After a year and a half, we are finally here! We are on the eve of the first WWE PPV that will host the crowd. An absence that was felt immensely and already the last episode of SmackDown showed how different the atmosphere of a wrestling show is with fans in the stands.
This great return takes place on the occasion of Money in the Bank, an event that in itself attracts the curiosity of fans, both for the presence of the two Ladder Matches and for the proximity to SummerSlam. Precisely for this reason, let's not waste any more time and start analyzing and predicting all the Money in the Bank 2021 matches.
Raw Women's Championship: Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair: This storyline has definitely had too many ups and downs, between a shameful Rhea Ripley construction and a somewhat questionable advancement of the rivalry itself.
A few weeks the two surprised us with fights that would make anyone hype, others behaved like two mischievous little girls. At Money in the Bank we will see the end of this rivalry and, for the first time, this confrontation will take place in front of a crowd, a big contrast to their first WrestleMania 36 match.
The audience will be fundamental this Sunday, especially for Rhea Ripley's future: for how the champion was presented, I have no idea how she will be welcomed by the fans in the arena, the important thing is that she does not enter the stage amidst the general silence, because this would be the final coup de grace for her.
Making a prediction for this match is really difficult. I hope Rhea Ripley keeps the belt because I'm afraid of how she can be used without a title to life, but you can never be too sure of a Charlotte Flair defeat. I think Becky Lynch plays a key role in SummerSlam's plans and what they want to organize for her triumphant return.
Since the women's division of Raw right now does not have this multitude of challengers up to it, I believe that WWE could play it safe and give the title to The Queen, both for a possible rivalry with Becky Lynch, and to be able to build a match.
at the height of this edition of SummerSlam.
Winner and new champion: Charlotte Flair Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Asuka vs Naomi vs Nikki A.S.H vs Alexa Bliss vs Liv Morgan vs Zelina Vega vs Natalya vs Tamina: What is missing most in this match is star-power.
The list of participants is not at all interesting and it is very difficult to find one or, least of all, more athletes ready to win the famous suitcase. The only two female fighters who have the status to win a Money in the Bank and hold a title are Asuka and Alexa Bliss, but right now both are at a time in their careers when a possible titled reign seems a long way off.
Nikki Cross's new character is pure comedy and it would be a crime to propose him as a serious contender for a top title. I can rule out the victory of Zelina Vega, Natalya and Tamina, with the couple champions who have been clearly added to the contest due to the lack of other athletes in the women's division of SmackDown.
In this regard, I would have included Doudrop in this contest, not because he deserves to win, but because he would have given us that shiver of cold in the event that Eva Marie takes possession of the briefcase. I have mixed feelings about Naomi, because on the one hand I would absolutely not want her victory, but on the other I would be very interested in her involvement in the Roman Reigns storyline, with the Tribal Chief who could transform the former champion into a more serious version.
of itself. But in the absence of female fighters with higher status, my prediction for the final victory is Liv Morgan. In SmackDown, she was portrayed as the Superstar whose management does not recognize her merits and they built her by allowing her to defeat other participants in this match.
Furthermore, the dismissal of Ruby Riott cannot be underestimated: why dissolve the Riott Squad to immediately focus on Liv Morgan if there are no plans already well established and approved for her?
Winner: Liv Morgan WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns vs Edge: SmackDown has decided to return to the public with a bang by organizing a meeting that could be the main event of any PPV, including WrestleMania.
Roman Reigns vs Edge was supposed to be the main event of the last edition of the Showcase of the Immortals before the inclusion of Daniel Bryan and it seems right to give the audience this meeting before going on once and for all with the storylines, especially if there are big plans on the horizon for both Edge and Reigns.
The story of the latest episodes of SmackDown was consistent with that of Road to WrestleMania, with a Rated R Superstar more focused and determined to win; Edge is once again the crowd's favorite and last night’s reception proved it.
It is a very solid match, in my opinion, and even if I am not particularly hopeful for the performance in the ring, I would not want to miss this match. There should be no doubt about the winner, however. Roman Reigns absolutely must continue this titled reign and Edge cannot be the one who will succeed in ousting him.
It is still early to determine who will get this honor, but at the moment the Head of the Table is working too well to even think remotely of taking that belt off his waist.
Winner and still champion: Roman Reigns Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre vs Ricochet vs John Morrison vs Riddle vs Big E vs Kevin Owens vs King Nakamura vs Seth Rollins: Unlike the female version, this match has everything it takes to be truly fun.
The list of participants includes only athletes who can build a match with all the trimmings. Some can take the contest to the next level thanks to their stunts and originality on the ropes, others are serious candidates for final victory.
For the prediction, I would immediately rule out Nakamura, Ricochet and John Morrison for lack of a sufficiently high status (I wouldn't be surprised if, at some point, Miz cost his current tag team part victory. Kevin Owens could be an interesting choice pretty much all the time, but I don't think this is his moment.
The same goes for Drew McIntyre, who in my opinion should stay away from the titled scene for a while longer, at least from Raw. Riddle is one of the major suspects to the final victory: the King of Bros is over like never before and we have not yet seen it in front of a real audience.
WWE may decide to push the accelerator on him and present him as the next Mr. Money in the Bank, also focusing on the curtains that would come out of it. In SmackDown, on the other hand, the Big E hypothesis seems very tempting and was also reinforced by the interaction he had with Paul Heyman in the last episode, while Seth Rollins, who finally seems comfortable in the role of the Messiah, could be a loose cannon not to be underestimated in the coming months with a briefcase in hand.
As for Riddle, I remain of the idea that his inclusion in the match serves to make him even more over than he already is and to show him in view of the consecration of SummerSlam's RKBro, while among the other two I feel like going with a victory for Seth Rollins, as I believe that in the near future Big E will be back with his New Day mates.
Winner: Seth Rollins