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Pros & Cons of Each Money In The Bank Competitor Winning The Contract

A look at each WWE Money In The Bank competitor and the pros & cons of their potential victory!

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Take a look at each WWE Money In The Bank competitor and the pros and cons of their potential victory!

Lana

Pro – While it is a near certainty that Lana doesn’t come away from Chicago with the briefcase, a Lana/Rusev win would be historic. Not to mention the outcome would be completely out of left field. Some fans complain of a lack of truly surprising moments. Well this would quench their thirst and then some.

Con – Out of all the women in the Money in the Bank ladder match, Lana has the least in-ring experience. Despite being over with the fans, her in ring skill isn’t the best. Compared to the other women in the match, she is the least qualified to be carrying a preverbal title opportunity.

Naomi

Pro – Being one of the most athletic superstars in WWE, Naomi has proven her worth before, but whose to say she can’t do it again. She did win the Women’s battle royal at WrestleMania, thus giving her the opportunity to separate the Women’s WrestleMania Battle Royal from the winners of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Con – With Naomi being the lovable face that she is, it’s hard to see her cash in on a downed champion. A heel turn could make sense as  of the division is face heavy. But I don’t think I’m alone here when I say I’d rather see Becky Lynch take on that task.

Ember Moon

Pro – Ember Moon is one of the most gifted superstars on the RAW roster. And while her time on the main roster has been short, she has had a better run than most NXT call ups. Like Finn Balor before her, a quick push to a championship could show how much she is regarded backstage.

Con – Moon has only been on the main roster for two months now, and while some superstars have won championships in less time, Moon would do well to wait a while before capturing the RAW Women’s championship. And since Ember is a clear cut babyface, the Money in the Bank contract doesn’t mesh well with her character.

Charlotte

Pro – Despite being one of the most dominant women in WWE, it isn’t likely she’ll come away with the win in Chicago. If she does will then, it will be a complete swerve. Then Charlotte Flair will have another niche in her belt if WWE is trying to portray her as the greatest female of all time.

Con – Charlotte simply doesn’t need Money in the Bank. Not only is she already a part of the women’s main event scene, but she also has a hefty number of accolades already associated with her name. The money in the Bank match is designed to get people to the top title, not keep them there.

Becky Lynch

Pro – Lynch said it herself on Tuesday, since being the inaugural SmackdownLive Women’s Championship, she hasn’t done anything noteworthy.  A win this Sunday would reestablish Lynch in a title scene she hasn’t been a part of for months. Becky has always been portrayed as the

Con – With Auska and Charlotte on the same brand, and the rumor of a champion vs. champion match between Charlotte and Rousey in the works, a title run for Lynch would  be transitional at best. Even if she held on the briefcase passed WrestleMania, there is no telling what the talent pool will look like.

Sasha Banks

Pro – Banks winning would not only help boost her back into the main event scene, but also it could advance the Sasha/Bayley frenemies story. A heel turn could be just what the Boss needs to get out of the slump she’s been on. As one of the best performers in the women’s division, she’s certainly earned another go at the top.

Con – Banks has yet to defend the RAW Women’s Championship after winning it. So if she was to capture the championship again, one might be skeptical of her reign. But with her fued with Bayley still going, and Rousey in the title picture, it might not be her time. Besides, there are other ways of getting an already four time champion into a title match.

Alexa Bliss

Pro – Alexa Bliss and the Money in the Bank briefcase seem like the perfect match. Bliss running down the ramp, contract in hand, is not hard to picture. As a break from the title scene, Bliss could still be an important figure in the Women’s division.

Con – After just being defeated for the RAW Women’s Championship, Alexa would do well with some time away from the title scene. Alexa has been on top of both women’s divisions for a while now, and letting someone else get a piece of the spotlight will not only help another woman, but it will also make sure Bliss doesn’t look too strong.

Natalya

Pro – with Ronda Rousey possibly capturing the RAW Women’s Championship, the resulting story between the two friends could make for an entertaining dynamic. And Natalya certainly deserves a championship run after all her years of service.

Con – If Natalya does manage to take down the briefcase this Sunday it may telegraph a Ronda Rousey title win. And if WWE wants to do the rumored Charlotte vs. Rousey match, Natalya would just be getting in the way of things. If a feud would start between Rousey and herself, she would undoubtedly end up on the losing end.

Bobby Roode

Pro – Roode has been floundering on the main roster ever since he got called up. While a short United States Championship run kept him occupied, it didn’t do much in the grand scheme of things. Winning the briefcase would elevate Roode to main event status.

Con – However, Roode will have to have an evolution of character if he wants to make an effective Mr. Money in the Bank. There have been rumors of a turn for the Glorious One, but if that isn’t the case, perhaps the briefcase would do better for someone else.

Rusev

Pro – People would lose their minds if Rusev won the contract this Sunday. Not only would Rusev Day get the spotlight many believe it to deserve, but it would also be an endorsement to how over Rusev has gotten. A cash in from the Bulgarian Brute could rival that of Dolph Ziggler, especially if it happens to occur on Rusev Day.

Con – A downside to this, however, is that with Styles, Nakamura, and possibly Samoa Joe in the title picture, there would be little chance to cash in. He may be holding on to the contract for a long time before he gets the chance to become champion. By then the luster of Rusev Day might wear off.

Finn Balor

Pro – Since winning the Universal Championship in record time, Balor hasn’t amounted to much on the main roster. Since he was never given his rematch for the Universal Championship, he does hold a claim that could make for a good story. And with Rollins doing wonders with the I.C. title, it may be best for Balor to capture a win on Sunday. Mabye we could even see a heel turn.

Con – With Brock Lesnar holding the Universal Championship and guys like Roman and Braun chasing, Balor could have a long wait ahead of him if he were to win. That’s not entirely bad as the Money in the Bank has that flexible expiration date. Even then Strowman and Lesnar probably wouldn’t fall to Balor, even in a cash in situation. HIs best bet would be for Roman to pick up the title, and we all know how the fans would take to Roman being Universal Champion.

Kevin Owens

Pro – If Owens hadn’t already won the Universal Championship, it would have been no surprise to his first world title come from a Money in the Bank cash in. That is how great of a concoction Owens and the stipulation could manifest. Owens time on the mic would elevate that much more when he’s practically champion. Let’s just hope that his next run as champion goes better than his last.

Con – Like Balor, Owens would have to wait for the opportune cash in opportunity. WWE probably wouldn’t want him getting a pin fall win over Lesnar or Strowman. Even if her were successful in a cash in, this would most likely keep him from Sami Zayn, when the two do great work together.

New Day

Pro – Just the idea of the New Day carrying the briefcase is entertaining enough. To see it would not only be a different take on the Money in the Bank, but also for the New Day as well. The trio carrying around the green case could provide for some entertaining skits and promos. They might even substitute it for the pancakes,

Con – Speaking of the Free Bird Rule, while it would be entertaining to see them hold the briefcase, it would be confusing if they actually captured the WWE Championship. One member could hold the belt while the others act more like lackeys, but that’s so out of character for the trio. A break up could happen, where one member takes the contract for himself, but it’s unlikely New Day will be breaking up in the foreseeable future.

Samoa Joe

Pro – Joe has been sitting just outside of the main event scene since his debut. He hasn’t yet to win a single championship in WWE, despite being one of the best NXT call ups. While there are other ways of getting him to that point, a Money in the Bank contract would be an step in the right direction. Joe with the briefcase may also be the most dangerous combination in the contracts’ history.

Con – That being said, the Money in the Bank contract doesn’t exactly fit Joe’s character. He’s the Destroyer of SmackdownLive, not an opportunist. Joe doesn’t need a the briefcase to get involved in the main event scene, since he has been so close to it.

Bruan Strowman

Pro – Strowman winning would virtually guarantee that he will win the Universal Championship. If Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar are actually having another go at SummerSlam. A cash in by Strowman, à la Seth Rollins, would be the best course of action to please the most amount of people if a Roman Brock match does happen. Plus, a Strowman title win has been long overdue.

Con – Much like Samoa Joe, Strowman’s character doesn’t warrant something as underhanded as a Money in the Bank contract. Of course, this could be rectified by Strowman going the RVD/John Cena route and announcing his cash in in advance. Even then, there are other ways of getting Strowman a title match.

The Miz

Pro – After the work the Miz has put in the last few years, fans have been clamoring for another main event run for him. The Money in the Bank contract was made for someone like the Miz. A cash in on Daniel Bryan, if in the works, could make for a moment that will go down in history, and make Bryan’s eventual revenge that much sweeter. Miz the only one in both Money in the Bank matches to actually win said match, but that doesn’t mean he’s not the favorite to win going into Sunday.

Con – While it is difficult to pick a winner, Miz is the most predictable competitor at this point. A cash in on Daniel Bryan makes so much sense that a child could see it coming. That’s the main issue here, it’s too predictable. Of course, if this did happen, no one would complain as we’d finally see the feud we’ve been waiting two years fo come to fruition. However, the Bryan/Miz feud doesn’t need the title to be interesting.


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The Miz: WWE’s Newest Babyface Wins Fans Over

2019 , Miz is a face, Daniel Bryan is a heel…cats and dogs are sleeping together, right? David breaks down why Miz as face actually works this time around!

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2019 , Miz is a face, Daniel Bryan is a heel…cats and dogs are sleeping together, right? David breaks down why Miz as face actually works this time around!

When WWE decided to flip the script and give Daniel Bryan his chance at becoming the company’s top heel, I immediately wondered what would happen to The Miz and how he would impact Tuesday nights.

For any of us who doubted the possibility that Mike Mizanin could pull off a run as a top baby face, we should all apologize now. One of my favorite characters in wrestling today proved once again last night that it does not matter which role he plays, there is brilliance and how he does it.

I’m not 100 percent excited about this program with Shane McMahon, however I think it is a great storyline the WWE put together in one of the more shocking twists and turns of the year so far. McMahon, much like his father Vince, is a natural heel. The Miz has shown versatile to make it work in either side of the squares-circle. Like his matches before, this could be a defining moment for McMahon, who will once again prove he is better than expected in a wrestling ring.

For The Miz, I’m curious how this all plays out given after this feud I wonder which direction the creative team will take in developing his character even more.

This promo on Tuesday night was nothing short of brilliant. And for a performer who is used to working off heat from the crowds, he showed the ability to win them over. The mark of a great wrestling performer is the ability to work as a babyface or a heel and keep the wrestling fan engaged.
It also presents a potential challenge to Bryan in the future should WWE keep the company title around his waist.

As I’ve discussed before, wrestlers need other wrestlers to be great. Jack Brisco needed Dory Funk, Jr. Ric Flair needed Ricky Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes. The Miz needs Bryan. From a fan perspective, seeing those two in a ring and a role reversal is worth the price of admission alone.

My concern as I just touched on it, is the company will drop the ball in character development. It will lose sight of what it has in the performer and the self promoter. There is no one better than the former WWE and Intercontinental champion.

The Miz’s words were real, succinct, passionate and gripping. Never for a lack of animation, he is just as dynamic when speaking his mind. There should be another world title run in his future, but I wonder with the most recent push of Kofi Kingston, does this mean the A-lister becomes the B+ superstar?

By the way, the comment about Vince not owning Kofi was spot on at the moment.

I suspect the feud between co-owner of WWE and the man I like to call the company’s greatest asset will continue past April. How it concludes is predictable. McMahon is not a full-time performer and should not be. As for The Miz, the doors opened a little wider on Tuesday night. We saw a focused and determined wrestler on television. I’m betting that translates to one of the best years he’s had in this business in 2019.

 


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Mustafa Ali Should Be Thankful For KofiMania

Steve Cook reminds us that Kofi’s current angle is due to Mustafa Ali’s injury. Which, may have turned out beneficial for…Mustafa?

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Steve Cook reminds us that Kofi’s current angle is due to Mustafa Ali’s injury. Which, may have turned out beneficial for…Mustafa?

When I first heard it, I didn’t believe it.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean to demean the ability of Mustafa Ali. In his limited time under WWE’s umbrella of entertainment, he’s amazed crowds with unbelievable moves. He’s also shown the ability to be likable, much to the amazement of some that believe that people of his descent can’t be supported by the WWE Universe.

Ali is a remarkable story. He was sixteen years old when he had his first match in February 2003. Mustafa worked graveyard shifts as a police officer while pursuing his wrestling dream, along with having a family.

He has a good head on his shoulders & a very promising future.

WWE is high on Ali, as they have every right to be. So high, in fact, that the word around the campfire was that Ali was slated to challenge for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Those plans were put on hold just before the Elimination Chamber, when Ali suffered an injury that forced him out of the Chamber match for the WWE Championship. Ali still might have been in line for a title shot, as there was still plenty of time before WrestleMania when he was scheduled to come back.

But a funny thing happened, Kofi Kingston was tapped to take his place, and the fans in Houston went absolutely crazy for him. We’ve been watching Kofi on WWE television for eleven years now. We saw him break into WWECW as a fresh-faced, happy-go-lucky Jamaican kid. Upon his arrival on Raw (and later SmackDown), he became a regular in the Intercontinental & United States championship scene, depending which show he was on. He also became a tag team specialist, winning tag team championships with CM Punk, Evan Bourne & R-Truth.

Then The New Day happened, and it took Kofi’s popularity to a whole other level. Kofi, Xavier Woods & Big E have become one of the most successful trios in wrestling history. The only downside? It put Kofi’s singles career on ice. There were no more quests for secondary titles in hopes of breaking into the main event scene as a legitimate contender for a top championship. Kofi, Big E & Xavier had their role. Pump up the crowds, make money off merchandise & be happy.

You can make a lot of money doing that. But eventually you develop a taste for something more.

Honestly, it seems more like Big E & Xavier developed that taste for Kofi. They’ve been speaking up for him ever since this thing started at Elimination Chamber. Back at Money in the Bank when New Day was granted a slot in the match, they insisted that Kofi take it. It makes sense. New Day has achieved so much on the tag team side of things that the only thing left for them to do is reach the top of the mountain. One of them obtaining a top singles championship will be like all of them doing so.

Kofi got Mustafa’s slot at Elimination Chamber, and the fans bit on it hard. Here was a guy they had been watching for years busting his butt and doing whatever he was asked to do at the best of his ability. To the Houston fans, Kofi more than deserved to be there. He deserved to be WWE Champion. It seems like most of the WWE Universe is falling in line with the idea. Kofi’s being thrown obstacles left & right now, and even people that should know better are really buying into the idea that WWE doesn’t want Kofi Kingston in the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania.

It’s an incredible thing. Kofi’s lucky to have gotten this opportunity. Do you know who’s even more lucky that Kofi got this opportunity?

Mustafa Ali.

It’s kind of funny when you think about it. Ali’s been wrestling longer than Kingston. He’s more than paid his dues to get to WWE. He’s defied the odds his entire career. Ali is an amazing story that is really difficult to root against. However, if he got pushed right into a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania after a couple of months on SmackDown, people would root against him. Specifically, the fans that attend WrestleMania would root against him.

Mustafa has paid his dues. But we didn’t get to see it. We’ve seen Kofi Kingston paying dues for over a decade now. Not to sell Mustafa’s experiences short, but we weren’t at the indy shows watching him work. We weren’t on the graveyard shift with him. Kofi Kingston has been right in front of us for eleven years, proving that he deserves to be at the top of WWE just as much as anybody else does. It’s easier for us to identify with Kofi.

Had Ali been placed into the WrestleMania match with Daniel Bryan, the same thing would have happened that happened at Fastlane in Cleveland. He would have gotten booed, he would have had a nice performance and that would have been it. Bryan would have moved on to the next thing in time for the next PPV while Mustafa Ali would be looking for his next goal.

He deserves better, and he’ll get better.

We need to see Mustafa Ali work his way up. It’s not his fault that most of us don’t watch 205 Live, but the fact of the matter is that we don’t. We need to see him against the best of WWE, busting his ass and proving he belongs with the best in the business every single night.

It’ll take longer to get there. The reward will be much better. Once Mustafa Ali reaches the top of WWE, there will be no doubt that he deserves it. He won’t be somebody getting a push because of his life story, or because there was nobody else around at the time. He’ll be a superstar that the WWE Universe has grown to love & respect.


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