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It sounds like there will be no Money in the Bank qualifying matches this year

But why?

WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) is scheduled for Sun., May 19, 2019, and will emanate from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The big draw of that show is the matches that share its name: the men’s and women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches.

Given the briefcase could be a ticket for an upper midcard talent to claim a top title, it’s always interesting to see who’s going to be competing for the briefcases.

Looks like we’ll learn all the competitors on Raw and SmackDown this week.

From’s SmackDown preview:

After this Monday night’s Raw will reveal which Raw Superstars will be in both the Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, the blue brand will round out both lineups this Tuesday night.

With no mention of qualifying matches on either show (we already knew Alexa Bliss was announcing them on Raw), it sounds like they’re just going with an information dump, just rattling off the names of the competitors.

That’s one way to go about it, and certainly one they’ve used before, but it’s a bit odd. There are three weeks of programming (meaning six shows of main roster content) prior to the Money in the Bank PPV. Instead of having a couple weeks of qualifying matches to help fill that time, they’re just going to read them off this week.

While the Money in the Bank matches are fun, normally the build is lazy. It often includes random tag matches and sometimes some one on one matches between the competitors to fill the time prior to the PPV. Why rush into that instead of setting up some qualifying matches, matches that would have stakes, for a couple weeks?

Only WWE knows the answer to that. Maybe they have a plan for all the competitors for the remaining weeks. Or maybe those men and women will just spin their wheels until May 19. We’ll find out soon.

Let us know who’s names you hope they read for the matches on Raw and SmackDown this week.

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