Predicting WWE Money in the Bank 2014

June 29, 2014|By Aaron Oster | The Baltimore Sun

The Money In the Bank pay-per-view has become a cornerstone event for the WWE every year. This year is no exception, though for different reasons than usual.

With the vacated WWE World Heavyweight title, this feels like a reset of the main-event picture, for better or worse. For close to a year now, the title has been all about The Authority and the wrestlers going against The Authority. While certainly Orton, Kane and Triple H are involved at the moment, this can be used to get the belt away. This also is an important pay-per-view as it starts the build toward SummerSlam. Summerslam is going to be an important show for the WWE, as WWE Network subscriptions come to an end right after the show, and it needs as many renewals as possible.

Here are my predictions for Money In The Bank:

Paige vs. Naomi for the Divas Championship

If you believe the Internet talk, before Naomi’s injury earlier this year, she had been slated to take the belt from AJ. She’s clearly someone the powers-that-be likes, as she is athletic and has some personality. However, times certainly have changed. Paige has come in, and the Divas on NXT are putting on exceptional matches. The tone around the Divas division has started to turn, and excitement has built as the likes of Paige, Emma and Charlotte have started to make names for themselves, while divas like Natalya have been allowed to put on great matches. So I feel like this would be a poor time to take the belt off Paige. That being said, Paige’s run has been somewhat overwhelming, and I could see it coming to an end before too long. I just don’t think this is the time. I also could see a break between Naomi and Cameron either happening in this match, or at least being teased.

Winner: Paige

Rybaxel vs. Goldust and Stardust

I don’t know what to call the Rhodes brothers now, but they need a name. There are a lot of questions right now about Cody’s transformation into Stardust. It doesn’t seem like a long-term thing. But if this goes over well with the crowd, do they keep it around longer than expected? There’s very little doubt about the winners, as Goldust and Stardust need to win.

Winners: Goldust and Stardust.

Summer Rae vs. Layla, with Fandango as guest referee

As far as filler matches go, they could have a lot worse than this. The question in this isn’t about either of the Divas, but the referee, Fandango. His partnership with Layla really hasn’t caught on, and this seems like a good chance to possibly go back and partner Fandango with Summer Rae again. The only other direction to go with this feud is to have Summer Rae bring out a new guy to partner with against Fandango and Layla. Either way, it feels like Summer Rae is on the rise, while Layla just can’t get any momentum going, so look for that to continue here.

Winner: Summer Rae

Big E vs Rusev

There’s not much to say about this match that wasn’t said before Payback. Rusev is going to continue his run, and Big E can make him look good. These two had a fairly good match in their last encounter that went largely overlooked. I’d really like to see them allow Rusev to work longer matches so that we can see whether he’s capable of working nonsquash matches. I’m not expecting an overly long match here, but one that lasts around eight minutes or so could do wonders for Rusev’s development.

Winner: Rusev

The Usos vs. Harper and Rowan for the Tag Team Championship

Many people believe that after months of these teams' dancing around each other, this is the time for the Usos to drop the belts. I've been writing about this basically since The Usos won the titles. While I do think the Wyatt Family will capture the gold eventually, I’m not sure this is the time for it. Just because of the lack of strong tag teams right now, I see this feud carrying on longer, with the Wyatts possibly winning down the line. This time around, I could see the Usos winning, then being attacked by the Wyatts, or possibly the Wyatts getting disqualified. Harper and Rowan certainly could win, but something about the buildup makes me wonder whether this is the right time.

Winners: The Usos

Money In The Bank contract ladder match: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Bad News Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston

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