WWE’s 2013 Money in the Bank pay-per-view is scheduled for Sunday night, and wrestling fans from across the world are ready for all the last-minute projections and predictions the sport’s best prognosticators can muster.
Here are the definitive final predictions for every match on the Money in the Bank card.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
When: Sunday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Watch: Pay-per-view (local cable providers)
Live Stream: WWE.com
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Mark Henry
Despite cutting the greatest promo of his career, Mark Henry has little chance to beat John Cena for the WWE Championship Sunday. With SummerSlam in August—the WWE’s second-biggest PPV—the company doesn't want Cena to lose clean the month before at Money in the Bank.
That doesn’t mean Cena won’t lose the title, though.
After Henry completely obliterates the defending champion throughout their match, Super Cena will bounce back with a late Attitude Adjustment to steal the victory. With nothing left, the title holder will be out cold on the mat after the bout.
That will leave the opportunity for WWE Championship Money in the Bank winner Randy Orton to hit the ring and cash in the briefcase. With Orton winning the WWE Championship by punting Cena’s head, the heel turn would be almost complete and the company would have its SummerSlam main event.
As great as Henry has been, an Orton vs. Cena main event is SummerSlam worthy.
Predicted Winner: John Cena, but he loses the title to Randy Orton.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio pulled off an amazing double turn at WWE’s Payback PPV in June, and the Money in the Bank show will feature the continuation of that storyline.
As much as many members of the WWE Universe want Ziggler to regain the World Heavyweight Championship, he has still not fully turned face yet.
The final turn for The Showoff will come Sunday in Philadelphia.
Big E Langston and/or AJ Lee will interfere in the match and inadvertently cost Ziggler the chance at winning the title. This will lead to the breakup of the trio and the finalization of Ziggler’s transformation into a top face.
Predicted Winner: Alberto Del Rio.
WWE Championship (All Stars) Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The most interesting match of the 2013 Money in the Bank PPV will be the WWE Championship ladder match featuring the biggest names in the sport. While any of the men in this bout can win, this bout will be all about the swerves.
Kane was taken out of this match because of head injuries suffered at the hands of the Wyatt family, per Mitch Passero of WWE.com, and no replacement was named. The company has left the possibility open that the spot could be filled later, though.
That’s where Brock Lesnar fits in this mix.
As the match is heating up and Punk is climbing the ladder, Lesnar’s music will hit and he will be introduced as the seventh man in the match. Instead of attempting to retrieve the briefcase, Lesnar will attack Punk and eliminate him from contention.
With Punk out of the way, that will lead to Orton having the chance to take the briefcase and officially begin one of the wildest nights in wrestling history. Orton will cash-in the title on Cena later in the night to win the WWE Championship.
Predicted Winner: Randy Orton.
World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match has seven talented stars on the cusp of being main-event material, but only one will receive the ultimate rub of carrying the blue briefcase.
That will be Fandango.
As much as Dean Ambrose should be the favorite in this match because of the way he has been winning since debuting in the WWE, the United States champion is already tied to a monumental storyline with The Shield.
Fandango should have won the Intercontinental Championship at Payback, but a concussion forced the superstar to miss the show, per WWE.com, resulting in Curtis Axel’s push with the title.
Now the WWE can give Fandango the rub he deserves by affording the superstar the chance to win the Money in the Bank ladder match and hold the briefcase for several months.
Predicted Winner: Fandango.
Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel vs. The Miz
There are many fans in the WWE Universe who are still not sold on Curtis Axel as a future star in the company despite being paired with a legend like Paul Heyman.
Those fans will be forced to deal with yet another win from the fresh face as there is little doubt he will retain his Intercontinental Championship against The Miz Sunday in Philadelphia.
The Miz has done nothing of significance since learning the figure four from Ric Flair, and another push to the top will not start with a win on Sunday. Axel will retain handedly and will walk out of Money in the Bank looking strong once again.
Predicted Winner: Curtis Axel.
Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn
The feud between AJ Lee and Kaitlyn has been flat-out one of the best rivalries in the division over the last five years.
While the Diva’s title match is normally viewed as a time for wrestling fans to grab refreshments or use the restroom, this heated battle was made even more interesting after a great contract signing on SmackDown.
Even the most casual wrestling fans are intrigued by this battle—something that must be accredited to both AJ and Kaitlyn’s mic and in-ring work—and this will undoubtedly be the most entertaining women’s title match in years.
Predicted Winner: AJ Lee.
Chris Jericho vs. Ryback
There was a time not too long ago when Ryback was viewed as a serious threat to take the WWE Championship from both CM Punk and John Cena. After losing every PPV match since Money in the Bank 2012, it’s finally time for a huge win.
This victory will come at the expense of Chris Jericho.
With a storyline swerve likely approaching concerning a relationship between Ryback and former Raw managing supervisor Vickie Guerrero, the right way to begin the star’s new push would be with a big win over a former undisputed champion.
Predicted Winner: Ryback.
WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. The Usos (Kickoff Match)
While The Shield entered the WWE on fire, the momentum for the trio has cooled a bit. There is no better evidence of this than the Money in the Bank kickoff match between tag team champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns and The Usos.
This is a match the WWE Universe would be normally treated to on Raw, and with few fans expecting The Shield to drop the titles on Sunday, this bout was added to the card in order to give Rollins and Reigns another PPV victory.
Predicted Winner: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
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