This weekend we’ll have our second socially-distant PPV from WWE. Money in the Bank is usually one of the better PPVs each year, so what kind of product we receive with no fans in attendance is probably the main storyline. Wrestlemania was fairly good from start to finish and proved it can be done. So, it’s up to Money In The Bank (MITB) to keep the ball rolling.
The match card is really thin right now, which means WWE will either announce a few matches between now and Sunday evening OR they have something big (probably way too long) planned for the simultaneous men’s and women’s MITB ladder matches.
Current Match Card:
- Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt (Universal Championship)
- Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins (WWE Championship)
- Bayley vs. Tamina (SmackDown Women’s Championship)
- The New Day vs. Forgotten Songs vs. Lucha House Party vs. The Miz and John Morrison (SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
- Dana Brooke vs. Carmella vs. Nia Jax vs. Lacey Evans vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Asuka (Money in the Bank)
- Baron Corbin vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Otis vs. Aleister Black vs. Rey Mysterio vs. AJ Styles (Money in the Bank)
For now though, let’s stick to the matches that are currently on the card.
The New Day vs. Forgotten Songs vs. Lucha House Party vs. The Miz and John Morrison (SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
This match has a lot of potential to be really spectacular considering the show that Kofi and John Morrison put on with Jimmy Uso at Wrestlemania in April. Add a few more high-level talents and it could be a show-stealer. I think ultimately this match could go to any of the teams involved but The New Day should be considered the favorites. WWE seems bizarrely married to the Forgotten Sons so don’t count them out, but considering The New Day just got the belts back, look for them to retain.
Bayley vs. Tamina (SmackDown Women’s Championship)
No offense to Tamina, but there’s no way Bayley loses her belt to anyone not named Sasha Banks. WWE is telegraphing a match between the two for SummerSlam so Tamina is getting this title shot out of respect, not because she’s a legitimate threat to take it home. They’ll make it interesting but don’t expect to see the belt change hands at MITB.
Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt (Universal Championship)
This match is interesting because it is not scheduled to involve The Fiend. That doesn’t mean Wyatt’s menacing alter-ego won’t make an appearance or play a part but at least as advertised, this will be a match between Strowman and Wyatt.
This is probably the hardest match to predict, simply because it involves Braun Strowman. Strowman is holding his belt on borrowed time. Roman was obviously meant to take the title from Goldberg at Wrestlemania. But, Reigns chose to withdraw from competition because of the birth of his twins, meaning someone had to take the title from Goldberg. Enter Strowman.
This seems too quick to rip the belt from Strowman, especially to a non-Fiend Wyatt, but considering how much WWE has loved to bury Strowman in the past, I could see it happening. I also think WWE would rather be able to market a championship match with the Fiend for SummerSlam, since fans seemed to love the Firefly Funhouse match from Wrestlemania, even if I hated it. However, this could also just be a means to set up a Funhouse match between Strowman and The Fiend at SummerSlam.
If I had to make a pick though, I’d say Strowman retains, out of respect to him as a competitor. Whether that’s to set up a match with The Fiend or not, only time will tell.
Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins (WWE Championship)
I’m actually very excited about this showdown. Both of these competitors are doing some really great character work right now. McIntyre is playing an exceptional quasi-people’s champ with the right amount of cockiness, while Rollins has gone full heel and is crushing it as The Monday Night Messiah. Truthfully, this is the most I’ve liked Seth Rollings in at least a year and I consider myself a pretty big fan of Becky Lynch’s man.
Ultimately though, there is no way McIntyre loses his belt this quickly. He’s earned a long title run and with any luck, WWE creative will let him retain until he can walk out of the tunnel, hear the crowd roar for him like they did at the Royal Rumble and be introduced as “WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre.” For what its worth, I think this will end up being one of the best matches of the night.
Baron Corbin vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Otis vs. Aleister Black vs. Rey Mysterio vs. AJ Styles (Money in the Bank)
There is a ton of talent in this match but I think there is really only one man that deserves to walk away with the briefcase, and that man is Aleister Black. He’s consistently done great work with lesser opponents and after being huge on NXT for so long, he deserves the chance to be huge on the main roster. I honestly have a hard time predicting too much about both MITB matches since their format will be so different from previous years but I feel very confident picking Black to emerge victorious in this one.
Dana Brooke vs. Carmella vs. Nia Jax vs. Lacey Evans vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Asuka (Money in the Bank)
The way this match has been built up, I find it hard to believe anyone other than Baszler, Asuka or Jax takes the briefcase without a significant and shocking surprise entrant. Lacey Evans could be interesting but considering the winner of this match is most likely to cash in against The Man, Becky Lynch, my money is on Jax. It would be pretty significant to see a brawler like Jax win a ladder match but they’re clearly building heat for her since her return and want to get her in a championship picture ASAP. Unless of course, someone was to enter at the last minute…
Dream Scenarios for MITB and Post-MITB
An Unlikely Dream Scenario for the Women’s MITB Ladder Match:
… enter Sonya Deville.
I might be biased as a queer woman who loves to watch Deville beat the crap out of people. But her heat is so significant that WWE would be wasting a golden opportunity if they don’t add her in last minute to steal the briefcase. Let me plead my case.
Near the end, Deville comes out of nowhere, takes out a few women (maybe a few men as well), blinded by rage because of her fallout with Mandy Rose. Eager to prove herself, she captures the MITB briefcase.
She doesn’t have to win a championship with the briefcase. She could cash in against Bayley, get a title match, have Sasha interfere with Bayley, meaning Bayley could retain with champion’s advantage and have a legit reason to feud with Sasha for SummerSlam. After her defeat, Deville would still have decent heat and could move over to Raw and challenge Becky for the RAW title at SummerSlam.
This seems doubtful because WWE is probably going to waste Deville’s heat on a longer feud with Rose. But, if they were smart (and wanted to pander to me specifically), they’ll give Deville the briefcase Sunday night.
An Idea for The Fiend:
Contrary to my prediction, what if Bray Wyatt wins on Sunday night? It wouldn’t be too shocking.
But his Summerslam opponent could be.
Remember when I picked Aleister Black to win the MITB match? Take a second and think about the theatrical masterpiece that these two men could give us at Summerslam if The Fiend defends his title against Aleister Black. Black has shown he can go toe-to-toe with any competitor, even one with Wyatt’s size and The Fiend’s relentlessness. If they really wanted to push Black, there is no better way to do it than with a title match down the road against the Fiend.
I’d be shocked if either winner holds onto their briefcase for very long after Sunday’s PPV. WWE is hemorrhaging viewers during the Covid-19 lockdown. They will undoubtedly use these briefcases to create some quick, cheap ratings pops and try to set up some major storylines for Summerslam, the next big socially distant PPV.
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