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WWE returns to pay-per-view (PPV) -- if your cable provider is carrying the event, of course -- tomorrow night (Sun., June 17, 2018) live from the Allstate Arena just outside Chicago, Illinois with its Money in the Bank event starting at 6:00 p.m. ET with the Kickoff show leading right on into the main course at 7 p.m. ET on the WWE Network.

Set for the card: The men’s and women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches, AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a Last Man Standing match for the WWE championship, Ronda Rousey challenges for the Raw women’s title, and much more!

Luckily for you Cagesiders, our staff of learned wrestling blowhards is here to help figure out just how the event is going to play out with predictions for each match on the card.

Let’s get to it.

Money in the Bank predictions

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Geno Mrosko: There are a few ways they could go with this but considering his work and what it could mean for future match-ups, I like my pick here. Pick: The Miz

Sean Rueter: Obviously, New Day agreed to job to The Elite in exchange for a big moment here. Pick: Big E (or Kofi Kingston, or Xavier Woods)

Kyle Decker: Pretty wide open field here. It could see anyone winning, but I’d definitely be surprised by Bobby Roode. Narrowing it down to two, I have Samoa Joe and Rusev. I’m going with the Bulgarian with the idea they’ll finally pull the trigger on him this year. I’m also ready to be disappointed. Pick: Rusev

Rev. Claire Elizabeth: I firmly believe there isn’t a bad choice for the briefcase in the entire lineup here. Sure, Bobby Roode would leave me a little cold, but he’s a multiple-time world champion and a legitimate contender, he’d make sense, and each of the other seven men would all have me excited to one degree or another. But no, only one man in this field is the right mix of sleazy, cunning, and in the absolute prime of his career to make the most of it this year, and he’s... Awesome. Pick: The Miz

Cain A. Knight: Brock’s last championship reign ended on a MITB cash-in, so it would be pretty lazy to do that again and remind the audience that nobody can take out Brock fairly aside from old ass Goldberg. Therefore a SmackDown star should win this match. That means either Samoa Joe or Miz, because Rusev never wins on PPV and Big E isn’t getting a big singles push yet. Miz has the built-in issues with Daniel Bryan that can be ignited with a MITB cash-in on Bryan circa SummerSlam. That’s fine and all, but I’ve been there and done that with Miz already. This needs to be Samoa Joe’s time. Pick: Samoa Joe

Stunning Stella Cheeks: I really need New Day to win this. Emotionally and mentally. Sadly, that’s not going to happen – even though it really should – so I hope Samoa Joe wins. A good MITB winner should be someone who needs a little extra oompf, but also is a good talker - no one likes a dud with a briefcase. Joe hasn’t exactly been stagnant, but he could use the push, he would be a REAL threat to the championship picture and we know he can cut a mean promo so Joe, Joe, Joe! Pick: Samoa Joe

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Geno Mrosko: It’s strange how it feels like there really aren’t that many options for this. I’m going to say they use it to try to make a new star, or at least start the process. Pick: Ember Moon

Sean Rueter: Lots of people seem to think Natty will win in order to turn on Ronda later on. Let’s go with part of that fantasy booking. It seems more likely to me than Sasha winning, because The Boss with a briefcase would make me too happy. Pick: Natalya

Kyle Decker: Sasha Banks has held the Raw Women’s championship many many times, but for the last year, she’s been mainly outside the title picture. Recently re-signing a contract with the WWE, I think she’ll win another accolade. And if they ever want to pull the trigger on that Bayley/Sasha story, Banks cashing in on Bayley right after she wins a championship would be the way to do it. Pick: Sasha Banks

Rev. Claire Elizabeth: There’s only one woman in this match that has a knack for worming her way into title situation after title situation. She’s coming in fresh off of her horrific injury two weeks ago and she’s smart enough to wait and bide her time and swoop in once everyone else has been picked off, and she’s... Pick: Alexa Bliss

Cain A. Knight: I really hope the women’s division gets more than the 13 minutes they had last year for this ladder match. This group has the talent, the star power, and the Lana for a match of the night type of performance. In my fantasy booking scenario, Sasha Banks wins this thing and then later in the year cashes in on Rousey and betrays Bayley while becoming a corporate heel champion that Stephanie McMahon can be proud of. Pick: Sasha Banks

Stunning Stella Cheeks: Call me a mark all you want, but I’m with The Boss on this one. Sasha has been toiling in the mid card for a moment. To be fair, she absolutely needed a bit of a reset after her feud with Charlotte ended, but since it looks like her feud with Bayley is again on the back-burner Sasha needs something to do. Everyone wants to see heel Banks again and what better way to inflate her ego and push her into full baddy than a golden ticket? I just hope they bring back the Escalade. Pick: Sash Banks

AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Geno Mrosko: They’ve gone this far with it and there’s an argument to be made that Nakamura should win to create some compelling match-ups on top. But that would also mean yet another match with Styles — gotta have that rematch and all that — and I just don’t see it happening. It’s a shame too, considering this latest heel run has been entertaining as all get out. Pick: AJ Styles

Sean Rueter: $#!+ or get off the pot, WWE. Pick: Shinsuke Nakamura

Kyle Decker: This isn’t looking good for Shinsuke. He’s picked up one win during this feud, which was the last one they had in order to choose the stipulation. It really feels like that was the one win he’ll get in this feud. It’s also entirely possible that this feud will never main event a pay-per-view if Ronda and Nia get the nod. Pick: AJ Styles

Rev. Claire Elizabeth: The temptation to pick “no-contest due to punted gentlemen’s areas” is strong in this one. REALLY strong. But Last Man Standing is a good stipulation for the King of Strong Style and his proclivity for low blows of late. After all, his Chaos stablemate and master of the dick punch Toru Yano has been known to stoop so low as to tape dudes to the ropes and barricades in order to get a countout win. Shinsuke was watching. He knows what’s up. And AJ is woefully out of practice from not having wrestled for weeks. Pick: Shinsuke Nakamura

Cain A. Knight: If Nakamura was ever going to win the WWE Championship, he would have done it last month at Backlash. But WWE wanted to prolong heel Nakamura’s decisive loss as long as possible, and so here we are. Wrestling for a top championship on 4 straight PPVs without ever main eventing brings back memories of Randy Orton versus Christian from 2011. Pick: AJ Styles

Stunning Stella Cheeks: AJ has been a great champ, but all reigns must end. It’s time for Nakamura to live up to all the hype and claim his rightful place at the top. I just want everyone walks away with their genitals intact. Pick: Nakamura

Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax

Geno Mrosko: They scared me off my pick by having Rousey tap Jax with the armbar on Raw. I’m now convinced they run some weird finish here, and I think it’s a terrible idea. Pick: Nia Jax

Sean Rueter: They won’t be able to resist coronating Rowdy, and they probably shouldn’t. I don’t think her friend Nat cashes in here, either. They’re gonna milk that tension for at least a couple months. Pick: Ronda Rousey

Kyle Decker: The fact that Ronda had Nia tapping at the end of Raw had me doubting she’d do the same again Sunday. But I’m still not picking against Ronda to lose her first single’s match, especially after she’s just been announced for the UFC Hall of Fame. Pick: Ronda Rousey

Rev. Claire Elizabeth: 1. Arm drag. 2. Armbar. Pick: Ronda Rousey

Cain A. Knight: It sounds crazy for there to be any other result here besides Rousey walking out with the title. But the fact that Ronda tapped Nia out on Raw adds some uncertainty to the outcome, because it seems almost too obvious now that Rousey is the big favorite. At the very least, it probably means this one won’t be a squash match. Pick: Ronda Rousey

Stunning Stella Cheeks: This one is tricky. If Nia wins than Ronda loses her first singles bout in WWE which isn’t exactly a good look for an incoming superstar. But if Ronda wins I fear that they will find themselves in a Brock situation – they’ll book her too strong and no one will be able to dethrone her. The last thing RAW needs is another streak. Personally, I’m not a Ronda mark and think Nia should win handedly. Pick: Nia Jax

Carmella vs. Asuka

Geno Mrosko: It doesn’t make any sense to put the title on Asuka here, so they’ll find a way to keep it on Carmella. We can only hope they find an entertaining way to get us there. Pick: Carmella

Sean Rueter: Good thing Ellsworth is in China. Wait... what? Pick: Carmella

Kyle Decker: They had Carmella go over Charlotte clean to help build up their heel champ. I have a bad feeling that Asuka, who lost clean to Charlotte, is going to do the same. I’m not going to like it. But it’s what I’m thinking. Pick: Carmella

Rev. Claire Elizabeth: There are plenty of reasons why one might expect a chickenshit heel to prevail over a seemingly unstoppable challenger, but I’m not buying ‘em here. Sure Jimmy Dream seems likely to come into play, but he can take a reverse roundhouse kick as well as anybody, square on his lack of a chin. And “former ally returns to help heel win” is played out anyway-- the interesting idea is to have him cost Carmella because she treated him like a literal dog, anyway. And I’m absolutely here for at least one segment of Ellsworth trying to pal around with Asuka after helping her win the title. Pick: Asuka

Cain A. Knight: I’ll enthusiastically admit that Carmella is doing a great job of being a super annoying heel when she talks, but that doesn’t mean I want to see her wrestle. I guess I’ll predict Carmella wins with some help from a Big Hog. Pick: Carmella

Stunning Stella Cheeks: This goes one of two ways. Asuka completely destroys Carmella in 10 seconds or Carmella keeps her title due to a DQ. Carmella has been a fun champ, but Asuka needs to look strong. A shenanigan filled finish would be ideal. Pick: Asuka wins, but Carmella retains.

Seth Rollins vs. Elias

Geno Mrosko: Elias is a fantastic character but there’s a real question regarding whether or not he can have top level matches. He’s got the perfect opponent to have a great match with. Rollins is hot as hell right now and this should be fun. Pick: Seth Rollins

Sean Rueter: WWE was peeking over New Japan’s shoulder last weekend, and will take the secondary belt off the rising star so he can chase a bigger fish at an upcoming show. fka Drifter is great, but he’s no Jericho. You still know what I mean. Pick: Elias

Kyle Decker: I don’t see the top belt on Monday’s leaving the waist of Rollins any time soon. Pick: Seth Rollins

Rev. Claire Elizabeth: Seth’s on a best-in-the-world level roll right now and I never want it to end, but... I dunno. I got a feeling about this one. We’re heading towards SummerSlam and maybe that means it’s time to get your top guys out of the midcard title scenes. I like the Drifter, I think he’s got a particularly great sense of timing even if his wrestling style is “methodical throwback” at best, but I hope I’m wrong here all the same. Pick: Elias

Cain A. Knight: Seth Rollins is doing everything he can to make my dream of Braun Strowman never becoming the top guy in WWE a reality, so I’m rooting like hell for the Architect to keep burning it all down. Pick: Seth Rollins

Stunning Stella Cheeks: BUUUUURRN IT DOOOOOOOOOWN. Pick: Seth Rollins

The Bludgeon Brothers vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows

Geno Mrosko: Oh boy, it doesn’t really matter one bit, does it? At least Harper made it somewhat interesting with some wild tweets about Anderson’s family! Pick: Bludgeon Brothers

Sean Rueter: No matter the outcome, this is a victory of beard-os everywhere. Pick: The ones with hammers

Kyle Decker: There’s nothing at all indicating a title change here. Pick: The Bludgeon Brothers

Rev. Claire Elizabeth: Too Sweet me, hoot. Pick: The Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows)

Cain A. Knight: I love Luke Harper, but this Bludgeon Brothers gimmick needs to go away already. It’s one of the most boring things in WWE. And it’s going to continue past Money in the Bank, because Gallows and Anderson just can’t be taken seriously as tag title contenders. Pick: Bludgeon Brothers

Stunning Stella Cheeks: … Pick: Luke and His Brother

Daniel Bryan vs. Big Cass

Geno Mrosko: Legitimately hoping Bryan wins with a shin to the head. Pick: Daniel Bryan

Sean Rueter: Is “SHIN BONE TO THE DOME WHEN YOUR MOMMA AIN’T HOME” a valid pick? It should be. Pick: Daniel Bryan

Kyle Decker: This doesn’t feel like a feud that’s going to go longer than this. Cass was paired with Bryan to help raise his stature, but clearly the bigger plans going into SummerSlam are going to be surrounding Bryan. Did this feud help elevate Cass? To some degree, but maybe not as much as they would have wanted given the fact Bryan outclassed him in the ring and on the mic. Pick: Daniel Bryan

Rev. Claire Elizabeth: Cass is the dirt worst. His “You suck, little man” schtick might work better for me if it was directed at somebody who should actually be positioned as an underdog, but against Daniel “four-time world champion and perennial best in the world candidate” Bryan, it falls flat, and he certainly can’t back it up in the ring. And after bringing up the possibility in that sweet fallout video, I’m hoping Bryan puts him away with the wrist-clutch head stomps in less than five minutes. Pick: Daniel Bryan

Cain A. Knight: Daniel Bryan is a much bigger star than Big Cass and really needs to move on to a more interesting story and opponent. But there is still a July PPV coming up before SummerSlam, which means WWE is probably going to 50/50 this thing at Money in the Bank and then have Bryan take the rubber match next month. What a giant waste of time. Pick: Big Cass

Stunning Stella Cheeks: If Cass loses then all the hard work the props department did to secure a giant carnival sign will be for naught. They had a banger week – remember they also had to build a whole obstacle course. Honestly, just based on that I want him to win. Not because I like him or even think he is talented. Just to score a big one for the props team. Let’s go Cass! Pick: Big Cass

Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal

Geno Mrosko: This is actually a legitimately interesting match because while the outcome seems clear we’ve seen Vince McMahon inexplicably push Mahal really hard before. He’s also bombed as far as match quality while Reigns has good matches with everyone. I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out from every perspective. Pick: Roman Reigns

Sean Rueter: This could be fun, right? RIGHT? Pick: Roman Reigns

Kyle Decker: I’m more curious to find out how the crowd treats this match. Is Chicago is going to cheer Jinder? Boo both of them? Chant CM Punk? Yeah, it’ll be that. Sigh... Pick: Roman Reigns

Rev. Claire Elizabeth: I still can’t figure out Roman’s booking. Can’t beat Brock after four years all pointing towards him finally slaying the beast, slips on the proverbial banana peel in the rematch, then goes over Samoa Joe and now we’re here. And roads might be pointing to a Brock rematch at SummerSlam. I’d throw my hands up but they’ve been up for two months now, so... Pick: Roman Reigns

Cain A. Knight: They found the one opponent who even Roman Reigns can’t main event a PPV with. Pick: Roman Reigns

Stunning Stella Cheeks: Jinder wins and then Sunil Singh turns on him because Sunil is perfect and doesn’t deserve this crap from Jinder. Pick: Sunil Singh by way of Jinder Mahal

Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn

Geno Mrosko: They’re pushing Bobby pretty hard here, so it only makes sense to put him over. Pick: Bobby Lashley

Sean Rueter: Can I abstain? Plead the fifth? What did Sami and The Zayniacs do to deserve this particular program? It’s not losing. It’s everything else. Anyway... Pick: Bobby Lashley

Kyle Decker: Despite the booking doing Lashley few favors, this feud is designed to be his first single’s win since returning. I followed Lashley in Impact and he really came into his own there character wise. But none of this was designed to let that shine through. But he’s going to win here. Pick: Bobby Lashley

Rev. Claire Elizabeth: Okay, so as stupid as this feud has gone, it’s got a couple things going for it. Sami’s performances have been great, and I really actually dig Lashley’s nonchalant response to his attacks on a level where like, he seems to be aware that none of this really matters and is just amused by the whole deal. And last but not least... this match should rule. But afterward can we maybe start to move towards stories that emphasize what made Bobby great in his last Impact run, please? Pick: Bobby Lashley

Cain A. Knight: Part of me thinks WWE is just ribbing Lashley by putting him in all these wacky scenarios that have rendered him completely cold. Sami Zayn has actually benefited from these segments because he does such a great job as a delusional conspiracy-spewing nutcase who stalks people and their family on social media. That would be fine if the point of this feud was to put Sami Zayn over, but I’m pretty sure this story has been designed to help Lashley, who will almost certainly win this match. Pick: Bobby Lashley

Stunning Stella Cheeks: Bobby is gonna kick Sami’s butt. Which is too bad. Sami’s butt has been doing a surprisingly solid job considering the crap writing he has been given, but this feud was meant to build of Lashley. It really hasn’t, but we’ve committed to this train wreck so let’s see it through. Pick: Bobby Lashley

That’s how we see the card playing out.