Tonight a few more superstars take another step closer to securing their spot at Money in the Bank. Find out who in this week’s hits and misses.
HIT: Daniel Bryan and Jeff Hardy Deliver
Smackdown Live had to do some scrambling with Big Cass getting injured last week during a live event. Cass was supposed to face Samoa Joe for the final Money in the Bank spot tonight. Instead Samoa Joe will wait another week while Daniel Bryan and Jeff Hardy get rewarded a second chance to qualify. Hardy and Bryan had their first ever match in WWE tonight and it was solid as expected. Both men were taking things to the outside, lots of close finishes, it was anybody’s contest. Bryan though went a different direction tonight to close out the match opposed to using his usual finishing maneuvers and made Jeff Hardy tap out to a heel hook. Bryan moves onto face Samoa Joe next week and Joe who was doing commentary wasted no time confronting Daniel Bryan letting him know his victory tonight was all for nothing. Who’s ready for the first ever WWE meeting between Bryan and Joe??? This guy is!!!
MISS: How Many Second Chances Are We Giving People?
In the past year I’ve never seen WWE have as many second chance matches. It’s almost ridiculous at this point. Is the writing team so lazy, uncreative, and can’t think far enough ahead that they have to keep doing this? The second I seen triple threat women’s matches I knew there was going to be a problem. Neither show’s women’s division is deep enough to be doing triple threat qualifying matches for Money in the Bank. The second I seen on Raw Ember Moon vs Ruby Riott vs Sasha Banks a few weeks ago I just shook my head. The fact all three of them should probably be in the Money in the Bank match, but also realizing the losers will probably end up getting a second chance. Sure enough next week on Raw they’re having every single female that didn’t qualify face off in a gauntlet match. Tonight on Smackdown Live Sonya Deville got a second chance to qualify after losing to Becky Lynch in a triple threat match with Mandy Rose last week, but failed against Naomi. Then Daniel Bryan and Jeff Hardy get a second chance to face Samoa Joe? As awesome as Bryan vs Joe is going to be, but couldn’t they have just found Samoa Joe another opponent. Shelton Benjamin? Andrade “Cien” Almas? Hell Sin Cara? Joe was probably going to beat Big Cass anyway so no sense on making fans think somebody else actually has a chance here. What’s next? If you get thrown out of the Royal Rumble, you get a second chance and can come back in? If you get eliminated from a tournament, you get a second chance to return. It’s time to do away with these second chances because it’s stupid.
HIT: The Good Brothers Get a Title Shot
While both Raw and Smackdown Live have pretty much crapped on their tag team divisions in recent weeks, it was nice to see Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in a number one contender match tonight against the Usos. Sadly the match was just instantly thrown at us with no promotion and no entrances. What could’ve been a great feud was made into a five minute one off match. I was pretty excited to see the Magic Killer getting delivered tonight not going to lie!!! I definitely didn’t want to see another Bludgeon Brothers vs Usos match for the titles so I’m happy we get something fresh. Gallows and Anderson are more than deserving to be in the conversation far as tag team championships go and hopefully WWE actually puts some time and effort into building this program for Money in the Bank.
MISS: Lana is Going to Money in the Bank and Many Others Aren’t
I cringed when I seen Lana vs Billie Kay announced as a qualifying match. Last week I had to watch three talented superstars in Becky Lynch, Sonya Deville, and Mandy Rose compete in a triple threat match knowing two of them weren’t going to be in the Money in the Bank match. I was already annoyed Peyton Royce wasn’t going to Money in the Bank so I was hoping Billie Kay would be. I’m a fan of these two! However their entrance I think lasted longer than the match. The match was bad and Lana went over Billie Kay. Lana is going to Money in the Bank and the Iiconics, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, and alot of Raw women that are more deserving aren’t. Just let that sink in. The more the field for the women Money in the Bank match fills out, the less interested I’m getting. You have all these amazing women that have been called to the main roster in the past six months and none of them besides Ember Moon are going to be showcased. Three of the five competitors in last year’s Money in the Bank match are returning for a second attempt in Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Natalya. The other two Carmella is obviously the champion so she’s not in the match and Tamina is injured. Then we have Naomi and Alexa Bliss who already been champion before along with the first three mentioned. Lana has no business being in this match. More than likely either Sasha Banks or Bayley will probably win the gauntlet match, oh look another former champion. This leaves Ember Moon as the only fresh face that’s deserving and never won the championship on the main roster. Money in the Bank is supposed to help superstars go from the middle of the pack to the top. Carmella is a great example of that as she secured her first championship with the Money in the Bank briefcase. Leaving alot of these new women out of this match is a big mistake in my opinion. Then again that’s probably because the Raw Women’s Championship picture is in a bad situation and potentially could be in a worse one if female Lesnar wins the title. Anyways lets refocus onto something positive.
HIT: We Still Don’t Know WHO? New Day is Sending to Money in the Bank
Tonight on Miz TV, Miz was going to get the exclusive and find out which New Day member would be going to the Money in the Bank match. Sure enough New Day kept beating around the question and making a game out of it getting under Miz’s skin. Miz then went on a tirade saying he could beat any member of New Day which prompted New Day to announce Big E’s name. Miz thought Big E was going to Money in the Bank, but Big E was the one that would face Miz tonight. Miz of course wanted no part of it and went to the back only to get stopped by Paige and she made the match. The match went on for quite a bit and between breaks Xavier and Kofi would switch off on commentary. Of course Sheamus and Cesaro showed up bitter over their loss last week and caused enough of a distraction for Miz to steal a win from Big E. The feud continues next week when Miz and the Bar team up to face The New Day.
MISS: Almas Beats the Local Glass Joe
It’s been a frustrating time for fans of Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega. First their Smackdown Live debut has been pushed for how many weeks and by the way we’re still waiting for Sanity??? Almas finally arrived last week only to beat a jobber. This week the same exact thing. Almas was a former NXT Champion and countless other champions before NXT. There’s no need for Almas to beat local guys. Smackdown Live is only two hours and there’s guys on the main roster we barely see. Almas could easily beat someone like Sin Cara, R-Truth, or Tye Dillinger to rack up the wins. I was hoping Almas would’ve been in the Money in the Bank match, but clearly that door is closed. I’m not sure what they’re going to do with him, but hopefully something soon besides beating the locals.
That concludes this week’s hits and misses. Let me know on twitter @chairmanpodcast if you agree or disagree with my thoughts. Otherwise follow along for the latest random wrestling things I tweet about and we’ll do it again next week. Thanks for reading!