Money in the Bank: Full Predictions for the Event
The 2012 Money in the Bank pay-per-view is right around the corner, and if the event can manage to be half as good as it was last year, we are in for one hell of a night.
Two Money in the Bank ladder matches and two world title matches have been confirmed, but it's safe to say that we can expect to see a few others as well.
From Cena to Ryback to AJ, here are my full predictions for Money in the Bank.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth (c) vs. Primetime Players
The Primetime Players became the No. 1 contenders for the Tag Team Championship last month at No Way Out, and now that R-Truth is back in action, it's time that they had their Championship match.
The Primetime Players have avoided losing any matches directly since AW became their manager, as we saw them walk out of their eight-man tag team match on RAW against Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.
Kofi and Truth are great performers and could probably take on Darren Young and Titus O'Neil any day of the week, but the WWE is really trying to revamp their tag team division, and a win over Truth and Kingston could do wonders for the Players.
Expect this match to happen and expect AW to be a better manager than Little Jimmy, distracting Kofi and Truth in one way or another, giving Young and O'Neil their first championships.
The push that the WWE is giving to AJ is huge, and I have no doubt that she will have a Divas Championship match at some point. But tonight, AJ is too busy refereeing for CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.
Therefore, expect your usual bathroom break match. I don't see a championship match happening here, so something along the lines of Layla and Alicia Fox vs. Beth Phoenix and Natalya.
Layla and Fox win, everybody else loses.
Ryback continues past Curt Hawkins and works on the roster some more instead of local talent.
I'm guessing Ryback will take down Tyler Reks next week before Money in the Bank, so expect someone else to take the beating at the pay-per-view.
Feed me less squashes.
World Heavyweight Championship: Money in the Bank
The lack of star power in this match has been pretty disheartening to this point.
The first five wrestlers to enter the match were Tyson Kidd, Damien Sandow, Tensai, Christian and Santino Marella. None of them seemed right to hold the World Heavyweight Championship in the near future.
Tyson Kidd simply is not there yet. Damien Sandow could be there in the future, but he needs a midcard title run first. Tensai is despised by just about everyone and is a total bust. Santino is too much of a comedy act to hold the WHC. Christian could definitely step back into the picture, but his IC title and face run lead me to believe that he will not.
The next week on SmackDown had Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler enter the ladder match as well. In them, we have our top two contenders.
Rhodes just had one of the longest IC title runs in history and Ziggler has not only proven that he's ready in the ring, but he's really becoming over with the crowd.
Both could win, but if there are no more contestants added to the match, I would put my money on Ziggler to win the briefcase.
I could see Zach Ryder adding himself as SmackDown GM next week, but I would really love to see Wade Barrett make a comeback and win the briefcase. Barrett and Sheamus could have a great feud for the title.
But, as he does not seem to be coming back, I see Ziggler winning this one.
WWE Championship: Money in the Bank
In my opinion, this ladder match between John Cena, Big Show, Kane, and Chris Jericho is easy to call.
Kane is the least likely to get a title run of the bunch and I'm not really sure that there is a ladder sturdy enough to support the Big Show. Show can do more for Raw when he isn't champion.
Jericho could definitely be an option to win the briefcase, but his winning would ultimately pit him against Punk yet again, and I really don't think that the WWE is looking to do that again so soon.
This brings us to the company's hero, John Cena. SuperCena is never too far away, as was visible towards the end of the battle royal at the end of SmackDown this week.
The WWE has made a strong point to make sure that we know Cena has never won the briefcase before, having him say it as well as going through a list of all of Cena's "firsts" on WWE.com.
This is just another accomplishment Cena can add to his resume and it will be his way of getting into a SummerSlam rematch with Punk, which has been rumored.
Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
Sheamus has been fairly dominant as World Heavyweight Champion to this point and Alberto Del Rio is finally getting his one on one match he was supposed to have at No Way Out.
Del Rio will put up a fight in the match and will almost definitely put Sheamus in the cross-arm breaker but as we saw with Daniel Bryan, Sheamus doesn't need an arm to finish off his opponents.
Sheamus takes down Del Rio with the Brogue Kick and enjoys his one armed celebration until...
Ziggler comes flying down to the ring with his briefcase and nails Sheamus in the back of the head with it.
He then cashes in the contract and hits the Zig Zag on a dazed Sheamus to secure Dolph Ziggler as the new World Heavyweight Champion!
CM Punk (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
I don't even know where to begin with these two... well three if you include AJ.
When it finally seemed that AJ had aligned with Punk, she got angry and seemingly aligned with Bryan, but before you could say anything more she was making out with Punk as well.
AJ's intentions as referee are completely blind to the WWE universe and we are left guessing.
Most are convinced that AJ has been on the side of Daniel Bryan the whole time and she is going to screw Punk out of the title at Money in the Bank.
I think otherwise. CM Punk is walking out of Phoenix, Ariz., as the WWE Champion.
AJ will aid Punk in a subtle way, leading to his victory and an excuse for another rematch for Bryan which should happen at the 1,000th Raw.
After the match, AJ will be looking to Punk for gratitude and I'm guessing she will get disappointed. Despite winning, Punk won't be fully invested in AJ, which should continue on the AJ storyline.
No cash-in from Cena on this night, Punk gets to sleep soundly for at least one night...