The X-Factor: Money in the Bank 2018 predictions
Submitted by Victor Mariscal on 06/17/2018 at 04:30 AM

Seven years ago, the 2nd Money in the Bank was in Chicago on July 17, 2011. It was set to be a fairly by-the-numbers event, but that all changed after June 27, 2011. CM Punk went from upper mid-carder to folk hero in just a matter of minutes. What’s more, he was challenging John Cena for the WWE Championship in his hometown. On that night, everything came together beautifully, and we got one of the greatest main events of all time. Anyone who hated Cena had a hard time slamming him after that.

Too bad Triple H got involved. CM Punk might still be here. Sigh.

The event returns to the Second City, but as I look at the card, I find myself wary. Who could blame me? Let’s get a move on.

Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal
We’ve seen that, like John Cena, Reigns doesn’t let the booing get to him. Yet, I fear that the Chicago crowd will reject this match out of hand no matter how good it is. We know that Reigns can put on a decent performance, it’s his opponent I’m worried about.

The hardcore fans are either amazing or downright insufferable depending on how you look at it.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

Either re-hire Enzo Amore and hope people have short memories, or we could be seeing the former Big Bill Young in the Impact Zone very soon. Chicago will pop big-time for Bryan, but whether they’ll love what comes next is another matter altogether. I’m thinking this will trigger a little backlash. Get it?

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Intercontinental Championship
Elias vs. Seth Rollins (C)

In hindsight, Seth should not have been the one to “buy in”. He’s not someone that gets hated easily.

With his work ethic, this title defense could steal the show. Elias can be a real heat magnet with the guitar, but let’s face it. That’s his biggest strength. Good thing his opponent is not only an indy darling but damn good in the ring.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor vs. The Miz vs. Rusev vs. Bobby Roode vs. Samoa Joe vs. A New Day member

KO is gonna lose this, bitch to fellow bitch Stephanie McMahon, and we’re gonna see more of his bratty heel persona.

We know that the only reason Bryan is stuck in a potential “Worst Feud of the Year” candidate is to keep him on TV before the inevitable feud with The Miz. With all that he’s done to make the Intercontinental Championship look like a real prize again, he deserves it. It’s a shame it would take 7 years for him to reach this level again. It was a good move on WWE’s part not to hotshot this big money angle. Save it for SummerSlam, where Brooklyn is guaranteed to eat it up. Unless they’d rather bounce a beach ball instead.

There will likely be another major talking point when the men’s briefcase is claimed. Is this setting up for the end of the New Day?

Winner: The Miz

WWE Championship
Last Man Standing match
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles (C)

It was a feud that could’ve delivered on so many levels. It didn’t, and now it needs to end.

Now, given the stipulation it could deliver, and it has to. Chicago will never let them get away with a draw, so the logical conclusion is for the men’s MITB winner to cash in on a victorious AJ Styles. Or, he could “Seth Rollins” the bout. How would that work? I’ve never heard of Last Man Standing with more than two guys. Would it automatically change to a standard Triple Threat?

Winner: AJ Styles

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Ember Moon vs. Lana vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya

Hmm, wonder where this is going.

If anyone needs the win, I would say Becky, but with a potential rivalry between Natalya and “Rowdy” Ronda I think the answer’s easy here.

What if Bayley costs Banks the contract? Just sayin’. People think something can’t happen, until it does.

I think Nattie Neidhart is the easy choice, but if they want another RAW star they should go with Alexa.

Winner: Natalya

Raw Women’s Championship
Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax (C)

We should stop thinking that Ronda is gonna sink and instead hope she’ll swim. Come on, her debut happened at WrestleMania and in front of a massive crowd. Not only did she hold up well under pressure but she delivered. Nia Jax has more or less been cast as the heel. Not too big on how it was built-up but the end result could be great. Who knows?

Winner: Ronda Rousey

Smackdown Women’s Championship
Asuka vs. Carmella (C)

So, short match? DQ? Double countout? Cash-in?

It’s debatable whether Asuka’s loss in New Orleans was the best move, but it can’t be denied that Carmella is the proverbial deer in the headlights. I would love to see them try to get away with Carmella retaining against the Empress. There’s also the rumors surrounding Carmella’s former friend returning to WWE. You know who I mean.

Winner: Asuka

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