The fifth most important PPV on the WWE calendar in a lot of fans’ eyes comes this Sunday as the company presents the most unique Money in the Bank ever. The participants will climb the “corporate ladder” to bring down the briefcase. But there is far more than just those matches, as both the WWE and Universal Championships will be on the line. Here is a full preview of the upcoming Money in the Bank that is certainly going to leave people talking as it does every year, for better or worse.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship: Kofi Kingston & Big E (c) vs. Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik) vs. The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake) vs. John Morrison & The Miz In A Fatal Four-Way
The SmackDown tag team division has received a spike as of late, even with The Usos reportedly sidelined. Kofi Kingston and Big E won championship gold yet again when Big E won the triple threat on SmackDown between him, Jey Uso, and The Miz. Now, two other tag teams have entered the fray in the Lucha House Party and The Forgotten Sons. Lucha House Party stole a win from John Morrison and Miz to set themselves up for a championship match, while The Forgotten Sons pinned the tag team champions to earn their shot. At Money in the Bank, new SmackDown Tag Team Champions could be on the way.
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Tamina
Tamina has emerged as a serious threat for the first time in her career and that has resulted in her getting a SmackDown Women’s Championship match. She defeated Sasha Banks to earn the shot and now looks to win the first women’s championship of her career. Bayley, on the other hand, looks to retain the title in hopes of continuing her entertaining run as champion. If Tamina walks out as champion, most would be stunned by the outcome to say the very least. Bayley has plenty of more run in her.
Universal Championship: Braun Strowman (c) vs. Bray Wyatt
This match relies heavily on the backstory between the participants. Without their history, this match’s build-up could have been quite bland. Bray Wyatt wants his Universal Championship back and seems to be trying mind games rather than “The Fiend” to weaken Braun Strowman and get the championship back. The black sheep mask has made its return as Wyatt continues to remind Strowman he created him, he took him in when no one else wanted him. And it has worked, but to think Strowman will be losing to normal Bray Wyatt would be a pipedream. This feud is far from being over, with plenty of stories to tell and a Fiend to enter. Expect Strowman to regain, but who truly knows what can happen.
WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Seth Rollins
Drew McIntyre is writing cheques that should be getting recognized by more people on a weekly basis. Even without having crowds to give him support, McIntyre has been a success as the WWE Champion and has a premier challenger in his way. “The Monday Night Messiah” has become determined to end McIntyre’s reign because he knows what can happen to a champion. People turn on you even when they want you in that spot. The pressure of being world champion can lead to pressure unlike any other and Seth Rollins wants to save McIntyre from that future. It’s a story that has been among the best on any WWE television and the match will go down at Money in the Bank.
If the ladder matches were not to main event the PPV, the spot would deservedly go to the WWE Championship as McIntyre and Rollins can handle the magnitude. The only shame is that it will be a match in front of no one once again. A story that sees the dominant champion simply trying to defend his championship and a challenger trying to save the champion from going through an experience that he entailed one year ago.
Women’s Money In The Bank: Asuka vs. Nia Jax vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Carmella vs. Dana Brooke vs. Lacey Evans
It’s time to make history at Money in the Bank. For the first time ever, the ladder match will take place at WWE Headquarters in Stanford, Connecticut as the participants climb from the bottom of the building all the way to the top, where a ring and ladders will be set up to compete. It’s an interesting concept WWE is trialing here, but an effort that should be appreciated among fans. More interesting than anything is the fact that the men’s and women’s match will be going down simultaneously, making the chaos even more likely. In a look at the women’s field of participants, the six wrestlers are in a unique spot. Asuka, Nia Jax, and Shayna Baszler will all go into the match as favorites, with the SmackDown representatives being the underdogs.
The three Raw participants have been at each other’s throats as they are the biggest threats to not only each other but Becky Lynch‘s Raw Women’s Championship. If any of these three women bring down the briefcase, there is an even better shot of them winning the title with Lynch having no shot of defending herself if they were to cash it in at an opportune time. But there is no reason to look down upon the SmackDown participants, as one of them is the inaugural Miss Money in the Bank. Carmella could do it again. Lacey Evans is looking to get back into a title picture that she has failed to stay in multiple times. And for Dana Brooke, this is the biggest match of her entire career. These six could steal the show.
Men’s Money In The Bank: Aleister Black vs. Rey Mysterio vs. AJ Styles vs. Otis vs. King Corbin vs. Daniel Bryan
Much like the women, the men will be climbing the corporate ladder to become Money in the Bank in 2020. No one knows how this match is going to go, but considering these competitors, the opportunities are endless. Three Hall of Famers and three hungry competitors make up the six-man field. Aleister Black is most fans’ choice of preference in this one, as his incredible path since debuting on the main roster has led him to this point. Rey Mysterio is simply looking to add to his legacy with a Money in the Bank win, the only current accolade in the WWE he has yet to accomplish. For AJ Styles, this is a shot at redemption. Following a difficult few months with the Undertaker, this is his shot to return to the centerfold.
Otis is interesting, as he was becoming a legitimate favorite on Friday nights before the shows went without crowds. If he were to win, fans at home would be incredibly excited. King Corbin, on the other hand, would get a completely different reaction. Corbin is a former winner but failed miserably on his opportunity. This would be his shot to bounce back and perhaps win his first world championship in his career. And then there’s Daniel Bryan. He’s been there and done that. But what he has not done is find true success since his loss at WrestleMania in 2019. As he attempts to return to the world title picture, a Money in the Bank win could be the path back. No matter what, this concept with both MITB ladder matches going on is sure to be unique and a must-watch for WWE fans.
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