The following are my predictions for the 2018 WWE Money in the Bank PPV. Check back for Money in the Bank 2018 results and review coverage here when the time comes..
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Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Braun Strowman vs. Finn Balor vs. The Miz vs. Rusev vs. Bobby Roode vs. Kevin Owens vs. (one member of The New Day) vs. (Big Cass or Samoa Joe...or Jeff Hardy, or Daniel Bryan)
So we don't know which member of The New Day is in, but it seems like it's Big E, and we don't know if Samoa Joe or Big Cass rounds out the list, or technically Daniel Bryan or Jeff Hardy now that they've changed things around, although it seems like Big Cass will fight Daniel Bryan, which means Samoa Joe takes the spot unless Jeff Hardy gets put into that position, but I doubt it, as he had been limping recently.
This isn't the strongest Money in the Bank list for having both rosters available as options and a lot of people are being left off this card. I'd replace Big E with Elias, for instance, and Rusev with maybe Randy Orton.
It's strange to me that both midcard champions aren't in this match, nor have any opponents set up for title shots at this event. Maybe that's just coming in the next few weeks, though. We'll see.
As it stands right now with this crop, I think we can rule out Big E and Rusev. I also kind of think we can rule out Braun Strowman, as I can't picture him holding the briefcase. The same somewhat applies to Samoa Joe. Really, I think this comes down to Balor, Roode, Miz and Owens, but I'm hoping it's The Miz. I really want Joe to beat Styles, then Bryan to beat Joe, and then The Miz to cash in on Bryan to steal the title from him. That is the best possible storyline I can think of and I want them to pull the trigger on it down the line.
PREDICTION: Finn Balor wins Money in the Bank. Don't bet your house on this prediction. I'm also rooting against him if it means we can get The Miz with the briefcase.
Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Ember Moon vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Lana vs. Naomi vs. (Dana Brooke or Mickie James or The Riott Squad or Sasha Banks or Bayley)
One woman is still up in the air, and it will be the winner of a gauntlet match between those listed above on Monday Night Raw. My guess is it will be either Ruby Riott, Sasha Banks or Bayley who wins it.
I'm surprised Lana is in this instead of Billie Kay, since Peyton Royce isn't, either. Weird. That has me kind of confused about the layout of the situation, as does the whole Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax thing, which has thrown me for a loop. I thought that the clear direction we'd see would be Ruby Riott being sacrificed to Jax to stall before Jax would eventually lose the title to either Natalya or either Banks or Bayley, who would cash in on her (keeping Jax looking strong) and then drop the belt to Rousey. Now, there's a chance we see Rousey win the title from Jax this damn early, even though I still think the match is going to end in some kind of bullshittery that allows it to be a no-contest.
As far as a winner goes, Natalya stands out to me as a potential choice, as does Alexa Bliss and either Banks/Bayley. Charlotte Flair is a possibility, but I don't think so.
PREDICTION: Currently going with Natalya, but I'm not sold on it.
WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Yup...again. Nakamura gets to pick the stipulation. I hope WWE goes with something that makes sense and I hope Styles just retains. I don't want to see another match between these two at Extreme Rules, no matter what the gimmick is.
PREDICTION: With the way things have gone down, it probably ends in a draw. Flip a coin. Either they stalled to have Nakamura win because they don't know who to have fight him after Styles, or they've just dragged out the Styles retains idea. I don't have a clue at this point.
Raw Women's Championship Match: Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
I literally would have thought that this would be the absolute last match they would have booked. I'm genuinely confused about why this is happening so quick. This was something I thought would happen at SummerSlam, maybe.
PREDICTION: I can't picture Nia dropping the belt this fast, but I also can't picture Ronda losing, so I think this will end in a no-contest due to outside interference.
SmackDown Women's Championship Match: Carmella (c) vs. Asuka
I'm pretty surprised they're going with this, but not as surprised as I was with the Jax/Rousey situation. I still would have thought Asuka wouldn't get a title shot until Extreme Rules and Rousey/Jax wouldn't happen until even further down the line. Maybe they're getting impatient and just want to skip ahead. By that regard, I assume Asuka is taking the title here unless Carmella dodges a loss by disqualification or count out or something cheap.
PREDICTION: Asuka wins the title.
Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal
Seems like WWE wanted to keep Reigns out of the Money in the Bank match, didn't have any options for him to do something else instead of that, didn't want to just cut to the chase with the Brock Lesnar match, and saddled him up with Mahal. This isn't going to get a good reaction. If anything, Mahal might end up being cheered, which will be super weird. I'm also really hoping WWE doesn't make this the main event. You might laugh at that, but it's a possibility.
PREDICTION: Roman Reigns wins.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Good Brothers
I'm REALLY surprised this is happening on the card, given the complete lack of attention both tag team divisions have been given lately. But hey, that's a good thing. The Bludgeon Brothers will surely win, and I wouldn't be shocked at all if this gets relegated to the pre-show, but it's still better than nothing.
PREDICTION: The Bludgeon Brothers retain the titles.
Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass
Big Cass will get a chance to win here to offset his recent loss and tapping out twice. I can't imagine they would have kept Daniel Bryan out of the ladder match and kept this feud going with Big Cass just to have Bryan win another time. That would really kill Cass's chances of coming out of this program with anything positive.
PREDICTION: Big Cass wins, even if it's a little dirty.
Sami Zayn vs. Bobby Lashley
Yawn. Why are these two in a feud after having wrestled so many times? Why is Bobby Lashley talking about his sisters? Lashley has been a bust since his return and I really feel like half of the reason that's the case is because they didn't have a plan for him to begin with, let alone during the time frame that they chose to have WrestleMania, Superstar Shake-up, Greatest Royal Rumble, and Backlash. I'm not into this at all, and there's a chance it's a television feud only, but we'll see.
PREDICTION: Bobby Lashley wins.
Universal Championship Match
Yeah, this isn't happening. Lesnar wrestled two out of the last three events. He's not doing Money in the Bank. He might not even do Extreme Rules.
Intercontinental Championship Match
Seth Rollins possibly has an open challenge here against someone. There are a bunch of people who could potentially fight him from the Raw roster alone, with a chance that a SmackDown star answers a call at the event. That is, of course, if the title is even on the line. There may not be room for it on the card. If they do have an open challenge of sorts, I'd have to imagine the top candidates for Seth's opponent will be either Baron Corbin or Elias, with a chance it's someone like Chad Gable, Jason Jordan, Dolph Ziggler or even someone random like Goldust. I'd still go Corbin or Elias, though.
PREDICTION: Seth Rollins retains the title, if this match even ends up happening.
United States Championship Match
With the way things have been going and the potential for so many other matches on this card, I don't think we're getting a US title match. They haven't stated whether or not this will be a bigger show like SummerSlam with an extra hour, so I'm doubting that will be the case. With that in mind, I don't think there will be room for something too random, and right now, Jeff Hardy's potential opponents aren't really lining themselves up. Randy Orton is out with an injury, Bryan and Cass are involved, Samoa Joe doesn't make sense, Shelton Benjamin has already had some shots, etc. Maybe this goes to Andrade "Cien" Almas, but we have a few weeks to figure that out.
PREDICTION: Jeff Hardy retains the title unless he's against Almas. However, I don't think this will be a match on the card.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
No opponents have been fully set up enough for Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy that I think could make the card, as The B Team just doesn't cut it. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler could possibly fit the bill, but I think going forward, we aren't going to see many tag team title matches on these events.
PREDICTION: This match probably isn't happening.
Cruiserweight Championship Match
This is probably also not happening. They clearly don't value 205 Live enough to put them on this card, and we know Buddy Murphy is fighting for the title on 205 Live itself at the end of the month, so with all the matches already announced and the other titles not being factored in yet, this will get pushed aside for sure.
PREDICTION: This match probably isn't happening.
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