Roundtable: WWE Money In The Bank 2021 Preview

Money In The Bank 2021 - Bobby Lashley vs Kofi Kingston
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It has been 18 long months but finally this weekend we will get to see WWE events this weekend with full capacity crowds and the highlight of the weekend will be the Money In The Bank PPV.

The crowd looks a corker and we should expect some surprises and shocks.

You can find out everything you need to know about the event with our handy explainer guide or even join in with our MITB predictions contest and maybe win a brand new NWO 25th anniversary tee from WWE Euroshop.

Before that though, read on for our team’s predictions on what we can expect to see from this genuinely monumental event with our roundtable preview.


Men’s Money In The Bank Match: Riddle vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Ricochet vs. John Morrison vs. Big E vs. Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins vs. King Nakamura

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Paul Benson: This might be the most consistently strong MITB line up ever. A great mix of credibility, potential winners and guys that will give us some real ‘wow’ moments to pop that crowd, finally. We can rule out Ricochet and Morrison. They have been put in this match to bring the craziness (And take part in a feud that has cleverly acted as a three week trailer for the match). McIntyre is likely to be sidelined by Jinder Mahal and crew whilst Owens and Nakamura feel like outside bets. That leaves two men. Rollins, who has previous to say the least, and Big E. I’m going with the latter to set up a specific SummerSlam scenario that I will elaborate on later in this preview.

Winner: Big E

Danny Steele: Having graduated from the Intercontinental Championship picture, there is one goal left for Big E to accomplish on SmackDown: the Universal Championship. Money in the Bank represents the ideal opportunity for him to break through the glass ceiling and compete on a main event level. This is precisely what the briefcase should be for. Elsewhere, Riddle cannot be overlooked as a genuine contender, given the popularity of RK-Bro and the intriguing dynamic the briefcase could create between the duo. I am optimistic of an all-time great Money in the Bank Ladder match due to the athleticism of the superstars involved (particularly Ricochet and John Morrison) and the white-hot crowd we are all anticipating.

Winner: Big E

Chris Hatch: It comes to something when the namecheck match of the pay-per-view is probably one of the matches I’m least interested in. But at least we’re not battling round Titan Towers, right? I’m pleased to see a few of the guys who are being given a chance in this match, although there’s no big risk given the fact we know how capable guys like Ricochet, Riddle and Kevin Owens are. I’d also love to be screaming from the rooftops that John Morrison, who I believe is highly under-utilised everywhere he goes, is going to pick up the win. However, Drew McIntyre giving us that visual at the end of the match that we were all expecting to see at WrestleMania wins out for me.

Winner: Drew McIntyre


Women’s Money In The Bank Match: Natalya vs. Zelina Vega vs. Asuka vs. Nikki A.S.H vs Liv Morgan vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Tamina

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Paul Benson: When I wrote my preview for this match there was a very big and conspicuous open slot for an eighth woman which I speculated would be given to Becky Lynch. Almost as soon as we finished formatting the article WWE announced that final spot would go to….Tamina. Cheers WWE. Do you know what, screw it. I’m still putting my neck out and predicting a Lynch win. It’s not like The Man wouldn’t just force her way into the match in kayfabe terms is it?

Winner: Becky Lynch

Danny Steele: Now WWE have announced the final competitor I can scrap my previous thoughts about a certain Irish winner. Probably. I am going to assume there are no shenanigans and one of these eight women emerges victorious, but who? Alexa Bliss stands out as favourite, given her regular presence and increasing dominance on Raw. Besides Asuka, who won the Women’s Money in the Bank match last year, WWE have shown little faith in the other competitors as singles stars lately so let’s go with her but I am still not wholly convinced there won’t be any funny business in this match.

Winner: Alexa Bliss

Chris Hatch: Now there’s a little more intrigue here, especially given the recent switches between the red, blue and gold brands. They’ve also included plenty of character development, and I for one am starting to buy in to Nikki A.S.H, even if it does feel a little short term. Whilst I’m a little more behind the Alexa Bliss character than most, I hope that doesn’t come as a key part of the match. I really don’t feel like a clear winner from the field though so in the absence of a big last minute entry I am going to go with the big upset victory.

Winner: Nikki A.S.H


Universal Championship Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge

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Paul Benson: This was a match I was dying to see at WrestleMania and I think it will be even better now Reigns is even more of a dominant force and Edge has found his seriously unhinged side. Frankly, I think this is going to be absolutely superb. I expect Reigns to win but it likely won’t be as clean as his normal victories. I suspect we might seen involvement from The Usos, the Mysterio’s and Edge’s rumoured SummerSlam opponent, Seth Rollins.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Danny Steele: Don’t tell Daniel Bryan, but the original WrestleMania 37 main event takes place on July 18th at Money in the Bank. Their initial one-on-one feud lacked the necessary spark for a WrestleMania main event. However, the latest iteration of the rivalry received an injection of intensity, an emotion Edge expresses better than anyone, upon the Rated-R Superstar’s return. Roman’s reign has not experienced such jeopardy since WrestleMania. Nonetheless, with a marquee SummerSlam match approaching, expect the Tribal Chief to retain here. As for his challenger, the seeds for a Seth Rollins program were planted on Smackdown. It would be unsurprising if the “Visionary of Drip” were to intervene on Sunday night.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Chris Hatch: Whilst it’s great to have ‘The Rated R Superstar’ back on the active roster and there’s plenty of backstory to get him the title match, that doesn’t unfortunately feel like the full narrative here especially given the streak Reigns is on. Edge has definitely got one more title reign in him, but it doesn’t come from a show like Money In The Bank or in this match. We go with the same script we’ve had every pay-per-view for a while now – the opponent looks strong, but then Reigns demolishes in the go-home. Let’s see where this leads us for SummerSlam.

Winner: Roman Reigns


WWE Championship Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Kofi Kingston

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Paul Benson: I’ve enjoyed this feud. It has tapped into the special bond Kingston has with fans and has made Lashley look tough once again after a period of treading water post-WrestleMania. It’s been good stuff. The obvious call here is Lashley to set up a blockbuster SummerSlam match but I’m going the other way. I’m going Kingston and for a specific reason. Big E wins MITB and announces he will cash in at SummerSlam against his friend Kofi. I would be keen to see this match as a straight up friend vs. friend story. Not even a hint of a heel turn. Just competition. Given the ethos of The New Day, a match built on respect would be far more of a draw to me than a hackneyed heel turn or forced rivalry. Will it happen? It’s unlikely. But when has that ever stopped me calling something before?

Winner: Kofi Kingston

Danny Steele: With the WWE Universe returning to arenas this weekend, Kingston is a babyface crowds will certainly rally behind. The New Day member is therefore a perfect challenger for the dominant WWE Champion at Money in the Bank. Regardless, Kofi has little chance of victory on Sunday. Following a loss to Xavier Woods on Monday night, Bobby Lashley flicked the serious switch and destroyed the VIP Lounge, before cutting his best promo to date. A second defeat this week would undermine the current WWE Champion’s credibility immediately in the wake of a key moment of character development. Regardless, providing the two performers are able to convince the audience that a title change is possible, this will be a blast.

Winner: Bobby Lashley

Chris Hatch: Sneakily a great match, but unfortunately will likely follow a very predicable script. However, what they’ve done with Lashley over the last few weeks and months has really given him that championship feel, and I’m now nowhere near as offended as I was after WrestleMania. There’s that little bit more of a character spark showing through than there has been at other points in his career, and that’s to his credit for running with the ball. Kingston has also been running with a similar ball, however having been in attendance for KofiMania it really doesn’t feel like there’s enough behind this title match for a recreation of that magic moment. Lashley rolls on.

Winner: Bobby Lashley


Raw Women’s Championship Match: Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair

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Paul Benson: I can’t stress enough how bored I am of this feud. It’s been a lazy mess from the very start and I still don’t really know who I should be backing or why. It has lessened the perception of both women and robbed them of momentum equally. Who will win? I don’t know and sadly, I genuinely don’t care. Let’s flip a coin.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

Danny Steele: Ahead of WrestleMania Backlash, I said that there is money in Rhea Ripley avenging her WrestleMania 36 defeat and dethroning The Queen in singles competition. Had WWE displayed greater restraint, this WrestleMania 36 rematch could have been a highly anticipated bout on the upcoming SummerSlam card. Yet this rivalry has lost steam through unnecessary complication and repetition. Regardless, having missed out in April, expect Charlotte Flair to feature at SummerSlam. Her identity is intertwined with championship gold and I fail to see her on the Las Vegas card in a non-title capacity. Therefore, I believe Charlotte wins in Fort Worth and this long rivalry stretches to SummerSlam.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

Chris Hatch: Whether you want to call it media controversy, hype or anything else, the talk of Flair’s swift rise to this title match shouldn’t take away from the contest it can be. Both are incredible wrestlers, and I’m really pleased Ripley didn’t lose the title back in the triple-threat match as that would have been an easy get-out clause to put the strap on Flair without ‘The Nightmare’ picking up a loss. Whilst the sidetrack build with Nikki A.S.H may have been odd, it has still kept a narrative up whilst not going along the traditional “I hate you, let’s wrestle” lines. Yes, I’m rambling here because I’m not sure who to predict. Since I don’t want to go for an even split of title changes, let’s go with Ripley retaining due to shenanigans to lead to something more at SummerSlam.

Winner: Rhea Ripley


Raw Tag Team Championship Match: AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs. The Viking Raiders

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Paul Benson: Try as I might I just can’t properly get into the Viking Raiders. As good as they were in the ring on the indies, they always straddled that line between serious and silly gimmick and since they started on Raw they’ve leaned far too close to silly. What I do buy is Omos’ presence. I don’t really know why as he hasn’t shown too much other than being massive but there is a charisma and intrigue there and I genuinely want to see him in action right now. Let’s see how long that lasts. This match feels like it has squash written all over it. No way will the Vikings be the team to start the champions on the road to the inevitable split.

Winners: AJ Styles & Omos

Danny Steele: WWE have a tradition of utilising the tag team division to benefit singles stars – the partnership between the Raw Tag Team Champions is serving both superstars well. Despite his current position on the back burner, AJ Styles remains a top star. His colossal partner, Omos continues to be built through protective booking. Their partnership has effectively ingratiated Omos to weekly WWE television, with the popularity of the duo growing nicely. We can expect this trend to continue with fans back in attendance, considering the positive reception they earned at WrestleMania. Styles will need to bring his bumping boots to the Dickies Arena, but it’s hard to see the champions losing their titles on this occasion. In fact, their reign is safe until their inevitable collision with RK-Bro.

Winners: AJ Styles & Omos

Chris Hatch: I think this match sneakily has the possibility to be a show stealer. Whilst the Viking Raiders have had more of an opportunity to show what they are capable of on Raw than some people coming from the independents and NXT, this seems like a match where their opponents could become great foils for them. They’ll have to ‘play the game’ with Omos, but that’s something that can be tailored around the match and Styles will know exactly how to play his part. Whilst Styles and Omos have done an excellent job, I still don’t completely buy them as a tag team and will likely go against the grain by thinking this is the position Viking Raiders should, and will after the match, be in.

Winners: The Viking Raiders


Kick Off Show: SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio (c) vs. The Usos

Money In The Bank 2021 - The Mysterios vs The Usos
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Paul Benson: How on earth this is on the pre-show is beyond me. It is going to be an absolute banger and would be a perfect candidate to open the main show and harness what is sure to be an incredible amount of fan energy. I see The Usos winning this. It is the next logical step in the Roman Reigns/Usos storyline. After all, the tag titles would be far better served as props in that tale for a spell rather than the Mysterios defending them against The Alpha Academy and The Dirty Dawgs on a loop. As an aside, SmackDown are actually not a million miles away from having a really strong tag division. The two aforementioned teams, the two involved in this bout and The Street Profits are a very solid group. Add 1-2 teams from NXT (MSK would be perfect) and you have one heck of a division.

Winners: The Usos

Danny Steele: The electricity throughout the Kickoff show will be palpable. That’s not due to a multitude of giant LED screens, rather the crowd will be molten hot for the evening’s opening match. I cannot think of a better way to start this show. As for the result – a title change is imminent. There is intrigue in the brothers disappointing their Tribal Chief, however we’ve been down that road before. The now united Bloodline all holding gold heading into SummerSlam cements the group as the top act in the company.

Winners: The Usos


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