Take a look at each WWE Money In The Bank competitor and the pros and cons of their potential victory!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE Money in the Bank 2019
Brock and Bayley win big–do you feel as you won as fan of this show?
Tiffany checks in on WWE Money In The Bank 2019 as Bayley and Brock Lesnar leave Hartford the big winners. How did Tiffany take MITB?
It’s one of the most momentous nights of the year! Sixteen superstars have the chance to stamp their ticket to the top in the Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!
WWE Universal Championship: Could someone tell me why that match wasn’t saved for SummerSlam?! Rollins vs Styles has been a longed for dream match, but the build has been a little…lacking, but it was a FABULOUS match that should’ve been the main event of a Big Four show, not Money in the Bank.
I did love the show of respect between Styles and Rollins. This match was refreshing because they kept it as a dream match instead of manufacturing a grudge between them. Styles was the heel, but it wasn’t a personal thing and they still respected each other. Next contestant.
WWE Championship: Well, it looks like Kofi’s moment is going to last a little longer. Kevin Owens did EVERYTHING he could think of to take the title off of Kingston, but Kingston withstood all of it and it took one moment and Kevin Owens was pinned for the three count. The feel good moment lives on.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: This was an okay match, but it wasn’t great, which is a shame since it was the first time the Cruiserweight Championship had been on the main card in a very long time. I honestly thought WWE was going to have Daivari win and defend it at Super Show Down in Saudi Arabia, so as to have a champion of Arabic descent on the card, but I guess we’ll have to see, maybe Daivari will get another chance.
WWE United States Championship: I don’t know just WHY WWE insists on keeping the matches between Joe and Rey so short, but it’s becoming a thing. This match was squirrelly. Rey Mysterio is the New United States Champion and a Grand Slam Winner, but Joe, with a nasty cut under his eye and a possible broken nose, clearly had his shoulder up at three. Joe attacking Rey is actually understandable, but it’s looking more like 22 year old Dominick is going to have to cover for his dad.
Women’s Championships: I actually had a very long, profanity-filled rant typed up about how this whole thing went down, but thankfully it wasn’t needed. I don’t have a problem with Charlotte as a person or as a performer, but I do have a problem with her constantly being in the title picture, either as the champion or as a contender because it suffocates the division. Yes, Daddy Ric Flair was a 16-time World Champion, but those reigns were spread out over a career of over thirty years, not stuffed into a four year Main Roster run.
Bayley cashing in and becoming the first Grand Slam Champion of the Women’s Division and NOT Charlotte was a stroke of genius. Bayley has been NXT Women’s Champion, RAW Women’s Champion, Women’s Tag Champion, and SmackDown Women’s Champion. I’m still disappointed that Becky 2 Belts didn’t get a longer run, but I’m not going to argue with Bayley being champ instead.
Shane McMahon vs Miz – Steel Cage Match: I’m puzzled by this match. It was okay, but it felt like no one knew what was going on or what the rules were. Shane won, but more by accident than design when he slid out of his shirt, that Miz was trying to use to pull him back into the cage, and fell to the floor. It wasn’t a satisfying end to this feud, it was an odd one, but not satisfying.
Roman Reigns vs Elias: I had really hoped something constructive was going to come out of this squash, but that was not to be. Elias did the classic villain thing of wasting time because he thought the hero was down and out only to get his ass kicked by the enraged hero. Reigns powered through a backstage El Kabong to squash Elias like a bug in less than five minutes. That happened.
Lars Sullivan and Lucha House Party: I know a lot is going to be said about this and while I don’t agree that WWE was playing up the revelation that Lars Sullivan made a lot of racist, sexist, and generally shitty comments in the past, I do think it was really bad optics to have him beat up three Hispanic wrestlers.
Daniel Bryan and Erik Rowan vs The Usos: This wild card is confusing me. The Usos, who are on RAW, had a title match against the SmackDown tag team champions that got turned into a non-title match that the Usos won and became the #1 Contenders for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship in a clean win. Did I miss something? Why don’t we just redo the Shakeup and call it ‘Trader’s Remorse’ or something.
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: That end was bullshit and every guy in that match other than the winner deserved so much better.
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: YES! Bayley is here to save us! I really thought Mandy Rose and Sonya were going to steal one but Bayley saved the day! Seriously, I was so happy for Bayley. She’s been used very badly for a good chunk of her main roster run. Having her win and getting that moment was wonderful and a great feel good moment.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was Money in the Bank 2019? Other than that ending, which I will NOT being discussing here, you do NOT want my opinion right now, it was a really good show. There were a lot of surprising and feel good moments to be had. I loved how the Women’s Championship marathon played out. I’m disappointed Becky wasn’t given a longer run as a double champ, but Bayley as SmackDown Women’s Champ is the breath of fresh air the division needs.
The end was bullshit and a disgrace. That’s all I’m going to say. That’s it for Tiffany’s Takes. I’ll be back tomorrow with my RAW takes!
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.35~ 19TH MAY 2019
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Under blue skies” NOAH held an event on the 18th May, which was only two events, and was held for their new sponsors, and 500 people on the roof of the Sekichu store in Saitama.
Sekichu are a hardware store who seem to specialize in home cleaning products, they also seem to have some kind of association with both All Japan and DDT too, and Jun Akiyama was there on the day wrapped against the spring cold in a Sekichu jacket.
The day was “non canon” and featured only ten wrestlers (plus the injured Naomichi Marufuji who was on commentary and gave autographs), everything was lighthearted with Go Shiozaki wearing a Sekichu company logo box on his head, and Taniguchi apologizing for knocking down a company display (which he was thrown into by Shiozaki). At the end of the event the fans got the chance to pose with the wrestlers, and it seems that the mascots did the same, and AXIZ also leaned on Hitoshi Kumano and almost squished him.
On seeing Daisuke Harada posing with one, IPW’S Ben Basden said “@IPWUK do you really want this representing your company? Fly him over to England already, he clearly has nothing better to do.”
The next day, the 19th in Gunma, was when the real events of the show happened, especially on the junior front involving RATELS and their enemies Stinger.
YO-HEY had said that he would be making an announcement in Gunma, and he stepped into the ring to do it after the match (which Stinger had lost via a lariat from Tadasuke on Junta Miyawaki). YO-HEY told Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki that for Global Junior Tag League, he would indeed be teaming with HAYATA and going for the third consecutive win, but he would be doing this as a member of Stinger. Getting the win in any league, equals a challenge for the belt, but while normally this would mean either another team and another team alone getting it, in this situation it would mean the belt would be half Stingers, and half RATELS. Ogawa didn’t like this, and he and Kotaro attacked YO-HEY, stamping on his chest after Ogawa had knocked him down with an elbow.
HAYATA ran to the ring and threw himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and as he was pulled off of him, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke ran in for the assist, the four of them did their tandem kick and threw Stinger out of the ring.
Afterwards, RATELS helped YO-HEY up.
Daisuke Harada asked the crowd what YO-HEY was? Was he RATELS? Or was he Stinger?
The crowd had no hesitation in unanimously saying that he was RATELS.
YO-HEY removed his Stinger t-shirt, and the four of them did their handshake, before Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY from the ring on his back (I think YO-HEY’S lungs were probably a little overworked after the exertion), and Harada welcomed him home…although he did say that despite the fact that the four of them were going to start again from scratch, YO-HEY should not think that he was going to go easy on him.
YO-HEY later posted on Twitter that RATELS had forgiven him for his betrayal, and were kind.
So, now Stinger are a man down and both teams stand at four against two, it will be interesting to see if Naomichi Marufuji joins Stinger. After all, he is feuding with Daisuke Harada, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki are old friends (and heels), and in NOAH the line between the interaction in matches and units between juniors and heavyweights is one that is often crossed.
Elsewhere, Kongoh got another win when the four of them (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura) defeated the team of Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuehi Taniguchi, Minoru Tanaka and Akitoshi Saito, with Kitamiya evening the score against Taniguchi with the Saito Suplex. Naturally,
Kenoh started screaming afterwards about the usual things.
Katsuhiko Nakajima had another one of his classic beating up on Takashi Sugiura with a smug look on his face pictures taken. Nakajima, unfortunately, has failed to realize that this all spurs Sugiura to revenge, which is usually taken in a brutal way in title matches.
Global Junior Tag League starts on the 28th May 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Post match promos – Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama
Two of the NOAH seniors, Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura in particular, are baiting Kenoh. As you know Sugiura called the name “Kongoh” tacky, with Kenoh calling him a “stupid old man”.
Marufuji, however, seems to have gone a step further to wind him up, after reading an article in “Puroresu Weekly” and photoshopping a bottle of brown sauce which he labelled as the flavor of Kenoh’s gut.
Kenoh said he was looking forward to kicking Marufuji (who thought he was a funny guy) on his return on the 28th, Marufuji said sarcastically for
Kenoh to be gentle.
Takashi Sugiura will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 31st, NOAH had announced plans to have a fan birthday party for him on the 25th, but not given any further details, and the announcement appears to have vanished from the site.
Kaito Kiyomiya will turn 23 on July 17th with Junta Miyawaki turning 22 on June 14th, NOAH will hold a fan party for them on the 13th July, details to be announced.
Naomichi Marufuji will turn 40 this year in September, so no doubt NOAH will also announce a fan party for him.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ YO-HEY signed autographs from both himself and his lung.
~ Daisuke Harada has sworn that he will have a main event for a title match
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been bed bound due to his injury, and spent a lot of time (in between Twitter posts and hospital visits) watching Dragonball Z. He said he watched about twenty episodes.
~ Akitoshi Saito was interviewed on his thoughts of Global Junior Tag League, a league which naturally he is not part of. Heavyweights have never been asked their picks and opinions for it before, so it could be a good way for the Juniors & the Heavyweights to go to war, especially as the juniors were not asked for their opinion over Global Tag League.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya said in an interview that when the twelve year old him heard that Mitsuharu Misawa had died, he cried throughout the day.
~ As part of his rehabilitation, YO-HEY says he has been taking walks in the park.
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.
The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hitoshi Kumano
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hajime Ohara
Global Junior Tag League mini interview with Akitoshi Saito
Katsuhiko Nakajima interview on the late Silver King
Ten years after Misawa’s death in Hiroshima, champion Kaito Kiyomiya “looks at a new scenery”
Champ talk with Katsuhiko Nakajima
PICTURE CREDITS: Daisuke Harada, Noah GHC, PKDK, Naomichi Marufuji
Newsletter written by Hisame