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Kickoff Tag Team Match The Hype Bros vs. The Colons
RESULT: The Hype Bros win via pinfall; Ryder pinned Epico following the Hype Ryder.
THOUGHTS: A quick, harmless and fun little match to kickoff MITB, with Ryder making his in-ring return and cinching a important rebound win for himself and Mojo. A win for the Bros makes total sense, as they are owed a tag title opportunity due to Ryder's untimely injury last December.
The question at that point, though, will be whether WWE pulls the trigger on the tag title run they very well may have had before said injury, or if this is leading up to a split with either man turning heel.
WK KING OF PPV: Greg - 1/9 Ken - 1/9 Julie - 0/9 Mikhail - 0/9 Nick - 0/9
First-Ever Women's Money In The Bank Ladder Match Tamina Snuka vs. Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
RESULT: Carmella becomes Miss Money In The Bank; Ellsworth took down the case and tossed it to Carmella for the win.
THOUGHTS: When breaking down the match for a prototype concept like a Women's MITB match, I tend to be a little more generous. While it was a relatively tame ladder match compared to most MITB matches since the concept's introduction, I think the women put together a very serviceable match for their first time out.
The ending I actually don't have much of a problem with; for a first-time match, there's been no precedent set as to having an outsider pull down the briefcase for one of the female participants, as JBL aptly pointed out. Remains to be see if the result will hold up, but it was a nice touch to have Carmella show a snippet of her opportunistic side like previous MITB holders by having Ellsworth be the difference.
WK KING OF PPV: Greg - 3/9 (1st; 2 points) Ken - 3/9 (1st; 2 points) Julie - 2/9 (1st; 2 points) Mikhail - 0/9 Nick - 0/9
Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship The Usos (c) vs. The New Day
RESULT: The New Day wins via countout; The Usos took the countout loss after Jey Uso broke up Kofi's pinfall following the Midnight Hour on Jimmy Uso.
THOUGHTS: Great, intense match from these two teams. While it lost some steam towards the end with a couple botches, it was nonetheless a fun, high-energy match with plenty of great exchanges and near falls. The finishing sprint was good as well, with a couple near submission finishes and a REALLY close near fall off the Big Ending which had the crowd hooked.
The Usos taking the countout loss doesn't hurt the match or the result of New Day winning; it keeps the New Day in the running for a future tag title shot and keeps the feud moving along without either team suffering a straight loss.
WK KING OF PPV: Greg - 3/9 Ken - 3/9 Julie - 3/9 Mikhail - 1/9 Nick - 1/9
Smackdown Live Women's Championship Naomi (c) vs. Lana
RESULT: Naomi wins via submission; Naomi locked Lana in the Slay-o-mission for the victory.
THOUGHTS: Aside from the Carmella tease, which was a good call back to what Kane pulled in 2010 versus Rey Mysterio, this was simply a chore to sit through. Lana does have the basics down as far as working a body part and drawing a modicum of heat, but it was far too drawn out and awkward.
Most people would say, "Well, it was her first full-time match", well I say to that, "Why would you put her first full match on a PPV and not get her regular in-ring time on NXT or SD Live to help her sort out what works for her in-ring style and what doesn't?" Just not a good first outing for Lana, overall.
WK KING OF PPV: Greg - 4/9 Ken - 3/9 Julie - 4/9 Mikhail - 1/9 Nick - 1/9
WWE World Championship "The Modern-Day Maharaja" Jinder Mahal (c) w/The Singh Brothers vs. "The Viper" Randy Orton
RESULT: Jinder Mahal wins via pinfall; Mahal pinned Orton after a kick to Orton's bad knee and the Khallas.
THOUGHTS: I thought this was a better overall outing for Orton and Mahal than their initial outing; Orton was far more motivated being in front of a hometown audience, and Mahal seemed more at ease in a main-event setting, working a solid, methodical style to take the life out of Orton and the St. Louis audience.
It was a nice touch, with Hall of Famers like "Cowboy" Bob Orton and Ric Flair at ringside, for Mahal to audaciously use or try to use their signature maneuvers to draw that big heel heat. Classic tactic right there. It was because of "Cowboy" Bob begin there that it was no surprise to see the Singh Brothers go after him, draw Randy away, and take enough punishment that Mahal could recover and capitalize.
Where Orton goes from here, I'm unsure of, but Mahal's stock continues to rise as he got the much-needed follow-up victory to secure his status as WWE Champion and a main eventer on SD Live.
WK KING OF PPV: Greg - 5/9 Ken - 4/9 Julie - 6/9 (LOCK) Mikhail - 2/9 Nick - 1/9
Tag Team Match Breezango vs. The Ascension
RESULT: Breezango wins via pinfall; Fandango rolled up Viktor for the victory.
THOUGHTS: A simple, brief cool-down match to temper the St. Louis crowd following the drama of the Orton-Mahal match. Breezango gets the win to remain a relevant part of the tag division, and Ascension prove to be even more ineffective than the villains on buddy cop shows.
Men's Money In The Bank Ladder Match Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
RESULT: Baron Corbin wins and becomes Mr. Money in the Bank; Corbin knocked Nakamura and Styles off the ladder before retrieving the case.
THOUGHTS: I can definitely see why WWE had this match go on last; after Orton's loss sucked the life out of the live crowd, the Men's MITB match brought it roaring back in fine fashion with a hellaciously physical ladder match.
Everyone played their roles to the hilt; Ziggler played the crafty veteran, pulling the ladder from under Styles to leave him hanging 20 feet over the ring. Styles picked his spots for big-time takedowns, like the Ushigoroshi to Owens on a ringside ladder. Zayn was a beast, putting down Ziggler (sunset flip powerbomb, ala Edge-Eddie circa 2002), Corbin and Owens (half-nelson suplex on the ring apron, YIKES!) in various brutal ways to leave himself in prime position to grab the case.
Having Corbin take out Shinsuke for the first half of the match actually made sense, as Nakamura has ZERO experience working a ladder match in his career, and would look rather exposed to the audience in a stipulation he's not at all acclimated to. The mid-match pop Shinsuke received ensured that the match would continue to keep the crowd's undivided attention towards the end.
The tease and brief exchange between Styles and Nakamura was great, and I definitely look forward to seeing these two former IWGP rivals tear down the house at SummerSlam if that's where this leads to.
Corbin winning was my call, I'm happy to say, and no surprise either; he along with Zayn had the most upside to winning MITB, plus we know it will be a moderately long wait-out on his cash-in given Mahal's status as WWE Champion (WWE doesn't go for straight-up heel vs. heel feuds unless they can be 100% sure audience reactions for either heel won't cancel each other out).
WK KING OF PPV: Greg - 6/9 (2nd; 1 point) Ken - 6/9 (1st; 2 points) Julie - 8/9 (1st; 2 points) (WINNER) Mikhail - 4/9 (1st; 2 points) Nick - 1/9
Due to the nature of the Big 4 PPV title, new "Queen" of PPV Champion Julie Manoogian relinquishes the Big 4 PPV title.