Unlike the past Money in the Bank matches, each contest on Sunday will have eight competitors rather than six. That means the results may also be a little more unpredictable. I think more entrants have a realistic shot at grabbing the briefcase than we realize.
Braun having the briefcase would bode the best in terms of odds for a successful cash-in. His music would likely provide the biggest pop and potentially the best moment. If Roman never gets the belt off of Brock, a cash-in from the monster could end yet another Lesnar title reign.
History has shown that briefcases best serve the heels on the roster. Kevin Owens also works best with mic time and a high-profile storyline. It’s a perfect marriage. We saw on Monday that he can be the highlight of a segment or a match when given the opportunity. He’s not my clear favorite but I wouldn’t be surprised if KO comes out on top Sunday.
Fans still love his entrance music but you can’t rely on solely that to move to the next level. When Roode was in NXT, I could imagine him as the future WWE Champion. However, his babyface run on the main roster has left him at a dead-end so a heel turn could certainly refill his tank. If he wins the briefcase, it would be wise to pull the turn immediately after.
His match with Braun Strowman on Raw a couple weeks ago proved that he belongs in the main event picture. After failing to capture the Intercontinental Title, fans wanted him to be Brock’s next challenger. Even with subpar booking, we haven’t abandoned him. That briefcase could propel him to the next level and help him reclaim the belt he never lost. After Roman was defeated by Finn to qualify for the Universal Title back in 2016, he said he wanted Balor one more time. Because of Finn’s untimely injury, we never got to establish that potential feud.
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I struggled with this one. Xavier Woods is who I want to see seize the spotlight in the ladder match but he’s the only guy I can’t imagine with the briefcase. Kofi Kingston has had the most chances to break into the world title picture but it’s always alluded him. I hope he captures it before the end of his career but I have plans to expand on that in a future article. Big E makes the most sense to enter the match and to hold the case between the three members. He checks all the boxes and has already proven back in NXT that he can hold the top prize.
Speaking of checking all the boxes, Joe is near the top when it comes to promo believability and being a physical threat. If it’s not Nakamura or Daniel Bryan, I think Joe is next in the pecking order to challenge AJ.
He’s had the most over gimmick of 2018. Maybe Vince will finally reward one of the most charismatic guys on the roster. Rusev has been one step away from that big shot for several years now.
This is my pick to win the whole thing. All the creative power needs to be put into a Miz/Daniel Bryan feud before the fans lose interest. With a second win over Big Cass, Daniel Bryan could be next to challenge for the WWE Championship. The Miz cashing in on Bryan would work wonders for both guys and the story could keep going for months. There’s also a Last Man Standing match on Sunday. Styles and Nakamura will likely be in pieces by the end of that match so maybe we’ll see the MITB winner take advantage.
As the old trope goes, since Nattie won the fatal four way on Raw, her chances for Sunday are looking slim. If Ronda takes the belt off of Nia, I think the chances for Natalya winning and turning on her friend would grow considerably. Her best matches resulted from her and Charlotte trading submissions in the middle of the ring. Maybe we see the same against Ronda.
Since she was the last Raw Women’s Champion, a lot of people have moved her to the back of the line. However, I see her in the same position as Kevin Owens. Both management and the fans have always been high on her and trust her in prominent roles. If Ronda becomes Champion, I think Vince would prefer her to lose the belt on a quick cash-in rather than a clean pin. When I think of who would be most likely to do that, Alexa comes to mind.
Like Alexa, we shouldn’t count her out. She hasn’t had a feud for the title in over a year so the briefcase could help get her back there. My guess is that she feuds with Bayley until Summerslam. When that door closes, the case could easily help transition her to bigger things. We saw it with Seth Rollins. He lost his match to Randy Orton at Wrestlemania but look how that turned out.
The Money in the Bank briefcase is typically awarded to the superstar with the most chance for potential. Ember has the largest room for growth out of all 16 entrants. However, I think she is still too new to the casual fans. She hasn’t even gotten to sink her teeth into any sort of rivalry yet. If Ruby Riot was in the match, she would have been my pick. She has the potential and has been on the roster just a tad longer.
At the top of the mountain just a couple months ago, I have the hardest time imagining Charlotte as the winner. I can’t see her revisiting her feud with Carmella or Asuka so soon. Cashing-in also doesn’t seem like her style. Charlotte has established herself as someone that settles everything in the ring. If she were to win, I don’t think a cash-in would come until a heel turn or for many months.
The darling of the division. We all just want her to succeed so much. When the entrants were finally decided, she seemed like the obvious pick. Becky hasn’t has much success since her first run with the title. Unfortunately, I can’t imagine someone cashing-in on Brock or Roman for a second time, so a Smackdown men’s competitor will win that briefcase.
I also can’t imagine both briefcases going to the same brand. By that logic, I’m not predicting a Smackdown woman to win. But if I’m picking with my heart, Becky is my choice.
This is a tricky one too. She was given two big Wrestlemania moments the last couple years so that means they’re high on her. That could also mean that her fortune is likely going to change soon. All the glory can’t go to one superstar. I view her the same as Charlotte: if she captures the case, a heel turn might have to occur eventually.
My dark horse. We all want to count her out because it’s Lana but she’s in the same spot Carmella was in last year. She isn’t the most physically imposing competitor but winning could enhance her development and heat the most. Lana potentially cashing-in on Asuka definitely produces the highest shock value.
NXT Minus 6: Moving Forward
What does the next era of NXT hold?
It’s WWE NXT: We’re moving on. We’re not bitter. We’re happy with what we have.
6. The WWE reeeeeally loves to screw with us. They spend weeks dumping on NXT then kick off a show with a 4.7 star banger?!?!?! Buddy Murphy is a big league striker. He packs a punch far above his weight class. Meanwhile, Velveteen Dream steals another victory. I like where they’re going with him. Shades of the Ultimate Opportunist. Living on the Edge of a Dream?
5. “Charlie Brown finally kicked the football.” Oh Mauro, sometimes you are just too good.
4. Dominik Dijakovic is in desperate need of a save. I have no idea what that promo was. Ancient Wicca prayer? Medieval magnet poetry? He is world class in ring and absolutely floundering on the mic. He’s so bad, it would be an upgrade if Io Shirai was his manager.
3. Speaking of promos, Johnny Champion adds another layer to his story. Johnny Smartass absolutely crushed Adam Cole on the mic. I know they said 2-out-of-3 would be definitive, but if we get Johnny Gargano-Adam Cole part 2 in HIAC or falls count anywhere, I’d find it in my heart to forgive them.
2. Shayna Baszler watches Dark Side of the Ring. She thinks it’s a comedy. She is PURE EVIL. She is as pure of a heel as there is. She is the anti-Ricky Steamboat.
1. I’m trying to overlook how poorly WWE handled Kairi Sane’s last NXT match. Instead, I am focusing on how much it adds to the inevitable Baszler-Io Shirai matchup. Shirai has improved in ring every time out, but she’s still anime nicey nice. It will be exciting to see her turn up the emotion and intensity and really look to hurt Baszler as payback for her best friend. This one could steal the show at the next Takeover.
That’s right…I said it.
Mcleod: Will We Ever Get The Lee vs. Dijakovic Rematch?
Will we ever see the anticipated rematch?
Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic tore the house down in their first WWE NXT encounter, and Scott Mcleod is eagerly awaiting the rematch–just like the rest of us!
Cast your minds back several weeks when we saw a short but physically impressive match between Keith Lee & Dominik Dijakovic. We saw Lee get monkey flipped only to land on his feet and Dijakovic hit a corkscrew plancha to the outside. The match unfortunately ended in a double count out but we were lead to believe this wasn’t over as they continue to brawl while refs try to pull them apart.
They were scheduled to face off on the episode where the 5 way to face Gargano took place and that was the focus of that episode. A week or so later Lee said they would settle their differences in two weeks time.Two weeks should have this week but Lee was nowhere to be seen. Dijakovic came out and beat an enhancement in record time before declaring his intentions to challenge for the North American Championship. Judging from this week it looks like they’re feud is done which is just a shame.
They teased us with what could be with that match several weeks ago. Two guys who have the size but can pull out incredible displays of athleticism. Put that on a takeover give them around 10 minutes between two title matches and they would tear the house down. It would be a shame to not see this match at least one more time in NXT. If a few weeks ago didn’t convince you then check out their match from the PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2017 which was rated 5 stars.
It would be something different to everything else on the card. If Dijakovic is set to challenge Velveteen Dream can we not not add Lee and make it a triple threat. Think of how good Dijakovic vs Lee was and add the Dream. Don’t tell me you don’t want to see that on a Takeover. They could have a good build as well. You have the charisma of Lee & Dream along with the intensity of Dijakovic. I need to see that now.
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