Money In The Bank is one of the highlights of WWE’s PPV calendar. Since its inception in 2010, the Money In The Bank event has been full of exciting matches, centered around multiple people trying to climb a ladder and grab the Money In The Bank briefcase. The briefcase contains a contract that guarantees the owner a championship match at the time and place of their choosing. The contract is always a suspense builder, as the winner typically cashes it in when the champion is at their most vulnerable, nearly guaranteeing their win, and a new champion. In fact, since the Money in the Bank contract’s debut in 2005, only 4 cash in attempts did not result in a new champion. The briefcase has often been used to help a superstar rise from the midcard into the main event picture, or solidify a newer superstar’s position at the top. Based on this year’s entrants, 2019 looks to be no different.
Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles
WWE Universal Championship match
Outside of the ladder matches, this will almost without a doubt be the match of the night. Rollins and Styles are among the best wrestlers in the world right now, and certainly 2 of the best in WWE. The two have only fought each other once before, but never in WWE. This match could be the first of many, and if that’s the case expect them to leave some in their tanks for next time. There’s no real reason for Rollins to drop the title so soon after winning it, but there will likely be some suspicious finish so that AJ has a claim to a rematch.
Prediction: Rollins Retains
Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans
Raw Women's Championship match
So Becky Lynch will be defending both belts at Money In The Bank. This match with Lacey Evans will likely go on first and Becky should take care of her, although they will do everything they can to make Lacey look strong in her loss. Lacey Evans has been built as a powerhouse, and they won’t want to blow all of that moment in her first title match.
Prediction: Becky Wins
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair
SmackDown Women's Championship match
In her second title defense, Becky “Two Belts” faces her nemesis Charlotte. Excluding ladder matches, this match should compete with the WWE Universal Championship for match of the night. Becky and Charlotte have incredible chemistry together, whether on opposite sides of the ring, or in the same corner. The build for this match has not been as intense as the build to the Wrestlemania match was, but all of that excitement is still carrying over. IF Becky was to lose a belt at Money in the Bank, it makes sense that it would be the SmackDown Championship, but that seems unlikely. There are lots of opportunities for this match to end in a fluke finish as well, with Lacey jumping in and getting Becky the DQ win, or whoever wins the Women’s Money In The Bank cashing in. Becky will likely retain, but how that happens is really up in the air.
Prediction: Becky Retains
Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens
WWE World Championship match
For a feud that seemed completely fabricated a few weeks ago, KO and Kofi had made this feel like an extremely heated rivalry. After this week’s run ins from Sami Zayn and Xavier Woods, it’s almost a guarantee that they will get involved in this match as well. Expect another flukey finish, or even a DQ finish to allow Kofi to retain.
Prediction: Kofi Retains
Sami Zayn vs. Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin vs. Ali vs. Finn Balor vs. Andrade vs. Randy Orton
Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
There are several things to look forward to in this match. Ricochet. Ali. Balor. Andrade. All incredibly athletic, and sure to throw in some really fun spots in the match. On Raw this week, Corbin and McIntyre helped Sami Zayn win against Braun Strowman and take his place in this match. Expect to see the “Monster Among Men” get his revenge on the two during this match. Randy Orton sort of seems like filler here so it will be interesting to see what role he plays in this match. Usually in a high spot multi-man match like this, you want a vet who can keep the action going while others are getting ready to risk their necks with some insane flippy stunt. There doesn’t seem to be a real clear favorite heading into this match, but the smart bet has to be on Drew McIntyre. He has been all around the championship scene for months, and winning the briefcase will keep him there for the next several.
Prediction: Drew McIntyre
Natalya vs. Dana Brooke vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley vs. Mandy Rose vs. Ember Moon vs. Carmella
Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The front runner for the women’s Money In The Bank match is even less clear than the men’s. Alexa sat on the top of the ladder on Smackdown holding the briefcase, but only to the thanks of Nikki Cross. it does seem that the two of them will have some sort of partnership, likely to end the same way all of Bliss’s partnerships do, but it will be interesting to see if Cross plays a role on Sunday and if so, how big of a role. Other than Alexa, the other likely winners are Mandy Rose and Bayley. Mandy would be somewhat of a dark horse, but she fits Vince McMahon’s mold, and sometimes that’s all you need. However, since dropping the Women’s Tag Team titles to the IIConics at Mania, Bayley has not done much. Which is better than her partner Sasha Banks who hasn’t been on TV since. Giving the briefcase to Bayley would legitimize her as a threat on SmackDown, and add a fun twist into the Charlotte/Becky title feud.
Roman Reigns vs. Elias
I mean…. come on.
Prediction: Reigns Wins
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon
Steel cage match
It really felt like this feud would culminate at Wrestlemania, but instead that match only added fuel to the flames. The feud has been mostly entertaining, but it is starting to wear thin, and with the Miz moving to Raw after Mania, it’s time to end this and get the “Must See” Superstar in a feud with an actual wrestler.
Prediction: Miz Wins
Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio
United States Championship match
There are 5 title matches on this card, and if one belt has to change hands, this seems most likely to be the one. Rey can show off his high flying skills and get Joe discombobulated enough that he can roll him up for a sneaky 1-2-3. Rey can then drop the belt right back to Joe, or get a third person involved in this title scene.