Bayley wins Women’s Money in The Bank Ladder Match
Someone change the number on that dial, because I called it. Mandy Rose seemed like the answer that was too obvious. Therefore, the next best option is typically correct.
Anyways, this match was kind of weird to watch. I definitely liked a lot of it. There were some creative spots, they worked with a sense of urgency from the opening bell, and that eclipse from Ember Moon was beautiful to watch.
However, a lot of it was awkward as well. First, some of the spots looked over-choreographed. That’s always a risk when it comes to ladder matches with a large field. The set up spot, break, set up spot, break formula kind of hurt the pacing. Therefore, I couldn’t enjoy what they were doing fully.
Also, the sequence with Mandy and Carmella was incredibly weird to see. So Mandy attacks Carmella and she sells an injury that didn’t appear to be a work at first glance. Then, Mandy actually looked like she was trying to help Carmella and Carmella pushed her away, as if to say she didn’t want her help after injuring her.
Then, Carmella limps back out and beats Mandy up only to be taken out by Deville. It just seemed like a weird subplot with no endgame. The other participants in the match in Ember, Naomi, Cross and Natalya played their roles well. Even Dana Brooke had a few moments.
I think this may be the best women’s MITB ladder match, but considering there’s only been 4 in existence, the bar isn’t exactly high. I think there was more fun and little nonsense, so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. ***1/2
Rey Mysterio def. Samoa Joe (C) – United States Championship
Some people naturally think an audible was called to end the match early to subdue Joe’s bleeding. It’s certainly plausible. But they also had a short match at WrestleMania and Rey returned the favor. Also, since Joe’s shoulders were up, it does protect him.
I don’t mind the finish and I don’t mind the match length. However, there is one thing that bugged me. If you’re going to do the screwy pin finish, you can’t make it overtly obvious Joe’s shoulders were up. I mean, his entire arm was up.
It’s one thing if the shoulder is up for a brief second, but you didn’t even need a replay to see that. The consistent replays of that finish only exacerbated how poorly done that was. Then again, if everything had to be improvised on the spot to cut the match short, then I guess it can be forgiven.
Congrats to Mysterio for becoming a Grand Slam Champion, though. Match gets no rating because it lasted about 2 minutes.
Shane McMahon def. The Miz – Steel Cage Match
First, I’m grading this match on a bit of a curve because I dislike steel cage matches. At least, I dislike the modern day WWE version of a steel cage match. These days, a steel cage match is nothing more than a regular match which just so happens to have a steel cage around it.
The Miz and Shane tried, but this didn’t click for me. It’s just hard for me to take Shane seriously as anything more than a stunt man. I’m sure we were all expecting what was the most unsourced way Shane would try to kill himself, like a Shooting Star Press from the top of the cage or something. We didn’t even really get that.
The two just don’t work as a tandem to me. As for the finish, I didn’t hate it. I’m just wondering why? For what purpose does Shane still need to be defeating one of WWE’s elite superstars. Even if they are flukes, a loss is a loss.
Also, what was up with that rope break? Maybe I misinterpret it, but there shouldn’t be any rope breaks in a No DQ match. So why didn’t The Miz contest this with the official? That was just incredibly weird.
Overall, it was kind of a snooze fest, and didn’t accomplish anything that WrestleMania match didn’t. *3/4
Tony Nese (C) def. Ariya Davairi – Cruiserweight Championship
It is going to take some getting used to not seeing Buddy Murphy not represent the CW division.
I really have nothing much to say here. I haven’t been paying attention to either of these two. They worked a match and it was most certainly a wrestling match. It was decent enough and didn’t overstay it’s welcome. It’s also nothing that warrants an extended review. Why? Because it was just a match. **1/4
Becky Lynch (C) def. Lacey Evans – RAW Women’s Championship
I’d like to preface this by saying that I love Lacey Evans because she has a distinct look and plays her character up perfectly to a tee. Everything from the MITB themed wardrobe to her slowly and meticulously wiping sweat off of her is what she’s about. That’s what I like to see.
I think she made a positive impression here, as I believed there was a lot to like. However, it also felt kind of rushed. The finish (what is with the referees tonight), was once again awkward as Lacey was trying to cover Becky and the ref decides not to count it for whatever reason. Becky easily counters and boom. Match over.
I liked the limb work front Lacey and how she gave Becky a specific obstacle to overcome. However, it didn’t feel like there was an adequate pay off to that story. Maybe it’s just me, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more out of this. But relatively solid aside from a few sloppy spots. **1/2
Charlotte Flair def. Becky Lynch (C) – Smackdown Women’s Championship
So, I got a few things to say about this. First of all, why was Becky and everyone else surprised when Charlotte came out immediately after? Clearly, it looks like I’m the only person who was in on this.
Becky has two independent belts, which means she will have two sets of challengers for each belt. If she holds two belts, it means she has to pull double duty. So when Charlotte came out, and Becky looked concerned, I was taken aback. After all the talk of her not being afraid to overcome challenges, she sure didn’t look up to the task when the rubber met the road.
Next, I wouldn’t even classify the match as an actual match. It was just 5 minutes of Charlotte jumping Becky, Lacey attacking Becky from behind, and winning off a botched kick. Since the match was at least approaching a regular match length, I suppose I could grade it. But if this was a regular segment and not a match on an episode of Smackdown, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. *1/4