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The LAW's WWE Money in the Bank Preview

Live Audio Wrestling / July 15, 2012 - 12:30pm

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 However, this story involving AJ has eclipsed the chase of the title and has withdrawn interest for me.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.

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