As Sunday rolls along and a night full of good television programming is upon us, Money in the Bank might not be getting the attention it deserves. After all, there are a number of fans ready to switch over to Game of Thrones in the middle of the pay-per-view.
That said, there are matches on this card worth watching.
Who will win the Money in the Bank Ladder Matches? Will Becky Lynch keep both her Raw and SmackDown Live Championships? Will AJ Styles defeat Seth Rollins? Will Braun Strowman get involved?
Below are our Money in the Bank predictions:
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
This match has changed a little since it was first announced. Braun Strowman is out and Sami Zayn and that changes everything.
If Strowman had remained, I might have given the nod to a competitor like Andrade or Drew McIntyre, but the way Vince McMahon has been speaking through Zayn and venting his frustrations at the WWE Universe quick to harp on WWE, I have no doubt WWE will go all-in on Zayn winning.
Strowman might play a role here but Zayn is McMahon’s go-between and with a briefcase, he can really elevate his platform.
Winner: Sami Zayn
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
As you can see below, Natalya is talking about her match and she’s suggesting she’ll come away with the win. Respectfully, we have to disagree. She’s not going anywhere near that briefcase.
My co-host on Smarts Marks of Wrestling Podcast (Brandon) says either Bayley or Ember Moon. I’m going with the underdog here and selecting Dana Brooke.
I think there’s something to the idea that she’s been getting some attention on Main Event and has a beef going with a guy like Sam Roberts. My bet is that Roberts cuts her down in the pre-show only to see her take the big win.
That WWE has an opportunity to stick it to Sasha Banks (who Brooke is replacing in this match) helps.
Winner: Dana Brooke
Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles
To me, it’s too early to take the Universal Title off of Seth Rollins. AJ Styles is a star win or lose but Rollins rep would take a serious hit here if he lost already.
This could be a match-of-the-night bout but if they put it on at the end of the show, most people will miss it because they’re watching GOT on HBO.
In the end, we’re sticking with the champion.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Kevin Owens vs. Kofi Kingston
Like Rollins, it’s too early to take the title off of Kofi Kingston’s waist. The only reason WWE even considers doing so is if they’ve somehow convinced themselves that Kofi is partly responsible for the declining ratings.
If so, Owens becomes a transition champion until they can get the title on someone they feel will draw more viewers. It’s a crappy way to book things, but it’s the reality of what’s going on in WWE these days.
We’re not convinced WWE is that point yet so we’re sticking with Kofi.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Shane McMahon vs. Miz (Steel Cage)
This match should be great, but will probably be the letdown of the evening. Their Falls Count Anywhere match at WrestleMania 35 was excellent and McMahon got the rub there, so this match feels like it can’t live up to their first bout and we pretty much know who the winner will be.
Expect this match to get a ton of hype throughout the show and really not be anything to right home about.
Winner: The Miz
Becky Lynch Has Two Title Defenses
In a case of ‘Is Becky Lynch on tv too much?’, The Man gets two matches at Money in the Bank. The first is against Lacey Evans on Raw, the second vs. Charlotte for the SmackDown Live Women’s title.
Some believe Lynch keeps both titles. Others believe WWE has a thing for Evans. Less believe Charlotte wins, but that contingent of fans is out there.
If WWE isn’t worried about overexposing Lynch, expect her to retain in both matches and keep her title as Becky Two Belts. If they have concerns she’s on tv too much and already losing steam, I’d put my money on Evans.
There’s something about Lacey’s heel persona that Vince is in love with and if her title win doesn’t come tonight, there is a huge future with a title around her waist sooner than later.
Winner(s): Becky Lynch x 2
In Other Money in the Bank Matches
In some of the other bouts, we have Daniel Bryan and Rowan retaining over the Usos, Samoa Joe winning over Rey Mysterio and Tony Nese hanging onto his Cruiserweight Title.