by BROCK KOLLER
I can’t believe it’s WrestleMania, already. It’s amazing how fast time goes. It just felt like only three months ago we saw Shane McMahon fly off the Hell in a Cell, The Rock and John Cena take down the Wyatt Family, and Roman Reigns defeat Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. But now here we are again. WrestleMania. In June. Wait. In June? That can’t be right.
It will not be WrestleMania on the WWE Network tonight, but it sure feels like it. Tonight’s card is built like a Mania lineup, one that could definitely give this past year’s Show of Shows a run for its (ahem) money.
There’s a dream match. There’s a championship match with hype. There’s a ladder match with so many possibilities that the parallel universes created by the alternate endings probably has even DC writers in awe (DC is known for its multi-verse).
So even though this not Mania – or even SummerSlam which is a couple months away – Money in the Bank has been making a name for itself as a much watch pay per view since 2011.
With the draft looming next month and WWE Battleground occurring a week later – this is the last special event where the WWE roster is a cohesive unit.
So let’s go with the predictions:
AJ STYLES vs. JOHN CENA
It’s finally here! TNA vs. WWE. Impact vs. Raw. This is it. Well, not entirely true, but for years wrestling fans have wondered what would happen if the face of TNA went face to face with the face of WWE. That’s a lot of faces, which is OK, because AJ Styles is now a heel – one less face in the equation. Are you following? The point is tonight we are finally going to see Styles-Cena I. I say I, as in 1 as in one, because this will most certainly not end tonight. This will be the start of a summer-long feud between two of the best performers this millennium. Cena has been very good on the mic since his return and Styles has proven he has the chops to cut intense promos as a heel. Now, the time for talking is over.
WINNER: AJ STYLES
ROMAN REIGNS vs. SETH ROLLINS
Seth Rollins is back and he has a right to the championship he never lost. Roman Reigns is the guy and wants to remain the guy. The story is there. But to be honest, the title could switch back and forth between Reigns and Rollins and it wouldn’t change too much as the status of the WWE stands. We’ve seen a heel Rollins champion and we are well into Reigns’ title reign, so it would pretty much be the new normal. The piece that would set a different course for the company is hanging above the ring during this event. And the man who grabs that – the briefcase, if you didn’t catch on – holds the future of the WWE in his hands. For now, I see Roman Reigns continuing his title run, but not for too much longer.
WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS
MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH
Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens
I’m going to one of my favorite writing tropes – the one word prediction used for emphasis. Here it is: Ambrose. Ambrose. Ambrose. That is also repetition for emphasis. But it needs to be said, again and again. Three reasons 1) Two out of three former Shield members are battling for the title in the main event feud; 2) The Shield triple threat match was rumored to have been in the pre-injury ridden WrestleMania card; 3) It is the most enticing option. Yes, a KO win would be great and Owens would ace being a problem stirrer with the briefcase. Yes, Sami Zayn and Cesaro would have die-hard fans marking out big time and wanting them to cash in as soon as possible. And yes, a Jericho or Del Rio would give WWE the insurance of having veterans in an important role when the company is about to embark on an uncertain future. BUT none of that matters when you bring up Dean Ambrose. The serious Dean Ambrose; the one we saw at the end of the promo on Raw where he literally spelled out what I hope will happen. Now, I’m not for him cashing in so soon as in tonight. But let’s say he cashes in for SummerSlam and that rumored triple threat match actually happens. And the new champion at that time – one word – Ambrose.
WINNER: DEAN AMBROSE
NEW DAY vs. ENZO & CASS VS. VAUDEVILLAINS vs. THE CLUB
The Club should win this, especially if Styles is going to pull off a victory over Cena. Then The Club can come out of MITB with all the momentum they need to be a dominant threat on WWE. But, I really don’t want The New Day to lose the titles. They should pass the year mark. They just can’t defeat The Club while doing it. I see the Vaudevillains taking the loss here, which is a shame because they are new to the roster and we don’t want them going the way of The Ascension. But someone has to lose in this match and The Club needs to be spared. And Enzo & Cass should only get pinned if The Club do win – then The New Day can have a beef saying they were not the ones who lost. But the point is they shouldn’t be the ones to lose anything.
WINNERS: NEW DAY
RUSEV vs. TITUS O’NEIL
Good for Titus to get a U.S. title shot after he was unceremoniously taken off of TV during WrestleMania season. But Rusev will crush.
CHARLOTTE & DANA BROOKE vs. NATALYA & BECKY LYNCH
I assume Becky will be the next one in line for a title shot. So she gets the victory over Dana Brooke.
WINNERS: NATALYA & BECKY LYNCH
APOLLO CREWS vs. SHEAMUS
Hmmm….Apollo needs a big win to cement his role in the company. But Sheamus can’t lose, he needs to stay relevant. Hmmm…how 'bout Sheamus gets frustrated he can’t put away Crews and gets DQ’d? Let’s go with that.
WINNER: APOLLO CREWS by DQ
DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. BARON CORBIN
Baron Corbin will send Ziggler to the Smackdown announce table.
WINNER: BARON CORBIN
THE LUCHA DRAGONS vs. THE DUDLEY BOYZ
This will be end of the Dragons and we will get a heel Sin Cara. But this time there will only be one Sin Cara.
WINNERS: THE DUDLEY BOYZ
THE GOLDEN TRUTH vs. BREEZANGO
It’s about time The Golden Truth gets a victory. Am I right?
WINNERS: THE GOLDEN TRUTH
Enjoy WrestleMania! I mean, Money in the Bank!