Money in the Bank isn’t one of WWE’s “Big Four” pay-per-views, but it’s consistently one of the company’s biggest events each year. That's the case in 2016 as well, with a few matches that fans have been waiting to see on the card for Sunday's PPV in Las Vegas.
Roman Reigns puts his WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line against Seth Rollins in a match that should have taken place on multiple occasions. Reigns and Rollins were supposed to face off at Night of Champions 2014, but a sports hernia forced Reigns to miss the PPV. Rollins held the title from WrestleMania 31 until November of last year, but he never got to defend his belt against Reigns at Survivor Series when he tore his ACL at a live event.
With the Money in the Bank ladder match set for Sunday, there’s a chance — albeit, an unlikely one — that someone other than Rollins or Reigns will leave Las Vegas as the champion, since the winner of the ladder match wins a briefcase that gives him a title match at a moment's notice.
The card also includes the first match between John Cena and AJ Styles, who have been two of the biggest names in professional wrestling for the last decade. Neither Cena nor Rollins have had a PPV match in 2016 because of injuries.
Below is a look at the entire card for WWE Money in the Bank 2016, as well as predictions for each match.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins
WWE has invested so much time in their attempt to make Reigns the face of the company that it’s hard to believe he won’t hold the belt until at least SummerSlam. But this is just the beginning of the feud between Rollins and Reigns — one that will likely involve Dean Ambrose over the next few months — so don’t expect a clean finish in Sunday’s main event.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Chris Jericho’s days of holding the company’s top title are likely over, and Alberto Del Rio probably won’t be main eventing a PPV anytime soon, so they are longshots to win the briefcase. Sami Zayn could be a WWE champion down the line, but he’s still relatively new to WWE and won’t win the belt in the coming months. WWE has given little indication that they believe Cesaro should be WWE World Heavyweight Champion, leaving Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens as the two most likely winners.
It makes too much sense not to have Ambrose face Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in a triple threat match at SummerSlam, and Ambrose doesn’t need the briefcase to get a title shot against his former Shield brethren. Owens hasn’t missed a PPV since he was called up to the main roster last year, and he could win the briefcase on his way to becoming WWE’s next great heel.
Prediction: Kevin Owens
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
In the end, Cena will get the better of Styles, as he does in all of his feuds. But that doesn’t mean he has to win on Sunday. Just as Cena lost his first match to Rusev and Kevin Owens in 2015, Cena should lose to Styles as the two wrestlers prepare for multiple PPV matches against one another.
Prediction: AJ Styles
United States Champion Rusev vs. Titus O’Neil
Titus came out of nowhere to get a title shot against Rusev, and this likely isn’t going to be a sustained push for the former Prime Time Player. Rusev should win as WWE continues to build him up as one of the top heels in the company.
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains (Fatal 4-Way Match)
The Club pinned The New Day on Monday, indicating that the champs will keep their belts for at least one more PPV. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Gallows and Anderson win the titles, though neither Enzo and Cass nor The Vaudevillains are likely to dethrone The New Day just yet.
Prediction: The New Day
Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch
Charlotte has been pinned on “Raw” a few times in the last several weeks, but WWE has made sure to have her win on PPVs to keep her looking strong. Natalya and Becky Lynch should soon leave the title picture, making way for Sasha Banks.
Prediction: Charlotte & Dana Brooke
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin (Kickoff Match)
Ziggler sells as good as anyone in the company, and he’ll do a good job of making Corbin look strong on Sunday.
Prediction: Baron Corbin
Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus (Kickoff Match)
It’s Crews' first match on PPV. There’s no point in having him face Sheamus unless he’s going to win.
Prediction: Apollo Crews