Oh, James Ellsworth, why did you have to go and do that? Why did you have to climb the ladder? Why did you have to unhook the Money In The Bank briefcase? And why did you have to drop it towards the floor and into the waiting hands of the stricken Carmella? Why?
WWE, have spent a long time getting this ‘women’s revolution’ off the ground. It’s started and stopped more times than a bus, and just as it was finally looking like it had got itself going, hulking forward into a future bright with main events and equality, they had a man win the first-ever women’s Money In The Bank.
WWE had, rightly so, hyped the first ever women’s Money In The Bank ladder match. It was a hugely important match in the companies history. Like the first ever women’s Hell In A Cell, it was a turning point for the company. It was proof there was nothing the men did that the women could not do too. And WWE had a man win the match. Ridiculous.
For the record, we were sure James Ellsworth was going to get involved, in fact, we thought it would add to the match. When he pushed Becky off the ladder we thought Carmella would ascend the ladder and get the briefcase to a chorus boos, but the right boos. OK, it wouldn’t have been the best finish, but it fit a story. It enhanced the story between Becky, Carmella, and Ellsworth (which unfortunately will not have a proper blow-off because Becky can’t wrestle Ellsworth) and it also enhanced the story between Carmella and Ellsworth. It’s quite clear that Carmella holds all the power in Carmellsworth so having her beckon Ellsworth to retrieve the briefcase would have worked within that story, but they didn’t. Instead, the imagery created was Ellsworth, the man, retrieving the briefcase for the stricken woman below. It made no sense. It made a mockery of the match. And more damaging, it made a mockery of the women’s division.
Apart from the Ellsworth shenanigansns, the match also seemed short. There were no major spots, apart from a top rope dive from Charlotte onto Tamina and Natalya, and the finish seemed to come out of nowhere. This is the first-ever women’s Money In The Bank ladder match and they ran it short. Why? It was a double failure, and the women involved didn’t deserve it.
Now, we don’t know where this is going to go, but the fact is, WWE totally botched one of the most important matches in its history.
We will repeat the phrase: The first-ever Women’s Money In The Bank ladder match was won by a MAN.