Who will climb the ladder to get the Money in the Bank briefcase? This year, the now Smackdown brand-exclusive event is having fans ask that question twice, since both men and women will have Money in the Bank matches. The big event comes to PPV and the WWE Network on Sunday, June 18. Here are the matches and our predictions for the show.
Naomi (c) vs. Lana
(For the Smackdown Women’s Championship)
We’re just as confused as you are. This is Lana’s second televised match, with the first being Wrestlemania 32, in 2016. Her match against the current women’s champion, Naomi, may be too much for her to handle when you also consider this is her first singles match.
There is a scenario where Lana wins the championship, then quickly loses it to whomever wins the women’s Money in the Bank match. However, we just don’t see that happening. This should be a match that asserts Naomi as champion again, as she prepares to take on the Money in the Bank winner.
Our Prediction: Naomi wins
The Usos (c) vs. The New Day
(For the Smackdown Tag Team Championships)
The New Day has arrived on Smackdown, and now that they’re on the Tuesday night show, the longest reigning tag team champs in WWE history want a shot at The Usos’ titles. However, the Usos have been on a roll, proving their day one is anything but “H.”
The Usos have been incredibly entertaining since turning heel, but we’re thinking this will be the first bump in the road for them. They’ve already defended their titles against Breezango, but New Day are going to put up a fight, and they’ll come out victorious.
Our Prediction: New Day wins
Tamina, Natalya, Charlotte, Carmella, and Becky Lynch (Money in the Bank match)
Most of the Smackdown women’s roster will take part in the first-ever women’s Money in the Bank match. Five superstars will step into the ring for a chance to win a contract for a Smackdown women’s championship match.
This match could go any way. All of the stars in this match have the ability to go on a title run right now. However, we’re going to pull for one of our favorites, who feels she’s been under the radar as of late, and that’s Becky Lynch.
Our Prediction: Becky Lynch wins
Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Kevin Owens (Money in the Bank match)
Smackdown‘s top talent will be facing off in the Money in the Bank match. There is a whole lot of rivalries between the superstars in this match, so we can expect tempers to flare as these six men try to reach the briefcase hanging above the ring.
Much like the women’s match, we could see this going a multiple of ways. Out of everyone in this contest, we see AJ Styles as the person with the best chance to win. However, we were very close to giving this to Baron Corbin, who should have a title run this year.
Our Prediction: AJ Styles wins
Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton
(For the Heavyweight Championship)
Jinder Mahal defends his title against Randy Orton again. Mahal has to prove that he isn’t a one-trick pony, and considering this is a Money in the Bank PPV, the winner may have to immediately defend his title against the winner of the Money in the Bank match.
In order to cement Mahal as a champion, he needs to win this one. Sure, he has the belt now, but Orton will be the first real test for his title run. We don’t see Orton winning this one, especially when Mahal has the Singh brothers by his side.
Our Prediction: Jinder Mahal wins