WWE’s Money in the Bank 2013 pay-per-view has been set up to be one of the most exciting events of the year, and the anticipation surrounding the show is through the roof.
Add in five championship matches and two Money in the Bank ladder bouts, and there is no doubt that this year’s Money in the Bank PPV will be one of the best in history.
Here is a full preview with predictions to get the WWE Universe through until the show Sunday night. Enjoy!
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
When: Sunday, July 14 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Pay-per-view (local cable providers)
Live Stream: WWE.com
Kickoff Show: YouTube at 7:30 p.m. ET
Previewing and Predicting the Main Events
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Mark Henry
John Cena is one of the most dominant champions in the history of the business. But he will face one of his toughest tests on Sunday when he goes one-on-one with the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry.
While Henry’s 17-year career has been marred with mediocrity, his latest run as a top heel over the last two years has been amazing. Whether Henry wins against Cena on Sunday or not, there is no question that he deserves the WWE Championship for his loyalty and longevity.
Cena has been built as invincible once again after his monumental victory over The Rock at WrestleMania. And as much as the WWE Universe would support a Henry victory, the company is all-in on the champion once again.
The most fans should hope for Sunday is Henry destroying Cena after the match, only for the winner of the WWE Championship Money in the Bank briefcase to hit the ring and cash it in to become the new title holder.
Prediction: John Cena retains WWE Championship.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
The WWE gets plenty of gripe for how it books the product, but the double turn at Payback has led to the most-anticipated rematch on the Money in the Bank card: the World Heavyweight Championship match between Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler.
With the roles reversed this month—Ziggler is now the good guy, while Del Rio is playing the despicable heel—the hope is that the Philadelphia crowd makes it clear to the rest of the WWE Universe that Ziggler should be getting cheered.
A loss on Sunday would help cement Ziggler’s face turn even more than a victory, though. If Big E Langston and/or AJ Lee ruined his chances of winning the title, the crowd would have major sympathy for The Showoff.
Prediction: Alberto Del Rio retains World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE Championship (All-Stars) Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The Money in the Bank ladder matches are interesting enough on their own, but adding CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Christian and Rob Van Dam to the WWE Championship edition makes it flat-out legendary.
While there are nothing but faces in this match, the tension between the men in the ring and their desire to win the briefcase will make this a fierce battle with nothing friendly about it.
Add in the possibility that another superstar could be added to this match after Kane was removed due to injuries suffered at the hands of the Wyatt Family, per of Mitch Passero WWE.com, and this ladder match will likely steal the show.
Prediction: Randy Orton wins the briefcase.
World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The best part of watching wrestling is the unpredictability, and Sunday’s PPV card features a World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match in which any of the seven combatants could walk out with the briefcase.
Every member of this match is portrayed as a heel on WWE TV—Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Fandango, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro—leaving the raucous Philadelphia crowd in charge of which stars get cheered and which get legitimately booed.
While Dean Ambrose must be the favorite because of his recent success with the United States title and his affiliation with The Shield, a legitimate case can be made for every member of this match.
Prediction: Fandango wins the briefcase.
Predicting the Rest of the Card
Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel will defeat The Miz and retain his title using the perfect plex, reasserting his ability to win big matches.
Divas champion AJ Lee will defeat Kaitlyn to retain her title. This should be an excellent match, as the build has been utterly impressive.
Ryback will defeat Chris Jericho. Y2J doesn’t need a win, and "Cryback" hasn’t had a PPV victory since Money in the Bank 2012.
Tag team champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will defeat The Usos and retain the titles to further The Shield’s storyline of being almost unbeatable.
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