WWE Money in the Bank preview
Predictions for tonight’s pay-per-view:
WWE champion John Cena vs. CM Punk: This is the match that has the wrestling world buzzing. Punk has said that he is leaving WWE after this event, and I believe that to be true, although I don’t think he’ll be gone for very long. There’s no doubt that Punk will be heavily cheered tonight in his hometown of Chicago, and my guess is that he’ll be a babyface when he makes his inevitable return to WWE. There are a number of intriguing scenarios as to how this plays out tonight, the most shocking of which would be for Cena to turn heel and defeat Punk with the help of WWE chairman Vince McMahon. Another jaw-dropper would be Triple H (you know, Vince’s “doofus son-in-law”) screwing over Punk and costing him the title. I don’t think either of those will happen, though. From the moment McMahon said that Cena would be fired if Punk left with the championship (rather than saying Cena would be fired if he lost), I figured Punk was going to win the title and then immediately lose it to the winner of the Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match. I still think that’s what’s going to happen, although I wonder if WWE might go with something else just because so many people are expecting it. Here’s how I see it going down: Punk defeats Cena when McMahon’s interference (which Cena wanted no part of) backfires. Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match winner Alberto Del Rio then cashes in the briefcase and beats Punk for the title, thanks to an assist from McMahon. That sets up Del Rio vs. Cena at SummerSlam and for Punk to return somewhere down the line as a huge anti-establishment babyface.
World heavyweight champion Randy Orton vs. Christian: The stipulation is that Orton will lose the title if he’s disqualified or if there is “referee incompetence.” When Christian dropped the title to Orton back in May, I predicted that Christian would turn heel and eventually regain the championship. Well, I was half right. I’m no longer convinced that Christian is getting the belt back. Although the deck seems to be stacked against the champion tonight, I expect Orton to retain the title and move on to another challenger.
Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Evan Bourne, Alberto Del Rio, Kofi Kingston, The Miz, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, Alex Riley, Jack Swagger): Tonight will be Del Rio’s night, as he'll capture the briefcase and then go on to achieve his destiny of becoming WWE champion. This match figures to blow away the Smackdown MITB contest.
Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Sin Cara, Justin Gabriel, Kane, Cody Rhodes, Sheamus and Heath Slater): I’d love for Bryan to pull an upset and get the win, but I just don’t see that happening. I think it has to be either Sheamus or Barrett. Sheamus is almost too obvious, so I’ll go with Barrett.
The Big Show vs. Mark Henry: The buildup to this match has been good and Henry has played the monster heel role perfectly. It wouldn’t be a smart move to kill Henry’s momentum, so I think he’ll come out on top.
WWE Divas champion Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella: Kelly Kelly is WWE’s current “it girl,” so this figures to be a successful title defense for her. I wouldn’t be surprised if Eve Torres shows up in KK’s corner to combat interference from Nikki Bella.