WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights – Bleacher Report

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    Credit: WWE.com

    There was so much compelling chaos, flesh-to-steel violence and crackling energy in WWE Money in the Bank 2017’s main event that it was easy to forget the pay-per-view’s disappointing elements.

    Baron Corbin came away the winner in a high-octane Money in the Bank ladder match. His victory came at the close of a thriller, a star-making spectacle that will leave bruises alongside the wrestlers’ bodies for days.

    Money in the Bank, though, didn’t thrive throughout the card the way it did in that bout.

    Carmella won an underwhelming Money in the Bank ladder match. Ho-hum endings plagued some of the PPV. Too much of the fare would have felt more at home on an edition of SmackDown.

    Sunday’s event had its home runs to go along with its whiffs. Read on for a breakdown of the PPV, from the kickoff bout to Corbin’s coronation.

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    Zack Ryder returned to action for the first time since injuring his knee last December.

    He and Mojo Rawley gained the early advantage over The Colons. They had everything going their way until Primo and Epico went after Ryder’s bad leg.

    Rawley charged in later on, bowling over the heels and leading the way to a win.

       

    Result

    Ryder and Rawley win via pinfall.

       

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

  • Epico mocks Ryder’s “Woo woo woo” taunt.
  • “I’m back!”—Ryder.
  • Rawley runs in place as Epico wails on him with chops.

   

Grade

D+

   

Analysis

Ryder’s return match wasn’t memorable. It was a house-show-quality, paint-by-numbers bout.

Getting The Hype Bros a win was a good move to help reinsert them into the tag team division, though.

The tag team division will be better off with these fellows around thanks to added depth. There aren’t a ton of heels for Ryder and Rawley to face if The Usos are busy feuding with The New Day and Breezango. Finding them something substantial to do will take come creativity.

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    Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Tamina vs. Carmella vs. Natalya

    Tamina dominated in the early going, slamming ladders into everyone who tried to step into the ring.

    Chaos unfolded as everyone brawled. Natalya cleared the ring and had her fingertips on the briefcase before Flair yanked her off a ladder. Other Superstars collided into each other as momentum shifted from wrestler to wrestler.

    Lynch seemed to be closing in on victory when James Ellsworth pushed her off a ladder. He unhooked the briefcase to give it to Carmella.

    Referees bickered over whether that should allow Carmella to win.

       

    Result

    Carmella wins.

       

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

  • “There is no safe haven in this match.”—Byron Saxton.
  • Natalya slams Lynch onto a ladder.
  • Carmella climbs over Flair, who was caught up in a ladder.
  • Fans chant “This is awesome!”
  • Carmella nails Lynch with a hurricanrana off a ladder.
  • Flair floors Natalya and Tamina with a corkscrew dive from the top rope.
  • “You can’t break a rule that doesn’t exist.”—John “Bradshaw” Layfield.

   

Grade

C+

   

Analysis

What a missed opportunity.

This wrapped up far too early and before things could get truly wild. The bout featured some thrilling spots, but it felt unfinished. And the ending was deflating.

WWE didn’t make use of The Welcoming Committee dynamic at all. And Ellsworth taking a big bump would have been a nice addition.

Ending this in a swirl of confusion is the wrong move, although Carmella was the ideal winner. The Money in the Bank concept suits her character the best. And she needed this boost in a major way.

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    Kofi Kingston and Big E beat up on the champs early on.

    The Usos, though, gained control over sending Kingston tumbling out of the ring. Jimmy and Jey Uso slowed the pace of the match and punished Kingston in their corner. They focused on the high-flyer’s leg, but he fought back valiantly.

    Big E overpowered his foes for a stretch.

    The Usos, however, managed to escape by walking away from the match. The New Day watched on frustrated from the ring.

       

    Result

    The New Day wins via count-out. The Usos retain the titles.

       

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

  • Big E hits Jimmy Uso with a massive splash on the ring apron.
  • Kingston takes a nasty spill outside of the ring.
  • Big E suplexes Jimmy Uso out on the floor.
  • Kingston dives out to the floor onto both Usos.

   

Grade

B-

   

Analysis

The two squads had excellent chemistry here.

Many of the title bout’s elements clicked. A limping Kingston generated some solid pathos. The Usos’ nasty side and The New Day’s heart were on full display. All kinds of convincing near-falls added to the drama.

It’s the ending that will be the focus of many discussions moving forward, though.

Clearly, WWE is saving a more decisive finish for later down the road. This was a letdown in the present.

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