Money in the Bank (2019) Predictions
MikeJC here, back after another lackluster week as far as WWE is concerned. This week is Money in the Bank, but it's very hard to tell isn't it. The past two weeks have been nothing but emphasis on the "Wild Card Rule" and Roman feuding with the McMahons. I'll get into all of that as I get to it because this is my predictions for WWE Money in the Bank (2019). There's eleven matches in total so here he we go.
Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs. The Usos
So this match is a prime example of the wild card rule in full effect, and it meaning nothing. This match was put together for the soul purpose to get Daniel Bryan on the card, so they put him in the McMahon's corner. There's no tag teams on Smackdown right now, that are even close to contending, so this is a throw away match. not even for the Smackdown tag titles, when the Usos could have had a number 1 contender match for the Raw Tag Team Titles (the show they are actually on) with the Revival, even though that storyline has been an embarrassment so this is a nothing match, that I think the Usos will probably win.
Tony Nese (C) vs. Ariya Daivari
I haven't followed 205 Live, the main reason is WWE doesn't give me a reason to. This is the only title on the show with a roster of like twelve people so it's hard for me to see the importance of the show when it's treated like nothing. Both of these guys I've watched in the past, they are both very, very good performers, and I wouldn't put it past WWE to put the title on Daivari so he can get heat from being from Iran and sending him to Saudi Arabia, to defend it.
United States Championship
Samoa Joe (C) vs. Rey Mysterio
This feud has been very weird, Rey has his son around just cause, he's being trained to be a wrestler, but why include him in this. Is he gonna turn on Rey, is he gonna wrestle Joe down the line and get destroyed so they can make this more emotional. I don't know, but their match at mania was cut for time and because Rey was hurt (supposedly). Their rematches were okay whether it was singles or tag. I kind of don't want this to be prolonged but it seems like it will be and Rey will win the title here, what happens next I couldn't even say, but it's clear whatever they are doing this match won't be the end of it.
Steel Cage Match
Shane McMahon vs. The Miz
There's really nothing else that can be said about this feud, it needed to end at mania. I didn't even want it to last to mania. This entire thing has been ridiculous. There's nothing that can be said to save this feud, or change my mind about how horrible it has been. Shane is on TV way too much with everything else going on, Miz is not a good face at all, the storyline that got us here is not good or entertaining in the slightest and I don't even want to talk about it anymore. If the feud continues (which it definitely shouldn't) Shane wins. If the feud is over Miz wins.
Roman Reigns vs. Elias
This feud hasn't even been a feud. This is Roman versus the McMahons but Shane is busy so here's the lackey we chose to lose to you. The fact that this feud is happening at all is exactly what is wrong with WWE. The writers know this isn't what we want at all. We don't need to be reacquainted with Roman we know how good he is. He doesn't need our sympathy by being put into a "The Authority doesn't want this guy to succeed" storyline. So now all the heels works for Vince and Shane. It's been done. It's not necessary, the writers know that, the fans know that, there's one person who doesn't know that, Vince McMahon. It's very obvious Elias will fail, it's very obvious they are gonna insert Lars Sullivan into this feud to be the new "monster that helps the McMahons for opportunities" deal, and that is also over played and not necessary, this feud is what's wrong with WWE and it doesn't need to be happening at all.
Raw Women's Championship
Becky Lynch (C) vs. Lacey Evans
This match seems like a test for Lacey. She hasn't had a long match on the main roster since being called up. For the first four months after her call up all she did was walk out down the ramp and then back up the ramp and then leave. So I'm sure this match is being treated as her opportunity to prove she can hang with the best. My problem is I feel since Becky won both belts, that she's being over saturated, in turn making her feel less special. It shouldn't be that way it make's more sense for Becky to defend one title at a time, have her on whatever show that particular title is on for right now, then have a women's tag title feud on the other show. If Becky loses either of the belts I don't think it will be this one. I think it's very likely she wins this match.
Smackdown Women's Championship
Becky Lynch (C) vs. Charlotte Flair
I don't want to see this match anymore. I'm hoping this is the last time I see it for a very long time. I wanted Charlotte to take a break after mania. If Becky was truly defending both titles I wanted someone else to get a shot on Smackdown like Bayley or Ember. Regardless we're here again, and as I said earlier I believe if Becky loses either of her titles (because I definitely don't think she's losing both) it would be this one. Let her stay on Raw away from Charlotte, even though with the wild card rule it might not even matter. I could also see Becky successfully defending both titles and being cashed in on so we'll see how that goes. (There's never a set order for WWE matches like in New Japan so for all we know both of Becky's title matches could happen before the women's ladder match).
Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Natalya vs. Dana Brooke vs. Naomi vs. TBA vs. Bayley vs. Ember Moon vs. Mandy Rose vs. Carmella
This match is very hard to call but, I'm pretty certain that a Smackdown superstar is winning this because I expect a Raw star to win the men's match, and I don't think WWE is going to do a repeat of last year and have Raw win both. I'm picking Bayley, I do think it's possible that Ember or Mandy could win but I feel Mandy will stick in the tag team scene for now and Ember honestly could win, but I'm picking Bayley because she really needs a big win right now. Unless plans change and a Raw superstar wins, that final entrant being up in the air since time of writing Alexa Bliss has been removed because she isn't cleared to compete. Depending on who that is I guess play a factor and as we know things always change. They could do a storyline where Nikki Cross takes Alexa's spot wins but Alexa gets the briefcase which would be good for Nikki but if they gave the case to Alexa I wouldn't be okay with that. So really hoping that isn't the case, Nikki Cross should be in but still hoping for a Smackdown superstar to win.
Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Baron Corbin vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn vs. Ali vs. Randy Orton vs. Andrade vs. Finn Balor
I've been saying for a while that nobody else in this match should win it but Drew McIntyre, and I still believe that. McIntyre needs this win more then anyone because he needs to be established as a top heel main eventer. Baron Corbin isn't a main eventer at all, he has go away heat to the point where if I never saw him on TV I wouldn't care at all. It's too soon for Ricochet, Sami even though I like the direction he's going and honestly could possibly see him winning I don't know if that's the direction I'd see them going. Ali isn't ready either, Randy Orton doesn't need it, Andrade is great but I see him having an Intercontinental title run first, and Balor who is the Intercontinental champion won't win for that fact alone. I dislike the I.C. champ is in this match and not defending the title but regardless, the guys in this match should put on a great match that hopefully gets more the fifteen minutes and thankfully Braun isn't in it anymore since his steam has completely run out he's become nothing but a novelty act who just destroys vehicles and throws people into dumpsters. Hopefully this match delivers, the person who wins it deserves it, and they aren't wasted and get the proper push from winning that they deserve, that's why I hope it's McIntyre.
Kofi Kingston (C) vs. Kevin Owens
I have not been a fan of this feud, I felt there was way more for Kevin Owens to do as a face. Apparently they rushed his heel turn because of uncertainty about Daniel Bryan. This just isn't the feud I wanted. Why is Owens getting a title show? He was given a title shot for attacking Kofi's friend Xavier Woods. That makes zero sense. If that's the case everyone in the Ladder match could have done the exact same thing because why hurt yourself in a ladder match when you can just attack the champion's friend and get rewarded. I felt they could have did a lot more with Owens as a face and had someone like Shinsuke Nakamura get a title shot at this show. I'm sure it will be a good match and since wild card rule Zayn has been coming over from Raw to side with Owens for seemingly no reason. So we'll see how it goes but I'm sure Kofi will retain here, I don't know if the feud continues but either way, I'm not a fan of how this was handled.
WWE Universal Championship
Seth Rollins (C) vs. AJ Styles
Part of me is very excited to see this match, but the other part of me feels that it hasn't been treated like the attraction match that it truly is. This is a once in a lifetime match. This is supposed to be one of the 5 biggest shows of the year, but it feels like this is being treated like just another match. These are two once in a lifetime talents, who should be treated as such. I'm excited for it, but I think it's very possible that they have a screwy finish and hold off on the rematch until Summerslam, and then they have the classic that this should be. It's very unclear because the build up has been very lackluster, they've just been going back and forth about whose the best. It doesn't feel personal, it doesn't feel important. It shouldn't be that way. This should be the most important match on the card because of the talent presented in it. The magnitude they put behind beating Brock Lesnar clean at Wrestlemania is gone, and it shouldn't feel that way. It should feel like that is the biggest thing you can do, Seth did that, instead this match is on the backburner to a Roman/McMahons feud. I don't expect Seth to lose, and I'm having a very hard time seeing where this is going, it's very likely Seth defends against Brock at the next big show which unfortunately is another Saudi Arabia event. Nobody wants the match or the event itself to be honest but what do you expect really from Vince McMahon.
Alright that's it for me, hopefully this year's Money in the Bank event, is better then the hype that was put behind it, because it doesn't even feel like it's being treated like an important show at all. Look out for more posts, and future projects that will be getting off the ground soon. For now, I'm MikeJC, signing off.