Editor’s Note: This preview was written before WWE decided to move the Kickoff matches to the main show and add 2 new matches to the Kickoff.
It’s time again for Money in the Bank. This Sunday we’ll once again find out who will win the briefcase which holds a contract for a WWE World Heavyweight championship match. This is being touted as the biggest Money in the Bank ever with a couple of Wrestlemania caliber main event matches. With the introduction of the ‘New Era’ of the WWE, how will the veterans react? Let’s take a look at the pay-per-view match by match.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
This feud so far has been, for lack of a better term, the battle of the nut shots. At the last pay-per-view, Extreme Rules, these two were engaged in a No-Disqualification match when Corbin won after a blatant, legal low blow. The next week on Raw, Dolph called for a good old fashioned technical wrestling match, but instead immediately landed kick below the belt of the Lone Wolf.
This time is sure to be the blow off. With a fairly weak build to the storyline, both men would benefit from moving on to something new, which is a shame because they actually do work well together. The veteran Dolph Ziggler does not really need the win as much as the upstart Corbin.
Prediction: Baron Corbin
Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews
The match is a direct result of the New Era. Sheamus, who was world champ only seven months ago, has no interest in seeing the next generation of WWE superstars succeeding and the target of his dismay is the young powerhouse Apollo Crews. After tearing it up on the indies as Uhaa Nation, Crews entered the WWE Performance Center just over a year ago. After a short stint at NXT he was shipped right up to the main roster. Although he hasn’t had much of a storyline since, he has remained basically untouchable. It’s easy to see why this might threaten Sheamus’ spot on the roster.
This match will surprise a lot of people. Both fighters will look really good in a match that probably should be on the main show. Crews should eventually wear out the Celtic Warrior and further prove he belongs where he is.
Prediction: Apollo Crews
WWE Unites States Championship
Rusev(c) vs. Titus O’Neill
Since his return after 60 day suspension Titus O’Neill has been especially fired up. Priorities in line, he set his sites on the US champion, the Bulgarian Brute Rusev.
After winning the the title from Kalisto, Rusev has been relentless. Look for Titus, who certainly have his weaknesses, to be more focused than ever and somehow overcome the Brute.
Prediction: Titus O’Neill
Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Natalya and Becky Lynch
After retaining the Women’s Championship at Extreme Rules, Charlotte dumped her hall of fame dad Ric Flair and picked up a lackey in Dana Brooke. She is still feuding with Nattie after never scoring a victory that was 100% clean. After Charlotte and Dana double teamed Nattie, Becky joined in to even the odds.
This match doesn’t have a lot going for it in terms of stakes. The champ seems to be in a holding patten for the time being until we can get the much anticipated feud between her and Sasha Banks. Charlotte’s title isn’t on the line this go around so she doesn’t really need to win. Expect Dana to take the pin or more likely tap out.
Prediction: Natalya and Becky Lynch
WWE Tag Team Championship
The New Day(c) vs. The Vaudevillians vs. Enzo and Big Cass vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows
Tag Team Fatal Four Way
The New Day has held the WWE Tag Team titles longer than anyone in the last ten years. The day of Money in the Bank will be day 301, but there are three other teams vying to end the historic reign. Former NXT tag champions, the Vaudevillians are direct opposites of the New Day in every manner. They long for the days of old where as the champs stay up on current pop culture week by week.
The Club, Anderson and Gallows, were three times IWGP tag champions in New Japan. They’ve been taking out everyone in their path since debuting the week after Mania and look to do the same to New Day.
And then we have Enzo and Cass who are quickly becoming the most popular segment of any Monday Night Raw. Enzo is fresh off of being sidelined with a concussion and this team is as hungry as any going into Sunday night.
A tag team fatal four way is nearly impossible to predict. The champions do not need to be pinned or made submit lose the titles and there are a ton of moving parts. In that case it comes down to which team moving forward would benefit from having the titles. It seems like that would be the Club. With gold around their waists this faction along with AJ will be that much more formidable.
Prediction: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows
Money In The Bank
Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, Cesaro and Dean Ambrose
Unlike in recent years, the winner of this year’s Money in the Bank match-up up is less obvious. It seems pointless at such a hot time in the company to give the briefcase to either Chris Jericho or Alberto Del Rio. These two are both multi-time world champions, Alberto has won the this match in the past and both have had plenty of success already. So let’s eliminate them from the conversation.
With the other four it’s a virtual toss up.
Cesaro is on fire these days. It finally seems like it’s all coming together with him. Is this the time he gets the recognition from the WWE that he deserves? Not quite.
Owens and Zayn. Linked together forever. Either could perceivably win and the other might battle him over the case. That or what seems more probable they will take each other out of the match.
That leaves Dean Ambrose. This is the moment that’s been building since the Shield started tearing through the WWE after debuting at the 2012 Survivor Series. All three men are now separate, but with Ambrose holding the Money in the Bank contract, the Shield will stand at the top of the card warring over the ultimate prize.
Prediction: Dean Ambrose
AJ Styles vs. John Cena
An image has resurfaced as of late in the internet. That’s the cover of an issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated from 2006. It shows John Cena and AJ Styles, who at the time was a star in TNA, facing off. Up until now this match had only been a dream and when Cena return for injured a few weeks back AJ Styles made sure that it would be a reality. AJ welcomed him back, but quickly turned, beating him mercilessly.
This match is built on finding out who truly is the best in the business. AJ signed the contract promising to leave the rest of the Club out of it, so how’s it going to shake out? With the wave Styles has been riding lately look for him to somehow, clean or not, find a way to beat Cena in his first match back.
Prediction: AJ Styles
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Roman Reigns(c) vs. Seth Rollins
Last year at Survivor Series, Seth Rollins was set to defend his world title against Roman Reigns. Before the match took place, Rollins tore up his knee in a house show match and was forced to vacate the belt. In the six months that it took the knee to heal, Reigns has enjoyed the biggest highlights of his career, winning the title three times and beating Triple H in the main event of the biggest Wrestlemania of all time.
Seth is back and having never been beaten for the belt, he believes himself to be the rightful champion and looks to prove that to Roman and everyone else.
Much has been said about Roman’s ring skills or lack thereof, but there’s no way that this won’t be an outstanding match. Hopefully the injury hasn’t taken away from Rollins’ style. Roman should end up retaining, but don’t expect this feud to be over with that quickly. Also don’t expect an Ambrose cash in. We’ll see the Lunatic Fringe’s antics with the case for at least a few months.
Prediction: Roman Reigns