Your Average #WWE Money In The Bank Preview & Predictions
Holy hell we already have another pay per view. And not just any pay per view, either. Money in the Bank is usually one of the more exciting events during the WWE year, if for nothing else than the MITB match itself. This year we get two ladder matches, one for the MITB briefcase and one for the WWE Championship. The tag team, IC and Divas belts are all on the line, and Kevin Owens tries to beat John Cena twice in row (LOL). Let’s get to the preview and predictions for WWE MITB!
Pre Show Match: R Truth vs. King Barrett
Good thing Wade Barrett won the King of the Ring and got his career back on track, eh? As funny as R Truth was on Raw, he’s basically a throw away character. I don’t even think Truth and Barrett have been feuding. WWE just needed to fill some time so they put ‘chronic loser’ Wade Barrett vs. ‘spider fearing’ R Truth. I usually tune into the pre show matches, especially when they’re tag team bouts, but I might just skip this one altogether. No matter what the outcome is, we all lose.
Prediction: King Barrett. Then he falls getting out of the ring and his head falls off.
WWE Divas Title Match: Nikki Bella (C) vs. Paige
I’ve been predicting a Bella Twins split for awhile now, and since that’s not happening, I might as well get on board with Nikki Bella. While her phone sex operator voice on commentary is equal parts unnerving and kind of awesome, she’s pretty enjoyable in the ring. She’s progressed leaps and bounds over the past year and it’s clear that the WWE views her as the face of the Divas division. I have no problem with the Divas division being headlined by a strong champion who defends her title, but just don’t give me any more of that twin magic bullshit. Having a strong champ not only benefits the division, but it also makes whoever does unseat Nikki as champion look that much stronger. There’s nothing I’ve seen recently that leads me to believe the title will change hands, which I have a weird feeling is going to be the theme of the night.
Prediction: Nikki Bella.
Intercontinental Championship Match: Ryback (C) vs. Big Show
In general, a Ryback vs. Big Show match is not the most exciting thing in the world. To make matters worse, Ryback shell shocked Big Show on Raw, which was literally the only thing I was looking forward to in this match. What other moves do either guy do? Ryback clotheslines people and power slams them. Big Show punches people and power slams them. The shell shock to beat Big Show and retain the IC belt would have been a defining moment for Ryback early in his run as champion. Instead, it was used on Raw and even if he does it again Sunday, it won’t be as effective. I’m hoping Miz gets involved somehow, because a Big Show/Ryback feud lasting longer than one match is something no one should have to see.
Prediction: The Big Guy.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: New Day (C) vs. Prime Time Players
Now that Tyson Kidd is injured, my favorite tag team of he and Cesaro are out of the tag team rat race and it looks like the PTP are taking their place. This isn’t a very exciting card outside of the top three matches, but this match could surprise people. New Day are rolling right now, and while they’re better at playing their characters than they are in the ring, they can still put on good matches. Titus O’Neil is going to be the hot tag for the PTP while Darren Young fights most of the match, and with Kofi Kingston preoccupied with his MITB match, the odds could be even. I still think New Day has too much momentum to lose the belts right now, but I hope the match is fun to watch regardless.
Prediction: New. Day Rocks.
NXT Champion Kevin Owens vs. US Champion John Cena
It’s the Friday before a weekend in June. The weather is nice, I have nothing to do this weekend but I can’t picture a scenario where John Cena loses clean again. It goes without saying that a loss would not hurt Cena at all, but I just don’t see it happening again. I thought Owens would win at Elimination Chamber because it made sense for his character, and I trusted WWE to do the right thing. I also knew that when he won, a rematch would be made almost immediately so Cena could get his revenge. I know WWE is super high on Owens and they should be, but do they let him beat Cena again at a pay per view? My biggest problem with Cena during this feud has been that he’s constantly saying that he’s waiting for someone to come along and beat him, so Owens comes along and beats him, and now Cena has to fight him again. Why? What does Owens have to prove? A loss doesn’t really hurt Owens either, but it also doesn’t make sense. He’s the best thing going in the WWE, and losing a pointless rematch to John Cena would be a dumb move. Then again, we ARE talking about the WWE.
Prediction: John Cena. Till the night closes in.
MITB Ladder Match: Neville vs. Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston
Roman Reigns should win this match. It makes the most sense from a storyline and character perspective, and having a guy like Reigns with that briefcase makes it as dangerous as it’s ever been. He lost in the main event of WM because of that briefcase, so he should get himself back into the title hunt and possibly win the title with that same briefcase. Randy Orton and possibly Neville could be dark horses, but if my Spidey senses and future house show match cards are right, Bray Wyatt is going to cost Orton the match and Neville might not be ready for the briefcase yet. Neville will be the most exciting guy in the match, while the rest of the competitors (especially Kane) will be there for the spots. Sheamus’s return has been a dud this far, and I don’t think he picks up any momentum here. Kane is useless, and Dolph Ziggler and Kofi are made for matches like this, and while Dolph has won one in the past, I don’t think either of them will outlast Reigns. A Reigns win makes the title match that will likely close the show more intriguing as well. Reigns loathes Seth Rollins, so if Rollins wins the main event, he’s going to have Reigns and the soon to be returning Lesnar to worry about. If Ambrose wins, former Shield brothers and current best friends will be at odds for over the most prestigious prize in wrestling.
Prediction: Roman Reigns.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match: Seth Rollins (C) vs. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose’s wacky kind of title reign has been fun to watch, but now he’s got to beat Seth Rollins in a ladder match to be the champion for real. Rollins really needs a win here, especially after being pinned by Joey Mercury on Raw and basically losing all The Authority’s support. As much as having a weasel heel champion like Rollins makes for compelling feuds, he does need to get a decisive win every once in awhile, and I think this is the perfect spot to do it. He doesn’t have to pin Ambrose to retain, he just has to outlast and outsmart him. He’s proven he’s smarter than Ambrose, and it’s clear he’s the better athlete, so I think this match favors Rollins. You know these two are going to tear it up, and I’m glad they’re getting to main event another pay per view. With Reigns most likely winning the MITB briefcase and Lesnar returning on Monday, I really want to see both guys go after Rollins and his WWE Championship.
Prediction: Seth Rollins