Over the course of the last two years, WWE has been building up the women’s division and raising it to new heights, but that all came crashing down on Sunday night. With many changes, a rebranding, and a revolution of sorts, the women’s division on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live has become something to be proud of. Unfortunately, they completely dismantled it in the opening match of the Money In The Bank pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Carmella, Tamina Snuka, and Becky Lynch made history by being a part of the first-ever Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and it was for a shot at the SmackDown Women’s Title. It was meant to be yet another step in elevating women’s wrestling, but James Ellsworth slapped all of those women and many more in the face.
After battling it out for about 15 minutes in the opening match of the night, Becky Lynch was heading up the ladder to collect the briefcase and claim it as her own. That is when James Ellsworth tipped the ladder to knock her down to the mat.
His girlfriend Carmella was kind of out of it on the mat and he couldn’t get her to come around. That was when he simply climbed the ladder, unhooked the briefcase, and dropped it down into Carmella’s lap.
The bell rang and the match was over.
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2017
As recapped by the official website of WWE, the three referees assigned to the match argued with one another about the end result. When all was said and done, Carmella was not only confirmed as the winner but she was also declared the first-ever “Miss Money In The Bank.”
She received that title and the briefcase due to the actions of a man who wasn’t even in the match. It wasn’t as if Ellsworth was the first person to ever interfere in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but it really wasn’t necessary for the end result to come in this fashion.
At least, it didn’t need to happen for a first of its kind match for the women’s division of SmackDown Live.
WWE tried to make it seem alright on social media after it was all over with the McMahon family weighing in on the result of the women’s match at Money In The Bank.
— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) June 19, 2017
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) June 19, 2017
It may be needless to say, but fans were not happy with the end result of the match, but some tried to make the best of it.
To women offended by that finish & think it “undermines” the ladies—the woman, Carmella, has the guy WORKING FOR HER. On her command. #MITB
— Justin LaBar (@JustinLaBar) June 19, 2017
Now if Carmella turns on Ellsworth, can’t you see how a WOMAN would have manipulated a MAN to get what she wants and hold the cards?
— Goofy Goober???? (@RevivedMizfit) June 19, 2017
WWE has been doing a lot for women’s wrestling with getting rid of the “Divas Division” and making it mean something again. They have brought in some of the top wrestlers in the world for SmackDown Live and Monday Night Raw, and tonight’s ending will probably play out in a big way, but it was bad form. Money In The Bank was meant to be a historic night for women’s wrestling, but James Ellsworth made it into one big slap in the face.
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