WWE Money in the Bank 2017: Results and observations from the show

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There is usually a lot to talk about coming out of Money in the Bank and the 2017 edition of the event was no different, as WWE gave fans and pundits plenty to discuss after the event.

Overall, I thought Money in the Bank was a decent pay-per-view. It wasn’t good enough to make me want to go back to watch it again, but I didn’t have a feeling of disgust while watching it either, which can definitely happen when I consume WWE programming sometimes.

Before I dig into my full thoughts on the show, here are the full match results from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis:

- Kickoff match – The Hype Bros def. The Colons

- Money in the Bank Ladder match – Carmella def. Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Tamina & Becky Lynch

- WWE Smackdown Tag Team championship – The New Day def. The Usos by count out

- WWE Smackdown Women’s championship – Naomi def. Lana

- WWE championship – Jinder Mahal def. Randy Orton

- Breezango def. The Ascension

- Money in the Bank Ladder match – Baron Corbin def. AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens & Shinsuke Nakamura

Corbin is Mr. Money in the Bank

I picked Corbin to walk out with the briefcase coming into the show and WWE made me look prophetic Sunday night when Corbin shoved Styles and Nakamura off a ladder, climbed up and pulled down the blue briefcase that guarantees him a WWE title match at any time over the next year.

I thought Corbin was the right choice to win the match, but judging by some of the reactions I saw on social media, I don’t think a lot of people agreed with me.

To me, Corbin needed the win. As a matter of fact, the only person that needed the win as much as he did, in my mind, was Zayn. Since Corbin is a heel, I feel as though the briefcase and the eventual cash in that comes with it is better suited for him.

The match itself was fantastic and was easily the best of the night. Granted, there wasn’t much competition in that title, but this would have been hard to beat regardless.

Styles, Ziggler and Owens took some serious bumps during this match that made me cringe on multiple occasions. I’m sure the ride to the next town will not feel good for those men.

One of the more intriguing aspects of the match involved Corbin and Nakamura, as the former attacked the latter before the match even began.

Nakamura was helped backstage as a result of the attack and the majority of the match only had five men.

As expected, Nakamura triumphantly returned later in the match to a rousing ovation from the fans and did a considerable amount of damage to his opponents.

The highlight of the match was arguably Nakamura’s encounter with Styles, which was played so perfectly by both men. I sincerely hope their skirmish in this match was just a prelude of things to come. I could definitely see a SummerSlam match in their future.

I did find it funny, though, that no one complained about Nakamura being backstage most of the match. If you were to remove Nakamura from the equation and replace him with Roman Reigns, I think wrestling would have collectively groaned on the social media.

The fact that Nakamura didn’t do much and still received a loud ovation is a testament to just how over he is, and when you’re as over as Nakamura, you shouldn’t have to do much.

I have said it before and I will say it again, the way WWE booked Nakamura Sunday is how WWE has booked a lot of its top babyfaces over the years. But for some reason, people suddenly hated it when it came to Reigns.

I know some people have a blind hatred for Reigns and me pointing one example of hypocrisy won’t suddenly change that, but I just wanted to point that out.

Carmella is Ms. Money in the Bank

While the men’s Money in the Bank was by far the most exciting match on the card, the most talked about was the women’s Money in the Bank and it unfortunately had nothing to do with the hard work the five women put in.

Instead, it had everything to do with what one man did.

Carmella won the first-ever women’s Money in the Bank match, but only did so after her second, James Ellsworth, climbed the ladder for her, pulled down the briefcase and dropped it into her arms.

The finish was unexpected and fit the story surrounding Carmella and Ellsworth, but was very anticlimactic and didn’t fit a match that carried as much significance as the very first women’s Money in the Bank match.

And it’s not like I’m heaping more significance onto the match than there actually was. I am aided by WWE’s own hype of the match. All week there have been videos on social with women that weren’t in the match talking about how excited they were.

There was even a video of Stephanie McMahon, who hasn’t been on television since WrestleMania, talking about how proud she was of the match.

Then there was the video package that played before the match, which was fantastic, as most WWE productions are.

So it isn’t like the fans made the match out to be more important than what it actually was. WWE made it that way.

So to have the very first women’s Money in the Bank match end with a man grabbing the briefcase for the woman made no sense to me. I wasn’t alone.

It’s not even the fact that Ellsworth grabbed it for Carmella. I mean, other heels grabbed their own briefcase, but I can see WWE doing something different with Carmella. Sure, why not?

But why now?

Why in the very first women’s Money in the Bank, which can never be done again? There can never be another first, which means there will never be a visual of the first women’s Money in the Bank winner triumphantly pulling down that briefcase to claim victory.

Instead, it’s Ellsworth pulling it down and dropping it to Carmella. Maybe in future iterations of the women’s Money in the Bank match I would have been fine with this, but not the very first.

Ellsworth could have definitely played a part in the finish, but the moment of pulling the briefcase down should have gone to Carmella in this instance, not him.

Not now.

The Maherajah reigned supreme

Something that was much more predictable was Mahal defeating Orton in his hometown to retain the WWE championship because in case you haven’t been paying attention to WWE for the last decade, homefield advantage means nothing.

Even the finish was kind of predictable, as it played out much like the one from Backlash. The only difference was that Orton’s father, WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton, came into play when the Singh Brothers got in his face at ringside.

That caused the younger Orton to lose his mind and tee off on the Singh Brothers. He even tossed one of them onto the announce table in a scene similar to Backlash.

Orton then got back into the ring and was quickly defeated by Mahal, who spent a good five minutes resting as Orton destroyed the Singh Brothers.

I though the match itself was good. It had a very old school pace of Mahal working over Orton’s left knee for a long period of time before Orton finally made a blazing comeback.

Despite that blazing comeback, the outcome was academic. The only question now is who is next in line for Mahal?

Maria and Mike Kanellis have arrived

What was very surprising was the arrival Maria and Mike Bennett, who is now going by Mike Kanellis.

Yes, Bennett has taken his wife’s last name in WWE, as the duo is playing a couple that is madly in love, which I suppose is art imitating life, right?

Regardless, it looks like they are going to be heels and that Maria Kanellis will be the leader de-facto leader of the two, which is cool to see and pretty progressive, especially for professional wrestling.

When you think about it, Smackdown Live as a whole is pretty darn progressive. The brand has a main champion of Indian descent (although he was born and raised in Canada), a Canadian United States champion, Samoan tag team champions, an African American women’s champion and now a man taking his wife’s last name.

Lana had a decent showing

Speaking of that African American women’s champion, she defeated Lana to retain her title Sunday night.

Lana had a decent showing in defeat, but she definitely has plenty of room for improvement.

Kudos must also go to Naomi for pulling a passable match out of her very inexperienced opponent.

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