Sunday night the WWE presents their first ever ‘Money in the Bank’ pay per view
from the Sprint Center
in Kansas City, Missouri. The concept began in 2005 at
‘WrestleMania 21′ and has been built into a star creating mechanism because of
the gimmick being protected and each winner successfully winning either the WWE
or World Title when cashing in the briefcase. The company is now hitching their
hopes that the concept alone will draw on pay per view as a stand alone event
that will feature two Ladder Matches for briefcases. Past winners include Edge,
Rob Van Dam, Mr. Kennedy, CM Punk (twice) and Jack Swagger at this past March’s
WrestleMania event. The LAW will have a full review of the show Sunday night at
11pm EST on Sirius 98 Hardcore Sports Radio, which you can listen to for free
right here on the website.
SHEAMUS VS JOHN CENA IN A STEEL
CAGE MATCH FOR THE WWE TITLE
I can’t see them flipping the title back to Cena here, but then again,
they flipped it to Sheamus last month and no one thought that would
happen. I see this one being a set up for yet another Nexus attack on
Cena, enabling Sheamus to retain the belt.
With the report of Triple H just having surgery the
potential Sheamus vs. Triple H match at SummerSlam is definitely not going to
happen, therefore it would make sense for Summerslam to be some sort of
culmination of the Nexus / NXT angle with Wade Barrett vs. John Cena, and it
would make sense for Cena to have the title around his waist to do so. However, I don’t think they’re going to
flip-flop the title like that and instead Sheamus will retain and I expect a
3-way at Summerslam… just to complicate an already convoluted storyline.
The booking this past Monday left
me scratching my head as they booked Sheamus to be in fear of Nexus and running
away from them and then paired him alongside John Cena as allies to close the
show, which seems unconventional when they are headlining a pay per view six
days later in a Steel Cage match. I definitely do not want to see a title
challenge change just four weeks into this latest reign for Sheamus and the
constant title changes I feel have a big impact on pay per views holding less
importance. It would make sense to me that you tease Sheamus and Cena uniting
to fight off Nexus and it’s revealed that Sheamus is their leader as they
assisted him in winning the title at ‘Fatal Four Way’ and retaining this
Sunday. This can prolong the Sheamus Vs Cena feud while Triple H is out of
REY MYSTERIO VS JACK SWAGGER FOR
THE WORLD TITLE
I think Rey should retain here since they just gave him the title. I
also see a Money in the Bank attempt in this match, although I’m not
sure who it would be. It would be great to see Nexus guys weasel into
the Money in the Bank matches and then have one of them challenge Rey
right after he beats Swagger.
I think the theory of having Rey
win this one and immediately having a heel try to win it from him would make
sense. I expect Mysterio to come out on
top here and have McIntyre unsuccessfully try to redeem his briefcase title
shot… and he’ll then have his title shot somehow given back to him on Friday
I think it would be a big mistake
to take the title off of Mysterio this early into his run. Next to Cena he is
the biggest draw amongst kids and should be the focal point of ‘Smackdown’
heading into the SyFy move this fall. In the ring they have the set the story
for Mysterio to sell his ankle and Swagger work for the ankle lock. I expect
Mysterio to retain in this one.
EDGE VS CHRIS JERICHO VS EVAN BOUNRE VS TED DiBIASE VS
RANDY ORTON VS THE MIZ VS JOHN MORRISON VS MARK HENRY IN A ‘MONEY IN THE BANK
It looks pretty obvious who would come out on top, and that’s the Miz.
But I also think that using one of these Money in the Bank matches with
an Nexus guy would be amazing if done right. I would have Nexus take out
Mark Henry, playing off what the Miz did to him on RAW, and then have
the Anonymous GM put Wade Barrett in the spot (which keeps the hint
going that the GM is Nexus friend). They will probably go with Miz, but it would be a great push for
Giving this to Jericho / Edge is just dumb since they are
already at main event level. Bourne
doesn’t work here since it’s a better concept for a heel. Henry is a ridiculous thought, he’s merely in
this to catch Bourne every time he falls off the ladder. I would love to see The Miz win this, but I
think that might be the common thought so I’d expect a swerve. This would be a
fine way to put a rocket on DiBiase’s back, but considering he just got Maryse
on his arm, I don’t think his character is established enough to give him this
prize as of yet. Thus, although this
concept works better for a heel to have Randy Orton has the actions of a heel
with the appeal of a babyface. If
they’re going to have a heel (McIntyre) win the SD match, then I’d expect a
babyface to come out on top here… I’ll pick Orton for this one, and when he
cashes in the title shot the viper will get a rattlesnake like pop from the
Right off the bat I hope it’s not
Orton, Edge or Jericho as neither need the extra added push (though Jericho has
been booked to be in the background rather than the focal point of late on
‘Raw’). Evan Bourne has been booked into oblivion since the week he teamed with
John Cena and needs this win the most to erase all the times he has been laid
out over the past three weeks. The Miz is the next candidate as he can carry
the gimmick on the stick and is ready for that elevation to the top mix. The
gimmick itself probably lends itself best to the character of Ted DiBiase but
he is not ready right now and putting him over will only force the company to
rush him to the top end and he’s still getting his feet wet as a singles heel.
DREW McINTYRE VS KOFI KINGSTON VS CODY RHODES
VS BIG SHOW VS KANE VS CHRISTIAN VS MATT HARDY VS DOLPH ZIGGLER IN A ‘MONEY IN
THE BANK LADDER MATCH’
I guess everyone is betting on Drew McIntyre to get the win in this one.
Ho hum. With all the stop and start on his character lately, I’m not
nearly as interested as before. Much like the other match, I would love
to see another Nexus guy weasel in here and win and now we have two
Nexus guys with title shots and the story really kicks into gear as one
of these guys could steal the titles at any time.
Drew McIntyre… and it’s going to
be the first match of the night in order for him to rest before he returns to
take out Rey.
The pick that jumps out is Drew
McIntyre and could even see McIntyre cashing it in and failing later in the
night so you only have one briefcase holder coming out of this show and not
watering it down with dual title shot winners. Ziggler has a chance and they
could build him up for the title shot. Hardy and Christian seem to be in this
match to gain older fans interest but I don’t see either winning the mach nor
do I feel Kane or Big Show should be under any consideration for the win. I’ll
stick with McIntyre.
THE HART DYNASTY VS JIMMY &
JEY USO FOR THE TAG TITLES
I could see them putting the belts on the heels here to keep the feud
going between these two teams. What else are you going to do? You only
have these two teams to feud over the titles, so what do you expect?
Usos win the belts.
Who is less over… The Uso’s or
Archer & Hawkins? The answer… Who
cares! This feud is somehow burying both
teams… I’ll take the Uso’s and the feud will continue… ouch.
This program hasn’t done a lot for
me and I worry that this one could come across flat on the show. In a company
that has two active tag teams (unless you want to throw Archer and Hawkins into
the mix) it’s hard to really get motivated by the Tag Titles as a viable title
in the WWE picture. The Hart Dynasty lacks the personality to burst out of
their current position and it’s a big hole in their presentation with Natalya
serving as the most charismatic of the three. The people haven’t taken to The
Uso’s yet so the placement of this match on the card will be key.
ALICIA FOX VS EVE TORRES FOR THE
This match has major worst match of the year candidate written all over
it. Unfortunately, I see Fox retaining and the feud continues.
This is going to be a beyond awful
match… I’ll take Eve to win the title back.
The company seems to be really
behind Torres as the top female babyface on the roster and the people have
taken to her in the limited roles she has been placed in. She may have the
worst dropkick delivery in the history of the industry but if kept in the ring
short is passable. I was surprised they decided to take the title off of Torres
but I assume they feel her chasing the title is more interesting of a story. If
that is the case than no need to flip the title so quickly.
LAYLA VS KELLY KELLY FOR THE WOMEN’S
Yes, not one, but two diva matches on one show. Layla should totally
retain since she has personality and is great in her heel role, while
Kelly Kelly has all the personality of a wet sponge and should be
strictly kept as eye candy.
TWO Diva’s matches?!? I’ll take Layla to retain here with help from
I can’t remember the last time
both female titles were on the line on one pay per view and I think there is a
reason for that. I would assume with two Ladder matches, a WWE and World Title
match that they want to have two buffer matches on the card and that’s the
purpose behind this decision. I’ve grown to enjoy Michelle McCool and Layla
together as a tag team and if they’re going to switch a woman’s title I would
rather it be Alicia Fox dropping her title rather than McCool and Layla, who
should be saved for Beth Phoenix returning.