WWE Results: Money in the Bank 2017
Money in the Bank is typically a favorite PPV of mine, because of the innovation of the match, and even when a superstar that I don't like, or don't understand how they won, the match itself is usually a good one. This year WWE introduced the first ever Money in the Bank contract for the Women's Title (more on that later).
Wow WWE, you sure know how to piss people off with your booking, but more on that in a bit. As always a reminder of our current standings.
This was certainly a night of firsts, some good, some not so much. But of course before we get to the main card we've got to start with the Kickoff.
The Hype Bros vs The Colons
It's good to see Zack Ryder back in action, and I can't complain about that. I've always been a fan of his, and it was clear that the Hype Bros were going to win, but I see a story of Ryder turning on Mojo. Apparently WWE wants to sit on that for a bit, but I would have liked to have seen it happen right off the bat. Either way, a solid showing for the Bros, but the match was nothing to write about.
Winner: The Hype Bros (Brundan, Pink, Rybo Slice)
Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair vs Natalya vs Carmella vs Tamina (Money in the Bank ladder match)
This is now how I thought it would happen. It's a shame that the first ever women's Money in the Bank ladder match was won by a man. It's disrespectful to the women in the match, and the women that came before that paved the way for them to even have this match. I expected James Ellsworth to interfere, and possibly keep one of the women from stopping Carmella, but not to actually be the one to bring the briefcase down, This is just as bad as Santino Marella becoming Miss Wrestlemania. It will be addressed on Smackdown, and until then, there isn't much more to say.
Winner: Carmella (Double A)
The Usos (c) vs The New Day
As many of us expected, this was a great match. Usos and New Day are probably the best tag teams in the WWE today, and I hope they feud for months to come. That said, I feel like I got screwed out of a point here. The New Day may have technically won, but The Usos retained, and that was really what I meant. But it's ok, I'm not bitter. I wish the match had a better ending because it was great until the countout. Not sure where WWE wants to go with this one.
Winner: The New Day (Brundan, Pink, Rybo Slice)
Naomi (c) vs Lana
The story here was the Lana having her first match be for the belt, and Naomi needlessly putting it on the line. Lana had a good showing for her first televised match, but her 'finisher' looked a little sloppy. Naomi is a good worker, very good even, but there's something about her that doesn't click for me. In any case, this was a fine match, Naomi retained and Lana looked good.
Winner: Naomi (Brundan, Double A, Rybo Slice)
Jinder Mahal (c) vs Randy Orton
This was a good showing for Jinder and exactly what he needed to do to continue his motion. Randy Orton in his home town, with a lineup of legends ringside including his father on Father's Day, WWE really wanted to set him up for failure. The match played out exactly as anyone would have expected, although i did anticipate a returning Rusev, which I'm a little miffed that he didn't appear in any capacity. More so than in this match, Jinder looked better in the Talking Smack segment afterwards. I want to see where he goes, and if Jinder can keep the belt until the India tour in September.
Winner: Jinder Mahal (Brundan, Double A, Pink, Rybo Slice)
Next we've got "Fashion Vice" the newest edition of the Fashion Files, Miami Vice style. A VHS tape is delivered to them with a silhouette pair claiming responsibility of their trashed office. It was pretty obvious who it was, but they would reveal themselves in the ring. Before that though, we have a break within a break, Maria Kanellis makes her WWE return alongside her husband Mike Kanellis, and as JBL questioned "He took her name?" I don't know exactly what they talked about, but damn she still looks amazing. Anyway, back to the Fashion Police and their attackers... The Ascension. The match was clearly a filler meant to further push Breezango.
Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin vs Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura (Money in the Bank ladder match)
What a solid match, but I can't figure out why they wrote Shinsuke out of the fight for so long. Especially since he wasn't going to win, I don't know why they would have taken him out of it for so damned long. I feel like it really hurt his standing in the WWE Universe's eyes. The five other guys put in work, and all looked great, but he came in late after the dirt was done. In any case, everyone did their thing, and looked strong. End of the day, the End of Days took the match and the briefcase. Baron Corbin with the win, and he's finally doing something with winning the Andre the Giant Battle Royal.
Winner: Baron Corbin (Brundan, Double A, Pink, Rybo Slice)
There you have it folks, Money in the Bank is in the books and it'll be remembered, but maybe not for the best reasons. That women's Money in the Bank will be a blemish until the next one washes it away, hopefully at least. The tag title match was good, but the ending ruined it. Jinder/Orton was a solid match, and I think the right person won the men's ladder match, curious to see where he goes with it. Unfortunately the women's title match was forgettable beyond Lana making her debut in the ring.
However, the real story fo the night is that Pink is still winless.
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