The LAW’s WWE Money in the Bank Preview

Tonight is the WWE Money in the Bank show from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio and airing on the WWE Network. It is the promotion’s second network event in two-weeks. The Money in the Bank has been a fairly protected concept since its inception in 2005 and replaced such championships as the Intercontinental title of the 80’s and 90’s and King of the Ring as the ascension of a specific talent to the main event scene (not in every case, but the majority). The LAW will have a full rundown of tonight’s show at 11pm ET right after the show concludes and below is a preview of all the card.

SETH ROLLINS VS DEAN AMBROSE IN A LADDER MATCH FOR THE WWE TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
This will be a really good match, and might even still the thunder of the MITB match if the crowd is behind it. Picking a winner is hard since they’ve sort of babyfaced Rollins this week with his match against J & J, and the Authority pretty well living him out to dry. Plus, I don’t expect a cash-in tonight by the MITB so maybe Ambrose actually wins and Rollins has to go crawling back to the Authority for help. I really think Ambrose needs to be seen as part of the main event title picture, so I’m going out on a limb and saying Ambrose wins the title tonight. 

Jason Agnew
Well, I’m going to make the bold prediction here that Ambrose wins the title and then Reigns cashes in the MITB on him the same night and WWE ruins a year of storyline in one night.

John Pollock

The story is that Seth Rollins is going to go out and win this on his own and I think will reveal his own “plan” with backup in the form of Big Show, who can assist Rollins with a victory and spin off Big Show and Dean Ambrose from this show. As a match, I’m sure these two are going to approach the ladder match with some unique plans and try to differentiate it as much as possible from the ladder match earlier in the night. The two had the same issue last October when they had their Hell in a Cell match and had to follow John Cena vs. Randy Orton in the cell from earlier in the night.

JOHN CENA VS KEVIN OWENS IN A NON-TITLE MATCH

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Well, since it’s not for either guy’s title, I see WWE parity booking taking place here and Cena gets the win this time. Now we have the feud tied at one match apiece, and then we have the rubber match with both titles involved and Owens wins the US title from Cena, but quickly drops the NXT title to someone like Tyler Breeze. 

Jason Agnew
Cena will get the advantage in this match, Owens will then cheat, and get DQ’d.  So technically Cena gets the win, but Owens looks dominant, and although he takes the loss doesn’t get pinned as the NXT champion.

John Pollock

I cannot say they have had the time to build the rematch to anywhere close to the anticipation level you would want, considering how well received the first match was at Elimination Chamber. The feud needs to continue and it’s an easy argument to give John Cena his win in the second match and set up the rubber match. To me, that’s all the more reason Owens should win and become the guy who has the number of John Cena and Owens will be the one guy that Cena cannot claim he has a win over on the roster. This should be their last big match before SummerSlam but I don’t see them holding it off for that long with Battleground in July. I can see a happy medium of a disputed finish that prolongs the program rather than a clean finish for either guy.

ROMAN REIGNS VS KOFI KINGSTON VS RANDY ORTON VS SHEAMUS VS NEVILLE VS DOLPH ZIGGLER VS KANE IN THE MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
It seems pretty clear here that Reigns is going to win, and this should be a solid, exciting in-ring match as MITB usually is. We’ll see if they go the route of the babyface declaring when he’ll cash in the contract rather than making it a surprise, but I could see Reigns announcing he’ll hold onto it until Mania. 

Jason Agnew
I’m going to say they go with the obvious and Reigns does get the win here.

John Pollock

Of the seven announced, Roman Reigns is the sure thing unless they feel it’s too predictable and someone like Sheamus wins and that leads to a program to fight over the briefcase over the next month. I feel a clean and concise win by Reigns is better for overall impact and in a perfect world (if this is the plan), Reigns announced he is cashing in his title shot for SummerSlam and he announce it in the next week or so to give you a whole summer of anticipation for the main event of SummerSlam. This allows Rollins to defend the title at Battleground against Brock Lesnar and the winner gets Reigns at SummerSlam with the whole summer mapped out for the WWE title picture.

NEW DAY VS THE PRIME TIME PLAYERS FOR THE TAG TITLES

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I sure wouldn’t take the titles off the New Day yet, but I would have a controversial finish where the non-New Day member in the match interferes, and then the Prime Time Players come back with a third member to even things up for the rematch at the next show, or PPV or whatever they are now on the network. 

Jason Agnew
The most disappointing part of this match will be that they won’t have the three of them out there and we won’t get to watch / hear Xavier Woods cheerleading on the outside.  I’m still going to bet New Day gets the win here. 

John Pollock

New…Day wins.

NIKKI BELLA VS PAIGE FOR THE DIVA’S TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Personally, I don’t really care now that Naomi has been dropped from this feud, but I expect Nikki to retain. 

Jason Agnew
I do wonder if Nikki is being left as champ to beat AJ’s record as longest reigning Divas champion, so if that’s the case I’ll pick her to once again get the win here. Also, I hate the Bellas… both of them.

John Pollock

It has become a very stale division and they have now worked that theme into the feud where Paige and the rest of the Divas are sick of the Bellas being on top and need to get rid of them. Paige cut a very good promo on Smackdown two-weeks back but I feel Naomi was having a good heel run and they cut her off cold. Nikki retains.

RYBACK VS BIG SHOW FOR THE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I have to admit, I am kind of curious to see how this one goes down in the ring because it could be a real train wreck, but i fully expect Ryback to retain since he’s more over than Show. 

Jason Agnew
Ryback should retain here, but this feud will continue… unfortunately.

John Pollock

If my idea of Big Show becoming Seth’s main muscle then a title change is possible but thus far, Ryback has been fine, his promos are getting better and he is a babyface that the crowd responds to and I would give this guy a fair shake before taking the title off him and for that reason feel Ryback should win…and would make the shell shock spot on Raw that much more confusing.

R-TRUTH VS KING BARRETT

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Not sure where they’re going with R Truth and this whole “I can’t remember what match I’m in” gimmick, but this should actually be a good opening match on the pre-show. And we all know that Barrett never wins any matches once he gets a little push, so I could see Truth winning here and then still trying to get into the MITB match. 

Jason Agnew
That may have been the greatest thing R-Truth has ever done on Monday night… so let’s reward him with a win here.  Plus, I don’t think Barrett is allowed to win any matches.

John Pollock

R-Truth wins and celebrates as he announces he is headlining WrestleMania.


The LAW’s WWE Money in the Bank Preview

Tonight is the WWE’s Money in the Bank show from Boston, Massachusetts with the WWE Title up for grabs in one of two Money in the Bank Ladder matches. We have a full preview of the show below running through the card and you can catch The LAW tonight at 11pm Eastern recapping the event on TSN 1050 Toronto, The Team 1040 Vancouver and Sirius / XM 167.

JOHN CENA VS ROMAN REIGNS VS RANDY ORTON VS SHEAMUS VS KANE VS ALBERTO DEL RIO VS CESARO VS BRAY WYATT IN A MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH FOR THE VACANT WWE TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
It’s too early for Reigns or Cesaro, and Orton, Kane, Del Rio and Sheamus are just there to pad out the match. Therefore, it really only comes down to Cena and Wyatt as the guys most likely to succeed here, and since the WWE is already promoting Cena vs Lesnar at SummerSlam (which should be for the title since it would be pushed as the main event), I would have to guess that the favorite is Cena. But the company is also notorious for swerves when they think us smarks have it all figured out, so there’s an outside chance Sheamus could win, but I doubt it. I’m going with Cena. 

Jason Agnew
Well the posters have been released for Cena vs. Lesnar for SummerSlam, and seeing as how Lesnar left it makes sense that he is challenging for the championship, so I supposed that means Cena gets the win here. However, I could actually see Cena and Cesaro both grabbing a belt each, and then having a match at the July PPV with Cena coming out on top, and thus facing Lesnar in August at Summerslam.

John Pollock
If the destination is Brock Lesnar for SummerSlam than my pick remains John Cena and I think it’s the best option of all the available ones. People will cry that Roman Reigns is ready (he’s not) nor has he had the long term build that will benefit in the long run and has ancillary programs that hardly leave him with nothing for the summer. The idea of beating either Reigns or Lesnar in August is baffling to me and Bray Wyatt against Lesnar doesn’t have the dynamic that I feel would work. I hope they avoid the “surprise” to throw people off and someone gets the title for a month and drops it at Battleground to Cena because it waters down the SummerSlam program. I would like Cena to win and tomorrow night Lesnar comes out and challenges him right then and there and we know the main event two-months in advance.

SETH ROLLINS VS DEAN AMBROSE VS DOLPH ZIGGLER VS JACK SWAGGER VS BAD NEWS BARRETT VS KOFI KINGSTON VS ROB VAN DAM IN THE MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Kofi, Swagger, RVD and Ziggler are there to bump and create memorable spots, so that only leaves Barrett, Ambrose and Rollins. Bad News has the IC title, and his gimmick is over on its own, so he doesn’t need to be in the main title picture. Therefore, it’s between Ambrose and Rollins. I could see Ambrose almost winning, but getting screwed by Rollins and he wins. Then the two of them actually feud over the briefcase for the next little bit while Cena feuds with Lesnar at SummerSlam. Rollins wins. 

Jason Agnew
I’m going to go out on a limb here and says Dean Ambrose gets this briefcase, and thus he’ll avoid getting lost in the shuffle of the Shield break up cause he can stand-out with it.  I then think Reigns will win the title at Mania 2015, and Ambrose will eventually cash it in on his former Shield partner.

John Pollock
Barrett remains a question mark for tonight and would probably be the pick to win it if you take our Rollins and Ambrose. Personally I like the idea of Ambrose winning the briefcase and it gives him something coming out of The Shield breakup as opposed to odd man out. This should probably be a very good match but I don’t think the audience has faith in the majority of these guys winning the match and it’s a testament to how these guys have been handled where you have two realistic options and a dark horse in Barrett. If the idea is to go with Barrett there is the option of him being on commentary and announcing his injury and everyone is laid out so he runs up and grabs it and proclaims he was never officially taken out of the match but I prefer an Ambrose or Rollins winner for longevity.

THE USOS VS LUKE HARPER & ERICK ROWAN FOR THE TAG TITLES

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I could see the Wyatts winning the titles here since I don’t think Bray Wyatt will come out on top in the ladder title match. But the Usos have been a very popular team, so I could also them retaining and the feud continues. However, since most of the show seems obvious, I’ll go with the Wyatts just to shake things up.

Jason Agnew
Time that the Wyatts get these belts!

John Pollock
I’m really looking forward to this, the two teams have great chemistry and will should get enough time considering the lack of an undercard. I think it’s time to flip the titles onto Wyatt and Harper and keep the tag division fresh. A heel team with the titles also allows for matches with Goldust & Stardust as well as rematches with The Usos.

PAIGE VS NAOMI FOR THE DIVA’S TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
It looks a lot like Naomi will be close to winning, but then Cameron will interfere and cost her the title. It should be funny to see if they sell it as a legit falling out between the two on the new season of Total Divas. Paige retains.

Jason Agnew
Paige will retain but this will lead the Funkadactyls breaking up.

John Pollock
I think there is a decent chance they could take the title off of Paige and put it on Naomi in this match. The story could be Cameron gets involved in the match to screw with Naomi but in doing so accidentally assists her by knocking out Paige. Tomorrow night Cameron apologizes to Naomi for all their recent problems and will have Naomi’s back during her title reign and they are best friends again until the turn happens. This would also give Paige room to grow as the disgruntled ex-champion and is thought to be a “flash in the pan” as the announcers called her and leading to some character development she sorely lacks at the present.

RYBACK & CURTIS AXEL VS GOLDUST & STARDUST

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
The Dust Brothers dust Rybaxel.

Jason Agnew
When the dust settles, the Rhodes boys will come out on top.

John Pollock
Whether you like the Stardust character or not it does put these two back together and helps the tag division with some strong middle of the card matches. I don’t expect this to be a great match but will allow Goldust & Stardust to do a proper tag match and introduce some tag spots that merge the two characters and get the win.

LAYLA VS SUMMER RAE WITH FANDANGO AS THE GUEST REFEREE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Maybe since Layla had to swim in the mud or slop or whatever that was on RAW this week, she gets the win here. But I don’t see this as a continuing feud, so Summer Rae should come out on top here. But as to what you do with her after that is anybody’s guess. She’s actually been used way more effectively on NXT lately, so maybe she ends up back there. Summer Rae wins.

Jason Agnew
I think Layla + Summer are going to end up turning on Fandango, and maybe they’ll kiss as well.

John Pollock
Fandango counts three for Summer Rae and they make out with Layla in tears and tomorrow night Layla announces…SHE’S PREGNANT (and she’s due at the of the year, confirming it’s not a “summer baby”).

RUSEV VS BIG E.

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Didn’t we see this match at the last PPV? And Rusev submitted him in less than four minutes. The only thing I see here is maybe parity booking rearing its ugly head, and Big E gets the win here and then they do the rubber match at SummerSlam with Rusev, Lana and Putin coming out on top then.

Jason Agnew
Rusev crush.

John Pollock
I thought they way they put this match together earlier this month at Payback was great – it was a short match, Big E. got the big tackle spot to the floor but Rusev went over strong. This time around it almost forces them to do a longer match and I fear longer is not going to be better for Rusev. He should definitely win but it’ll be a question of how much E is given in this match.


The LAW’s WWE Money in the Bank Preview

Tonight the WWE presents their Money in the Bank pay-per-view from the sold out Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Below The LAW crew runs down all of the match with their individual thoughts and then will have a full recap of the show tonight at 11pm EST on TSN 1050 Toronto, The TEAM 1410 Vancouver, Sirius / XM channel 167 and online here on the website.

JOHN CENA VS MARK HENRY FOR THE WWE TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I can’t see Cena dropping the title here but I also think the feud should continue maybe for one more PPV since Henry has been so good in his role. So I see Cena retaining, but Henry leaves him laid out at the end.

Jason Agnew
Well there it is, after that great opening fake retirement angle things have pretty much stayed status quo with these two over the past three weeks.  I expect Cena to tease the AA, get squashed again under Henry’s weight like he did on Monday for a near fall before doing the AA again and hitting it for the win.  Then Henry destroys him and BAM… Randy Orton comes in to cash in his MITB and win the title! … oh yeh, see below for that prediction.

John Pollock
I think Mark Henry is going to be one of the most over babyfaces on the show tonight for the Philadelphia crowd as his promos have all given you reason to root for this guy to win the title that will make his career worthwhile. The kick off angle was one of the year’s best, both men have done serious promos and I’ve enjoyed the build a lot. This one should be kept to 10-12 minutes and ultimately I believe Cena retains the title but would love a visionary fall for Henry that could lead to a rematch in the fall where Henry puts up his career as he goes one last time for the title.

ALBERTO DEL RIO VS DOLPH ZIGGLER FOR THE WORLD TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I really don’t think they should take the belt of Del Rio already, but I do think they need to move Ziggler into a new program and away from Del Rio, so I see Del Rio retaining maybe after Big E and AJ cost Ziggler the match and he makes his break from them and we see Ziggler vs Big E at SummerSlam.

Jason Agnew
To forward the AJ / Ziggler / BigE storyline I think Ziggler needs to come out of this one without the title and AJ should retain hers.  These roles will be reversed at the next PPV and that’s when we’ll get the Big E / Ziggler feud.

John Pollock
All the focus appears to be on Dolph Ziggler breaking away from Big E. Langston and AJ and this match being the catalyst for that break and leading to a Ziggler vs. Langston program going into SummerSlam. It’s too soon to put the title back on Ziggler and the heel turn for Del Rio has rejuvenated him as a performer in my eyes. The storytelling at Payback last month between these two was excellent and this show has a lot of depth with this match flying under the radar in terms of two guys that gel together. I believe Del Rio keeps the title.

CM PUNK VS DANIEL BRYAN VS RANDY ORTON VS CHRISTIAN VS SHEAMUS VS ROB VAN DAM IN THE MONEY IN THE BANK ALL-STARS MATCH

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Of the two MITB matches, this one got all the attention on the TV this week with it being pushed huge on Sdown and RAW. I really think Bryan should win here, but it makes it tough because he is over as a babyface and usually the MITB contract is better suited to a heel. Then again, there aren’t any heels in this match, so whoever wins has an uphill challenge. I guess they could go with the surprise of the returning RVD winning, but I can’t see him working a full schedule. There’s also the factor of whether or not they are going to replace Kane in the match and with who. But despite all that, I still think they’ll go with Bryan.

Jason Agnew
Well all indications point to Daniel Bryan winning this title as far as storyline build goes.  However, I was shocked the past two weeks when Randy Orton has taken a tap out loss to Bryan and then was pinned by Punk.  With that in mind, I’m going to say Orton is going to get the surprise win here.  Along with that, I’d guess somehow Brock should cost Punk the win here.  I’m also hoping that Kane is not in this match due to being taken out by the Wyatt family on Monday.  And congrats to WWE for building up RVD to make it look like he’s a main event superstar returning… absolutely amazing vignettes over the past month, I can’t wait to see him dish out his first potato!

John Pollock
All the signs point to Daniel Bryan winning this match and being treated like a mega star from this crowd to make this match solidify him in a top spot. In the past if a finish is too obvious there is always the debate of changing it to avoid predictability and this is one of those cases (pardon the pun) where changing the result doesn’t have to change your direct plans (if the plan is still Cena vs. Bryan next month). Randy Orton seems poised for a turn with his build up of clean losses over the last few weeks and a win here will ignite him and then the other option is Van Dam given the fact he will probably get the biggest reaction of the night and at the very least get a memorable spot in this match to carry over to Raw tomorrow as a big focus on his return. I’m going to stay conservative with Bryan winning the match and then the end of the Cena vs. Henry match his music will hit and he walks out and rather than cash it in on the spot he will say the weak link would take the weak path to the title and I’m here to announce I’m cashing it in next month at SummerSlam.

DEAN AMBROSE VS FANDANGO VS DAMIEN SANDOW VS CODY RHODES VS ANTONIO CESARO VS JACK SWAGGER VS WADE BARRETT IN THE WORLD TITLE MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Obviously no one gives a crap about this match since both RAW and Smackdown were used this week to promote the WWE title MITB match. Dean Ambrose wasn’t even on TV this week, Fandango looked like an idiot, a tease was made of breaking up Rhodes and Sandow, and I see Swagger and Cesaro as a team. So by process of elimination, I’m going to go with Wade Barrett

Jason Agnew
Speaking of RVD, I think it would have been much more exciting if he was placed into this match and walked in as the clear cut favorite… however, in this all heel match I still don’t believe there is a clear cut winner, which makes it quite exciting.  I changed my prediction on the other MITB match from what I said on The LAW this past Sunday, but in this one I’m going to stick with my prediction of Wade Barrett.  I still think this guy is a main eventer waiting to happen.  Great talker, solid in the ring and carry’s himself like a champion… hopefully he gets the rocket attached to his back this year.  I also think an MITB win will turn him babyface.

John Pollock
This one is wide open with the possibility of just about everyone in this match having at least a shot at winning (and I include Fandango in that mix, though clearly the long shot along with Swagger). Dean Ambrose will almost surely be the most over guy in this match to the live crowd and the dynamic you have in this match is a bunch of guys trying to go out, steal the show and get noticed and will likely provide for some high risk spots. I said Wade Barrett last weekend on the show and will stay with my pick as he has had nothing going on for months now and this gives him a much needed boost of importance. If all things were equal I think Cesaro is your best pick in terms of someone that could use the push the most and flourish in the role.

CHRIS JERICHO VS RYBACK

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I was surprised at how weak they made Ryback look on the TV this week, while they had Jericho beat Curtis Axel twice. I would expect that Jericho goes down here since he’s leaving on another Fozzy tour soon, but I don’t expect the match to be pretty.

Jason Agnew
Well we saw the Vickie Guerrero vignette with Ryback on Monday, and I’m guessing that will lead to her becoming his manager.  Perhaps she interferes in this match and Ryback gets the win as Jericho goes on tour with Fozzy.

John Pollock
A very odd build up and a I think a very bad build up in that my only curiosity stems from the fact Jericho came back this year wanting to work with Ryback and must have high hopes for the match and I’m curious to see how they click. The only finish that makes sense is Ryback getting a much needed win as Jericho heads out but I’ve been wrong assuming that in the past when a guy is on the way out (look no further than when Van Dam did leave the company in 2007 and they put him over Randy Orton in his last match to fool people…you got us!).

AJ VS KAITLYN FOR THE DIVA’S TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I could see AJ dropping the belt here so she and Big E can do their program with Ziggler. Kaitlyn wins the title, and then Layla turns on her and the next program begins.

Jason Agnew
I think AJ will retain here.  She hasn’t had it long enough, and there’s more at stake in her having the title in the main event storyline with Dolph rather than Kaitlyn winning and feuding with… … … right, there’s no one else to fued with.  Who woulda thought we’d ever see Taryn Terrell having the best women’s matches on TV and yearn for her to be a part of this division?  Actually, I’d prefer to see Mickie vs. AJ… the feud of psycho women… man that would be awesome!

John Pollock
This is the most two women have been given in a long time when it goes to storytelling and prolonging a program and there has been some really good stuff between these two and expect the match to be better than most might anticipate. This ties into the Dolph Ziggler direction because if Langston is paired with Ziggler than AJ should be dedicated to that program and could allow Kaitlyn and Layla to spin off into something of their own and will predict Kaitlyn wins the title tonight.

CURTIS AXEL VS THE MIZ FOR THE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
The rebranding of Joe Hennig as Curtis Axel has been an terrible failure since it began. The only guy lower on the totem is Miz, so I guess it’s appropriate that these two work together. But nobody cares about these guys, and this should be the match on the pre-game show. I do, however, expect Axel to get the win here.

Jason Agnew
This is the one match on the card I have little to no interest in.  Axel needs to retain here.

John Pollock
No interest in this program or match, Axel retains the title and Miz is booed.

SETH ROLLINS & ROMAN REIGNS VS THE USOS FOR THE TAG TITLES

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
Why you have the Shield in a pre-show match is beyond me. I’m sure the Shield comes out on top here in a quick match.

Jason Agnew
This should not be on the pre-show… The Shield needs to retain here.

John Pollock
I’m not as up in arms as others about this match being on the pre-show, it should be a stationary title defense and win by The Shield and hopefully something big planned for the group at SummerSlam, though that idea seems to be a fleeting one by the week. This match will suffer from The Usos not being over to the crowd nor the audience feeling they have a hope of winning this match but it is the first match of the night in front of a crowd that will be hot at the start and may benefit from that and you know The Usos will be working hard with this opportunity but Shield keeps the titles.


The LAW’s WWE Money in the Bank Preview

Tonight the WWE presents the ‘Money in the Bank’ pay-per-view from the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona at 8pm EST. The LAW will have a complete recap of the show tonight at 11pm EST on TSN 1050 Toronto and online here on the website. In the mean time here is our preview on tonight’s show:

CM PUNK VS DANIEL BRYAN WITH AJ AS THE GUEST REFEREE FOR THE WWE TITLE

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
I hate to sound like a broken record, but I’m going to say the same thing I said last month. I know wrestling is the male soap opera, but this is just too much soap opera once again. Even though AJ has been excellent in her role, it doesn’t add any heat or intrigue to the match for me. In fact, it takes away from the very obvious fact that these are two of the greatest in-ring guys right now and that the two of them could have easily cut promos on each other that would have been 100 times better than what we saw. And the match would deliver huge without any kind of special referee.

I still maintain that the best way for this to play out is to let it be revealed that AJ and Bryan have been working together the entire time to mess with Punk. That way we get to see her character more, but she’s in the proper role as an accomplice of Bryan. And you can keep going with Punk a while longer since now the lines are finally defined and we can refresh the program.

I guess after all that I would have to go with Bryan winning the title here thanks to AJ and it is revealed they worked together all along.

Jason Agnew
CM Punk wins, AJ brings out Big Show and cashes in MITB and is your new champion.

John Pollock
First of all I feel AJ has been really good in her role and become one of the better performers in the company over the past few months. However, this story involving AJ has eclipsed the chase of the title and has withdrawn interest for me. In May the ‘Over the Limit’ show did an above average estimate of roughly 170,000 buys worldwide for a show that yes, did feature John Laurinaitis in his first match but also featured Punk Vs Bryan and was a match that fans wanted to see and I feel should get some credit for that number. In this match (which I do expect will break Punk’s streak and go on last) the drama is in what AJ does and the match will be secondary to the referee and I’m not a fan of that formula on pay-per-view. It also goes on last because you can at least tease the MITB winner coming and cashing in his title shot at the end of the night.

JOHN CENA VS CHRIS JERICHO VS KANE VS BIG SHOW IN THE MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH FOR THE WWE TITLE SHOT

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
First off, I think this former champions MITB match devalues the concept and it should be used to help build up guys that need that little push to the top, like they did with Edge and Punk. This really does nothing, and it’s also very predictable since I can’t see anyone but Cena getting this because the other three aren’t really viable options. I could see them actually having Brock Lesnar attack Cena as revenge for Cena beating Lesnar when he returned. Therefore the match is thrown out and Lesnar makes a big return. This leads to a handicap match where Triple H and Cena are both destroyed by Lesnar on the 1000th RAW. This leads to SummerSlam, where Triple H defeats Lesnar (with some sort of outside help from Cena) and Lesnar is never seen again. So I really don’t see a winner here, so I’m not picking.

Jason Agnew
Considering his push as of late, I’m going to take Big Show in this one.

John Pollock
The consensus is John Cena wins and cashes it in at ‘SummerSlam’ against CM Punk and play off the Eve promo from last Monday of Punk being overshadowed by Cena, which works fine (although amusing if that is the angle with Triple H and Brock Lesnar as the real main event for ‘SummerSlam’). Kane and Big Show should be ruled out and regardless of Kane and AJ aligning together or not I don’t think Kane should be put over in this, there is no upside to it. Jericho winning and then leaving for a few months and doing a surprise return is fine but I feel they have nothing for Punk or Cena next month and it’s a big show with no big title match and that will be the result by default. The most interesting idea I had thrown at me was on ‘Fight Club Chicago’ where the host proposed The Rock showing up unexpectedly and winning it and at first thought I figured it would be silly to waste The Rock unannounced but the upside is a huge surprise to shake things up AND the tease that at any moment on TV or pay-per-view The Rock might show up as a reason to buy the show for people kicking themselves for missing this surprise. It’s not the worst idea in the world but highly unlikely.

TENSAI VS TYSON KIDD VS CODY RHODES VS DOLPH ZIGGLER VS SIN CARA VS DAMIEN SANDOW VS CHRISTIAN VS SANTINO MARELLA IN THE MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH FOR THE WORLD TITLE SHOT

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
This match really has me intrigued because you have a lot of talented workers in different styles and it will be a lot of fun to see what kind of spots they do together. As far as the winner, there seems to be a couple of choices. As always, I’ll take up the charge for Dolph Ziggler, but as he won the TV match this week, I highly doubt it. To me, that really only leaves Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. Tyson Kidd gets the old Shelton Benjamin spot along with Ziggler. Tensai will just catch a bunch of guys. Marella will be a joke and Sin Cara will just do lots of flying off ladders. I would go with Cody Rhodes since he has a sufficient WWE background now and current fans know who he is, and I think he has potential if he’s booked right.

Jason Agnew
I’m going to predict that WWE realizes that people have heard the Cody Rhodes win scenario, plus Ziggler seems to be continually getting buried, thus I’ll take TENSAI to win this with the assistance of Vickie Guerrero who screws Dolph in order for Tensai to win.

John Pollock
This has every right to be the stand out match on the show with some great talent including some like Kidd, who will be looking to have those breakout kind of moments to steal the show. Ziggler and Rhodes are likely the favourites for most but both feel so cold to be right now that putting the briefcase on them feels predictable. I’m not a fan of this formula of guys losing for months with the idea then we’ll let them win MITB and put the title on them because the result is Jack Swagger – bringing the title down to his level as opposed to raising a talent to the level of world champion. I’m going with a surprise win by either Damien Sandow or Sin Cara as opposed to the picks most are probably leaning towards.

SHEAMUS VS ALBERTO DEL RIO FOR THE WORLD TITLE

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
Honestly, at this point, I would go for a title switch and really give Alberto Del Rio the title reign they should have given him the first time. With some new vignettes of him really playing up the arrogant rich condescending champion, it would get him over huge and get him past a lot of past losses.

Sheamus is kind of cold for me as a champ. He’s a good worker (as his match showed with Jericho this week) but he really doesn’t have much personality and they don’t really seem to give him any interesting storylines. Del Rio would be great as the rich asshole champ and then Sheamus could do a back to this roots things (like James Storm) where he disappears back home for a few weeks and comes back as a common man type that has the support of the people and is ready to go after the belt. At least it would give Sheamus some character development. I say put the belt on Del Rio.

Jason Agnew
Sheamus retains… 125,000 viewers yawn simultaneously.

John Pollock
I’m sure this match will be fine and may even be very good but whether the title is on Sheamus or Del Rio makes no difference to me and regardless I expect a rematch at ‘SummerSlam’ so perhaps Del Rio either cheats and wins the title or it ends in a DQ on this show.

KOFI KINGSTON & R-TRUTH VS CAMACHO & HUNICO FOR THE TAG TITLES (PRE-SHOW)

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
Well, I guess I make the usual crack about how the tag titles mean nothing being defended on a match most fans won’t watch.  Then I make the usual crack about how nobody cares about these guys, followed by the usual crack that they will change the titles just because it’s something to do. Very much your usual Free-For-All match that really means: Nothing-For-Free.

Jason Agnew
So we’re doing predictions now for pre-PPV events… why do they even bother doing this?  Does WWE really think that adding a YouTube match is going to draw anymore buys to a PPV?  Considering R-Truth’s foot, I’ll take Hunico + Camacho to win here.

John Pollock
I could have sworn I witnessed Darren Young and Titus O’Neil become the #1 contender’s last month but I guess I was dreaming. Kingston and Truth keep the titles and 40,000 people reconsider ordering the pay-per-view.