Welcome to the most must-see Vulture Hound weekly review in history; welcome to… The SmackDown Review, brought to you this week by your (still beloved) Doctor Frenchie, Steph.
There will two Money in The Bank Ladder matches at the Money in The Bank PPV. Male and female Superstars will have the chance to try to climb the Ladder to grab the briefcase that will give them a guaranteed contract for the WWE Title or the SmackDown Women’s Title, anytime, anywhere, in the year to come. Every participant is trying to prove they earn their spot. And the New Day finally arrived in Blue land. 3 matches have already been announced for tonight, Ziggler vs. Styles rematch, Nakamura vs. Owens in a non-title match, and a 6 Women Tag Team Match. Let’s see what the action can offer to us…
The show begins with a Table for 6, as Commissioner Shane Mc Mahon is surrounded by “the Powerhouse” Tamina Snuka, “the Best there is, best there was, best there ever will be Superstar” Natalya, “the Princess of Staten Island” Carmella, “the first-ever Smackdown Women’s Champion” Becky Lynch and “one the most decorated female Superstars of all time” Charlotte Flair (and James Ellsworth too…). Shane unveils the white briefcase that the female participants will be competing for in the first-ever Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder match. Shane asks the girls who is going to hold it on June 18. He adds this kind of match is extremely dangerous and all Superstars will leave a piece of herself in it, both emotionally and physically, and there are great risks. But on the other side, the winner of the match will have a guaranteed opportunity for the Women’s Title, anytime, anywhere. Even if cashing in the briefcase is not always synonymous with victory.
Ellsworth interrupts Shane to let Carmella say everybody knows she’s going to win. But The Queen also has something to say, she thanks Shane for the opportunity to let her show her greatness because she’s going to win the match. Natalya cuts her off to say it’s her moment because she’s the best there is… She can’t finish the famous Hart line because Becky accuses her of ripping her uncle Bret Hart off. Tamina interrupts Becky to say all they do is talk and she’s going to shut them all up in St. Louis. SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi makes a glowing entrance to add she’s ready to fight the winner of the match, but here comes Lana. Shane quickly tells her that making her SmackDown debut is not working for him right now. Lana wants to be apart in the Ladder match (all the girls around are laughing…). Naomi and Lana start arguing about Lana’s ability to wrestle. Shane stops them and tells Lana a title match is something she needs to earn. An infuriated Lana storms out of the ring.
HERE IS SOME OTHER SHIT THAT HAPPENED:
– Natalya, Carmella and Tamina Snuka defeated Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Naomi, thanks to an intervention of Lana. Charlotte and Natalya reigned supreme in the beginning of the match. When Naomi was able to tag in and pin Tamina, Lana appeared to distract Naomi. Lana took Naomi’s legs and made her fall on the apron. Tamina hit a Superkick on Naomi for the win. Lana smiled next to the Bad Girls team (as last week was a no-contest, the score is now: Good girls 1 – 2 Bad Girls).
– Backstage, Shane is on the phone in front of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy. Mojo Rawley, after whining on Twitter for weeks, tells Shane his win means a lot to him and for the moment the doors are not opened for him in the Land of Opportunities as he’s not a Money in The Bank match participant. Mojo reminds him he defeated Jinder Mahal. Shanes offers him a spot in the Ladder match if he defeats Jinder Mahal again tonight.
– AJ Styles defeated Dolph Ziggler in a rematch from last week. Ziggler again was impressive but Styles was able to hit the Styles Clash for the win.
– In the latest edition of The Fashion Files with Breezango, The New Day made a special appearance as their ice-cream cart is out of control (please welcome Zippers Playsuit Breeze…)
– John Cena is confirmed to return to SmackDown on July 4th (I’m absolutely delighted… irony…)
– WWE Champion Jinder Mahal defeated Mojo Rawley. Mojo was dominating The Maharaja but The Singh Brothers did a good job helping their boss. Mojo tried to comeback but Mahal choked his eyes (french touch…), hit the Khallas and get the win. After the match, Mahal remind the crowd he will defeat Orton at Money in the Bank and then they will have no choice but to accept him as their Champion. Mahal ended with a few words in Punjabi.
– Backstage, Renee Young is with Randy Orton. She asks him his reaction on Jinder’s comments. Orton says that he spoke to a few Legends and they all told him that actions speaks much louder than word. So in 2 weeks, in his hometown, he won’t need to say one word but Jinder will hear him just fine.
– After a big entrance, an offered tasting of Booty-O’s to the crowd and a few notes from Francesca, The New Day (Woods and Big E) defeated The Colons. Woods started the match and did really well, followed by Big E. After commercial break, The Colons were in control on Woods. Both Primo and Epico were surpassed by Big E. He and Woods hit Epico with the Midnight Run for the win. (Kingston injury break seems to be beneficial for Woods who really raised his game over the last few weeks) The Usos appeared after the match and welcomed The New Day to their Penitentiary. They bashed their look and their jokes to state there won’t be anymore jokes at Money In the Bank.
– Backstage, Sami Zayn is telling Dasha Fuentes how he is preparing for the Money in The Bank match and that he will be on commentary for tonight’s main event. Baron Corbin arrived and attacked him with ladders. An happy Corbin announced a spot has now opened up on commentary for tonight. (for the record, Sami Zayn is not a human punching bag…)
– Naomi is in Shane’s office and tells him she wants Lana at Money In the Bank. Shane answers her she has no obligation to fight Lana but Naomi is ready to put her title on the line. Shane makes the title match for Money In the Bank. An happy Naomi says Lana might better invest in one of those Russian hats because she plans on snatching her bald.
In the main event, United States Champion Kevin Owens and The Artist known as Shinsuke Nakamura are competing in a non-title match. Baron Corbin is at the announce table. The two start with a series of back and forth. After commercial break, Owens is dominating Nakamura after sending him into the barrier. Owens then hits a DDT for a near-fall. Nakamura answers with a series of kicks. In control of the match, The WWE Rockstar keeps on with a strike and a running high knee on Owens on the top corner. 2-count for Nakamura. Owens comes back with an attempt of Superplex countered by Nakamura, but hits him with the cannonball. Nakamura takes control again with kicks, a reverse exploder and the Kinshasa for the win.
An impressive and really striking Nakamura is celebrating in the ring but Corbin comes to attack him from behind. Corbin drops him with the End of Days and head to the ramp, a smile on his face, to better stare at the ring and the mess he left in.
TO SUM UP:
It was not a bad episode, but not the best too… The Money in The Bank Ladder match participants were announced too soon and at the same time, and the PPV is only in 12 days… By winning his match tonight, Shinsuke Nakamura logically became the #1 contender for the US title, but AJ Styles never asked or earned his Backlash rematch. Money in The Bank is not going to solve the problem as both Styles, Nakamura and Owens are apart of the Ladder match. So SmackDown is now running like an hamster in his wheel… waiting for Money in The Bank to happen, which brings us nowhere for the moment. It’s quite frustrating as the show really worths the glimpse. For the moment, predicting any winner of the 2 Ladder matches is almost impossible as both male and female participants are extremely valuable players, which in a way makes both matches really interesting. And the PPV is only in 12 days…