As we inch near to Sunday’s Money in the Bank PPV, you can already hear the collision between skin and steel, or wood, as some of the ladders are painted silver to make it appear as if their steel. BUT, I digress; Sunday will be filled with a ton of excitement as we get two MITB matches, a tag team title match and a Women’s championship match.
Let’s review the matches and provide our predictions for the show to come. Make sure to share yours as well either through the comments below, Twitter or Facebook.
Naomi (c) vs. Lana
-Smackdown Live Women’s Championship-
In my honest opinion, Lana getting a title match is a bit ridiculous. Especially since Naomi did want to fight her and would fight her nonetheless, but her putting up the title didn’t need to be incorporated. But it’s WWE, so they’ll give the opportunity to Lana while the rest of the deserving women compete in a ladder match for it. But here’s what I see going on. WWE did accidentally mention that the Women’s MITB match would incorporate SIX women, and not the regular five that have been advertised. See the tweet below.
Here’s what I feel will happen. Rusev will make a return causing a distraction allowing Lana to pick up the win over Naomi. Thus Lana becomes the new Smackdown Women’s Champion. Naomi angry about the situation gets added to the Women’s MITB match. Remember Naomi did show interest in being in the match a few weeks back on Smackdown Live. So it wouldn’t surprise me if she did get added on.
So my prediction moving forward is that Lana wins, following a distraction from Rusev. Naomi gets added to the MITB match.
MOC Prediction: Lana (New Smackdown Live Women’s Champion)
The Usos (c) vs. The New Day
-Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship-
Tag Team Match
The Usos face a big challenge as the New Day make their Smackdown Live PPV debut at Money in the Bank. New Day have already gone in the record books for being the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions in history, and look to make more history by capturing the Smackdown Live Tag Team titles, but the Usos are no joke and will put up a fight against the Unicorn Ice Cream Boys.
In my honest opinion, I feel that the Usos will come out victorious this Sunday. Claiming that Smackdown Live has a stronger Tag Team division than Raw, and that’s why New Day managed to keep those titles for so long. This builds the Usos up as a serious tag team which won’t be beaten easily and that their claim over those titles goes hand-in-hand with their new attitudes. As much as I would love to see the New Day become champs, I honestly feel Usos will come out victorious in this, for now.
MOC Prediction: The Usos (retain)
Charlotte vs. Natalya vs. Tamina vs. Becky Lynch vs. Carmella (potentially Naomi, Maria and or an NXT talent added)
Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Sunday will mark history as this will be the very first ever, MITB ladder match contested in the Women’s division. Frankly I feel this will be a heavy hitting match and am interested to see what these women come do with the ladders. Let’s be honest, they can also use any other weapons as well. When it comes to winners, it’s hard to tell cause you gotta ask yourself, will we have a last minute entree, will James Ellsworth somehow get involved to help his supposed girlfriend Carmella. Not sure but if I had to pick I would assume Charlotte comes out on top. She’s been a landmark in historical matches in WWE and I feel the win will only add to her prestige.
Like I said though, it’s unknown if there will be a last minute entree, which could change things up.
MOC Prediction: Charlotte (1st Ever Winner of the Women’s MITB match)
Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton
Listen I’ll admit it, typing in Jinders name as the WWE champion is still a bit odd, but I feel he’s been doing a great job at keeping the heat on him now that WWE has given him this huge spotlight. Jinder may not be many fans pick to be champion, but he’s a character in development and holds the gimmick of the “Modern Day Maharajah” very beautifully. I love the way it sounds and it brings a new visual to WWE TV, whether people like it or not.
Jinder is developing a ton of heat and with the addition of the Singh brothers by his side, he’s being portrayed as a proper heel who has to steep to underhanded tactics to win. That’s the job of a heel and I feel he’s doing a great job at it. When it comes to winners, I think Jinder retains his title. Whether he retains due to the Singh brothers causing a problem, or a potential NXT call-up by the name of Jeet Rama causing an distraction giving Jinder the win. You never know what could happen, but I feel Jinder will remain champion moving forward.
MOC Prediction: Jinder Mahal (retains)
Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler
Money In The Bank Ladder Match
This is probably one of the most stacked matches I’ve seen in a while. So many great talents in one match, fighting for a chance at the WWE Championship. Let’s face it, there are reasons why every one of these men deserve the opportunity to potentially be that the next WWE champion.
For me, I’m picking a surprise winner, just as Jinder was a surprise winner for the WWE title, I feel surprises is one thing that could set a match apart, and for this one I’m going with Sami Zayn. Sami has been a guy who has been made to look as the underdog in many of his matches and even in this one, he gives the appeal that he’s not the guy to win. But this could be a turning point for Sami and would add at least some credentials to his WWE run.
This match will be one that will last in our memories as I anticipate many big spots and close calls. And I feel Sami will be in the right place, at the right time.
MOC Prediction: Sami Zayn (2017 Money In The Bank Winner)
Make sure to share your predictions down below and let us know who you think comes out on top.