WWE Money In The Bank Predictions: A Dashing Victory?

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIJuly 18, 2010

First off, let me start by saying that the WWE has impressed me with the setup of this pay-per-view. 

I'll admit, at first, I wasn't a fan of the fact that they turned a WrestleMania match into an actual event.

However, now that the matches are set up, the eight men from Smackdown and eight men from Raw who are listed to compete is pretty compelling stuff, and I don't usually get excited unless its Royal Rumble or WrestleMania time.

So, bravo to the WWE creative team for setting this one up; it shouldn't disappoint, at least I hope not.

I believe if it works out, they shouldn't do the match at WrestleMania anymore and just make it exclusive to this event.  The fallback for that is I will be at WrestleMania in my hometown next year, and I wouldn't mind seeing a ladder match myself.  But, I think it's best if they take it away if they are going to have a pay-per-view for it.

Their are seven matches on the card for the first ever Money In The Bank event.

Let's start off with the two women's matches...

Divas champion Alicia Fox will be defending her belt against Eve.  I think she will retain and continue to build up her character.  I like her style and I hope she keeps it up.

Layla will be defending the Women's Championship against Kelly Kelly.  I think this will be the end of Team Lay-Cool as Kelly Kelly wins the title and starts a feud between Michelle McCool and Layla heading into Summerslam.

The Uso Brothers will be taking on the Hart Dynasty.  This should be a great match.  I think for this feud to work out, the Uso Brothers need to take the straps for now and fire up the Hart Dynasty for a Summerslam rematch.  So, I'll take the Usos in this one.

Sheamus will be defending his newly won WWE Championship match in a rematch against former champion John Cena.  They will battle in a steel cage to settle their differences.  Wow, two Money In The Bank matches and a steel cage championship match?  Pretty awesome card I must say.

Well, we all know it will only be a matter of time before the Nexus starts climbing the sides of the cage in this match.  I actually hope Nexus ruins this match instead of interfering in the ladder matches and messing up something good.  I am going to say that Sheamus will retain due to a Nexus interference.

Also, depending on the match lineup and where this match is placed on the card, a potential MITB cash in could be used here afer a cage match wears down both opponents.

The other championship match pits World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio against Jack Swagger.  I can see Kane sticking his nose into Swagger's match.

However, I think it will end up costing Mysterio his title instead of the other way around.  The two-time All American, American Heavyweight Champion, Jack Swagger.

Now, onto the Money In The Bank matches.

All six men who have won this match since its inception in 2005 have gone on to cash it in for gold successfully.

For the Raw brand, we have John Morrison, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Evan Bourne, Ted DiBiase, Chris Jericho, Edge, The Miz.

This is a very interesting matchup and tough to decide the winner. 

You have three major stars in Orton, Jericho, Edge, who have all had success in the past. They will be going up against a few hungry young stars in Morrison, Miz, Bourne, DiBiase.  Forget about Mark Henry, I like the guy, but we all know he is just a filler.

Edge is the odds-on favorite since he was the first ever MITB winner back at WrestleMania XXI back in 2005.  Chris Jericho was also in this match.  Edge went on to cash in the briefcase against John Cena at New Year's Revolution the following year to win the WWE Championship.

Also, Edge is no stranger to a ladder as he has fought countless times with a ladder involved in the match.

This will be Chris Jericho's third MITB match.  His last was at WrestleMania XXIV, where CM Punk won.  John Morrison was also in that match, this will be his second time.

Randy Orton, Mark Henry and Evan Bourne have both competed in one of these.  Orton at WrestleMania XXIII, Henry at WrestleMania XXV and Bourne just a few months back at WrestleMania XXVI.

The Miz and Ted DiBiase will be rookies in this one, their first MITB match.

I would love to see Evan Bourne or John Morrison take this one; however, I think Randy Orton will be the one who takes the Raw briefcase home.

The concept of Orton having a briefcase and cashing it in at any moment really fits his character of not knowing when he will strike next.  A perfect chance for him to take back the gold later this year at any giving second.

The Smackdown brand MITB match has a few newcomers as well as a few who have been down this road before. This will be Kane, Matt Hardy and Christian's fourth time in this type of match, only former WWE wrestler Shelton Benjamin has competed in more, with five appearances.

There is no love lost between Hardy and Christian. With all of the TLC matches these guys have been in, they should feel right at home in this match.

Kofi Kingston will be in this match for the third time, but I think his Intercontinental Championship run will get in the way of him winning this match.  Not yet for Kofi, but soon, he will be the man.

This will be the second go-round for Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler as they were both in the WrestleMania XXVI MITB earlier this year.

The Big Show will be making his MITB debut this year.  Though not as quick as the other wrestlers in this match, the 7'1'' giant barely needs a ladder to reach the briefcase, which is a huge advantage since he can grab the case quicker. 

Also making his MITB debut, "Dashing" Cody Rhodes.

After watching Rhodes' recent work on the mic and how confident he is with his new "Dashing" character,  I can't help but buy into the whole thing. Maybe I am behind him because he grew up right down the road from where I live and I am making a homer pick, or maybe it's the fact that the guy has the talent to back up his words.

I think its perfect timing to give Rhodes a push into the next level.  Legacy held him back for a little bit and now it is his time to break out.