Money in the Bank Predictions: Who's Guaranteed Money at the Second City Bank?
This Sunday, it's the return of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match as the Money in the Bank PPV comes to us live from Chicago.
And it is undoubtedly one of the most hyped and built-up PPVs in recent memory outside of Wrestlemania, and definitely one of the most anticipated ever.
Alongside the two always anticipated Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, which decide who gets world title opportunities anytime they want, we have Randy Orton and Christian one more time for the World Heavyweight Championship, and the highly anticipated main event with CM Punk challenging John Cena for the WWE Title.
The build has been shockingly amazing, and considering the world title matches, as well as the inclusion of the always exciting Money in the Bank matches, this could very well be the PPV of the Year.
But who's going to walk out of Chicago victorious on this history-making night?
Behold my own predictions on who's guaranteed money once they fight in the Windy City.
Divas Chamionship: Kelly Kelly vs Brie Bella
Kelly Kelly looks to stop twin magic once and for all as she defends her Divas Title against the always-devious Brie Bella.
Now out of all the matches on this card, there is no doubt that this is the least anticipated. We have seen this match twice already, and it has not been even good in the slightest.
Brie Bella and her twin sister Nikki look good, but they do not belong in a wrestling ring. Kelly Kelly, however, has shown quite a lot of improvement to me, but this won't be a good match.
Kelly Kelly has taken her place as the face of the Divas division, and it only makes sense considering her popularity and the pops she gets when her music hits. And considering that she just won the title, there's no way she's losing it this soon.
So expect Kelly to beat the Bella Twins and get them out of the title picture once and for all.
Prediction: Kelly Kelly
Big Show vs Mark Henry
The World's Strongest Man collides with The World's Largest Athlete in epic proportions as Mark Henry faces the Big Show.
The build to this match has actually been very good, surprisingly. Ever since getting destroyed by Show a month ago, Mark Henry has been on a path of destruction. He has put Show through the announcer's table, sent him through a steel cage with a steel door, destroyed defenseless personnel, and even pinned the World Champion on one occasion.
But Big Show showed this past Monday, that he is pissed off, and it's not wise to mess with an angry giant.
This is your grudge match of the evening, and while it definitely won't be a wrestling classic, the two are definitely heading towards a crash course with one another this Sunday.
Now Show does not need this win right now, and Henry is being built as a top monster heel, and this would go a long way to establishing that.
Look for Mark Henry to impressively slam Big Show to the mat for the 1-2-3.
Prediction: Mark Henry
Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Eight superstars from the blue brand look for a chance at greatness as they look to grab the briefcase in the Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
Kane, Sin Cara, Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Sheamus, Heath Slater, and Cody Rhodes will go all out as they try to achieve the opportunity to become World Heavyweight Champion through Money in the Bank.
What is very interesting is that six of these men have never participated in this match before, and between the last two, only Kane can be considered a true Money in the Bank veteran.
With a very interesting field of men, ranging from monsters, high-fliers, technical wrestlers, and brawlers, Rhodes, Sheamus, and Barrett, seem to have the best chance in this match.
Heath Slater has zero chance in this one, Gabriel is in the same boat, but expect a 450 splash from a ladder from him, Sin Cara's not ready, though he should have a great performance, I would like Bryan to win, and I feel he has a chance, though they aren't high on him at all, and Kane already won last year in his last push, so he shouldn't win again.
I really doubt Sheamus will win, for he announced he would cash in on the same night, and MITB is all about surprise, and he doesn't need it to win the title. So between Rhodes and Barrett, I think Barrett will win, as Rhodes seems to be too preoccupied with Ted DiBiase, and the briefcase will dilute it.
So I pick Wade Barrett to win and get back to the main event, but don't be surprised if Rhodes wins, or perhaps a someone we're not expecting.
Prediction: Wade Barrett
Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The Raw Superstars look for chance to grab a shot at the richest prize in the business as they fight for glory in the Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
Alberto Del Rio, R-Truth, Jack Swagger, The Miz, Evan Bourne, Rey Mysterio, Alex Riley, and Kofi Kingston will be the eight men looking to become Mr. Money in the Bank in this dangerous, high-octane match.
Much like Smackdown's match, there are many first-time participants, with four men competing in their first MITB ladder match, but unlike Smackdown we have a veteran in Kofi Kingston, and two past winners in Miz and Swagger, and with a big star in Mysterio, we got a big-time line up here.
The ball has been dropped with Swagger during his run, so he isn't getting another chance this way, Alex Riley is on a roll and has a chance, but just isn't ready, Kofi Kingston is the new Shelton Benjamin, always astounds us, but never wins, Evan's there to deliver the big time spots, and Mysterio doesn't need the briefcase.
So that leaves us with Miz, Truth, and Del Rio. I have zero faith that Miz will win, because though winning back-to-back MITB has been done before, Miz really doesn't need the case, as he's already a star, and MITB is all about creating stars, and that would waste an opportunity.
Del RIo seems to be the favorite for the IWC, but I don't see him winning. He already won a No. 1 Contender's match before, and that seems to be a setup for a title match at Summerslam, so him winning would not make sense. MITB is all about surprise, and most of the time, it's one we don't expect that wins.
As a fan of him since his heel turn, I'm going with R-Truth to shock the world and win the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, finally able to work around the conspiracy against him.
World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton vs. Christian
One more time, ladies and gentlemen, and it's do or die as it is Randy Orton vs Christian IV for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The last time these two faced off, it was not without controversy. Randy beat Christian, but Captain Charisma had his foot under the bottom rope, yet the ref didn't see.
This allowed Christian to weasel his way to one more title shot, and he added the stipulation that if the ref made a bad call, Christian would become champion.
But when Sheamus tore the contract up before Christian signed it, it allowed Christian to add one more stipulation, and that was if Orton was disqualified, Christian would win the title as well.
And after insulting his family, vandalizing his private bus, spending his money, and just beating the crap out of him, Christian clearly comes in with the advantage, as Randy must look to control his own anger in this match.
If it weren't for Punk vs Cena, I'd say this match would be much more anticipated, though I'm certainly looking forward to it. They've stolen the show on three occasions, and can certainly do it a fourth time.
I'm torn on who's going to win. This is Christian's last chance, and he seems primed to win it this time, but Orton seems impossible to beat, and may likely win yet again with an RKO.
There is also the Chicago crowd. There's no telling how they will react, especially to Orton. I touched upon this in my last article, and there is a likely chance that the crowd will boo Orton, and cheer Christian.
In any case, I feel Christain will finally win back the World Heavyweight Title, and this feud will end at Summerslam in a TLC match.
WWE Championship: John Cena vs. CM Punk
The fate of the WWE Championship is at stake when The Champ, John Cena looks to defend that very title against the red-hot CM Punk.
The most anticipated match on the card, bar none, this match is the major selling point for the PPV, and it one of the most anticipated matches in recent years.
This match's build may very go down along the all-time great builds like Rock/Austin WM 17, and Michaels/Undertaker WM 26, and it's not hard to see why this is true.
When Punk announced his contract was expiring on July 17 after earning his shot at the title, and that he would be leaving WWE with the WWE Championship, it provided the match with some big hype, but everyone thought that Cena was guaranteed to win on that night then, right?
Well, that would all change one week later when CM Punk cut one of the greatest promos of all time in a worked shoot. He bashed WWE, their mishandling of him, Vince McMahon and his family, and even went as far as to wish him dead before being cut off.
This promo would create one of the biggest buzzes and interest ever seen in professional wrestling in years, thrusting WWE into the media spotlight. It was something unseen of in a long time, and people were fully tuning into see what would happen next.
With the stipulation being added by McMahon that if Punk walked out with the championship, Cena would be fired, and the amazing Contract Negotiations segment where Punk turned everyone against Cena, this match may very change the course of WWE forever.
This match is the most unpredictable of them all, because anything could happen, and with Vince's involvement guaranteed in this match, and with a Chicago crowd all but certain to go ECW on Cena, all hell will break loose before this is all said and done.
I love both superstars equally, as I think Punk is an amazing wrestler, and feel Cena is better than most give him credit for, so its obvious when I say this match has Match of the Year contender written all over it.
This match could go either way, but in the end, I gotta go with John Cena to retain, then defend the WWE Title against Alberto Del Rio at Summerslam.
Though Punk could win the title as well, so I'm holding my breath for this one.
Prediction: John Cena