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Countdown to WWE Money in the Bank
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling





It's time for WWE's latest PPV experiment, and this one has a little bit more of a tradition behind it - Money in the Bank.

MITB has been a WrestleMania staple for the last few years and is now getting its own pay-per-view, for better or worse. Seemingly, everyone loves the concept of the match, but the popular opinion is that by giving it this position it's watering the concept down, especially with there being two bouts on the card - one for each of the brands.

Undeniably though, MITB has been a star-maker, and with Triple H and possibly The Undertaker still on the shelf past Summerslam, WWE could sure use the proverbial rocket pack to jet a couple superstars up the card.

The rest of the card tonight is pretty stacked as well, with championship matches a go-go. Let's take a closer look.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger

With the build of Rey's ankle woes, you almost expect that Swagger will lose by DQ and put Mysterio on the shelf. That logic certainly would work well and the disabled Rey could very conceivably lost the title to whomever the Smackdown MITB winner is. I'll run with that scenario without thinking twice about it.


WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH (Steel Cage)

Sheamus vs. John Cena

While the World title seems destined to be around the waist of the MITB winner, this bout's seemingly clear cut finale centres on NXT interference. With the tease of Sheamus being in as much trouble as Cena is with the newbies, nothing is beyond the realm of thought, including NXT surrounding the cage and not letting either man escape. If that happens, the Raw locker room should empty and in the confusion I'd look for Sheamus to escape like a dirty rat, keeping his belt.


SMACKDOWN MITB MATCH

Kofi Kingston vs. Drew MacIntyre vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Kane vs. Big Show vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Christian vs. Matt Hardy

There are certainly enough guys here that can be elevated by the title victory, but let's start picking off the guys who aren't likely to win. Kofi has a title and him going in as face vs. Rey isn't likely. Show doesn't need the belt, the prospective title match would just distract from Kane's current storyline and Cody Rhodes is too fresh on SD! to be a believable champ. On the other side of the coin, Matt Hardy and Christian are both conceivable champs at this point in their respective careers and a turn by either guy wouldn't be a surprise, Dolph certainly could get outside help from Vickie and Drew is seemingly positioned to go to the next level. Of the four, I'm going to go with Christian to turn heel and take the title.


  RAW MITB MATCH

John Morrison vs. Randy Orton vs. The Miz vs. Mark Henry vs. Evan Bourne vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge
 

WHAT YOU THINK
Who will win the Raw Money in the Bank match at the PPV on Sunday?
Randy Orton - 29%
Edge - 17%
Ted DiBiase - 15%
Evan Bourne - 12%
The Miz - 11%
Chris Jericho - 7%
John Morrison - 7%
Mark Henry - 3%

This one's more superstar loaded, and really, guys like Jericho, Orton and Edge don't need this victory like others do. At this point, Bourne is still cementing his spot before being ready to be elevated, Morrison is in limbo and Henry doesn't have the Big Show Ladder to be able to climb. That leaves DiBiase and Miz, and between the two, Miz is much more ready to claim the gold and continue being, well, awesome.


  DIVA'S TITLE MATCH

Eve Torres vs. Alicia Fox
 

It's not that I don't think Alicia's a good wrestler; I just can't buy into her at all. Look for Alicia's sister to debut here and cost Eve her chance at redemption.


  UNIFIED TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

Usos vs. Hart Dynasty
 

The Dynasty and the Usos both need the belts, but the key here is building credibility for the titles, so expect the Canucks to retain in what will hopefully be a good 10-15 minute match.


  WOMEN'S TITLE MATCH

Kelly Kelly vs. Layla
 

Many moons ago Layla and Kelly had some promising matches in their growing days in ECW. Layla has since developed quite a moveset and is a lengthy match (and a McCool removal) away from truly establishing herself. Kelly, not so much. Sorry, but her career has stalled. Layla wins.


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