Here’s our final thoughts on SmackDown Live’s WWE Money in the Bank 2017!
The Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder) vs. The Colóns (Primo Colón and Epico Colón)
Reactions: One of the things I didn’t miss when The Hype Bros weren’t around – those overly bright tights of theirs. Anyways, this was your basic SD Live tag team match. The good guys start off strong, get taken down for a bit by the dominating baddies, the hot tag leads to the good guys making a comeback and then the finish follows shortly thereafter. Short, simple and straight to the point. It wasn’t offensive by any means nor was it anything special and memorable. The returning Hype Bros got a win, which this match was set out to do. It did its job. That’s all there is to it.
Rating: 1 & a Half out of 5 Stars
Naomi (c) vs. Lana (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Reactions: Lana’s new luxurious dancer gimmick has breathed new life into her career. So much so that she was given a title shot upon her arrival on the Blue Brand. This Women’s Title match seemed like the perfect chance for Lana to silence the doubters and prove her worth, but that didd’t happen. This turned into another basic and overall bland match that was only worth watching due to a potential MITB cash-in. Carmella’s music hit and popped the crowd huge since everyone expected her to enter into the match. But it just wasn’t meant to be on this evening. Naomi won nonetheless. A part of me wished the MITB cash-in actually came to be, but oh well. Skip the match, but watch and listen to how unglued the crowd became when Carmella hit the ring.
Rating: 1 & a Half out of 5 Stars
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Carmella (with James Ellsworth) (Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Match Contract)
Reactions: Huh? That’s the best they could do during the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match? Most of the action that transpired was as basic as you could get. This one featured all of the tried and true spots every ladder match has ever featured – two individuals got pushed off the ladder simultaneously, ladders were used as battering rams, someone got slammed onto one etc. The only impressive moment that was worth mentioning is Charlotte’s top rope splash onto Tamina and Charlotte. All five women had a chance to go above and beyond what was expected of them, but they didn’t do anything to shock the world and show off even more with ladders involved. Oh and the ending? That is what truly made this whole ordeal such a disappointment. History was made, sure. But no one will ever go back and willingly watch this by-the-numbers ladder match ever again. Congrats to Carmella, I guess. What a letdown…
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) (c) vs. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and/or Xavier Woods)
(WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Reactions: What was showcased here was a fast paced tag team match with near falls that had me biting my nails every time. The Usos got control of the match early and kept their domination over Kofi interesting all the while. Once Big E got a chance to shine, this match entered into its most exciting phase. Both teams exchanged a number of devastating holds, such as an impressive Big Ending that was handed to one of the twins after he got caught in midair. Kofi and Jey’s mid-match duel was full of high-octane action, plus Kofi’s big dive to the outside added even more excitement to the bout’s intense proceedings. The Usos were as excellent as they’ve always been thanks to their constant pin break up’s and heel synergy. And The New Day were there to provide that same balls to the wall energy. The ending was to be expected since this is a feud that can’t be relegated to just one PPV. What was given to fans here was a pretty good match that was more of a preview of an even greater rematch.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars