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Predicting the match order at Money in the Bank 2020

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It’s one thing to predict the winners and losers at Money in the Bank 2020, but how about taking a guess at the match order on that card?

WWE has announced five different segments for the main card of Money in the Bank.

Here is my subjective view of how important each of these five segments rank, ordered from most important to least important.

  1. Men and Women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches
  2. Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins
  3. Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt
  4. Bayley vs. Tamina
  5. SmackDown tag title 4-way

It is important to come up with a list like this to get an idea of which matches are going to be placed in the key spots on the card or take up the most time, and which matches might end up in the cool-down spots or be given the least amount of time.

I’m combining the men and women’s ladder matches into one entry because both matches are occurring at the same time, at WWE headquarters.

The order of importance is very straightforward for this event. It’s all about the spectacle of the Money in the Bank ladder match(es), then the top male titles, then Bayley, and finally the SmackDown tag titles.

Main event

If each match airs as one uninterrupted segment, then the show will likely end with the Money in the Bank ladder match(es) at WWE headquarters. However, there is a chance that the match was shot and edited in such a way that it makes more sense to air separate clips of it throughout the night, and in that case, perhaps McIntyre’s match with Rollins could air as the final segment of the night.

This is a tough call, but for the sake of my own sanity as far as putting together the match order predictions is concerned, I’m going to keep the Money in the Bank ladder match(es) together as one segment. That means it lands in the main event slot.

Opening match

The opening match of the night is usually one of the mid-level attractions with good work rate that doesn’t require a dedicated video package ahead of time to hype it up.

WWE isn’t really giving me much to work with here, with only four matches remaining. The Universal championship and WWE championship matches rarely open the main card on pay-per-view, so I’m down to two matches.

Booking Tamina in the opening match of a pay-per-view just sounds like a bad idea.

That means it will be the SmackDown tag title 4-way.

That gives me the following card:

Segment 1: SmackDown tag title 4-way
Segment 2:
Segment 3:
Segment 4:
Segment 5: Men and women’s ladder matches

Everything else

On paper, it would certainly appear that WWE needs to add more matches to this card. But with 12 participants combined in the men and women’s ladder match, maybe they really have enough material in the can to cover an hour of the show with that segment alone. Nobody really knows how that will play out.

Yet considering that there is only one Raw exclusive match currently advertised for Money in the Bank, it just feels like a card that will get an Andrade/Garza/Theory vs. Random Babyfaces match added to it, so I’m adding that to the card as an unannounced 6th segment. And maybe I should be adding another match or two on top of that.

At any rate, Tamina’s match is going to be bad, so it goes in Segment 2. Then the random Andrade match goes third.

The two men’s championship matches go 4th and 5th. It doesn’t appear that we’re getting The Fiend on this card, so that means Wyatt goes 4th, and McIntyre 5th.

Finalized card

So here is my final prediction for the match order at Money in the Bank.

Segment 1: SmackDown tag title 4-way
Segment 2: Bayley vs. Tamina
Segment 3: Andrade/Garza/Theory vs. Random Babyfaces
Segment 4: Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt
Segment 5: Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins
Segment 6: Men and women’s ladder matches

That’s my prediction for the match order at Money in the Bank 2020. What’s yours?