The 2017 Money in the Bank pay-per-view is just a day away and it certainly looks like things will be very interesting. Smackdown Live gets the show exclusively, a first for WWE, and they are making history with a match for the briefcase featuring women. With that said, let’s take a look at some predictions for this year’s show.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) vs The New Day
The Usos have had a pretty bland run with the Smackdown Tag Team Championships and that has led to the blue brand being labeled with a weak division overall. However, that changed with The New Day finally debuting two weeks ago.
Their first night back saw them get handed a shot at the titles and that makes sense with them being the longest reigning tag champions of all time. Now, they have had some good banter with the Usos the last few weeks, so I could see this feud running through Summerslam, so with that, Rikishi’s boys walk out with the blue straps after some shenanigans.
Winners and still Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Usos
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Charlotte vs Becky Lynch vs Natalya vs Carmella vs Tamina
Smackdown Live makes history with this match and it could play a big part later in the night. This just feels like Charlotte’s match to win, which means it likely is not going to be her pulling down the briefcase.
With her being the first ever Smackdown Live Women’s Champion, it would feel appropriate to give Becky Lynch the victory. However, I see the Tuesday night show continuing their trend of being the land of opportunity.
Carmella would greatly benefit from pulling down the Money in the Bank briefcase. James Ellsworth somehow helps her get the win, but the Staten Island Princess wastes little time dumping him like a bag of potatoes.
Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Naomi (c) vs Lana
I do not know what seems more unlikely: Jinder Mahal being WWE Champion or Lana having a shot at the Women’s Championship. Fans have not seen her wrestle much, aside from NXT house shows, so this just feels like another one of Smackdown Live’s ways of saying “Hey, like us because we are different!”
However, Lana can talk on the mic. She has proven that ever since she made her debut on the main roster and, from what I have heard, she is not too bad in the ring when given a chance to do so. I can certainly see her pulling out the win over Naomi, but her title reign likely will not last long.
After Lana gets the surprise pinfall, I see Carmella running down to the ring, cashing in the briefcase and winning the title.
Winner and new Smackdown Live Women’s Champion: Carmella
Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin vs Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs Dolph Ziggler
We will get rid of a few people from the start. As much as I would like to see it, Kevin Owens will not hold the Money in the Bank briefcase and the United States Championship. With Owens being champion, I feel like there is still a lot for him and AJ Styles to do, so the Phenomenal One is gone. Shinsuke Nakamura has had an up and down run on the main roster so far and I do not think they are going to pull the trigger with him YET. And Dolph Ziggler, well, he is fodder in most matches today anyway.
So that leaves Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn, arguably the two most interesting men on the WWE roster, let alone on Smackdown Live. Corbin has not done much since winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but then again, who has? (Amiright Mojo Rawley?) Zayn, on the other hand, has the appeal that Ziggler did in 2012 and if WWE does not give him something to hold on to soon, fans might lose interest.
So, simply, where do you go if you are WWE? Well, with rumors circling that Rusev is set to return and possibly take Zayn’s place in the match, you could see the Bulgarian Brute winning the briefcase. But let’s say that doesn’t happen here.
In the end, I think Corbin is more ready for the World Title picture and the briefcase would give him the momentum he needs, while Zayn feels more like a Royal Rumble winner rather than this match. The Lone Wolf pulls out the win in this one.
Winner: Baron Corbin
WWE Championship: Jinder Mahal (c) vs Randy Orton
Jinder Mahal has been, for all intents and purposes, a market-driven champion. He is the top guy to get more support from India while WWE gears up for their tour of that part of the world.
However, Mahal’s title run should be more respected than what it has. He worked his butt off to get back into the WWE after being handed some pretty crappy gimmicks during the first few runs and he has been a social media gold mine for the company since winning the title.
It is pretty obvious WWE will keep the title on Mahal until their tour of his home country is over and I personally hope it runs into the early fall. Money in the Bank is also emanating from St. Louis, Randy Orton’s hometown, so that is a dead giveaway that the Modern Day Maharaja will walk out still WWE Champion.
Winner and still WWE Champion: Jinder Mahal