WWE Money in the Bank is upon us where one of six men will be lucky enough to leave with briefcase – and potentially the WWE World Heavyweight Championship currently held by Roman Reigns.
It’s a stacked card so far, and you can be sure of some surprises taking place at the exciting event with three championship titles being defended on the night, including the eagerly anticipated clash between John Cena and AJ Styles.
DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. BARON CORBIN
This isn’t a match I’m too excited by as the feud has run its course and there’s no real conclusion to this feud. Saying that, I understand that wins over Dolph Ziggler will look great on Baron Corbin’s CV, and a dominating performance is just that much better.
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I do hope this is the final time the two of them face off before they move on to bigger and better things, certainly in Corbin’s case, and it’s why I think Corbin will pick up this win.
Fellow WWE writer Phillipa Hopwood shares a similar view: What is this now? The fourth or fifth time we are being subjected to the same match? It was a great idea for a feud when Corbin first attacked Dolph the night after WrestleMania, but WWE have completely overdone this feud now to the extent that I don't think it matters who wins.
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Dolph could do with a win to boost him into his next feud, but you have to think that WWE will give the win to Corbin since they are pushing the "new era" currently.
SHEAMUS VS. APOLLO CREWS
I’m glad that Apollo Crews is getting an important superstar in his first feud on the main roster, especially after floating around the mid-card scene from the day he debuted. I don’t think this will mark the end of the feud either, but I do believe Sheamus is the perfect heel to bring out a new sense of aggressiveness in Crews, something we’re yet to witness.
He seems to be settling in a lot better now, and if the feud is to continue for a while longer I’d like to see Sheamus pick up a win here, so we can see how Crews can bounce back.
Phillipa: This match was only made this past week on Raw after it was made apparent that these two stars wanted a piece of each other. Sheamus has been floating around since he lost his World Championship to Roman Reigns and it's refreshing to see that WWE have allowed him to step into a decent feud.
Apollo, for me, has failed to make a significant impact on the main roster in the past few weeks so he needs to get the win over Sheamus here.
JOHN CENA VS. AJ STYLES
This is the match everybody is looking forward to, and a match 15 years in the making so it’s surprising to see the WWE giving us this match right now, rather than saving it for WrestleMania where it could realistically main event, and steal the show. Although the feud hasn’t been on our screens for too long, both men have the audience captivated by delivering some home truths.
It’ll be interesting to see how this match finishes; a clean loss could harm the momentum of either man, and you could argue that Styles needs the win a lot more, especially after having a great start to his WWE career. It’s clear this feud won’t end here, so I expect AJ Styles to pick up a huge win.
Phillipa: The match that has been more than a decade in the making and finally sees the face of TNA go one-on-one with the face of WWE, much like when the WWE Universe wanted to see Sting vs. The Undertaker, this match will be going ahead and could be one to whet the appetite.
WWE have a rich history of often booking former indie guys to lose to their stars, but the hope here is that WWE don't go down that route, and they give AJ the win he deserves after what was a shocking defeat at Extreme Rules.
CHARLOTTE & DANA BROOKE VS. BECKY LYNCH & NATALYA
This is a match I can’t call down the middle because of the way it has been built up, Becky Lynch and Natalya have looked like a great team so far, and a win for them could catapult them both into the Women’s Championship picture.
Charlotte could do with an important win here, to establish herself as the top female in the division. Dana Brooke is also said to be receiving a push so I will assume Brooke and Charlotte will pick up a win.
Phillipa: I am still baffled as to why this is a tag team match and not Becky Lynch fighting for the Women's title with Dana and Natalya at ringside, once again WWE has favoured a tag match instead of a title defence which isn't helping the apparent 'divas revolution.' Sasha Banks and Paige should be playing a role in this.
If I'm honest the current storyline for the Divas is boring me, WWE needs to move it on quickly before fans lose interest and they are stuck back at the beginning wondering how to give the Women's Division a makeover. Does it matter who wins this match?
One will attack the other, and this feud will obviously continue. I hope Paige comes out after with Sasha Banks and somehow WWE finds a way to include them in the picture going forward. The women's division needs a Sasha Banks shaped boost.
RUSEV © VS. TITUS O'NEIL – UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP
I’m surprised to see Titus O’Neil in this situation, since his suspension I doubted he would ever receive a championship match, let alone so soon after returning. Although he’s talented, he wouldn’t be top of my list right now regarding number one contenders.
Rusev is still a relatively new two-time champion, and there’s not been a serious threat to his reign so far, I don’t think Titus is that threat either. I expect Rusev to retain his championship, but it might not be a pretty Father’s Day for the Titus O’Neil household if his kids are in attendance.
Phillipa: Is this match some practical joke? Is it actually going to happen or is it Vince's way of making Titus look even sillier than he did when he suspended him? If it isn't, then I don't fully understand what is happening in WWE.
A few months ago Titus was off WWE TV without explanation for months, and now he's been handed a United States Championship match, really? Is this because the Intercontinental title isn't being defended? Or because all the decent contenders are in a ladder match? Titus literally has no chance here; Rusev will steam roll over him in record time.
THE NEW DAY © VS. THE CLUB VS. ENZO AND BIG CASS VS. THE VAUDEVILLIANS – TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
This should be a fun match because each team brings something unique to the table. Usually, when we’re in a situation like this, there's one clear favourite opposite three mediocre teams, but that’s not the case here, any team can walk out with the gold.
A win for The Club could be the incentive they need to start dominating the main roster, while The Vaudevillians could be the real surprise to come from this match. I see this going to either the New Day or Enzo and Big Cass. However, I believe the New Day will break more records as the champions in the process. The gold needs to change hands in a standard tag team match, so for me, the New Day will retain.
Phillipa: I feel like I am being more than spoiled in this match, the collective promo abilities of The Vaudevillians, The New Day and Enzo and Cass is enough to make your mouth water, but the fact that they are joined by The Club as well means that this could be a potential show stealer.
The New Day only have to retain the titles for two more months, and it would mean that they have reigned their division for a year. They have been entertaining in doing so but I feel the time is now right to move the titles onto the new blood which could be any of the other three, my personal pick would be Enzo and Cass.
ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. CESARO VS. CHRIS JERICHO VS. DEAN AMBROSE VS. KEVIN OWENS VS. SAMI ZAYN – MONEY IN THE BANK
Any one of the six men stands a chance of walking out as the winner of the Money in the Bank ladder match, and the build-up to this match has been nothing short of incredible. To me, it feels like the first time there’s been the perfect build towards this match where the briefcase feels so important.
I see all of them coming close to unhooking the briefcase to keep the fans on edge, but for me, it’s going to come down to Dean Ambrose or Kevin Owens. Ambrose could slot in perfectly into the Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns feud with the briefcase while heels always make better winners and they don’t come much better than Owens right now. I feel there’s more potential in Owens, so I’m going with him for the win.
Phillipa: In my opinion this is one of the most exciting matches of the year, only second to the Royal Rumble match itself and this year WWE have stacked the match making it physically impossible to pick a winner. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens have such pedigree in being former NXT Champions and legends on the Independent Circuit while Cesaro is one of the most over superstars on the roster right now.
Dean Ambrose could be the dark horse given that he has been involved in a lot of tension between the two current World title contenders. Alberto Del Rio is the only former winner to be in the match, and Chris Jericho practically invented the match, but he hasn't yet won it despite the fact that he's taken part in the match before.
Dean has also been in a Money in the Bank match before and is considered the heavy favourite by the WWE Universe but my pick would have to be Kevin Owens because I would love a Reigns/Owens feud.
ROMAN REIGNS © VS. SETH ROLLINS – WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
The build-up to this match hasn’t been great in my opinion, although I’ve enjoyed the return of Seth Rollins, it doesn’t feel like the main event match. The NXT Championship match between Samoa Joe and Finn Balor proved to be a great example of how to build up a feud perfectly, and something Reigns and Rollins could have taken inspiration from.
I’d love to see a massive surprise with Rollins reclaiming his championship, but I honestly don’t see it going down like that. I see Reigns retaining the gold, with no cash-in taking place.
Phillipa: The match that has been two years in the making, one that fans thought they would never see after the two previous failed attempts. But finally former brother vs. brother and this time the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is on the line.
The Guy vs. The Man something has to give here. Heading into the summer season you have to think that WWE will allow Roman to keep hold of the Championship until at least SummerSlam, but I can't see Roman beating Rollins clean, perhaps a Triple H return, could WWE pull a double swerve and have The King of Kings go after The Man?
It will be an exciting ending if so and it will unlock so much future potential, but as for the match itself, I can easily see Reigns retaining.
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