WWE Money in the Bank: Who's Going to Win the Ladder Matches
Concept pay-per-views are not the new thing on the block anymore. They are now becoming something that WWE has not intended them to become: predictable and boring.
Gimmick matches are meant to further and culminate intense rivalries between professional wrestlers.
When WWE decides to push these matches down our throats without the proper feud build-up, they seem watered down and redundant.
WWE Money in the Bank is a perfect example. A concept that became a Wrestlemania tradition is now just another gimmick pay-per-view.
Wrestlers have been thrown together to create two separate matches with two separate briefcases.
The shock value that was used when Edge, CM Punk, and Jack Swagger cashed in their cases may be lost with the outcome of this show.
However, the purity of Rob Van Dam's Money in the Bank win can be resurrected.
When RVD won the Wrestlemania 22 Money in the Bank match, he told John Cena face to face that when and where he was going to cash in his briefcase.
This provided time to build towards an anticipated match in an "extremely" unique atmosphere.
WWE has a chance to make a star, book a match for Summerslam or Wrestlemania, and bring a fresh match to the main event scene.
Here are my hopeful predictions for WWE Money in the Bank.
WWE Women's Champion Layla vs. Kelly Kelly
The "mean girls" gimmick being portrayed by Michelle McCool and Layla is becoming a consistent addition to Smackdown on a weekly basis.
They are continually mowing down diva after diva, and Kelly Kelly will sadly be next on their list.
Although Kelly Kelly has improved her in-ring game vastly in the past year, I see her pursuit of the Women's Championship continuing after Money in the Bank.
Layla will retain the Women's Championship by cheating to win.
WWE Divas Champion Alicia Fox vs. Eve
WWE seems to enjoy the presence of Alicia Fox on RAW each and every week. She does have a bit of appeal to her. She is sexy and has improved little by little as she gets more ring time.
Eve is another diva who continues to approve. I really feel that this match is a pure toss-up, but I will put my money on the heel, Alicia Fox, to retain her Divas Championship based on the fact that WWE seems to be trying everything once with their Divas.
Unified Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty vs. Jimmy & Jey Uso
The WWE Universe has certainly not seen enough of The Uso's to determine whether they are worthy of becoming champions so early in their career.
If I was booking this match, I would have The Hart Dynasty regain their titles by a disqualification victory over The Uso's.
WWE really needs to work on getting Jimmy and Jay Uso over as heels. If they use underhanded tactics and get caught doing so, it could really add fuel to this fire.
This feud should continue and culminate at Summerslam in some sort of gimmick match. I suggest a possible tag team ladder match, but I doubt that will happen.
SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder Match
This is the ultimate opportunity for WWE to push a new star to the main event scene. If I was a betting man, I would have to think that Kane will somehow continue his wrath and win this match.
If the true plan is to push Kane to the moon with this Undertaker angle, this would be the time for Kane to hold his second world championship.
However, I pray that WWE pulls the trigger on a new main event push. I do not think Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, or Cody Rhodes is ready to have a run with the belt.
I also think that Matt Hardy is a "mid-card for life" type of guy and The Big Show is nothing more than an enhancement talent to help get the young guys over.
I believe this is the moment where Captain Charisma should finally get a shot at the championship. Christian has been on the brink of superstardom for a long time, and WWE should pull the trigger.
Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match
This should be the better of the two MITB matches based on the talent level involved.
I am skeptical on John Morrison and Evan Bourne having a chance to win based on the beatdowns that they received at the hands of Nexus on RAW.
Ted DiBiase is in the middle of a steady mid-card push, but I do not think he is quite ready for a main event championship feud yet.
Mark Henry has had chance after chance to succeed in a main event feud, but each opportunity ends with the same result.
This leaves Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Edge, and The Miz. Jericho has been on a declining push since Wrestlemania and sadly, the decline will continue.
Edge is overrated as of late and having him win will not be something new. I could see Randy Orton winning and proclaiming to the world that he will either cash in the briefcase in a scheduled match at either Summerslam or Wrestlemania.
He would defend the case against all comers leading up to one of those big shows.
Out of these four, however, I would have to believe that The Miz will add to his achievements and grab the briefcase at Money in the Bank.
He started talking trash to Randy Orton recently and I see a smooth transition into a feud between these two heading into Summerslam.
The Miz is the reigning United States Champion, but adding this to his resume will only add to his bravado.
World Champion Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger
Rey Mysterio will continue to play the underdog and defy all odds by defending his championship against Jack Swagger.
However, if Kane wins MITB earlier in the evening, I see him storming the ring and destroying Mysterio en route to becoming the new World Champion.
All signs point to a Kane heel turn with the revelation coming that he was the one responsible for the demise of The Undertaker.
I can see the same outcome transpiring if Swagger becomes a two-time World Champion.
WWE Champion Sheamus vs. John Cena in a Steel Cage Match
John Cena still does not hold a clean win over Sheamus. Sheamus, however, has somehow become a two-time champion with wins over John Cena.
Add the steel cage and the Nexus angle into the equation and I see Sheamus once again prevailing over the leader of the CeNation.
John Cena is involved in the hottest angle in wrestling against Nexus. He does not need the WWE Championship for this angle to be successful heading into Summerslam.
If Sheamus loses the belt, he lacks a sense of direction heading into the biggest show of the summer. The rumored plan is for Sheamus to defend the belt against a returning Triple H, but that has not been confirmed.
I am going with Sheamus to escape the cage in some kind of cowardly fashion with Nexus being involved in some way, shape, or form.
Thanks for reading and please leave comments with questions, or other predictions on what you think will go down at Money in the Bank.
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