WWE returns to pay-per-view (PPV) — if your cable provider is carrying the event, of course — tomorrow night (Sun., May 10, 2020) live from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, with its Money in the Bank event starting at 6:00 pm ET with the Kickoff show leading right on into the main course at 7 pm ET on the WWE Network.
Set for the card: Two Money in the Bank ladder matches, and 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
Daniel Bryan vs. Aleister Black vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Baron Corbin vs. Otis vs. AJ Styles
Geno Mrosko: There are really only three intriguing names on this list who seem like legitimate contenders here: Styles, who just returned and is a top level star who could be headlining any show, Black, who has clearly been marked as a future star, and Corbin, who just won’t go the hell away. I’ll go with the future. Pick: Aleister Black
Sean Rueter: AJ seems so obvious I’m tempted to go all WILD CARD on ya and pick Rey or something. But Styles just makes so much sense, and stalking someone with a briefcase is one of the few big roles he’s yet to play in WWE. He’ll be good at it too, especially now that he’s a ghost (don’t listen to him, he’s totally a ghost). Pick: AJ Styles
Kyle Decker: OK, let’s start by some process of elimination. Going to say no to Bryan (doesn’t need it), Rey (same), and Otis (too soon). That leaves Styles, who you can argue also doesn’t need it but he’s more full time with Rey and is the man who’s always a great choice for champion, Corbin, who they love and could right the wrong of his failed cash in years back, and Black, who it may be too soon for they clearly have high aspirations for. I’m going scratch off Black because it is probably too soon. Corbin is very possible but I’m leaning towards Styles as a veteran who won’t let them down if he cashes it in. Pick: AJ Styles
Rev. Claire Elizabeth: I will always, always stump for being bold and stone cold making somebody in one of these matches, and as fun as Otis is, there’s only one real choice here as a result. No man is ever truly good, no man is ever truly evil, and Aleister Black is winning the men’s Money in the Bank briefcase.
Cain A. Knight: Which of these six men could plausibly be the Universal or WWE champion in the next year? I don’t see Otis in that role. Mysterio’s time as champ is in the past, and Bryan will probably leave WWE for a while once Brie Bella gives birth. It seems a bit early for Black, and he would also look the most ridiculous carrying around that briefcase for months on end. That leaves Corbin or Styles. I guess they could go with Corbin if they want viewership to fall under one million. Let’s hope common sense prevails. Pick: AJ Styles
Stella Cheeks: Considering the fact that AJ Sytles is definitely a ghost now - you know because he was BURIED ALIVE - I think he’ll use his ghost powers to win MITB. It makes sense if you think about it (don’t think about it). Pick: AJ Styles
Shayna Baszler vs. Nia Jax vs. Asuka vs. Dana Brooke vs. Lacey Evans vs. Carmella
Geno Mrosko: Like there was no reason to believe anyone but Shayna Baszler was winning at Elimination Chamber, there’s no reason to believe anyone but Shayna Baszler is winning at Money in the Bank. Pick: Shayna Baszler
Sean Rueter: Yeah, sorry ladies of the blue brand... not buying it. As for the red show entrants, none of them really feels like they need the briefcase. The Jax feud can happen at any time, and I get the sense they’re keeping Baszler away from Becky now intentionally. The idea of Asuka winning it to assure herself another shot at The Man sounds good enough, though. Monday night she announces she’s cashing in at SummerSlam or wherever, screams in Japanese while doing a bunch of other wildly entertaining mannerisms, and away we go. Pick: Asuka
Kyle Decker: Feels like the Raw side is winning. Becky Lynch is addressing the winner on Monday and the Raw side is way more legit than the SmackDown side. It’s not going to be Asuka given she just had a feud with Becky recently. I think it’s going to be Shayna to keep her stalking Lynch after her disappointing WrestleMania loss. Pick: Shayna Baszler
Rev. Claire Elizabeth: ...now granted, the corollary to my axiom for the men’s match is that you kind of need to not have been defined down into oblivion before you can win the briefcase. Sorry, Dana. I guess Lacey would be the next best fit but a) ew and b) Money in the Bank feels wrong for a round of her feuding with Bayley, so one of the established Raw women seems likely to take it. Baszler already seems like an afterthought, Jax is the monster that exists in this match to get ganged up on, hell, I’m going for it— Pick: Asuka
Cain A. Knight: WWE isn’t even pretending that the SmackDown side of this match measures up to the Raw side. This one comes down to Baszler or Jax. I doubt that Vince McMahon was ever truly sold on Baszler as a top star, and now Jax has usurped her as the dominant ass kicker on Raw. I always figured Ronda Rousey would be the person to dethrone Becky Lynch as champ, but it doesn’t look like she’ll be appearing in WWE anytime soon. So of course it’s going to be Nia Jax. Pick: Nia Jax
Stella Cheeks: Considering that they don’t seem like they want to strip Becky anytime soon and that Bayley is once again headed toward a feud with her bestie, Sasha Banks, it would make sense for someone who needs the push, but could handle losing the cash-in to win. Dana Brooke has been on a winning streak lately and if she wins the briefcase it would give her a chance to work on her promo skills while bringing some much needed new direction to the women’s division. Money in the Bank should be exciting and a Dana Brooke win, for better or worse, would be exciting. Pick: Dana Brooke
Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins
Geno Mrosko: There’s no chance they take the title off McIntyre this early. Pick: Drew McIntyre
Sean Rueter: In general these crowd-free shows suck, but I am glad there aren’t arenas full of people bristling against McIntyre’s booking and embracing the “cool heel” right now. Pick: Drew McIntyre
Kyle Decker: Drew McIntyre isn’t losing his title this soon. Seth Rollins lost at Mania and was clearly put in there because their roster is thin right now and he is always credible enough to do that. Pick: Drew McIntyre
Rev. Claire Elizabeth: I just want Drew to win because sad monotone determined promo Seth Rollins is the most appealing he’s been in a long, long time and I want to get back to that. Pick: Drew McIntyre
Cain A. Knight: McIntyre might go down as the worst drawing WWE champion in history. But I don’t see Vince taking the title off him right now, not when we have a whole summer of title defenses against Jinder Mahal waiting for us. Pick: Drew McIntyre
Stella Cheeks: Drew deserves to hold the title until the audience comes back. Seth deserves to be claymore kicked in the face for buying that weird chair. Pick: Drew McIntyre
Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt
Geno Mrosko: I’m imagining this is just the start of the issue between these two, which means they’ll need to drag this out from here. That could mean a title switch. After all, the belt was never supposed to be with Strowman anyway. Pick: Bray Wyatt
Sean Rueter: As much of a goof as his title win was, I can’t see them taking the belt of the beefy one just yet. Especially not when Bray’s proven he can take a loss, work it into his act, and keep on trucking. Pick: Braun Strowman
Kyle Decker: I say they’re going to reset. Braun wasn’t supposed to be the champ. Bray lost to Goldberg so Goldberg could lose to Roman. Roman is out so may as well get it back on Bray. Pick: Bray Wyatt
Rev. Claire Elizabeth: Sometimes hot potatoing a title is good, when it’s a planned quick back and forth. This is not that. Let the Monster Among Men hold the title until SummerSlam at the very least. Pick: Braun Strowman
Cain A. Knight: It looks like we’re getting Funhouse Bray rather than The Fiend, which suggests there is another match to come in this story. This match is not going to main event the card, so I could see a disqualification here to delay a title change until The Fiend wrestles. Pick: Braun Strowman
Stella Cheeks: They need to pull the ole Finn Balor and have Fun House Bray lose to Braun only to comeback as the Fiend and eat his face. Let’s draw this feud out! Why not? It’s not like they have anything better to do! Pick: Braun Strowman
Bayley vs. Tamina Snuka
Geno Mrosko: Yeah, no. Pick: Bayley
Sean Rueter: We’ve been getting the full court press on how beloved she is backstage. It’s a smart way to repackage her as a threat. And you know what? They’ve convinced me. Pick: Tamina
Kyle Decker: I still think they want to tease out Bayley vs. Sasha Banks for a little long before they decided “Nah, we’re not gonna do that.” Pick: Bayley
Rev. Claire Elizabeth: God bless her, this is Tamina’s tenth year on the main roster. I’m happy for her to get a singles title match to commemorate it, but she ain’t getting past Bayley. Pick: Bayley
Cain A. Knight: A push for Tamina means we get a very bad championship match. But unlike a Nia Jax push, it doesn’t come with the threat of a win on pay-per-view. Pick Bayley
Stella Cheeks: The build to this match hasn’t been horrible. All three wrestlers have cut some interesting promos and have made some funny internet videos to promote the match. The problem here is that Tamina is, frankly, a joke. They may say she’s a bruiser and a powerhouse but her win loss record is laughable and she’s just not a good wrestler. There is no way she wins here. Pick: Bayley
The New Day vs. The Miz & John Morrison vs. The Forgotten Sons vs. Lucha House Party
Geno Mrosko: I suppose it’s at least possible that the new guys on the scene are given a big win here but I’m of the belief they’ll stick with what works. Why try to get a new team over when you don’t have an audience? Pick: The New Day
Sean Rueter: Still not sure why they lost them in the first place, and figure E & Kof will win them back in a couple months anyway, so... Pick: Miz & Morrison
Kyle Decker: The numbers always favor the champs in fatal 4-ways, despite the numbers the announcers want to tell you. Pick: The New Day
Rev. Claire Elizabeth: Remember when Jaxson “Gunner” Ryker was an incredibly vulnerable and sympathetic babyface on the southern indies, post-TNA, pre-WWE? Now he’s reduced to cheerleading these goons and it makes me sad. Anyway, no change here. Pick: New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston)
Cain A. Knight: The Lucha House Party are extreme underdogs, and the Forgotten Sons are only here because Jimmy Uso is hurt. So the winner will be New Day or Miz & Morrison. It really doesn’t matter which of those teams win this match, because tag team wrestling doesn’t matter in WWE. Pick: New Day
Stella Cheeks: When in doubt pick The New Day. They come with pancakes and joy! To paraphrase every quarantine commercial, “Now, more than ever, we need pancakes and joy.” Pick: New Day
That’s how we see the card playing out.