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WWE Money in the Bank 2017 recap & reaction

Women’s MITB Ladder Match: Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch vs Carmella vs Natalya vs Tamina

Tamina started out the match in control and bashed Becky Lynch with a ladder. Charlotte hit a big boot to Tamina and Carmella. Tamina connected with a kick that knocked Charlotte to the mat. Tamina set up a ladder between the ropes and bounced Natalya’s head off of it.

Becky and Natalya grabbed a ladder and hit Tamina with it. Natalya then slammed Lynch on top of the steel ladder. Natalya set up the ladder and started climbing towards the briefcase. Charlotte dragged her down and slammed her to the mat. Charlotte tried to climb the ladder but Carmella attacked her. Tamina then got in on the action and headbutted Charlotte off the ladder.

Charlotte charged at Tamina and knocked her out of the ring. Charlotte then connected with a Spear and knocked Tamina into the steel steps outside the ring. Charlotte climbed to the top rope and leaped onto Tamina and Natalya outside the ring.

Back in the ring, Becky Powerbombed Carmella and started climbing the ladder. Ellsworth got in the ring and pushed the ladder over. Ellsworth then grabbed the briefcase and dropped it to Carmella. The referees argued as Ellsworth grabbed a microphone and announced that Carmella has won the first-ever women’s MITB ladder match.

Winner: Carmella

Reaction: I predicted that Carmella would win, but I never thought that this match would have been this dull. There really was nothing exciting that happened during this match. I thought that this was a major letdown.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos (c) vs New Day

The Usos controlled the match early and Suplexed Kofi into the ring post. Big E was then tagged in and hit a couple of Belly to Belly Suplexes onto Jimmy Uso. Kofi tagged himself in and went for a Trouble in Paradise but Jimmy Uso was able to avoid it. Kofi hit a Splash onto Jey in the corner and Big E tagged in.

Big E planted Jey with the Big Ending and went for the pin but Jimmy broke it up. New Day then hit the Midnight Hour onto Jey but once again Jimmy broke up the pinfall. The Usos then purposely got themselves counted out and lost the match. New Day won the match but The Usos retained their titles.

Winners: New Day

Reaction: I also thought that this match would have been better. It is a five match card and the first two matches ended in silly fashion. I was hoping that this PPV would be entertaining, but already that seems like that will not be the case.

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Naomi (c) vs Lana

Naomi started off the match in control and connected with a Splash that knocked Lana out of the ring. The action returned to the ring and Lana connected with a Suplex. Lana went for a forearm but Naomi avoided it and connected with a series of kicks. Lana battled back and connected with a Spinebuster for a two count. Carmella and Ellsworth then came down to the ring and watched the rest of the match from ringside. Lana went for another Spinebuster but Naomi reversed it into a submission hold for the victory.

Winner & Still SmackDown Women’s Champion: Naomi

Reaction: If the build to this show didn’t make it clear enough, it has now become obvious that this PPV is a throwaway. There has not been a match worth paying to see so far on this show.

Sgt. Slaughter, Larry Hennig, Greg Gange, Bob Orton and Baron von Raschke were shown sitting in the front row.

Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis showed up and cut a promo.

WWE Championship Match: Jinder Mahal (c) vs Randy Orton

Orton attempted an RKO in the beginning of the match but Mahal was able to avoid it and rolled outside the ring. The crowd started chanting “USA!” as Mahal and the Singh Brothers had a conversation ringside. Jinder got back into the ring but Orton immediately went on the attack and slammed him to the mat. Orton then connected with a Clothesline that sent Mahal out of the ring.

Orton followed Mahal out of the ring and bounced his head off the announce table. Mahal battled back and focused his attack on Orton’s knee. Mahal launched Orton into the steel steps outside the ring and the action returned to the ring. The action once again spilled outside the ring and this time Orton and Mahal battled in front of the legends in the front row.

Mahal got the upper-hand and slammed Orton’s knee into the barricade. Back in the ring, Orton went for another RKO but Mahal avoided it and connected with a Superkick for a two count. Mahal then pointed at Ric Flair and applied the Figure Four to Orton. Orton fought his way to the bottom rope and broke the hold.

Jinder then perched Orton up on the top rope and pointed at Orton’s father in the front row. Orton battled and planted Mahal with a Superplex for a two count. Orton followed that up with a series of Clotheslines that knocked Mahal to the mat. Orton then connected with a DDT as Mahal was hung up between the ropes. Orton then planted Mahal with an RKO but one of the Singh Brothers placed Mahal’s foot on the bottom rope to break up the pinfall.

The referee was about to disqualify Mahal but Orton talked him out of it. The ref then ejected the Singh Brothers from the match. The Singh Brothers then grabbed Bob Orton at ringside and Randy Orton beat them down. Orton connected with an RKO that sent one of the Singh Brothers through the announce table. Orton returned to the ring and Mahal kicked him in his knee that was injured earlier in the match. Mahal then connected with the Khallas for the victory.

Winner & Still WWE Champion: Jinder Mahal

Reaction: This match was decent. This entire PPV has felt very uninspired and has been very disappointing so far. I am not bothered by the outcome of the matches, I’m bothered by the execution. There has been nothing memorable or special about this PPV. Mahal and Orton had a decent match here, but keep in mind that this bout was for the WWE Championship. It wasn’t even the main-event and that pretty much sums up this feud. I couldn’t escape the thought of “who cares?” as this match was taking place. The legends at ringside didn’t really add anything to this match and overall it was completely forgettable. I don’t know where the WWE goes from here. I’m guessing Cena will take the belt off of Mahal but that really doesn’t sound all that exciting either.

I’m just very disappointed in this PPV so far and I guess I only have myself to blame. The build to this show has sucked but I convinced myself that tonight would be a good show. It simply hasn’t been entertaining at all and there really is nothing else to say about it. The best word I can come up with to describe this show is disheartening. Fans sit through weeks of subpar entertainment in the hopes that it will lead to a great PPV. That really is all that is left to look forward to in the current WWE product. Tonight’s show hasn’t delivered so far.

Breezango vs The Ascension

The Ascension dominated Tyler Breeze in the beginning of the match. Fandango was tagged in and he connected with a kick to Konnor. Fandango then rolled up Viktor for the easy victory.

Winners: Breezango

Men’s MITB Ladder Match: AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin vs Kevin Owens vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs Dolph Ziggler

Baron Corbin attacked Shinsuke Nakamura during his entrance. Corbin struck him with a ladder a couple of times on the entrance ramp. Corbin then grabbed a camera and hit Nakamura in the back a couple of times. The match then started with everyone brawling in the ring as Nakamura was laid out on the entrance ramp.

Zayn struck Owens with a ladder but Corbin immediately slammed Zayn into the barricade. Nakamura was then brought backstage by the WWE medical staff. Zayn Moonsaulted out of the ring onto Owens. Ziggler then attacked Styles ringside as Corbin brought a ladder to the ring. Ziggler and Corbin teamed up and bashed Styles with a ladder.

Corbin then punched Ziggler in the face and struck Styles in the ribs with the ladder. Ziggler got back to his feet and connected with a Superkick that knocked Corbin to the floor. Zayn leveled Owens with a Clothesline outside the ring. Corbin planted Ziggler with a Deep Six off the ring apron.

Zayn bounced off the top rope and leaped onto Corbin outside the ring. Zayn then grabbed his left knee in pain as he hit the floor. Owens connected with a Superkick on Styles in the middle of the ring. Owens then grabbed a ladder and hit Zayn and Styles with it. Styles tripped Owens up and Owens fell face-first into the ladder.

Owens launched Styles out of the ring and set up the ladder below the briefcase. Zayn attacked Owens and knocked him to the ring apron. Owens knocked Zayn to the mat and climbed to the top rope. Zayn grabbed him and slammed him into the ladder. Ziggler got back into the ring and launched Zayn into the ladder.

Ziggler set up the ladder in the middle of the ring and started climbing. Zayn dragged him down but Dolph connected with a Dropkick. Zayn responded by connecting with a Blue Thunder Bomb and Ziggler rolled out of the ring. Sami started to climb the ladder but Corbin dragged him down and bashed his head into the ladder.

Styles got back into the ring and connected with a forearm on Corbin. Styles and Corbin then battled on the ladder. Ziggler joined the party and knocked AJ off the ladder. Corbin then dragged Ziggler down but Dolph connected with a Zig Zag and both Superstars fell to the mat.

Styles, Ziggler and Zayn were all at the top of the ladder. Styles was knocked off and Zayn and Ziggler traded punches. Sami connected with a Powerbomb off the top of the ladder that sent Ziggler out of the ring. Zayn then slammed Owens off the ring apron and Owens fell to the floor outside the ring.

Back in the ring, Zayn started climbing the ladder but Styles connected with a Phenomenal Forearm and both Superstars fell to the mat. Corbin brought AJ out of the ring and threw him over the announce table. Corbin propped up a ladder between the announce table and the steel steps. Corbin then Chokeslammed Styles onto the ladder.

Zayn connected with a Helluva Kick on Corbin in the ring. Zayn once again set up the ladder and started to climb towards the briefcase. Owens grabbed his leg and dragged him down. Owens then hit Zayn with a low-blow and started climbing the ladder. Styles grabbed Owens from behind and dragged him down. Styles then lifted Owens onto his shoulders and slammed him onto the ladder set up between the steps and announce table.

Styles tried to grab the briefcase but Ziggler pulled the ladder out from underneath him. Styles held onto the chain above the ring but eventually fell to the mat. Corbin sent Ziggler out of the ring and started to climb the ladder. Shinsuke Nakamura’s music hit and he made his way to the ring.

Corbin launched the ladder at Nakamura but he avoided it and attacked Corbin in the ring. The crowd started to sing Nakamura’s music as Shinsuke connected with a kick to Corbin that sent him out of the ring. Nakamura then hit Ziggler with a Kinshasa and planted Zayn with a reverse Exploder Suplex. Nakamura then hit Zayn with a Kinshasa and knocked him out of the ring.

Nakamura then hit Owens with a Kinshasa outside the ring. Back in the ring, Styles and Nakamura battled over the ladder. The crowd chanted “yes!” as the two Superstars got face-to-face. AJ and Shinsuke started traded punches. Shinsuke planted Styles with an Exploder Suplex. Nakamura went for a Kinshasa but Styles countered it with a Phenomenal Forearm as the crowd chanted “this is awesome!”.

Styles and Nakamura started climbing the ladder. Both Superstars battled at the top of the ladder as the crowd started chanting for both of them. Corbin then shoved the ladder and knocked both AJ and Shinsuke to the mat. Corbin then climbed the ladder and grabbed the briefcase for the victory.

Winner: Baron Corbin

Reaction: The main-event was a great match. Baron Corbin winning makes sense, even if it was pretty predictable. Overall, I thought this PPV was disappointing. There were some entertaining moments but it left a ton to be desired. I thought the women’s ladder match would have been better and the WWE Championship match was decent. MITB 2017 simply wasn’t a memorable show.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I just can’t get behind him, he’s just doesn’t do anything for me, but I very much agree that he should have gotten an IC or US title run first.

  • CC

    Problem is, look how many tickets they sell at events. They are not going to give that up for the sake of creativity. Plus, how many people would cancel their Network subscription and only order the Network during PPV months? That would kill the network and everyone would have to go back to the cable/satellite provider and probably end up with PPV prices going up to counteract the financial losses.

    1 a month would be better, but with the brand extension, that is never gonna happen either.
    This is why I hate the brand extension.

  • jedi

    Lmfao epic win!

  • D2K


    There were no PPVs in 1982. The first PPV was Starrcade in 1983.

  • jedi

    Cause it’s not 1982? 12 ppts a year is perfect I think

  • CC

    Very lame ppv.
    Ever since they started doing these first time womens matches that are traditionally mens matches, I have been worried that because they wont let or women don’t want to get as physical as the men, that the matches will look weak, and this one kinda proved that. And what made it worse was being on the same card as the mens match. You compare both, and it made the womens one look even worse.
    The spots just looked weaker as you could see just how much they were protecting each other, and how differently traditional moves were pulled off. And to top it all off, the ending was awful.

    The tag title match was also fairly weak, and gave us two matches in a row with an awful ending.
    And are you telling me that at a PPV neither the general manager or commisioner thought it important enough to attend? Instead sitting at home “tweeting”. One of them should have been out there restarting the matches rather than tweeting about addressing it at the next SD show.

    Womens title match, I don’t even remember it other than the Carmella walk on at the end.

    The tag match for Breezango was a let down due to the big reveal. Who cares about who it was in the end? Is been a funny throwaway skit, but we should have got better antagonists than this.

    Weird to put on the title match before the MITB match (and the Breezango match) as that kinda ruins the suspense of would the person who wins MITB cash in that night.

    As for the MITB match itself. It was good, but was far from perfect. Taking Nakamura out for a good portion of the match was silly, and starts making it look like he has to be protected.
    Cant say I am happy with the winner, as I find Corbin to be dull. Boring promos and in ring work that usually sends me to sleep.
    That said it was a solid match, but we have certainly seen better MITB matches over the years.
    The bump Owens took on the apron from Zayn looked pretty nasty.

    Very very poor PPV overall.
    Since the shake up of the rosters a few months ago, SD is no longer looking that much better than Raw.
    They really seem to have lost their way.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I can’t wait for the day HHH takes over the WWE totally. Because at least with him running NXT the build up to the PPV is much better. They always put on a good show.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Oh what a let down PPV. Money In The Bank is normally one of WWE not that big PPV. Sorry all these PPV that not the major PPV is not good they need to cut back and build the PPV.

    The women Money in the Bank should have been better then that it about performance with me. That was a bad one I right now don’t want to see another women ladder match.

  • M

    Other than his mic skills which still need improvement, he deserves to be at the top but the horrible booking makes it impossible to find him convincing right now. Should have had him win the IC or US title and build from that but what do you do expect with these horrible writers? This entire ppv was written a*s backwards. Other than maybe Ziggler only for shock value, or Rusev making a surprise entry, Corbin was going to win. Styles, Owens don’t need it, Zayn isn’t even close to being ready yet and Nakamura winning would have been too soon.

  • pitfallharry219

    While that would ultimately make the product better, Vince would never go for it because he’d be leaving a lot of money on the table.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Corbin is so lame!

  • D2K

    I think it’s time to start cutting back these PPVs. Instead of having 50 PPVs a year, why not go back the to original 4, bring back Saturday Night’s Main Event and let it be random RAW vs Smackdown matches every other month, or every two months. What have you.