SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan spoke with Fox Sports about the controversy surrounding the first-ever Women's Money In The Bank Match from last night.
In case you missed it, Carmella's "valet," James Ellsworth, climbed to the top of the ladder to retrieve the briefcase, then tossed it down to Carmella. He then got out of the ring to argue with the referees, got on the mic and declared Carmella the winner. That decision was not challenged by any of the other competitors in the match, and it appears to stand. Except for the fact that Bryan Tweeted that he was going to address the ending of the match on SmackDown on Tuesday.
He's not very happy and he talked about it in the interview:
"I was disappointed. And I think if it were like the fifth women's Money In The Bank match, right, I wouldn't be so disappointed - because that's a part of WWE, it's a part of sports entertainment that stuff like that happens.
"But I think when you build something up as far as like 'hey, this is this really important moment for women in WWE,' and then a man is the one who climbs up to the top and grabs the briefcase… I think that that really rubs people the wrong way and it sends the wrong message."
"And I don't have any way to gauge people's response to that other than Twitter, which I think is not a very good metric. But it's still one metric that we have, and so the Twitter response that I got when I was looking through it, from female fans, they didn't like it at all. I hope we can fix the wrongs tomorrow."
You can read the rest of the interview at this link, and watch to see what happens on SmackDown on Tuesday night. Fightful will have a post-show podcast after the broadcast ends with reaction to this story and others.