First Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Announced

Anything you can do we can do better. Last year, two women main evented a pay per view for the first time in WWE history. This was a major part of the Women’s Revolution, which has taken WWE, and the wrestling world for that matter, by storm. Now there’s another major milestone taking place next month.

Tonight on “Smackdown Live”, a Fatal Five Way match for the #1 contendership to the Women’s Title never started as a big brawl broke out before the bell could ring. That didn’t work for Commissioner Shane McMahon, who announced that the five women (Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Tamina and Carmella) would face off in the first ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match at the pay per view of the same name.

Opinion: I see no reason to not go with something like this. There’s something very cool about having the women do these matches that you could almost never imagine them doing just a few years ago. The match is almost guaranteed to be fun and seeing Charlotte moonsault off of a ladder could be awesome.

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“Impact Wrestling” Taping Results From India *SPOILERS*

Road/plane/boat trip! “Impact Wrestling” has been a success in India for years now but for one reason or another, they almost never actually go over there for a show. For once though, that trend has changed as they’re taping a series of “Impact Wrestling” episodes live. The first of these shows was taped earlier today and we’ve got you covered with the spoilers.

Here are the results from the first “Impact Wrestling” taping held today in India, courtesy of 411mania.com. These shows should air starting on June 8 or 15.

* Low Ki vs Caleb Konley: During the match, a suicide dive by Konley caused Low Ki to bleed near the eye. Low Ki wins. Sonjay Dutt’s music plays and he comes out wearing an eye patch asking if Low Ki knows his name. He tells the crowd to tell Low Ki what his name is. He sees Low Ki is hurt om his eye so ge asks how does it feel to be on the other side. Sonjay Dutt talks about years ago when they wrestled at Elks Lodge. He says there is no Homicide or Hit Squad to hold him back. He says they’re in Mumbai, India. He says if Low Ki is a man of honour he would give him a title match. Low Ki shakes his hand to comfirm the match.

* Vinaash Verma vs Davey Richards: Davey goes after him right from the bell. Some hope spots for Vinaash, a somersault attempt is missed by him and Davey puts on the ankle lock for the submission win. After the match, EC3 comes out and whips Vinaash with the belt. James Storm’s music hits and EC3 escapes the ring as he runs in.

* Laurel Van Ness (w/ Sienna) vs Rosemary: Sienna tries to distract the referee but Laurel accidentally pushes Sienna off the apron and Rosemary gets a rollup for the win. Sienna and Laurel attack Rosemary until Allie comes out with a kendo stick (more like a broom) and hits them both with it. After the heels leave, Allie and Rosemary are in the ring. Rosemary snatches the kendo stick but instead of attacking her with it, drops the kendo stick and smiles. Allie looked tense the whole time.

EC3 comes out wearing an Indian dress with Ethan Singh 3 on the big screen and custom music. He is accompanied by a translator. He says he is EC3. “Loser” chants from the crowd. He talks about his lineage, says his great great great great grandfather was born in India and is a full blooded Indian.

He says you’re with me and I’m with you. He tells the translator to translate what he said. He says India is a land of rich cultural opportunity. He says Impact Wrestling in India is making history. He says he’s rich and he doesn’t see culture in a third world hellhole. “Loser” chants from the crowd again. EC3 says when it comes to history he’s not here to create it, he’s here to destroy it.

He says he came to find zen and tranquility, instead he found despair and anger. He says Sony and Impact deserve each other because they’re just like the people out here. He says his name is EC3. He says he is the best guy here, the best guy there and in a country of 1.3 billion he is the best anywhere.

He tells the translator to translate but he wouldn’t do so. EC3 says he shall be punished. He takes out his belt and whips the translator. Storm’s music hits and he runs in. EC3 tries to whip him but Storm kicks the belt off his hands. He is about to whip EC3 with it but he escapes. Storm brings the translator back in the ring and they pose to end the segment.

Josh Matthews out for a match wearing his GOAT shirt. He asks if the crowd knows who Scott Steiner is. A million people watched on YouTube as he made his return to Impact. He says he has handpicked his opponent. He says was in the 2008 Indian Olympic Team. He says he was in the Bollywood film Sultan. “You can’t wrestle” chants. He introduces Sandeep, a fat wrestler wearing a singlet.

Josh takes him down with a hip toss and taunts to the crowd. He did the bit where he spins around his opponents’ back and slaps his head to make him look stupid. Taunts to the crowd again. An arm drag and a dropkick shocks Josh and he kicks the ropes out of anger. He is pissed at Sandeep. He gains control of the match and hits a Swanton Bomb on him, followed by a Steiner Recliner for the submission win.

Josh Mattgews wouldn’t let go of the hold and Mahabali Shera comes out. Shera botches a lift to the shoulder and he tried it another time. Lashley comes out and attacks Shera. He clothesline him and Josh puts Shera in the Steiner Recliner. Alberto El Patron’s music hits and he clears the ring. He poses with Shera and his GFW Title.

* Trevor Lee vs Braxton Sutter (w/ Allie): Trevor Lee attacks right from the bell. He hit a deadlift German suplex for a two count. Trevor dominates the match until Trevor goes after Allie outside the ring. Braxton catches him as he’s about to lay his hands on Allie. Back and forth until the Pepper Shaker Neck Breaker gets the win for Sutter.

Allir and Braxton are celebrating in the ring until Sienna’s music hits and she’s out with Laurel. She tells Braxton to get that stupid look out of his face,he wears a beanie in India, it’s a 150 degrees. She said everyone thinks Allie is so innocent and pure. Tell her why Allie attacked her with a weapn for no reason? She says since Allie wants to act as a wrestler, she can be a wrestler. Allie and her pal Rosemary. She asks if Allie thinks Rosemary has a decent bone in her body. She says we’ll see if Rosemary even shows up.

* 10-man gauntlet for the Sony SIX invitational with a trophy at ringside: Over-the-top elimination with a new entrant every 90 seconds, until the final two when it’s pinfall or submission. Suicide and Sydal start off. Davey is the next one in, followed by KM, Davey eliminates Suicide, Swoggle is the next entrant and he has a comedy spot where he slaps Davey’s chest and KM’s midsection and it has no effect on them.

KM takes down Swoggle. Eddie is the next entrant and he eliminates both himself and Davey. They brawl to the back. KM removes his belt and goes to whip Swoggle but Sydal stops him, they both try to eliminate KM, Spud is the next entrant and he goes right after Swoggle. Swoggle fight back and Sydal crouches behind Spud and trips him.Spud dominates and gets Swoggle in corner, KM goes for Sydal, Kongo Kong is the next entrant. KM and Kongo Kong eliminate Sydal and Spud.

Moose is the next entrant with Kong and KM in the ring. Moose fights but they both double team and eliminate Moose. Shera is the last man. Kongo Kong charges to clothesline him but falls over the top rope and gets eliminated. It’s down to Shera and KM in normal rules. KM dominates, “You’re a liar” chants. Shera hits the Attitude Adjustment, comes back in the match. KM tries to go for the pumphandle slam but it is countered into the Sky High for the win. Shera celebrates and he hugs his dad and brother at ringside. the CEO of Sony Pictures Network, Bruce Prichard and Scott D’Amore present the trophy to Shera and celebrates in the crowd.

Moose out. He says 2 weeks ago he successfully defended the Impact Grand Championship against a dummy. Eli Drake’s music hits and he’s out with chris Adonis He says “India, India, India… Shut up, dummies. I’m not talking to you, I’m talking to me. Let me talk to ya” He says he thinks when he came to Impact Wrestling he has been fed BS, by the old regime and now with Bruce Prichard, nothing’s changed.

Then he looks at this crosseyed halfwit with a title he doesn’t deserve. He says Moose knows he was defeated by Eli Drake. He says Moose got his nose so far up Bruce’s keister, he knows what curry he ate today. Moose says he’s not big on going back and forth. He tells the crowd if they want to see Moose and these two asses at Slammiversary, let him hear it. Moose chants. Eli Drake’s says “quite dummies”, they wanna go two on one. Chris Adonis warns Moose that he has Eli Drake and Eli has him. Moose says he has a partner but he will reveal him in due time.

Alberto El Patron out. Fans are chanting “Si si si”. Alberto says this is amazing, sisisi in Mumbai. Alberto says he took multiple flights and came here just three hours ago. He says he was in the back and felt energy in the building then the crowd gave him that amazing “Sisisi” and just because of that he promises that he is gonna do what he does best, he is gonna kick some traseros here tonight.

He says he has been doing this for so many years in so many different countries, China, Mexico, Japan, India, winning titles in different companies, but there’s one title that he hasn’t won and we’re few weeks away from Slammiversary live on PPV and that’s the place where he promisrs he will be the undisputed Impact Wrestling Champion.

Lashley’s music hits and he says he is sick and tired of how these fans are cheering for him. He says he ks gonna smarten Alberto up, he is the Impact Wrestling Champion and the realest wrestler in the business, he could take Alberto in the cage or even in the parking lot, he says Alberto is telling about winning titles around the world, he asks him if he thinks he’s the only person. Alberto says my Indian friends are gonna answer for you and the crowd chants “Si si si”.

Lashley says he has to go against another cheerleader, he says he knows Alberto comes from a rich wrestling family which he doesn’t care about, he says he is gonna bust his bubble at Slammiversary and when he does that Alberto can walk his ass back and he won’t be needed here. He says at Slammiversary it’s just you vs me, all the talking will be up. Bruce Prichard is out. He says he loves seeing two champ ready to fight. Bobby corrects him and says one champ. Bruce says he’s got one question: they want to defend their title tonight?

They should both defend it tonight right here in India. As they get ready to fight, Bruce says not fight against each other, they’re gonna save it for Slammiversary, Alberto’s gonna defend the GFW Title and Bobby the Impact Wrestling Title. Bobby asks against whom. Alberto says how about Bruce cuts this bullshit and let him fight this bitch. Bruce warns if they lose they won’t go to Slammiversary. Alberto asks Bruce who’s it gonna be. Bruce says they’ll find out just like everybody finds out when they walk down that aisle. He wishes them both good luck.

* Lashley vs ??? for the Impact Wrestling championship: Moose is revealed as Lashley’s opponent. A mostly back and forth match till Lashley gets the upper hand, comes down to a sleeper hold where Moose gets his hand up before 3 and fight back, dropkicks Lashley out of the ring, Lashley gets the upper hand in the match again, Moose countered Lashley’s spear to hit one of his own but Lashley kicks out at 2. Moose countered another spear to hit a sit-out chokeslam but still can’t get the win. Eventually, Lashley countered the Gamechanger for a spear to win and retain his title.

* Alberto El Patron vs ??? for the GFW title: Chris Adonis is revealed as his opponent and he’s out with Eli Drake. Alberto goes after Eli outside the ring and Adonis attacks him right at the bell, Alberto fights back and takes the fight through the crowd, Adonis comes back in the match and dominates. The finish comes whem Adonis goes for the Masterlock but Alberto countered it, Adonis runs towards him but he is hung from the corner and Alberto hits the double foot stomp for the win. After the match, Eli and Adonis attack Alberto. Moose’s music hits and he clears the ring. Alberto and Moose pose in the ring to end the segment.

* Low Ki vs Sonjay for the X-Division Title: Low Ki controls the match early on and rips off Sonjay’s eye patch. They took the fight to the crowd. Sonjay throws Low Ki off the first tier seating onto the ring apron on the other side of the barrier, Sonjay then hits a somersault onto Low Ki outside. Low Ki comes back and takes Sonjay into the ring. Crowd chants for Sonjay, he comes back in the match but Low Ki thwarts him off, goes for the jumping kick in the corner, takes him to the top rope but Sonjay comes back.

Sonjay takes Low Ki to the top and attempts a superplex but Low Ki fights it off. Sonjay rolls on the ground, jumps to the top rope and hits the superplex. Cover but Low Ki kicks out. Sonjay flips over Low Ki and tries to cover but Low Ki stomps him down. He goes for the cover but Sonjay kicks out. Low Ki puts him on top rope, gets him in Samoan carry position and runs towards the other corner but Sonjay counters, hits the tiltawhirl tornado DDT on Low Ki, goes to the top rope and hits the Hindu press for the win to become the new X-Divisiom Champion.

Sonjay is in disbelief as he finally wins the X Division championship. Shera and other X-Division faces come out with champagne to celebrate. Eddie Edwards sprays champagne on Sonjay. Shera takes him up on his shoulders. Sonjay celebrates in the crowd and hugs Shera’s dad. Sonjay says in Hindi that this isn’t for me, this is for the entire nation. Shera says thank you, you guys are awesome.

Opinion: These shows are all going to be built around the live crowd. If they’re as rowdy and active as they should be, the quality of the shows aren’t going to matter nearly as much. The shows are going to help set up “Slammiversary 2017”, which already has some of the matches ready. If these shows are a success, the pay per view should be as well.

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Edge & Christian Speak on Undertaker, Kane and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin

Edge & Christian are one of the most dynamic, interesting duos in WWE history…So much so, in fact, that they have a ‘WWE Network’ show titled ‘The Edge & Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness!’ and now even a podcast that is hilariously named ‘Edge & Christian Pod of Awesomeness!’

According to WrestlingInc, on the most recent episode of ‘Edge & Christian Pod of Awesomeness!’ the duo spoke about gimmicks in professional wrestling, specifically highlighting Kane, The Undertaker and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.

To begin with, they spoke about the range of characters Glenn Jacobs played before ultimately finding what stuck in the Kane character. This discussion went back and forth between the duo, both giving interesting points on the character.

Edge:

“There’s a guy, okay, Isaac Yankem, then, new Diesel, and just, he’s too good to deny. And then, thankfully, finally, they realized, ‘okay, let’s do something with him.’” Edge said, “how thankful do you think he [has] got to be after trying to make all of those gimmicks work and then [to hear], ‘okay, you’re going to be The Undertaker’s brother, Kane’?”

Christian:

“He probably did everything he could to make those other [gimmicks] work, right? So it’s one of those ones where you get out what you put in. And he might not necessarily like those ones, but he always did the best with what he had. And plus, he just looked so unique. He had the size. He was good, still is good, that eventually something was going to work out for him.”

Both Edge & Christian argue that the gimmick of ‘The Undertaker’ would not work on anyone else. In a way, they believe Undertaker was the new Andre The Giant.

Edge:

“On paper, does The Undertaker [gimmick] sound like something that will go on to be undefeated at WrestleMania for like 22 years, and be the tentpole holding up the company at certain times, and kind of the measuring stick within the [pro] wrestling industry, more or less, the new Andre The Giant?” Edge added, “it sounds like the shelf life isn’t going to be that long.”

Christian:

“The thing is too, I honestly believe if it was on anybody but The Undertaker, it wouldn’t’ve worked. It would’ve had that shelf life, but because he personified it and he embraced it and he became The Undertaker. You just had to look at him. He had everything down, the movements, he had the entrance, and when he did his entrance, people still when they hear that gong, they stand up. It has become this revered character. He’s also one of the most revered guys in the locker room. But I don’t think it would have had much lasting power if it had been anybody but him doing it. I don’t think anybody could do the character the way that he has done it.”

Edge would then explain that the change from ‘The Deadman’ to the ‘American Bad Ass’ was to refresh the character. Undertaker wasn’t as limited in what he can do whilst using the latter gimmick.

Edge:

“I mean, probably. I think one of the keys to longevity in [pro] wrestling, especially if you are going to remain the same character is the fact that you have to change it sometimes. Otherwise, it gets stagnant. It can still be a lighter shade or a darker shade, but The Undertaker went through many different phases like that. It was the Ministry [Of Darkness] Undertaker for a little while, which got even darker. And then, I think it just came a point where he had to switch it up. I also think that the reason it switched up is that he actually wanted to wrestle more because, as The Undertaker in the first kind of incarnation of it, the character kind of pigeonholed how much he could actually wrestle and he’s a guy who can really work. So while he was working the gimmick initially, you couldn’t go out and have the type of matches he could actually have, so I think ‘The American Bad Ass’ was a way to segue into being able to get in there with Kurt Angle and have amazing matches, technical matches too., you had to have that segue to have The Undertaker that we have now.”

Christian would then state that, with respect to ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, ‘The Ringmaster’ gimmick didn’t work with Austin because it didn’t fit Austin’s look.

Christian:

“I not really sure if it was a gimmick or really just a name, but the name didn’t fit the look. Do you know what I mean? He had the bald head, huge legs, well-built. He was full-steam ahead when he was in the ring. Yeah, [Austin wore green trunks as ‘The Ringmaster’ because he was with ‘The Million Dollar Man’, right? But, like I said, I don’t think the name fit the character [or] what he looked like. Do you know what I mean? And I think, to his credit, that he was not only good enough, but had the guts, I guess, to take the reins and change it into ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and make it the way he wanted it to be and like [Edge] said, become the biggest draw in the history of the company.”

Quotes are H/T to WrestlingInc.

If you would like to listen to the podcast in it’s entirety, you can find it on the Art19 website. Edge & Christian started the podcast back in March of this year, and continue to make weekly episodes. If more interesting news comes out from the podcast, Wrestling Rumors will bring it to you here.

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Editor’s Note:

I love Edge & Christian. They both are hilarious and have extensive knowledge of the wrestling industry, so it is incredible to hear the both of them in any capacity.

What did you think of the comments these two made? Do you agree or disagree with them and why? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can follow me on Twitter @SOSNH1995 if you wish to talk more.


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Major Match Announced for Next Week’s “Smackdown Live”

The first time is often the best time. If there’s one thing that NXT has done over the years, it’s produce some champions who are capable of having some outstanding matches. The NXT Champion is often on the fast track to becoming one of the top stars in WWE and now we’ll be seeing two former champions face off for the first time ever.

This week on “Smackdown Live”, it was announced that Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens will square off for the first time ever on next week’s show. The two of them are both in this upcoming Money in the Bank ladder match with Nakamura pinning Owens in back to back tag team matches over the last two weeks.

Opinion: Works for me, though is there any reason for the US Title not to be on the line? Nakamura has already beaten him twice in a row but with the ladder match coming up, the US Title is being forgotten all over again. If you don’t want to change the title just have it go to a countout or DQ but don’t have the champion get pinned three times in a row without even mentioning the title.

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Tag Team Title Match Announced for “Money in the Bank 2017”

Awwwwww here we go. It hasn’t exactly been a secret that New Day was coming to “Smackdown Live” and it also wasn’t a secret that they were going to be thrust into the Tag Team Title picture in a hurry. While people probably should have expected it, I’m not sure people expected it to happen this fast.

This week on “Smackdown Live”, New Day made their debut in a segment with the Usos. After a brief exchange of words, New Day said that they wanted the titles and would get them one way or another. The Usos weren’t exactly thrilled but Kofi Kingston mentioned that Commissioner Shane McMahon had granted New Day a shot at the titles at the upcoming “Money in the Bank” pay per view in June.

Opinion: This isn’t exactly shocking and it’s the smartest thing they could have done at this point. New Day is automatically the most over team in the division so let them have their title shot right off the bat. They don’t even need to win the titles at the pay per view but without giving them a shot, not much else is going to matter.

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John Cena Confirms WWE SmackDown Return Date, Tonight’s Six-Man Dark Match

HAZARD… pic.twitter.com/9WWba3g877

— Erick Rowan (@ERICKROWAN) May 31, 2017

– Erick Rowan tweeted the following video as tonight’s WWE SmackDown went on the air. He wrote, “HAZARD…”

– The dark match before tonight’s SmackDown tapings at the Philips Arena in Atlanta saw Luke Harper, Tye Dillinger and Mojo Rawley defeat Aiden English and The Ascension.- We’ve noted how John Cena has been advertised to make his return at the SmackDown tapings on Tuesday, July 4th from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. WWE will tape RAW in the same building the night before. Cena, who has been in the Atlanta area filming a movie, tweeted the following tonight and confirmed his return on the July 4th SmackDown:

Bittersweet day today as I begin another night in Atlanta. Such a funny movie but #SDLive@WWE is so close! 7/4 can’t get here fast enough!

— John Cena (@JohnCena) May 30, 2017

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Ronda Rousey Announced For TV Series, ‘Countdown To UFC 212’ Video

– “Countdown to UFC 212” debuted over the weekend, and the preview show for Saturday’s pay-per-view event is now available for online viewing. Featured are in-depth looks and interviews with main event fighters Jose Aldo and Max Holloway, along with Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Aldo and Holloway meet for the unified UFC featherweight title from Brazil.

– Ronda Rousey’s return to the UFC remains a mystery, but the former female bantamweight champion is headed back to work. Rousey will be part of the revamped “Battle of the Network Stars” series on ABC beginning this June.

Rousey, who lost to Amanda Nunes last December in her first fight since dropping the title to Holly Holm in 2015, will be part of the series that spans 10 episodes. She will be a team captain along with DeMarcus Ware.

“If someone could go back in time and tell the 10-year-old me, glued to the television, watching Howard Cosell and all the biggest names in television running obstacle courses and playing tug of war, that someday he would be directly involved with Battle of the Network Stars, he would have said it was the coolest thing ever,” host Mike Greenberg said. “Decades later, that’s exactly how I feel.”

The series debuts June 29 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Kairi Hojo to Have Final STARDOM Match Before Coming to WWE

It seems in recent years that WWE have attempted to pick up every up-and-coming wrestler they can get, and this women’s wrestler is one of the latest to be given a contract by the biggest wrestling company in the world.

Squared Circle Sirens is reporting that Kairi Hojo, who recently signed a contract with WWE, is to wrestle her final STARDOM show in June before heading to WWE.

On June 4, Hojo will make her final appearance for the STARDOM promotion in Japan. She will than make her way to WWE where she has signed a three year contract. Theoretically, this means she may potentially appear as a competitor in the upcoming ‘Mae Young Classic‘.

If any more news does come out on the status of Hojo, Wrestling Rumors will update you as we learn of it.

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Editor’s Note:

I am very interested to see what WWE do with Hojo once she makes her way to the company. They seem to love Japanese wrestlers, with Hideo, Shinsuke and Asuka all being notable talents in NXT and in the case of Shinsuke now with ‘Smackdown Live.’

What are your thoughts on Hojo coming to WWE? Does she seem like she will fit in? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. You can also follow me at @SOSNH1995 on Twitter to be updated.


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New Day Make SmackDown Debut, Title Match vs. Usos at Money in the Bank Announced

The New Day made their highly anticipated debut on SmackDown Live Tuesday night.

The trio wasted little time making their intentions known. They confronted the SmackDown Live tag team champions, The Usos, and said they’re coming for the belts. The New Day will challenge for the tag team championships at Money in the Bank on June 18, per WWE’s official Twitter account:

Who? Who? WHO could #SDLive #TagTeamChampions @WWEUsos be defending their titles against at #MITB?! @TrueKofi @WWEBigE @XavierWoodsPhD pic.twitter.com/12LcZF5nYk

— WWE (@WWE) May 31, 2017

With regard to the Superstar Shake-up, New Day moving from Raw to SmackDown was among the most significant changes due to its potential impact on the blue brand’s tag team division.

SmackDown’s tag scene has largely lagged behind Raw’s due to a lack of focus but also because it has been short on elite-level teams.

 The trio of Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston immediately changes that based on all they have accomplished during their tenure together.

New Day are two-time WWE Tag Team champions, and their second reign was the longest in the history of the company, as they held the titles for 484 days and broke the record previously held by Demolition.

They have also developed into one of WWE’s most consistently entertaining and hilarious acts thanks to the remarkable chemistry they have together.

There is definite talent within SmackDown’s tag division with the likes of The Usos, Breezango and American Alpha leading the way, but none of them is as accomplished or transcendent as a New Day team that is truly the total package.

Despite the importance of New Day making the leap from the red brand, they were kept off television for several weeks while Kingston recovered from an ankle injury suffered at the hands of The Revival.

During New Day’s hiatus, SmackDown Live aired vignettes hyping the group’s debut and building excitement for the eventual arrival.

Having New Day immediately enter the title scene will be a welcomed change considering how they were handled on Raw in recent months.

Since Big E, Woods and Kingston were the hosts of WrestleMania 33 and didn’t have a match, they weren’t attached to a storyline of significance in the weeks leading up to The Showcase of the Immortals.

There should be more opportunities for them on SmackDown, and it is easy to envision them becoming some of the brand’s top Superstars moving forward.

SmackDown has struggled to maintain the momentum it created prior to the Superstar Shake-up, but New Day’s debut may have Team Blue moving in the right direction once again.

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1st Ever Women’s WWE Money in the Bank Ladder Match Announced on SmackDown

SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon announced Tuesday night the No. 1 contendership for the SmackDown Women’s Championship will be on the line in a women’s Money in the Bank match at the pay-per-view of the same name June 18.

McMahon tweeted his excitement with the announcement:

So excited for the female Superstars of #SDLive when they create history and compete in the FIRST-EVER Women’s #MITB Ladder Match. @WWE

— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) May 31, 2017

Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Carmella, Tamina and Natalya were originally supposed to determine a No. 1 contender for Naomi’s title in a Fatal 5-Way match. However, the women began brawling before the bell, per WWE’s official Twitter account:

The bell has yet to ring… but this #1Contender‘s 5-Way #EliminationMatch has broken into sheer CHAOS! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/MVDVRLP356

— WWE (@WWE) May 31, 2017

.@TaminaSnuka definitely has something DESTRUCTIVE in mind… #SDLive @MsCharlotteWWE pic.twitter.com/c9qbwZ2jXg

— WWE (@WWE) May 31, 2017

And JUST LIKE THAT, @NatbyNature is sent STRAIGHT through the table by @MsCharlotteWWE! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/Q5K3vGSKlx

— WWE (@WWE) May 31, 2017

Unable to determine a challenger, McMahon instead opted to have the five carry their bad blood over to Money in the Bank.

 Raw star Nia Jax was happy to see Tuesday’s announcement and also appeared to throw a dig at the upper management on Raw:

Wow! First ever Money in the Bank Women’s Ladder Match! Amazing how #SmackdownLive uses their ENTIRE women roster every Tuesday! ??

— Nia Jax (@NiaJaxWWE) May 31, 2017

The SmackDown women’s division has been chaotic since Carmella, Nattie and Tamina formed the Welcoming Committee in an effort to prevent Charlotte from becoming champion.

Since the trio was unhappy about Charlotte receiving a title shot shortly after joining SmackDown Live from Raw as part of the Superstar Shake-up, it interrupted a match between The Queen and Naomi.

The Welcoming Committee running roughshod forced Charlotte, Naomi and Becky to reluctantly team up in an effort to take it down.

That proved difficult, though, as the Welcoming Committee won a six-woman tag team match at Backlash when Natalya forced Lynch to tap out to the Sharpshooter.

Following a tag team match on SmackDown, all five women aside from Naomi made their case for why they should be No. 1 contender, including Tamina, as seen in this tweet courtesy of WWE Universe on Twitter:

“Every single one of you had a chance, and every single one of you FAILED! It is MY turn to be CHAMPION!” – @TaminaSnuka #SDLive pic.twitter.com/bYOCCXXjEM

— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 24, 2017

Since it was difficult to choose only one of them, Shane-O-Mac gave everyone an opportunity.

SmackDown has been heralded as the “Land of Opportunity,” and while it would have been easy to elevate Charlotte or Becky straight away due to their impressive resumes, the blue brand typically hasn’t operated that way.

The fact that Jinder Mahal was put in position to become WWE champion is proof that anything can happen, and it was put to the test Tuesday.

It can be argued that the SmackDown women’s division has been in a holding pattern of sorts over the past several weeks, but that is no longer the case.

 And a women’s Money in the Bank match is another big step for the division as a whole after Charlotte and Sasha Banks wrestled in a Hell in a Cell match last October.

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