Has WWE ruined the Women’s revolution by having a man win the first ever all-female Money In The Bank ladder match?
On Sunday, James Ellsworth climbed the ladder and literally handed the briefcase to Carmella. This was controversial. The idea that a man, even one who barely warrants the designation, won what was trumpeted as something progressive upset many for reasons that should be obvious. The story had been subverted – until next Tuesday’s SmackDown, at least – into yet another pound shop cheap heat tactic of infuriating viewers into watching out of pure FOMO obligation.
It could be argued that WWE ruined the Women’s revolution by ceaselessly referring to it as such. That, and the b*llocks booking to which Bayley has been subjected. And Sasha Banks, for that matter. And Emma. And…
This is the match that virtually confirmed the return to the slapstick days of Santina Marella. Whether or not WWE tapped or stumbled into the wider conversation of gender is almost irrelevant. Would you ever see a slapstick manager unhook the carabiner in a men’s match?
It could also be argued that the Money In The Bank concept itself had already let out a depressing death rattle long before Ellsworth set back women’s rights further than a certain p*ssy-grabbing president.