Money in the Bank has become one of WWE’s most anticipated events outside of the Big Four (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series). A simple concept of a six-man ladder match has led to its own pay-per-view dating back to 2010. Harford, CT will be the host of the 2019 event, with 11 matches scheduled for the card. Six […]
Money in the Bank has become one of WWE’s most anticipated events outside of the Big Four (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series). A simple concept of a six-man ladder match has led to its own pay-per-view dating back to 2010.
Harford, CT will be the host of the 2019 event, with 11 matches scheduled for the card. Six matches will be for titles as well as the two traditional Money in the Bank Ladder matches.
Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) (pre-show)
Prediction: Daniel Bryan and Rowan win
A match that was added less than a week before the event. It is a non-title match, giving that both teams are on separate brands.
Daniel Bryan and Rowan recently won the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, so it makes sense to have them win here to start building their momentum. It’ll likely be a one time match and look for them to start other feuds against teams in their own brand.
Cruiserweight Championship – Tony Nese (c) vs. Ariya Daivari
Prediction: Tony Nese retains the Cruiserweight Championship
It has not been announced yet but given the history of the Cruiserweight Championship matches, it’ll likely be pushed to the pre-show.
It is nice to see Daivari finally get a nice heel push on 205 Live as of late and has gotten a lot of TV time due to guys like Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy being moved to the main roster. It is too early to take the title off of Nese, who has been putting on great matches when he was starting to get a push in the Cruiserweight Division. Nese wins here but it will not be the last time will see these two face-off.
Roman Reigns vs. Elias
Prediction: Roman Reigns wins
A match a lot of people aren’t looking forward too. WWE still wants to push Reigns as the top guy and this could easily be one of the quicker matches on the card.
Reigns is also involved in the Shane McMahon-Miz feud during the last few weeks of SmackDown, so that’ll likely happen after this match had happened.
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon in a Steel Cage match
Prediction: The Miz wins
Most feuds end at WrestleMania and this is one the few times that it has not been the case.
The continued feud here has been good so far and The Miz as the face has been fun to watch. The same can be said with McMahon as a heel here. With Miz losing at WrestleMania, look for him to get his revenge here and pick up the victory.
Oh, and expect to see McMahon do some crazy jump off the top of the cage.
United States Championship – Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
Prediction: Samoa Joe retains the United States Championship
Samoa Joe’s reign as United States Champion has been great so far but Mysterio has been his only real feud. With the momentum he has been having as a heel champ, taking the title off him would not be a good call.
Expect Mysterio’s son, Dominic, to be involved here, maybe even causing Mysterio to get the loss here.
Raw Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans
Prediction: Lacey Evans wins the Raw Women’s Championship
Lacey Evans has received a nice push since her debut on the main roster. She had a brief run in NXT but has already developed her character and looks to be a multi-time champion when it is all set and done.
Put the title on her now and see what she can do as the top star in the Women’s Divison. Plus, having fan-favorite Becky Lynch chase her for the title would get a great reaction from the crowd.
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Prediction: Becky Lynch retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch will go double-duty tonight as she will also defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair.
Given the crowd reaction, Lynch should win here. If anything, she will be walking out of Money in the Bank with at least one title. Depending on where the matches line up, she can retain here and Flair can attack her post-match, leading to Evans wanting her match right away to win the title.
Universal Championship – Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles
Prediction: Seth Rollins retains the Universal Championship
Isn’t it nice to finally see the Universal Championship at a lower level pay-per-view? For the first time in what seems like forever, the Universal title will be defended outside of the Big Four PPV.
Rollins and Styles are the best in-ring workers in the world are set to clash for the first time in a WWE ring. Given he just won the title a few weeks back, I see Rollins retaining here. The Universal Championship needs to be built as a top championship title. This will still be a high-paced match and will probably not the last time we will see them face off.
WWE Championship – Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens
Prediction: Kofi Kingston retains the WWE Championship
KOFIMANIA IS ALIVE AND WELL!
It has been a short reign but Kingston as WWE Champion has been nothing but a success so far. With Big E out of action, Kevin Owens joined The New Day as an honorary member. It was pretty funny to have him join the stable as “Big O” and I wish the alliance lasted a bit longer.
When he turned, I assumed that Owens was going to win heading into Money in the Bank. That being said, the crowd reaction when Kingston enters the ring is too good of a reaction to take the title off him just yet.
Owens will get his chance but tonight let Kofimania continue his reign.
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match – Nikki Cross vs. Naomi vs. Dana Brooke vs. Natalya vs. Bayley vs. Ember Moon vs. Mandy Rose vs. Carmella
Prediction: Bayley wins the Women’s Money in the Bank contract
A toss-up here for me. Everyone here has a legit chance to be Ms. Money in the Bank. For my pick, I am going with the newest member of SmackDown Live in Bayley.
Since her arrival on the blue brand, WWE seems to be serious in regards to presenting Bayley as a top star. While her Horsewomen sisters (Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks) has had a lot of success on the main roster, Bayley is the odd one out. Putting the briefcase on here will no doubt help her ascend to the top. Plus, it would be good suspense on when the lovable babyface would cash in her contract.
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match – Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin vs. Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn vs. Ali vs. Randy Orton vs. Finn Bálor vs. Andrade
Prediction: Sami Zayn wins the Men’s Money in the Bank contract
The action here will be a good one. Guys like Ricochet and Ali would perform some crazy stunts with the ladders while you have veterans like Randy Orton who have experience in this stipulation.
My pick here is someone who was just added to the match. Sami Zayn beat Braun Strowman last week to take his spot in the match and I have a feeling it’ll be the start of Zayn being a top champion in the company. Booking wise, this was a good call as Zayn is a better fit in these types of matches as opposed to Strowman. To add to that, he doesn’t need the briefcase, and winning it last year did not pay off for him.
It would not shock me if interferes in the match but Zayn being the anti-fan heel would be a good call to win the briefcase. Not to mention the crowd reaction when he cashes in would be insane.
Money in the Bank is one of my favorite stipulations in the WWE and the pay-per-view has a lot of memorable moments. Both ladder matches will deliver with high spots and full of action while the titles matches will look to be good here also.