Updated WWE Money in the Bank 2019 Match Card Picks After Final SmackDown
WWE's annual show to decide the winners of the illustrious Money in the Bank briefcases takes place on Sunday.
Naturally, there's plenty of buzz and hype surrounding the ladder matches that will give one man and one woman a huge advantage in their quest to become a world champion.
But there's plenty happening elsewhere on the card, too.
Both major world titles will be defended in the men's scene, while Becky Lynch will put both her belts on the line on a momentous night.
Here's a look at how the matches are likely to go down at Money in the Bank.
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon
The feud between The Miz and Shane McMahon has had its moments, and their match at WrestleMania 35 was a solid addition to the card.
However, this rivalry has now run its course, and with WWE implementing its Wild Card Rule, it feels like the feud is being kept alive longer than it needs to be.
The final act must come at Money in the Bank this weekend, and with that in mind, there's only one realistic winner. Shane going over Miz at The Show of Shows was a surprise, but with this likely to be the final instalment in their feud, it has to be the younger talent winning this time around.
Miz has the potential to get back to the top of the card in WWE and even compete for a world title before the year is out, but matches like these are key for his momentum. And McMahon doesn't need the win as much as his opponent does.
Winner: The Miz
Roman Reigns vs. Elias
It's rare that a match involving Roman Reigns is one of the least interesting on any WWE pay-per-view, but that's the situation The Big Dog finds himself in this weekend.
His bout against Elias feels like one that doesn't have any longevity in regards to a long-term feud, so expect it to be a quick one-and-done between the two.
And with Reigns surely destined for the top of the card on SmackDown Live sooner or later, this is likely to be a straightforward night's work for him.
Elias is yet to truly find his place on either Raw or SmackDown outside of his comedic musical segments. So it makes no sense for him to go over such a big name like Reigns, who really does need a victory to catapult a push back to the world title picture.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans (Raw Women's Championship)
WWE is clearly building Lacey Evans up as a credible threat to the women's division on Raw, but the jury is still out over whether she can claim gold so soon into her main roster career.
Evans will do battle against Becky Lynch on Sunday, looking to end the champ's reign with the Raw women's title before Charlotte Flair tries to do the same with the blue brand's belt later in the night.
However, it's fairly obvious to predict that Flair stands a better chance of victory than The Sassy Southern Belle does.
Evans' time will come, and she'll surely be a champion at some point, but Lynch has to be heading up the Raw women's title scene going into the summer.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)
It's fair to say Samoa Joe's reign with the United States Championship is yet to get going.
He has been waiting for a feud to kick off that reign with a bang for some time, and after seeing off Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania, it looked like he'd be moving on to a new opponent.
However, that hasn't proved to be the case.
Joe and Mysterio will do battle again at Money in the Bank, and while it won't be as quick a night's work for The Samoan Submission Specialist as it was at The Show of Shows, it's hard to see a different outcome.
Bank on the champion to get the job done again.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens (WWE Championship)
The WWE Championship is in an interesting spot heading into Money in the Bank.
Kofi Kingston's victory at WrestleMania was absolutely the right booking decision, but like most rags-to-riches stories, the dynamic of them shifts when someone has ascended to the top of the mountain.
Now it's Kingston who has a target on his back, and it's fair to say he doesn't have quite the same level of popularity behind him post-WrestleMania, making a title change likely at any show in the near future.
However, Money in the Bank is likely to come just a shade too soon for that to happen. While Kevin Owens is a bonafide WWE champion of the future, Kingston's title reign doesn't deserve to be ended just yet.
So, expect a controversial finish that will continue this feud beyond Money in the Bank but Kingston to leave with the title over his shoulder.
Winner via DQ: Kofi Kingston
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (SmackDown Women's Championship)
Of the two title matches Becky Lynch faces this weekend, it's somewhat inevitable which represents the greater threat of defeat for the champ.
The Man will certainly be posed problems by Lacey Evans during their Raw Women's Championship match, but she's a safer bet to emerge through that bout unscathed than she is with Charlotte Flair.
Flair has a rich history when it comes to championship gold already, and few would be surprised if she ended Lynch's reign with both titles on Sunday. However, given how it was such a bold move for the company to pin both titles on The Irish Lass Kicker, it would be a surprise if she dropped either of them at the first hurdle.
So for now, expect Lynch to escape the wrath of The Queen and somehow retain the SmackDown women's title via whatever circumstances. There's every chance their feud continues post-Money in the Bank and Flair eventually gets the gold, but for now, this has to be a night The Man emerges from unscathed.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles (Universal Championship)
There's little chance of AJ Styles dethroning Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank this weekend.
WWE spent so long building The Architect up as the man who could carry Raw for the summer and beyond that taking the Universal Championship off him now would be a bad move.
Styles and Rollins should certainly continue their feud into the summer, but The Phenomenal One winning at the first opportunity makes little sense.
This has to be a night when the champion proves he is the man on Monday nights, and he can carry Raw's title for a significant period of time.
Expect both men to put on a stellar show, though.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
While almost every single one of the competitors in the men's ladder match are realistic picks to win, it feels easier to rule people out in the corresponding match involving the women.
That's no disrespect to names such as Natalya, Carmella, Dana Brooke or Ember Moon, but it feels like they haven't had enough exposure on TV recently to be considered strong picks this time around. Brooke in particular has shown promising signs recently, and her time may come before the end of the year.
But this feels more like a shootout between established names such as Bayley and Alexa Bliss for the right to be crowned Ms. Money in the Bank 2019.
Bliss' story of going for back-to-back briefcases is one that has been spotlighted a lot in the buildup to the show, so it makes her a strong contender.
However, Bayley is in desperate need of something to reignite her career.
The tag title reign with Sasha Banks was OK, but with The Boss off TV at present, Bayley needs a push on SmackDown Live to give her renewed hope. Handing her the briefcase this year could be exactly what she needs.
Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
It's arguably the most stacked Money in the Bank match in history.
Fans could likely make a legitimate case for almost all of the eight men competing to walk away with the coveted briefcase, but in trying to work out the most likely winner, it feels smarter this year to rule some names out based on ready-made plans they already appear to have for the summer.
Finn Balor and Andrade appear destined for a feud for the intercontinental title, especially after El Idolo pinned the champion on SmackDown this past Tuesday. So they're out.
Baron Corbin is clearly popular with WWE at the moment, but it looks as though he's being readied for a Universal Championship feud with Seth Rollins anyway. So rule him out.
What about Ricochet? He'd be a popular pick, but having just come up from NXT, it feels like it could be a touch too soon in the eyes of company officials to make him a world champion in waiting.
In truth, the standout picks are Drew McIntyre and Sami Zayn.
Zayn has come from nowhere in recent weeks to be considered, and his alliance with Kevin Owens once more could prove decisive.
However, the shadow of Braun Strowman will be lingering over Zayn after what happened on Raw, so in this instance, back the man formerly known as The Chosen One to claim the briefcase.
McIntyre is a ready-made main eventer as it is. Making him Mr. Money in the Bank will only enhance that status further.
Winner: Drew McIntyre