WWE’s yearly Money in the Bank pay-per-view takes place this Sunday, with the most unique stipulation in play. Money in the Bank is usually considered the biggest outside of the Big 4 PPVs, with high stakes attached to it. Two individuals will get a golden opportunity to enter the main-event scene, which can completely shake up things on either roster.
The PPV is taking place behind closed doors once again due to the COVID-19 pandemic, following Wrestlemania 36, which had to sadly be broadcast from the Performance Center in Orlando, FL. The PPV doesn’t have a long list of matches but has two unique matches, which will be playing out at the same time.
Both the world titles are currently held by full-timers, which makes it the first time in ages that both the titles will be contested on the PPV. Several other championships haven’t found a place on the card, mostly due to the unavailability of several performers in this situation.
We rundown the WWE Money In The Bank 2020 match card and give our thoughts on how it is bound to go down this Sunday.
Kick-Off Show: Jeff Hardy vs Cesaro
After weeks of video packages for Jeff Hardy, the younger Hardy brother finally returned to SmackDown, immediately making an impact by taking down the undefeated Sheamus.
This match is a rather random encounter, and made official only yesterday, but will surely have some interference by the Celtic Warrior. Cesaro and Hardy both deserve to be in the ladder match instead of this pre-show one-off encounter, but they should impress nonetheless.
Prediction: Jeff Hardy wins
R-Truth vs MVP
Some matches are random, and then there’s this. MVP declared his retirement a few months ago but has kept showing up to push the younger superstars, but this match is absolutely out of the blue. A PPV encounter between two 45+ year-olds with no stakes is absolutely bizarre, but seeing Truth in action is never a bad thing.
Hopefully, WWE is planning to have a certain direction to this match instead of being a filler, as that would mean a PPV spot lost for absolutely no reason.
Prediction: R-Truth wins
Fatal 4 Way for SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The New Day(c) vs Lucha House Party vs Miz & Morrison vs The Forgotten Sons
The entire Smackdown Tag Team Division, minus the injured Usos and the Heavy Machinery, will be taking part in this fatal four-way for the championships. New Day surprisingly won back the titles a few weeks ago after Big E reigned supreme in the singles triple-threat match. The Forgotten Sons debuted on the blue brand and instantly made a major impact, going after the champions.
Miz & Morrison scored a victory on SmackDown this week, while the Lucha House Party sneaked in a victory on the previous episode of SmackDown, which makes this a delicious encounter, with all four teams coming into the match with some momentum.
New Day shouldn’t be losing the titles so soon after winning, neither do any other teams are worthy of holding the titles at this point. The Forgotten Sons should naturally be the next feud after this for the champions.
Prediction: The New Day retains
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley(c) vs Tamina
Bayley has somehow landed in a championship match with Tamina of all people, largely due to Bayley running through all the other possible opponents on the blue brand. This is clearly a filler feud towards the eventual Bayley-Sasha Banks rivalry, which has been building for quite some time now.
Tamina winning in this matchup will be a major surprise, but one can’t rule out the possibility of Banks possibly costing Bayley her matchup. Tamina currently holds the record of the longest active wrestler without a title to their name, and it could likely come to an end on Sunday. Banks vs Bayley can work even without a title in the picture, and WWE could be tempted to do a full-fledged feud without the belt involved.
Still, Bayley is the safer option, and WWE should try to keep her the champion until Summerslam at least.
Prediction: Bayley wins
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: AJ Styles vs Aleister Black vs Otis vs Daniel Bryan vs King Corbin vs Rey Mysterio
The men’s version of the iconic MITB match has some interesting names in fray, with first-timers Black and Otis, previous winners Bryan, Corbin and Mysterio, and AJ Styles, who is the most likely winner of this matchup. WWE often hands the briefcase to heels, and babyface winners rarely make sense in this style of match.
Black or Styles are the only possible options in this matchup, and if WWE is trying to do something different, they could hand it to Daniel Bryan. A heel Styles with the briefcase will be a brilliant combination, as his douchey persona is perfect for MITB holder.
This match will run parallel with the Women’s Match, as the briefcase is suspended above the roof of the WWE Headquarters. It is a very unique matchup with several interesting possibilities and has the potential to be one of the best matches on WWE television.
Prediction: AJ Styles wins
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Dana Brooke vs Shayna Baszler vs Asuka vs Nia Jax vs Carmella vs Lacey Evans
The Women’s Division got their first MITB match three years ago, and the tradition has continued ever since. This year, the ladies will be a part of the match along with the men at the same time, which guarantees chaos. WWE hasn’t really put a good looking lineup for the Women’s Match, with athletic individuals like Naomi, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, etc. missing from the matchup.
It is tough to pick a winner in this matchup, as Baszler, Jax, Asuka, all have looked dominant over the past few weeks.
Prediction: Nia Jax wins
WWE Universal Championship Match: Braun Strowman(c) vs Bray Wyatt
Braun Strowman may have been a last-minute pick for the Championship match against Goldberg, but WWE has handled his reign pretty well so far. Bray Wyatt was the perfect opponent for Strowman to work with, considering the history between the two superstars. Wyatt’s obsession with taking revenge on his wrong-doers is pretty amazing and has been done well in every feud so far.
WWE is advertising Wyatt and not The Fiend for this matchup, and it will be interesting to see which direction they go with, in this matchup. Wyatt has had just one loss since he introduced his new persona, and Strowman dropping the title after just one month is another unlikely scenario.
Strowman should probably retain this via DQ, and WWE should continue this feud until they can finally do Fiend vs Roman Reigns.
Prediction: Braun Strowman retains via DQ
WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre(c) vs Seth Rollins
In one of the finest builds to a match in recent memory, WWE has taken two fantastic individuals, written a proper story, with both playing their characters to inch-perfect precision. Rollins as the delusional Messiah is a great direction for his character, while McIntyre playing the role of uptight badass has been excellent.
McIntyre is a very refreshing change of pace as the champion, and although Rollins is a great alternative as well, McIntyre should continue his run. This feud deserves to go on for a few weeks more, but McIntyre doesn’t have a lot of other viable options.
McIntyre retains and later loses, possibly setting up Rollins vs Edge at Summerslam.
Prediction: Drew McIntyre retains.