Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Money in the Bank Preview
OK, Sunday is Money in the Bank time. The card is pretty short this time but the two Money in the Bank matches are going to run pretty long so it won't matter as much. My guess is that they will add some unannounced matches the night of the show to take it out to five or six total. I'll make snap predictions on those on my twitter feed as I watch the event, but for now I'll stick to what we already know. We have three championship matches and a traditional match for a contract for a title match. The main event is for the WWE World Championship, vacated when Daniel Bryan was stripped of the title, and involves a event-high eight people. We also have a Tag Team Title match and a Diva's Title match.
WWE World Title Ladder Match: John Cena vs. Kane vs. Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Sheamus
This match has the potential to be an overbooked mess. There are potential run-ins on behalf of or in opposition to five of the eight participants, and I can guarantee you we will get some. Given who's in it, we're not likely to see a lot of high flying ladder spots but there should be a lot of ground level brutality. As far as who wins. there are four different categories: the no chancers (Kane, Del Rio), the probably nots (Orton, Sheamus, Cesaro), the maybe (Reigns, Wyatt), and the favorite (Cena). I think this is a medium term decision, one that will go past Summerslam but not all the way to next year's WrestleMania, which means I'm going with.....Cena. It's too early to put the belt on Cesaro or Reigns, Orton has held it too recently, and Wyatt would be an excellent choice but not for a few months. Given that they need somebody to hold the belt right now who doesn't need a buildup or an angle, Cena is the choice here. He can either drop it in a lter PPV match or get cashed in on by the winer of the other ladder match. Either way, the best way to go right now is with Old Faithful. So that's my pick.
Money in the Bank Contract Match: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Wade Barrett vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger
Here's where we'll get the high flying ladder spots. Van Dam, Rollins, Kingston, and Ziggler are all going to bring out the theatrics in this one. Swagger is in there laregely to be the recipient of some of the big moves that those four are going to unleash. Once again, we have guys with no chance of winning (Van Dam, Ziggler, Kingston, Swagger), a maybe (Barrett), and two favorites (Ambrose and Rollins). Who takes it? I'm going with Rollins. Somebody from the Authority needs to get a win of some kind to keep the momentum going and Rollins is the obvious choice. Him winning in some underhanded fashion also sets up the inevitable showdown between him and Ambrose. This will probably be the most fun match of the night.
Tag Team Title Match: The Usos vs. Rowan and Harper
These guys have been putting on good matches on TV both in singles and tag team competition, and this one should be good here. My money is on the Wyatts. After last month's loss by family leader Bray to John Cena it's time for the Wyatt family to get some shine back, particularly the kind of shine that comes from championship belts.
Diva's Title Match: Paige vs. Naomi
This one is obvious. Paige isn't losing to Naomi of all people.
So there it is. Enjoy the show and we'll see what happens.