WWE Money in the Bank will air live Sunday night at 7 pm EST at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The event is available on both Pay-Per-View and on the WWE Network with the kickoff airing on the network at 6 pm EST. The card is packed full with matches that almost guarantee a great event and many of them would be fitting for a Wrestlemania. Like most WWE events, Money in the Bank should provide a few surprises and a few upsets.
The Golden Truth vs. Breezango (Kickoff Match)
The team of Goldust and R-Truth took weeks to form and they have been feuding with Breezango for most of their short-term run. The WWE Universe loves this duo, and with the kickoff card designed to excite the crowd, expect a Golden Truth victory here.
The Lucha Dragons vs. The Dudley Boyz (Kickoff Match)
Since returning to the WWE, The Dudley Boyz have done nothing but put other teams over in a very non-exciting fashion. Their most recent feud with Amore and Cass was a complete disaster for the Boyz; the term feud is a misnomer as that would imply that both teams had a good back-and-forth. There was little-to-no buildup and the feud ended abruptly with a clean finish on Raw. This could have been a rivalry that lasted through several Pay-Per-Views but the WWE blew that opportunity.
Bringing The Dudley Boyz back to put over newer talent is a great idea, but the way they have been booked is completely wrong. If The Dudley Boyz are going to be perceived as a threat for future matchups then they must win this contest against The Lucha Dragons. Recent angles have hinted towards a Kalisto and Sin Cara breakup so don’t be surprised if that happens at Money in the Bank.
Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus
Sheamus is getting some hype from the WWE with his role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and has usually found himself in great angles with the company. Apollo Crews is part of the newer talent coming onto the WWE roster, from NXT, and needs a solid push if the WWE Universe is going to be sold on him. There is no reason for this to end clean, and if booked correctly, could lead to a few other matches between these two superstars. Expect a DQ from Sheamus setting up a feud between the two.
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Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
At this point it’s obvious that Dolph Ziggler simply won’t get a push from the WWE, the reason is still not clear, but the evidence is. Baron Corbin is another member of NXT who recently transitioned to the main WWE roster. Aside from a Wrestlemania Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal victory, Corbin hasn’t done much to impress the WWE fans. Dolph Ziggler has become the wrestler to job to—well—almost any other wrestler. No reason to expect anything different here and Corbin needs a victory; expect Baron Corbin to win this match clean.
WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte & Dana Brooks vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch
This match is designed for the audience to stretch their legs, get refreshments, and to stall until fans see Charlotte versus Sasha Banks (most likely at SummerSlam). Expect a victory here for Lynch and Natalya, with Lynch pinning Charlotte as the most likely finish; this would help setup a match between the two for the WWE Women’s Championship at next month’s WWE event, Battleground.
U.S. Champion Rusev vs. Titus O’Neil
Just being booked in a United States Championship match at a WWE Pay-Per-View is a push for Titus O’Neil. “The Bulgarian Brute” Rusev recently captured the championship and if the WWE wants Rusev to be perceived as a powerful heel, and if they want the U.S. title to mean anything, then Rusev will retain. If this match is booked correctly, Rusev will come close to losing a few times to O’Neil with near pinfalls making Titus look strong. A loss here for Titus will not hurt the superstar but a loss for Rusev would not only hurt the “Bulgarian Brute”, but would hurt the title as well. Look for a feud for the title in the near future with possibly Zayn, a returning Neville, or Apollo Crews.
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Club vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains
The WWE Tag Team Championship will be defended in a fatal four-way match and should be an exciting contest. Before this past Raw it would have been anybody’s guess of who would win this match. With The Club claiming a victory over The New Day on Raw, and with WWE’s even-Steven booking, expect The New Day to remain victorious. The feud between The Club and The New Day should continue however, ultimately leading to a title change with The Club being victorious at a future WWE Pay-Per-View.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match Contract
Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens
WWE originally advertised the Money in the Bank Ladder Match as a seven-man contest, not that a seventh participant is needed, but the WWE loves to surprise their audience. Expect a return from Randy Orton in this match perhaps setting up a feud between him and Kevin Owens. The popular favorites to win this match are either Sami Zayn or Owens. Sami Zayn needs to be pushed as the baby-faced underdog for a while if the WWE wants to see some long-term success of his popularity. A Kevin Owens and Randy Orton feud would be great for both superstars and could stretch through several Pay-Per-Views.
Expect an upset with a Chris Jericho victory here. WWE has had issues getting the fans to back their champion Roman Reigns. If the WWE has any chance of doing this successfully it will be with Chris Jericho. Jericho is the perfect heel, both on the microphone and how he performs in the ring, and if anyone can get a crowd to hate him while cheering his opponent it is Jericho. Jericho could cash the briefcase in and lose the match perhaps even leading to a short-term feud. Reigns desperately needs help with his promos, Jericho is a master at cutting promos, the benefits of the champion working with Jericho could be priceless for Reigns and he needs the help—and the experience.
Perhaps the most anticipated matchup on the card, AJ Styles versus John Cena is a main event for any WWE Pay-Per-View, and many are looking more forward to this matchup than the actual main event. AJ Styles could be the future long-term heel champion of the WWE. A feud with John Cena stretching over several WWE Pay-Per-Views is exactly what he needs right now. John Cena does not need a victory over Styles—but a Styles victory over Cena sets up the perfect rivalry.
Although the match could end up in a clustered finish, expect AJ Styles to go over. Styles will win but most likely by cheating and possibly with the help of The Club. If Orton didn’t return at the Money in the Bank Ladder Match then expect to hear his music hit post-match, and for him to come save John Cena from a beat-down. The rematch could be at Battleground with Cena getting his turn at a victory and ultimately leading up to the rubber-match at SummerSlam.
WWE fans will surely be disappointed at the end of this match because the title reign of Roman Reigns will not end at Money in the Bank. That doesn’t mean that there will be a clean finish to the match however, as that won’t benefit either superstar. On Raw it was teased that Dean Ambrose could become involved in the match—expect that tease to come true. If Ambrose gets involved in the match leading to a no-contest decision, then that would set up the perfect triangle match with all three former Shield members facing each other at Battleground.
That’s the full card and predictions for WWE Money in the Bank. WWE Pay-Per-Views have not ceased to entertain as of late; don’t expect anything different this Sunday at WWE’s Money in the Bank.
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