So the Money in the Bank pay-per-view is just a few days away and many of the matches have had some great build up. Some matches are more anticipated than others, but nonetheless this pay-per-view is shaping up to be one of the best this year.
Now I've read many varying opinions from various Bleacher Reporters and, to say the least, I have found myself disagreeing with many predictions. I've decided to assess each match and state how I think each match will pan out and why.
Hope you enjoy!
I don't hold much hope for this match, due to the fact the Divas Division is dull and not very entertaining. Most of the Divas don't even compete regularly unless they are either the Divas Champion or the No. 1 contender for the Divas Championship.
Basically, this match won't amount to very much. I see this match being a short one—like all Divas matches are nowadays—with the crowd pretty dead during it.
Of course, Kelly is a fan favourite, but the only big cheer she will get is when she makes her way down to the ring and when she is declared the winner.
Anyway, I predict the Bellas will attempt twin magic, but Kelly Kelly will manage to overcome the odds and walk out with the butterfly title.
For the past few weeks, Mark Henry has been dominating anybody who has even looked at him. The man who has been the focal point of Henry's destructive change of attitude has been the Big Show.
To say the least, Henry has had Big Show's number every single time their paths have crossed. Their match is shaping up to be an interesting one. Of course, the match itself will likely be slow and somewhat boring due to both men's size, but I still think it'll be worth the watch, considering how fantastic this feud is.
I see Big Show playing the role of John Cena for this match—the odds are against him, but he will ultimately prevail. Now as much as comparing Show and Cena in the same sentence is painful, it's necessary, as it puts the rivalry in perspective.
Although Henry has dominated The World's Largest Athlete, there's no way Big Show could possibly lose after being beaten up week after week. Show may be one of a handful of WWE Superstars who can lose many matches but still be considered a credible main eventer, but even this is beginning to become a bit of a stretch.
That is why I see Big Show beating Henry at Money in the Bank.
Many people have predicted Sheamus, Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes as the three top contenders for who will walk out with the SmackDown Money in the Bank briefcase.
Surely by now everybody understands that the majority of the time the favourite for the match DOESN'T win, especially when they're a main eventer like Sheamus.
The briefcase is used as a tool to elevate somebody into the main event scene and the World Championship picture. But as we've all witnessed in recent weeks, Sheamus is already there. Having Sheamus as the man that pulls down the briefcase would not only be silly, but it would also be a huge drop of the ball by the WWE.
Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel are spot-fillers, considering they just split as a tag team and aren't even credible in the mid-card yet, whereas Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan are in the match as the spot monkeys. As for Kane, he adds the element of being the only former Money in the Bank briefcase holder in the match.
Barrett and Rhodes are the only two men in the match the briefcase can shape into viable main eventers. For the first time since NXT, Barrett is going it alone and not as a member of a stable/faction/alliance. Rhodes' gimmick change has shaped him into one of the top heels on SmackDown.
Simply put, Sheamus doesn't deserve the briefcase like Barrett and Rhodes do.
This comes under the same banner as the previous slide—everybody seems to think Alberto Del Rio will win the briefcase.
That's the thing. He doesn't need the briefcase. He won that No. 1 contender's match two weeks ago for a reason, as the WWE knew perfectly well that CM Punk would be reinstated.
That is how Del Rio will set up the imminent WWE Championship match against John Cena at SummerSlam, by using that No. 1 contender’s match victory...not the RAW Money in the Bank briefcase!
Evan Bourne and Rey Mysterio are the match's spot monkeys, and Jack Swagger is just a spot-filler.
As for the other four competitors who have yet to be mentioned, they all are possibilities to leave with the briefcase. I'll start with The Miz and Alex Riley.
First of all, The Miz won this match last year and cashed in the briefcase to become WWE Champion. If he is to take hold of it again, or if Riley is to do the unthinkable and pull the briefcase down himself, it adds a new and big element into their feud.
How? Well, think about it.
Riley was with The Miz the whole time he held the briefcase, always carrying it around for The Miz. If Miz wins it again, he could shove it in Riley's face, claiming he will never come close to this briefcase like he did with the last one.
If Riley wins it, the tables will have been turned on The Miz and his protégé would now be in the position he was this time last year.
Nonetheless, I see Kofi Kingston and R-Truth being the two who deserve the briefcase more than Del Rio. Kingston no longer has a mid-card championship or feud to worry about, whereas R-Truth has had a fantastic heel turn that is beginning to lose ground.
The briefcase could do wonders for the two of them, but it'd be a waste to give the briefcase to Del Rio.
This feud is beginning to be stretched for any real entertainment. I feel as if the only thing that's holding this feud above your conventional rivalry is that Randy Orton and Christian have put on some fantastic matches in the past couple of pay-per-views.
Basically, their feud has revolved around Orton taking the title from Christian, and Christian claiming he can beat Orton fair and square, only for their matches to end in some sort of controversial finish.
Therefore, I feel as if this won't be the end for these two. With SummerSlam as the next pay-per-view, I wouldn't be surprised if the feud ends at one of the four big WWE pay-per-views. Their matches have been of a high quality, and the trend is likely to continue at Money in the Bank.
I'm not going to go in any more detail as to how the match will finish, but I will say the feud won't officially finish. It will continue going into SummerSlam—whether it's just the two of them or if a third party is inserted to not have the same Orton/Christian thing we've seen since five days after Extreme Rules.
There's a part of me that thinks Sheamus will attack Christian, causing Orton to be disqualified, losing the championship in the process...but either way, it will all officially end at SummerSlam and not Money in the Bank.
As much as I want to see CM Punk win the WWE Championship in his hometown, I can't see it happening. I hate to say it, but that's just how I feel.
Every time John Cena is involved in a feud that has many of us unsure as to who to pick for the win, Cena always ends up as the one who leaves with the championship. That's just what Cena does. It's those victories that have established him as the man the WWE Universe can rely on to get the job done.
There will be huge heat from the Chicago crowd on Cena, something that won't faze Cena in the slightest.
Not only that, but I don't see the WWE booking Punk to win in his final match with the company after everything he has put them through since this feud began. That would make them look weak, like Vince McMahon has looked weak in recent weeks. That's the kind of reputation the WWE doesn't want or need.
Sadly, I feel a cash-in no matter who wins. Here's why.
If Cena wins, the crowd is simply going to riot. To send them off happy, the RAW Money in the Bank winner will cash in, taking the title off Cena and sending the crowd home relatively happy. It doesn't matter whether the briefcase holder is a heel or face—they're going to be cheered by the Chicago crowd.
If Punk wins, there won't be a single person in the arena who won't cheer. There may be the odd Cena mark, but whatever. Now the WWE won't just let Punk walk out with the title, so the RAW Money in the Bank winner will cash in to take the title. In this case, no matter whether they're face or heel, they will be booed. This would mean the crowd will be sent off in a bad mood, but it'd be a better mood than if Cena walked out with the belt.
My fingers are crossed that something amazing happens that really tops off this feud, but it's hard to trust the WWE. Whenever there has been a feud, a match or something else we've all been very excited for and pitching endless ideas at how it could be booked, it almost always disappoints.
I really hope that doesn't happen, but it's tough for me to see otherwise. Nonetheless, the Golden Boy will retain his championship.
So there you have it; my predictions for how the pay-per-view will play out.
Make sure you look out for my article after Money in the Bank, detailing whether or not I was correct in my predictions.
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