Preview and Predictions for WWE’s ‘Money in the Bank’
Money in the bank is an event hosted by WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), dubbed the world’s largest professional wrestling promotion. WWE has two brands, Smackdown and Raw, where at least eight wrestlers from each brand compete in this tournament.
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Currently, the format change maintains a similar outlay, but since 2017, instead of all 16 competitors being men, at least 8 are women. Subsequently, four of the eight men perform under the Raw brand, while four perform under the Smackdown brand. It’s also similar to the female contestants, where four perform under the Smackdown brand while four perform under the Raw brand.
Wrestlers must retrieve a briefcase suspended from the roof containing a contract to win the Money in the Bank event. A ladder is usually placed under the ring, which wrestlers must retrieve to get the suspended briefcase. The contract guarantees the winner in the female and male events a match to contest for the world championship.
If either winner in the male or female category wrestles for Smackdown, then the contract can only guarantee them a championship contest on Smackdown. It is likewise if the winner wrestles under a Raw contract.
The Money in the Bank event has been held annually since 2010, and this is the 13th instalment of the series. It is a PPV (pay-per-view) event broadcast globally by WWE Network and is available via streaming platform Peacock for USA viewers. None of the past winners of this event has won more than once, and John Cena has qualified for this event a record four times and won it in 2015.
Date & Location
The 2022 edition was announced and confirmed sometime in August by the WWE CEO Nick Khan. Initially, it was scheduled to be held on July 2nd at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the first time this event was going to be held in an NFL (National Football League) stadium. However, a last-minute change had it moved to the MGM Grand Garden Arena within the same State of Nevada.
The date remained the same, but all the tickets were refunded. Those fans who had initially purchased tickets for the Allegiant Stadium venue were given priority to buy tickets for the MGM Grand Arena.
WWE has also partnered with On Location, a premium hospitality company that will provide travel and ticket packages, including premium seating at the venue and VIP Access, where you can meet and greet some of the superstars.
In this year’s edition, there will be four matches; two singles for the women’s championship plus the men’s and women’s Money in the Bank events.
Bianca Belair, the current WWE Raw women’s champion, will contest with Rhea Ripley as she looks to retain her belt. In the other showcase, Ronda Rousey, the current SmackDown women’s champion, will square it off with Natalya as she looks to defend her title. The winner in either of these matches will be crowned as the women’s champion in SmackDown and Raw.
If the winner of the Women’s Money in the Bank is from Raw, then she might fight either Bianca Belair or Rhea Ripley for the WWE Raw women’s championship. If the women’s Money in the Bank winner is from SmackDown, she can cash in the contract to face either Ronda Rousey or Natalya for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
In the women’s Money in the Bank event, Lacey Evans (SmackDown), Alexa Bliss (Raw), and Liv Morgan (Raw) have already been confirmed. Becky Lynch (Raw) and Asuka (Raw) will contest for the third spot from the Raw brand. There are still four more participants to be confirmed, one from Raw and three from Smackdown.
As for the men’s version, only Seth Rollins (Raw) has qualified. Seven participants are expected to fill out the remaining slots, with Raw needing three while SmackDown expects four.
The women’s championship title is split between Raw and SmackDown. As for the men’s, however, the WWE Championship and Universal Championship are contested by male wrestlers from both brands.
Whoever comes out victorious in the men’s Money in the Bank will have the option of cashing in the contract to fight for the WWE Championship. Currently, the WWE Championship is held under the Raw brand as the winner at the Wrestlemania 38 event was Roman Reigns. He is a Raw contracted wrestler who is both the Universal Champion and WWE Champion.
Bianca Belair is the favourite in the women’s singles championship matches to retain her WWE Raw Women’s Championship. On the same night, Ronda Rousey is expected to defend her title against Natalya successfully.
For the women’s Money in The Bank, Liv Morgan is widely touted to come out victorious. She has participated in a couple of endurance matches. She seems to be in a rich vein of form, especially after qualifying for this event via a tag team match to guarantee her spot and Alexa Bliss.
For the men’s event, it is widely expected for Brock Lesnar to qualify. He is the favourite to win this event to set up a rematch of Wrestlemania 38, which was held on April 3, 2022. On this night, he lost the winner-takes-all match to Roman Reigns, thereby missing out on two titles; WWE Championship and Universal Championship.
If he wins the Money in the Bank, he is expected to cash out for a chance at winning the WWE Championship.
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