The Money in the bank is one of the most innovative concepts in the Pro Wrestling World.
The headlining match features a bunch of wrestlers trying to climb a ladder to retrieve a briefcase which guarantees the retriever a world title opportunity at any time at any place. In the early days of its inception in 2005 the ladder match was a one of match contested at Wrestlemania, until 2010. That very year a new PPV was included in the year list and MITB the PPV was born. 2017 MITB was the first ever Smackdown exclusive pay per view. Here’s a review and ratings of the whole show.
The Hype Bros. vs The Colons:
This match saw the returning Zack Ryder after his break due to injury. It also meant his reunion with his tag team partner and Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal Winner 2017, Mojo Rawley. The match was okay and it was nice to see Mojo connect with the crowd after a long time. The Hype Ryder sealed the match in the end.
Winners: The Hype Bros.
Verdict: Seeing Zack Ryder return to in ring action is always a very encouraging sign. Let’s hope they get the push they rightfully deserve.
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch vs Tamina vs Carmella with James Ellsworth vs Natalya
This was a historic occasion as it was the first Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. The match was intense and had many jaw dropping moments. Seeing the women take the risks and throwing ladders at each other was pretty intense to be sure. The crowd chanted holy shit when Charlotte executed a ROUNDING MOONSAULT off the top rope. The match had a pretty anti climatic end when Ellsworth knocked Becky off the ladder to climb it up and retrieve the briefcase for Carmella.
Verdict: Women’s wrestling has come a long way since the Evening Gown matches and Bra Panty Days. This was a historic night and WWE creative writers just ruined the whole thing by letting a man win the thing. 10 years down the line when they will highlight this historic first match the image will forever be of a man climbing up the ladder. The superbly disappointing ending just ruined a perfectly good first ever women’s money in the bank match. Thumbs Down WWE!
Smack Down Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs The New Day
This match was loading ever since it was announced that the New Day were coming to Smackdown Live after the Superstar shake up. The match was very descent with all the participants showing great in ring ability and ring awareness. The end was however another dull one when the Usos walked out to get disqualified.
Winners: The New Day, however the Usos retained the title as they weren’t pinned or submitted.
Verdict: This was the start of a very good feud to spice up the tag team division in the blue brand. It was sensible to keep the titles on the Usos, who have shown great charisma and have been legitimate champions ever since they turned heel. But such a great match was wasted once more by not getting a proper finish. Two matches on the night and still no clear cut winners.
Smackdown Women’s Title match: Naomi (c) vs Lana
Naomi is a wonderful athlete and there is hardly a dull moment when she is in the ring. Lana’s debut match in the WWE was quite decent. Both women gave their all and Naomi even kicked out of Lana’s rumoured finisher. Carmella briefly came out teasing a cash-in but it was a bluff. The match ended when Naomi locked a modified Rings of Saturn on Lana.
Winner: Still the Smackdown Women’s Champion, Naomi.
Verdict: Given what we witnessed previously on the night the match was quite decent. It did not bore and the most important thing was a proper ending. Carmella’s cash-in tease also added to the match.
Fashion File Segment: The self proclaimed fashion police Tyler Breeze and Fandango then performed another of their hilarious fashion files segment. The segment that had their usual antiques ended when they received a tape recorded message from mysterious opponents claiming they destroyed their office and asking them to take them on in a match later that night.
Verdict: Did I just exaggerate by rating it 10?! Well see it for yourself to know how good the two are and how well they carry off these segments. It is sure to make everyone laugh and the entertainment package gets a big thumbs up.
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Return of Maria and Mike Kanellis: The self proclaimed first lady of Pro Wrestling returned to WWE along with his debuting husband Mike Bennet (who took his wife’s surname), in a segment where they did almost nothing interesting but romance each other.
Verdict: The return of Maria and the debut of the Miracle Mike Bennet is highly exciting but the segment was pretty boring to say the least, especially after the Fashion Files.
WWE Championship Match: Jinder Mahal (c) with The Singh Brothers vs Randy Orton
The match for the WWE title started on a fast pace with Randy going quickly off the hooks and unloading on Jinder. Apart from occasional Jinder Mahal attacks, it was all the Viper in front of his home town crowd. He even RKOd the champion, only for the Singh Brothers to pull Jinder away during the count. The referee sent the two to the locker room but the two stayed back and tried attacking Randy’s father the legendary Cowboy Bob Orton to infuriate the Legend Killer. Orton destroyed the Singh Brother outside the ring only to be treated by the Khallas(Cobra Clutch Slam) by the champion.
Winner: Still the WWE Champion Jinder Mahal.
Verdict: It was probably a good decision to let Jinder retain his title. However the home town curse continues in WWE with Randy being the latest inductee. Maybe this brings an end to the feud paving way for a new one.
Breezango vs The Ascension:
Breezango’s mystery opponents were revealed to be former NXT Tag team champions The Ascension. The match was engaging as both the team gave their shots. The crowd was firmly behind the Fashion Police who picked up a roll up victory.
Verdict: The filler match established Breezango as a more legitimate team while burying the Ascension even further. While the former point is encouraging the later disappoints.
Men’s Money in the bank Ladder Match:
AJ Styles vs Dolph Ziggler vs Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin
The match started prematurely when Corbin attacked the artist Shinsuke Nakamura during his entrance. The match started with 5 men and they all went at it totally. Shinsuke returned mid way and went at everyone with his iron like legs. Many ladders were broken. The match was long, intense and engaging. Corbin robbed Nakamura twice by pushing him off the ladder to climb up and get hold of the briefcase.
Winner: New Mr. Money in the Bank Baron Corbin.
Verdict: The match of the night so far. WWE saved their blushes with the main event. The brief Styles-Nakamura stare generated the pop of the night. Sami Zayn half nelson suplexed KO on the apron and there were many more such brilliant spots. The ending was also clean and giving Corbin the briefcase was not the worst of ideas. Let’s hope his character is developed well before putting the belt on him.