Money in the Bank Preview…

WWE is billing Sunday’s Money in the Bank as the biggest spectacle in the event’s 7 year history. That’s a bold statement when you consider that John Cena and CM Punk wrestled one of the greatest matches in WWE history at 2011’s Shakespearean rendition of MITB.
Also, we must consider last year’s entry which included John Cena-Kevin Owens 2 and my #1 match of 2015 Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins in a Ladder Match for the WWE WHC.
This year’s edition will be headlined by John Cena vs. AJ Styles, Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE WHC and the signature Money in the Bank Ladder Match, where the winner will be able to challenge the WWE WHC at any moment of his choosing for the next year.
MITB is quickly becoming one of my favorite PPVs. It has a reputation of putting on some of the best matches of the year and the outcome of the MITB match has historical implications of a grand magnitude.
I would argue that winning MITB is more important than winning the Royal Rumble at this point. We’ve seen what it can do to a superstar’s career (take a look at Edge or Seth Rollins). Winning MITB instantly makes a character more interesting.
There’s just something about that suitcase. In the right hands it can turn a snarky, opportunistic villain into  a champion in a split second.
And now onto my predictions (winners in blue):
  • Golden Truth vs. Breezango: I’ll go with Golden Truth. They have to be bound for a win with all the ambushes and losses they’ve slugged through the last month plus…
  • The Dudley Boyz vs The Lucha Dragons: Random tag team match for the win. Aside from a fun feud vs. New Day and their feud with the Wyatt Family, the Dudley Boyz’ return to WWE has been a dud. The Lucha Dragons aren’t doing so well themselves either. Kalisto dropped the US Title to Rusev last month and the team hasn’t been faring well consistently. I’ll go with the Lucha Dragons. There’s no incentive for a Dudley Boyz victory.
  • Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler: Are these guys really feuding over a low blow. One that was delivered legally by Corbin to Ziggler in a No Disqualification Match…I’ve said enough already. Give the win to Corbin and let’s hope both men move onto better feuds.
  • Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews: Here’s a low-key underdog story. Not much effort has been put into this feud. There’s just no reason to care about it. No fault to Sheamus; the man is a movie star and he has been busy promoting his new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film. I’ll go with Sheamus here. Apollo’s time will come, most likely at next month’s Battleground.
  • Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Natalya and Becky Lynch: I think WWE’s rolling with a tag team match in the Women’s Division in order to show off more talent at once. It will be interesting to see if WWE starts creating major non-title feuds in the Women’s Division. They certainly have the talent to do so. Since the Title is not up for grabs, I’ll go with Nattie and Becky picking up the win.
  • Rusev vs. Titus O’Neil: It took John Cena to strip Rusev of his US Title during the Bulgarian Brute’s first reign. No offense to Titus, I just don’t see him doing it. I’d like to see Rusev go on another epic-scale title reign. Rusev crushes and wins.
  • New Day vs. The Vaudevillains vs. The Club vs. Enzo and Big Cass: I think The New Day picks up the win here. They’re still as over as ever. It would be silly to strip them of the belts, although a multi-team tag team match would be the time to do it.
  • Money in the Bank Ladder Match: I’ll go with Kevin Owens. He has the most to gain and the time just seems right for Owens to be the next guy. The suit case would fit him so well. If I were a betting man here’s how I’d rank the odds, with #1 being the most likely to win:
  1. Kevin Owens (The right guy at the right place at the right time)
  2. Chris Jericho (Not likely to win since he secured the suitcase to end Raw, but I can dream, right!?)
  3. Sami Zayn (He’s bound to be the next big face in WWE. This would soar him up the ladder. Literally and figuratively.)
  4. Dean Ambrose (He’s been on too much of a roll to win here. His character doesn’t fit the MITB mold…yet!)
  5. Cesaro (Not happening under Mr. McMahon’s watch.)
  6. Alberto Del Rio (He already won. They’d be better off giving it to Sheamus again.)
  • John Cena vs. AJ Styles: Styles’ feud with Jericho had 50/50 booking and Styles came up short vs. Reigns. He needs a win here to win over some kayfabe credibility. However, this is Cena’s returning 1-on-1 match…This is as tough as it gets. AJ Styles will win this. Cena, I’m sure, will overcome the odds in their [assumed] follow up matches, just like he did in 2015’s feud vs. Kevin Owens. 
  • Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins: Finally The Architect is back! It will be exciting to see him in action after a long layoff. Unfortunately for Rollins, I don’t see Roman losing. If Triple H, AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, and Brock Lesnar weren’t able to topple Roman over the last few months, I don’t see Rollins doing it either. This will be a great match nonetheless.
by: Kevin D’Hooge



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