This Sunday is the fifth annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view event. The headline match is one of the event’s signature ladder matches with, for the first time ever, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line. The championship was vacated after Daniel Bryan was deemed unable to compete due to his recent neck surgery. The main event is one of three championship matches at the event, with the secondary ladder match also having the usual briefcase up for grabs.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane
Preview: The vacated WWE World Heavyweight Championship is on the line for the first time in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but despite how exciting the idea sounds, the participants dampen most of that. Very few members of the match suit a Ladder stipulation and even fewer seem like genuine possibilities to win it. Kane’s late addition actually serves to lessen the already questionable anticipation.
Prediction: Only three people in this match even seem like potential winners – John Cena, Cesaro and Roman Reigns. Given that WWE want Lesnar to fight for the title at SummerSlam that rules out Reigns, who is set to face Triple H. Cesaro seems destined to turn face and fight Lesnar at WrestleMania, so Cena facing off against Lesnar again seems the most likely outcome. Restrain your excitement. John Cena to win his fifteenth World Championship.
Traditional Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger
Preview: When the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was put on the line in the only existing Ladder Match on the show, people wondered whether this would open up an opportunity for a traditional match for the briefcase. Announced by Triple H and Seth Rollins, it became a reality. The rivalry between Ambrose and Rollins is the main story in this one and should provide some brutality to proceedings.
Prediction: Rollins and Barrett have to be the two favourites, although with Barrett picking up an injury during the SmackDown tapings his involvement may be in question now. Ziggler could be a decent outside bet if WWE wish to finally get behind him again, but the most likely winner is Rollins.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family
Preview: The Usos face the greatest challenge of their almost four month reign as Tag Team Champions. Harper and Rowan have been a dominant force in the tag division, and have scored numerous victories over the champions and both tag and singles competition. While many will think that this feud has stepped up since the champions got involved in John Cena’s matches with Bray Wyatt, these two teams have had issues for a lot longer. One of The Usos biggest wins came on the January 13th episode of Raw, where they won a Steel Cage match against Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan by simultaneously diving onto their opponents this Sunday.
Prediction: The Usos retain their championships
WWE Divas Championship Match: Paige vs. Naomi
Preview: Naomi’s Funkadaktyl partner, Cameron, created a big issue with the Divas Champion Paige. However, she has been thoroughly unsuccessful in actually backing her words up. Her partner Naomi however managed to score a pinfall victory over the champ during an episode of Main Event. Despite Cameron’s objections, Naomi accepted a sporting handshake with Paige on numerous occasions. She also stood by and didn’t save Cameron from a beating from Paige after Cameron attempted to cheap shot her.
Prediction: Paige retains her championship, Cameron betrays Naomi to set up a
Total Divas Funkadaktyl feud.
Goldust and Stardust vs. RybAxel
Preview: A late addition to the card, RybAxel threw a challenge out to the brothers on Main Event, with the match was confirmed on SmackDown. With Cody’s recent transformation to Stardust he is likely going to receive at least a temporary push, so this should be a foregone conclusion.
Prediction: Rhodes Brothers will win, Stardust gets the pinfall.
Rusev vs. Big E
Preview: Another last hour addition but with their feud continuing over the past month since Payback, it an expected addition to the card. Rusev’s winning streak (which technically ended in the Battle Royal but that isn’t being acknowledged) could be finally under some threat thanks to his domination of the majority of the feud, plus already having one pay-per-view victory over Big E, but it still seems unlikely that E will be the man to break the undefeated run.
Prediction: Rusev wins, but it could be his biggest challenge.
Summer Rae vs. Layla – Fandango is the Special Guest Referee
Preview: Ever since Fandango dumped Summer Rae on Twitter and moved immediately on to Layla, Summer has been looking to not only exact revenge on the former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, but also get back “her man”. She certainly has an opportunity for one of the two in Boston, as she finally gets her hands on Layla in a match. And with the dancing superstar serving as the referee, she may even fulfil both her ambitions.
Prediction: Summer Rae will win after Fandango called the match right down the middle, Layla will question him anyway.