[WWE News] Money in the Bank 2012: Half-A**ed Thoughts and Predictions!
Another WWE filler pay per view occurs tonight. Hit the jump for a complete lineup of the card, with some predictions and thoughts scattered through out as well.
Tonight’s the night for Money in the Bank 2012, WWE’s yearly pay per view that highlights the “Money in the Bank” ladder match. So far only four matches have been finalized for the live show, which leaves room for some surprises (and probably a Ryback squash). I will not be covering the event tonight, as I don’t feel as if WWE has earned my money in the lead up to this event, but you can keep up with the goings-on of the show either on PPV itself or in recap form on the great wrestling websites ProWrestling.net, PWTorch, and PWInsider.
But even though I won’t be seeing Money in the Bank blow by blow, it’s not going to stop me from making predictions. Here are my official predictions for tonight’s event:
(Pre-Show) R-Truth/Kofi Kingston (c) Vs. Hunico/Camacho for the WWE Tag Team Titles
- This match is going to be airing before the event itself via YouTube, so those of you like me who don’t want to take the plunge will at least get to sample some of the action. Unfortunately I don’t see this match lasting very long and the results seem obvious considering the challengers to the belts are two guys who get continually jobbed out on a weekly basis. R-Truth/Kingston to easily retain until their next title defense that no one will (unfortunately) care about. I hope someone injects some life into this division someday.
- Winners: R-Truth/Kofi Kingston
Smackdown Money in the Bank: Cody Rhodes Vs. Dolph Ziggler Vs. Santino Marella Vs. Christian Vs. Tensai Vs. Tyson Kidd Vs. Damien Sandow Vs. Sin Cara
- This will definitely be the Money in the Bank that’ll be most exciting to watch. Kidd, Cara, and Christian are all but guaranteed to light up the ring with the crazy spots that many expect in a Money in the Bank match (while the rest sort of just stand there). I hope this allows Cara to finally break out in the WWE; I’ve seen his work as Mistico in Mexico and it’s astonishing. The Money in the Bank match may finally show others the talent that hasn’t been exactly showcased since he made his WWE debut. In terms of who will win, I think it comes down to Ziggler and Rhodes. The former has been thisclose to reaching the upper echelon of the WWE for a long time now and winning this match could finally bring him there, but in my opinion the latter is a far better worker and talker and deserves it a little more. I’d be fine with either winning (co-winners? :-D), but I’m pulling for Rhodes on this one.
- Winner: Cody Rhodes
Raw Money in the Bank: John Cena Vs. The Big Show Vs. Chris Jericho Vs. Kane
- While this Money in the Bank Ladder match certainly has a higher marquee value, I think it’s going to end up being an ugly one to watch. Don’t get me wrong they’re all good workers (yes even Cena, you hater you), but outside of Jericho their skill sets aren’t really suited for this kind of match (yes Kane has been in a ton of these matches, but has he ever done anything memorable?). Plus, aren’t these matches supposed to help someone new move to the next level? Oh well. I’m going with Cena on this one on the basis they’ve hinted at Cena and CM Punk rekindling their feud and the fact that no one else would make a viable WWE Championship opponent (no disrespect intended, I promise).
- Winner: John Cena
World Heavyweight Title Match: Sheamus (c) Vs. Alberto Del Rio
- I’ve enjoyed the Sheamus/Del Rio feud, and the two work well enough together. But I think tonight it ends with Sheamus coming out on top since all signs to point to a heel winning the Smackdown Money in the Bank. Maybe this will open up a chance for Del Rio to take the U.S. title from Santino and make it viable again. One can always dream.
- Winner: Sheamus
WWE Championship Match: CM Punk (c) Vs. Daniel Bryan (w/ A.J. as the special referee)
- Let’s face facts: the only truly engaging storyline that has been going on in the WWE over the past few weeks has been the Punk/Bryan/A.J. triangle. It even managed to stay interesting despite the hokey twist they tried to cram in on Raw last week. Wrestling-wise this should be an excellent match, which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. As for who will win…that’s hard to tell simply because I have no idea what the next move in the A.J. storyline would even be (great for the wrestling fan in me, bad for the guy trying to cover this stuff). So I’m just going to throw a hail mary and say that Punk somehow gets the victory and retains the title, setting up the Cena/Punk rivalry anew (yay?). But then where does that leave Bryan? And more importantly, A.J.? Interested to find out.
- Winner: CM Punk
So those are my predictions on the card currently announced. I’m sure more will go down (and here’s hoping they add another person in the Raw Money in the Bank), but outside of the SD Money in the Bank and the Punk/Bryan main event there’s not much to hope for here. They’re going to have to pull out all the stops to make this filler PPV truly worth remembering.