The stage is set for the third Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match next month in Chicago. This time, both members from Raw and Smackdown will go to battle to attain the coveted Money in the Bank briefcase that holds a contract for a future Championship match. This year, all the elements will add an unique mix as to who will be the second woman to hold the briefcase. With the eight competitors, it is very well up in the air as to who could win this year.
For three of these women – Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Natalya respectively – this will be their third Money in the Bank match. If you want to be technical they have been in every Women’s MITB match thus far. They already have had the experience of the brutality that this match is capable of. So in essence Flair, Lynch and Natalya have a distinct advantage ahead of the other competitors. It is a matter of staying ahead of the game in this match.
That’s not to say that the other women in this match aren’t history makers in their own right. Arguably, Sasha Banks has had a handful of history making matches from Iron Woman to Hell in a Cell. Alexa Bliss isn’t a stranger to history either with her successful Raw and Smackdown Championship reigns over the past two years. Additionally Naomi won the first Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania this past spring. The list continues to grow as the Women’s Division continues to charter new territories that were just a mere dream years ago.
The Money in the Bank match itself will give way to possible new feuds that can develop over the summer. Whether it’s the cash-in itself or perhaps some sort of betrayal comes about, drama is guaranteed to happen. One instance is the Riott Squad’s exclusion from the match. Neither woman did not advance to the Money in the Bank match, but Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan could very well make an impact should they make their presence known. Many fans were surprised that Riott isn’t in this match to begin with, so perhaps the silver lining is that she could get revenge from her loss this past Monday night. Do the IIconics make an appearance as well? Those factors can be huge.
Going to my point about that – while the Women’s Money in the Bank is the stage for some drama – rest assured there isn’t bound to be controversy a’la last year with James Ellsworth. WWE is no stranger to controversial ideas especially if it benefits the company all around financially. What I’m saying is that it’s bound to be there but to a point. Whether it’s the way the match is finished or if the briefcase is cashed in can decide that. Money in the Bank is the ultimate opportunity and can change someone’s career. Just ask Carmella.
Every woman in this match is on a quest to attain Championship gold. All of them have some sort of backstory whether it’s to build their accolades or their legacies. There is no surefire way than having the briefcase in their possession – it gives them the upper hand for the next year. They can bide their time and strike at the worst possible time for the Champion. It is a threat that hangs over the division until that briefcase is cashed in.
In this piece, I will explore each woman’s chances of becoming Miss Money in the Bank. This event is exciting particularly because the possibilities are endless as to what comes out of it. Money in the Bank sits just in the middle of the gap between WrestleMania and SummerSlam, which are WWE’s two top PPV events. That fact alone opens up a plethora of ideas and ways the company can build to their stories. Does it benefit this person, or what happens to this person if she wins it? While us as fans are never sure what the company can put out for our viewing pleasure, the rollercoaster there is worth the ride.