WWE Money in the Bank 2018: Match card, predictions, rumours, date, start time and how to stream
After the ups and downs of Backlash 2018 and the first-ever Greatest Royal Rumble, the WWE needs a return to form.
Thankfully, it’s Money in the Bank up next, the last addition to The Big Five and one of the most exciting pay-per-views we have these days.
Up for grabs are two briefcases in a Men and Women’s ladder match as the Raw and SmackDown rosters get mixed up once more. Can it compete with another hellacious NXT TakeOver?
You can tune in from 7pm ET/4pm PT on Sunday, June 17 (Midnight on Monday, June 18 in the UK) for all the action from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
The one-hour Kick-Off show starts an hour earlier at 6pm ET/3pm (11pm in the UK), and here is everything you need to know.
What’s the full match card and predictions for WWE Money in the Bank 2018?
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Ember Moon vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Lana vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks
After last year’s irksome debut for the Women’s Money in the Bank match (James Ellsworth handing the match to Carmella still rankles), this has the potential to be a MOTY contender.
This match has everything going for it. The experience of Becky Lynch, the pure talent of Naomi, the savvy of Sasha Banks, the power of Charlotte, the wow factor of Ember Moon, the trickery of Alexa Bliss, the pedigree of Natalya and surprise element of Lana.
With none of Absolution (RIP) or the Riott Squad making the match and Sasha’s frenemy Bayley missing out, in theory this really should just be every women for themself, but of course you can never bet against some interference.
It really could be anyone’s, but we’re going to go for Sasha. She’s got the experience in the biggest matches the WWE has to offer, and without the Huggable one getting in her face, she should just about have enough to clamber to the top of that ladder first.
PREDICTION: Sasha Banks
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Braun Strowman vs. Finn Bálor vs. The Miz vs. Rusev vs. Bobby Roode vs. Kevin Owens vs. Big E, Kofi Kingston or Xavier Woods vs. Samoa Joe
This one is almost as unpredictable as the women’s match.
Finn Bálor vs Braun Strowman is a subplot bubbling away, while Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe feel like men in need of a belt to really underline their presence on the main roster.
Sami Zayn’s absence may help rather than hinder Kevin Owens, as if he chooses to get involved it’ll be to help his pal rather than get the briefcase for himself.
The Miz has lost his IC title to Seth Rollins but is looking for an upgrade (and of course he’s a past winner of the briefcase, long, long ago).
And the mystery of which New Day member will compete is raising eyebrows. We’d love to see Kofi Kingston enter, not just for his ladder skills, but because he’s still such an underrated solo wrestler.
But despite all that intrigue, the most important fact is that this match is taking place on Rusev Day. And, given it’s Rusev Day, the Bulgarian can’t lose.
WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Nia Jax (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
Has Ronda Rousey been hot-shot to this opportunity too fast? Perhaps, but 1. It’s Ronda Rousey. 2. Her WrestleMania debut was the highlight of the 27598275 hour show, so hey, why not?
There are concerns about her going into such a high profile singles match so early in her WWE career, not least against the (relatively) inexperienced Nia Jax, but this is actually a great match-up on paper.
The power and strength of Nia versus the MMA technique of RR should be great to watch, and this one may surprise a few people.
All the smart money is behind Ronda, but those two UFC defeats are still ringing in our ears, and likely hers.
There’s a lot of confidence in the Rousey camp, but Nia Jax is nobody’s fool. She’s worked for years to get to the top, and isn’t about to give up her belt without a fight. We think she may just shock the world here.
PREDICTION: Nia Jax
WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura [Last Man Standing Match]
The feud we were all waiting for has, to be honest, disappointed. The WrestleMania match was a bit of a damp squib till the afters, and the matches since haven’t really built on Nakamura’s turn to the dark side.
A Last Man Standing Match isn’t usually the greatest spectacle (all that faffing about and counting), but we’re hoping against hope that this one bucks the trend.
We’ve been predicting a big win for Shinsuke Nakamura for the last few PPVs only to have AJ Styles prove us wrong and, well, we’re prepared to let that happen again.
Given he picked the stipulation, we think the ex-NXT champ must have some pretty sound strategy in mind for how he can finally get one over on AJ Styles and replicate his Wrestle Kingdom 10 victory.
Either way, we’re just begging that the match really takes flight and gives us, if not the classic we’ve been begging for, at least a standout on the night.
PREDICTION: Shinsuke Nakamura
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Carmella (c) vs Asuka
Carmella isn’t a paper champion. Sure, James Ellsworth handed her the opportunity she eventually took, but Carm earned this title, and she’s defended it, too.
But after missing out at WrestleMania, Asuka will be even more determined to make the main roster breakthrough we all thought she’d accomplish in April.
Despite her skills and savvy, we can’t see Carmella holding on to her title for much longer.
Asuka will not only make short work of Carmella, she’ll utterly squash her. Asuka to win and to hold on to that belt for a long, long time.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs Elias
The Miz did a wonderful job in elevating the Intercontinental Title, and Seth Rollins has picked up that baton and run with it.
We were enjoying the early days of his Open Challenge, but even as that seems to have fizzled out, Seth is still managing to make the workhorse title continually relevant and exciting.
And what can we say about Elias? A rare case of a wrestler failing to make the desired impact on NXT but absolutely storming it on the main roster, the WWE’s own Man in Black continues to impress.
Seth will win this one, and win it comfortably in the end, but don’t bet against Elias giving him a scare in the earliest stages, especially if he has his guitar in hand and the ref’s back is turned.
PREDICTION: Seth Rollins
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship: The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan) (c) vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
As everyone predicted, The Bludgeon Brothers won the titles at the first time of asking, and have looked relatively invincible since.
Harper and Rowan have bludgeoned their way through everyone, but they’re not unbeatable.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson have been up and down in terms of opportunities since their WWE debut, but they’ve always been able to pull it out the bag when they’ve been utterly focused and when it’s really mattered.
The good brothers have international experience and despite the brutal bludgeoning they’re likely to endure, this is far from their first rodeo. Expect new champs come Sunday night – and the start of a serious feud.
PREDICTION: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Roman Reigns vs Jinder Mahal
Roman Reigns is bouncing around at the moment. Annoyed at The Authority despite his own failure to beat Brock Lesnar, he has to leave the WWE Universal Title to one side.
For now, he has to deal with recent WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, who has been a little lost himself since he lost his belt and missed out on the US Title.
Both men are underrated by some sections of the WWE Universe, and it’s fair to say expectations aren’t high for this match, especially considering what feels like a lack of stakes.
But given a sensible about of time and generous placing on the card, and this could be a solid bout that helps both men slowly and quietly rebuild as they find their next challenge.
We think RR will edge it, and the question is whether he continues his never-ending pursuit of Brock Lesnar next, or targets a more appropriate challenge.
PREDICTION: Roman Reigns
Daniel Bryan vs Big Cass
Daniel Bryan was everyone’s bet for a Money in the Bank ladder match spot, a possible victory and match for the WWE Championship.
But it wasn’t to be. Maybe it’s ring rust, maybe the years are catching up with him, or maybe the locker room has moved on in his time away and he just can’t compete.
There isn’t a chance that Bryan would have come back to in-ring action if he didn’t think he could win the biggest prizes, but he seems to have stalled.
What he must do is overcome a younger, bigger wrestler in Big Cass. Cass has impressed since his solo return from injury, and he’ll want to put a big boot into Bryan’s title ambitions.
So a lot on the line here, and perhaps it’s still too soon for Daniel Bryan to edge his way back into contention.
We’re going for Cass, but have to underline this isn’t the end for Daniel Bryan. If there’s one thing we know about D-Bry is that he never, ever gives up. He’ll be back, and he’ll be a WWE Champion once more.
PREDICTION: Big Cass
Bobby Lashley vs Sami Zayn
The strangest feud in the WWE right now, and we’re going to draw a quick line under that transphobic nonsense the other week, say it was unacceptable, move on and say “never again”.
So what are we left with? Bobby Lashley has done okay since his comeback, but hasn’t really done anything to suggest that he’s earned the right to go for Brock Lesnar’s title, which is where all the talk is.
Sami Zayn feels a little lost without KO… either in his corner or as an opponent. So Bobby needs a win to push on, and Sami needs to show he can do it alone. The stakes are bigger than they seem.
We’ll go for Bobby, because with Kevin Owens saving himself for his MITB match and Sami unaccustomed to going solo in recent months, we think Lashley will have the edge.
As for what’s next, we think Lashley needs to really make a statement, so expect him to make a lot of noise once he gets SZ out the way.
PREDICTION: Bobby Lashley
What date and start time is WWE Money in the Bank 2018 in the UK?
WWE Money in the Bank 2018 is on Monday, June 18 and the event’s start time is midnight. The Kick-Off show starts one hour earlier at 11pm on Sunday, June 17.
What date and start time is the WWE Money in the Bank 2018 in the US?
WWE Money in the Bank 2018 is on Sunday, June 17 and the event’s start time is 4pm ET (7pm PT). The Kick-Off show starts one hour earlier at 3pm ET (6pm PT).
How do I watch the WWE Money in the Bank 2018?
If you haven’t bought a ticket to be there in person at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois (on sale now), your options are either the WWE Network, which we highly recommend, or if you don’t have a fast, reliable internet connection the more traditional – and expensive – pay-per-view.
How do I live stream WWE Money in the Bank 2018 on the WWE Network?
The WWE Network is priced at £9.99 per month in the UK and $9.99 per month in the US – first-time subscribers get a month free.
You can access it via the following platforms and devices – click for info on how to access with each app:
- Google Chromecast
- Kindle Fire/Kindle Fire TV
- Android devices
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- iOS devices (iPhone and iPad)
- LG Smart TVs
- Panasonic Smart TVs
- PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
- Roku via the WWE App
- Samsung Smart TVs (2013 and 2014 models)
- Sony Internet-connected TVs and Streaming Blu-ray Players
- Windows 10
- Xbox One and XBox 360
How do I watch Money in the Bank 2018 on WWE pay-per-view in the UK?
You can buy WWE Money in the Bank 2018 on pay-per-view in the UK via Sky Sports Box Office – priced at £19.95.
How do I watch Money in the Bank 2018 on WWE pay-per-view in the US?
You can buy WWE Money in the Bank 2018 on pay-per-view in the US via your local provider – full list here.
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