. Some of her punches and kicks look very weak, but she did well enough in terms of executing moves. There was also a bit of a struggle in terms of doing little things right to make it more interesting. There were a few awkward moments in terms of selling for both of them. The interruption with Carmella (who didn’t cash in, by the way) was timed well right before the finish because it made the crowd more interested.

 

Complete filler from Breezango and The Ascension. I wish The Ascension were booked the same way they were in NXT.

 

The main event was the MITB ladder match involving the males. It was a great match as expected. Zayn was the standout performer with a lot of cool moves on everybody and some big bumps too. Styles’ fall, while he was holding the briefcase, was from about 15 feet high and he looked fine taking the bump, but it was scary. Owens took some nasty falls. The face-off between Styles and Nakamura was the biggest highlight of the match. The fans saw it as a big deal and reacted to it huge. Hopefully WWE is smart enough to save that match until WrestleMania next year and not before that.

Baron Corbin winning isn’t a surprise. He was the red-hot favourite for a number of weeks now and it’s obvious that WWE wants to push him as one of the main guys.

It would have been nice if Nakamura was there for the entire 30 minutes, but it was just 10 minutes with him making the comeback.  I understand why they did that because WWE didn’t want to make Nakamura look weak at all. He didn’t sell that much. He lost and was protected as much as anyone in defeat. One of the best WWE matches this year similar to the Extreme Rules five-way a few weeks ago. I think Cena vs. Styles and Dunne vs. Bate remain WWE’s top two matches this year. This might be the best MITB match ever although I’d have to re-watch it again to be sure.

 

Overall show rating (out of 10): 6

The in-ring work was good all night long, but it’s hard to say this was a great show with some of those match finishes. My expectations were higher going into it. Instead of something I want to watch again, I’m sitting here, scratching my head, wondering why they decided to do some of those finishes. It’s because of that why this isn’t an 8-rated show.

They spent all this time hyping up the first women’s Money in the Bank match being a “history making” event and they made history by having a guy that wasn’t in the match grabbing the briefcase? What a dumb decision! If they wanted Ellsworth to interfere that’s fine, but let Carmella be the one to grab it.

The story of WWE PPVs this year continues with good work in the ring, but questionable booking choices end up hurting the quality of the show in the end.

 

PPV Rankings

Royal Rumble – 8.5

Elimination Chamber – 8

WrestleMania 33 – 7

Backlash – 6.5

Money in the Bank – 6

Extreme Rules – 6

Payback – 6

Fastlane – 4.5

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