WWE Money In The Bank Predictions: Becky 2 Belts Retains Both Titles
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring and Chris E. Hayner | @ChrisHayner on
It's time for the Money in the Bank PPV from WWE. Right now, GameSpot is doing live coverage and a review of the show. Sure, you may be watching the series finale of Game of Thrones, but we have the wrestling coverage you need for this evening.
This year's event will be taking place at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday, May 19. The show begins at 7 PM ET and there will be a Kickoff Show starting one hour prior on the WWE Network and YouTube as well. Below, you'll find the MITB show times for time zones around the world.
Main Card Start Times:
- 4 PM PT
- 6 PM C
- 7 PM ET
- 12 AM BST (May 20)
- 9 AM AET (May 20)
As of this writing, there are 10 matches on the card, six of which are title matches. Aside from those, there are two MITB ladder matches, where the eight competitors will try to be the first person to get a hold of a briefcase hanging above the ring. Inside that case is a contract for a title match, which can be cashed-in at any time. Check out all the matches on the card below.
- Tony Nese (c) to battle Ariya Daivari (Cruiserweight Championship)
- Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Andrade, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Finn Bálor, Braun Strowman, Baron Corbin, Mustafa Ali, and Randy Orton
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Ember Moon, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Nikki Cross, Bayley, Natalya, Naomi, and Carmella
- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans (Raw Women’s Championship)
- The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (Steel Cage Match)
- Roman Reigns vs. Elias
- Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens (WWE Championship)
- Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles (Universal Championship)
- Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair (Smackdown Women’s Championship)
Like everyone on the internet, GameSpot's resident Wrestle Buddies, Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner have a few opinions about the winners and losers of the PPV. Below, you'll find all our predictions for the show, and make sure to come back on May 19 for live coverage and a live review of Money in the Bank.
Daniel Bryan & Rowan (c) vs. The Usos (Smackdown Tag Team Championship)
[Reportedly on Kickoff Show]
Mat: Wait... The Usos are on Raw, thanks to the Superstar Shakeup. I know this because they're in a storyline belittling The Revival, which has been just awful TV. Poor, poor Usos. You deserve better. This is going to be an amazing match, don't get me wrong, but it makes no sense that a team from Smackdown will be taking on a team from Raw for one of the show's tag team titles. Yay, more Wild Card stupidity. Daniel Bryan and Rowan will win this one, but again, this is going to be an amazing bout.
Chris: Nothing says "match of the year" like something haphazardly thrown on the show at the last possible second that also makes no sense whatsoever. Raw superstars The Usos are getting their second shot at the Smackdown tag titles for reasons and it's dumb. Daniel Bryan and Rowan will retain in a match that will simply get Bryan on the card.
Tony Nese (c) vs. Ariya Daivari (Cruiserweight Championship)
Mat's Prediction: I don't watch 205 Live, and I've made this clear plenty of times. However, I certainly enjoyed Tony Nese vs. Buddy Murphy at Wrestlemania, and I always say the 205 Live matches at PPVs steal the show. All of that being said, this is going to be a rad match. However, because Nese is such a new champion, I don't see the title changing hands again. Nese will end up retaining.
Chris' Prediction: Full disclosure: After Wrestlemania, in which Mat and I wrote about wrestling until our heads caved in, I erased wrestling from my life a couple of weeks. It's okay because the superstar shakeup amounted to not very much, and the wild card rule is stupid. And while I've gotten caught up on most things since then, 205 Live isn't one of them. I honestly have no idea how Tony Nese is doing since winning the title. However, I know he and Daivari are capable of putting on a very entertaining match that will probably be on the kickoff show. I don't think 205 Live is a consistent show-stealer on the PPVs Like Mat does, but I think this will be fun. And Nese will retain, because why take the title away from him so quickly?
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio (United States Championship)
Mat: Wait… This is still a thing happening? I love Samoa Joe and Rey Mysterio, but I thought this was all over with. Dominic is back too--Rey's son--and I really just don't care about this. It happened at Mania, and it was a squash, and this story doesn't have legs. Put Rey and Dominic against some upcoming talent. Same goes for Joe. Oh, am I supposed to be predicting who is going to win? Rey wins because WWE will drag this story out forever.
Chris: A Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio feud should have been great. Rey's history as the giant killer could have been played up to make him a serious threat to Joe, who is doing what he can to legitimize the United States Championship, which needs it desperately. This match won't be the squash at Wrestlemania 35 was, but the result will be the same. Mysterio doesn't need this title, and Samoa Joe can't lose. Joe is a monster of a heel and should be treated as such. 2019 needs to be the year WWE finally pushes him to the top, as he would be a fantastic foil for Seth Rollins at SummerSlam.
Men’s MITB Match: Andrade, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Finn Bálor, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, Mustafa Ali, and Randy Orton
Mat: Alright. This is a match can I get excited about. I love everyone in this match, except for Randy Orton. Hey, he's a great worker, but his character isn't interesting to me. Yes, I love Baron Corbin as well. I'm excited for the potential this match has to be amazing. It's a great mixture of musclemen that will powerbomb people through tables and dudes who will flip all over the place. If this match doesn't deliver, I may have to climb into a hole and cry for another month or so. This should be the moment that WWE pushes Andrade, as Smackdown needs new blood in the main event, and he's just the guy they need. Side note: I had to check what show Andrade was on now because the Superstar Shakeup--along with the dumb Wild Card rule--has confused me as to who is on what show now. Andrade wins.
Chris: This is a weird match because before Sami Zayn was added, there was nothing I cared about happening here. And that's ridiculous, given who's in this match. Finn Balor has been relegated to the mid-card since he came back from injury if he's been featured at all. Ricochet got called up from NXT as part of a tag team that was killed off quickly, leaving him in some kind of quasi-feud with Bobby Roode. Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman, I don't even know where to start with how squandered they've been. Baron Corbin is Baron Corbin--enough said. And Ali was hot before he went down with an injury earlier this year and has been barely scraping by in the middle of the pack ever since. Oh yeah, and Andrade is… I don't even know. I think he's back on Smackdown and not doing much of note.
There was no clear winner that I found myself getting excited about. Enter: Sami Zayn. Since returning from injury, Zayn has consistently been the best promo on the roster and had solidified himself as a heel that could be very fun to watch feud with Seth Rollins. Make it happen, Sami; you're our only hope.
Women’s MITB Match: Ember Moon, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Natalya, Naomi, and Carmella
Update 2 [May 17]: Nikki Cross has been added to the match, so once again, Mat needs to update his prediction.
Mat: Why do I need to update this? I already predicted Nikki Cross to win! Is it because I said that no replacement has been announced? I don't feel very positive about this because I can't think of a time where a last-minute replacement won a match. Listen, I have a nasty cold right now, and I don't have time to seriously weigh my option. Nikki Cross wins. I'm sticking with my guns.
Chris: I... I don't know. I'm a founding member of the Little Miss Bliss fan nation and I'm sad she won't be able to compete here. I'm guessing either Nikki Cross of Bayley will win now. Just to be different from Mat, I'll go with Bayley.
Update [May 15]: Alexa Bliss has been removed from the MITB match, as she's not medically cleared, so Mat has to redo his prediction.
Mat: Great... My pick to win can't compete, and her replacement hasn't been announced yet. What do I do? Well, I'd love to pick Ember Moon, but I'm going to go out on a really weird limb and say that Nikki Cross will be announced as the replacement, and she will win. I swear... If I have to do another update before the show...
Original prediction below:
Mat: Who is going to win the right to challenge Becky Lynch? (Please let Lynch retain both titles) I am not as excited about this match. Ember Moon and Alexa Bliss are a couple of my favorites, but where's Ruby Riott and what happened to Nikki Cross?* What about Zelina Vega? At least throw me Kairi Sane… I know complaining about who isn't in this match won't help at all, and so I'll shut up. Everything about the set up for this MITB match feels like it was built for Alexa Bliss' return to action. Both she and Moon are the two most talented in-ring performers on the card, and while the fanboy in me is pulling for Moon, I think Bliss will come out with the contract.
*=The night after I wrote this, Cross magically appeared on television again, and all is right with the world.
Chris: This match is much more interesting to me because there are so many possibilities. I don't expect Dana Brooke, Mandy Rose, Natalya, or Naomi to wind up with a briefcase, but even removing them leaves four strong potentials, each of which would be exciting to see. Given that it seems Alexa Bliss is finally able to work again, I'm going with her to win as she'd be a great villain to tangle with Becky Lynch throughout the summer before eventually cashing in. And she wouldn't even have to beat The Man to keep things entertaining. I wouldn't be bad at Carmella, Ember Moon, or Bayley winning, though.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans (Raw Women’s Championship)
Mat: How many times do I have to say it? I always predict Becky Lynch to win. However, Lynch is in two different championship matches over the course of the evening, and that could throw a wrench into the plans of Becky 2 Belts. Here, she's up against Lacey Evans--a character who I truly don't believe has earned a title shot yet. Listen, this is going to be a fun match. I really will enjoy it, but the ending entirely depends on when the match takes place during the evening. I'd love for Becky Lynch to dominate both matches, but if this Evans match goes on after Charlotte--which will be, as Jim Ross puts it, "a slobberknocker"--Evans will get the win by way of DQ. There are too many factors here. I'm making this too hard on myself. If this is the first night of the match, Becky Lynch wins. If this is the second match of the night--which is doubtful--Lacey Evans wins, but it will be because of DQ from Charlotte. Lynch will retain the title.
Chris: Given how popular the Becky 2 Belts shirts seem to be, I don't expect Becky to lose either match--spoilers. That said, I do think this one to end due to some manner of shenanigans. It's the first meeting between these two and could make for a great feud long-term. So for now, let's expect a DQ, run-in, it count out to make sure Becky keeps her bling.
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (Steel Cage Match)
Mat: Before Wrestlemania, I wanted this story line to be dead and gone. I don't like seeing Shane McMahon play the old "I'm a McMahon! I'm a villain" card, as it's been played for the past 23 years. However, their actual Wrestlemania match was a lot of fun, and I weirdly want more. A steel cage match feels like it's the right direction for this storyline, but here's the thing. This story needs to end. Shane is running around on Raw and Smackdown doing whatever, and Miz needs to either move to the main event or into contention for the main title. He needs to be in the title hunt, not in a battle with the owner's son. Anyway, Miz wins.
Chris: You know what made Vince McMahon such a credible villain back in the Attitude Era? He was the authority figure who was so evil you would pay money to see your favorite hero beat him up. Because at the end of the day, there was no way Vince was going to outwrestle Steve Austin. You wanted to see "Stone Cold" stun his boss repeatedly, as many times as humanly possible.
Now we have Shane McMahon, a nearly 50-year-old graying authority figure who pretends he's young and hip by wearing expensive sneakers and dancing around the stage. Also, he's evidently a legit boxer, or so WWE would have you believe by the way superstars sell his punches every single time, even if they look incredibly ineffective. Watching Shane get the better of Miz so often rings hollow, and it's dragging The Miz down. I truly hope this is the end of this feud and Miz gets a win.
Roman Reigns vs. Elias
Mat: Waitaminute, Elias is having an actual match? He's not, like, just playin' a tune and telling people to shut up? What a world we live in. Reigns got his big Wrestlemania win last month against Drew McIntyre, and his next stop is Elias. Is MITB when WWE will start taking Elias seriously? Will he finally get a decent push, or is he going to be used--yet again--to put over other superstars? This is a scenario where Elias needs the bump. For far too long, he's been relegated to a comedic act, playing his guitar and telling people to shut up. As much as I love that, I'd like to see him doing something other than getting squashed by people that interrupt him. For that reason, I'm giving the win to Elias.
Chris: Everything about this makes me tired. Shifting them to Smackdown has made me somehow care less about Elias and Roman, so whatever. I'll say Roman wins because he punches like Superman.
Editor's note: Punching like Superman is very powerful and cool.
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens (WWE Championship)
Mat: I'm going to lay something on you that I don't want to admit to myself or anyone else. I like Kofi Kingston better as someone chasing the gold rather than wearing it. Don't get me wrong. I love the New Day member as champion, but I loved him a whole lot more when he was up against a mountain of odds trying to achieve that goal. However, Kofi is still a new champion, and in order to not come off like a paper champ--which he isn't and how dare you make me write that to defend myself--he needs to win. Kevin Owens and Kofi should remain in this feud, but Kofi needs to win this time around.
Chris: Unlike Mat, I'm not a monster. I'm enjoying Kofi as champion. The first week or two was rough with the Kevin Owens joins the New Day bit. It was entertaining, but Kofi is the face of the show now. He should be involved in major moments. Once the turn happened, though, I've loved the feud brewing between the two. This will not be their only match over the title, and I'm not prepared for Owens to win yet. Honestly, given some of the heels on Smackdown, I'd love to see Kofi run the gauntlet for a big, putting on good matches and establishing himself as the champion we deserve.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles (Universal Championship)
Mat: I'm not the monster. Chris is the monster. I like Kofi as champion. There, got that out of my system. Someone needs to go full-blown heel here, and I'm really hoping it's Rollins, as he is a fantastic bad guy. Styles needs some direction as well because right now, it's just faces punching each other. They both so insanely talented and just need a little something more. Seth will retain his championship, regardless.
Chris: There's a lot of work to be done on rehabbing AJ Styles after the last several months of Smackdown did him no favors. He's on his way with the low-key heel turn that's giving him more of an edge. Still, there's plenty of time for him to become Universal Champion and Rollins' run is just getting off the ground. Seth will retain.
Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair (Smackdown Women’s Championship)
Mat: Becky wins everything. Have you not learned ANYTHING from my predictions the past three years? This is the match I am most excited for during the evening, even though we've totally seen Becky vs. Charlotte a billion times before--and I will watch it a million more times. This has the potential to be the match of the night, as long as the finish doesn't have any funny business, which is possible. Becky will win and retain both of her belts.
Chris: This match will be better than Becky's other match. It'll also be more competitive. We know Charlotte and Becky can tear the house down, and they've done it on numerous occasions. They'll do it again here and I, for one, can't wait to see it. What's more, I hope it's the main event of the show. Still, in the end, I'm going with Becky to retain--long live Becky 2 Belts.