Money in the Bank 2016 Preview

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This Sunday WWE will present perhaps the most stacked card ever for Money in the Bank. John Cena vs. AJ Styles and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins could both easily be featured matches at a Wrestlemania. Money in the Bank always represents the possibility of a reset, which is exactly the sort of thing WWE could use on the eve of the new roster split. Is there a big swerve coming on Sunday?

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins
 
There’s nothing to be said about Reigns that hasn’t already been said. His lameness was more tolerable when he was the de facto heel against Styles the last couple months. Now that they’re trying to get returning hero Rollins booed against him it’s just painful.
They have a bit of a tall task ahead of them in this match. How do they work it? Reigns is much bigger, the crowd hates him, and Rollins wrestles a super-exciting style. Do they have Rollins work slow to try to troll the crowd? I think that just gets “boring” chants because they’re not going to get behind Reigns. Or do they just throw the face/heel alignment out the window and have Rollins wrestle the way he did against Cena at Summerslam last year?
This definitely isn’t the end of this rivalry, so I think there are going to have to be some shenanigans. Reigns is almost certainly not going to lose the title, but how do they give Rollins justification for a rematch? If they want to do some kind of draw or other non-finish it’s easy to put this in the middle of the show and let Cena/Styles or the Ladder match go on last.
I’ll just predict Reigns wins clean. The feud will continue for no particular reason after that.
 

Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Sami Zayn

 
This is an excellent field of competitors for this match and I think this has the chance to be the best of these matches in several years.
They certainly teased the idea of Ambrose winning to set-up the long-awaited Shield Triple Threat Match on Raw this Monday. The bold, ballsy idea would be for Rollins to beat Reigns for the title and then have Ambrose immediately cash-in his title shot and win. Would certainly be fun, but feels like too big a shake-up for the current creative regime, especially on the eve of the draft.
Owens is sort of the default winner. Heels usually win this match, Owens could do a lot of entertaining things with the briefcase. It would probably be the biggest win he’s had since defeated John Cena in his debut match last year.
Jericho is probably third most likely, just on the virtue of being a heel and being on a good run right now. He’s never won this match that he came up with the idea for, so perhaps they’d give it to him as a lifetime achievement award. If they want to just get the briefcase out of the way so that it doesn’t complicate things post-split he could easily win and then lose on his cash-in without being hurt.
I’ll go with Owens as my prediction. Safest thing to do.
AJ Styles vs. John Cena
 
This is the true main event of the show regardless of where it goes on. It’s a bit weird this to be billed as a Dream Match when I don’t think most people had ever really thought about them facing off. But when AJ’s music hit to interrupt Cena’s return promo and they faced off there was an undeniable electricity in the building.
Styles turning heel feels unnecessary (the pay-per-view crowd is definitely going to be overwhelmingly behind him on Sunday) but he’s been a thousand times better and more confident in his promos since he turned.
This match should be amazing. Cena had the best run of his career last year reinventing himself to work a Ring of Honor style, and AJ is a lot more talented in the ring than most of the guys Cena tore it down with. I’ll be pretty shocked if this isn’t at least the match of the night. I expect this to be a Match of the Year candidate.
It feels like Styles needs a big win. He’s lost almost all of his pay-per-view matches since debuting. Cena can afford a loss and I suspect this feud is going to go along the lines of Cena’s rivalries with Owens and Rusev where he lost the first match and then won the subsequent rematches.
WWE World Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows vs. Enzo & Cass vs. The Vaudevillians
 
The fact that they’ve started teasing New Day breaking the record for longest tag reign is a pretty strong suggestion they’re going to keep the belts here. The future of the tag division is up in the air with the roster split coming, my expectation is that they’ll make the tag division exclusive to one show.
New Day will and probably should lose the titles fairly soon, but this doesn’t feel like the night.
United States Championship: Rusev (c) vs. Titus O’Neil
 
There’s a small chance they’re really dumb and have Titus win the belt here because it’s Father’s Day, but the other 99% of the time Rusev is going to kill him the way that he should. Rusev needs a long run with the title to rebuild himself.
Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Natalya and Becky Lynch
 
Don’t feel like there’s a ton of heat on this feud right now, they’re just sort of treading water until Sasha comes back at this point. Charlotte and Dana haven’t been getting along, so reasonable to think they’re going to lose because of that. Amazing how they can be headed for a breakup a month into their alliance.

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