FearlessRiOT Forecast: WWE Money in the Bank 2016

WWE needs to slow their role on a couple of things; first of all, I would really appreciate it if they stopped airing their live events opposite award shows. This is the sixth WWE event or special to do this. WrestleMania aired opposite the iHeartRadio and ACM AwardsPayback aired opposite the Radio Disney Music AwardsExtreme Rules aired opposite the Billboard Music Awards, and just last week, NXT TakeOver: The End aired opposite the CMT Music Awards. This Sunday, Money in the Bank airs opposite the the VMA’s of Canada, the MuchMusic Video Awards, and as a lover of both wrestling events and award shows, this trend has gotten really tiresome. Granted, I won’t Forecast the MMVAs because I haven’t seen videos from most of the nominated Canadians aside from the ones who were really big in America this year (Shawn MendesAlessia CaraDrakeJustin Bieber, and The Weeknd) and doing a Forecast on only the few International categories featuring American talent that I actually recognize won’t feel right since it’s a show honoring mostly Canadian music, but I’d still very much like to watch at least some of the show. Luckily, I’m off the hook next Sunday when the always-fun BET Awards air opposite no wrestling programming whatsoever, but I have a feeling this won’t be the last time I’ll encounter this dilemma. Second, WWE has been claiming for weeks that people have said that this is the greatest Money in the Bank event of all time. Not ONE of the greatest Money in the Bank events of all-time, mind you. Not even that it has the potential to be the greatest. They’re straight-up guaranteeing you that it already is THE greatest Money in the Bank event of ALL-TIME before it even takes place. I would suggest they not get too optimistic; the card looks pretty good, especially the three biggest matches on the show, but they’re in for a rude awakening if they think they can top 2011’s highly-praised event so easily that they’re already confident in telling us ahead of time that the show is already great. We’ll just have to judge it for ourselves when the show happens on Sunday, but for now, I do what I always do and predict who’ll come out on top in the Forecast.

The Dudley Boyz vs. The Lucha Dragons20160617_MITB_Match_DolphBaron--e4260c2273242b1a8d945bbd2583d214
I’m just gonna leave this Jadakiss song titled “Why” here. No particular reason.

Who I Want to Win: The Lucha Dragons, because I want to see Kalisto win something again.
Who Will Win: The Lucha Dragons, not that people will care because there is no reason for this match to be happening.

Goldust & R-Truth vs. Fandango & Tyler Breeze20160617_MITB_Match_RtruthBreeze--7f283164681d94f74c563dfd7fcf5226
This is comedy. Everything about this angle is comedy. Luckily, I’m not one of those wrestling fans who scoff everytime WWE tries to make us laugh; honestly, this angle has gotten at least a few genuinely funny moments. It started to drag MONTHS ago, but I still appreciate what they’re going for most of the time. Wrestling can’t be all-serious all the time and humor is necessary to break up the monotony most of the time. What I don’t understand, though, is why R-Truth and Goldust continually lose. Maybe it’s so the fans get more behind them, but if they keep it up too long, I feel like the fans will stop caring, especially since they’re losing to clowns like Fandango and Tyler Breeze.
Who I Want to Win: Goldust and R-Truth because they need to get a win sometime.
Who Will Win: Goldust and R-Truth. That is a VERY bold prediction.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin20160608_MITB_Match_DolphBaron--331b824dad9ef003980f684fbd4fd100
Just replace “Lisa” with “WWE” in this clip and you’re have my exact feelings on this monotonous feud being featured on a third PPV in a row, this time not on the pre-show for once:

Who I Want to Win: If I had to pick, Corbin, just because I was over Ziggler many moons ago.
Who Will Win: No one watching it, that’s for sure.

Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus20160613_MITB_Match_ApolloCrewsSheamus--fb2c2081528e31880835a9e775873c9e
Apollo Crews has had a rather uneventful run on the main roster so far. Maybe his most notable moment has been botching taking a Lionsault from Chris Jericho in his Money in the Bank qualifying match. Almost makes you wonder whether they called up the admittedly talented and athletic Crews too soon. But apparently, all hope is not lost as an attempt has finally been made to give him an edge of some kind as he feuds with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 star and former World Champion (I swear, that really happened before) Sheamus over something I think they creative team are still feeling around on the cutting room floor for.
Who I Want to Win: Apollo Crews, because I do like him as an athlete and am always up for a Sheamus PPV loss.
Who Will Win: Most likely Sheamus; not so much to promote TMNT2, but moreso because I feel like WWE probably has no idea how to book the character-less Apollo going over Sheamus yet.

WWE United States Championship
Rusev © vs. Titus O’Neil20160606_MITB_Match_RusevTitus_nologo--8d3d8f33b72cf1ff2f1db42ff3fc94dc
I still don’t know where exactly this feud came from. Is this Titus O’Neil‘s Father’s Day present for being such a good parent? Not that I have a problem with that, but maybe give me a reason or some build to better invest in this. I don’t know if I’ll be able to say that I want Titus to dethrone Rusev just because Rusev bullied the Lucha Dragons. (Way to make Kalisto look like a chump after his U.S. Title reign, by the way.) If anything, a Rusev U.S. Championship reign is just what the doctor ordered. He’s getting his mojo back and so is Lana somewhat, and the guy is on a clear path to become the graetest U.S. Champion of all-time. Basically, while Bob Backlund is telling us that we’re gonna make Darren Young great again (despite him never even being great in the past), Rusev is out there actually making himself great again. But will that momentum stall at the hands of Young’s former PTP ally?
Who I Want to Win: Rusev; I’m too amused by the guy to want his reign ended already.
Who Will Win: Rusev; eveything about them pushing Titus right now screams “This is filler”.
 
WWE Tag Team Championship
The New Day © vs. The Club vs. Enzo & Cass vs. The Vaudevillains20160606_MITB_Match_TagTeams--22876d7846fc1b4f3506c9de42d72676
Recently, The New Day celebrated a couple of milestones; in addition to Xavier Woods‘ YouTube channel UpUpDownDown celebrating it’s one-year anniversary with a messy and delicious food fight, the trio have managed to break Brian Kendrick and Paul London‘s reign as the longest running modern Tag Team Champions in WWE. The penny belts have been in The New Day’s possession since SummerSlam of last year, and they’ve defeated all comers from The Dudleyz to the League of Nations to hold on to them. But this Sunday, they have three fresh teams coming at them in the form of Club Enforcers Gallows & Anderson, the wisecraking collective of Enzo & Cass, and the old school Gotch & English. Could all the Francesca’s in the world help New Day escape this fray with their titles?
Who I Want to Win: The New Day; I kinda want them to make it a full year as champions this August. How historic would that be?
Who Will Win: The New Day, because I see The Club winning the titles in a traditional tag team format, not with two additional teams involved.
 
Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch20160613_MITB_Match_CharlotteDanaNattyBecky--a1939d9cdcff776017f7c522ee145dd4
With Naomi, Tamina, and Emma injured, WWE still basically having no faith in Alicia Fox and Summer Rae, JoJo just settling on ring announcing, WWE having no clue what to do with Paige and Sasha Banks, and WWE forgetting that Lana is a wrestler now apparently, the only thing that has been going on in the women’s division the last couple of months has been Women’s Champion Charlotte and her protégé Dana Brooke fighting off Becky Lynch and Natalya week in and week out. And somewhere along the way, the supposed-to-be game-changing Women’s Title took a backseat to eveything; I guess it’s because Charlotte already beat both Natalya and Becky Lynch for the title on several occasions, but Charlotte gets a pass to not defend the title on Sunday and will take part in a tag team match instead, just days after losing clean to Paige on RAW in about three minutes. I had no idea that this is what a supposed revolution was supposed to look like.
Who I Want to Win: Becky Lynch & Natalya, because I like Becky Lynch & Natalya.
Who Will Win: Charlotte & Dana Brooke, because WWE loves how Charlotte’s title reign had made me want to pull my hair out and they want me to be as bald as my father.
 
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio20160614_MITB_Match_Qualifying_six--05e3349fe080822343057b95061acd71
Once a yearly staple and guaranteed Match of the Night contender on the WrestleMania card, the in-universe brainchild of master inventor Chris Jericho will once again play host to an exhilarating midcard car crash on its own stage. Jericho is taking part in this year’s melee, hoping to win his first MITB match since the first sixth MITB match from that fateful night in Apple, Appleton, The Big Apple in the year 2000-[mumbles].  So basically, he’s hoping to earn his first for-real MITB victory. And so is everyone else in the match aside from previous winner Alberto Del Rio. A run with the briefcase could land Cesaro that opportunity that the WrestleMania XXX Battle Royal should have given him while former NXT Champions and sworn enemies Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens could find themselves with a shot at a much more prestigious World Title. And what about Dean Ambrose? Could he join his former Shield brothers on the title picture? And what about that rumored seventh spot that WWE seems to have totally deleted from memory, but still has fans buzzing could see the debut of a certain demon because we just don’t know when to quit?
Who I Want to Win: Ambrose or Owens. Ambrose getting in on the Reigns/Rollins feud and making it Shield warfare sounds nice; at the same time, I need to see the brilliance of Owens awarded with a World Title ASAP.
Who Will Win: Either Jericho or Owens…wait, Jericho stood tall at the end of RAW. So yeah, it’s gonna be Owens.
 
AJ Styles vs. John Cena20160609_MITB_Match_CenaAJ--0c6d126e6f9042da112a4886e6ff9bbd
Starting in 2005, John Cena has been The Man in WWE. Despite the fact that The Face That Runs The Place has netted about 1,000 or so haters for every one of the numerous World Titles he’s won, his posterboy status has always been secure to the point that feuding with the guy would be a big deal for an up-and-comer. AJ Styles is an up-and-comer in WWE, but he’s definitely not new to the wrestling waltz. In fact, he was one of TNA’s biggest stars since the company’s beginnings in 2002 all the way to his 2013 departure. At some point, you could have considered AJ Styles the posterboy for TNA before Dixieland decided the smother the main event with former WWE guys. After it was announced AJ was on his way to WWE, it was only a matter of time before these two stars would collide one-on-one, and folks, after a surreal confrontation and subsequent heel turn, the time is now. The Phenomenal One looks to add another accomplishment to his list by taking out Cena’s “K-Mart shoppin’ ass” (his hilarious words, not mine) while Cena looks to further drive home the point that if you’re gonna talk the talk on him, you better be able to walk the walk too.
Who I Want to Win: AJ Styles; I don’t know it we’re entered “Cena: The Putting-People-Over” years yet, but AJ Styles would be a great opponent to kick it off with.
Who Will Win: John Cena, because “TNA POSTERBOY BEAT WWE POSTERBOY? LOL, U CRAZY!” says Vince McMahon.
 
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Roman Reigns © vs. Seth Rollins20160523_MITB_Match_ReignsRollins--1522def70b96c1abbea271f33a3db693
Seth Rollins has been on a mission since the day a knee injury put an end to his reign as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Once that limb was back to 100% or closer, he was coming to get back the title that he never lost. Who happens to be World Champion at the time he returned? The man he symbolically stabbed in the back two years ago, sacrificing a brotherhood for a shot at solo stardom. Roman Reigns certainly hasn’t forgotten it, and it’s given the match a beautiful layer of continuity and history. The one botched layer, though, seems to be on a fan support level. Listening to the crowd, it’s clear that so many of them are on Rollins’ side in this, as we should be after seeing how hard he fought to come back in his WWE 24/7 documentary. Meanwhile, Roman Reigns is still the very hated entitled guy who fans want to see get a tan-hiding from. But will Sunday night be the night for the Resurrection of the Architect or just another rub for The Guy?
Who I Want to Win: Seth Rollins; give this man a run with the title where he’s not a total coward.
Who Will Win: Roman Reigns; it’s gonna be Roman Reigns and you know it.
Do you agree with the forecast? Who do you see winning at Money in the Bank? Who are you rooting for to win? Tag me on Twitter @FearlessRiOT and let me know or leave a comment below. Then check out what WWE will attempt to make the greatest Money in the Bank event of all-time on the WWE Network this Sunday!

 

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