Jay's Ways - Money In The Bank 2018 Preview Submitted by Justin Watry on 06/15/2018 at 02:19 PM
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WWE Money In The Bank 2018 Preview
Big Cass vs. Daniel Bryan
No explanation needed.
WINNER: Daniel Bryan in two seconds
Sami Zayn vs. Bobby Lashley
Okay, the Big Cass vs. Daniel Bryan feud has done nothing for me on the blue brand. The red brand has their own bath turd. and that is this story line. Lashley not only needs to destroy Sami Zayn at Money in the Bank, he needs to do in dramatic fashion. I mean ten finishers and leaving him laying. No other outcome will suffice after all we, as viewers, had to put up with these past few weeks. Then Lashley can get back to wrestling and actually showing off his ability. Heel turn or in a more serious role.
Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal
Trust me-nobody wanted to see the match on RAW. Trust me, once will be enough on Sunday night in front of the always lovable Chicago fans. My best guess is that these two actually do deliver the goods inside the squared circle and have a fun bout. However, my fear is the boos and hijacking will start the second the bell rings and unfairly, these two will never even get a chance. Similar to WrestleMania XX with Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. It could have been a classic, but the New York City fans had already decided they didn't care. I am going to hold out 1% hope that Chicago shows some sort of decency here. In the end, Reigns will win and build himself back to the Universal Championship shot.
WINNER: Roman Reigns
Women’s Money In the Bank Ladder Match: Ember Moon vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Naomi vs. Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya vs. Lana vs. Sasha Banks
As noted last week (in another column) and every year, I am terrible at predicting Money in the Bank ladder matches. That horribleness only doubles now with the women also getting the spotlight. Yes, I picked their bout wrong last year too. Big surprise, right? Anyways, I am fairly confident in one thing: Raw wins the Womens MITB Ladder match. My theory is the Smackdown LIVE men will take home a briefcase to avoid the Raw mess of Brock Lesnar. Due to the process of elimination, we are left with Ember Moon, Sasha Banks, Natalya, or Alexa Bliss. We just did the Bliss stuff for two years. No reason to go back down that road. Sasha is a wild card and can always be back in the title picture at the drop of a hat. Let's say Bayley costs her the victory on Sunday. That only leaves the 'injured' Nattie and newcomer Moon. All the foreshadowing seems to imply Nattie gets the briefcase and crashes the RAW Womens Title party later to cement her devious turn. Sure, it'd be cool. However, I am ready for a face cash in. Been way too long. Moon wins and sets up a hometown title bout later in the year. Videos, interviews with the family, baby pictures, etc. Go that extra mile for her. She is worth it.
WINNER: Ember Moon
Men’s Money In the Bank Ladder Match: Braun Strowman vs. Finn Bálor vs. The Miz vs. Rusev vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Roode vs. New Day Member vs. Samoa Joe
Okay, my theory is Smackdown LIVE takes this one. More options there. As much as I would love Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Bobby Roode, or even Braun Strowman to get a future championship main event run, it can come without a briefcase. A New Day Member...um, is there a fourth member? Is that the big twist? We keep speculating on the usual suspects, and then they toss out Mr. Pancake or something. Those three probably would laugh at that nonsense. Rusev Day is not on Sundays, so he is out. I have thought The Miz or Samoa Joe all along, and I am going with Samoa Joe. Either outcome works for me. I just think the WWE Championship Last Man Standing gimmick presents a golden opportunity for Joe to get involved with both down. Not like the AJ Styles-Shinsuke Nakamura feud is doing much for television ratings. Freshen it up and have Daniel Bryan mix it up as well. Makes for one heck of a main event scene. The Miz, Jeff Hardy, and others too. Long story short, if you are a betting man, do not pick Joe or Moon at MITB. My track record is typically VERY good. Not with these wacky ladder matches sadly...
WINNER: Samoa Joe
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Elias vs. Seth Rollins
For NXT Takeover, I am looking forward to Dream/Ricochet the most. For MITB, I am all in on Seth Rollins vs. Elias. Two internet darlings in SmarkTown USA gunning for the IC Title should be loads of fun. Lots of knee injuries being played up on WWE television these days. My prediction is Rollins will overcome his banged up body and retain the championship. Elias can sing a song the next night on Raw and be okay. The belt stays put after a highly entertaining battle.
WINNER: Seth Rollins
Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The B-Team (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas) vs. Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy
This is not even worthy of a 'no explanantion needed' mic drop. No thanks.
WINNER: None of us
Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
While everybody is wondering why the Sanity promos stopped airing, I actually think it was just WWE realizing their debut would work better as a surprise. Thus, they will strike Sunday in Chicago. Maybe even during the bout. Get the Kickoff Show started big with them showing up and causing chaos. Would set the stage for the rest of the evening with some buzz early. If there is a pick to be made, it is that the tag champs will retain. Both tag scenes are blah right now.
WINNER: Bludgeon Brothers
Smackdown Women’s Championship Match: Asuka vs. Carmella
A lot of folks like to hype up the IS or US Title as the company's "work horse" championship. I disagree. I always imagined the Womens Title doing that. You don't even need a feud really. Just put Becky Lynch and Charlotte out there for 20 minutes and fight for the gold. Heck, give us Asuka and Naomi. Give me Becky, Charlotte, and Asuka in a triple threat. How about a WM34 rematch? There are plenty of different combinations. Instead, we have Carmella with the title, with The IIconics and Lana hanging around. Not even to mention a few other new girls that are still learning. I give it...but I don't have to like it. What SHOULD happen: Asuka kicks the head off of Carmella, and we have a new champion. What WILL happen: Carmella sneaks her way to win again. Somehow.
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Nia Jax vs. Ronda Rousey
Very intriguing battle. Even without a lot of top stars, this card is freakin' stacked. Now you see why WWE is back to co-branded pay-per-view events. A huge lineup here. I don't blame them for wanting more time on Sunday. They will need it. Seriously, Ronda Rousey is going for the RAW Womens Championship, and it may not even get the main event slot. It would in my world, especially if she is winning. Unfortunately, I have gone back and forth on the outcome...and I don't see her leaving with the belt. Too many clues and hints from Nattie poking her spikes into the scene. Just feels like the puurrrrfect set up for her long discussed heel turn and Summerslam showdown with protégé/friend Ronda Rousey. I am cool with that. I trust Rousey and Jax to put together a good match for five to ten minutes before we get some controversial BS DQ ending. The only real question is if the MITB briefcase is also added? Time will tell.
WINNER: Ronda Rousey
WWE Championship Last Man Standing Match: AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
If AJ Styles is STILL not wearing a cup, he officially beats Sting as being the dumbest wrestler alive in. While my guard is up for yet another non-finish (double count out), I am going to assume WWE knows this story line is over. Ratings for Smackdown LIVE keep dropping and are barely hanging onto to two million viewers as we speak. This is where the annual big summer twist happens. Throws a monkey wrench into plans and gives the product a spark before Summerslam. Whether it is a Samoa Joe MITB cash in or something else, there is no denying that this feud has reached the climax. AJ Styles retains and moves on. Nakamura can feud with Daniel Bryan, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton or whoever. The only way we get a new WWE Champion is if AJ Styles is legitimately hurt more than we realize and needs time off. Based on his light travel schedule as of late, that may actually be a possibility. Since my birthday is on Friday and I will be in the Dells this weekend, I will stay spoiler free on MITB and NXT Takeover, likely until Monday or Tuesday when I get around to watching. Enjoy the wrestling ladies and gentlemen!