Money in the Bank Preview and Predictions

Daniel Bryan has his eyes on the MITB Contract and the WWE Championship.

Daniel Bryan has his eyes on the MITB Contract and the WWE Championship.

By: Travis Thayer (@TheTravisThayer)

This Sunday is the WWE’s 4th annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view, and I am expecting fireworks.  The WWE has been on fire since the emergence of some younger talent.  The likes of Curtis Axel, The Shield, Fandango, and Ryback have given the WWE a deep and talented roster that makes for better TV and PPV.  This Sunday will be a chance for those young guns to show that they belong with the Cena’s, Jericho’s, and CM Punk’s.  So without further a due let’s breakdown this Sunday’s Money in the Bank PPV:

Pre-Show Kickoff: World Tag Team Championships – Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins (Champs) vs. The Usos

I actually love the pre-show concept that the WWE has come up with.  It gives more superstars a chance to be seen and to earn a PPV paycheck.  This pre-show match should be a good one.  The Usos are a very underrated tag team who are finally getting a chance to make something of themselves.  This match should be very entertaining for the pre-show, but The Shield are just to strong and hot to lose the straps.  Winners: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins

World Heavyweight Championship MITB Match

World Heavyweight Championship MITB Match

World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Winner receives a guaranteed World Heavyweight Championship Match at anytime they choose) –  Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Jack Swagger, Antonio Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, Fandango, Wade Barrett.

I personally love this type of match because of the unpredictability.  There hasn’t been much build to this matchup so it’s hard to gauge who has the edge.  One thing is for certain that Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes will be working together until it comes down to just the two of them, and the same goes for Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro.  If history tells us anything, the two semi-teams will cost each other the match because when it comes down to it, it is every man for themselves.  That leaves three men who I believe can or will win this match: Dean Ambrose, Wade Barrett, and Fandango.  If it were up to me I would have Ambrose win this match.  He has been one of the best performers on the show since the very first day he debuted.  He could hold on to the contract for an entire year before cashing in, thus giving him time to further improve himself and become a true star.  I don’t see Fandango winning the match because I don’t believe he is ready to be a headliner of any sort.  So, that leaves one man.  His name is Wade Barrett and it is his time to shine.  He has waited a long time to get his shot at the World Title, but he won’t have to wait much longer after he wins MITB this Sunday.  Winner: Wade Barrett

Intercontinential Championship Match – Curtis Axel (Champion) vs. The Miz

The newest Paul Heyman guy Curtis Axel is slowly but surly resurrecting the Intercontinental Championship.  Axel was born to wear that championship belt, and he has done more with his championship reign that any other IC champ has done in the last several years.  The Miz feels he should be champion after nearly tapping Wade Barrett out at the Payback PPV last month.  Axel ended up stealing the title from Mix by pinning Barrett before he could tap out.  The Miz has the motivation, but he doesn’t have Paul Heyman, and that will be the difference Sunday.  Winner: Curtis Axel

Ryback vs. Chris Jericho

Ryback has had some terrible luck for the majority of his first full year on the WWE circuit.  He has lost multiple WWE Championship matches which has made him look weak at times.  His recent heel turn has been a breath of fresh air, but he is still in need of a marquee win.  Beating the “best in the world at what he does” would be a huge marquee win for Ryback.  Jericho is regarded as one of the best of all-time, and if he can’t get Ryback over I don’t know who can.  Winner: Ryback

World Heavyweight Championship

World Heavyweight Championship

World Heavyweight Championship Match – Alberto Del Rio (Champ) vs. Dolph Ziggler

THIS MATCH WILL STEAL THE SHOW!!! Dolph Ziggler doesn’t just talk about stealing the show, he actually does it.  This feud has been very personal, and those are usually the feuds that go over best on TV.  The intensity that these two individuals have brought in the past few weeks has been phenomenal, and I don’t expect anything less on Sunday.  I see this match being very fast paced and physical. The viciousness of Del Rio and the selling of Ziggler will make this match better than any other on the card.  Ziggler and Del Rio will show the world that pure wrestling matches are actually better than gimmick matches.  Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Divas Championship Match – A.J. Lee (Champion) vs. Kaitlyn

A.J. Lee and Kaitlyn have done such a good job with the build to this match that they are actually having the first women’s contract signing on Friday Night Smackdown.  This feud has been every bit as personal as the Ziggler/Del Rio feud.  The verbal abuse that Kaitlyn has taken over the past few weeks makes me think she will be too emotional come Sunday.  A.J. has found a way to get in Kaitlyn’s head, and stay there.  Winner: A.J. Lee

WWE Championship

WWE Championship

WWE Championship – John Cena (Champion) vs. Mark Henry

How great was Mark Henry’s fake retirement?  I thought it was the greatest moment of Mark Henry’s career.  And he was right, we all are just a bunch of puppets.  He had everybody in the palm of his hand, and he is absolutely deserving of a title shot after that performance.  On the flip side, John Cena has been on a roll this year.  He has vowed to have a great 2013 after a subpar 2012, and he has lived up to that so far.  Mark Henry poses a real threat to Cena, and Henry has Cena’s attention.  My heart wants Mark Henry to win the WWE Championship for the first time, and legitimize his legacy, but my head says that Super Cena will retain his title.  The question is: Can Mark Henry surprise us one more time?  Winner: John Cena

MITB All-Stars

MITB All-Stars

Money in the Bank All-Stars Match for a WWE Championship Contract – CM Punk, Christian, Rob Van Dam, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, and TBD 

The big news is that Kane’s status is up in the air after being attacked by the Wyatt Family on Raw.  If Kane can’t go on Sunday, who might take his place?  Will we see Kofi Kingston, Big Show, Bray Wyatt, or could Brock Lesnar take the sport?  I for one would love to see Lesnar in the match if not just to see CM Punk’s reaction.  It seems like a perfect scenario to set up for the two’s match at SummerSlam.  If that does indeed happen, CM Punk’s chances would greatly diminish.  As for the other five superstars, I could see any of the five winning the contract.  The crowd in Philly will be very pro RVD in his WWE return, and you can never count out Christian, Sheamus, and Orton.  I expect this match to have a lot of twists and turns.  There is too much talent in this match for it to be anything but spectacular.  My money is on Daniel Bryan though.  After a rough start to 2013, Bryan has hit his stride and he is one of the hottest superstars going.  He wants the WWE Championship, and he will be one step closer to that goal come Sunday.  Winner: Daniel Bryan


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