2018 WWE Money in the Bank matches, card, date, location, start time, predictions, rumors
Every year, WWE Money in the Bank becomes an even bigger event for the company as we head into the summer months. This year’s offering should be one of the biggest yet, as Money in the Bank takes place inside the Allstate Arena on June 17 in Chicago. The event will begin 8 p.m. ET with the usual kickoff show leading us in at 7 p.m.
Throughout the past few weeks on both Raw and SmackDown Live, the card has been shaping up nicely. Money in the Bank ladder match slots have been filled on both the men’s and women’s sides, with some championship matches of course thrown in. Although, one title that will not be defended on the show is the universal championship from Raw, as Brock Lesnar won’t be making one of his contracted appearances in Chicago. However, the Raw women’s championship will be defended as Ronda Rousey goes for her first taste of WWE gold against champion Nia Jax.
With just a few weeks left until the 2018 Money in the Bank pay-per-view, it’s time to have a look at the matches that have already been set for the card, as well as speculate on which bouts may be added to the event.
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WWE Money in the Bank matches
WWE Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura: WWE has yet to add a stipulation here, but Nakamura will choose it after winning a one-on-one match. It will be the fourth time they square off with the title on the line (fifth overall) dating back to WrestleMania 34.
Raw Women’s Championship — Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey: In a major shocker, this match was booked at the NBC upfront presetnation on the red carpet. Most expected Jax to get a new opponent (or fight Bliss again) with it looking like Rousey would take on Mickie James or be in Natalya’s corner in a match against James. This is still developing.
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Carmella (c) vs. Asuka: Carmella stunningly earned a clean win over Charlotte Flair at Backlash, but with the knee injury tossed into the finish and Flair in the MITB match, Paige named Asuka the new challenger.
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match — Braun Strowman vs. Finn Balor vs. The Miz vs. Rusev vs. Bobby Roode vs. Kevin Owens vs. New Day member vs. TBD: The match will consist of eight men with four competing both from Raw and SmackDown. The remaining spot will go to either Samoa Joe or Big Cass next week.
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match — Ember Moon vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. 3 TBD: Natalya earned her spot in the match with the rest of the women by defeating Dana Brooke, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan in a Fatal Four-Way match on Raw. While the men’s bout is just about set, there are still three women yet to add themselves to the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal: After repeated altercations with one another on Raw, this one-on-one bout was made official on the May 21 edition of the show. If anything, it’ll be quite interesting to see how the Chicago crowd takes to this matchup as a whole.
WWE Money in the Bank predictions
WWE Intercontinental Championship — Seth Rollins (c) vs. Jason Jordan: Rollins made it crystal clear during Raw on Monday night that he will not be competing in the Money in the Bank match, instead keeping his focus solely on the intercontinental title. With rumors Jordan returning to action soon, the storyline son of general manager Kurt Angle and Rollins’ former tag team partner makes the most sense in this spot.
Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn: Somewhat out of nowhere, Zayn has begun antagonizing Lashley, going so far as to cost him a MITB match opportunity Monday night on Raw. It would make sense for this feud to reach a quick conclusion at the show.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship — Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Buddy Murphy: Alexander has been rolling along as the champ, but after Murphy’s win over former title challenger Mustafa Ali on 205 Live, the Australian is quickly lining up to be next in line for a shot at the cruiserweight title. He will get it coming up on 205 Live, but it could also be a shmoz finish with a rematch occurring at the PPV.
There are no predictions for the tag team titles nor the United States championship at this time. Brock Lesnar is not expected to defend the universal title at the show.