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Carmella’s MITB Win
After Smackdown’s do-over on Tuesday, Carmella has now won every Women’s Money in the Bank match in history. If you don’t count James Ellsworth. The Princess of Staten Island celebrated her second win in style, stylin’ and profilin’ not in a limousine or private jet, but by travelling home on a bus…
— Carmella (@CarmellaWWE) June 28, 2017
Whether you agree with the Women’s Money in the Bank do-over or not, the decision appears to have worked well in the ratings. Tuesday’s episode drew 2.6 million viewers, which is slightly up from the previous week’s post-Money in the Bank show.
52% of you thought it was an above average episode at SmackTastic, while 35% agreed with me at Smack Bang in the Middle.
— Scott Williamson (@scottydub78) June 25, 2017
Rusev was reportedly backstage at both this and last Tuesday’s episodes, and he’s ready to make his TV return once creative have something for him. He actually made his in-ring comeback during a Smackdown house show in Vancouver on Saturday night, taking on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a triple threat for the US Championship.
Meanwhile, in Asia…
Chris Jericho Returns To WWE
Chris Jericho has returned to the wrong brand.
Jericho was written off television last month following his United States title loss – yes, I forgot he won the US title too – when Kevin Owens continued to attack him after their match. This was so Y2J could go on tour with his band Fozzy and promote their new album. Jericho has since said it’ll be a “long time” before he goes back to WWE on a full-time basis.
But because of his career history in Japan, he always like to work the company’s tours of Asia, whether he’s under full-time contract or not, and last night he returned to WWE in Singapore to wrestle Hideo Itami, immediately turning heel, not putting the audience on the list because they’re stupid idiots.
That he was suddenly a bad guy, and that he was working with the Raw crew despite being a Smackdown wrestler, shows that this is most likely a one-off string of dates.
More Details On Raw Backstage ‘Chaos’
More backstage details are emerging from the ‘train wreck’ Miz TV segment from this week’s Raw – one which included an indifferent crowd, a rambling promo from LaVar Ball and his son LaMelo saying the ‘N-word’ on a live mic.
It’s been noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that the original plan was for all three members of the Ball family to sit at ringside for the ensuing six-man tag, but the decision was made to quickly whisk them to the back, with Dean Ambrose being sent out early to try and save the segment. Vince McMahon was reportedly “baffled” following the ‘N-word’ incident – presumably because that’s his word for John Cena – and Kevin Dunn was said to be “absolutely losing his mind.”
And the Ball family better watch their back, because Braun Strowman has replied to Corey Graves’ Instagram post about LaVar:
“Am I the only one that wanted to stomp him out in the middle of the ring”
Braun’s not finished with you!
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