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Money In The Bank Win Raises Carmella’s Stock

Note: This is a column I wrote for Creators.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Carmella and James Ellsworth being paired together on “Smackdown Live,” when it first happened in January.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a fan Carmella’s ever since I saw her in NXT. When she was drafted to Smackdown Live, I thought it was a bit too soon but she’s grown as a performer in the last year. Putting her with Ellsworth didn’t make sense to me for awhile. I thought she had a good run with Nikki Bella and was coming along on her own that she didn’t really need a heater. But since they’ve been together, she’s had some big moments on the blue brand, including mixing it up with John Cena and Bella and pinning women’s champion Naomi twice.

Then I watched tonight’s Money in the Bank pay per view where Carmella won the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match – a first in WWE history – after Ellsworth climbed the ladder, grabbed the briefcase and unceremoniously dropped it in her hands.

Folks were upset at the finish. Obviously Carmella didn’t win the briefcase in the most honorable way – but it’s wrestling and heels cheat to win whether it’s by using an illegal object, distracting the referee or in this case, outside interference.

Storyline wise, the wrestlers from the match, as well as officials seemed just as angry at Ellsworth actions. In fact, Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan said he would address the situation on Tuesday so Carmella’s status as Ms. Money in the Bank may be up in the air.

Beyond the ring, fans are peeved because they felt this historical moment was tainted because Ellsworth, who is not a woman, retrieved the briefcase, seemingly robbing Carmella of her moment.

I would have loved to see Carmella climb up the ladder, unlock the briefcase and hoist that baby in the air, but this finish worked for me for a few different reasons.

Again, we’ve established Carmella is a heel and Ellsworth is her heater. Unlike the typical male-female wrestler pairing Ellsworth is not this imposing figure that will use brute force to win matches for his lady. He’s a manservant who will do Carmella’s bidding. We’ve seen heels get help from their valets or managers to win big matches – look at The Miz and Maryse.

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Carmella continues to shine in NXT

Hours before the 2016 Royal Rumble I caught up on NXT. One of the episodes featured a battle royal to crown a new No. 1 contender for Bayley’s NXT women’s title. When the dust was settled, one of the most unlikely challengers emerged – Carmella, who eliminated Eva Marie to win the match.

The next week there was a tag team match between Bayley and Carmella – dubbed Baymella – vs. Emma and Alexa Bliss. Bayley and Emma did a lot of the work but once Carmella got the hot tag, it was all her, forcing Bliss to tap with a new submission maneuver. The match helped Carmella build some momentum before her title tilt with Bayley, as did her encounter with tag team champions Dash and Dawson.

The title match between Carmella and Bayley already happened on the recent NXT tapings so I won’t spoil it. What I will do is reflect on Carmella’s growth as a sports entertainer/wrestler since she came to NXT.

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