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WWE is back with Money in the Bank this Sunday. This is usually one of their bigger events of the year as the winner of the Money in the Bank briefcase tends to dominate the company’s storytelling until the cash-in finally happens. Sometimes it happens right away, but sometimes it is stretched out even further as the winner has one year until they can cash in. I get the feeling that this year might be one where it is stretched out as they are going to save the cash-in until they can be in front of live crowds again and that might be awhile.
This year’s event will be a unique one with the Money in the Bank briefcase matches happening simultaneously and taking place at the WWE headquarters in Connecticut. The men and women wrestlers will start on the ground floor of the building and work their way up to the roof where there is a ring set-up and the briefcases above the ring.
As always, those matches make up some great value in the betting odds. There are some interesting props regarding the match at 888 (Americans try BetOnline) like “Who will win first – male or female?” and “Who will enter Vince McMahon’s office first – male or female?” Those sort of betting odds feel unknowable to me though so I will instead be concentrating on the match winners.
The Going Over: Bet Pro Wrestling Podcast that Graeme and I do together did a full episode on this event so be sure to check that out. It’s a fun listen and features Graeme’s tips as well.
WWE Money in the Bank 2020 Betting Tips:
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley -450 (c) vs Tamina +275
Not much to see here. Bayley is a pretty big favorite and the number on Tamina isn’t worth betting. Bayley should retain here as the SmackDown title seems to be in a holding pattern until they decide to do something with Bayley and Sasha Banks. Who knows when that will be.
- WWE Universal Championship: Braun Strowman -120 (c) vs Bray Wyatt -120
What a weird situation this is. Bray Wyatt was a dominating champion who then lost to Goldberg for seemingly no reason. Goldberg was meant to face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, but he backed out due to coronavirus concerns and was replaced by Braun Strowman. Braun Strowman then beat Goldberg for seemingly no reason and now these two face off.
This is a real damned if they do, damned if they don’t situation. This is Strowman’s first title and a chance for him to establish himself as one of the top guys in the company. However, WWE has put a lot of time and effort into rebuilding Bray Wyatt and his “The Fiend” character, and a loss here would really hurt his credibility.
I think Strowman is worth a bet here because there is more upside in his future at this point, but this one is really anybody’s match.
Bet Braun Strowman -120 at 888 (Americans try BetOnline)
- WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre -600 (c) vs Seth Rollins +350
This is a nothing match. McIntyre should win as it would be pretty pointless to take the title off him after that win against Lesnar at WrestleMania.
- WWE Smackdown Tag Team 4-Way Match Winner
- The New Day +100
- John Morrison & The Miz +125
- The Forgotten Sons +250
- The Lucha House Party +500
I am all about value with this one and I think the best value is the Forgotten Sons. WWE has been trading these SmackDown titles around between New Day and Morrison & Miz. They just debuted the Forgotten Sons who defeated New Day on SmackDown last week. I think that’s a move that WWE has used extensively over the years “New tag team -> beat the New Day -> win tag titles” and I can see them using it again here.
Bet Forgotten Sons +250 at 888 (Americans try BetOnline)
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Winner
- Shayna Baszler -150
- Nia Jax +300
- Lacey Evans +400
- Asuka +600
- Dana Brooke +700
- Carmella +1000
This one only has a couple of true contenders. I think Asuka has been the MVP of WWE in 2020, but I don’t think she wins. Lacey Evans has losses to Bayley and Becky so going back to that is a mistake. Dana Brooke is barely used so that’s a no. Carmella is only a couple of years removed from her own Money in the Bank win and storyline.
That leaves Shayna and Nia Jax. Between the two, I have to go with Jax. She just returned so she is fresh in a way that WWE wrestlers rarely are and would be a great challenger to Becky Lynch with a heel turn. I have a hard time seeing WWE going back to Shayna vs. Becky after WrestleMania (seeing as they didn’t do the rematch here) and I think it’s time for something new.
Bet Nia Jax +300 at 888 (Americans try BetOnline)
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Winner
- AJ Styles -125
- Aleister Black +200
- Otis +400
- Daniel Bryan +600
- Baron Corbin +800
- Rey Mysterio +120
This match feels incredibly obvious to me and I am not sure what I am missing. AJ Styles is the favorite seemingly just because he came back from the dead. He’s one of the biggest stars in wrestling and doesn’t need to win this to challenge for a title so I don’t see him winning it. Same can be said for Bryan and Mysterio, and even Corbin. Baron Corbin has won this match before too so I don’t see him repeating.
That leaves Otis and Aleister Black. Otis is the kind of guy who exists just to make you think there is a chance he might win and get people excited, but ultimately doesn’t. He’s a modern day Santino Marella.
Aleister Black is the man. Money in the Bank was once a springboard to superstardom for wrestlers and I think that could be the path it takes this year. Black wins this thing and begins his ascension up the card. He’s a favorite behind the scenes and has everything you want in a superstar. I think he wins and I am going two units on it.
Bet Aleister Black for two units at 888 (Americans try BetOnline)