WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Live Blog and Results

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Styles, Owens, Nakamura, Ziggler and more – the stars of SmackDown battle in ladder matches for a shot at the world championship. Join us for all the action!

Trying to figure out how to bide your time before Roman Reigns makes his big SummerSlam announcement this Monday on RAW? Why not watch – I dunno – Money in the freakin’ Bank!

All the matches for “momentum” are no more! It’s M-I-T-B time, as United States champ Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, and Dolph Ziggler all try to climb that ladder to grab a briefcase containing a world title shot.

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This year though, for the first time, the women’s division is getting in on the carnage as Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Taimina, Natalya, and Carmella will all attempt to bag and tag a briefcase of their own. Is there room, perhaps, for a mystery sixth participant? We’ll have to see.

The Hype Bros vs. The Colons (Kickoff Match)

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First of all, these are the only “Hype(rion) Bros” I want to see…

WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Live Blog and Results

Yeah, not a fan of Mojo and Zack and their boundless energy. They’re exhausting. It is funny though how much Mojo was thrashing Jinder Mahal a few months ago, even at WrestleMania, and now he’s got nothing to show for that Andre Battle Royal win except for a return to the tag team ranks.

I also hoped for more from Epico and Primo when they shifted over to SmackDown, but they’re still pretty nondescript. At least they got to drop the shady time share gimmick. Though I still wish creative had followed all the way through with that, taken us to the resort, and revealed it to be pure paradise. SWERVE!

Nothing special about this opener really. It got the Hype Bros back into their groove and put a few smiles on faces.

Winners: The Hype Bros

Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Carmella (Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match)

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How is there not a rule that an actual match participant needs to be the one to grab the case? I knew Ellsworth would be a factor, whether he’d actually help Carmella win the entire thing or not, but to have him grab the case and toss it down to her? What a gross finish to the first ever all-women MITB match, having it won by a man.

Again, no problem with him being the heel’s hood ornament and cheating for her, but the fact that the rhetoric at the end was “there isn’t a rule about it” is just sloppy. It reminds me of how formless some of the Extreme Rules matches were a few weeks ago.

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For a second there, it seemed like the decision might get reversed since three refs were arguing on the outside, but it was to no avail. I know too many rules can suck, but no rules can suck even more. Rules are props for good, engaging storytelling.

Up until that finish though, the match was solid. It was fast paced, with nary a low spot and plenty of hard bumps – off the ladder and on the ladder. Every participant should be proud, regardless of the crude tone-deaf ending. I fear “creative” will take the real heat here, rather than it landing on Carmella like they want it to. Story-wise, Daniel Bryan says he’ll address the controversy on Tuesday.

Winner: Carmella

SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. The New Day

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Hey, I was into this. Despite being residually grumpy from the “Ellsworth Situation.” I love the gritty, ruthless Usos. And I like that they’ve been feuding with the goofy fun-loving teams on the roster. This wasn’t always the smoothest match, but there were some nice false finishes at the end. Hell, I even liked this match despite the countout walk-away. I want this angle to continue and I want Usos to remain champions. So it nailed all my requests.

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I also liked how it was paced. The Usos freakin’ CLOBBERED Kofi for a long time, making New Day feel like underdogs despite having an extra man in their corner. Even New Day’s third, Xavier, couldn’t upset the Usos with his distracting on-the-apron trombone tooting. Then New Day began to fiercely fight back and made things more even. Good work.

Winners, as the result of a countout: The New Day

SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi vs. Lana

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Okay, so the question here was: Would Lana be so secretly amazing in the ring that she’d wow us all and win the title on her first go? Making Naomi look like a fool in the process? Or would she be, you know, adequate, and act as a modest challenge for Naomi before a cash in attempt by Carmella? The answer was somewhere in between. Lana was fine. Nothing that could ever match our anticipation, having waited for her to train and get in the damn ring for years now, of course. And Carmella came down with her case and – didn’t cash in.

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It was just a tease. And I’m glad too because the crowd was pretty dead quiet for all of it. Imagine if they’d tried for something big here. It would have landed with a thud. Plus, it would seem odd for anything to go down right now after Daniel Bryan said he’d have something to say about the ladder match finish a few days from now. Naomi won by making Lana tap.

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In bigger news, we got the official debut of Mike Bennett and Maira Kanellis – aka “Mike and Maria Kanellis!” Yes, JBL simply could not process that Mike took her last name. This will perpetually haunt him, I’m sure. They’ve got a motivational speaker “power of love” gimmick going. Time to get ooey gooey, people.

Winner, and still SmackDown Women’s Champion: Naomi

WWE Champion Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton

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Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA). Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.

E3 2017: Halo 6 Reveal ‘Won’t Be Soon,’ Says 343 Industries

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Don’t expect an appearance at Gamescom or PAX West this year.

It looks like Halo 6 won’t be revealed anytime soon, as 343 Industries has confirmed the studio won’t be discussing the next major installment in its sci-fi shooter series “for quite some time.”

In a post on Halo Waypoint, 343 Industries writer Jeff Easterling (aka GrimBrother One) addressed the absence of Halo 6 from Microsoft’s E3 media briefing and dashed hopes of a potential reveal in the near future.

“While there’s little to nothing that can be said on that front, it’s been made clear that we won’t be talking about Halo’s next major title for quite some time,” Easterling said. “And no, that doesn’t mean Gamescom. Or PAX. Trust us, when we’re ready to begin pulling back that proverbial curtain, you’ll know. It won’t be soon.”

Prior to E3 2017, 343 Industries confirmed that Halo 6 wouldn’t be shown at this year’s expo and shot down speculation that a Halo 3 Anniversary remaster was on the horizon. The studio did, however, tease “a little something” for the show, which ended up being a new expansion for Halo Wars 2 that will introduce the Flood to the strategy game this November.

343 has been working on Halo 6 for well over a year. The upcoming shooter won’t feature any new playable characters, but instead focus on Master Chief.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

Crackdown 3: All Gameplay, News, Trailers

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Crackdown 3 is set to launch November 7, 2017.

Microsoft first announced Crackdown 3 during its presentation at E3 2014. Players can finally expect to get their hands on the game when it launches on Xbox One and PC November 7, 2017.

Crackdown games are open-world action adventures that put you in the shoes of a super cop who has to re-take a city from well-armed enemies. Microsoft promises Crackdown 3 will be the most impressive installment yet.

E3 2017 news and updates

As expected, Microsoft devoted a portion of its E3 2017 presentation to Crackdown 3. The centerpiece of the coverage was a trailer that features an exuberant Terry Crews along with a bunch of gameplay. And it turns out Terry Crews’s character is a playable in Crackdown 3.

Also announced was the game’s official release date: November 7, 2017. It’s probably no coincidence that November 7 is also the day Xbox One X launches. It’s available for preorder now.

We also went hands-on with Crackdown 3 and found that, while it doesn’t look great, it sure plays great.

That’s it for the E3 2017 news. Now let’s go back to the beginning to look at everything else Microsoft has announced about Crackdown 3.

Hints that Crackdown isn’t dead

Developed by Realtime Worlds, the first Crackdown became a critical success when it launched on Xbox 360 in 2007. The 2010 sequel was made by Ruffian Games, but it didn’t live up to the original, making fans wonder if they’d ever get another one.

While Microsoft didn’t announce Crackdown 3 during the Xbox One reveal in 2013, fans noticed a Crackdown agility orb on the Xbox One dashboard during the presentation. A few months later, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer confirmed that the orb in the presentation wasn’t an accident. “No, I don’t think Crackdown is dead at all,” he said.

A new Crackdown announced at E3 2014

The official announcement wouldn’t come for another year. At E3 2014, Microsoft officially announced a new Crackdown with a CG trailer that focused on environmental destruction. Also announced was that Dave Jones, the creator of the original Crackdown, would be heading up the new game.

We posted a Rewind Theater analyzing the trailer.

Crackdown goes dark

Fans hoping for more Crackdown news were in for a disappointing year, because Microsoft chose not to show the game at E3 2015, saying it would be at that year’s Gamescom. In between, the only update we got was from a tweet by Xbox head Phil Spencer saying development on the game was progressing.

Crackdown 3 shown at Gamescom 2015

Microsoft finally broke its silence on the new Crackdown at Gamescom 2015, when the company announced it would officially be called Crackdown 3. Accompanying the announcement was a new trailer that dubbed the game “the ultimate sandbox,” and assured players the environment would be “100% destructible.”

Crackdown 3 delayed

Fans hoping to see more about Crackdown at E3 2016 were in for even more disappointment. Not only did the game skip the show, but just before the conference, developer Reagent Games announced Crackdown 3 was delayed until 2017.

Chris Reed is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed.

E3 2017: Bungie on Why ‘The Darkness’ Won’t Be Addressed in Destiny 2

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“We had no idea what it was.”

The Darkness won’t be addressed in Destiny 2 and Bungie has come forward to explain why.

Speaking to Game Informer, game director Luke Smith confirmed that while The Darkness was a mysterious term that was referenced quite often in the original Destiny, it won’t be mentioned in Destiny 2.

“We’ve never really said what [The Darkness] means,” Smith said. “Ultimately, we do owe our players a story there – what is The Darkness? – but that’s not this game. We wanted to remove as much of the extra terminology as possible and focus on telling the Destiny 2 story.”

Shortly thereafter, Kotaku spoke with Smith about the absence of The Darkness from Destiny 2. When asked if the reason why it isn’t in the game is because Bungie doesn’t yet know what The Darkness is, he replied, “We had no idea what it was. Straight up. We had no clue.”

Smith went on to reveal that the studio considered grouping all the races together and collectively referring to them as The Darkness, but the team ultimately decided the franchise deserves a better explanation. “We had taken all the races and said, ‘Ah, they’ll just be The Darkness.’ But that’s not what the IP deserves,” he said.

Destiny 2 will instead have a narrative that is focused around the Light. “We’re in the process of removing the term ‘Darkness’ from the game,” Smith noted. “Because when we’re going to talk about Darkness next, we need to know what it is and have a plan for it. And we do.”

Destiny 2 will be released on September 6 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while the PC version, which supports an uncapped frame rate, will be released the following month on October 24. For more on Bungie’s upcoming sequel, check out our rundown of everything revealed about Destiny 2 so far.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

GLOW: Netflix’s Wrestling Comedy Starts Strong

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We got a look at the first episode, as star Alison Brie discussed being taught to wrestle by Chavo Guerrero.

Netflix’s new ’80s female wrestling series, GLOW — which premieres June 23rd — made a huge splash at the ATX Television Festival with a screening of the first episode, followed by a Q&A panel featuring stars Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie, American Gods), along with executive producer Liz Flahive (Nurse Jackie, Homeland) and casting director Jennifer Euston.

For those who aren’t aware, G.L.O.W. — aka Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — was an actual syndicated TV series that ran for four seasons in the mid-80s, having been created as an attempt to cash in on the huge Hulk Hogan-led wrestling boom of the era. G.L.O.W. wasn’t populated with actual female wrestlers though, but rather actresses, models, dancers and other types who were trying to break into showbiz in LA at the time.

The Netflix GLOW series is a fictionalized account of the old show, with no character meant to portray someone who existed in real life. There might be stories that have risen out of the G.L.O.W. period that have been worked into the new series, but nothing is directly being adapted. If you’re curious about the classic show, you can check out clips on YouTube or, even better, the documentary “GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.”

I’ll have an official review of GLOW’s entire first season soon, but for right now I’ll just offer up some opinions on the premiere episode that screened at ATX. Firstly, it’s very strong. It’s overflowing with ’80s awesomeness but not in a way that’s meant to distract or detract from the story. Alison Brie’s Ruth Wilder, a starving actress desperate for work (and longing for a rare rich part for a woman, on top of that), is at the heart of the tale, but while most stories would shine her up as the underdog hero, Ruth’s a bit more complex than that. In fact, she’s not even entirely likable. You understand her desire to support herself, and her dream of doing something meaningful as an actress, but there are also elements to Ruth that are somewhat self-destructive and counter-productive.

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L-R: Moderator Jarett Wieselman, Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Liz Flahive, and Jennifer Euston talk GLOW at the ATX Television Festival.

With Ruth’s aspirations comes a passion to do well but also a comedic smugness, and Brie is very good here as a woman who’d like to think she’s above her current situation but is also about to unexpectedly find her calling. Ruth’s best friend, an actress-turned-wife/mother named Debbie (Glipin), is integral to all of this but not in a way that I can give away here. Needless to say, there are a few salty twists involved as the first episode takes us through the confusing and semi-seedy auditioning process for GLOW, keeping both the viewers and the vying actresses at a keen distance so that both parties are often wondering what everyeone’s actually getting themselves into.

A lot of the confusion (and humor too) comes from the director character, Marc Maron’s Sam Sylvia, as he leads and spearheads a project that he A: apparently doesn’t want to do, and B: doesn’t really understand. The fact that Sam doesn’t really know what he’s looking for, and doesn’t truly know what the finished product is supposed to look like or be, makes all of this an involving and evolving situation for the characters and viewer. A lot of the comedy too comes from this process. Much of it involving Sam and the way he feels about Ruth. Much like us, sometimes Sam likes Ruth and sometimes he doesn’t. He can’t figure out how he feels about her and it notably bugs him.

During the panel itself, Brie spoke about what she and the other cast members had to do as far as wrestling training — those who weren’t already wrestlers, that is, like Kia Stevens, AKA Awesome Kong — which was given to them by none other than Chavo Guerrero.

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“All the actresses on the show did wrestling training for about a month,” Brie explained, “with Chavo Guerrero Jr. – I adore him! – whose uncle Mondo actually trained the original cast of G.L.O.W. but in a much crazier way. The stories about the women training for G.L.O.W. start with Mondo putting a girl in a sleeper hold until she passes out just to show them what’s going on. Our first day with Chavo though was like ‘This is a ring. Step into it. Feel comfortable.’ But we did the training all together, with each other and started out with the fundamentals of footwork and sitting on the ground. Also rudimentary back bumps where you’d just sit on the ground and try to put the whole of your back on the mat at the same time.”

“Then we sort of graduated into three-quarter front flips and front bumps and back bumps and all that stuff,” Brie added. “And we continued to train while shooting. So our training gym was adjacent to where we shot everything, so if you weren’t shooting, you were training. Which was really cool because as we got to know who our wrestling characters were, and even as we got to know our characters more and our physical strengths – that was something that Chavo and also Shauna Duggins, our stunt coordinator, were good at, was playing to our strengths. And also what made sense for our characters.”

GLOW premieres Friday, June 23rd on Netflix.

Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA). Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.