WWE Money in the Bank 2013: Odds Each Title Belt Changes Hands
The Money in the Bank card is stacked. The two ladder matches are always the highlight of the night, but there are also five championships on the line. Only the United States title isn't scheduled to get defended as Dean Ambrose tries to win a briefcase.
There were three title changes last month at Payback. Alberto Del Rio, Curtis Axel and AJ Lee each emerged from the pay-per-view as a new champion. Now, they will all attempt to defend their belts on Sunday night at Money in the Bank.
John Cena and Shield members Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are also set to defend. So let's take a closer look at each championship match on the card and set odds for each belt changing hands at one of the year's most intriguing WWE shows.
WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Mark Henry
The odds of this match could shift greatly depending on where it gets placed in the show. If Cena and Henry go on before the All-Star Money in the Bank match, thus eliminating the chance of a cash-in attempt, the leader of the Cenation becomes a much bigger favorite to retain.
Should it be the main event, a victory by the "World's Strongest Man" is a more reasonable expectation. Under that scenario, the match could turn into an all-out brawl that leaves both men laid out afterward, allowing for an instant cash-in on new champion Henry.
The WWE title is pretty much the only missing piece on the longtime superstar's résumé. He deserves an extended reign, especially after his tremendous retirement promo, but it's unlikely. A loss or immediate cash-in should he win is the probable outcome.
Odds of Title Change: 35-1
World Heavyweight Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Just when it looked like Ziggler was finally get his chance to shine, he dropped the belt to Del Rio. Both superstars have undergone gimmick shifts during the feud, which could have played a role in the decision to have the "Show Off" drop the belt so quickly.
Looking ahead, Ziggler has earned the chance to carry SmackDown for a much longer period to see how he handles it. He's one of the most talented in-ring performers in the business. Del Rio has had numerous chances to hold the top titles with very mixed results.
That's why this match is the most likely to see a title change by far. Del Rio has done little to prove he deserves these repeated chances at the top. Ziggler has illustrated he's earned at least one extended opportunity. The belt should move back into Ziggler's possession on Sunday.
Odds of Title Change: 2-1
Intercontinental Championship: Curtis Axel (c) vs. The Miz
Money in the Bank represents the first turning-point moment for Axel. He's either going to pick up a marquee victory over a former WWE champion, or the company is going to pull the plug on his recent push. The latter seems like a long shot.
Which title is most likely to change hands?
The biggest question mark surrounding Axel is his staying power. Aligning him with Paul Heyman was a smart move, but that relationship isn't going to last forever. In order to keep climbing the ranks, he'll eventually have to show he can handle the mic work for himself.
While early returns have been shaky in terms of promos, he's a work in a progress. Expect the development to continue with a clean victory over The Miz, who's been unable to find a consistent storyline since turning face. He's a natural heel.
Odds of Title Change: 100-1
Divas Championship: AJ Lee (c) vs. Kaitlyn
AJ is leaps and bounds above her fellow Divas right now. Her promo work is quickly becoming among the WWE's best—not just among Divas—and her in-ring work is also very solid. It's clear she's been waiting for this opportunity and plans on running with it.
The only reason the odds for a title change are relatively low is the WWE might want to keep her feud with Kaitlyn. Keeping a storyline going when one superstar keeps winning all the matches is tough. The challenger must seem like a serious threat to maintain momentum.
So there's an outside chance Kaitlyn regains the title to keep the feud going. That said, all of AJ's hard work is finally starting to pay off, and she should get rewarded. A long championship reign could reignite the previously dormant Divas division.
Odds of Title Change: 50-1
Tag Team Championship: The Shield (c) vs. The Usos
This match will take place on the Money in the Bank Kickoff show. Unfortunately, the overall weakness of the tag team division is starting to have a negative impact on The Shield. Having to defend on the pre-show is one example of that.
The other example is having Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose lose some tag matches to make them appear more vulnerable. The creative team has to bring them down a notch after an extraordinary initial run just to keep some level of uncertainty in their matches.
Ultimately, it shouldn't lead to a title change quite yet. Give the Usos credit for emerging as a viable tag team in a division that could really use a handful more. But Rollins and Reigns should remain champs for the foreseeable future. At least until a bigger opportunity comes along.
Odds of Title Change: 500-1
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