WWE Money in the Bank 2014: Full Card Predictions After Payback
Before the aftershocks of Payback die down, WWE is already charging toward Money in the Bank 2014.
June's second pay-per-view will offer a star-studded Money in the Bank Ladder match that will only be more significant should Daniel Bryan not be able to compete. Count on title opportunities for fresh challengers and a rematch between two wrecking balls as well.
Picking apart WWE's hints, projecting the future of storylines and accessing the show's needs reveals a clear picture of the card.
Bryan is scheduled to face Kane in a Stretcher match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. As Stephanie McMahon explained on the first Raw after Payback, the match will only take place if Bryan is healthy enough to complete. If he is not, the title becomes vacant and the race to the top of the ladder will decide the next champ.
The following is the predicted lineup for the rest of the night, one that features Paige, Seth Rollins and The Wyatt Family.
Paige vs. Cameron (Divas Championship)
Paige survived Alicia Fox at Payback, one of several times she has defeated her. It's time for her to move on, and with AJ Lee not back yet, there isn't an obvious choice for her next challenger.
WWE, though, presented a heavy-handed hint at the post-Payback press conference as to who Paige will face next.
Cameron interrupted the Divas champ, barking about why she deserves a title shot. That incident, coupled with the fact that Fox focused her crazy energy on Nikki Bella on Monday's Raw, makes it clear which Diva WWE is going to spend the next few weeks building up.
Expect Cameron to earn a few singles victories before Money in the Bank and for her to foolishly anger the woman William Regal calls "Hell in Boots."
The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family (Tag Team Championship)
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan soundly defeated The Usos on Monday's Raw. It was a statement win, one that said that The Wyatt Family was the clear choice to be the No. 1 contenders for the tag titles.
The tag team division has thinned out as of late with Cody Rhodes and Goldust splitting and The Shield losing a member. Unless WWE went with a comedy team like 3MB, options are scarce for The Usos.
Besides, the company has been prepping for this collision for some time.
The Usos inserted themselves into the John Cena and Bray Wyatt feud, constantly fending off Harper and Rowan. At Payback, The Usos and The Wyatt Family smashed each other through tables. That violence is a precursor to a clash at the next pay-per-view, this time with The Usos facing their toughest test as champs.
Rusev vs. Big E
At Payback, Big E made Rusev look more human than he has during his entire WWE run.
The battle of powerhouses ended with Big E submitting, but before that, he knocked Rusev over, speared him against the barricade outside and had him in the unfamiliar position of being on his back. It was an exciting match considering how short it was, and WWE is likely to revisit it.
Big E can demand another shot. Rusev can accept the challenge in order to prove his dominance.
"The Bulgarian Brute" is rising up the WWE ranks quickly, but having him go after someone on a higher tier than Big E would be rushing his journey.
This is the right place for Rusev at the moment. WWE can book this bout with confidence after seeing the electric violence these two created the first time.
Bad News Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental Championship)
Expect one midcard titleholder to get a shot in the Money in the Bank Ladder match, and the other to put his title on the line.
Bad News Barrett successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship at Payback, surviving Rob Vam Dam's stiff kicks. He heads into a rematch with him on the June 3 edition of Main Event.
That's likely to wrap up that story while Barrett waits for a new challenger.
Dolph Ziggler won't be going after the Money in the Bank briefcase. His loss to Alberto Del Rio on Monday's Raw assured that.
He is instead going to be trying to win his second IC title. He's spent much of the last year battling in the midcard, going after that belt against Big E, Curtis Axel and just missing out on the No. 1 contender's spot several times.
"The Showoff" is capable of being a headliner, and his fanbase will be pulling for him to be higher on the card than this, but this is where WWE believes he belongs. He's been playing the role of "guy who makes everyone else look good" for some time now and will do so again against Barrett.
Randy Orton and Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose
It wasn't a bad dream. Seth Rollins turned on The Shield.
That surprise act of betrayal had Rollins slide his allegiance over to Randy Orton and Triple H, leaving Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose bursting with anger. Many are expecting the money match of Triple H vs. Reigns at SummerSlam.
Before that, expect WWE to make use of the tension between Rollins and his former comrades.
Orton teaming with Rollins makes this two-on-two rather than trying to add someone to The Shield to make it a six-man tag. Triple H can play the manager, the coach and daunting figure in the corner. Reigns and Ambrose get a shot at revenge against the men who throttled them with chairs on Monday's Raw.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Another set of emerging Superstars will have a shot at becoming Mr. Money in the Bank. The roster for the match should shape up like this:
- Alberto Del Rio
- John Cena
- Bray Wyatt
- Rob Van Dam
Del Rio's spot is already assured. John Cena's status as top-tier babyface gets him in, adding star power to the match.
Van Dam hasn't had many wins as of late, but he's been a title contender of some sort for the entirety of his last two WWE runs. WWE adds him here to include a high-flyer and someone known for making Ladder matches a blast to watch.
Cesaro and Wyatt enter as representatives of the next wave of stars. WWE is reportedly considering "The King of Swing" as the man to come out of this with the briefcase. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via PWMania.com, "It's said that Cesaro is the front-runner to win the match and he has been discussed as the winner."
Entering Cesaro also allows him to continue his feud with Sheamus.
The same goes for Wyatt getting a spot. Doing Wyatt vs. Cena IV doesn't have much appeal, but having those two collide during this match is sure to be fun. The company can make Wyatt look great even in a loss, much like it did with Cody Rhodes last year.