Liam Hoofe with his predictions for WWE Money in the Bank 2019…
This Sunday night, the WWE will present their first post-WrestleMania PPV, Money in the Bank.
Traditionally held during the Summer, the event has been bumped forward this year, presumably due to the fact that the company has shifted around their schedule to accommodate their upcoming Super ShowDown event in Saudi Arabia, the company’s third in the country over the last 12 months.
The post-WrestleMania season has been one hell of a rocky ride for the WWE. With AEW breathing down their neck, the company has seen ratings plummet following their big show, and their post Mania shake-up and the subsequent introduction of the ‘wildcard’ rule have not been met with much approval from the WWE Universe.
Regardless of this, the WWE has the chance to earn themselves a few brownie points on Sunday night, and despite all of their issues, the card for Money in the Bank does have plenty of promise.
Let’s take a look through the card for Sunday night and see who is likely to walk away victorious.
Pre-show: Daniel Bryan and Rowan Vs The Usos
So just one PPV after the Superstar Shakeup, we already have a match between a Raw team and a SmackDown team as a result of this ridiculous ‘wildcard’ rule.
While the titles may not be on the line here, there is no point in having Bryan and Rowan, who have just been crowned SmackDown Champions, take the defeat.
Prediction: Eric Rowan and Daniel Bryan Win
Pre-show: Tony Neese Vs Ariya Daivari- Cruiserweight Championship
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve lost a lot of interest in 205 Live since Buddy Murphy was defeated for the Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania 35.
While there is no denying Neese’s in-ring ability, the performer lacks a certain aura for me and his reign is going to struggle to build the kind of momentum that Murphy managed to over the last six months or so.
It seems unlikely that the WWE will want to switch the title so soon after giving to Neese though, and the Premier Athlete will likely hold the belt through until at least SummerSlam.
Prediction: Tony Neese Retains
Becky Lynch Vs Charlotte Flair- SmackDown Women’s Championship
All eyes will be on Becky Lynch on Sunday night as she puts both of her titles on the line in two separate matches. The running order of this show will tell us a lot about the company’s plans for Lynch but given the popularity of her Becky two-belts gimmick, it seems unlikely that she will be dropping either of her belts.
If the WWE is wise, they will put her match with Charlotte on first and allow the two women to put on the kind of excellent encounter we all know they are capable of.
Prediction: Becky Lynch retains
Becky Lynch Vs Lacey Evans – Raw Women’s Championship
It will be interesting to see if the WWE decides to pace these two matches out, or whether they put them back to back. The WWE has booked themselves into a bit of a corner with this one, with Evans running the risk of losing all of her momentum if she loses clean on Sunday.
There is the chance they may book a screwy finish of some kind here to protect both women and delay Evans’ crowning moment for a few more months. Whether it is a DQ finish or some sort of double count out, Lynch will still walk out with her title Sunday night.
Prediction: Becky Lynch keeps her title
The Miz Vs Shane McMahon- Steel Cage Match
In some respects, it makes perfect sense to have this match happen; McMahon’s victory at WrestleMania was tainted to say the least, but The Miz seemingly got his own back on McMahon during the Superstar Shakeup and McMahon then moved into his feud with Roman Reigns alongside Elias.
Regardless, the match is happening and Shane McMahon continues his record of competing on every single PPV so far in 2019. He won’t be victorious in this one though and The Miz will move on to other things after the show.
Prediction: The Miz wins
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