This Sunday in Philadelphia, WWE presents Money in the Bank 2013 and I am very excited to be in attendance. The one time a year that WWE Superstars fight for an almost guaranteed world title. This year’s event is very exciting. The title matches seem pretty predictable, but the Money in the Bank ladder matches is probably the most unpredictable in history.
Here are my predictions for WWE Money in the Bank 2013.
WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. The Usos (Kickoff Match)
In the pre-show match, The Shield’s Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will defend the tag team titles against the one and only true tag team in WWE, the Usos.
Unfortunately, since it is on the pre-show and The Shield still has a great deal of momentum the outcome seems very obvious.
As much as I like the Usos, their time as tag champions has not come yet, but the two teams should deliver a great quality match.
Winners: The Shield’s Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns
Chris Jericho vs. Ryback
This match seems to have only one purpose and that is to give Ryback a much needed pay-per-view win. The choice to have him face Chris Jericho makes it even more obvious. Jericho has been putting over WWE Superstars left and right since returning to the company.
It would be a huge mistake to see Jericho win here so hopefully WWE does the right thing.
WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn
AJ Lee defends her title once again versus Kaitlyn in what will hopefully be the final time they meet.
Don’t get me wrong. I think this is one of the best diva feuds WWE has had in a while. There is meaning to it and it is receiving decent time on WWE TV.
However, we can’t see the same match for anymore pay-per-view events. With E! Total Divas set to begin at the end of the month; WWE has been pushing a number of divas on television.
Either way, AJ Lee is the total package and should not lose the title yet. I am curious to see how her relationship with Dolph Ziggler continues, as he is now face, while she remains heel.
Winner: AJ Lee
The Miz vs. Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel
Here is another championship match where the current champion will likely hold onto his belt. Curtis Axel is in the midst of a push since being paired up with Paul Heyman. Despite losing a couple of matches recently, Axel should remain Intercontinental champion for the foreseeable future.
The Miz is a decent challenger for the midcard title, but he has been sort of stuck as a midcard challenger without going very far. He had a one-day reign as Intercontinental champion at WrestleMania until Raw. Other than that, he has served as what he will be at Money in the Bank – a jobber to the midcard champions.
Winner: Curtis Axel
World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Here is where things get interesting.
Even more so than the WWE title Money in the Bank ladder match, I consider this one to be the most unpredictable match on the card.
I could see Dean Ambrose winning to give The Shield even more momentum as the top faction in WWE. I could see Damien Sandow or Cody Rhodes winning as they have teased friction between the two. I could see Wade Barrett winning as he was possibly going to win last year. The only one I will be unhappy with, as the winner is Jack Swagger. Even Antonio Cesaro would be a bit of fresh air as the Money in the Bank winner. I am excited to see seven heels face off for a World Title opportunity.
With that said, I will go with Ambrose as he is someone WWE already sees as a potential main eventer.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Money in the Bank All-Stars
In the second Money in the Bank ladder match, seven WWE all stars will compete for an opportunity at a WWE title shot. However, after the attack by the Wyatt Family, Kane is unlikely to compete.
So either, it will just be six superstars, or Kane will be replaced.
In any case, Daniel Bryan has to be the favorite going into this match. He has been on fire since going into singles competition again and reports have suggested that he is facing John Cena for the WWE title at SummerSlam. There is the chance that he does so without the use of Money in the Bank, but it would be great to see Bryan announce his cash in at SummerSlam and defeat the one superstar who announced his cash in beforehand and is the only one to cash in unsuccessfully in John Cena. I won’t be surprised if someone else wins, but Bryan is still the favorite.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Alberto Del Rio defends the World Heavyweight Championship against former champion Dolph Ziggler, without his personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez. Unfortunately, Rodriguez has been suspended for violating the wellness policy and that really hurts Del Rio.
The Mexican Aristocrat is bland, boring and I am not sure why WWE continues to push him. His manager, Rodriguez, seems to be much more popular among the WWE Universe than Del Rio.
At the same time, Ziggler is trying his best to come off as a great babyface. As much as I like Ziggler, he is more of a natural heel. Ziggler is also in an interesting situation. As he is turning face, his girlfriend and her bodyguard AJ and Big E Langston, have remained heels. I am curious to see if AJ and Langston are with Ziggler during his match.
Without Ricardo, Del Rio should not be champion. Plus, it would be great to see Ziggler and AJ champions at the same time.
Winner: NEW World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Mark Henry
John Cena and Mark Henry finally square off after Henry’s fake retirement turned him into Cena’s toughest challenge yet.
With those Bryan-SummerSlam reports still on my mind, it’s difficult to predict a Mark Henry win here. He is certainly a dominant monster in the WWE, but John Cena is also the super superhero of the company.
Winner: John Cena
What are your thoughts on my Money in the Bank 2013 predictions? Who do you think will walk out of Philadelphia as the winners?
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