Tonight, WWE Raw took place in Los Angeles, California at the Staple Center, the home of the the Los Angeles Lakers (and Clippers I guess). With the Raw brand being in LaLa Land, it's no surprise that the celebrities would be out, but few would have known that it would be Lavar, Lonzo, Lamelo and the Big Baller Brand (BBB) that would make the biggest impact.
The BBB was a special guest on MizTV tonight (June 26) and Lavar Ball lived up to his reputation. While from a wrestling standpoint it was just terrible TV, the segment fulfilled it's purpose. The BBB was displayed on national TV and in front of a crowd of at least 20,000. The LA crowd got to see the future of their teams, both for Lakers and UCLA fans, Lamelo is now thrusted into the spotlight Lonzo and Lavar created, and the BBB gets an endorsement from the WWE. So like it or not, Lavar Ball and the BBB is here to stay, and if you not down with that, "You Are A Hater" as Lavar would say.
Watch the Ball family on Miz TV below:
The 2017 Money In The Bank PPV is presented by SmackDown Live and takes place in the "Gateway To The West" St. Louis, Missouri at the Scottrade Center. Their are six scheduled matches, one of which takes place in the pre-show.
Money In The Bank Kickoff Show Match:
Hype Bros (Zack Ryder and MoJo Rawley) vs The Colons (Epico and Primo)
After a long stint on the injury list, Zack Ryder has return to SmackDown Live to reunite with Hype Bros teammate and reigning Andre The Giant Battle Royal winner, Mojo Rawley. Basic match seeing some back and forth action with the Colons working heavily on the previously injured knee of Zack Ryder. Ryder gets the hot tag to Mojo, Hyperdrive to Primo, a Bronski Boot out of nowhere leading to the Hype Ryder for the win.
Winners: Hype Bros
Match 1: First Ever Women's Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch vs Tamina vs Carmella vs Natalya
The 2017 Money in the Bank officially kicks off with a history making match, as the Women's Money in the Bank starts off the show. After all five contestants are introduce a video package airs feature all five women. The match featured a lot of ladder shots and some major high risk moves, including seeing women thrown off the ladder on two separate occasions. Each women had a great opportunity to grab the case including Tamina who was all alone in the ring with a ladder in the opening moments of the contest.
Overall Charlotte Flair was the most dominate throughout the match. She often over powered Becky Lynch, Natalya and Carmella, and was often able to match the power of Tamina. Tamina was very strong in this match, although some of the shots to her ribs with the ladder (of which she took many) seemed to take there toll which slowed her down. Beck and Natalya each had great chances to win the case but seemed to be on defense for most of the bout. Carmella flashed signs of great athleticism, especially during the period that saw her and Charlotte battle it out on the ladder.
The end came after an aggressive Charlotte looked to eliminate both Tamina and Natalya on the outside. After a spear into the ring steps on Tamina, Charlotte took the air to eliminate both Tamina and Natalya, eliminating her self in the process. With everyone laid out on the outside, Carmella found herself in position to grab the case yet again, but was stopped last minute by Becky Lynch who made a timely recovery. After taking out Carmella, Becky had her best chance to win the case, but as she made her way up the ladder, James Elsworth grabs the other side of the ladder, tipping over and taking out Becky. With Carmella still unable to regain her composure, Elsworth climbs the ladder himself, grabbing the briefcase and handing it to the downed Carmella. The bell rings as one of the three refs at ringside says Carmella wins. Before an official announcement is made, the other two refs argue their points with the other ref till Elsworth once again takes matters in his own hands, grabbing the ring announcers mic and announcing the winner of the first ever Women's Money In The Bank to be Carmella. Her music hits and Carmella and Elsworth exits, leaving everyone confused and angry at what just happened.
Winner and First Ever Miss Money In The Bank: The Princess of Staten Island, CARMELLA!
Match 2: WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Title Match
The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) (C) vs The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) w/ Xavier Woods
Kingston and Jimmy start the match off. Jimmy locks in an armbar but Kingston flips out of it and hits a splash for a two count. Jimmy forces Kingston into the corner and Jey tags himself in. Jey decks Kingston. Kingston manages to tag in Big E. Kingston trip Jey and rolls out to the outside. Kingston pulls Jey out to the apron. Big E. splashes Jey on the apron. Big E. tags in Kingston. Kingston gets dumped to the outside after Jimmy pulls the rope down. Jimmy clotheslines Kingston on the outside of the ring. Back in the ring, Jimm throws Kingston to the outside once again. Jimmy and Jey suplex Kingston into the ring post. Jimmy rolls Kingston into the ring. Jimmy locks in a rear chin lock. The Usos hit a backbreaker/elbow drop combo. Kingston crawls out to the apron. Jimmy and Jey beat down Kingston in the corner.
Jey hits the ropes but Kingston catches him with a standing double foot stomp. Kingston tags in Big E., who hits multiple suplexes on Jimmy. Jimmy hits Big E. in the gut and pushes him into the corner. Big E. picks up Jimmy and hits a Uranage. Big E. tags in Kingston before destroying Jey with a spear to the outside. The Kingston gets hit with a chop block followed by the tequila sunrise. Big E. tries to get in the ring, but Jey dives to the outside to stop him. Big E. catches Jey and belly to bellys him on the outside. In the ring, Kingston gets up and grabs the distracted Jimmy in a dragon sleeper. Jimmy escapes. Kingston misses trouble in paradise but hits the SOS for a near fall. Big E. tags himself in. Jey superkicks Kingston and goes up top for the splash. Big E. runs in the ring and hits the big ending. Jey breaks up the pin. Kingston hits a Trust Fall to the Usos on the outside. The New Day hit the Midnight hour, but Jey pulls Jimmy out of the ring to break up the pin. The Usos go to the time keepers table and grab their titles. The Usos are counted out.
Winners via countout: The New Day, but still SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions, The Usos
Match 3: WWE SmackDown Live Women's Title Match
Naomi (C) vs Lana
Naomi gets the upperhand early, showing she is clearly more experienced and skilled than her challenger, Lana. As the match progresses, Lana manages to get in offense here and there but Naomi continues to dominate, even hitting the Rear View for a 2-count.
Lana was able to gain the upper hand for a bit after trapping Naomi's knee in the ropes. Lana continued to work over the champs knee, which allowed her to slow the pace of the match down. Lana hit her Sit-out Spinebuster only to be interrupted by F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S and Carmela makes her way down the ramp with the MiTB case in hand. As Lana waits to see what Carmella will do, Carmella teases the cash-in a few times but decides to wait. The distraction gives Naomi enough time to recover and she is able to kick out of Lana's pin attempt. Moments later, the champ locks in the Feel The Glow and Lana is forced to tap out.
Winner and still SmackDown Live Women Champion: Naomi
Match 4: WWE Championship Match
Jinder Mahal (C) vs Randy Orton
WWE welcomed many WWE legends at ringside before the match. Among them are Greg Gagne, Larry “The Axe” Hennig, Baron Von Raschke, Sgt. Slaughter, Cowboy Bob Orton and Ric Flair.
Randy Orton came out poised, looking to regain his belt in his hometown and in front of his dad on Father's Day. The Viper to hit his fearsome finishing move just seconds into the match. But thanks to an assist from The Singh Brothers, Orton found himself flipped over the ropes to the tune of a tweaked knee. Jinder Mahal quickly went to work, unleashing a smothering attack on The Viper’s injured knee that included a Figure-Four Leglock in mockery of The Nature Boy at ringside. It was when Mahal attempted to mock “Cowboy” Bob at ringside with a superplex, however, that Orton found his fury once again. The Viper freed himself to administer his father’s signature move, and moments later, got the better of Mahal in a forearm-uppercut exchange before hitting him with the hanging DDT.
Orton landed the RKO … and The Singh Brothers saved Mahal again, placing The Maharaja’s foot on the rope in a blatant attempt to get him disqualified. Orton would have none of it. The Apex Predator petitioned — successfully — to stop referee Mike Chioda from throwing out the match. Chioda ejected The Singh Brothers instead, but Sunil & Samir’s threatening of “Cowboy” Bob at ringside landed them in Orton’s warpath.
Thanks to The Singh Brothers, Mahal again had time to recover. And once more, The Maharaja was ready when Orton turned his attention back to him. The Viper wandered straight into the path of the Khallas, and Mahal retained his WWE Title.
Winner and still WWE Champion: Jinder Mahal
Match 5: Bonus Match
The Fashion Police (Fandango and Tyler Breeze) vs The Ascension (Victor and Connor)
The mystery of who trashed the Fashion Police’s office and attacked Tyler Breeze has loomed large over SmackDown LIVE, but The Fashion Police caught their first break in the case when the supposed perpetrators left a VHS message in their office to claim responsibility and challenge the Fashion Police to a match later in the night.
The self-proclaimed vandals turned out to be The Ascension, and justice was swift. Despite suffering the combined might of Konnor & Viktor for minutes on end, Prince Pretty gritted his way to the ropes and tagged in Fandango, who unleashed a barrage of chops on The Ascension before the big men brawled their way back into the fight. Breeze thwarted an attempted interference from Konnor, and ‘Dango struck with a rollup to Viktor, thereby putting The Ascension’s hopes — and, possibly, the crime of the century — to rest.
Winners: The Fashion Police
Match 6: Men's Money In The Bank Match
AJ Styles vs Dolph Ziggler vs Sami zayn vs Kevin Owens vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin
The Lone Wolf made his presence known before the bell even rang on his career-defining win when he ambushed Shinsuke Nakamura during The Rockstar’s entrance and bashed him over the spine with a camera, forcing WWE officials to carry The King of Strong Style to the back and start the match with only Corbin, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Sami Zayn and Dolph Ziggler.
What ensued was an every-man-for-himself melee; each Superstar alternately powered his way to the advantage before one intrepid soul hit them with a haymaker.
There was Owens annihilating everyone in sight with a ladder … until Zayn tossed him so emphatically onto said ladder that it crumpled. There was Zayn battling through Ziggler to get within arm’s length of the contract … until Corbin smashed him headfirst into the ladder he was trying to summit. There was Ziggler literally climbing over Corbin to make a play for the briefcase, Zig Zagging him off the rungs and fighting his way through Styles to scale the steel … until Zayn sunset-flipped over him and powerbombed him down to the canvas.
There was Zayn again, suplexing Owens onto the apron, only to eat a Phenomenal Forearm that toppled both him and the ladder he was halfway up. There was Zayn … again, Helluva Kicking Corbin, only to eat a boot to the groin from Owens. There was Styles, finally grabbing control of the briefcase handle … only for Ziggler to kick the ladder out from under him and send him falling to the mat. There was Corbin, taking advantage of the decimated field to climb the ladder … until Shinsuke Nakamura stunningly returned to the match with payback on his mind.
With the WWE Universe chanting his theme song, The King of Strong Style administered kicks and knees to everyone who wandered into his path, culminating with Kinshasas to Ziggler, Zayn and Owens. When Nakamura found himself grabbing hold of the ladder at the same time as Styles, they simultaneously moved it out of the way and hammered each other with forearms, with AJ claiming the upper hand after hitting one of the Phenomenal variety.
And then, finally, there were the two world-traveled warriors scaling the ladder to trade punches with the briefcase hanging just out of reach … until Baron Corbin shoved them both off the ladder and grabbed the contract for himself. And as he was quick to point out on Talking Smack, for anyone who holds or aspires to hold the WWE Championship, their end of days may be closer than they think.
Winner and 2017 Mr. Money In The Bank: Baron Corbin
As most wrestling fans know, Total Divas, the WWE based reality show centered around a select group of female superstars, will no longer feature Eva Marie. In addition to Eva Marie leaving, it is also said that Renee Young will no longer be part of the main cast and it is unknown if Paige will still be used (although it is highly unlikely that she will). This meant that they were at least one person short on their cast, but according to Pro Wrestling Sheet, they have found not one, but two women to join the cast.
Joining the crew next season will be none other that the Goddess of Wrestling, Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss, and her most recent challenger, Nia Jax.
The choice of Alexa Bliss seems like a no brainer. While she is a decorated champion in the ring, it is her charisma that set her apart. She will surely fit in well with the drama of the rest of the cast.
Nia Jax, on the other hand, is an interesting pick. While her background in modeling will work well for the E! Network, it may be for some to see her as the dominant monster the WWE seemingly wants her to be in the ring if we see the most likely softer, gentler side of her outside the ring. In any case, it will be a a great joy to get to no more about Nia via Total Divas.
An official announcement of the new additions to Total Divas is expected soon, and tapping is expected to begin for season 7 in the next few weeks.