Some are calling this year’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view the biggest event in the history of Money in the Bank mainly due to two huge matches that are on the card. AJ Styles and John Cena are set to battle for the very first time. Seth Rollins will try to reclaim what he truly never lost, the WWE World Heavyweight championship. He will attempt to dethrone the man who won it at WrestleMania 32, Roman Reigns.
Sure, there are other matches on the card that won’t disappoint, but the night is focused on three matches. The third bout is the annual Money in the Bank ladder match. Only one person in that match has won the MITB briefcase before and that is Alberto Del Rio. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn round out the rookies of the match, and the creation’s inventor, Chris Jericho, looks to win it for the very first time.
Money in the Bank Preshow: The Lucha Dragons vs. The Dudley Boyz – This match truly came out of nowhere, as the WWE announced it just days before the pay-per-view. There wasn’t a storyline leading up to their clash. It was presumably just a throw-away match to get all four guys on the card. With it being on the pre-show, look for a 5-10 minute bout. Winner: The Lucha Dragons
The Golden Truth vs. Breezango – Unlike the above tag-team match, this one was coming after their feud is reaching its culmination. Breezango has turned a corner as of late. They were simply a team that was thrown together. Now, Tyler Breeze and Fandango have channeled their inner-“Zoolander.” It’s working. As for The Golden Truth, they were teasing a collaboration for months, and it finally happened.
That doesn’t make it good. There is just something about Goldust and R-Truth that just doesn’t make sense. Out of the two teams, Breezango has the upper-hand and will most-likely be together longer. Look for Breeze to be the equalizer in this short bout. Winner: Breezango.
Money in the Bank Main Card: Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus – Seeing as Sheamus is the Baron Corbin of the main roster, he’s trying to get rid of the young, Indy guys. This will be Crews’ first true test on the main roster since debuting on the Raw after WrestleMania. As I attempt to look into the future, it doesn’t seem that this feud will be a one-off match.
Both guys have a lot to offer, and Sheamus isn’t going anywhere. Crews may be written into a storyline to try to defeat veterans of the WWE. It would work, but Sheamus should at least get a rematch. That’s why I believe Crews needs to win the first one in order to prove his legitimacy. Winner: Apollo Crews.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin – If it were me writing the shows, this feud would’ve been over a long time ago. Corbin would’ve also never lost a match. However, the writing teams of NXT and the main roster are different. Like Crews, Corbin must win his first big feud on the main roster. For the fans to take NXT stars seriously, they must win. Winner: Baron Corbin.
Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch – Paige pinned Charlotte twice in a row, yet she isn’t even defending the championship at Money in the Bank. Paige isn’t even in a match. Regardless, the Women’s championship booking isn’t at its best right now. It seems like this is just a throw-away match to get the women involved in the show. All four women are great wrestlers and they won’t disappoint, but this shouldn’t have any significance.
It is worth noting that Bayley is being advertised for WWE shows in August. Winner: Natalya & Becky Lynch.
Rusev vs. Titus O’Neil for the United States championship – This clash of the titans seemed to come out of nowhere. Rusev is a fresh champion with a lot to prove. He was undefeated for several months until John Cena beat him at WrestleMania. Reunited with Lana, Rusev is not going to lose his belt, even against the Father of the Year on Father’s Day. Winner: Rusev.
Fatal-4-Way for the WWE Tag-Team championship – The New Day is going to have to lose those belts eventually. Also, the Club needs to string together some wins in order for the WWE Universe to truly respect them as competitors. They dominated New Japan Pro Wrestling. It should finally be time for them to dominate the WWE.
The Vaudevillians and Enzo and Cass will take each other out. That will leave room for the Club and New Day to do battle. Look for the Tag-Team belts to change hands in Las Vegas. Winner: The Club.
Owens has the most momentum heading into this evening. So, which side collapses first? If Reigns or Rollins weren’t in the title picture, then Owens would gain the upper-hand. However, logic dictates otherwise. Winner: Dean Ambrose.
John Cena vs. AJ Styles – Even though the WWE said fans have wanted this match for 15 years, I don’t believe them. However, this will undoubtedly steal the show at Money in the Bank. It’s reminiscent of CM Punk vs. Cena five years ago. The anarchist Styles wants to shut up Cena, who had “everything handed to him.” Even their promos reflect the best feud of 2011.
Rumors are swirling about Finn Balor’s arrival to the main roster. He has one more match with Shinsuke Nakamura, at least for the time being. Regardless, this is Styles’ time to shine. Winner: AJ Styles.
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE championship – We all know what the WWE Universe wants. We also know what Vince McMahon wants. Rollins comes into this match as the babyface and underdog. Reigns is just a man on a mission to prove himself as a true star. That may take a heel turn, but that isn’t a realistic scenario right now.
That being said, Rollins’ quest to reclaim his prize will have to wait. If Dean Ambrose is able to capture the briefcase, the ending of Money in the Bank could involve another Shield reunion. Dave Meltzer did say a surprise could be looming for tonight’s show. If not, the winner will be “The Guy.” Winner: Roman Reigns.
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