After what feels like a life-time of build, Money in the Bank is nearly upon us. The event will take place a week on Sunday and the show has quickly established itself as one of the year’s must-see PPVs.
The Money in the Bank gimmick has provided fans with many memorable moments over the years, and from the moment that briefcase is taking down and the final bell rings, every champion match from then on in has an extra element of excitement added to it.
On two occasions in the past, we have seen the Money in the Bank briefcase cashed in on the same night that it was won, and it’s that kind of unpredictability that makes the PPV one of the most exciting of the year.
This year’s show has had a mediocre build, to say the least, but fans will still be excited when the event rolls around, and with good reason. Let’s take a look at five possible twists we could see at this year’s Money in the Bank PPV.
The New Day are still yet to announce which member will be entering this year’s Money in the Bank contest, but smart money would be on Big E.
The former Intercontinental Champion has been rumoured to be in line for a push over the last few months, and if that is the case, the WWE could set those wheels in motion at Money in the Bank.
Most fans are predicting that The Miz will walk away from the event with his second briefcase victory in the bag, and that does make a lot of sense, but if the company really wanted to be bold and shock audiences, then giving Big E the briefcase would be the way to go.
From a business perspective, it could also make a lot of sense. The New Day are one of the company’s best merchandise sellers, so having Big E modify the box and make it New Day could be a great marketing ploy.
Carmella’s run as SmackDown’s women’s champion has been a divisive one. Her promo work has been suitably irritating but she is not exactly Charlotte Flair in the ring, and the crowd hasn’t really gotten behind her as champion.
It looks as though she is set to be a transitional champion though, with most fans predicting a comfortable victory for Asuka at Money in the Bank.
Asuka hasn’t competed on PPV since her defeat to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 34, and the WWE would be wise to not have her lose at two consecutive events. That being said, the company do like to pull out surprises on the big nights, and with the Iiconics lurking in the background, there is a very real possibility that Asuka could get screwed out of the title at Money in the Bank.
It seems like it will only be a matter of time before Asuka picks up the title, and it makes sense to have her as the champion for SummerSlam, but don’t rule out the WWE delaying her victory until Extreme Rules by having her take another loss here.
Talking of the SmackDown women’s title, my money would be on a rematch taking place between Charlotte and Asuka at this year’s SummerSlam, and if that is the case, the WWE will want to start planting those seeds in the coming weeks.
Charlotte is the only women in the WWE to have defeated Asuka, and they will no doubt lean heavily on that if the two women are to meet again this Summer.
Charlotte has to be seen as one of the favourites to win Money in the Bank this year, and if she does, there is every chance she could cash in at the show itself.
The WWE waited forever for Carmella to cash her briefcase in, and I expect the total opposite to happen this year. This could go down one of two ways- Charlotte could either join the match, returning the favour to Carmella and cashing in on her, or she could cash in on Asuka after the match, becoming the first women to not only defeat Asuka, but to do it twice.
Of course, the latter option would be a heelish move, and having her cash in on Carmella would make a lot more sense. Either way, an instant cash-in from the winner would be quite the surprise.
The Bludgeon Brothers have been booked to look unstoppable since they made their re-debut on the main roster, and their match against Gallows and Anderson at Money in the Bank looks like it will just be another squash.
The former NJPW stars have not really been given their dues in the WWE, and have just been called on here to fill a spot until Sanity arrive, but what if the WWE are actually beginning to take them seriously?
The Club thought Sanity on a house-show recently, and while that might not mean too much, it could be an indication of what is to come.
The commentators sold the team’s international experience a lot during Anderson’s recent victory over Harper on SmackDown, and if they decide to play that angle at Money in the Bank, then they could finally give Gallows and Anderson the push fans so desperately want to see.
It seems highly unlikely, as the WWE are clearly very high on The Bludgeon Brothers, but stranger things have happened, and at the very least, it could lead to an extended feud between the two teams.
Of all the entries on this list, this one is the most likely. Natalya has been heavily involved in the Ronda Rousey Vs Nia Jax feud (if you can call it that) in recent weeks, and there is every chance she will be feuding with Rousey over the Summer.
Rousey’s random push to the title shocked a lot of fans, but it makes a lot of sense if this is the route they decide to go down.
If Natalya wins the briefcase in the night’s opening match, then a cash-in on Rousey later in the night would make a lot of sense.
Having Rousey overcome Nia in a tough battle, only for Nia to attack her post-match, and Natalya then cash in on her friend would be a nice way to set up a feud between Natalya and Rousey, and would also keep the belt off Rousey until at least SummerSlam, where she could get her big crowning moment.
The feud writes itself, and the WWE are definitely teasing the idea. Natalya is quickly becoming the favourite for the Money in the Bank match, and this is why.