Jabroni Journal: Money In The Bank Predictions

Who will walk out with the briefcase?

June 16, 2016

It’s no secret that the big three events for both the WWE and its fans are WrestleMania, Summerslam and Royal Rumble. These are top events that the company’s yearly calendar seems to be built around. In recent years, though, I have become very fond of Money in the Bank. In 2010, Money in the Bank was my favorite Pay Per View of the year, as the John Cena / CM Punk feud came to a head with Punk leaving the arena (and the company, it seemed) with the belt in his hometown of Chicago. That was the match that caught my eye, but it was the idea of Money in the Bank ladder match to determine an immediate number one contender for the WWE Title that got me hooked. It puts a little morsel of hope into the storyline for fans. So when there’s a champ walking around with the belt that you despise, you always think, “What if my dude comes out and cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase tonight?” Case in point, Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 31.

Money in the Bank 2016 is this coming Sunday live on the WWE Network and it’s shaping up to be a pretty solid card. Here are my brief predictions for the event. 

Kick off show

Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin – This is a hard one to predict because it seems like both these guys are trading wins. If this is the final match of the feud, I’m going to have to go with Corbin, as he is the young up and coming talent and will probably be booked as a monster. 

Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus – Don’t get me wrong, I love Apollo Crews. I really do. I’ve been a fan of this dude since he was doing wild flips out of the ring when he wrestled in Japan for Dragon Gate, but honestly, I don’t think he’s quite connected the way he needs to. I think he needs a bit of an edge and I can see a loss to Sheamus really building a fire in Apollo, enough to come back and kick his ass in the next round of matches. I’m going with Sheamus on this first big encounter. 

Main Card

Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Becky Lynch and Natalya
I think this will be a great match with four of the most talented women’s wrestlers in the company given a chance to shine, but I have a strange feeling it will be some kind of weird ending where Dana screws up and gets Charlotte pinned. They’ve been teasing a bit of a battle between Dana and Charlotte and this might be a chance for them to continue that little mini-storyline. 

Rusev vs. Titus O’Neill – United States Title Match
Rusev is incredible. He is hilarious. He’s a beast. He’s a solid wrestler. It would be a shame to see the title get dropped from Rusev just as he’s regaining some of the momentum that he lost this past year. Rusev all the way! 

New Day vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillians in a four-way for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
I’m going to throw a curveball in here and say that Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are walking out as champs. Both Enzo/Cass and The New Day are extremely popular on their own as baby faces and don’t need the titles to be as huge as they are and I honestly don’t see the Vaudevillains as a major threat to score the win. Gallows and Anderson have had a lot of momentum in their arrival to the company but need a huge upset to make them the monster bad guys that they need to be shown as. This will be an upset and will solidify them as a force to be reckoned with. 

Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho vs. Cesaro vs. Alberto Del Rio in Money in the Bank ladder match.
All six of these wrestlers have the ability to wrestle at the top of the card in any event and be a respectable champion. This match will be jawdroppingly insane and will leave all of the wrestlers sore for more than just a few days. My prediction, though, is that Kevin Owens emerges as winner with the Money in the Bank briefcase held high, rocketing him toward the top of the events all year long. (Or maybe I’m just really hoping this happens, either way…..count it!)

John Cena vs. AJ Styles
Now this is a match I’m thoroughly excited to see. I’m honestly not a HUGE John Cena fan, but I know that he is a solid wrestler, and even more so when he’s in the ring with someone who challenges him. AJ Styles is hands down one of the most exciting in ring performers to watch today, so I know this match will leave me satisfied. In the end, I’m thinking that AJ Styles will continue with the momentum that Gallows and Anderson built and win, thus making “The Club” a legitimate threat to the top of the roster in WWE. 

Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
This one could go either way. Seth Rollins technically never lost the belt and is looking more jacked than ever and Roman Reigns has been winning in convincing fashion. I’m going to have to say Roman Reigns wins this first bout, but it will continue to build into a bigger rivalry, with several matches culminating in a big Summer Slam blow off match.