Turns out Money in the Bank was a rerun.
I’m struggling to put coherent thoughts for this show together right now because I was there and there were some non-match related annoyances I had to deal with.
The first match was Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass, which was decent for what it was. Cass played his part well and Bryan came back and won. I’ve been loving Bryan being as aggressive as he has been lately. But, while it was good, I think we can all agree that this should be the end of this.
Sami Zayn and Bobby Lashley had a bad match and Sami deserves better. Nothing else to say.
Then Seth Rollins defended the Intercontinental Championship against Elias in a good match. I didn’t see that Seth was selling the leg so when he first came down on it and it looked like he hurt himself, I was scared he was hurt. Thankfully this is not the case – and Seth retained as expected. The sad thing is that there were no Curb Stomps. =(
Then was the women’s Money in the Bank match. I guess this match was probably what was expected of it. We expected Sasha to basically kill herself to put on the best show possible as she always does – and she did. She took the biggest bumps of all. Ember and Naomi were right behind her there, as they were the ones who stood out the most besides her. And also Becky killed it as she always does but ultimately came up short. Lana, to her credit, was very over because of Rusev. One day she’ll actually be a good wrestler, maybe. Charlotte tired to do things but as usual, she failed at them. That didn’t stop the crowd from wooing, though. Natalya and Alexa Bliss were also there. Nattie nearly killed Naomi and one point and Alexa took approximately zero bumps before she won. This is how women’s wrestling dies – to thunderous applause. I’m trying to tell myself that Alexa winning is better than the expected result of Natalya winning – because at the end of the day, Alexa Bliss is better than Natalya, Charlotte, and Lana – so obviously she’s the least terrible of the terrible choices. But it’s still terrible. (More later.)
After this was Roman vs. Jinder, and I’ll be perfectly honest – I have no memory of the actual match, just the crowd being dicks. I mean, it was not unexpected, but they were atrocious. I’m honestly ashamed to be in the crowd for it. CM Punk chants, chants for everyone else imaginable, three beach balls, the wave. Awful. Fuck you, Chicago. I was already pissed off because of the terrible MITB result, but these trash fans didn’t help.
Carmella then defeated Asuka to retain the WWE Blue Women’s Championship. The match was decent – loads better than Carmella/Charlotte, proving yet again that Charlotte is bad. It was entertaining. Carmella may not be as good a talker as Bliss is, but she’s definitely better in the ring. And then James Ellsworth arrived in Asuka’s entrance gear and caused Asuka to lose, which is about the only acceptable reason. Still doesn’t forgive WWE for ending Asuka’s streak at the hands of Charlotte – should’ve been to Carmella – but that’s a different story. Also, the rightful end of Carmella’s reign now belongs to Becky.
Next was A.J. Styles defending the WWE Title against Shinsuke Nakamura in a Last Man Standing Match. This match was really good – probably their best. I didn’t get to see this as well as I’d like because they lit the arena more for this because they went into the crowd, and one of the lights was directly in my eyes so it was hard to enjoy all of it. That said, it was very fun from what I saw through the lights, even though I’m disappointed Shinsuke lost. Still, this needs to be the end of this.
Nia Jax then defended her title in a meh match against Ronda Rousey but then lost it to Alexa after she interrupted and cashed in.
To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement. WWE sells the MITB match – specifically this women’s one – that this match could “change your life.” And what happens? They gave the MITB case to someone who was champion 69 days ago. To someone who had basically been champion since December of 2016 with very brief pauses. HOW IS THIS CHANGING SOMEONE’S LIFE? Such a slap in the face to the actually good talent they have. A slap in the face to Ember – the first of many she’ll have to endure. A slap in the face to Sasha, the definitive best woman on the Raw roster and probably the company until Io Shirai arrives. She is far and away the best, sells the most merch, has the most mainstream appeal despite WWE trying to tell you otherwise, is a role model, gives literally everyone woman on the roster their best match, and goes out of her way to sell and take the biggest bumps. That’s what the real talent does. Sasha is better than half the men on the roster as well. A lot of people give her shit because they think she “has a bad attitude” just because she stands up for herself – mostly entitled men who don’t know how to deal with confident women (even moreso, confident black women) or people who ignorantly think fans are the reasons wrestlers have jobs, not years of hard work to get to where they are. And a slap in the face to Becky, who’s been screwed out of so many things left and right and is one of the best faces in the company. But we just get mediocre blonde chick #3. Again. Even though we just did this and we all got sick of it. Plus we sat through two terrible Alexa/Nia matches already after that awful feud, and after Alexa’s awful title reign – and now we’ve just reset everything as if nothing happened. The Raw women’s division is as dead as it’s tag division.
It’s shit like this that makes me appreciate companies like Lucha Underground, New Japan, and Stardom – companies who know how to recognize and utilize their talents properly and to their fullest extent. Put WWE’s full women’s roster in LU or Stardom and Charlotte and Alexa and Natalya and Lana are at the bottom of the barrel where their talents dictate that they belong. In fact, Lana and Nia wouldn’t even be employed. They’re lucky they work for WWE where Vince just likes mediocre white blondes with fake boobs or people with more famous family members that are in the business or a famous name because most of us wise to the business can see right through them. I feel bad for Sasha, Becky, Bayley, Asuka, Ember, the IIconics, Ruby Riott, and Sarah Logan – it’s become abundantly clear that WWE will always push their pets over the real talent. And I sincerely hope Kairi and Dakota stay in NXT for as long as possible to avoid inevitable disappointment. And Toni and Io, assuming they’ve signed – I hope good things happen for them because they’re great, but I have no hope. This company let Tenille Dashwood go. It’s hard being a fan of actually talented people when WWE has no desire to push them.
I remember the women’s revolution. But the women’s revolution is dead. RIP. Honestly this is the most pain I’ve felt related to this company since Punk left.
And finally, Braun Strowman won the men’s MITB match in a really fun match. Just go watch it and enjoy a fun ladder match. I’m too tired to write more about it.
So, yea…that show happened. Some positives, some huge negatives. And honestly I’m just thankful for better companies that know how to recognize and utilize their real talent.
Overall Grade: C+
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