WWE is heading towards their annual Money in the Bank PPV and here’s our preview and predictions…
Following from a rather lacklustre Elimination Chamber “Special Event”, WWE is emanating from Columbus, Ohio to crown this year’s Mr. Money in the Bank who will have a contract that will guarantee him a title shot in the next year, and will likely mean he’s our future WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Unless he pulls a Damien Sandow. In which case he’ll be our future jobber to the stars.
Here’s the line-up…
1. Kevin Owens vs. John Cena
The re-match everyone wants to see, but is too early for its own good. These two stole the show at Elimination Chamber and they will likely do so again here. Owens is on an incredible roll since his promotion to the main roster with incredible segments on both RAW and Smackdown and this should continue to see his star rise. Is it too soon for the rematch? Totally. This should have been a match that happened much later down the line. But in fairness, a loss to Cena here doesn’t matter too much as he’s already a main event player, though it could dampen some of his momentum. The genius of his character is that he says he’s going to win, and he does. So losing to Cena here could damage that.
Luke Owen – Kevin Owens
Jake Wilson – John Cena
Rob Kojder – John Cena
Gav Logan – John Cena
2. Nikki Bella vs. Paige for the Diva’s Championship
The feud no one cares about rolls on as Nikki Bella is set to defend her Diva’s Championship against Paige. There is really nothing to say about this match. If Paige wins, she’ll be a three-time champion in just over a year, and if Nikki wins she’ll be on her way to becoming the longest reigning Diva’s Champion. Like anyone could possibly care.
Luke Owen – Nikki Bella
Jake Wilson – Nikki Bella
Rob Kojder – Nikki Bella
Gav Logan – Paige
3. Ryback vs. Big Show for the Intercontinental Championship
As much as everyone hates Big Show, he pulled out a really good match with Roman Reigns at the Extreme Rules show, so this should be a fairly entertaining ‘big guy’ match. The most shocking thing about this feud is that we’ve already seen Ryback give Big Show the Shellshock on free TV – so what the hell are we buying the PPV for? It wouldn’t make sense for Ryback to lose here, but it would make sense to move him onto a better opponent to feud with.
Luke Owen – Ryback
Jake Wilson – Ryback (by DQ)
Rob Kojder – Ryback
Gav Logan – Ryback
4. The Prime Time Players vs. The New Day for the Tag Team Championship
Prime Time Players continue their push following Titus winning Daddy of the Year, and they had a good showing in the Elimination Chamber match at the last show. The problem the tag team division has at the moment is that Kidd and Cesaro are the only truly over babyface team, so this match feels like just a stepping stone for The New Day because they can’t feud with Kidd and Cesaro forever. Plus, The New Day are incredibly entertaining and it would seem silly to take the titles off them now. Should be a fun and fast paced match at the very least.
Luke Owen – The New Day (by DQ)
Jake Wilson – The New Day
Rob Kojder – The New Day
Gav Logan – The New Day
5. Dolph Ziggler vs. Neville vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus vs. Kane in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match
This should be a fun spectacle if nothing else, but the problem the match has is that its lacking star power. Realistically, only Roman Reigns and Randy Orton stand a chance of winning as everyone else has been treated like a midcarder. Dolph, Kofi and Neville are there to provide the flippy-doos, Kane is there for storyline purposes and Sheamus is there to throw around the smaller guys. This match has so much less interest going in than last year’s, which was coming off the back of the break-up of The Shield. And even with Randy Orton in the match, this does feel like only Roman has any chance of walking away with the briefcase.
Luke Owen – Roman Reigns
Jake Wilson – Roman Reigns
Rob Kojder – Roman Reigns
Gav Logan – Roman Reigns
6. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a ladder match
These two pulled off a really great match two weeks ago that was ruined by a horrible finish. This time round should be different, but they will struggle to get a ladder match over following the Money in the Bank ladder match earlier in the show. It should also be interesting as this will be the first Seth Rollins match without The Authority or J&J Security on his side, but no doubt they’ll play into the match somehow. Should be a good and fun showing, but will likely be overshadowed by the Money in the Bank match.
Luke Owen – Dean Ambrose (with Roman then cashing in and turning heel)
Jake Wilson – Seth Rollins
Rob Kojder – Seth Rollins
Gav Logan – Seth Rollins
As you can see by our predictions, this looks to be a fairly predictable show. Which doesn’t say a lot for the booker’s storytelling powers at the moment. Roman Reigns seems like a dead cert to win the ladder match, but there is every chance WWE could swerve us and put it on a midcarder. The rest of the match outside of the main event and the Cena/Owens rematch is RAW fodder. And a big question hanging over the show is the return of Brock Lesnar the following night on RAW. Who will he be facing at Summerslam?