This Sunday, June 18, WWE’s Smackdown brand will host Money in the Bank live on the WWE Network. (I feel like Michael Cole.) This event has the potential to be the best in recent memory. The whole card, for the first time in a while, looks to be the best Smackdown has put together since before Mania.
I’m going to break down the card, and give you my predictions. Who I believe should win their respective match, and the effect their win will have on Smackdown going forward.
Money in the Bank Match Card:
Women’s Money in Bank Match: Becky Lynch vs. Carmella vs. Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Charlotte
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day vs. (c) The Usos
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Lana vs. (c) Naomi
Men’s Money in the Bank Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
WWE Championship Match: Randy Orton vs. (c) Jinder Mahal
Why I’m Worried for the Women’s Money in the Bank Match:
With this match being the first of it’s kind it worries me that fans may expect too much from it, and may then, of course, be disappointed. Much like everyone was with this year’s Royal Rumble.
Fans fantasy booked the Rumble so well that when wrestlers like Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, and Shinsuke Nakamura didn’t appear in the Rumble, everyone called it the worst in recent memory. When really, it wasn’t.
People are fantasy booking this history making event, and I’m afraid that the ladies may not get a fair shot even if they do put on a great show. WWE fans are notoriously harsh on events when they don’t live up to their expectations. I want to warn against that kind of thinking. The women in this match know what they are doing, and WWE has enough faith in them to give them this opportunity. However, if fan backlash is so high on the match, for whatever reason, WWE may never give the women another opportunity like this one.
WWE fans are notoriously harsh on events when they don’t live up to their expectations. I want to warn against that kind of thinking. The women in this match know what they are doing, and WWE has enough faith in them to give them this opportunity. However, if fan backlash is so high on the match, for whatever reason, WWE may never give the women another opportunity like this one.
WWE fans, well actually, in this case, ECW fans, used their voices so well, they changed the outcome of the match. John Cena was scheduled to beat ECW legend Rob Van Dam for the WWE Championship. However, throughout the show fans chanted that if Cena won they would riot. Vince McMahon feared people might get hurt if the match went as planned, so he changed the outcome to RVD winning, and everyone went home happy.
WWE fans are also the reason Daniel Bryan was in the main event of Wrestlemania 30. Their support, and the way they showed hatred for the planned main event, Randy Orton vs. Batista, made WWE do something different. So, once again, because of the fans, WWE changed their plans, and it led to one of the best feel-good moments in recent WWE history.
So, I’m genuinely hoping WWE fans don’t boycott this match after it’s finished, and cause WWE to regret giving the women this chance.
Who’s Going to Win:
As I had stated before I was hoping Lana would get placed in this match when she returned to Smackdown Live a couple of weeks ago. Instead, they placed her in a match for the Smackdown Women’s Title, which I’ll get to later.
So, the competitors in this match are as follows, former Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. four-time Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte vs. former WWE Diva’s Champion Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Carmella.
Historically, Money in the Bank has been used to catapult a mid card talent into the main event scene, and the only one in this match who that description fits is The Princess of Staten Island Carmella.
Carmella has the most to gain from her win. She’s been on the outside looking in ever since her debut on Smackdown last year. The one woman superstar who has always felt like she was on the brink of breaking through and becoming a legitimate contender for the Smackdown Women’s Title. If she wins Sunday, which she should, then that win will be the catalyst to the solid main event run she deserves.
Fans already love her and giving her the MITB briefcase will only stoke that fire. They want to see her as champ, and knowing it could happen at any time will make them want it to happen even more. Making both Smackdown, and the Pay-Per-Views that much more enjoyable.
Final Verdict: Carmella gets the much-deserved win
Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships:
Of all the matches on the card, this could be the one that steals the show. Jimmy and Jey Uso will take on any combination of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Big E of The New Day, who are the longest reigning Raw Tag Team Champions of all time.
The New Day always put on a great match, especially when there’s gold on the line, and The Usos haven’t disappointed since they turned heel. So, I expect this match to be a clinic in tag team wrestling.
With that, I don’t see the Uso’s walking out of Money in the Bank as champions. The New Day are just too over with the fans, and their merchandise makes too much money for WWE not to put the titles on them. It may be a little too soon after their record breaking title run. That’s never stopped Vince before.
Final Verdict: New Day wins
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match:
This match could, unfortunately, be the match WWE places between the Men’s Money in the Bank match, and the WWE Championship match. Which unfortunately means the crowd may be dead for this championship showdown. Mostly because many of them will be headed to the concessions stands, and bathroom, and won’t be there for what could be the best Smackdown Women’s Championship match since Alexa Bliss beat Becky Lynch the first time at WWE TLC last year.
Hopefully, though, WWE won’t do this and will keep this match somewhere in the mid-card. Just going all the way through the card, without making any of these matches the “break match.”
Fans love both current champ Naomi and Lana who’s making her in-ring debut. However, Naomi’s championship reign has been lackluster. Which, unfortunately, could mean WWE could think it’s time to change things up and give Lana the belt.
The fans were behind Naomi when she was chasing the belt, more-so than they are now. So, WWE could see this as an opportunity to give the belt to someone new, and let Naomi chase the belt again and try things at a later date.
Final Verdict: Lana wins in her debut match
Men’s Money in the Bank Match:
I’m as excited about this match as much as I am mad about it. I can’t wait for this match because the people in it have a history of being great in ladder matches.
Zayn, Owens, Styles, and Ziggler, always impress when put in a ladder match. Nakamura and Corbin are both in their first ladder match in WWE.
However, I would much rather see a U.S. Title match on the card than see Owens in the Money in the Bank match. Owens and Styles were already in a feud leading up to this PPV, and I wish WWE would have kept it going. The two always put on great matches together and could have made this card even better. Alas, WWE did not see it this way. I would have much rather seen, Tye Dillinger, and Luke Harper in this Money in the Bank match. Dillinger and Harper both, seem more likely to win this match than Styles and Owens do.
Who Should Win?
Looking at the competitors in this match, AJ Styles appears to be the odds-on favorite. However, I don’t see WWE going that way. AJ is a superstar and doesn’t need the Money in the Bank briefcase to win the WWE belt. WWE should keep the briefcase far away from him unless he’s the champion being cashed in on. Because as I said before, Money in the Bank is used to push someone into the main event scene. So, in this match who does that fit?
Well, there are three it fits, two perfectly, and one not-so-much.
Shinsuke Nakamura is the one it doesn’t fit as well as the other two because he’s the new guy, who’s still trying to find his niche on the main roster. However, the majority of his momentum from NXT carried over to the main roster. So, he doesn’t need this win; he just needs to be put in a program where he can showcase his talents that brought him to the big show in the first place.
Baron Corbin has been on the cusp of breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling ever since he got drafted to Smackdown in the brand split. He also appears to be the odd’s on favorite to win this match. Which I would be fine with, however, one other man deserves it more than Corbin.
Sami Zayn, currently known as “The Underdog from the Underground,” needs to have his moniker change to the “Perennial Mid-Carder.” (That was a bad joke.) Zayn has always been the guy who seemed like he was going to get a huge push, just to lose that push, just when it started getting good. So, he’s deserving of a good push, and giving him the Money in the Bank briefcase would be the perfect way to do it.
Plus, Zayn’s cash in, would get the biggest pop anyone’s received since Dolph Ziggler cashed in on Alberto Del Rio the night after Wrestle Mania 29.
Final Verdict: Sami Zayn wins
WWE Championship Match:
The final match on the card will pit the current WWE champion, Jinder Mahal, against Randy Orton, in Orton’s hometown. Now generally with this event in Orton’s hometown, you would think Orton should win to close out the show. You know to send the hometown crowd home happy. Well, WWE doesn’t think that way. WWE has a bad track record, recently, of letting people lose in their hometown. Most recently, AJ Styles lost to Dolph Ziggler when Smackdown went to Atlanta, Georgia, Styles’ hometown.
However, a silver lining in all of this is; at the Extreme Rules PPV, held in Baltimore, Maryland, the hometown of former Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann where he won his match. So maybe WWE is changing their ways.
Even with that though, WWE probably won’t take the title off of Mahal.
Mahal has been more popular than anyone expected, and WWE has wanted to break into the India market for a while. Since Mahal is from India, I don’t see them taking the belt off of him right now. Maybe if his star dies down in India in the coming months, they’ll take the title off of him, and put it on someone else. Maybe even the winner of the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Final Verdict: Jinder Mahal Retains
Thanks for reading, and be sure to watch this Sunday to see who walks out of each match the winner. For a final count here are my predicted winners: Carmella, The New Day, Lana, Sami Zayn, and Jinder Mahal.
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