Think you’re money at WWE PPV predictions? If you guess the most Money in the Bank results correctly, your choice of wrestler theme closing out next PPV’s Cheap Popcast. Read on for Dave’s picks and then make yours!
Hey-o, it’s time for more Cheap Predictions! Firstly, I hope you enjoyed the recent bonus episode about WWE future endeavorings. I’m hoping to put the show on a twice-a-month schedule, so if you’ve enjoyed the increased output, please take the time to rate and review the show on iTunes! Now, onto Money in the Bank!
As we’ve been doing for awhile now, the reader who makes the most correct predictions gets to pick the song that plays at the conclusion of next month’s episode of Cheap Popcast! First, though, a recap of the Payback predictions. I went five-for-seven on the pre-announced matches, because of course I still don’t think Cena and Sheamus won’t win every month. Tron was the only person to pick all seven results correctly, and he chose The Legacy’s theme to close the show.
Here’s how the prediction contest goes. I’m going to make my picks in this here article, and then open up the replies to you awesome listeners. You will then pick a winner (or if you’re feeling frisky, a rare draw/double DQ) for each match (don’t worry about getting the finish right, I’m just looking for winners), and then, just in case there’s a tie for correct predictions, pick a running time for the final match listed (the presumed main event) as a tiebreaker.
What does the winner get? Well, you can make your mark on the next PPV-themed Cheap Popcast episode by choosing the show’s closing theme. Pick the wrestler theme and include a YouTube URL to a wrestler’s theme alongside your predictions (including the running time of the final match listed) and I’ll give you a shout-out before throwing to our episode-ender. Let’s kick off the predictions!
MONEY IN THE BANK CONTRACT LADDER MATCH
Man, for a week or two, I was worried that we’d drop from two MITB matches last year to zero this year, due to the main event featuring dudes climbing to become the new champion. Fortunately, we’ll actually have a match for the contract this year, but due to the lack of a second world championship, you kinda need a contract-holder to be near-main-event-level already. With that in mind, there’s only really two people with enough momentum to be near-champs, and they both used to be in The Shield. I think it’s too early for Seth Rollins’ heel turn to look like a bad move for the guy, so I say Seth Rollins wins.
BIG E VS RUSEV
Since WWE’s recycling this match, I’m recycling my prediction: Rusev’s WWE career is still in it’s infancy, and he’s got a few more months of PPV victories before anything changes, so Rusev wins.
SUMMER RAE VS LAYLA (WITH FANDANGO AS SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE)
This feud has been predicated on the two combatants kissing Fandango, and then the jilted female pouring milk on the other. Both women have shown they’re capable of good matches, but I’m guessing WWE slots this as the pee-break comedy match. Only one of the people involved in this match is in an upcoming WWE movie, so I say Summer Rae wins. Then she kicks Fandango in the balls or something.
STARDUST AND GOLDUST VS RYBAXEL
Stardust has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the last month. It’ll probably be taken down in a hot minute, but the Goldust/Stardust interview on this week’s Smackdown was pretty amazing, and it’s shocking how quickly Cody has taken to this new personality. I hope crowds take to the tag team as much as the internet and we see another tag strap run, but I think they’re safe for this weekend regardless. Goldust and Stardust win.
DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: PAIGE (CHAMPION) VS NAOMI
Oddly, this is the tougest one for me to call. I thought (and hoped) WWE would put more stock in Paige, but she’s been relegated to shows like Main Event and Superstars quite a bit lately. Naomi is probably the second-best Diva in terms of being able to deliver a good match, and she deserves a title run at some point. Though I could see Cameron interfering for a DQ ending out of jealousy, I’m going to predict a minor upset in that Naomi wins.
TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: THE USOS (CHAMPIONS) VS ERIC HARPER AND LUKE ROWAN
This is also a tough one, but I feel like The Usos have run out of heel challengers. Heck there’s only one other face team of note that isn’t broken up/injured. I feel like the Wyatt Family needs some success tonight and I don’t see Bray winning the big one, so I say Harper and Rowan win.
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE LADDER MATCH
I think half of the field can be immediately dismissed, and, oh look, they’re all on the left side of the image above. Cesaro is the closest, but he needs a few more months of buildup. As for the rest of the field, I think Reigns’ first world title needs to be more emphatic than climbing a ladder. Wyatt makes sense if you’re going to put the title back on Bryan somewhat soon, but I don’t think WWE is going to put the belt back on DB until next year. Orton’s a good dark horse pick (and could set up some nice intrigue if he has the belt while Rollins has the case), but I think the WWE is building towards a Cena-Lesnar Summerslam main event in order to goose WWE Network subsciptions, so I say John Cena wins in 27 minutes.
Alright, there’s my picks. Sound off below with your match predictions, (the world title match’s running time) as well as a YouTube link to your wrestler theme pick. Good luck, everyone!