Around the Loop: Who Will Grab the ‘Money in the Bank’ Briefcases?

The entertainment value of WWE’s Money in the Bank pay per views cannot be underestimated. With two ladder matches, a steel cage match, and Becky Lynch defending both of her titles on the same card, there’s a lot to look forward to this year. Who will walk out with the contracts for championship matches held within the storied Money in the Bank briefcases? I have no idea. You don’t, either. But we can make reasonably educated guesses, right? Here are my predictions for the 2019 edition of Money in the Bank.

Universal Championship — Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles: There’s no doubt these are two of the best competitors in the business. This match should be one for the ages. So, why don’t I care about it? None of the video packages for this match have grabbed my attention or tugged my heartstrings. It’s a weird situation. I know it’s going to be one hell of a match, but I have no anticipation for it. However, I like Seth Rollins far more than I like AJ Styles, so I’m predicting a win for Rollins. What, you wanted actual analysis and insight?

WWE Championship — Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens: Kevin Owens is a tremendous heel. He’s done as much damage to The New Day as possible. Owens capturing the championship seems plausible, especially if Sami Zayn helps out by interfering. He has become a viable threat. Kofi still has momentum on his side, though. Could that be enough to push him through this match? Nah. Get that title, KO. Be the insufferable heel champion you were born to be.

RAW Women’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans: Who does Lacey Evans think she is? The way she has bulled her way to the front of the line for this title shot is nonsense. Her push is too fast, and she has done nothing to show herself a worthy opponent for The Man. I have no doubt she’ll get a couple of good moves in on Becky Lynch, but Lynch will retain over Evans and her terrible gimmick.

SmackDown Live Women’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair: Lynch has two matches during Money in the Bank, and the order of her matches is important. Evans is a brawler, but if Lynch can make her tap quickly, Becky will still be in good shape for her match against the Queen, Charlotte Flair. If Lynch wrestles Flair before getting into the ring with Evans, all bets are off. Flair is the dangerous one here. She knows all of Lynch’s weaknesses and will capitalize on them. I hate to say it, but I think Flair will win the championship. And if she faces Flair before Evans, she’ll lose the RAW championship, too. Farewell, Becky Two Belts. We hardly knew ye.

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match feat. Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Finn Balor, Ali, Andrade, Sami Zayn, Randy Orton: Predicting the outcome of these matches is always difficult. One has to consider who needs the contract, who must have this victory to get over, and who fans will have to deal with as the champion. Almost everyone deserves to win this match. Suppressing my frustration that Randy Orton is in this match instead of Aleister Black, I’m going with Ricochet for the win. He’s already won the hearts of the WWE Universe and with a belt around his waist eventually, Ricochet could head for super-stardom. Also: I hate Randy Orton, so there.

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match feat. Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Natalya, Dana Brooke, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Ember Moon, Carmella: Here’s another match where anyone could take the contract home. But who really needs to win this match? Ember Moon is a beast of a competitor. I hope she knocks a few of her opponents down from their perches on those tall ladders. Bayley is coming out of her shell, proving to be an aggressive, fierce grappler. But my heart goes with Dana Brooke. She’s been getting more air time, and the fans are starting to rally behind her as they did for Becky Lynch and Kofi Kingston. Brooke needs the contract and she deserves the push.

Roman Reigns vs. Elias: Why does this feud even exist? Roman is going to win because he’s Roman Reigns. His grandstanding as the anti-corporate wrestler is hilarious. There’s no way Roman just runs around from show to show, doing what he wants. Reigns is the biggest company man since Cena. Elias is good in the ring. His running clothesline is tremendous. But even with the help of Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley, Elias won’t beat Reigns at Money in the Bank. Believe that.

The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (Steel Cage Match): Shane McMahon is a sweaty boi. He runs out of gas early. His working punches are hilariously weak. And yet, this could be the match that steals the show. The Miz is in supreme good guy mode right now, even teaming with Roman Reigns on RAW and SmackDown Live. McMahon’s smarmy character needs a good beatdown, but he has a history for putting on good cage matches. Sure, The Miz will carry McMahon for most of the time, but it will end up being a match we’ll still be talking about the next day. The Miz will win this one, though, because this program needs to wind down.

United States Championship — Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio: Rey Mysterio can do anything, except defeat bad booking. The storyline concerning the parentage of Mysterio’s son is dreadful. While Samoa Joe against Mysterio has tremendous appeal, with the size differential between the two providing the real heat, this match will probably serve as Dominick Mysterio’s introduction to the Universe. Look for Rey to earn a title win, with lots of help from the younger Mysterio.

SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship — Daniel Bryan & Rowan vs. The Usos (Kickoff Show): It’s stunning to me that this is on the kickoff show. The Usos are, in my opinion, the best tag team in the company right now. Maybe they come out to help Roman during the inevitable schmozz that will happen during his match against Elias? We can hope. I’m predicting a loss for them, though. Bryan and Rowan need to hold on to those titles for a while. This especially true for Rowan, who is finally busting out of his just-happy-to-be-here phase.

Cruiserweight Championship — Tony Nese (c) vs. Ariya Daivari (Kickoff Show): The cruiserweights don’t get enough love. That sucks because they’re always impressive. Tony Nese and his abs are at the start of a good run as champion. Daivari will give Nese a fight, to be sure, but look for Nese to retain the title. Don’t sleep on this match, though. I have no doubt there will be a couple of spots that will make jaws drop.

WWE’s Money in the Bank is Sunday, May 19, from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The Kickoff Show starts at 6 PM EST, with the rest of the show starting an hour later. It’s on the WWE Network because of course, it is.

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