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Review – Money In The Bank (2017)

Money In The Bank did not disappoint, it was a solid show from start to finish with some excellent wrestling at times and a few surprising moments. Controversy in the first ever Women’s MITB ladder match, a shocking debut and hopefully a few teases of things to come.

It’s vary rare for me to walk away from a WWE main roster PPV with a good overall opinion of it, but I was very happy with what happened. I see potential in all story lines and even though my favourite wrestlers didn’t win. I am content.

Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Winner: Carmella

054_mitb_06182017jg_0611-caa06542d3384264da149ee1e3b35a8cStraight in with the controversy! Oh the internet seems to be massively divided on this on. Some people despise the ending other people love it. I personally loved it.

In case you are unaware the finish of the match saw James Ellsworth tip Becky Lynch from the top of the ladder, proceed to climb the ladder, retrieve the briefcase and then drop it into Carmella’s waiting open arms. It was a complete mockery off a finish, showing complete disrespect to all of the women involved. This was their moment to show the world they could do it just as well as the men and it was ruined.

It was the PERFECT heel move. Absolutely brilliant! I mean, what a disgusting thing to do. To ruin the inaugural Women’s MITB ladder match by having a man decide the finish. The heat Carmella should receive from this is unreal. This is where a lot of people seem to be getting confused again. You didn’t like what the heel did? You aren’t meant to. It’s meant to rile you up!

The only problem I had with it was the confusing referee discussion after the bell rang. It made it seem like Shane McMahon or Daniel Bryan were going to come out and restart the match but never did. It clearly confused the crowd to who just stood there waiting for something to happen.

As for the match itself, I thought it was unfortunately a little sloppy. Certainly not the high standards we know the women can reach on their day. I certainly thought the ‘this is awesome’ chant early on was incredibly generous of the St Louis crowd. Not that anyone is going to remember the match itself its all about the finish.

I’m not entirely sure why the WWE made the creative choice of having all 5 women come out to the ring, then show a 3/4 minute video hyping up the match. Surely it would have made more sense to open the show with that promo package? As for the video itself, even more marketing bullshit promoting the women’s revolution. Stop patting yourselves on the back every chance WWE, it makes everything seem so much more forced and false.

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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

Review: WWE Backlash 2017

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Your opinion of how good/bad this PPV was might heavily rely on your opinion of the above.

 

Backlash was always going to have a hard time out doing NXT Takeover Chicago, even though it had the potential too. Saturday night we got the outstanding Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne match and unfortunately nothing came close to it here on the Smackdown exclusive PPV. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad show. It just wasn’t particularly amazing, everyone more or less just seemed to be going through the motions.

Now I know a lot of people are going to have a negative opinion on this PPV for the main event and that’s fine. But is Jinder winning really that bad? I can’t decide.

 

I’m going to skip past Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan, Naomi, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. The Welcoming Committee and Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn. The first two I just do not care about and Corin vs. Zayn was an okay match but unremarkable. I will say this though, either Sami Zayn is the best actor in the WWE or he worked the majority of the match with a bad back. Props to him either way!

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler

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An underwhelming debut for Nakamura.

A little underwhelmed by Shinsuke’s main roster debut if I’m honest. Weeks off nothing and then this match with Dolph Ziggler. It had the potential to be really good, but honestly it felt like both guys were going through the motions.

 

Is it just be or has Nakamura peaked already in the WWE? His best match by far is still his debut at NXT Takeover Dallas against Sami Zayn, but has anything else even come close? From my perspective it feels like he’s been heavily watered down.

A disappointing start to the show I will admit, I was hoping for so much more. Nakamura has the ability to set the world on fire, we’ve seen it before inside and outside of this company but something isn’t clicking right now.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship
The Usos (c) vs. Breezango (The Fashion Police)

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Master of disguise Tyler Breeze and Fandango were over with the crowd and deserved their spotlight.

Best match of the show, if you can call it a match. It was more of a 10 minute comedy show. I loved every second of it.

 

Tyler Breeze as we all know by now is a master of disguise, came to the ring disguised as the janitor and used his mop for multi comedy moments. Although surely referee, that was a disqualification? Later in the match he came back out from under the ring disguised as an old lady. The commentators were fully on board with the gag, JBL playing fully along ‘not knowing’ who these people were. At one point he even criticised the referee for allow a 4 on 2 handicap match to happen.

The crowd loved every minute of it, I loved every minute of it. It was great. The Fashion Police have been doing great work as of late now that they’ve had a little bit of a spot light. They’re over with the fans and I would love to see them win the titles!

United States Championship
Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles

151_back_05212017ej_2375-b4655206da7f8a8e084f55c5553205d5A good match between two very talented wrestlers. Kevin Owens won via count out after AJ Styles’ leg got stuck in the announce table leaving this feud wide opener for a rematch. I’m happy with that, I want both of these men to be in the WWE Title picture but if they keep putting on good matches then I’m fine.

I feel like they left a lot for a rematch if I’m honest though, which is good. As I mentioned earlier I feel like the majority of wrestlers didn’t get out of second gear. Hopefully next time we see these two go at it they go all out and truly steal the show as we know they can. For now though, solid and enjoyable match with much more potential to come in this feud. Thumbs up!

WWE Championship
Randy Orton (c) vs. Jinder Mahal

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He only bloody well did it!

Well I’ll be damned, they actually did it. They actually bloody did it! Jinder Mahal is the new WWE Champion. Interesting side note, Mahal is the 50th different WWE Champion ever, quite the name forever etched in the history books.

I honestly can not decide if I love this or hate this.

This entire angle has come out of nowhere since Wrestlemania. When he was on Raw he couldn’t buy a victory and now suddenly he is WWE Champion. It makes Smackdown seem a bit rubbish doesn’t it?

I think that’s my main problem with this whole thing, how sudden it is. I get that the shock value will have people talking but whatever happened to a solid build, an Intercontinental title run and a hot angle to push you up the card.

At the end of the day I’m not totally against this but…it’s a bit weird isn’t it! Still, anything is better than yet another boring Randy Orton title run. Although I’m sure he’ll win it back sooner rather than later.

WWE now need to go all in on Jinder, this is not the time for half-baked plans. He’s your WWE Champion, treat him like one and maybe you’ll get a good return for your investment. It’s going to be an uphill battle though because the fan reaction to this from what I’ve seen hasn’t been good. The question is, is it good heel heat or change the channel heat?

Predictions: WWE Backlash 2017

Simply put there is no way that Backlash 2017 can follow NXT Takeover Chicago. That Tyler Bate versus Pete Dunne match will be a match of the year contender for sure. Maybe the show is doomed from the start though, after all the main event is Randy Orton against JINDER MAHAL for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP. Let that settle in for a moment, you might need to take a seat.

Bizarre times we live in for sure. However, there should be at least two good matches. Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles in all sorts of a dream match and I’m expecting big things from Nakamura’s main roster debut against Dolph Ziggler.

The rest of the show though, oh dear. It’s not exactly gripping stuff is it? Actually I tell a lie, this show has The Fashion Police on it. So automatically its going to be a five-star show.

Enough ramble, let’s do some predictions!

Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan

I mean, does anyone actually care? Either man could win or lose and it will make absolutely zero different in the long or short-term. Prove me wrong WWE!

Winner: Luke Harper

Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn

20170509_1920x1080_bl_zayncorbin-a90bc9dcd9038c1fc9a708a744bdf274I imagine that Big Banter Baron Corbin will pick up the victory over Sami Zayn. I’d prefer Zayn to win, but considering his gimmick is ‘wrestler who tries real hard but always loses’ there doesn’t seem to be all that much hope. Potentially a good match though in fairness!

Winner: Baron Corbin

Naomi, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. The Welcoming Committee

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I’ve always been a big fan of the Women’s Champion being lost in the shuffle of a multi-women tag team match on PPVs. Not.

What would be the point of The Welcoming committee existing if they don’t pick up the victory here? Then again, what a terrible world it would be if a team consisting of the Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch can’t defeat Natalya, Carmella and Tamina Snuka.

Expect a screwy finish for certain here is all I can think of and either Becky or Naomi to take the fall.

Winners: The Welcoming Committee

Podcast: Wrestlemania 33 & NXT Takeover Orlando Reviews!

Rob and Dan return to talk about Wrestlemania 33 and NXT Takeover Orlando, as well as ramble about this, that and the other as per usual.

On the agenda, the awesome NXT Tag Team Division, Brock Lesnar versus Goldberg, the return of The Hardy’s and The Undertaker’s last match. As well as much, much more.

Review: NXT Takeover: Orlando

nxt_takeover__orlando_2017_logo_png_by_ambriegnsasylum16-db348guI find myself looking forward to NXT Takeovers simply because they are NXT Takeovers. There has not been a bad one yet and there are always at least one or two great matches. This is despite the fact that NXT is simply not as good as it was this time last year, or the year before that. It feels like it has peaked and has now become more, developmental again I suppose.

As I said, NXT Takeovers are always good shows, but I don’t think there is any risk of Takeover Orlando out shining Wrestlemania 33 like Takeover Dallas did last year. Granted the first two matches didn’t set the world on fire but I enjoyed all three title matches. The show featured great talent, the tag team match stole the show YET AGAIN and while every champion retained, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

 

To me Percy Watson still seems like an unnecessary addition to the commentary booth. I preferred NXT having the old school style of the two-man booth. Corey Graves has moved on permanently to pastures Raw. So Nigel McGuinness took his place, I like Nigel. He knows what he is talking about but he’s a little soft-spoken at times.

Holy shit! Drew McIntrye/Galloway was in the crowd! He’s coming back to the WWE! That’s awesome, hopefully they treat him like the real deal this time. Brilliant success story for Drew outside of WWE. He left after being treated like dirt, rebuilt his reputation and career and now returns with more credibility than ever.

SAnitY vs. Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, Kassius Ohno and Ruby Riot

No Way Jose was attacked by SAnitY earlier in the day at one of the Wrestlemania Access shows. I really like that, it makes watching the live events there even better when there is the possibility of actual story line advancement. Much like when Samoa Joe beat Finn Balor for the NXT Title at a house show, it just keeps the feeling of ‘anything can happen in NXT’.

His replacement? Kassius Ohno, better known on the indie circuits as Chris Hero. He gets a good reaction. I’m still not a fan of the name Kassius Ohno, it just sounds so stupid. Speaking of stupid, the black eye makeup all of SAnitY were wearing. It didn’t make them look scary or intimidating. Just daft.

008_nxt_04012017mm_0629-e3e96fcbd937966340f7f3cc17e6de9fThis was a solid and high paced opening match that the crowd get more and more into as it went along the way. I’m not sure how I feel about Ruby Riot yet and Roderick Strong has yet to set my world on fire in NXT. Early days for both though really.

Tye Dillinger is as over as ever, the day he starts actually winning things will be huge. For now though, obviously Dillinger takes the fall after an Ulster Plantation from Killian Dain. Which the crowd are disappointed for. We all want to see the Perfect 10 succeed! However it’s good to see SAnitY remaining strong though, the pay off will hopefully be worth it.

Predictions: NXT Takeover: Orlando

Oh ho ho it’s Wrestlemania weekend! You know what that means? That’s right NXT. Now granted I might not be as into wrestling as I was a couple of years ago, but I’m still excited about watching the big NXT specials. Even when you look at a card and think ‘hmm, not as strong as a previous one’, they still knock it out of the park!

2 reasons to be excited alone, #DIY and The Revival. So many match of the year candidates come out of their encounters. Will they do it again? Chances are good. Plus you’ve got Bobby Roode verses Nakamura, the first one was great!

Okay, let’s get to the predictions!

SAnitY vs. Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, No Way Jose and Ruby Riot

S20170328_nxttakeover_orlando_dillingerstongjosesanity_logo-6155c9248927afe20bf8173aaf4ee493AnitY. SAnitY will win this one. 2 reasons I say that, firstly Tye Dillinger never ever wins. That’s his gimmick. Secondly, the way to build up groups as dominate, destructive and unbeatable is to have them actually win, a lot. That way, when they are eventually toppled it means so much more. NXT seem to understand that process more than the main roster.

Winner: SAnitY

Aleister Black vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas

I th20170322_nxttakeover_orlando_alalmas-fcaf2194714f5583b6d6fb7ffb4cb165ink I’m going to go with Aleister Black with this one. Almas has been doing so much better since he turned heel and I think his character can take a loss without being damaged. I’m hoping for good things from this match.

Winner: Aleister Black

Triple Threat NXT Tag Team Championships
The Authors of Pain (c) vs. #DIY vs. The Revival

nxtortagIn an ideal world The Revival would win back THEIR NXT Tag Team Championships. Huge fan of Dash and Dawson, a little bit worried that they won’t be given the time to shine on the main roster once they do get called up. I assume that call up will be relatively soon, perhaps even this weekend. I think the Authors of Pain will retain though to continue their domination of NXT for a little while longer.

If I’m honest this match is the main reason I’m going to be watching this Takeover. NXT’s tag team division has been fantastic for years and #DIY and The Revival always do great work.

Winners: The Authors of Pain

NXT Women’s Title
Asuka vs. Ember Moon

20170315_nxttakeover_orlando_asukamoon-70c2f47e72bce6ed8b52e9335b2eba2aIt is at this point it becomes apparent just how odd an entity NXT is. Most of my predictions for this show are based on who I think are getting called up. Asuka is another prime contender to appear on the Raw or Smackdown after Wrestlemania.

You can’t strip NXT of all its top-tier talent in one fell swoop though so I do imagine it would be unlikely for The Revival, Asuka and Nakamura all to make the jump at once. I’m not saying it won’t happen, more that it…shouldn’t.

Is it the right time for Asuka’s twinning streak to end?

Winner: Ember Moon

NXT Title
Bobby Roode (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

roodenakaAgain, is it time for Nakamura to get his call up? You would assume so.

Am I the only person who thinks Nakamura has lost his way a little bit since his debut last year? Maybe the call up would refocus his character and give him that edge again.

I love Bobby Roode, so seeing him retain would be ‘glorious’.

Winner: Bobby Roode