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Predictions: Money In The Bank (2017)

Money in the Bank is actually one of my favourite PPVs of the year. Unofficially its the real fourth member of the ‘big four’ (sorry Survivor Series), so I guess we could make it the big five? At least in my opinion anyway.

It’s actually one of my favourite match types as well. Ladder matches are always fun but then you’ve got such an interesting stipulation to play with as well. Will the winner cash in on the night? Will they bide their time and wait for the perfect time to strike? Or will they announce their chosen time to challenge fairly for the title. Potentially you’ve got a years worth of story lines being created in one match. I love it.

This year Money In The Bank is a Smackdown exclusive, which I really dig. You don’t need both shows having a briefcase each. Make it more exclusive, make in more unique and make it more important.

Having said that this year is the first year that the WWE are doing a women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match. So you can go ahead and scrap that more unique and exclusive nonsense I just spouted. Okay, so first of all I really like that they’re doing a women’s match. It will be really cool to see what they can all do and I love the idea that we’ll get to see them play out all of the possible ‘cash in’ story line options for the first time. It would be fantastic if they’d figured out a new, never seen before twist for this, but even if they do something we’ve seen before it will be with new people and a new spin.

However, I said the same thing when Raw and Smackdown had a Money In The Bank ladder match each or when WWE have three Hell In A Cell matches in one night. Less is more. The main problem is far too often they end up spreading themselves too thin, having to share out moments and spot ideas. After all you can’t have the same table spots two matches in a row, the crowd wont keep on popping for them. So potentially instead of having one brilliant match you get a few good ones, or worse average ones. Hopefully we get two excellent matches though.

I do wonder in what order they will lay out the match card though. Will they have the Money In The Bank matches before the Women’s and WWE Championship bouts allowing for cash in opportunities. Will they have one on the night at all? Would they have two?! That would be crazy and I bet few people would see it coming. I think its more likely that the winner of the women’s will cash in than the men’s though as I see Jinder holding the title for a while. Whoops, prediction spoilers…

Money In The Bank Ladder Match

20170602_mitb_womenladder-3c948664588094cfa324b23beefeafd1The first ever women’s Money In The Bank Ladder match. Will it be great or will it be a flop? I mean, hopefully it won’t be a flop…why would anyone hope for that? Weirdos.

I joke but in all seriousness this match, just like the Hell In A Cell match, the tables match and the Iron Man match has to deliver. Not just to shut up that section in the audience who just love to see things fail but to continue to show Vince McMahon that yes, the women in his company can be just as good as the men. I have complete faith that they have all the ability in the world to knock it out of the park, they just have to do it right on the night.

But who is going to win? Well, I think it’s between three ladies. Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Carmella.

Carmella?! I hear you cry. If there was ever a dark horse in this match it would be Carmella and I can just imagine James Ellsowrth following Carmella down to the ring each week carrying her briefcase for her. That image alone would be fantastic! I think I can rule out Natalya and Tamina without any second thought but Carmella (who I know a lot of people will say is the weakest of the group) could be a brilliant heel with that Money in the Bank contract up her sleeve.

Which leaves Charlotte, who is an obvious contender simply for being Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Now with Charlotte you have to think about who she would feud with, if Naomi is still champion I think it will be unlikely for Charlotte to win. That is of course unless WWE a thinking very long-term.

With Becky however, she has fallen from number one babyface on Smackdown AND Women’s Champion, to neither the champion or number one babyface. With Charlotte arguably taking over the role of face and Naomi obviously champion. Becky kind of needs the briefcase to stay relevant in the topper half of the division. Plus, you can go a few ways with her as Ms Money In The Bank, either as a face or perhaps with a heel turn. Which again, Charlotte probably wouldn’t do as she’s only just turned face.

My pick here is Carmella, thanks obviously to a massive assist from James Ellsworth.

Winner: Carmella


Elimination Chamber Predictions

Wrestling isn’t exactly setting my world on fire right now. It’s not that it’s ‘bad’ per se. In fact there’s a lot of little things that are, in fact, really good. AJ Styles, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. Even the whole Goldberg/Brock Lesnar angle is interesting  and I never thought I’d say that! Yet as a whole, the shows (and boy there sure are a lot of them and a lot of hours to watch, too many in fact) all just seem so uninspiring.

The terrible booking of Roman Reigns has (potentially permanently) ruined him for me. Randy Orton winning the Royal Rumble seemed like a boring and ‘safe’ bet instead of taking the opportunity to do something new and exciting. On a smaller note, what the hell have WWE done with Enzo and Cass? They are so bad these days.

So like I say, wrestling and I might not be best friends right now, but it is Wrestlemania season so I’m going to keep watching. Hoping it will all pick up as the ball starts rolling. Will this happen at the Elimination Chamber? Hmmmm, judging by the card all hopes are pinned to the main event. Which will in turn set the stage for my early thoughts on Smackdown’s half of Wrestlemania. It can’t actually be Cena/Orton can it?!

I’m not going to go into much detail for the under-card as in honesty, it’s rather bland. So here we go, quick fire predictions!


Elimination Chamber

The main event is the only match on the card that has any long-term meaning and relevance. Everything else can be repeated and re-matched to death but this is a one time deal. Which makes it special.

Elimination Chamber matches have had a hit and miss history. It fell into the same trap that still plights Hell In A Cell PPV’s, too many matches on one card. Thankfully we only get the one so that’s nice. It’s good for 2 reasons. Firstly, all the eggs into one basket instead of having to share out spots. Secondly, over saturation is killing wrestling in every other way so this is actually a nice change from the norm. I honestly believe that if they could, WWE would have 2 Royal Rumbles one for each show.

There’s a couple of people I would love to see win this match. AJ Styles being the main one. Wouldn’t it be great if he just leapt straight back up to the top of the Smackdown mountain? I would be so very, very happy. Unfortunately it isn’t going to happen. Neither will it happen for The Miz. Miz has been undoubtedly one of the best things post brand split era but he’s getting lost in the shuffle a little bit since losing his title to Dean Ambrose. That makes me sad.

The third option is by far the most likely, in fact he has to be the heavy favourite to win. Which means we might actually get to see Bray Wyatt win the World Title. Which means Bray Wyatt might actually win at Wrestlemania while defending his title! Okay I got carried away, Orton wins lol.

I’ve got to say, this Randy Orton joins the Wyatt family storyline has actually been really good. Odd, eye glowing effects and other magic nonsense aside. However, I still think it would have been far better to have Bray win the Royal Rumble match! Putting someone new over instead of the same 5 guys. How great could that have been?

You could still get to a Wrestlemania match between Bray and Orton, just have Randy in the Elimination Chamber match instead, have him win and create friction between the duo that way. It’s so close yet feels so far.

Still, won’t complain too much as like I’ve said, this feud has been pretty interesting. I would have liked it to go on for a lot longer though.

Watch me say all of this and then Baron Corbin picks up the surprise victory or something. What an idiot I’ll look like.

Whatever happens at and after the Elimination Chamber, just don’t give me AJ Styles versus Shane O’Mac at Wrestlemania for gods sake. What a waste of one of the best wrestlers in the world.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Smackdown Review 22/12/15

WWE have given us an early Christmas present. A Super Smackdown Live! I’ve always said that I would start watching Smackdown again under two conditions. It’s either live like Raw or at the very least it’s made to be just as important as Raw like it was back in the day! Well, one out of two aint bad for now I guess!

I honestly don’t think I’ve watched Smackdown all year, which is a damn shame as it use to be my favourite show. That was a long time ago now though, back before Brock Lesnar left for UFC.

Anyway, what did this Super Smackdown bring us? Was it naughty or nice? Will I or the WWE be able to stop referencing Christmas? Keep reading to find out that and more!

Overall I didn’t think it was a bad show it flew by at only two hours long. A third hour would have been too much though. Not as many Raw recaps as I was expecting, in fact I cant recall anything in video package form. Only the announcers explaining reasons for matches. Good stuff.

It does feel somewhat like Raw-lite however. Imagine removing the hour they spend on the main event story lines and that leaves you with this Smackdown. With no real story progression made it does just add to the over exposure to stars and their feuds. For example how many more times are you going to want to see The Dudley’s Vs The Wyatts?

The Good

003_sd_12222015ej_1028-605275980The opening match between the Lucha Dragons and The New Day was as entertaining as you would expect. Lucha Dragons are doing well right now and The New Day are always fun.

We get a fun promo from Dean Ambrose with Renee Young. He talks about his cage match from Raw against Sheamus, the superkick he got from Dolph Ziggler the week before and his upcoming title defence against Ziggler and Kevin Owens. Its the usual crazy shtick from Ambrose and it works well again.

We barely see Roman Reigns all show. He only comes out to save The Uso’s from the League of Nations (more on that later). Great use of Reigns on Smackdown. Firstly he didn’t cut a promo which is a great thing as he’s not very good at them. Secondly I’m a firm believer that over exposure is one of the main things ruining wrestling so keeping your main event talent special is very important. They shouldn’t wrestle every show, hell sometimes they shouldn’t even be on at all! They can’t all be Brock Lesnar, but there is a happy medium I feel.

Another promo with Renee Young this time from Dolph Ziggler. He’s stressing again about hows he’s never truly made it as far as he wanted. Or that he’s never been the guy. Good character development and continues to sow the seeds for next year. The realism of what he’s saying will make the story telling stronger. I’m hoping for big things.

089_sd_12222015sb_1575-3148091278I forgot that Stardust and The Ascension do more on Smackdown than they do on Raw.  Stardust tries to ruin Christmas by stealing a star from Santino’s tree and trashing his party. This brings out Neville and Titus O’Neil to save the day. A match is schedule for later on for which The Ascension get no entrance like the jobbers they are. This is the main Christmas angle of the night. Normally I’d hate this cheesey Christmas nonsense but seen as this is Smackdown and not Raw I’ll let it slide.

It’s a fun match which obviously Neville and O’Neil win. The highlight being from Santino who at one point was surrounded by Stardust and company. He pulled out the cobra but oculd put it on from fear of attack, so ended up using it as a handkerchief to dab his brow. I’d forgotten how fun Santino was. That said, if I saw this on Raw I would be fuming!

The Bad

The crowd were exactly what you expect from a Smackdown live event and by that I mean not very lively. They perked up once in a while for example they loved Ryback’s ‘Feed Me More’. I can’t wait to watch the highlights later with everyone receiving huge pops or massive boos.

052_sd_12222015ej_1757-384231164Dudley’s Vs Wyatt’s again. I think this is roughly the 3021st match between the groups since their feud started. Talk about beating a dead horse. It should have ended last week on Raw when The Wyatts won the street fight, but no. We saw it on Raw and Smackdown again this week! Over saturation and over exposure once again.

The twist this time is that not only has Rhyno disappeared so has Tommy Dreamer, who refuses to work Tuesdays because he takes piano lessons or something. What? I’m not lying! They didn’t mention it so I’m just assuming why he wasn’t there. Instead we get ‘Demon’ Kane and Ryback teaming up with The Dudley’s. This match reeks of Smackdown B show. A pointless match that means nothing with no consequences, no story progression. Predictably the Wyatt’s won again. Why even bother?

Alberto Del Rio and Rusev of the League of Nations took on The Uso’s. I honestly couldn’t tell you whihc Uso is which. Does that make me racist? It’s not my fault every Uso looks alike!

The League of Nations win because they have that ability whenever Roman Reigns isn’t around. They’re about to do a post match beat down when suddenly Roman Reigns turns up after all and single handedly destroys them. Honestly guys, The League of Nations are not a threat to Reigns in anyway, shape or form. When they try and tell you otherwise don’t believe the lies!

110_sd_12222015sb_1829-2449549167Brie Bella Vs Charlotte. The whole match is ignored as the commentary team focus on Becky Lynch who is with them. They talk about how she feels about Charlotte cheating and her morals etc. Team B.A.D come out pretty quickly to pour eggnog Lynch who fights back but the numbers game is too much. Meanwhile Charlotte watches all of the unfold, doesn’t help in anyway and wins the match. Charlotte then celebrates while Becky is humiliated.

That’s all fine and dandy I just have one question. Does anyone buy this ‘we’re best friends forever’ bullshit that WWE keep harping on about? I don’t. After all, when was it established that they are such good friends? They didn’t do it on NXT thats for sure and while they’ve said it a lot since the call up to the main roster, it’s never once looked convincing.

On the plus side at least theres some semblance of a storyline going on between the two of them. Which is better than the rest of the divas!

The Ugly

wzpqmtstDuring the main event Dean Ambrose took a suplex from Kevin Owens and landed right on the top of his head. It was an awful landing and looked really painful. Brutal, obviously they showed it 55 times in slow motion. I’m amazed how quickly Dean shook it off to be honest. Maybe he’s just  a really lucky man? If I don’t read a report about him having a concussion tomorrow I’ll be amazed though.