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Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Eyes On MITB: Money In The Bank 2017 Preview

By @TrueGodImmortal

Money In The Bank has been my favorite non big 4 PPV for years now. It has the best matches, whether MITB or the one on one contests, and this year, we could see something special again. The Smackdown only PPV is sure to be a fun watch, and with two special MITB matches, along with a solid lineup overall, this event could be fun. It's only 5 matches on the card, which is relatively short for a PPV card, but there could be more matches made going forward. For now, let's check a look at this event and what could be in store.

*Smackdown Women's Title 
Naomi vs Lana

-This match is odd. Lana is unproven and hasn't shown that she can compete much, yet here she is in the title match at MITB. This match is not one I'm looking forward to, but I hope I ended up shocked and surprised. Can Lana show out and steal the spotlight from Naomi? Logic would say that if WWE has plans for Lana, that she doesn't lose this match decisively because if she does, any momentum she could have goes completely out the window.  Will Naomi retain? I'd say so, but there's no telling with the WWE. I'd say Naomi wins by DQ.

*Smackdown Tag Team Title Match
The Usos vs The New Day

-I'm not sold on the Usos and this new style. Their promos are loud and boisterous, but make little sense. Their catchphrase is nonsensical honestly, as the logic of "it's not paranoia, it's the Usos" is awful. However, they are great in ring competitors and can put on solid matches. If I'm WWE, I'm adding Breezango, who have gotten super over on Smackdown, and American Alpha, who virtually won the title and got extremely misused. New Day is back in the title picture and for some odd reason, I see them winning this match and injecting some life again into the tag title picture. Will The Usos retain? Or will their 4 month reign come to an end? I'd go with New Day winning and then Smackdown injects the other teams I mentioned earlier in a future match, probably at SummerSlam.

*Smackdown Women's MITB Match 
Charlotte vs Becky Lynch vs Tamina Snuka vs Natalya vs Carmella 

-I recently discussed this on the site and I'm not entirely sold on this match, but I'm hoping it is a great contest. The ladies make history and have an opportunity to steal the show on the night. I think Charlotte ends up with the victory, as her momentum could use a big win, but there's something to be said about Carmella and her chances. I don't expect a lot of high flying, but I do think we will see a few notable bumps, and possibly a big move from a ladder through a table as well. Give this match about 15-20 minutes and let the women shine, and I think this can exceed the hype. Still, I'm picking Charlotte to win.

*WWE Championship Match 
Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton 

-Truth be told, there's nothing about this feud or match that I care about. Jinder sucks, Orton is boring when chasing the title, and this feud has nothing redeeming about it. I'd rather not see any man win, and have someone just cash in on them if this match closes the night. Don't get me wrong, I'd prefer to see a Styles vs Orton vs Cena title match at SummerSlam with Styles winning the belt, but I could see Mahal retaining with a feud with Cena for the belt as his next step. What's working against Orton here? The fact that MITB is in his hometown of St. Louis, and most faces never win the title in their hometown, let alone win matches period there. I'll go with Mahal retaining unfortunately and I can't wait until this experiment is over.

*Smackdown MITB Match
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kevin Owens vs Baron Corbin vs AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn vs Dolph Ziggler 

-This is the biggest match of the card and the one with MOTY potential. Nakamura is the man. Owens is the man. Styles is the man. Those three alone make this a match worthwhile, but add in Ziggler and Zayn, along with the on the rise Corbin and you've got the recipe for a classic. I'd like to see Nakamura win, but I don't see him walking out with the briefcase and the same has to be said for AJ Styles as well. I think we might see Nakamura vs Owens for the US Title soon, and that leads me to believe that Owens could very well end up winning the briefcase. However, the smart money is Baron Corbin, as he can continue to develop more and more with the briefcase by his side. I'd love to see Sami Zayn win as a dark horse, but logic would point to either Corbin or Owens winning this match. If I had to make a choice, I'll say Corbin ends up winning in a way that no one enjoys, and he begins the monster push he's been rumored to get for a while.

Money In The Bank could be a great event, and I just hope... sincerely that we don't see Mojo Rawley. I'll probably not get my wish, but with a short yet sweet lineup like this, MITB could very well be a great event. Only time will tell.



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