Hello everyone and thanks for reading Planet Kayfabe. I'm back this time to preview this year's Money in the Bank PPV which takes place this Sunday at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Here I will give a brief summary predicting each match's outcome. There are eleven matches, including the pre-show so, let's get right into it.
*** PRE-SHOW ***
Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. The Usos (Tag team match)
Almost 50 year old, grey-haired and purple-faced, sweaty ass Shane McMahon pinned Jey Uso clean in the middle on Smackdown. Now we have this preshow title match, so you know what that means. Of course, you do. The heel champions are losing. It's a prime example of WWE's lazy and lame booking philosophy that does nothing for no one but... at least Shane McMahon got a clean pin over the only actual popular tag-team in this company right now. Way to go. Bright future for that kid.
Tony Nese (c) vs. Ariya Daivari (Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
I'm picking the champion to retain. I'm not expecting anything special. Just your standard 8-10 minute preshow c'weight match.
*** MAIN CARD ***
Roman Reigns vs. Elias (Singles match)
Hopefully, this doesn't go longer than 10 minutes. I don't see these two matching up well. Elias is not very good in the ring. He's fine in tag matches applying headlocks before the babyface gets a hot tag, but in a singles situation, he's pretty boring and gets a bit ugly when he has to kick it into gear. Roman is good but isn't the type of worker who can elevate a guy like Elias. This match should just be a few idiot-proof holds and then Roman hitting his big moves on a comeback. Yeah, its pattern and cliche, but that's about as good as you're going to get out of this match. My pick is Roman Reigns to win.
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio (Singles match for the WWE United States Championship)
I feel they are really trying to build something here, so I'm expecting Joe to go over or at least retain the title in a DQ to keep the feud going. Rey's son Dominic will probably once again be the focus of a WWE angle in 2019. 14 years after the angle where Eddy Guerrero was revealed as his biological father. Rey wants to break his boy into the business and maybe this is how it will happen. I'm not sure. Dominic began training with Lance Storm last fall, so I doubt we will be seeing him in matches on WWE television any time soon. I believe he is currently training in California closer to home and in January a video was posted of Dominic doing his first nip-up. So... Yeah I doubt this feud will end in Dominic wrestling Joe for the title or something like that, but I could be wrong. He's not on TV for no reason, though.
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (Steel cage match)
I'm predicting The Miz to win and I'm also predicting this match to suck. But hey... Shane will cap it off with a big spot and say the match was amazing, so there. I just predicted this match and every Shane McMahon match.
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens (Singles match for the WWE Championship)
I'm a bit torn here, but I'm leaning more towards Kofi retaining since he hasn't been champion that long and they have booked him as a winner unlike when they put the title on Rey Mysterio. I like Kofi, his match with Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania was the match of the night and a great moment, but I don't like how he's pretty much been the same happy-go-lucky, joking, pancake throwing Kofi Kingston as the world champion. Maybe I'm too old-school but it just doesn't work for me. Can't Xavier Woods just throw the pancakes? This presentation for a world champion just doesn't work for me, but Kofi's likability is saving his ass here. I guess I'll stick with Kofi to retain.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans (Singles match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship)
I've really been enjoying Lacey Evans lately. She's not the best worker, but she owns her persona and her promos come off surprisingly natural. That being said, I don't think she is winning here and it doesn't make much sense for her to. It doesn't even make sense for her to already be getting a shot at the title. She just debuted on the main roster and they justified this title shot happening by giving her a win over Natalya who has never really won anything of note in many years. I hope this isn't the end of Lacey Evans though because she's way more confident on the microphone than all but maybe two of the women on this roster. Outside of Becky Lynch and Alexa (sometimes), they're all average to pretty bad promos and their group talking segments always die a death. Whatever Lacey lacks in the ring she is making up for with character and the women's division needs a good talker because there are plenty of good workers already.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles (Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship)
I don't think Seth beat Brock clean at Wrestlemania to lose the title now. I think he beats AJ and maybe AJ turns heel. If given enough time it could be the match of the night. There's no other reason why it shouldn't be unless their chemistry is just off.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship)
Yup. We are doing this again. Despite being beaten by Becky multiple times, Charlotte had some weird claim to a title match just because she wasn't pinned in the triple threat at Wrestlemania. More lazy WWE booking, but whatever. I doubt this match will be as good as previous encounters since Becky will already be working a match and I assume this one happens 2nd. I don't expect there to be much heat either because of diminishing returns. They aren't going to be as hot for Becky in her 2nd match of the night.
I'm picking Becky to beat Charlotte unless the winner of the women's MITB comes out and cashes in. Becky could still beat Charlotte and then lose on a cash-in afterward, though. I think its very possible that Becky loses one of her two belts on this night. My official pick is for Becky to win this match, but I'm also predicting the winner of the MITB will cash in and take the title off Becky of the winner's respective brand... or maybe the brand is irrelevant with the Wildcard Rule since the Uso's are suddenly feuding with Smackdown's tag champions AHHHIUAEHYf ve8srgjnfv I hate this.
Natalya vs. Dana Brooke vs. Naomi vs. Bayley vs. Mandy Rose vs. Ember Moon vs. Carmella vs. Nikki Cross (Money in the Bank ladder match for a women's championship match contract)
My pick here is Bayley. After the Superstar Shakeup, they tried portraying her as a bit more serious and she lost a match with Charlotte to miss out on a title shot. That tells me that they are hinting at a turn and Bayley could win this match and cash in on Becky. I know I put this match after Becky's match in my preview but this is not an official card listing. We don't know the match order until the matches happen. If Becky and Charlotte go on last, expect a cash-in. If Becky's matches already happened by the time this match starts, then I guess that means no cash-in tonight.
In terms of match quality, I'm not expecting anything great. The women's ladder matches are usually okay. Not bad, but overly staged and choreographed. It's a bit obvious, too at least to more astute viewers. I'm sure it will be a fine 3-star level match, though. On Thursday news broke that Nikki Cross would be replacing Alexa Bliss who was not medically cleared to compete in this match. Of course, WWE is a bit hush-hush on the details which means they are either keeping a recurring concussion issue under wraps or they realized putting Alexa in a high-risk match like this is a dumb idea and pulled her out. Either way, I love Nikki Cross, but I think she will just a body in this match with not much chance of winning.
Sami Zayn vs. Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin vs. Ali vs. Finn Bálor vs. Andrade vs. Randy Orton (Money in the Bank ladder match for a world championship match contract)
My pick here is Drew McIntyre. They have been trying to build up Baron Corbin and I believe he will feud with Rollins in the summer, but I see McIntyre winning the MITB contract here and will get his shot later down the road. I'd kind of rather him just cash-in on Raw the next night because I think a big, tough looking guy like McIntyre would look like a bit of a geek carrying around a big, green, toy briefcase every week.
There's also the "news" that Baron Corbin wrestled a house show in jeans and a t-shirt instead of his TGI Friday's server attire. That could also be a sign that he will be facing Seth Rollins very soon, but then again we have a WWE Champion on Smackdown twerking in pastels in throwing pancakes. I just don't see Corbin winning the case again.
First, I'd like to send my condolences to former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro and her family and friends. She died Thursday at the age of 39. She won the 2005 Diva Search and was with the company until 2008. She posed for Play Boy in 2007. She is survived by her daughter who was born in 2000.
Thank you for reading, everyone. Enjoy the show this Sunday. I'll be back with my review on Monday and more news and notes as they come. Congratulations to AEW on landing a prime-time slot on TNT. Also, congratulations to my hometown Boston Bruins on making it to the Stanley Cup Finals.
...also f*** you, Kyrie.
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