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At WWE Money in the Bank 2017, SmackDown’s women’s division is set to experience the agony and glory of a ladder match.
Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and the rest of the women’s division will battle to become the first female Money in the Bank winner. The groundbreaking bout promises to see these Superstars leave bruised and wincing in the process of stealing the show.
Jinder Mahal, Naomi and The Usos will all defend their titles in Sunday’s pay-per-view. The men’s side of the roster will crown its own Money in the Bank winner.
From championship matches to wild, breathtaking stunts amid a mess of ladders, there should be plenty to talk about once Money in the Bank wraps up.
How will the wrestlers perform on this stage? How well will WWE’s stories resonate? Read on for a breakdown of the PPV.
Updates will go live shortly after each match.
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Zack Ryder returned to action for the first time since injuring his knee last December.
He and Mojo Rawley gained the early advantage over The Colons. They had everything going their way until Primo and Epico went after Ryder’s bad leg.
Rawley charged in later on, bowling over the heels and leading the way to a win.
Ryder and Rawley win via pinfall.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
- Epico mocks Ryder’s “Woo woo woo” taunt.
- “I’m back!”—Ryder.
- Rawley runs in place as Epico wails on him with chops.
Ryder’s return match wasn’t memorable. It was a house-show-quality, paint-by-numbers bout.
Getting The Hype Bros a win was a good move to help reinsert them into the tag team division, though.
The tag team division will be better off with these fellows around thanks to added depth. There aren’t a ton of heels for Ryder and Rawley to face if The Usos are busy feuding with The New Day and Breezango. Finding them something substantial to do will take come creativity.
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Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Tamina vs. Carmella vs. Natalya
Tamina dominated in the early going, slamming ladders into everyone who tried to step into the ring.
Chaos unfolded as everyone brawled. Natalya cleared the ring and had her fingertips on the briefcase before Flair yanked her off a ladder. Other Superstars collided into each other as momentum shifted from wrestler to wrestler.
Lynch seemed to be closing in on victory when James Ellsworth pushed her off a ladder. He unhooked the briefcase to give it to Carmella.
Referees bickered over whether that should allow Carmella to win.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
- “There is no safe haven in this match.”—Byron Saxton.
- Natalya slams Lynch onto a ladder.
- Carmella climbs over Flair who was caught up in a ladder.
- Fans chant “This is awesome!”
- Carmella nails Lynch with a hurricanrana off a ladder.
- Flair floors Natalya and Tamina with a corkscrew dive from the top rope.
- “You can’t break a rule that doesn’t exist.”—John “Bradshaw” Layfield.
What a missed opportunity.
This wrapped up far too early and before things could get truly wild. The bout featured some thrilling spots, but it felt unfinished.
WWE didn’t make use of The Welcoming Committee dynamic at all. And Ellsworth taking a big bump would have been a nice addition.
Ending this in a swirl of confusion is the wrong move, although Carmella was the ideal winner. The Money in the Bank concept suits her character the best. And she needed this boost in a major way.