WWE's pay-per-view Money in the Bank is tomorrow, and is one of the most hyped shows of the year. More than possibly any other show, Money in the Bank gives us an insight into the future of WWE and who (at least) two of the major players will be over the next year.
The card, on paper, is pretty solid. Let's take a look over the matches and make some predictions, shall we?
The Shield (Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns) vs. The Usos
I'm sad to report this is on the pre-show, however I understand it since the number of matches already is pretty high. The Usos are doing a pretty good job getting over as a face tag team and the audience is responding well.
However, The Shield is doing a great job of putting on quality matches and showing dominance. Even if WWE has cooled on them slightly, I don't forsee The Uso's taking the titles from The Shield yet.
Prediction: The Shield
Chris Jericho vs. Ryback
This match doesn't have too much going for it. Jericho is a bit of an afterthought right now, and Ryback's character isn't jelling with the audience (or this writer, for that matter). Jericho's a pretty big name, but I'm sort of surprised he's not in the All Star MitB match.
It seems as if Ryback will be pairing up with Vickie Guerrero, but whether or not that happens here or on Raw remains to be seen. I don't see Jericho walking out as a victor here. Ryback has been pulling all sorts of excuses and cheap tricks to get his wins lately and the pattern continues.
WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn for the WWE Divas Championship
Finally! A Divas feud worth sinking our teeth into! AJ and Kaitlyn have been given an opportunity to shine and they certainly have taken advantage of it. I've been enjoying this feud so far, and glad to see it's been given proper attention.
AJ is doing a pretty good job of being the Divas champ right now, so I don't see her dropping any time soon. They can use this opportunity to have her fend off one face after another, until finally having someone break through and get the win. Perhaps an NXT Diva? I'm hoping to see Paige on the roster sooner than later.
I hope they give the ladies plenty of time here, so we get a repeat of their last bout. I also hope they keep the belt on AJ, because I have high hopes for the future Divas to come.
Prediction: AJ Lee to retain the Divas Championship
WWE Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship
I'll keep this short and sweet: The Miz's gimmick is not working, and right now Curtis Axel needs the belt. Axel wins with a clean pin.
Prediction: Curtis Axel to retain the Intercontinental Championship
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler for the World Heavyweight Championship
Let's be honest here - Dolph's face turn hasn't gone exactly as planned. Alternately, Del Rio is a natural heel and hasn't missed a step. Dolph's overly scripted promos are not fitting him well, and he needs to find his voice.
We've seen glimmers of Dolph's potential but nothing is resonating right now. As long as WWE is determined to make him a lame jokester, Dolph will not get over.
Sadly, as a face, Dolph's time is not now, and he will walk out of this match a loser. Don't fret, fans, for Dolph's time will indeed come. We just need a bit more tweaking, first.
Prediction: Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Mark Henry for the WWE Championship
Mark Henry has been nothing short of brilliant lately. His "retirement" speech was the work of legends, and he is probably the only heel in all of wrestling that genuinely scares the hell out of me.
John Cena is doing a pretty good job too. Cena has a history of downplaying his opponents, but he's taking Henry serious. Even subtle things, like flinching when Henry moves, shows John Cena is playing this feud properly. Plus, the tease that Cena cannot finish Henry off with the Attitude Adjustment plays into the story nicely.
I'm expecting a very good match from these men. Ultimately, I fear John Cena will retain the title. I think there's more money in a monster heel title run out of Mark Henry, knocking down challenger after challenger (Cena, Orton, Sheamus, Bryan, just to get things started) but I don't think Cena's run with the title is over any time soon.
I'm picking John Cena to win with the STF.
Prediction: John Cena
World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money in the Bank (Wade Barret vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow vs. Fandango vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Antonio Cesaro vs. Jack Swagger)
This is an interesting match-up. Most of the participants have never been in a Money in the Bank match, let alone a WWE ladder match. Plus, this is all heels, so it gives some interesting options. First of all, who are we supposed to cheer for? I mean, yes, as a smart wrestling fan, of course I have my favorite heels. But what about the casual viewer? They sure must be confused.
I'm fairly confident in most of my picks but I have zero confidence in this one. I don't think Dean Ambrose takes it because he's got the US Title (though I'm cheering for him to win). I doubt Swagger will win, and sadly, because of that, Cesaro is probably out too. Cody Rhodes is kind of just there. Wade Barrett's time could be now. So could Damien Sandow. Definitely not Fandango.
If I had to pick someone, I'm going to go with Wade Barrett, because I think Sandow's gimmick is, well, too gimmicky for the main event. Barrett's a great promo and solid in the ring. I felt like he was a future main eventer back during his NXT run and I stand by that. Now is the time to pull the trigger.
Prediction: Wade Barrett
Money in the Bank All Stars for the WWE Championship Contract (CM Punk vs. Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. RVD vs. Sheamus vs. Christian)
Let's get the important stuff out of the way now. Kane is not in the match, and I think Brock Lesnar will replace him. We haven't heard from Lesnar since his initial confrontation with CM Punk, and we need to get these two men into a match at Summerslam. This is the most logical way. Bray Wyatt will not replace Kane - Bray Wyatt is not a former champion, and does not fit the criteria set for this match. Brock Lesnar does.
So, since Lesnar should take the spot, that means he'll screw CM Punk out of winning (or perhaps vice versa). Sheamus and Christian are out. The returning RVD? Nope. He's working part time, and we need a full time champ.
Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton are the two logical choices here. Randy has been re-energized since working with Bryan and is a strong contender for the win. Daniel Bryan is also red hot right now and getting some of the best reactions from crowds out of the entire roster.
Rumors are Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena at Summerslam. This is the easiest way to get them there. I would prefer Bryan to hold on to the contract longer, but it could be a major match between the two, an Summerslam might be the best place for it.
Gonna go with my favorite - Daniel Bryan for the win.
Predection: Daniel Bryan
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