The Rope Break #7: WWE Money in the Bank Predicitons!!

By Curtis Suthard – 6/17/2017

 

The Rope Break #7: WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Predictions

 

Greetings, Rope Breakers, time for another healthy dose of predictions for WWE’s upcoming live event: Money in the Bank! I promise to keep this one short, because I am a busy guy and I’m also feeling like a lazy guy this weekend. So, let’s get on with it!

The Hype Bros. vs. The Colons: Long Island Iced Z, Zack Ryder is back and teaming up with his always hyped bro, Mojo Rawley to take on Primo & Epico for this pre-show Tag Team showdown. Though Zack is just returning from a lengthy injury for some reason I feel that this will lead to the eventual split between Ryder and Rawley, with a possible heal turn in store for Ryder. That’s just my gut feeling. Though these two do seem to work well together and could add some competition to the weak Tag Team division that Smackdown has. With that said, I still stand by my belief that Rawley and Ryder are headed toward a break-up, so because of that, I’m going with the Colons for the win.

My Pick: The Colons

Lana vs. Naomi (Smackdown Women’s Championship): Lana finally debuts as a singles wrestler against the Champ, Naomi, in what will most likely be a quick one. Normally, someone debuting with even a bit of hype behind them, would win their debut match, but…it’s Lana!? I mean, I’ve seen some of her lead up matches from NXT house shows and she doesn’t look bad, but will she walk out with the Women’s Championship around her waist? Probably not. I think Lana will get the win, but it may be through something screwy like a count-out or DQ. Which means that she will not get the title. Or, maybe, she does win the title, only to have the Women’s Money in the Bank winner cash in and take the belt off of her. Essentially, I’m thinking that Lana wins, but doesn’t leave as the champ.

My Pick: Lana

The New Day vs. The Usos (Smackdown Tag Team Championship): The New Day leapfrogged the competition in Smackdown’s Tag division to get this title shot at their old rivals, The Usos. And, as much as I like the New Day, I don’t see them getting the quick and easy win in this first shot. Smackdown’s Tag division, as I have already pointed out, is paper thin right now, so there needs to be some solid rivalry that keeps things brewing, much like the Hardys versus Sheamus & Cesaro over on RAW. So, I think that this rivalry will be the focal point for the division for the remainder of this year with, hopefully, Breezango thrown into the mix as well. We all know that these guys can put on a good to even possibly great match, so at least we have that to look forward to. Of course, there is every chance that The New Day could just steamroll the competition on Smackdown from now until the end of time. But, I hope that doesn’t happen.

My Pick: The Usos

Natalya vs. Carmella vs. Tamina vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte (Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match): Just when it seems like the “Women’s Revolution” was sort of stalling out a bit in WWE, we get a boost with the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank! So, who climbs that ladder and walks away with the briefcase? Tamina? No, probably not. Though she has been looking strong lately, she really doesn’t have any real character or direction, not to mention personality really. Natalya? Maybe, but, probably not. Natalya may get the title somewhere down the line, but for now she’s the Ziggler of the Women’s division: A relative “enhancement talent” who can, and does, have really solid matches with most of the people she works with, but isn’t really climbing much higher up the ladder (pun fully intended). Carmella? Maybe! There is every possibility that the “Princess of Staten Island” could get a push and she sort of deserves it. Though I think that her in-ring work needs some improvement, she’s got a good gimmick and a fun attitude. Plus, as much as I was getting tired of Ellsworth before, I love the guy as Carmella’s valet. Becky Lynch? Sure! I mean I’m rooting for her and this win could be the boost that Becky sorely needs to jumpstart a push. Charlotte? Possibly. Charlotte is probably the odds on favorite to win and, just like Becky this win could help focus her aimless storylines that she has had so far on Smackdown.

Or, could it be someone else? There was a little typo by WWE the other day, listing this match as having six competitors, instead of the advertised five. Which has led to a bit of speculation as to who the additional woman could be. Brie Bella returning? Maybe. Nikki Bella? Maybe, Cena is scheduled to be back soon, could she be returning as well? Probably not, since Nikki has stated that she may be done entirely. Asuka getting a call up? Probably not, but could be a big surprise. But, probably not. Or, the more likely one: Maria Kanellis? Maria and her husband, Mike Bennett, are set to debut on Smackdown any day now according to all the rumors. So, why not have her debut here? Could be fun!

My Pick: Becky Lynch

Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Kevin Owens vs. A.J. Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Money in the Bank Ladder Match): This was a tough one for me. There are a few different options here; from guys that I would like to see get the win and an almost guaranteed win for the WWE Championship to the ones that I think just make more sense to have win it. In reality, I could see almost any of these six winning it. So, who does? Ziggler? Probably not. The longshot for the win, in my opinion, I have a feeling (maybe even dread) that we may never see Zigs holding a title ever again, which is a real shame. Owens? Maybe, though more than likely no. Kevin Owens has the U.S. Championship (for all that’s worth right now), so he holds some kind of title currently and thusly, is set up for some guaranteed feuds. Which leads me to: Styles? Again, probably not. Now, don’t get me wrong, I would love to A.J. get the briefcase and a shot at the WWE Championship again. I just don’t see it happening right now and I have a feeling that Styles and Owens will continue their feud for the U.S. title throughout the summer. Corbin? Maybe. Baron Corbin needs a shot in the arm and winning the briefcase could be just what he needs to get back on track. Plus, I don’t really know where he could go from here except to just flounder around this upper mid-card limbo that all of these guys are in right now. Zayn? Again, maybe. I think Zayn is the one out of all six of the competitors that needs (deserves) the biggest boost/push to the top. The guy has been working his ass off and could be a very fun Money in the Bank holder. Nakamura? For lots of folks, the odds on favorite seems set up for the big push to the Main Event scene, but I just don’t see it. Yet! Nakamura did just debut and though he is one of the best in the entirety of the WWE roster, I feel like he will more than likely get thrown into some feuds that only help to build him up quite a bit more.

My Pick: Sami Zayn

Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal (WWE Championship): So, now we come to the Main Event and I must say, though I have really enjoyed Mahal winning the title and really liked that first match that these guys had. I kind of don’t care too much about this one. All of the hype over the last few weeks has just been average, at best. I was looking forward to so much more after that really solid match these two had a month ago. Jinder’s alright, he is doing all the right things to be a proper heel. But, Orton is the one sort of just floundering. Sure, Randy got a surprise RKO in this past week, but before that all he did was cut a sub-par “I’m going to give you an old fashioned American butt-whoopin’, boy!” promo. And, the word is that some wrestling legends, led by Randy’s dad, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, will be appearing on the show, even possibly sitting ringside. But, even with that cheering section present, plus Orton’s hometown crowd, I don’t see the Viper getting the win over the Modern-Day Maharajah!

As a matter of fact, the fact that this show is in Randy’s hometown of St. Louis is one of the reasons I don’t see him getting the title back. As of late, the trend seems to be in WWE that you lose in your hometown, especially when it comes to a title match. Plus, as mentioned briefly before, John Cena will be returning on July 4th’s edition of Smackdown and no one does the “good old American hero versus Foreign Heel” (or The Hulk Hogan Special) better nowadays than John Cena! So, I would be putting all the money on Jinder to walk out of Money in the Bank the winner of this match.

My Pick: Jinder Mahal

Does that mean that Jinder Mahal will walk out Champ though or does someone cash in the briefcase and steal it before the show goes off the air? Maybe! The card looks a bit sparse, though that could be to just give ample time for the two MitB matches, it could also mean some surprises are in store. More than likely Breezango will get a couple of moments for a taped segment or something. Maybe Mike Bennett and Maria debut for a little talkie-talkie segment? Or (please WWE!) Rusev will return! We will just have to wait and see. So, be sure to check back here in a day or so for a well thought out, perfectly crafted and expertly written review on all the ins and outs from Money in the Bank!

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