WWE Money In The Bank 2022 will emanate from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, July 3 at 10am AEST on the WWE Network. Two Money In The Bank ladder matches are headlining the event, but the show will not feature Undisputed Universal Champion, Roman Reigns.
Six matches are scheduled to take place on the show and although the big focuses are the men’s and women’s Money In The Bank ladder matches, four championships will also be defended. Below is The Inner Sanctum’s preview and predictions for each match on the card.
Bianca Belair (c) vs Carmella: Raw Women’s Championship
Bianca Belair and Carmella are no strangers to one another. They have had numerous encounters for the better part of one year and will battle once again at Money In The Bank.
Rhea Ripley was the champion’s original challenger, but was removed as a result of suffering from brain and teeth injuries. Carmella then earned her way into this match by defeating Becky Lynch, Asuka, Liv Morgan and Alexa Bliss in a Fatal 5-Way Match on the June 20th edition of Monday Night Raw.
While Carmella has been competitive against the Raw Women’s Champion and E.S.T of WWE in their previous match-ups, Belair has always been too strong and the same result is expected for this clash.
The champion won her title at WrestleMania 38 in April and is expected to have a high profile match at SummerSlam for the Raw Women’s Title.
Prediction: Bianca Belair
Ronda Rousey (c) vs Natalya: Smackdown Women’s Championship
This is a highly anticipated match that has quickly become very personal, with two proud competitors colliding for one of the biggest prizes on Smackdown. The champion, Ronda Rousey has been challenged and pushed to the limit in her title reign, but faces one of the veterans of WWE in Natalya.
The challenger and B.O.A.T of WWE was victorious in a Six-Pack Challenge to become the number one contender and has attempted to get inside the head of the Smackdown Women’s Champion.
Natalya impersonated Ronda Rousey on the June 24th edition of Friday Night Smackdown and even brought a pram to the ring, mocking the champion’s motherhood. Rousey was far from impressed and her frustration will more than likely release a highly dangerous version of her.
Prediction: Ronda Rousey
The Usos (c) vs The Street Profits: Undisputed Tag Team Championship
There is no debate that The Usos are the best tag team in all of WWE, holding both the Raw and Smackdown Tag Team Championships and unifying them by beating RKBro.
The challengers are weary of their opponents and even asked legend, John Cena for advice on how they can overcome this challenge and win the gold. However, The Street Profits head into this match with momentum after Montez Ford defeated Jey Uso on the final episode of Raw before Money In The Bank.
It is still widely projected that The Usos retain their titles, since they only became the Undisputed Tag Team Champions just over a month ago and are aligned with the biggest name in all of WWE, Roman Reigns.
Prediction: The Usos
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Theory (c) vs Bobby Lashley: United States Championship
Theory has been very impressive and has caught the attention of the WWE Universe, but faces his biggest challenge yet – The Almighty, Bobby Lashley.
The build for this match has been questioned by the fans, with baby oil and pose-downs kickstarting the feud. The challenger then won a Gauntlet Match by defeating Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis), and Theory himself.
This match is difficult to predict, because Bobby Lashley doesn’t lose often and Theory doesn’t seem like someone who could beat him clean. However, the United States Champion is expected to enter a program with John Cena for SummerSlam and the title would have to be involved in that feud.
Prediction: Lashley by DQ, Theory remains United States Champion
Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan, Raquel Rodriguez, Lacey Evans, Asuka and Shotzi will all clash in this year’s women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match. However, it only looks like one of two will win it.
Evans not long ago made her return and WWE was still unsure of how to present her prior, changing her from a face, to a heel, back to a face. Shotzi is someone who WWE doesn’t seem to be high on, so it looks like she won’t win either.
Bliss also came back recently after getting married and has adopted a change in her gimmick that hasn’t really won over the crowd. Rodriguez made her main roster debut only two months ago and still needs to be built up.
Asuka is considered an outside chance, but seems unlikely to win it, since she won in 2020 and WWE might want to give the spotlight to someone else.
The only two genuine contenders to win this match are Liv Morgan and Becky Lynch. The former is a fan favourite and has competed for the Raw Women’s Championship multiple times.
She has come so close and the fans finally want to see her have that special moment and become champion in the next 12 months. However, there is no bigger woman in WWE than ‘Big Time Becks‘.
Lynch earned her spot in the match by winning a Last Chance Qualifier on this past Raw and becoming Ms. Money In The Bank would generate more heel heat for the former Raw Women’s Champion.
She is also expected to once again feud with Bianca Belair through the summer, so the briefcase could be used as a segway to ignite the program. Rhea Ripley does loom large though…
Prediction: Becky Lynch
Men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match
The supposed main event for the show is one of intrigue, as cases can be mounted for most of the superstars to why they can win this match. The best part is there is one more spot remaining!
Six superstars have been announced for the bout and they are Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Riddle, Sheamus, Sami Zayn and Omos. Kevin Owens and Ezekiel were scheduled to have a qualifying match on the June 27th episode of Raw, but it was cancelled for unknown reasons.
Let’s start with Sami Zayn, the ‘honorary Uce’. Right now, Roman Reigns is the company’s world champion and Zayn has stated that he wants to win this match to prevent anyone from cashing in on the Tribal Chief.
If WWE isn’t planning on taking the titles away from Reigns anytime soon, then it makes sense for Zayn to win this match. The fans wouldn’t be too pleased with that outcome though.
Omos is someone WWE is very high on, emphasised by his partnership with MVP. He is somewhat of a realistic chance to win this match, but that is another outcome the WWE Universe would not want to see.
Sheamus and Riddle are both unlikely candidates to capture the briefcase, as the latter just concluded a mini program with Roman Reigns and lost their title match on the June 17th edition of Smackdown. The ‘Original Bro’ was also barred from challenging for the Undisputed Universal Championship, as long as Reigns has the gold.
Drew McIntyre is a good chance to become Mr. Money In The Bank, as he continues to build himself for a contest against Roman Reigns at Clash of the Castle on September 3. If McIntyre were to win the ladder match, he could formally cash in for that date against the world champion.
However, the overwhelming favourite is former Mr. Money In The Bank, Seth Rollins. He won the contract at the corresponding event in 2014 and had one of the more memorable briefcase runs.
The Visionary has also been built the strongest after three consecutive losses to Cody Rhodes. A plan is for Rollins to potentially win the contract, take at least one title from Roman and then have Rhodes become champion by beating Seth once he returns from injury next year.
WWE could also have Rollins and Lynch win their respective ladder matches to combat what AEW did with Adam Cole and Britt Baker winning the Owen Hart Foundation tournaments.
Prediction: Seth Rollins
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