WWE Money in the Bank 2014: Full Predictions for Each Contest on the Card
Money in the Bank is turning into one of the more unpredictable events in recent history, mainly because both of the Ladder matches do not have clear front-runners.
As of this writing, there are four official matches set for the pay-per-view, but some recent events make a few additions to the card inevitable.
Unlike past MITB events, this year will feature both a Ladder match for the coveted briefcase and another for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
This creates a number of possibilities, including the winner of the title shot cashing in immediately on whoever comes out on top in the title match.
This slideshow will look at all the official matches, as well as a couple that seem destined to be added to the show, and provide predictions for each outcome.
Fair warning: This article will include a few spoilers for the episode of SmackDown that is set to air this Friday, but none of them will be match results, so you can rest easy.
Paige vs. Naomi (Divas Championship Match)
Paige is set to defend her title against Naomi this Sunday, but the real story here seems to be the tension between The Funkadactyls that has been building in recent weeks.
Cameron has been acting more and more like a heel lately, which suits her annoying personality much better than the bubbly babyface she portrayed as Brodus Clay's dancer. It's really easy to hate Cameron with how self-centered she comes off on both WWE programming and Total Divas.
The former Tough Enough contestant has taken a few cheap shots at Paige, both on the mic and in the ring, but Naomi does not seem to agree with her tactics.
Paige took Cameron out after the Funkadactyl had taken the first shot while Naomi just sat there and watched her partner get what she had coming to her. Then Naomi shook Paige's hand as a show of sportsmanship, which obviously did not sit well with Cameron.
Cameron and Paige were on commentary for Naomi's recent match on Raw, and it was very clear that Cameron thinks she is better than her bestie. She is also holding a grudge for Naomi not coming to her rescue.
This almost seems to write itself. Paige will likely end up retaining her title after Cameron does something stupid to cost Naomi the match, facilitating the breakup we have all seen coming for weeks.
Whether Naomi gets DQ'd because of something Cameron does or Cameron outright turning on her Total Divas costar are the only unpredictable things about this situation.
Rybaxel vs. GoldStar
Ryback and Curtis Axel threw down a challenge to Goldust and Stardust for Money in the Bank this week after having suffered a loss to the brothers last week.
Stardust, as we all know, is the new persona portrayed by Cody Rhodes. While it seemed like Rhodes was initially going to turn on his brother at some point, it now appears that the WWE may continue using this gimmick for a stretch.
Rybaxel have really developed into a good team, but they are not being pushed, which leads me to believe that Goldust and Stardust will come away from this match with another win.
This match has not been made official yet, but rarely do we see someone put out a challenge for a match at a PPV that does not end up happening.
It may be relegated to the pre-show, but this could end up being fun to watch. Or it could be a massive train wreck. Time will tell.
Big E vs. Rusev
Despite only having one non-squash match at this point, WWE seems very intent on pushing Rusev as a dominant heel with Lana as his mouthpiece.
Big E gave him his biggest challenge last month at Payback, but the Bulgarian Brute still took home the victory.
This has turned into a United States vs. Russia feud recently, with Big E playing the role of the proud American and Lana helping Rusev fill the Russian heel stereotype.
My main hope is that this match is given enough time to prove that Rusev has something to offer other than one big kick and a mean mug, but it all depends on how much time WWE gives them.
Seeing as Rusev is still in the midst of his debut push, it's hard to imagine Big E winning this bout, but it could really go either way. Rusev is the official prediction here, but it would not be shocking to have WWE put over the American hero this close to the Fourth of July.
This is another match that has not yet been added to the card, but it's pretty much a lock at this point.
The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (Tag Team Championship)
The Usos have had a good run as tag champs, but it seems like Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are ready to step out of Bray Wyatt's shadow and have their own glory.
These two teams have faced off several times over the past few months, with each encounter delivering some pretty entertaining action. WWE has obviously seen the chemistry these guys have in the ring and capitalized on it to the best of its ability.
The Usos always deliver a high-octane performance, but Luke Harper is the one to watch. With the two Ladder matches guaranteed to deliver some memorable moments, these four guys do not want to be overlooked.
We've already seen Harper do some things a man of his size should have no business doing in the ring, and I fully expect him to pull out another incredible performance this Sunday.
We know that a new WWE World Heavyweight champion will be crowned for sure, but it would be a safe bet that there will be new champions crowned in this match, too.
Traditional Money in the Bank Match
Here is where the SmackDown spoilers come into play. Wade Barrett suffered an apparent shoulder injury on SmackDown after an attack from Jack Swagger.
WWE.com confirmed the injury on its website, which takes Barrett out of the Ladder match and possibly puts his title reign in jeopardy.
With Barrett being one of the favorites to win leading up to the PPV, this changes everything. It's unknown if WWE will replace him with someone else or if the match will proceed with the other six participants.
This leaves Kofi Kingston, RVD, Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Jack Swagger to fight it out. Half of those names have won the briefcase before, but there is no clear winner among them.
Some might say Seth Rollins is a lock with Barrett out of the picture, but I disagree. I think it's too early for Rollins to be put into the hunt for the title, and it seems like there is still a lot of life left in his feud with Dean Ambrose.
A lot of you will think this is a long shot, but I think WWE might take a shot with Dolph Ziggler again. He has been winning more matches lately and WWE would be blind not to see how much the fans love this guy.
There is always the chance that WWE will throw someone else into the match at the last minute and have that individual win, but I am going with the dark horse and predicting Dolph Ziggler to become a two-time MITB winner.
Layla vs. Summer Rae (Fandango as Special Guest Ref)
Another change to the card following this week's SmackDown taping is a match between Summer Rae and Layla, with Fandango serving as the special guest referee.
This feud has been going on ever since Fandango dumped Summer for Layla. The two Divas have had numerous physical encounters, including a few involving milk, flour and kitty litter.
Fandango is stuck in the middle, making his inclusion as the special guest referee a logical move. This is not going to be as good as the Divas title match between Paige and Naomi, but this is more about story than it is about wrestling ability.
Fandango says he is devoted to Layla, but every time Summer gets him in a liplock, he doesn't seem to be eager to get away. Can you blame him?
As for the winner, Summer Rae seems like the best choice. WWE has tried to push Layla in the past, but Summer is the flavor of the month, or season, if you will.
When all is said and done, Fandango will probably end up going from two women vying for his affections to being left out in the cold after Summer uses and loses him and Layla realizes that she is not where his affections truly lie.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match
With the addition of Kane this past Monday, we now have eight participants in the Ladder match to determine a new WWE World Heavyweight champion.
In addition to the Big Red Monster we will see John Cena, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro, Sheamus and Bray Wyatt go to war for the title.
Last week I predicted Randy Orton to take home the title, but now I'm not so sure. He is still a good choice to win for a few reasons, but with a new poster for SummerSlam featuring John Cena and Brock Lesnar, it seems like the leader of the Cenation may up his title count to 15.
And before anyone has a hissy fit about him closing in on Ric Flair's record, I would like to remind you that Flair's number of World titles is closer to 24, but WWE only acknowledges certain titles as legit World Championships.
I honestly have no idea who will win this match, but I am going to change my prediction from Orton to Cena.
Who do you think will walk away from Money in the Bank with a win, and who will take a seat on the loser's couch?
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