WWE Money in the Bank 2016 predictions

WWE Money in the Bank may not be included in WWE’s vaunted “Big Four,” but, as far as events of the modern era – and to that point, the New Era – go, few nights feel as vital as this one. That’s especially true this year, when a WrestleMania-caliber dream match and a long simmering WWE World Heavyweight Title showdown are both on the docket alongside the always exhilarating Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

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To get you ready for this pivotal event, WWE.com’s editors joined up with legendary sports-entertainment journalist and author of “Is Wrestling Fixed? I Didn’t Know It Was Broken” Bill Apter to offer their predictions for every match of the night. See what you think about our picks, and let us know what you’re thinking in the comments.
BILL APTER: Seth Rollins has to show there are no ill effects from his injury and that he can compete at 100 percent-plus. Roman Reigns won’t have to just be on his game — he’ll have to be above it to come out of the match with the title intact. I believe he will do just that.

WINNER: Roman Reigns

GREG ADKINS: After being forced to vacate his WWE World Heavyweight Title last November due to injury, Seth Rollins will defeat Roman Reigns to reclaim his throne.

WINNER: Seth Rollins

SCOTT TAYLOR: In case you haven’t heard, WWE’s in a New Era now. Roman Reigns is The Guy, and nobody is going to change that.

WINNER: Roman Reigns
John Cena vs. AJ Styles

BILL APTER: I call this one a victory for John Cena — unless The Club physically chimes in. Has anyone got Cena’s back, just in case?

WINNER: John Cena

GREG ADKINS: AJ Styles needs to punctuate his recent rants with a win over John Cena, and with The Club in his corner, there’s no doubt he’ll do it.

WINNER: AJ Styles

SCOTT TAYLOR: This isn’t John Cena’s first “dream matchup” and it won’t be his last, because the Cenation leader’s time at the top is far from over.

WINNER: John Cena
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match contract

BILL APTER: All of the competitors have a good chance to win this match. However, it’s Cesaro’s time to shine. While the other Superstars try to squash Kevin Owens, Cesaro will focus on the prize at the top of the ladder, and claim a WWE World Heavyweight Title opportunity.

WINNER: Cesaro

GREG ADKINS: In a field of wily veterans and New Era standouts, look for Dean Ambrose to establish himself as the newest Mr. Money in the Bank.

WINNER: Dean Ambrose

SCOTT TAYLOR: Kevin Owens’ experience competing in high-stakes Ladder Matches over the past year will prove beneficial in this contest.

WINNER: Kevin Owens
United States Champion Rusev vs. Titus O’Neil

BILL APTER: The massive amount of adrenaline running through Titus O’Neil will see him beat Rusev and bring the coveted United States Championship back around the waist of a true American.

WINNER: Titus O’Neil

GREG ADKINS: There’s little doubt that Titus O’Neil will one day earn a WWE singles championship, but Sunday will not be that day as Rusev retains in a brutal bout.

WINNER: Rusev

SCOTT TAYLOR: Titus O’Neil’s size and strength presents a significant challenge for Rusev, but The Super Athlete is on an unstoppable tear right now.

WINNER: Rusev
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains (Fatal 4-Way Match)

BILL APTER: Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows are all about brutal business in the ring. With them, there are no Booty-O’s. No “How ya doin’s.” No nostalgia. They are in WWE to win and hurt other people who try to stop them. They will not be stopped.

WINNERS: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

GREG ADKINS: The Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match may be as brimming with talent as a bowlful of Booty-O’s, but The New Day will continue to devour the competition.

WINNER: The New Day

SCOTT TAYLOR: The New Day may be known for their silly antics, but their WWE Tag Team Title reign is no joke. These guys come through when it counts the most.

WINNERS: The New Day
WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs. Natalya & Becky Lynch

BILL APTER: Dana Brooke has shown that she is not the best person to shield WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte from danger. Both of the women in the opposite corner want a pinfall on Charlotte to climb toward a championship opportunity. One of them will accomplish that.

WINNERS: Natalya & Becky Lynch

GREG ADKINS: Charlotte may have a new sidekick in Dana Brooke, but it still won’t be enough to trample the triumph of Natalya & Becky Lynch.

WINNERS: Natalya & Becky Lynch

SCOTT TAYLOR: Despite displaying some cracks in their alliance recently, Charlotte & Dana Brooke are just too good together to lose.

WINNERS: Charlotte & Dana Brooke
Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus

BILL APTER: Did you see a bit of fear when Sheamus thought Apollo Crews was behind him on Raw? This showed a crack in Sheamus’ armor, and it will cause his downfall in what will be his opponent’s greatest victory to date.

WINNER: Apollo Crews

GREG ADKINS: Don’t let the smile fool you. Apollo Crews’ in-ring intensity will ensure a victory over former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus.

WINNER: Apollo Crews

SCOTT TAYLOR: Sheamus has won plenty of big battles, but he has never faced an athletic specimen quite like Apollo Crews.

WINNER: Apollo Crews
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

BILL APTER: Baron Corbin refuses to be made a victim again by Dolph Ziggler. He’s got Dolph’s number, and I can’t see him losing on this huge stage.

WINNER: Baron Corbin

GREG ADKINS: After suffering a low-blow at WWE Extreme Rules, Dolph Ziggler is sure to sport a more aggressive attitude — and possibly a cup — as he defeats Baron Corbin.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

SCOTT TAYLOR: Dolph Ziggler has gotten inside the head of Baron Corbin, whose obsession with hurting The Showoff will ultimately cost him this match.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler