WWE Money in the Bank: Jinder Mahal retains, Baron Corbin reaches the top
UPI News Service, 06/19/2017
The landscape of Smackdown Live changed drastically Sunday at Money in the Bank as two new contenders for the WWE and Smackdown Women's Championship were crowned.
The pay-per-view event kicked things off with the first-ever Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match between Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya and Tamina. The winner, who could climb the ladder to obtain the Money in the Bank briefcase, would be guaranteed a championship opportunity against Smackdown's Women's Champion Naomi at any time.
The historic bout began to reach its conclusion after Flair sacrificed herself during a top rope dive to take out Natalya and Tamina outside the ring leaving just Carmella and Lynch to fight for the hanging briefcase.
After Lynch Powerbombed The Princess of Staten Island and began to climb the ladder, Carmella's side-piece James Ellsworth stepped in and flipped the ladder over. Unable to wake up his dazed partner, Ellsworth himself then climbed the ladder and unhooked the briefcase before dropping it into Carmella's hands making her the first ever Miss Money in the Bank.
In the championship rematch between Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton, it was The Modern Day Maharaja who came out on top once again in The Viper's hometown of St. Louis as his father, WWE Hall of Famer Cowboy Bob Orton, watched from ringside alongside other Hall of Famers on Father's Day.
Despite tweaking his knee early in the match, Orton seemingly had everything under control following an RKO however, Mahal's goon-squad The Singh Brothers inserted themselves into the match and saved Mahal by placing his foot on the bottom-rope as the referee counted to three.
Once The Singh Brothers were ejected, they began to harass the group of WWE Legends at ringside which enraged Orton who began to assault the duo with RKOs and a trip through the table. The distraction was enough for Mahal to regain his composure and nail Orton with The Khallas after he reentered the ring for the three count.
The men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match between AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler, United States Champion Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin and Shinsuke Nakamura was also mired in controversy as Corbin attacked Nakamura as he made his entrance effectively sidelining WWE's resident Rockstar who appeared to be injured.
The bout, which featured an impressive showing from Zayn, was Corbin's to win until Nakamura returned to the ring to exact his revenge. Taking out the Lone Wolf and the other competitors, Nakamura then shared a special moment with Styles inside the ring as the pair renewed their rivalry from overseas promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling that took place before their time in WWE.
While climbing the ladder during their epic battle, it was Corbin who re-emerged to throw Styles and Nakamura off the ladder to then obtain the briefcase for his own. Corbin can now challenge Mahal for the WWE Championship at anytime.
Also during Money in the Bank, The New Day defeated Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos via count-out leaving The Usos as champions, Maria Kanellis made her return to WWE with her husband Mike Kanellis, Naomi successfully defended her Women's Championship against Lana and Breezango defeated The Ascension.
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