Breaking down every match of the best show in wrestling — ‘Money in the Bank’

Shinsuke Nakamura Money in the Bank@WWE/Instagram“Money in the Bank” is the best show in wrestling.

Of course WrestleMania and SummerSlam are bigger events independently, but neither offer a greater potential reward for up-and-coming WWE Superstars.

For those new to wrestling, this particular pay-per-view presents one of the biggest opportunities in the WWE. In the marquee matches of the night, a briefcase will be suspended above the ring, within it a contract for a title shot that can be “cashed in” at any time. The first person to climb a ladder and unhook the briefcase wins the match, and the contract.

The winner of the match will typically carry the briefcase with them wherever they go, always threatening the champion that their time is coming soon. Since the briefcase can be cashed in at a moment’s notice, “Money in the Bank” winners will often wait until the champion has just finished a brutal match with another wrestler, before running down the ramp, cashing in, hitting a finishing move and pinning the exhausted champ.

Winning the “Money in the Bank” briefcase can launch a career to the next level, and this year for the first time in WWE history, the SmackDown women’s division will be having a “Money in the Bank” match as well. Below you can find a breakdown of every match on Sunday’s card.


Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match

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Who’s fighting: AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin, and Dolph Ziggler

What’s at stake: The “Money in the Bank” briefcase, an almost certain title reign in the near future

What to expect: The “Money in the Bank” briefcase always does better with a bad guy, who can both use the briefcase as a weapon in matches and threaten a cash-in with spite any time he’s in the ring. It’s also a great way of pushing someone relatively new or underused into a new position within the minds of WWE fans. For these reasons, I think Baron Corbin is the first to ascend the ladder and unhook the briefcase. Corbin is HUGE and will surely be a champion one day. He also has a true meanness about him that you believe more than most heels on the roster. Basically everyone else in this match is already established within the SmackDown hierarchy, but Corbin could leap to the top of the list with a win here.

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Potential shocker: Shinsuke Nakamura is a sensation but still relatively new to the WWE universe. He’s a great performer, but his limited English makes it difficult to book him in more storyline-heavy segments. Giving him the briefcase would make it so that he is always considered a threat without having to say a word.

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match

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Who’s fighting: Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Tamina, and Carmella

What’s at stake: The Money in the Bank Briefcase, an almost certain title reign in the near future, and a place in the history books as the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank winner

What to expect: Charlotte is the logical choice here. She’s the strongest woman on the roster, and she’s a historic name that would be very deserving of being crowned “first ever Women’s “Money in the Bank” ladder match winner” — a title that the WWE could remind it’s fans of for decades to come.

Potential shocker: Carmella hasn’t seen great success so far in her time on SmackDown, but she has had a few fun moments with her “boyfriend” James Ellsworth. It’s been announced that Ellsworth will be at ringside for the match, so there’s a chance that he commits some sort of chicanery that steals the match for Carmella.

The Usos (champions) vs. The New Day

The Usos (champions) vs. The New Day

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Who’s fighting: The fun-loving, former RAW Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and Big E of The New Day are up against the formerly fun-loving, now mean and scary Jimmy and Jay Uso.

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What’s at stake: The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship

What to expect: The Usos have been one of my favorite acts on the SmackDown roster since they broke bad a few months ago. After years of being happy-go-lucky wrestlers wearing bright colors and high-fiving all the kids in the crowd, the Usos have now adopted this blackout look and are just straight mean all the time. It’s fantastic. The New Day are new to SmackDown and after having so much success on RAW, my guess in that the Usos teach them a lesson about just how tough Tuesday nights can be.

Potential shocker: The seeds of a New Day break up start to be laid. I don’t think it happens, but the trio have been together for a while now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if their eventual, inevitable separation happens on SmackDown over the course of a few months. Maybe a slip-up that cause their loss here starts the snowball.

Naomi (champion) vs. Lana

Naomi (champion) vs. Lana

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Who’s fighting: Naomi is in the midst of her second title reign and currently the most exciting wrestler to watch in the women’s division of SmackDown. Lana is making her in-ring debut after years with the company as a manager and mic-worker for other wrestlers, most notably, her real-life husband Rusev.

What’s at stake: WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship

What to expect: I don’t even know here. Lana has never had a real match and basically complained about wanting a title shot until she got one. This match may only make sense if she wins it. But if we’re looking at the match objectively, Naomi should mop the floor with Lana.

Potential shocker: There’s a chance that this match is so oddly booked because it will be used as an immediate opportunity for the Women’s “Money in the Bank” winner to cash in and win the title. But who knows.

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Jinder Mahal (champion) v Randy Orton

Jinder Mahal (champion) v Randy Orton

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Who’s fighting: Jinder Mahal is the “Modern Day Maharaja” who has recently been promoted to the top of the card after a career spent mostly as a jobber. Randy Orton is a third generation professional wrestler and a 13-time world champion.

What’s at stake: The WWE Championship

What to expect: I think Jinder has to take this one clean. This feud has been going on for some time now and while Jinder Mahal has been putting on great matches since his reign began, the give and take he’s had with Orton in the lead up to the match hasn’t been stellar. Plus, Randy Orton is established enough that he can lose clean and still be seen as a threat to anyone on the roster.

Potential shocker: Jinder Mahal is accompanied to the ring by the Singh brothers, and the last time Orton and Mahal faced off, Orton threw the brothers around quite a bit. While I think Mahal will escape with the title, don’t be surprised if the best moment of the match comes at the hands of Randy Orton and the expense of the Singh brothers.

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