Money in the Bank comes to us live this Sunday night from The Nationwide Arena in Columbus Ohio and boasts what should be an epic showdown between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in the first ever singles Ladder Match between the former Shield stablemates.
This Sunday will also crown the new 2015 Mr Money in the Bank after the example Seth Rollins set last year and following his dramatic cash in at WrestleMania, a lot is expected of this year's winner.
As ever Lead WWE Writers Raza Kazi and Phillipa Hopwood share their predictions ahead of the event.
PRE-SHOW: R-TRUTH VS. KING BARRETT
Phillipa: R-Truth was a part of the Elimination Chamber kick off show and was defeated by Stardust, so this could just be another match where he is used to put someone else over. The segment on Monday Night Raw was perfect and thankfully WWE have found a place for him on the card.
Truth deserves more plaudits than he has received lately and I think he will finally get some praise if he defeats the king here. Barrett on the other hand has lacked direction since his King of the Ring win and I have a feeling he isn't going to get back to winning ways here. R-Truth should secure the pinfall.
Raza: It seems as if becoming the King has been a curse for Barrett, finding himself demoted to the pre-show after plenty of success on the main card in pay-per-views, usually involving the Intercontinental Championship. It should be a good match considering it's free and the WWE will want people to tune in, and R-Truth has racked up a number of wins recently and is proving that he hasn't lost his touch on the microphone with his recent segment on Monday Night Raw.
He eliminated King Barrett from the Elimination Chamber, and I think there's a reason Barrett has been demoted, R-Truth picks up the win for me.
JOHN CENA VS. KEVIN OWENS
Phillipa: This for me has been a fantastic rivalry. Genius booking and I believe Kevin Owens could be the next big heel in WWE after the hype surrounding his clean win over John Cena at Elimination Chamber. It's not often that Cena is equaled on the mic but Owens has been exceptional throughout the build up to this match and even though WWE logic dictates that Cena should win here, I think once again Owens will pick up the win.
Raza: Perhaps the most difficult match to call, usually you would just assume John Cena would picks up the win in the rematch but Kevin Owens is a very interesting opponent. Fans will definitely call for Kevin Owens to pick up the win so he can avoid being 'buried' by Cena which has proven to be the case a number of times, but you have to give credit to Cena for taking a huge risk and allowing Kevin Owens to pin him clean in the middle of the ring at Elimination Chamber.
I think the storyline has been very entertaining so far, Cena is proving he is still the role model for the country whilst Owens believes he should be. I think Kevin Owens needs the win, it would be huge for his development and his arrival on the main roster...but this is the WWE so John Cena wins.
WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: THE NEW DAY (c) VS. THE PRIME TIME PLAYERS
Phillipa: The New Day have been on a great run as of late and they made a great move a few weeks ago by aligning themselves with The Authority. Kane helped them retain their titles at Elimination Chamber but it isn't likely that he will be on hand to help again this weekend. The Prime Time Players have also been in great form as of late. Sine their reform it has been interesting to see that they have been pushed as front runners on the tag team scene and following Tyson Kidd's injury, it will be worth seeing what WWE do with the division in the coming weeks, for me The New Day are to strong to drop their titles this soon.
Raza: It's great to see Titus O'Neil and Darren Young involved in a tag team title match again and they've looked really strong lately and are seriously making a case for themselves in the tag team division with plenty of teams fighting to be in their positions. They put on a great showing at the Elimination Chamber; perhaps the best so they do deserve this and I imagine this match will be highly entertaining.
The New Day have turned their fortunes around, at one stage it looked as if the team would break up within one year, and now they're the kings of the tag team division. They're proving to be great champions, entertaining superstars who work really well together. They've been involved with some big-name superstars in big segments lately and they've held their own which is key, and it's why I believe The New Day will retain their titles.
WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: RYBACK (c) VS. THE BIG SHOW
Phillipa: It was a stroke of genius putting the Intercontinental Championship onto Ryback a few weeks ago because he has now become the face WWE always wanted him to be. Big Show on the other hand has returned and once again it doesn't seem like anyone cares.
It's refreshing to see Big Show against someone other than Roman Reigns but it is likely that the outcome will be the same. It will be interesting to see if The Miz plays any kind of role in this match after the last few weeks of build up, but the result will always see Ryback retain.
Raza: Ryback is so over right now it's hard to look past him. He's competing in great matches, he;s improving on the microphone and he actually looks like a freak champion and the belt looks as if it was made for him, it suits him that well. It's about time The Big Guy was given the chance at a title in the WWE and The Big Show is a huge test for him.
I don't think Ryback will lose the gold this early, and with The Big Show's experience it will allow Ryback to look like a solid champion, defending the gold against the veteran giant. I don;t imagine it will be a great match, but we can definitely expect some big spots in the match; Ryback retains the Intercontinental Championship.
MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH: DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. KANE VS. NEVILLE VS. KOFI KINGSTON VS. RANDY ORTON VS. ROMAN REIGNS VS. SHEAMUS
Phillipa: This match is so hard to predict, on the one hand you can see that WWE are building everything around Roman Reigns winning but you can also see that WWE wouldn't make it that predictable. No one else in the match has had more build up to this than Roman. He had to have three matches on one show in order to secure his place before a stunning 12 minute match with Kofi Kingston this week on Raw. Whilst I can see Roman winning, there are many different scenarios WWE could go with.
Kane could try to win the case to keep it in The Authority, he could also help Kofi win, that would also see the case remain within The Authority. There are rumors that suggest that Bray Wyatt could be the eighth participant in the match and he could take the case. It's likely Lana will once again cost Dolph Ziggler a match.
Sheamus doesn't feel like the right pick right now whilst Neville is a bit to fresh to be challenging for a title and Randy Orton has had very little build towards the event. This only leaves Roman Reigns as the credible winner unless the Bray Wyatt rumor comes to fruition.
Raza: We have our final seven, and already it's clear who won't win the briefcase. Kofi Kingston - it would be the biggest surprise ever if he unhooked the briefcase. Neville too, I hope Neville reaches that level one day but as someone who has followed him closely for years now, being Mr. Money in the Bank is probably too early but we can expect him to pull out with some impressive spots in the match alongside Kofi.
Ziggler - I don't think - has done enough to establish himself as Mr. Money in the Bank or as the champion in 2015, he's moving around from short feud to short feud and floating around the Intercontinental Championship picture. It's clear, Orton will come close, Sheamus will come close, Kane will come close and that builds up the tension with Rollins potentially retaining his title; Roman Reigns wins the briefcase.
WWE DIVA'S CHAMPIONSHIP: NIKKI BELLA (c) VS. PAIGE
Phillipa: Something has to happen here to build a credible rivalry in the Divas Division, even if Paige brings in Charlotte to help her combat The Bella Twins, it would be progress based on what we have seen from the divas over the past few weeks. The Division needs some new blood and a new champion. Given that Naomi, Nikki and Paige are set to face off again in a few weeks on July 4th it looks like Naomi could be returning and interfering in this match.
It is unknown how long WWE want to keep the belt on Nikki for, but given that she has already faced Paige a number of times and always comes out on top, I can't see this ending being any different. Nikki Bella to retain.
Raza: I was certain Nikki Bella would finally drop the championship to Naomi, but I was wrong. This time Paige is going to try and wrangle the title off her after coming closer and I really can't pick an easy winner. Paige winning wouldn't be a huge shock as many have predicted on numerous occasions that Nikki will drop the gold, but whether she drops it right now is the question.
I think with the recent twin magic situation, Nikki Bella will hold on to the title for a little longer before dropping it a later date, perhaps SummerSlam. I do hope Paige wins, and she puts on a great performance, but this time I'm going with Nikki Bella.
LADDER MATCH - WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: SETH ROLLINS (c) VS. DEAN AMBROSE
Phillipa: This match has to be one of the hardest matches on the card to predict, will Roman Reigns come out to help and turn on Dean Ambrose? Will Roman inadvertently cost Dean the match and see The Lunatic Fringe turn on his best friend? It's such a hard one to see, but at the same time it all adds to the excitement.
Once again the build up to this match has been both entertaining and innovative and whilst Dean hasn't been in a match since Elimination Chamber, he has been present to help the rivalry build and his wit has helped him outsmart the actual World Champion at every turn. On Smackdown he claimed that he had lost the title in New Orleans, so hopefully the real belt will resurface and it will be hung over the ring as per tradition.
Whilst Dean Ambrose has been entertaining as a champion, and he is the champion everyone wants, it is unlikely Seth Rollins will lose the championship to him. Rollins is at odds with The Authority, but it makes sense for him to be able to prove he can defeat Dean on his own so he can distance himself from Triple H and Stephanie and prove he is a formidable opponent without them. I can see this being a very entertaining match given that most matches between these two have seen them on top form, but I can see Seth Rollins retaining.
Raza: This time last year, the two were standing opposite each other on top of a ladder, trying to knock each other down to capture the briefcase. One year later they've both come full circle and will be on the same ladders trying to knock one another off but this time, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be dangling in the air. Ambrose has been at it again, with his thieving tactics he's enjoyed being the champion, albeit not on paper but he's held the title and I feel that he won't hold on to it for too long.
There's always the chance that an Ambrose win could result in a Reigns heel turn if he does capture the briefcase and cashes in on Ambrose. But the recent struggles with The Authority and the impending return of Brock Lesnar, I feel Rollins holds on to it and proves to The Authority that he can indeed do it on his own. Since becoming champion it's been a shame to see that he's unable to pick up wins on his own which is a massive shame considering he's probably the best talent on the active roster, so hopefully he can pick up a clean win here in the ladder match. Seth Rollins retains the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Who do you think will be the new Mr Money in the Bank? Who will turn heel? Roman Reigns or Dean Ambrose? Have your say in the comments section below...
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