4. The first-ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match – 2017
WWE finally pulled the trigger on having their first Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match when the 2017 event was a SmackDown-exclusive show. Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina were poised to make history in St. Louis on a fateful night in June.
I actually had the pleasure of being at the show. Of course, this match was without a doubt the highlight of my night. There was a certain magical feeling in the air as the five superstars circled each other in the ring, ready to put their bodies on the line for a title opportunity.
It hurts to rank this one at the bottom, but many consider it to be the weakest of them all so far. Only having five participants presented some challenges, but there’s no denying they put forth the effort.
The finish is widely-criticized, and rightfully so. At least the first Women’s Money in the Bank winner was an up-and-comer, who went on to have a decent reign.
3. The rematch that should’ve been the first one – SmackDown June 27, 2017
Naturally, the next ladder match on this list is technically the second one to occur. It was essentially WWE saying “Oops, we really messed up the first time, so let’s try and fix it.” Luckily, this rematch was able to headline the June 27, 2017, edition of SmackDown.
Even better, everyone involved got to learn from any mistakes in the first one. The women clicked better here both handling the ladders and executing the big spots. The icing on top of the cake was that Carmella kept the briefcase.
Sure, history could’ve been rewritten again, but at least “Mella Is Money” came to be without the chinless one taking the case down this time.