Wow, I missed Money in the Bank this year. I’m not sure why I did that, but to be fair I’ve lost track of time these past few weeks. Anyways, as usual I wont be talking about the match themselves, it’s important to look at the impact they’ll have on wrestling overall. Still, after looking at the results, there’s quite a lot to talk about. What the hell happened at this PPV?
Pre-Show: The Hype Bros vs. The Colons
Winners: The Hype Bros.
This match saw the return of Zack Ryder, and that only means one thing. All of the momentum Mojo Rawley has been given will be grinding to a halt very soon. I mean, I’m not saying that will definitely happen, but it certainly seems it’s likely. Not because he’s not talented, but because of Zack Ryder returning. If Mojo Rawley goes for a main event push then Ryder is left to flail around in the lower midcard.
Still, after returning from a leg injury, Ryder is back and it means the return of the Hype Bros. The win does manage to reinsert the Hype Bros back into the tag division, but is that what they really want? Because right now, finding them something substantial to do is going to be very difficult. The Usos and Breezeango are busy, the Vaudevillains are no more. What do they do and who do they feud with at this point?
Women’s Money in the Bank Match
Winner: Carmella (thanks to James Ellsworth)
So this was a bit of an odd one. James Ellsworth unhooked the briefcase and gave it to Carmella. The referees argued over who really won the match and eventually gave it to Carmella. Ideally Carmella should of won, but on her own merit, rather than whatever confusing mess happened here.
James Ellsworth grabbed the briefcase for no other reason than that they wanted a confusing end to the match. According to many the match itself was far too short and wrapped up to quickly. That doesn’t even take into account the regrettably poor ending to the match. It would’ve been a much more bearable match if James Ellsworth had taken a bump or two.
The Usos vs. The New Day (Smackdown Tag Team Championships)
Winners: The New Day (by way of count out)
I suppose the only reason for allowing The New Day to win by count out is that, everyone is happy with the result. A brilliant tag team has came out on top, but the heels have managed to keep the titles. This is a resounding result, I suppose. Feels like a bit of a cop out if you ask me, mainly because we’ve just seen the heels retain the titles but not by pinfall. If anything it’ll make them look weak.
Still, according to people that have watched it and friends of mine it wasn’t too bad of a show, and this match exemplifies why The New Day were tag team champions for so long.
Lana vs. Naomi – Smackdown Womens Championship
Winner: Naomi via submission
I’ve been out of the loop on wrestling recently so I’m not sure what this feud was over or about. Last time I checked Lana was only a manager for Rusev, but it looks like she’s came into her own spotlight here and is managing to get title opportunities. It’s been mentioned by critics that she’s been thrown in at the deep end on this one.
Apparently the Carmella cash in was teased right away. Obviously it’s not going to happen on the night though. They did that a year or two ago with Dean Ambrose, and a few years before that with Kane. The match itself wasn’t the best either according to various websites. It felt like just another TV show midcard match.
Still, I think it’s good that Lana is now apart of the roster, it gives a new and fresh face to a bland roster. That’ll work well in the coming months and she may arguably become the next Women’s Champion. It’s completely plausible given the minuscule roster for the Smackdown division.
Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton – WWE Championship Match
Winner: Jinder Mahal wins via pinfall
Mahal retained the championship. For me the build up to the Mahal and Orton feud was excellent, I never honestly expected Mahal to really ever become the champion. But even I am impressed. The WWE has repacked him as the next big thing, rather than one third of 3MB, a tag team we shall never forget.
Still, Mahal has pushed himself into the main event very well and is now facing Orton in a long feud. Orton surprisingly hasn’t won many of the matches featuring Jinder, with Orton failing to win this match. Apparently Bob Orton was involved in the match, as were the Singh Brothers. Having external help in championship matches never bodes well, but at least Mahal won clean in the end.
To really highlight himself as a worthy champion, Mahal had to put on a great show. He did just that, however he still looks a tad unpolished.
Men’s Money in the Bank Match
Winner: Baron Corbin
The right person most definitely won this match. After being defeated for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania, it wasn’t long before he’d need something new to do. Everyone else in the match has other things going for them. Apart from Sami Zayn.
Owens wasn’t going to win the match considering he already has a title belt. Styles and Nakamura are, as far as I’m aware, still in a feud. So that basically leaves Baron Corbin, as the upper midcard competitor to pick up the reigns as a new main eventer. I can’t say I’m surprised, it’s the right choice regardless.