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.
Who will win the 2018 Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match?
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Could Finn Balor Actually Beat Brock Lesnar at the WWE Royal Rumble?
Finn Balor is on his way to the main event of The Royal Rumble on January 27. The Irish born Superstar has the chance of a lifetime against Brock Lesnar and that chance may deliver the Universal Championship. Finn has worked hard for this moment as he’s finally getting another run at the top.
That is the narrative that’s currently being written by WWE. Finn Balor’s career resurgence is a feel-good story and understandably so. It’s been nearly three years since he’s truly been in serious world title contention. He is one of the most popular Superstars on the roster and fans want to see him do well. All of this is true. But is he really going to win it all on January 27?
Balor’s rise to the top back in 2016 seemed like a perfect move. He was riding a wave of momentum from his run in NXT and he was gaining popularity with each passing week. The fans saw him as a top babyface and that’s how WWE booked him.
His debut on the main roster was met with overwhelming approval, as fans couldn’t wait to see him mix it up with Raw’s biggest names. One of those names was of course Roman Reigns, who Bálor defeated en route to beating Seth Rollins and becoming the first-ever Universal champion.
Both wins were a statement by WWE. It wasn’t often that the company moved anyone ahead of Reigns, but that’s exactly what happened with Finn. Roman wasn’t going anywhere of course and Bálor was probably not taking his place.
But WWE was giving the fans something new, something different. Balor was a breath of fresh air on a program that often grows very stale at times. However with Finn at the helm, there was little chance of that happening again.
So now that he’s finally regained momentum after three years, what are the chances that Finn Balor will once again be slowed to a dead stop? His injury the night he won the Universal title was through no fault of his own. These things happen and it could very well happen to any WWE Superstar at any time.
But there is definitely someone to blame for Finn’s booking since relinquishing the championship. WWE surely could not be expected to immediately reinsert Finn into a top spot the moment he came back from injury. But to wait this long to elevate him to the world title picture?
WWE had to change plans after Finn went down. Fans surely realize that. The company really cannot afford to sit still for anyone, especially someone that had just arrived on the main roster. But Balor’s lack of main event success in the time following his return is indeed a curiosity.
Brock Lesnar was the top titleholder for the majority of the time after Finn returned to Raw. WWE’s plans didn’t include Balor versus Lesnar. So why not move Finn to SmackDown Live and give him a run against then-WWE champion AJ Styles?
A feud between the two could have led to a WrestleMania 35 showdown for the WWE Championship. The founder of The Bullet Club versus the man who took his place. Two veteran stars that made their names outside of WWE now waging war on the WrestleMania stage. It’s a story that really could have written itself.
But even as fans contemplate what could have been, there’s no denying that Finn is once again in a great place in his WWE career. Maybe it did take too long for him to return to this elite level. But he’s back nonetheless and now he indeed has a chance of achieving greatness. All he has to do is get past Brock Lesnar.
Facing Lesnar right now is a somewhat odd prospect for Finn Balor. On one hand, Finn has to look good and he most likely will. The contrast between the two men is apparent and that contrast should make for an intriguing matchup.
Balor will stick and move, he will weather the storm and he will continue to come out swinging despite how long the match lasts. But what happens when crowd fatigue sets in, as is often the case, during Lesnar’s matches?
The fact is that may bode well for Finn, because once he starts his comeback, the crowd will go along for the ride. The real drama in Brock Lesnar’s matches typically does not come until the end. That’s when the real test begins, as fans hold their collective breath to see if Brock’s opponent will actually pull out the win. The problem is, that win rarely ever happens.
But this is actually in Finn’s favor as well. Even if Finn loses to Brock, it probably won’t affect Balor that much at all. No one expects Lesnar to really ever lose and when it does happen, it’s a complete shock to the system. So, Balor would be just another star that tried and failed. How could anyone hold that against him?
However will the notion that Finn is destined to be nothing more than a top mid-card star once again become the prevailing opinion? Fans have always debated Balor’s worth and WWE’s apparent refusal to use him as a main event star. Will a loss at The Royal Rumble once again put Balor right back in the middle of that situation?
The truth is that for fans desperately wanting to see the Universal Championship back on Raw full-time again, nothing would be sweeter than a Lesnar loss. Roman is still out action and it’s clear that Braun Strowman is not the answer to Brock. So now may be the perfect opportunity to take a different path and reinsert Finn Bálor as the new top titleholder on Monday Night Raw. WWE did it before. Whether or not it will happen again is anyone’s guess.
WWE NXT: Whose The Babyface?
Bianca Belair gets her NXT Women’s Championship match with Shayna Baszler at WWE NXT Takeover: Phoenix, but Scott Mcleod wonders who the babyface is?
A few weeks ago Bianca Belair earned the right to face Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship a week from on Saturday at NXT Takeover: Phoenix.
While I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Belair, I don’t object to her having a title shot. Given that she has been heavily featured and as they like to say is undefeated it was only a matter of time.
The thing is I didn’t think she would be going up against Baszler for one reason: I don’t know who is supposed to be the face?
Judging by a confrontation between champion and challenger on this week’s NXT they both have their fans but their gimmicks are more effective when they are positioned as the heel. Maybe they see Belair as more of a tweener at this point
Now in this modern age of wrestling just because you position someone a certain way doesn’t guarantee the fans will react to them the way you want them to. Faces and heels aren’t what they use to be.
I think it shows how high the likes of Triple H are on Belair that she is getting this title opportunity. I don’t see her winning it here however as I think there is still time for her.
Shes approaching that point that a lot of people who have a undefeated streak get to in that people worry what they’re going to once they’ve suffered their first loss. Have her lose then spend a couple of months telling the story of her having to start from the bottom again.
If she dose lose it should be thanks to Horsewomen interference to help Shayna get the upper hand. Following this is where she has to prove shes more than a catchphrase because she can’t call herself undefeated. The fact the lose wasn’t clean always gives her a reason to challenge again.
I would have thought Shayna would have defended against either Io Shari or Dakota Kai since they’ve had their issues since War Games. As they have Kairi Sane in their corner it would even up the odds. This means Shayna doesn’t have the advantage which would make her losing believable.
You could still do that after this match with Belair at Phoenix perhaps at the Mania weekend Takeover. Coming out of that Belair having been winning enhancement matches on TV to rebuild her and telling the stoey of her wanting another shot challenges whoever took the title from Shayna.
By this point she could have even transitioned from tweener to full blown face.
Then I would by her winning the title. I think she could be a big part of the NXT Women’s Championship picture in 2019 and beyond she just needs more of a story behind her getting the title.
One think I would like to see at Takeover is Shayna to get the choke on Belair while wrapping the braid around the throat. I look that would be a good image for people to have looking back on this match