Is this a big four Pay-Per-View? It feels like it is. With the constant weakening of Survivor Series, this – albeit spotfest – PPV is seen as a launching pad for a new career or main eventer with the titular Money in the Bank. This card on paper looks incredibly strong, with some classic matches, and can we continue our success from last month’s Extreme Rules? I must admit, I’ve not really watched much wrestling recently (thanks largely to a lot of travel), but what I’ve seen has been great (NXT Takeover: The End? Woof). Nevertheless, here’s my Money in the Bank 2016 Predictions.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins
So, as mentioned on the latest edition of The Wrestling Betting Podcast, they appear to be setting up the next PPV before the ending of the previous one. Seth Rollins made his return at Extreme Rules by pedigreeing Roman Reigns after his battle with AJ Styles. So Seth is in the main event picture, to try and regain the belt he has never lost.
I’m not 100% sure where they’re going with this. Rollins is easily the biggest test to Reigns’ title reign at the moment, and I can see them want to keep both stars strong. I am tempted to say a Regins win. But expect it to not be clean like the AJ Styles’ losses.
Prediction: Roman Reigns Win
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
Promoted as a big deal, we saw AJ Styles’ heel turn by aligning directly with The Club, and attacking John Cena. Like the Rollins/Reigns match, this match could split the crowd with Styles being the favourite of the internet and Cena being the WWE’s favourite.
This should be a great match, with Cena proving how well he can work before his latest injury and Styles – well – is AJ Styles. They should be able to run this feud for a number of months, so maybe seeing AJ Styles winning this match before Cena wins the feud overall.
Prediction: AJ Styles Wins
Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Kevin Owens vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
And now, onto the titular match of Money in the Bank, the ladder match for the guaranteed title shot.
Looking at the field, there are a few genuine contenders. A lot of the early booking seems to suggest that Kevin Owens is the favourite, and realistically I’d be happy with anybody but Del Rio to gain the briefcase. However a lot of money is being put on Dean Ambrose to win and they do seem to be focusing a bit on him during the build up to this match. As a result, that could be a good bet.
However, I feel that Kevin Owens is going to win this match. WWE is lacking top heels, and having the briefcase could begin to see his push towards the top of the card. I think it would be a good thing for him to have and maybe capitalise on for a title reign.
Prediction: Kevin Owens Wins
WWE Tag Team Title Match
The New Day (c) vs. Enzo & Cass vs. The Club vs. The Vaudevillians
So with the possible draft on the horizon this could be the last time we see all 4 of these teams together as we could see these teams switched, maybe even split up. Who knows? All I do know is that this could be a bit of a war.
With Enzo & Cass being able to compete again, this match sees 4 of the top tag teams compete at the moment. And I feel – with anybody being able to pin anybody – we could see a title change.
My prediction is for The Club to pick up the win and become title holders. I feel with Gallows & Anderson as champions it gives The Club a bit of authority in their heel role. Also, there has been talk of splitting up the New Day from watching Raw, so whilst I don’t want that to happen, I can see them being split up.
Prediction: The Club Wins
WWE United States Championship
Rusev (c) vs. Titus O’Neil
So Rusev’s next challenger since regaining the US Title is a returning from suspension, father of the year Titus O’Neil. This feud is built on the fact that Rusev’s new accolade finisher looks brutal and he has been bullying people. Of course, Titus being a swell guy has to stand up to him. He must!
Yeah I cannot see Titus winning this. This is going to be probably a squash match, with Rusev winning clean as a whistle.
Prediction: Rusev wins
Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus
So – nearly 3 months after debuting on Raw, Apollo Crews has a programme, against the former world champion Sheamus.
Admittedly it’s on the pre-show card, but nevertheless it’s a programme. It makes sense and actually been pretty watchable. Though with that said I’m not sure it’ll be a great match. Sheamus and Crews are two very similar athletes, so I’m not sure if that will lead to a great match, but we’ll see. I guess that’s why it’s on the pre-show.
This should lead to an Apollo Crews victory. He is strong and a win against a former world champion should see him catapult up the rankings.
Prediction: Apollo Crews wins
Dana Brooke & Charlotte vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch
As predicted on my podcast, I predicted that the women’s match wouldn’t be for the title, but instead would be a tag team match. I am good at least at predicting the matches, at least!
Charlotte has gone really off the boil since splitting with Ric. I like the introduction of Dana Brooke to the team, but I felt losing Ric Flair harmed the duo. Nevertheless, here we are.
I can see Natalya & Becky Lynch picking up the win here to kind of end the feud. I don’t see Charlotte getting pinned (though to be honest she has been multiple times in the recent weeks from Paige), and then that will be that and we move on.
Prediction: Natalya & Becky Lynch wins
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
Urgh. Again? I don’t really know what to say to this match, even if there are signs of a Ziggler heel turn as he is cheating more. Apart from that, who cares.
Prediction: Baron Corbin
And they are my predictions. What are yours? Au Revoir from Bordeaux and I’ll see you soon!