Squared Circle Thoughts | WWE Money in the Bank 2017

So, before I start Hipster Week, it’s time for yet another wrestling review. Yippie Skippy! Anyway, this time, it’s the Smackdown-exclusive PPV Money in the Bank. Honestly, this was a pretty good show, aside from two bullshit finishes in a row, one of which hindered a really good match. Besides that, I enjoyed the show overall. Really fun matches with satisfying finishes (besides the first two). MitB is usually a really good show and the matches are usually pretty exiting. I still think the MitB match should have stayed a Wrestlemania attraction, but whatever. It’s usually a good PPV on it’s own.

So let’s not waste any time and get right into it, then the fun for the week begins.

Womens Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch vs Carmella vs Natalya vs Tamina

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The first ever womens MitB Ladder Match is finally in the books, and overall this was a really good match with a very controversial ending. Each woman got their chance to shine and get their shit in and we saw some pretty sick spots, as you would expect in a MitB match. As far as the winner goes, I was expecting Carmella to win because I’ve heard they have big plans for her, but I wasn’t expecting how she’d win. James Ellsworth of all fucking people knocks Becky Lunch off a ladder to a huge amount of boos, climbs up the ladder and retrieves the briefcase to a huge pop and drops it into Carmella’s arms for the win to more boos. Carmella wins. Interesting finish to a really fun match. Not a big fan of that finish because it was the first ever womens MitB match so a woman should have won it, but it is what it is. Good match overall.

The Usos (c) vs The New Day (Smackdown Tag Team Title)

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Next we have another damn good match with a really crappy finish. I was expecting a good match between these two teams, and it exceeded those expectations. This was a super fun match with crazy back and forth action. The Usos have been killing it since turning heel and i’m glad they kept the belts. The way they kept the belts though is what sucked about this. After a great match, the Usos just take the belts, walk away and get counted out. Uhhh okay. Again, it is what it is. Anyway, still a really fun match that will make this review an essay if I go into detail, so check it out for yourself. One of the two matches on this show to go out of your way to see.

By the way, Big E, STOP USING THAT DAMN SPEAR THROUGH THE ROPES!

Naomi (c) vs Lana (Smackdown Womens Title)

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Next, we have the Smackdown Womens Title match and the first ever TV match of Lana (who looked fan-tas-tic by the way). This was a meh match overall. Nothing too exiting at all. Lana had an okay showing and wasn’t bad, but Naomi carried it for the most part. Naomi wins with a submission after Carmella shows up with a fake-out cash in, which I sort of expected. It was whatever. Again, just a meh match. Glad Lana didn’t get the title this soon.

We then get a backstage segment with Breezango that I didn’t care much for. Fashion Vice. Cool.

We then get the debut of Mike and Maria Kanellis. First off, their theme is super catchy. It’s a cheesy 80s Glam Rock song that I still can’t get out of my head. I guess their new gimmick is Miz & Maryse but sappier. Okay, cool. I’ve only seen a little bit of Mike Bennett in ROH and he was okay. Nothing too exiting, but not bad. Hopefully I’ll become a fan now. The theme is a good start.

Jinder Mahal (c) vs Randy Orton (WWE World Title)

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Next, we have the second meeting between the Viper and the Maharaja for the title, and honestly, the better one. This was a pretty entertaining match. Big improvement from the Backlash one. Nothing flashy but still fun to watch. Short story short, good back and forth action and some chaos involving the Singh brothers on the outside. The Singh brothers do their usual sniveling little henchmen stiff trying to cheat Jinder to victory to no avail, which led to them being ejected from ringside by the referee. They then proceeded to attack Cowboy Bob Orton who was in the front row. Randy loses his shit and destroys both these little nats by RKOing one on the floor and the other one through the announcers table, then gets back into the ring and runs into the Coloss for the pinfall. Jinder Mahal wins and keeps the title, as expected. Again, good match. Can’t complain much. On to John Cena for Jinder, I presume.

Breezango vs The Ascention

Didn’t care. Moving on.

Money in the Bank Ladder Match: AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin vs Dolph Ziggler

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Main event time. This was a great fucking main event and another great MitB match. Super fun to watch, everyone had a chance to shine and did they ever. It was a very exiting match with a lot of sick bumps, including a ridiculous sunset flip powerbomb from Sami Zayn on Dolph Ziggler that looked BRUTAL, an AJ Styles firemens carry on Kevin Owens onto a bridging ladder and a bunch of other ridiculous shit that will make this post an essay. One of the best things to come out of it was the AJ Styles/Nakamura showdown that everyone lost their shit for. Really good stuff. Their meeting is inevitable and it’ll be great. Anyway, short story short, the new Mr. Money in the Bank is now none other than Baron Freakin’ Corbin. Much expected. They love that guy and he’ll be a main eventer before we know it. Overall great fucking match with a satisfying ending. Another strong MitB outing.

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That does it, folks. Overall, pretty damn good show. Not perfect but still very entertaining. The two fucked finishes really hindered two good matches on the card, but it was only a minor damper. I enjoyed the show and was pleased considering how the product has been lately. So, yeah, good job, WWE.

That’s that. On to Hipster Week, you fucks!

Until next time.

-Scvm

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