Money in the Bank is this Sunday. And for the first time ever this show is brand exclusive, which still seems a little weird to me. It is also only a five match show. I expect a match with the Fashion Police to be added to the preshow. Or you know, maybe under utilized talent like Luke Harper, Tye Dillinger or American Alpha can get a match?
We meant to preview the show on the podcast this past week, but things come up in life that are beyond our control. So instead you just get Justin C here to preview the show!
Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs The New Day
-So New Day returns to Smackdown and is immediately put into the Tag Team Title picture. Sounds about right when it comes to the WWE’s writing. I was bored of the New Day before they took their break away from the company and they have done nothing to change my mind since returning. Meanwhile, The Usos have done a great job of changing up their characters since turning heel and continue to impress me every week. I wouldn’t see the point in putting the Titles on New Day right away. I’m giving the win to the Usos via some short of shenanigans.
WINNERS: The Usos
Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Naomi (c) vs Lana
-Before this past week’s Smackdown, I was really leaning towards a Lana win here. I thought for sure they were going to go that route. But with the segment that happened this week I don’t think that will be the case. The announcers out over Lana hitting a sitout spinebuster like it was a corkscrew 450 splash to the outside. That doesn’t leave me with any confidence about this match. And what sucks is that the crowd likes Lana. If she could get even the slightest credibility when it comes to wrestling then she could become the next top woman in the company. But until I see it, I don’t think it is happening. Lana puts up a “valiant” effort but Naomi wins in the end.
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Tamina vs Natalya vs Charlotte vs Carmella vs Becky Lynch
-I want this match to be successful. I really do. But part of me is just worried about these women getting through the match. Outside of Carmella, these women are all veteran workers so they know what they are doing in there. But I’m also worried that they might try to do too much in the time frame given to them. And that could lead to some rushed spots during the match. I will be cringing with fear when it looks like Charlotte is about to do a corkscrew moonsault off the top of the ladder. And you know at some point James Ellsworth is going to try and grab the briefcase, only to be pushed off and likely through tables by Becky and Charlotte.
You could make a case for all five of these women winning. But when it comes to situations like this I always defer to the heel. Charlotte could win and turn heel while cashing in. But does Charlotte need to win everything? I’m going with Natalya for the win here. She seems to be quietly sitting on the side while everyone else has been getting their moment to shine.
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Dolph Ziggler vs Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin
-This has the potential to be the best Money in the Bank match ever with the talent involved. Everyone brings something unique to the table. And you could argue that this match has two of the top ten workers in the world with Styles and Nakamura in it. I really hope that these six get 30 minutes to go all in, especially considering the show only has five matches announced so far.
The only person I feel confident saying won’t win is Dolph Ziggler. There’s probably a less than 5% chance that Sami Zayn wins too, but he has a much better shot than Ziggler. Part of me still wishes they kept Miz on Smackdown and sent Ziggler over to RAW. Shinsuke Nakamura stood tall to close the last Smackdown before this show, so I doubt that means he wins. Plus his first WWE Title win should not happen because of the Money in the Bank contract. It should happen in an actual match. You could make a case for AJ Styles but again I don’t think he is someone that wins his next Title via Money in the Bank. That leaves Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin. Both men are on losing streaks recently. And again with heels, both men winning would work. Corbin winning his first Title via Money in the Bank would be different than Nakamura because Nakamura is a bigger star. I think it is a toss-up between those two, but I’m giving it to Corbin here.
WINNER: Baron Corbin
WWE Championship: Jinder Mahal (c) vs Randy Orton
-Jinder Mahal hasn’t been doing too bad as WWE Champion. He still shouldn’t be Champ, but he isn’t doing terrible. He still sounds like he is constipated and/or out of breath when he cuts a promo though. And even in the picture above, he still looks creepy. Putting the Title on Jinder and taking it off him right away would be bad for him, especially if they want to push him as a long time Champion. Orton seems to be in give no fucks mode at the moment and that is generally when he is at his best. What is next for Orton after this program? I could see him taking the summer off, especially if John Cena is coming back. Of course John Cena is a free agent. So they need Cena to appear on RAW a couple weeks to help with the ratings, because they can’t put on a competent show to get good ratings. I think Cena/Jinder is the next program going forward. Maybe we get one more match between these two on Smackdown. But this show is in Orton’s hometown so we all know he isn’t winning anyways.
WINNER: Jinder Mahal
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