New Day and Breezango defeat The Colons and The Usos: The show starts with New Day coming out. They get interrupted mid-promo by The Usos. Then The Usos get interrupted by Breezango who then were interrupted by The Colons. This starts the tag match, which featured some decent action, even from The Colons. Xavier got the pin on Primo after what seems to be a new tag finisher call the Up Up Down Down (because branding) which is the opponent being held in a backbreaker by Big E while Xavier executes a double foot stomp from the top rope. This was a solid match. It leads one to believe that The Usos will retain Sunday, and the chase will continue to SummerSlam.
Return of Zack Ryder: Mojo Rawley was being interviewed backstage about his loss to WWE Champion Jinder Mahal last week. He was grateful for the opportunity and will use it as motivation to improve. Just then, Zack Ryder appears saying that he’s cleared to wrestle and they have some unfinished business…as a team. This will hopefully breath much needed life into the tag division.
Charlotte picks up a win going into the first ever women’s MITB: Charlotte picked up a win over Natalya via Natural Selection in a good back-and-forth match that found both women working and selling well. It was a huge improvement over their short-lived feud a year or so ago. They want everyone to think that one of these women will win the Money in the Bank briefcase, but it feels like a Carmella win.
Fashion Files: This was another good, albeit short, week for the Fashion Files. Breeze was attacked backstage when Fandango finds him. It seems they have solved the case of who has been after them and the biggest clue is “greasy hair,” so presumably this is an American Alpha heel turn coming. Still, this gimmick – as silly as it is – is starting to get over and the voice and tone of the segments are starting to find their footing more and more.
MITB competitors compete in a six-man match-up: Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, and AJ Styles went over Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens, and Dolph Ziggler when Zayn pinned Corbin after a Helluva Kick, which gives Sami three pinfalls over Corbin now. Normally, these multiple-person matches in WWE aren’t worth the time, but this match worked out really well and let everyone shine at different point. Shinsuke and Sami seemed more over than AJ Styles even, which is a good sign for both. WWE insists on putting Sami into this role as the neurotic, Woody Allen-esque teammate, which somehow he gets over enough not to look like a doofus. Owens received legitimate heel hear for the first time in a while as well. After the match, Owens and Ziggler took out AJ with a ladder, and Baron set up a ladder and started to climb it. Shinsuke then Kinshasha’d him off the ladder, climbed it himself and pulled down the briefcase to end the show.
Naomi defeats Tamina and a preview of Sunday’s title match: Naomi wrestled Tamina, and Lana came down to ringside. The match was given a decent amount of time, but it didn’t go anywhere good as both of these women simply aren’t good workers. After Naomi won the match via pinfall, Lana attacked her and hit a sitdown powerbomb on her much to the shock of the announcers who didn’t know she was capable of such a thing. This segment didn’t really inspire any confidence in the title match this Sunday. As much as Naomi isn’t the greatest in-ring talent, WWE should keep the title on her for now.
Randy Orton RKOs Jinder Mahal out of nowhere: Jinder Mahal came out and cut the same promo he’s been cutting for over a month. He called out Orton, and his music hit. The Singh Brothers were set to the aisleway to stop Orton, but Orton came through the crowd and RKO’d the unaware Jinder and slide out of the ring. This segment didn’t do much to help this feud, but it gave the crowd a cheap thrill of seeing an RKO.
The Final Analysis: This was a solid episode of Smackdown, which served as a good go-home for Money in the Bank. The winner of the MITB match should be interesting, and it will most assuredly not be Nakamura after this week. Zayn or Corbin are the best best. The women’s match is a little bit more open after this week, and WWE did well not to tip their hand at all. This episode raised questions about Sunday, contained solid wrestling matches throughout with the exception of Naomi and Tamina, and didn’t overstay its welcome.