Money in the Bank 2016 Predictions
The first of two pre-show matches pits the “new era” against the old regime. Apollo Crews debuted on the Raw after Wrestlemania and has been impressive, but lacked direction. Then, Sheamus, fresh off the split of the League of Nations and with little to do, entered the fray and talked a little trash to the youngster. Now, they will settle their differences in the ring and if WWE is serious about pushing the “new era”, then Crews should get the pinfall. Either way, it is good to see Crews getting some sort of rivalry going.
Winner: Apollo Crews
2. Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin – Singles Match
Another “new era” guy is Baron Corbin. He debuted on the main roster by winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania and then immediately beginning a feud with Ziggler. Dolph meanwhile has been just another guy on the roster that can have a good match with anyone. He has seemingly fallen down the ladder and is now a steady worker instead of a championship contender. I thought this feud would end at the last PPV, but I was mistaken. It should end now, so I will give the win to Corbin.
Winner: Baron Corbin
3. Titus O’Neil vs. Rusev (C) – United States Championship match
Rusev beat Kalisto to win the Uniter States championship and everyone was waiting for John Cena’s return thinking that he would immediately challenge Rusev to win the title back. But, the WWE had other plans for Cena and Rusev instead now faces Titus O’Neil, who received little to no applause when he confronted the champion. Titus recently returned to TV from a suspension and I think he may have been inserted into this match just to freshen up some of the talent getting matches. I do not envision O’Neil winning, but I do predict this feud may continue into next month.
4. Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch – Women’s Tag Team match
Charlotte, the current WWE Women’s Champion, has been currently feuding with Natalya for the title, but after two PPV matches, the WWE decided to switch things up and make the program continue but in a tag team match. Charlotte, along with her protege Dana Brooke, will face the team of Natalya and Becky Lynch. Brooke is still very green in the ring, but some of that can be masked by the experience of Lynch and Natalya. And since this is not for the Women’s championship, I see Natalya and Lynch getting the win on a PPV.
Winner: Natalya & Becky Lynch
5. The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, and/or Xavier Woods) (C) vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) vs. The Vaudevillains (Aiden English & Simon Gotch) – Fatal 4-way for the WWE Tag Team Championship
The New Day have held the WWE Tag Team championships for almost a full calendar year but face a stiff challenge this Sunday as they face three other teams all looking to dethrone the champs. The Vaudevillains lost their title match at the last PPV, but are a good, young heel team. The Club are another good heel team that are finally inserting themselves into the title picture after battling The Usos since their debut. And Enzo & Cass are a hugely successful tag team that people love. They were halted by Enzo’s injury at the Extreme Rules but have bounced back and this match sets them up to win the titles without having to directly pin The New Day. And it looks like Vince McMahon may be getting impatient with giving a solo push to Big Cass, so if they are going to ever win the titles, now is the time.
Winner: Enzo & Big Cass
6. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro – Money in the Bank Ladder match
The namesake match of the PPV features six of the biggest stars in the WWE today. There is a good mix of young performers and veterans and it is sure to be a great contest. But in trying to predict a winner, I tried to figure out the futures of these six competitors. I believe Owens and Zayn will continue to their rivalry so they will not win. Jericho is a part-time star. Nothing appeals to me by having Del Rio or Cesaro winning and holding the briefcase. That leaves just Dean Ambrose. And with Rollins and Reigns fighting for the title, Ambrose could win this and insert himself into the title picture just in time for Summerslam. Regardless of the winner though, this match can definitely steal the show.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
7. John Cena vs. A.J. Styles – Singles match
In what should be a spectacular match, the face of WWE John Cena will finally face off against the man who carried TNA Impact Wrestling for many years, A.J. Styles. Many people have wanted to see this matchup for years and we will finally get it this Sunday. I believe this is only the first of a series of matches and I can’t wait to see it unfold. Cena is fresh after returning from injury and Styles has proven to be able to perform at a high level. Many people would pick Cena to win this match easily, butfollowing two losses to Roman Reigns, I think Styles will get the pinfall here. He needs the win on the big stage and Cena won’t be hurt by losing. And I’m sure he get the win back somewhere down the line.
Winner: A.J. Styles
8. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns (C) – WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
Rollins returned at Extreme Rules and gave Reigns a pedigree, sending a direct message to the champion. Fully recovered from a devastating knee injury, Rollins wants the title that he never lost back. The match was set up and now the two former Shield members will square off for the biggest prize in the WWE. Rollins was on fire last year after splitting up The Shield and cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase at Wrestlemania 31 during a match between Reigns and Brock Lesnar and winning the championship. He was the champion until injury forced him to vacate the title which eventually gave way for Reigns to become champion at this year’s Wrestlemania. But Reigns’ title run has been lackluster and the fans have not been on his side. Now, Rollins has a chance to regain the championship and, in time, set up the dream match between all three former members of The Shield. But, for now, I will say that the title does change hands and Rollins reclaims his title. Or does the Money in the Bank winner cash-in on the same night? It has the potential to be a really exciting match and night!
Winner: Seth Rollins
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