Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The next WWE PPV, Money In The Bank is taking place on May 19th 2019 from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. With 8 matches already announced for the card and the potential of 1 or 2 added bouts, this card is looking pretty stacked with potential of being a great show!


Roman Reigns vs Elias

A curious choice for WWE to give such a big match to Elias that is also quite a small match for Roman Reigns. The big dogs return to WWE following his cancer scare has been received mainly positively so far however it may not be a wise idea to book him against a man who gets one of the loudest crowd reactions in every state of America in Elias. I would be absolutely shellshocked if Elias picked up the win here in this match as he just doesn’t have the heat or momentum as a heel to come close to effectively the biggest star in the company. I expect lots of McMahon shaped shenanigans but ultimately a victory for the former shield member

Prediction: Roman Reigns

Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match

Good god this match is lacking star power isn’t it. When you consider how good last years instalment of this match was (with the involvement of Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch) it almost makes me cringe in anticipation for this years ladder match. Naomi and Natalya are the only two guaranteed not to win in my eyes with Naomi not being pushed as hard as she once was and the thought of Natalya winning a title again being enough to make me want to cry in a dark room. Dana Brooke and Carmella would be the next two I would rule out as Dana is beyond terrible in almost every capacity of professional wrestling and Carmella has already won this match TWICE however WWE seems to think Dana’s mild pop at WrestleMania is going to carry her into some sort of Becky Lynch style redemption story. Alexa Bliss and Ember Moon I could feasibly envision winning the match but with Bliss being both injury prone and a former winner that may rule her out and Moon doesn’t quite have the personality to bring the briefcase to life as she holds it. That leaves Bayley and Mandy Rose, both of whom would be great choices to win this match for different reasons. Bayley has the opportunity for some career redemption that may even finally lead to a battle against Sasha Banks down the line. Mandy Rose has the most potential in terms of being the arrogant sneaky heel cash in star and that’s why I have her down as my winner of this years Money In The Bank Ladder Match.

Prediction: Mandy Rose

The Miz vs Shane McMahon – Steel Cage Match

There are major pros and cons to this feud which kick started back at the WWE Fastlane PPV back in March. The pros are that The Miz is the most over he is ever been and as a babyface for that matter, getting genuine crowd reactions and coming across better than he ever has. The cons are having to see more of Shane McMahon every week on television. Whilst the Wrestlemania match was fun and intense and had a really cool ending to it, this feud needs to end here and it needs to end with The Miz (the actual wrestler in the match) standing tall over a man we hopefully won’t have to endure anymore of until at least next years WrestleMania when he faces another star he has no realistic chance of beating! The steel cage could add some interesting elements here but at the end of the day this is The A listers match to lose!

Prediction: The Miz

Kofi Kingston vs Kevin Owens – WWE Title Match

Now this is a match I’m excited for. Whilst I really wanted Kofi’s first title defence to be against long time rival Randy Orton, im perfectly happy with seeing Kofi vs KO square off at Money In The Bank. Both of these men are in the exact roles they flourish in. Kofi is the incredibly popular babyface who’s story is beyond inspiring and Kevin Owens is the cruel heel who exists to crush the dreams of Kofi and all who support him. Throw him the potential of some New Day cracks or interference and this match has the potential to steal the show, something Kofi is starting to make a habit of in this new found role.

Prediction: Kofi Kingston

Becky Lynch vs Lacey Evans – SD Women’s Title Match

The first of two championship defences for The Man at Money In The Bank, this is the slightly easier match to predict of the two. Whilst WWE seems keen to push Lacey Evans to the moon pretty rapidly, this would be a big mistake to not only take Becky Lynch off Monday Night Raw but also to push Lacey Evans before she’s ready. Evans has wrestled less than 5 televised matches in 2019 and has had a couple of worrying moments in the rare times she has been in the ring, it would be a shame for a character as strong as hers that has a lot of future potential to be pushed too hard too soon and end up floundering before she has the chance to really do great things on the main roster!

Prediction: Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch vs Charlotte: Raw Women’s Title Match

Remember back when the McMahons made a big statement about how 2019 was gonna be a fresh start in WWE? Obviously that statement didn’t quite stretch to Charlotte Flair. This is the 9th PPV in a row that these two women are going to be squaring off and now more than ever, NOBODY WANTS TO SEE IT. WWE had the chance to give Bayley a shot at redemption or give Becky some fresh matchups against Kairi Sane, Sonya Deville or Ember Moon but instead we’re going with the same woman that has been pushed none stop for the last 5 years. Whats even more worrying is that there is a definite chance of Charlotte beating Becky Lynch at Money In The Bank thus giving her 10 Championship reigns. Thats absolute insanity, the woman is good but there are plenty of talented women who have yet to come anywhere close to the opportunities Charlotte Flair has had.

Prediction: Becky Lynch (please god)

Mens Money In The Bank Ladder Match

Now this is a Money In The Bank line up to be excited about. Whilst there are some people id prefer to see in this match such as Cesaro and Aleister black, I cant complain at the thought of seeing the likes of Ricochet and Andradé facing off against each other. In terms of who I think will win, Braun Strowman and Finn Balor are the two I think are guaranteed not to win as neither need the win as they’ll both be booked consistently anyways. I also can’t see Baron Corbin or Randy Orton winning as neither would be very exciting as a victor or as a future WWE Champion and quite frankly either winning would be a very unpopular decision within the WWE Universe. Ali and Ricochet have a lot of unwrapped potential but lack much character depth or promo time to really be taken seriously as a threat to the likes of Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston. That leaves Drew McIntyre and Andradé and quite frankly you can flip a coin and either result would be a great choice. Both are great wrestlers, both are great heels and both could be great champions. Whilst personally id prefer to see Andrade come out on top, I think this is finally the Scottish Psychopaths time to shine.

Prediction: Drew McIntyre

Seth Rollins vs AJ Styles – Universal Title Match

A surprising choice for WWE to go for this match so soon considering it could quite feasibly main event a Summerslam or Survivor Series card. Either way, this match is mouth watering for Wrestling fans of all walks of life as these are perhaps the two best and most consistent in ring performers in the world of wrestling today. Seth Rollins has really hit his stride in recent months and truly feels like the face of WWE in many senses. AJ Styles has had a rough 12 months with a terribly long and dull WWE championship reign and several underwhelming “dream matches”, this is his shot at redemption and proving why he earned the name phenomenal. Whilst I expect this to be very back and forth with Styles getting lots of near falls, it would be a travesty if Seth Rollins lost here. His journey to the top has been a long time coming and AJ Styles isn’t a strong enough champion to justify being booked over Rollins. Either way expect this to be a fantastic match, hopefully with the right man coming out on top.

Prediction: Seth Rollins

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