It’s nearly time for WWE’s next big pay-per-view event, Money in the Bank. And while perhaps nothing can live up to the excitement of Wrestlemania 35 last month, there are already a few confirmed matches to get excited about. On May 19th, for the first time ever, the WWE will take over the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut for the tenth annual Money in the Bank PPV.
The premise of Money in the Bank? Just like last year, your favorite WWE Superstars will take part in ladder matches to battle it out over a contract contained in that very recognizable metal briefcase. There will be two matches of eight men and women featuring stars from both Raw and Smackdown. That suitcase suspended above the ladder (the visual representation of “MITB”) contains a contract that allows the winner to challenge for their respective world championship any time over the next year.
Of course, there will be several title matches that Sunday night too…
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The Women’s Ladder Match – Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Naomi, Dana Brooke, Carmella, Ember Moon
We’ve got confirmation of the eight women who’ll be battling it out in this one. The winner gets a chance to challenge Becky Lynch (or whomever the current champ is at the time of the challenge) for the SmackDown and/or Raw Women’s Title. Since Lynch currently holds both, who knows what that means? Will the Women’s MITB winner get to fight her for both? Maybe! Alexa Bliss has assumed out loud that she’ll win this one, but she seems to get enough television attention as it is (well, at least for her promos and interviews even if it’s not for actual wrestling lately). So we think this one puts someone else in the spotlight, particularly since Sasha Banks, Ruby Riott, and Sonya Deville weren’t included. Maybe Naomi wins it? Or even Mandy Rose?
Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans for the Raw Women’s Championship
We’re going to go ahead and say Becky Lynch keeps her title… at least in this one. She’s set up for two matches at MITB and we don’t see her losing the Raw belt to Lacey Evans (no offense, Lacey). Ronda Rousey isn’t on the match card so far for Sunday and, hey, it’s nice to let someone else have the spotlight every once in a while? Evans got this match by beating Natalya, but she’s a newbie in terms of fan attention and this match probably won’t amount to much. Hopefully it doesn’t ruin her chance at getting more TV time on the weekdays though. Lynch will retain the Raw Women’s Title here for sure.
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
Yet again, these two former besties are going at it for the title. And we’re not sad about it, because their matches have been epic – even violent at times. These two have great in-ring chemistry and Flair wants the spotlight back… bad. This one could go either way as it doesn’t seem fair for Lynch to hold both titles. Maybe she’ll just barely hang on and win at the last second so Flair doesn’t look too bad. Or maybe Flair wins it outright. Don’t forget that it’s also possible Lynch wins both of her matches, keeps both belts, and the MITB winner cashes in on her to snatch a title after she’s worn out (if there’s time). This one is too tough to call, but we’ll say Lynch keeps both belts… for now.
The Men’s Ladder Match – Baron Corbin, Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Mustafa Ali, Andrade, Randy Orton
Fans were hyped about the announcement of the participants in this one. On the Raw side, Ricochet has been called up from NXT and surely he’ll perform so that he can keep hanging with the big dogs. Mustafa Ali and Andrade are also first timers here. But we’re going to stick with the guys we’re used to and say that Drew McIntyre takes this one, unless the WWE has someone else they want to push on the fans. McIntyre seemed to be on the precipice of really big things just before Wrestlemania so it’s a shame to see him fade so soon. (And ugh, we definitely do not want Baron Corbin to win.) Give it to the Scot!
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Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles for the Universal Championship
The people really dig Rollins so we think he’ll keep the title in this one. But at least we’ll get a heck of a show since these guys are some of the best in the ring. Styles got here by defeating Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio, and Baron Corbin, but we don’t think he has enough to grab the top title. The storyline here is a litttle rocky though. These two men weren’t even feuding until last week on Raw when Rollins refused to shake hands at the contract signing. That ended with Styles putting Rollins through a table with a Phenomenal Forearm and, well, you know how The Architect gets when he’s angry (dark, crazy, emotional, intense). Victory goes to Rollins after a big Stomp.
Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE Championship
Oh hey, what up, KO? Kingston replaced Owens in the title match at Wrestlemania just last month and won it, so surely the WWE won’t take it away from him that fast? After all the emotional celebration and excitement over his crowning as champ, we think Kofi will keep the title. For now. The recent heel turn by Owens was a little lame and a little too late to really build up any true feud between these two before May 19th, right? Well, we take that back – they’ve still got two more episodes of SmackDown to get us interested… But no, we don’t want Owens (at least not the heel version) to win this one.
Roman Reigns vs. Elias
Reigns is officially back, and after his win over Drew McIntyre at Wrestlemania, we have no reason to think the WWE won’t keep building him up. It’s a shame because Elias really gained some traction with the crowd after turning babyface (and he is actually pretty funny), but earlier this year he went back to the dark side and his whole insult-the-fans-and-their-hometown schtick. In an effort to thrust Reigns back into superstardom and the top of the card, we think the Big Dog wins it.
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon in a Steel Cage Match
This weird friendship-turned-feud refuses to die, so we’ll yet again see a rusty Shane McMahon take on The Miz and hope this one sorts itself out so we can stop watching it every week on SmackDown. We’re predicting that the Miz takes this one (and fingers crossed Shane McMahon doesn’t hurt himself in the process). Hopefully The Awesome One reignites a new feud with someone else, anyone else… maybe even the “New” Daniel Bryan again, we don’t care!
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