The WWE’s latest PPV, Money in the Bank, takes place Sunday, June 18 at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. The 2017 version of Money in the Bank is a SmackDown-exclusive PPV event, and the official WWE website reveals that the show will be “super-sized.” SmackDown is in the midst of a ratings dip, so we can probably expect a number of titles to change hands, and it’s likely that Money in the Bank will be used to build storylines for the 2017 SummerSlam.
Whatever the results of the matches at the 2017 Money in the Bank, the WWE’s female superstars will have made history by the end of the evening. Female superstars Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Tamina, and Carmella will compete in the first-ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match. For the uninitiated, Money in the Bank features two ladder matches this year: one for men and one for women. These matches are important because the winner gets to climb a ladder to retrieve a briefcase containing a “golden ticket.”
In effect, the winners of the Money in the Bank ladder matches win the opportunity to challenge for a title at a time and place of their own choosing.
For many in the WWE Universe, Charlotte Flair is the best female wrestler on the blue team, so many will be surprised to find that she is not favorite to win the ladder match. According to Paddy Power, Carmella is the odds-on favorite to win the MITB ladder match. This may not be the huge surprise it looks at first glance, because, according to Sportskeeda, Carmella is set for a huge push by the WWE. Carmella made her main roster debut on SmackDown in 2016 and is reportedly set to be awarded a women’s title program. If Carmella does win the MITB ladder match, it would set up a potential match with current SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi, possibly at SummerSlam.
Which Titles Could Change Hands at Money in the Bank?
Perhaps the biggest surprise on the blue team is how the WWE are utilizing AJ Styles at present. Styles is widely believed to be the WWE’s best wrestler, but Styles is currently being cast in a run of losses. At MITB, Styles competes in the men’s ladder match. According to Paddy Power, Baron Corbin is a short-priced favorite to beat Styles, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Shinsuke Nakamura to the top of the ladder.
That result would be another setback for Styles, who has been out of the title picture since losing his title to John Cena at the 2017 Royal Rumble.
Jinder Mahal has been at the center of a major WWE push for the past few months. Mahal defends his WWE Championship against Randy Orton. Mahal beat Orton to win that championship just a few weeks ago, and Orton has used a rematch clause to try to win his championship back. With Mahal being pushed, and with the WWE expanding in the Asian market, it’s hard to see this title changing hands at Money in the Bank.
It is easier to see the SmackDown tag-team Championship change hands. The Usos are defending their title against The New Day. Given that The New Day only made their SmackDown debut earlier this month, it’s something of a surprise to see them get an early title shot. They have been brought in to freshen up SmackDown’s tag team offerings, so don’t bet against them bagging the title.
The SmackDown Women’s Championship is also on the line when Naomi defends her title against Lana. This match looks like it will be the opening event at Money in the Bank. Given that Lana is making her blue brand singles debut at MITB, it’s hard to see any result other than Naomi retaining her title.
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