WWE Money in the Bank Preview and Predictions
Jul 14, 2012 - by Michael Riba
note: I apologize for getting the pre-show match participants wrong. I thought it was Young and O’Neil challenging but it is Camacho and Hunico
I apologize in advance if this post is kind of brief. I’m in the middle of packing and studying. I will be moving tomorrow, so I will actually be missing this pay-per-view, unless I decide to go watch it at a restaurant or something. But the card isn’t that impressive to me, so that probably won’t happen.
In two nights, WWE will present the third-annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view event. With only five matches currently announced on the card (one being a pre-show match), I expect more to be added the day of the show that we won’t know about until they happen on the show. One will certainly be a Ryback match, we all know that. I’m not sure if we will see a Brodus Clay match added or not, as it seems his push is completely done since he was knocked out by The Big Show. Without further delay, here are my Money in the Bank previews and predictions.
Pre-Show Match: WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth (c) vs. The Prime Time Players.
So, The Prime Time Players become the number one contenders during the actual pay-per-view broadcast at No Way Out and they get their shot in the pre-show match at the next pay-per-view. Okay, that’s cool. Kofi and Truth haven’t done much since becoming the Champions and The Prime Time Players are in more of a feud with Epico and Primo than Kofi and Truth. This could end up being a decent enough match as it is, and in the end, I see Kofi and Truth retaining.
Prediction: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
World Heavyweight Championship Match: Sheamus (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
This match will likely open the show, as the World Heavyweight Championship Match has been known to do recently. I think this title has main evented more editions of Smackdown than been in a meaningful position on a pay-per-view card lately. Anyway, this is the match that was supposed to take place last month before Del Rio was concussed. The feud has been pretty decent on Smackdown, but I’m just not feeling it. Don’t get me wrong, I like both Sheamus and Del Rio. I’m just not sure if I’m interested in seeing a feud between the two for the title. I’d rather see Ziggler and Sheamus battling again, but I think there’s a reason that Ziggler is in the Money in the Bank Match (more on that later). So, will Sheamus retain, or will Del Rio win the title? Sheamus’ title reign will end sooner or later. I’m going with later. I just don’t think now is the time for Sheamus to drop the title, and I don’t think he will this Sunday.
Prediction: Sheamus retains the World Heavyweight Championship
Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Christian vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Santino Marella vs. Sin Cara vs. Tensai vs. Tyson Kidd
I’ll split these guys into three categories: those that have a high chance of winning, those that have a somewhat decent chance of winning, and those that have no chance at winning. Santino Marella, Sin Cara, Tensai, and Tyson Kidd have no chance of winning. Christian and Damien Sandow (although, I could place Sandow in the no shot at winning category as well) have a somewhat decent chance of winning. That leaves Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler as the only two with a high chance of winning. Those two are the only logical choices in this match. Anybody else would be a mistake, except for maybe Christian, but he’s not winning anyway. Between Rhodes and Ziggler, Rhodes needs the win more. Ziggler is a former World Heavyweight Champion and has been in the hunt for both the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships this year. Rhodes has not. My gut says go with Ziggler, my head says go with Rhodes.
Prediction: Cody Rhodes wins the World Heavyweight Championship Contract
WWE Championship Match (w/A.J. as the Special Guest Referee): CM Punk (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
This is the match that I would go to a restaurant and see. A.J. has put on some amazing performances on Raw lately. Punk and Bryan have as well, but AJ has stolen the show (not that there’s much to steal with Raw, but hey, she’s doing her part). I’m still not sure what the inclusion of Kane was all about last month, but now that we’re back to Punk vs. Bryan, I’m excited. I wish we could see the feud stretch and culminate with some kind of big match at SummerSlam, but I’m not sure if that is in the plans. Anyway, A.J. is the referee, and that’s cool, but I’m afraid it may make the ending of the match way too predictable. I have a feeling that we may see CM Punk’s reign come to an end because of A.J. helping Bryan (and, if that’s the case, we may get a continuation to SummerSlam, as I mentioned earlier). Since she was announced as the referee, that has been my prediction and I am sticking to it.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan wins the WWE Championship with A.J.’s help
Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Chris Jericho vs. John Cena vs. Kane vs. The Big Show
Once again, I will split this into categories. Guys with a chance to win: John Cena. Guys with no chance to win: Chris Jericho, Kane, and The Big Show (and whoever else is added, if anybody is in fact added). It’s as simple as that. Each guy will get their hands on the briefcase, but we all know who this match is going to be centered for and who is going to win. It’s a shame to me that this will main event over Punk and Bryan, but what can we do.
Prediction: John Cena wins the WWE Championship Contract
This pay-per-view will in no way, shape, or form measure up to last years show. It won’t measure up to TNA Destination X (come at me, bro, I said it). This is a throw-a-way pay-per-view, and that’s a shame with how important the Money in the Bank Ladder Match USED to be (you know, when there was only one a year at WrestleMania). If you’re buying it, cool, that’s your choice. If you’re steaming it, cool, that’s your choice, too. You could always follow the results here on Gerweck.net as well. It’s whatever you want to do. This one will wind up being a skip one for me, unless the desire to see Punk/Bryan overtakes me and I go pay a cover charge at Buffalo Wild Wings.
That’s it for my preview and predictions. Leave feedback in the comment box below or to me on Twitter (@TheMichaelRiba). Join Gerweck on Sunday night at 8/7c for live, on-going coverage of the pay-per-view.