There’s another pay per view event tonight, so it’s another post speculating where WWE goes tonight and what that means for the future.
Tonight is Money in the Bank, one women’s match and one men’s match where a briefcase hangs above the ring. The case can only be reached by climbing a ladder and grabbing it. That same ladder and many other ladders can be used as a weapon as multiple wrestlers battle to grab the case. Inside is a contract that can be used at any time over the next year guaranteeing a shot at either the men’s or women’s championship.
Women’s Money in the Bank match: Natalya vs. Dana Brooke vs. Naomi vs. Bayley vs. Mandy Rose vs. Ember Moon vs. Carmella vs. Nikki Cross
Where will WWE go? MITB works best when the carrier takes advantage of a situation. Either a heel cashing in on a face ruining a triumphant moment. Or a new face to the title picture who has never held the belt before. Mandy Rose would be a great heel champion, cashing in at the rudest moment, holding on to the title by cheating, getting tons of heat. Dana Brooke is my sentimental pick and I think her chasing the title could engross the crowd like Becky Lynch and Kofi Kingston have in the last year. But I think the most fun option would be to see Bayley rise to the occasion. Winning the briefcase, taking out either Becky Lynch or Charlotte Flair in the next year. Maybe turning heel herself. Bayley is the last of the horsewomen who deserves her time.
Men’s Money in the Bank match: Sami Zayn vs. Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin vs. Ali vs. Finn Bálor vs. Andrade vs. Randy Orton
Again, heels, new faces and because the men’s version of MITB has been around longer – people who have won the case before. If Baron Corbin had not won this contest before he would be my pick. While I’m not a fan I can’t deny his improvement over the last year and he would be a greatly hated heel champion. Andrade is going to get there, but I don’t think this is the year. Same for some of the other guys. But one man has been patiently waiting. I think it’s time for the Scottish Psychopath to reach his full potential.
Winner: Drew McIntyre.
Becky Lynch (two belts) vs. Lacey Evans for the Raw women’s championship AND
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown women’s championship.
I really feel like this is going to depend on the order of tonight’s card. Does the women’s MITB match take place before these matches? Does Becky wrestle two matches in a row? If so, in which order? Also, WWE is high on Lacey Evans but it seems too soon to put the title on her. Unless Becky has already fought Charlotte and is exhausted. Becky’s story for the last year has been overcoming all odds.
Winner: Becky wins both matches, barely, but then loses one of the titles thanks to a MITB cash in.
Seth Rollins (Raw Universal champion) vs. AJ Styles.
There’s just no way that Rollins only has the title for a month after Brock Lesnar had a stranglehold on it for so long. Great match ahead, but it’s all Seth.
Winner and still champion: Seth Rollins.
Kofi Kingston (Smackdown World champion) vs. Kevin Owens.
Again, I don’t see a new world champion losing the title one month removed from winning it. Especially such an important story as Kofi. Also, isn’t Kofi going back to his home country later this month in celebration? Gotta have the title for that.
Winner and still champion: Kofi Kingston.
Roman Reigns vs. Elias.
Has Elias ever won on pay per view? He’s a great character, seems like a good dude, and obviously loves what he does. He seems to have this untouchable gimmick where loses don’t hurt him. Plus Roman is still in his return tour.
Winner: Roman Reigns.
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (Steel Cage match)
Two gimmicks on tonight’s show! I just don’t see Shane wrestling three shows in a row. He’s going to discover a new shade of purple if so. This has been a great entertaining feud but is most likely done here.
Winner: The Miz.
Samoa Joe (US Champion) vs. Rey Mysterio
Between Rey’s body, Samoa Joe’s first main roster title run, Rey’s kid lurking in the background. This has to be the night we’ve all been predicting when his son finally gets involved. Either by turning on his father, or by trying to help and screwing it up. Either way, Rey’s son will be the cause of his loss.
Winner and still US champion: Samoa Joe.
Tony Nese (Cruiserweight champion) vs. Ariya Daivari
I feel bad because these guys always go all out for a good match, but I’m just not feeling it.
Winner and still champion: Tony Nese.
Daniel Bryan and Rowan (Smackdown tag team champions) vs. The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso).
Again I’m picking the champions. Really with a show like this, with two ladder matches and a steel cage match, it seems unnecessary to also have title changes. Every show should have something that matters and this card already has two. The titles can stay where they are for this month.
Winners and still champions: Daniel Bryan and Rowan.