This Sunday it’s the WWE Money in the Bank 2014 pay-per-view. Just six matches have been announced with two of them being ladder matches, one for the World Heavyweight Championship and the other for the briefcase and earning a future shot at the championship.
Here are the match predictions from the Between The Ropes staff.
Layla vs. Summer Rae with Fandango as referee
Brian Fritz: Love is in the air! This is an offshoot of what is happening — or going to happen — on Total Divas which many times comes off as weird booking. I really wonder how many people watch that show and Raw and/or Smackdown. I’ll go with Fandango costing his former dance partner the match with Layla getting the win and Summer looking sad afterwards. Someone comfort that poor girl!
Steve Muehlhausen: A late add to the show. Fandango has been making out with both ladies since he left Summer Rae a few months back. This match will be decided by who he wants to be with more. Who doesn’t love blondes anyway? You always pick the blonde. Summer Rae wins the match.
Josh Lopez: If there was a match that would of have been needed for the Kickoff Show it should’ve been this one. I wouldn’t say this match is going to be bad because these two are pretty solid in-ring workers as far as Divas are concern. We’ve seen a lot of love triangles over the years in the WWE, but this one should probably end soon. With Summer Rae being in Total Divas it’s probably a safe bet to go with Summer to defeat Layla. Now what’s next? Do Summer and Fandango get back together? Does Summer turn babyface? Many questions need to be answered but this should be an interesting cat fight.
James Borbath: I would say the perfect ending for this match is after getting frustrated by both ladies and walk out on both of them and rule the match a double disqualification. I have this vision of Fandango becoming this womanizer of a character. Whenever I have an idea in terms of creative it never ends up happening. So the more likely situation is Fandango goes heel and screws Summer Rae. Why? Because she is about to be in the Marine 4 which means in WWE if you are part of a movie you have to be a babyface. I think this is a terrible idea mind you but knowing how WWE works it seems the most logical direction.
Rusev vs. Big E (with America on the line)
Brian: Rusev smash! There can be only one outcome … Rusev! The biggest question in this match is whether or not it will go more than five minutes. I think it actually has a chance but not by much. But the smart bet would probably be it going about four minutes and the two entrances lasting longer.
Steve: This probably easier to pick the main event. They had a good match at Payback earlier in the month with Rusev winning in just under four minutes. It is time for Rusev to start having longer matches to further establish himself and that time is now. Rusev wins by smashing Big E.
Josh: I’m really starting to get with the presentation of Rusev and Lana over the last couple months. The character is growing on me and Lana does a great job with her role in this duo. I really digged the match these two had at WWE Payback in Chicago last month even though the match was like four minutes long. I do think before SummerSlam we will have Rusev in his first major program and we’ll see what happens with him next. I feel bad for Big E. Maybe it’s just that creative has nothing for him. I’m gonna go with Rusev to win this match against Big E.
James: As the only Canadian on the Between the Ropes staff, I am not blinded by patriotism to tell you all Rusev will crush Big E. He will crush Big E so badly he will remember his last name is Langston. The downside to all of this will be not enough camera time for Lana which will disappoint the male audience of all nations.
WWE Divas Championship: Paige vs. Naomi
Brian: With all of the chatter back and forth between Paige and Cameron on Raw Monday, it seems a bit strange that it’s Naomi getting the title shot here. I do wonder if there could be a split between the Funkadactyls coming up and possibly happening here. I see Paige getting the win here and hopefully we’ll get more depth to her character in the coming weeks too.
Steve: Naomi is probably the most underrated worker in the Divas division, while the champion has proven she is one of the best in the world. It does seem like the feud is more between Naomi and Cameron instead of Naomi and Paige. Would expect Naomi to be near victory and Cameron turns on her Funkadactyls partner for Paige to retain the Divas title.
Josh: This match does look good on paper. For those who haven’t seen the match Paige had with Naomi on the June 17th edition of WWE Main Event on the WWE Network please check it out. Now what’s interesting is the fact is they are filming the third season of Totals Divas right now. With the rising tension between Naomi and Cameron, will she be the one to cost her partner the championship? I see Paige retaining the Divas Championship in one of the best pay-per-view divas matches of the year.
James: Paige will win the match and retain the belt and once again not be the focus of the match. This is the main reason she is not getting over and is always playing second fiddle to some angle that people really don’t care about. Last time it was crazy Alicia and this time it will be a blow up between Naomi and Cameron which I expect to cost Naomi the match.
WWE Tag-Team Championship: The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper)
Brian: The Wyatt tag-team of Erick Rowan and Luke Harper has really started to pick up some steam over the past month or so, even getting their own music on Raw this past Monday (despite some people not being fond of that tune). But the Usos have really been a rock in the tag-team division and rarely get enough credit for their outstanding work. I think this feud will continue but I like the idea of the Wyatts getting the win here and seeing Bray talk about his boys grabbing the gold.
Steve: This should be a very entertaining matchup and the best tag team title match of the year. The Usos have had the titles for the last few months and have been on quite the roll. I think that Rowan and Harper will one day become the champions, but MITB will not be that time as The Usos will retain.
Josh: I was sold on The Usos at the Money in the Bank Pre-Show last year against The Shield for the WWE Tag Team Championship. I’m really happy that The Usos had the chance to evolve and grow over the past year and one of the best parts of the company during the struggling fall of 2013. It’s sad that people were focusing on Rowan and Harper’s music instead of the good booking by the WWE regarding both teams on last week’s Raw. This should be one of the best matches on the show and I see The Wyatt Family winning their first WWE Tag Team Championship. I do see the titles flipping back and forth between these two heading into SummerSlam this year.
James: Harper and Rowan seem primed to win this match. They had a nice run down in NXT as the tag team champions in Florida. Think they are ready to roll on the main roster as Harper has always been good and Rowan has improved over time. Usos have been great, but I just don’t see how they stop this from happening at this point. Wyatt Family as a whole is one of best things going in WWE at the moment.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the briefcase and future shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger vs. Bad News Barrett
Brian: Ever since this match was announced, I thought that Barrett would be the guy to win here. In fact, I thought he would win the match even before the match was officially announced. But then Bad News was hit with some bad news as he suffered a separated shoulder at the Smackdown taping on Tuesday. That likely takes him out of the match and, once again, is having a push halted due to an injury like what happened to him several years ago. I don’t expect anyone to replace Barrett in the match either as six people will be plenty. Look for Ziggler and Kingston to shine in this match which is right up their alley but the main story will evolve around Rollins and Ambrose. I’m going with Rollins to find a way to elude Ambrose long enough to get the briefcase and the win and avoid the scorn of Triple H.
Steve: This is a tough one to pick as Ambrose, Barrett and Rollins could easily win. The status of Barrett is unknown due to suffering a separated shoulder at this past week’s Smackdown taping. Kingston and Ziggler will be in there to bump and some highlight reel material and I’m confused as to why Swagger is even in the match. Going to go with Rollins winning the match in what should be the best match on the show.
Josh: Even though the WWE decided to announce this match at the last minute, the guys they announced for it really intrigued me. There are two issues we have here now with this pay-per-view: with combining both the Raw and SmackDown rosters together and we now have one World Heavyweight Championship it makes these upper card matches for this particular pay-per-view harder to book. This is one of the best lineups for the traditional Money in the Bank because its unpredictable. I really hope Bad News Barrett can compete in this match, but if he can’t and you want a logical replacement place The Miz in there he’s been a guy that’s won a Money in the Bank ladder match and he made a return just two years at the Money in the Bank 2012 PPV. I would erase Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam as far as contenders to win the match. So now you’re down to a Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose collision course. I really think that both guys will cost each other the match which will lead to a program heading into SummerSlam. So now we’re down to one more guy that a lot of people feel that WWE is never going to do anything important with, I’m going with Dolph Ziggler to win his second Money in the Bank ladder match.
James: I want to go on the record that I am against this match happening. If I was running things I would have had Triple H give the briefcase to Seth Rollins and have Dean Ambrose steal it and be forced into a one on one match for the case. I fail to buy any of the people in this match as a legitimate threat to WWE World Heavyweight Title in the next year. My pick would have been Barrett, but his injury on Smackdown (legitimate) makes me think he might not even make the match. Rollins by default and under protest is my pick.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs. Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. Kane
Brian: To me, this match comes down to two potential winners: Roman Reigns and John Cena. Reigns has been getting pushed hard which I’m on board with but I think it’s a bit too early for him to win the championship. He just became a singles guy following the breakup of The Shield and needs to chase the title a little more. Even though some people are going to moan, I think Cena is the pick here. It’s sets him up for a match against Brock Lesnar at Summerslam which WWE seems to have tipped off already and makes perfect sense for the direction they are going right now.
Steve: If the WWE didn’t accidentally reveal the Summerslam main event between Brock Lesnar and John Cena, then you could pick either Roman Reigns or Cena. Picking Cena makes the most sense as he is their biggest draw and WWE will need that for Summerslam since Daniel Bryan is still out for the time being. It is a little too soon for Reigns, as he is about six months away from becoming the man. I’m picking John Cena to become the WWE world heavyweight championship.
Josh: There’s a lot of rumors and speculation going around this WWE World Heavyweight Title picture. I know the easy route is to go with John Cena but hear me out. For those saying that Brock Lesnar is going to be in the title match at SummerSlam, excuse me but I haven’t heard or seen on WWE.com that Brock is going to be in title match. No, I’m not going by a recent WWE.com poll as a reason for Brock being in the title match. It really doesn’t do him any favors to have him win the title at SummerSlam then lose it at Night of Champions. Here’s the thing: I don’t think Brock should fight for the title until WrestleMania 31. It’s a better story and it’s got money written all over it. So now I’m erasing Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro, Sheamus, Randy Orton, and John Cena as far as contenders to win the match. Now you’re left with Kane, Roman Regins and Bray Wyatt. I feel the seeds will be officially planted for Roman Regins and Triple H at SummerSlam when Randy Orton, Triple H and Kane will cost Regins the title. You still have the Bray Wyatt/John Cena feud going into this match so that’s a reason I don’t feel Bray will win the title either. I know people won’t like this pick, but it’s the right pick at the end of the day. Kane should and will win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. If Kane is really the demon and the reason why Daniel Bryan had to be stripped out of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship there is no other reason why he shouldn’t win this match. I feel Kane will have his last rite as champion heading into Battleground against Bryan. Bryan can put an end to Kane’s career in a Buried Alive Match at WWE Battleground then heading into SummerSlam and beating Bray Wyatt. You can still have John Cena take on Brock Lesnar. I’ll still buy that as a viable one-on-one match. You can do Cesaro vs. Randy Orton, Roman Regins vs. Triple H, Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt. Talk about a big SummerSlam PPV that makes sense. I’m riding with Kane to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship it’s what’s best for business.
James: I hate having to do this, I really do, but I have little faith the WWE is going to gamble on someone with the title. So again, almost by default, the winner of the match will be John Cena. I feel ill having to say it, but it seems the safest choice and I feel WWE wants safe heading to Summerslam.
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