WWE Money in the Bank: Predicting the Winners of Each Match at the Next PPV
WWE Money in the Bank is just four days away, and it's one of the most highly anticipated pay-per-views in recent memory.
No one can stop talking about CM Punk, his WWE status and his WWE Championship match against John Cena.
The same goes for Randy Orton vs. Christian, which has been a great feud thus far and should give us another stellar match on Sunday.
Of course, everyone seems to be excited about the MITB ladder matches as well, which always bring a certain aura of anticipation.
We want to know two things: Who will win the bouts? And will they cash in on that very same night?
Only time will tell, but today, I'm here to offer my predictions on how the second-ever Money in the Bank PPV will play out.
Let's get to it, fellas.
The Big Show vs. Mark Henry
Am I incredibly excited about seeing Mark Henry wrestle the Big Show at Money in the Bank?
Absolutely not, but I'll admit that I'm more interested in this match than I thought I'd be.
Henry's shown some great intensity throughout this feud, which in turn has resulted in some of the best work of his career.
He's undoubtedly been the star of his rivalry with The Big Show, and I think there's an obvious reason why: Big Show really isn't needed as a top star on Raw, but the Smackdown brand needs some main event heels.
That's why "The World's Strongest Man" has been pushed as the bigger monster in this feud, even though Big Show hasn't exactly been booked like a wuss.
Henry will benefit a whole lot more from a win here than Show would, and therefore, it seems obvious who's going over in this one.
The Pick: Mark Henry
WWE DIvas Championship: Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella
You don't need me to tell you that the Divas division has been lackluster—to say the least—over the past three years or so.
That isn't going to change at Money in the Bank...or is it?
I honestly don't think that the match itself between Kelly Kelly and Brie Bella is going to be anything more than filler on a pretty stacked pay-per-view.
Kelly Kelly just won her first Divas Championship, and it's far too early to take it off her right now, especially if the strap's going to go right back to Brie Bella.
She should get the win in this bout simply because it's completely pointless to put the belt on anyone else when Kelly Kelly is viewed as the face of the Divas division.
I think she retains and is greeted by her new challenger after the match, that being Beth Phoenix, who will attack Kelly Kelly because she's jealous that the fans didn't vote her into the Divas title match on the "Power to the People" episode of Raw.
The Pick: Kelly Kelly
Smackdown's Money in the Bank Match
Realistically speaking, I think we can eliminate four competitors as possible winners right from the get-go.
Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater have no shot, Kane's not winning it again and it's too early in Sin Cara's career for him to grab the briefcase.
Then, you have the remaining four competitors: Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan and Cody Rhodes.
Daniel Bryan? I wish, but I still don't think he's ever going to be viewed as a consistent main eventer in the WWE.
That brings the possible winners down to three, and as you notice, they're all heels. Truth is, heels seem to make better carriers of the Money in the Bank briefcase, and that's why it'll be Sheamus, Barrett or Rhodes that wins this match.
Though Sheamus has been booked as the strongest competitor so far, he's already a former WWE Champion, and I don't think he needs the briefcase to get another title shot.
Barrett and Rhodes have never held World championship gold, and one of them will by this time next year.
On a whim, I'll go with Rhodes, who has all the tools you look for in a future World Champion.
The Pick: Cody Rhodes
Raw's Money in the Bank Match
In my opinion, Raw's Money in the Bank match is much more wide open than its Smackdown counterpart, with just about every competitor having a shot at winning the bout.
Like Sheamus on Smackdown, Alberto Del Rio has been booked as the biggest threat on Raw. But how obvious would it be to have him win this match? Without a doubt, too obvious.
If not Del Rio, then the WWE creative team could go a number of different ways, with The Miz winning his second straight briefcase even being a possibility.
But I'm still of the belief that Evan Bourne's the biggest long shot in this match, Alex Riley isn't ready to be in the World title scene, and R-Truth's push was only meant to give him a brief main event run. I also think that Rey Mysterio has already won his last World title in the WWE, and that Jack Swagger isn't going to get another run with the briefcase after the way the WWE completely dropped the ball with him during his first one.
That leaves one man as the possible MITB winner: Kofi Kingston.
Kingston just dropped the United States Championship, and it's a classic booking tactic to have a mid-carder drop a secondary title in order to have him move up the card.
That could be the case here, as a Money in the Bank win could do wonders for Kofi's character, simply by tweaking it or even helping turn him heel.
If I'm the WWE, I give Kingston the briefcase and see if I can create another huge star by doing so.
The Pick: Kofi Kingston
World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton vs. Christian
Randy Orton vs. Christian has been the "Feud of the Year" so far in 2011.
In terms of the feud in and of itself and the actual wrestling, no other feud has really come close.
That's precisely why I don't think it's going to end at Money in the Bank, and for this feud to continue, Christian will have to win on Sunday.
The recent stipulation that was added to this bout— if Orton is disqualified or there is bad officiating, then Christian wins the World Heavyweight Championship—certainly makes it interesting.
I see the most likely scenario as Christian defeating Orton because of said stipulation, with a rematch scheduled for SummerSlam, where this feud will ultimately culminate.
Christian's five-day World title reign was done precisely for one reason (to turn him heel), and I think the plan is to give him a long title reign as Smackdown's top heel once he defeats Orton.
That'll happen on Sunday in what should be another classic encounter between two of the WWE's finest.
The Pick: Christian
WWE Championship: John Cena vs. CM Punk (If Cena Loses, He's Fired)
The feud between John Cena and CM Punk has gotten extremely interesting over the last few weeks.
And, if I wasn't convinced that Punk was leaving the WWE, then Punk vs. Cena—not Orton vs. Christian— would wind up being the "Feud of the Year" for 2011.
But I do indeed think Punk is as good as gone, which may make it seem like the outcome to this match (Cena winning) is pretty clear.
Not so fast, my friend.
Whether Punk's leaving or staying (likely the former), I think he's going to become the new WWE Champion on Sunday...even if it doesn't last long.
My bet is that Punk does indeed defeat Cena for the WWE title at the pay-per-view, sending the Allstate Arena into an absolute uproar.
Then, before you know it, Raw's Money in the Bank winner—whoever that may be—comes to the ring, cashes in, beats Punk for the strap and completely ruins the moment.
Punk then leaves the WWE, and the storyline is set for Cena's next major feud.
The Pick: CM Punk