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Money in the Bank has been a disappointing showcase in recent years, as WWE now have a chance to make the 2023 edition memorable in front of an international audience.

WWE Money in the Bank is scheduled for this Sunday morning at 5am AEST on BINGE, emanating from The O2 Arena in London and marking a third consecutive Premium Live Event outside of the United States.

It has been over 20 years since the company headed to England’s capital for a show of this magnitude and judging by the atmosphere of Clash at the Castle, fans watching from home are in for a treat.

The card is stacked, headlined by three key matches that are bound to have long-term implications and change the landscape of WWE.

The Bloodline Civil War will take place, as The Usos look for redemption against Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa. The annual Money in the Bank ladder matches are also slated for the show, which WWE need to construct carefully following previous mistreatment of the briefcase.

It has the potential to be the best Premium Live Event of the year and while London will be thunderous, it all depends on WWE making the right decisions to ensure the fans are left happy.

Below is The Inner Sanctum’s preview and predictions for each match at Money in the Bank.

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Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler (c) vs Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez – Women’s Tag Team Championships

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After relinquishing the Women’s Tag Team Championships last month, Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez will get an opportunity to earn the gold back from Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler.

The challengers were forced to vacate their titles, due to an injury Morgan sustained in a defence on the May 13 edition of Smackdown. In her absence, the current champions unified the main roster and NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles by defeating Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn.

Rodriguez confronted the duo after their victory, claiming she wants a rematch for the championships her and Morgan never lost. The former Smackdown Women’s Champion then made her surprising return, before the clash for Money in the Bank was made official a day later.

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Since they just merged the main roster and NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, it seems like Rousey and Baszler will not be losing the gold in the near future and should retain in London.

Meanwhile, Morgan and Rodriguez should split post-Money in the Bank for one of them to challenge Rhea Ripley at SummerSlam for the Women’s World Heavyweight Championship.

Not only are the two much more effective as singles competitors, but they both have history with the Eradicator and it would finally give Ripley a worthwhile feud after a lacklustre start to her reign.

Prediction: Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler

Gunther (c) vs Matt Riddle – Intercontinental Championship

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In what is going to be a physical and brutal contest, Gunther will defend his Intercontinental Championship against Matt Riddle.

The seeds were planted on the May 30 edition of Raw, when the Ring General confronted the Original Bro. Gunther told Riddle to challenge him for his title, had he qualified for the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match and retrieved the contract.

While the challenger was unable to enter, his feud with the Intercontinental Champion intensified when he injured Giovanni Vinci’s ankle in a two-on-one assault backstage. Gunther then accepted Riddle’s challenge this week, as their match was declared official on Raw.

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The Original Bro is destined to bring the fight and despite a valiant effort, the Ring General should be too impressive and retain the Intercontinental Title.

He will continue to embark on breaking the record as the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion in WWE history, needing to hold the belt until early September.

Prediction: Gunther

Cody Rhodes vs Dominik Mysterio

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Two worlds will collide at Money in the Bank, when one of WWE’s biggest babyfaces in Cody Rhodes will challenge arguably the company’s biggest heel in Dominik Mysterio.

The match was built on Mysterio calling the American Nightmare an awful father, before striking him with a cheap shot during Miz TV on the June 6 edition of Raw. Rhodes then laid down the challenge one week later, which Rhea Ripley accepted for her Latino heat.

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This contest is a strong alternative for the 2023 men’s Royal Rumble winner, considering he was not going to compete in the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match or against Brock Lesnar. Pairing him against a despised individual like Mysterio in front of the London faithful will be special.

Rhodes should emerge victorious and there could even be shenanigans during the match, as Brandi Rhodes could involve herself and help her husband by nullifying Ripley’s potential influence.

The American Nightmare at the same time still awaits for the Beast to accept his open challenge and Lesnar could conduct a post-match assault to build a third clash at SummerSlam, as he is advertised for next week’s Raw.

It is also entirely possible Lesnar costs his rival at Money in the Bank, handing a victory to Mysterio that would give The Judgment Day member a huge win to boast about to generate more hostile responses from the audience.

Prediction: Cody Rhodes

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Seth Rollins (c) vs Finn Balor – World Heavyweight Championship

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Finn Balor has his eyes locked on vengeance, as he will attempt to dethrone Seth Rollins and claim the World Heavyweight Championship.

The Prince challenged the Visionary on the June 13 edition of Raw, revisiting his match against Rollins at SummerSlam in 2016.

After the current champion delivered a powerbomb to Balor that night which forced him to relinquish the Universal Title, the latter is desperate to cut short the Visionary’s reign and career.

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These two have faced each other a plethora of times since then, with their most recent encounter taking place only last month. Their match at Money in the Bank has amplified importance and has given Balor a much more aggressive attitude, brutally attacking Rollins on episodes of Raw and NXT.

However, the Visionary should retain his World Heavyweight Championship and move to a new program for SummerSlam.

One scenario fans are hoping for is the return of Drew McIntyre, as London would be the perfect environment for him to make his first appearance since WrestleMania 39. The Scottish Warrior could confront Rollins after the match, setting up a mammoth title fight for Detroit.

Prediction: Seth Rollins

Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa vs The Usos

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In a match that has been brewing since WrestleMania 39, the biggest storyline in WWE takes another turn when Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa lock horns against The Usos.

The Tribal Chief had shown enormous disrespect towards Jimmy and Jey for losing their Undisputed Tag Team Titles, as Reigns attempted to bring them back to The Bloodline with the Enforcer at Night of Champions.

However, Jimmy betrayed the Undisputed Universal Champion during the match and the looming question surrounded where Jey’s loyalty lied after trying to be the peacemaker.

He was then forced to make a decision and while Reigns tried to manipulate his cousin that he was going to be the next Tribal Chief, Jey delivered an emphatic superkick two years in the making on the June 17 edition of Smackdown.

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This is the most difficult match to predict outside of the two Money in the Bank ladder matches, but the best course of action is The Usos standing tall over Reigns and Sikoa.

It would give the former Undisputed Tag Team Champions leverage to challenge the Tribal Chief at SummerSlam, as the proposed match from fans has been Reigns defending his titles against Jey to reignite their rivalry from 2021.

A victory from The Usos should also begin to cause animosity between the world champion and Enforcer, before Sikoa inevitably leaves the Tribal Chief’s island of relevancy.

Prediction: The Usos

Lynch vs Stratus vs Bayley vs SKY vs Stark vs Vega – Women’s Ladder Match

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Six women will have the opportunity to retrieve a coveted Money in the Bank contract, as IYO SKY should be the one to walk out of London with the briefcase.

The trigger for the Genius of the Sky to receive her crowning moment could have been pulled at Backlash, when she met Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship. The Puerto Rican audience were desperate to see her reign supreme, but the E.S.T retained after Bayley’s assist backfired.

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However, this is now SKY’s best chance to catapult herself in the women’s division and finally disband from Bayley. She would embark on a face turn and a win would align with what the purpose of Money in the Bank should be, which is to create a new star.

As for the other contestants, Becky Lynch, Trish Stratus and Bayley don’t need to win the contract and it would be too early for Zoey Stark, since she just debuted on the main roster last month. While Zelina Vega is a dark horse, the right decision that would satisfy fans is IYO SKY becoming Ms. Money in the Bank.

Prediction: IYO SKY

Priest vs Ricochet vs Nakamura vs Knight vs Butch vs Escobar vs Paul – Men’s Ladder Match

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The men’s Money in the Bank ladder match is more open, with three potential contenders and one overwhelming candidate the fans are eager to see achieve success.

There has been a large focus on the midcard talent, with no former world champions from the main roster featuring in the contest. While six men qualified, Logan Paul was simply invited to the match by management on the June 20 edition of Raw and it presented more unpredictability.

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Damian Priest could be given the briefcase to further drive a wedge between him and Balor, as angst between the two has been teased in recent weeks. If the Punishment of The Judgment Day were to emerge victorious, it could create jealousy from the Prince who is not going to defeat Seth Rollins.

Paul retrieving the contract would give WWE welcomed exposure, which has already been accomplished with his appearances last year and at WrestleMania 39. He is a part-time talent however, this hasn’t stopped WWE when Brock Lesnar captured the men’s briefcase in 2019.

The publicity WWE would gain for the Social Media Megastar becoming Mr. Money in the Bank should not be prioritised over the ever-increasing popularity of LA Knight, as he is the best candidate in the field to be awarded the contract.

The Megastar’s growth and love from the audience has been organic, and common sense should prevail of giving him the moment. It would redeem previous misuse of the briefcase and be beneficial in the long-term, instead of giving it to part-time talent in Paul that would only allow WWE to have short-term exposure.

Any other outcome would simply not be received well.

Prediction: LA Knight

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