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    Sunday, May 19, 2019

    Begging for Interest: WWE Money in the Bank 2019 Preview

    Money! Money, money, money, money, money, MONEY! It’s Money in the Bank season and despite the lack of fanfare, we here at Smark Henry will still offer you our thoughts on the upcoming PPV. So we rattled the cages of our resident weekly reviewers for another clash of ideals and predictions. Setting up the 20-foot ladder in the middle of the ring is none other than our RAW extraordinaire, Jofer Serapio! And frantically searching for a ladder under the ring is our SmackDown Live eccentric, Ricky Publico! Let's see what they got in their prediction banks. 

    Make the case for your pick as Mr. Money in the Bank.

    Jofer: Andrade should be this year’s Mr. Money in the Bank. Why? Here’s why… Winning the briefcase should make you the ultimate opportunist as you lurk in the shadows, threatening the main titleholders with just your very existence. When Braun had the briefcase and did otherwise, we all realized how lame it was. Drew McIntyre, my second place pick, doesn’t even need this briefcase. He can just Claymore Kick Rollins’ head off and we’d all buy him as a deserving threat to the Universal Champion. Also, do you know what’s Andrade’s finishing move is called? It was also one of his well-known wrestling names. La Sombra. That’s Spanish for “The Shadow.” It writes itself, come on.

    Ricky: Damn, Andrade is my pick too. But to make this interesting, I’ll go with the guy slated to be the future of WWE, Ricochet. Yeah, you heard me right. Flippy McFlippy Williams will defy wrestling logic and win it all, even after standing tall last week on SmackDown Live. I understand this guy’s a rookie and shouldn’t win big things in his first year, but c’mon, it’s not like it’s an absolute rule that the WWE enforces upon the roster. The MITB briefcase has always been the vehicle for future stars. Who else screams "future star" other than Ricochet? Drew McIntyre, but let’s just pretend we don’t know that and that I have a point.

    Make the case for your pick as Ms. Money in the Bank.

    Jofer: My pick for Ms. Money in the Bank is Nikki Cross. Truth be told, I forgot who her opponents are, only remembering that Alexa Bliss was supposed to be in this match but was replaced by Nikki because of a concussion. That said, I’m not buying Nikki’s normie persona. I talked about that at length in this week’s RAW review (shameless self-promotion), and I believe she’s still as crazy and as unpredictable as she always has been. You know what else is unpredictable? The Money in the Bank briefcase cash-ins. Or at least they should be. Seems like a good pair right there, crazy Nikki and her cash-inSAnitY.

    Ricky: This one’s easy. I’m sticking with my initial choice: Bayley. To be honest, this year’s Women’s MITB Ladder Match seems a bit dull, isn’t it? The only way to make this interesting is to give it to someone who recently tweaked her goody-two-shoes shtick just a little bit to make her a legitimate contender for a title. Imagine Bayley cashing it in on someone, maybe even at the PPV itself, and possibly turning heel-ish in the process. That’ll send her transformation full circle. She can start a feud with Charlotte Flair, just so Becky Lynch can focus on Lacey Evans.

    Do you think Becky Lynch will still walk out as a dual champion?

    Jofer: Definitely not. While I believe she'll most likely retain the RAW Women’s Championship against Lacey Evans just because Lacey is new, I don’t think she’ll retain the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair just because if this really is going to be the end of their feud, there's no way Flair isn’t going to get the final victory. Please let it be the end of their feud. Please.

    Ricky: Don’t listen to Negative Nancy over there. Becky Lynch will definitely retain her titles at the end of the night, by hook or by crook. Besides, since the Brand Split is a dead concept walking anyway, they might as well unify the titles right there and then and let Becky legitimize the new Undisputed Women’s Championship.

    The world titles are also up for grabs. Which of these matches are you more excited for?

    Jofer: This is a hard one because I love all four competitors involved in both matches, but I guess I’ll have to go with Seth Rollins versus AJ Styles for the Universal Championship just because of how their history was creatively interwoven into their title match. This isn’t just going to be for the title. For both men, it’s also going to be about their ego. Who’s the better wrestler in WWE today? Both Rollins and Styles want that claim, and they’ll stomp and punch each other to get what they both want.

    Ricky: I’ll take the other side of the coin and pick Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens. Both men are compelling enough in their roles, their storyline is well-executed, and it featured Owens talking to action figures. It’s the only rivalry worth investing in right now on SmackDown Live and I’d love to see it all go down at Money in the Bank. But that doesn't mean I’m not hyped for Rollins vs. Styles. That one’s actually a dream match so I’m already invested, with or without a compelling storyline.

    In all honesty, are you hyped for the other matches on the card?

    Jofer: What other matches?

    Ricky: Jofer bringing in the sass! But yes, there’s really nothing else on the card that’s worth getting excited for. I guess there’s Samoa Joe wanting to father someone else’s kid yet again.

    Yowie Wowie! Do you think the new Bray Wyatt will get involved in any of the matches?

    Jofer: I doubt it. As much as I want him to be involved in this PPV, I just can’t see where his appearance would best work. I mean, the Money in the Bank Ladder Matches already have magic of their own, with too many competitors making for an exciting conclusion, while the world title matches are probably still far from his grasp. Wait, how old is Eddie Guerrero’s son again?

    Ricky: Please let him be involved in some way. Why reveal his “secret” this soon if he’ll be MIA at the upcoming PPV? Maybe he’ll interfere in an undercard match and beat up everyone who’s in it. That’ll be fun. I hope he shows up during Roman Reigns vs. Elias and beat the shit out of everyone. Or maybe he can teleport inside the cage and take out both Miz and Shane McMahon. I’m willing to move past his bland mask if this happens.

    Also, Money in the Bank's poster is easily the best PPV poster of the modern era.

    Jofer: Absolutely.

    Ricky: Is that a question or a statement? It better be the latter because it’s goddamn true.

    WWE Money in the Bank 2019 Predictions

    WWE Championship Match: Kevin Owens vs. Kofi Kingston (c)

    Jofer: Kofi Kingston retains. I love Kevin Owens (I mean, he’s my best friend in the whole wide world) but I just don’t see Kofi dropping his title this early. Unless of course, someone cashes in on him to break everyone’s hearts. “EL íDOLO!” *cue Andrade’s music*

    Ricky: Kofi Kingston by a mile. As much as I love Kevin Owens, KofiMania ain’t gonna be a fluke, man. Kofi will definitely deliver a match for the ages against Owens and continue solidifying his title reign with grade-A defenses. And I don’t think the eventual winner of the Men’s MITB ladder match will cash it in on the same night. We can’t all be Kane and Dean Ambrose, you know.

    WWE Universal Championship Match: AJ Styles vs. Seth Rollins (c)

    Jofer: Seth Rollins also retains. I also think it’s too early for Rollins to drop the championship, even if it’s to AJ Styles. I’m looking forward to AJ attacking Rollins after the match to fully turn heel. #BeatDownSethRollins

    Ricky: Seth Rollins for me, too. Basically, no title exchanges this PPV, just because the three big winners from WrestleMania 35 need some momentum as champions. I just really hope they don't make us watch AJ Styles try hard as a heel again. Learn from your history, people.

    Steel Cage Match: The Miz vs. Shane McMahon

    Jofer: The Miz. Shane won their match at WrestleMania, so by the rule of 50-50 booking, Miz will win this one, hopefully with Miz-Dad’s help.

    Ricky: The Miz. Aside from the 50-50 logic, The Miz definitely needs to solidify his recent face turn with an impressive victory over Shane McMahon. Am I the only one waiting for this feud to be over? We already got what we wanted—a stellar babyface turn from The Miz. Let’s see him fight other baddies, shall we?

    Roman Reigns vs. Elias

    Jofer: Roman Reigns because Elias is nothing compared to leukemia.

    Ricky: Roman Reigns wins LOL.

    WWE United States Championship Match: Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe (c)

    Jofer: Samoa Joe needs this win and this title more than Rey-Rey, who will lose nothing if he loses because he’s already a freaking legend. I’m expecting the finish to involve Dominick somehow. Maybe Joe attacks him and that distracts Rey? Maybe Dominic turns on Rey, screaming “You’re not my papi!

    Ricky: Samoa Joe. Aside from the fact that Rey Mysterio doesn’t need another title reign, I’m sensing that this could lead to Dominic stepping into action one of these days. He’s been training to become a wrestler, right? Besides, Samoa Joe needs to rack up so many decisive victories in order to build him up as a formidable champion.

    WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Ariya Daivari vs. Tony Nese (c)

    Jofer: Tony Nese. I like Ariya Daivari but Tony Nese is just starting his reign, so I’m expecting him to win this one... with his knees.

    Ricky: Tony Nese. Like I said, no one’s going to lose their respective titles tonight. Almost all the champions at Money in the Bank are going to succeed in their first title defenses. No one’s going to lose, people.

    Kickoff - SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos vs. Daniel Bryan & Rowan (c)

    Jofer: Is this actually a title match? Hmm. I’m putting all my free-range chicken eggs in The Planeteers’ basket because The Usos are too busy harassing The Revival and that might just spell their doom. This’ll be an awesome match, though, no doubt about it.

    Ricky: Yes, it’s actually a match and I actually wish this was a unification match. The Usos should’ve won the RAW Tag Team Championships last week because those titles don’t mean shit. But fine, let’s just hope Daniel Bryan and Rowan win this one, just because they could potentially offer more value to the tag team division right now. Also, Daniel Bryan on the Kickoff? Jeez, WWE really needs to get their shit together.

    There you have it! Our esteemed reviewers have cashed in their thoughts about Money in the Bank. What do you guys think? Are you hyped for WWE’s annual ladder spectacle? Or are you just happy to get things over with? Let’s start hearing those predictions at the comments below.


    Ricky Publico (@NitPickRick) is a wrestling fan who enjoys watching high flyers and brawlers battle it out in the ring. A known Botchamania binge-watcher, he claims to have memorized the chronological order of Royal Rumble winners, but fails to remember who won in 2004. He writes stories about life and nonsense.

    Jofer Serapio (@ShawarmaJoe) reviews WWE RAW & NXT UK for Smark Henry. He has been an avid professional wrestling fan since grade school. These reviews are as close to professional wrestling as he can get. According to him, Kevin Owens is his best friend in the whole wide world. He continues to DM a fake Johnny Saint Twitter account about bringing Sheamus in for his stupid Sons of Sheamus idea.
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