One of the main reasons why the WWE’s Money in the Bank Pay Per View has historically drawn so much attention is that it represents hope, and a big look toward a positive future.
In these troubling and uncertain times, I think it’s fair to suggest we could all use a bit of that right now. And so too, can the women of the WWE. The Money in the Bank briefcase is already an iconic item in pro wrestling, which grants athletes a one-time shot to challenge the current champion for a title shot. It can be used at any time, and can initiate a match anywhere. It’s a fascinating concept, and on Sunday six women will all compete for the right to win that coveted briefcase.
What adds intrigue to the briefcase recently, is the fact that there are now multiple women’s divisions in which the winner can challenge. Of course, the WWE Women’s Champion on RAW is Becky Lynch, while Bayley remains the title-holder on Smackdown.
This year’s Money in the Bank match also holds another layer of intrigue. Instead of unfolding in front of an empty arena with no fans, the six participants will be asked to climb the proverbial ‘corporate ladder’ at the WWE’s headquarters, where a title belt will be situated on the roof of the building. An exciting concept, and one that should make this showdown for the briefcase all the more intriguing.
Between the six participants, Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, Asuka, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, and Carmella – there is a ton of flair, athleticism, and imposing size on display. It has all the makings of a classic encounter, and to break it down from the betting side of things, keep on reading beneath the posted BetOnline odds. Enjoy the wrestling, folks!
WWE Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Betting Odds:
Shayna Baszler (-150)
Nia Jax (+300)
Lacey Evans (+400)
Dana Brooke (+700)
*The winner receives the Money in the Bank briefcase, granting them a title shot of their choosing in the future
Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
WWE Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Pick:
As you can see from the posted odds, this matchup does seem pretty wide-open among the six participants. Aside from perhaps Carmella and Dana Brooke, convincing cases could be made for the other four wrestlers, with storylines that could be intriguing to follow in the coming weeks.
Personally, I see this showdown coming down to a three-way race between the favourites – Jax, Asuka, and Baszler.. While Lacey Evans has had good runs in the past and is certainly capable of holding this role, it doesn’t make sense at the moment with her inclusion on Smackdown. The current women’s title holder on Smackdown is Bayley, and she is undoubtedly heading for a feud with her ‘best friend’ Sasha Banks. That all but guarantees that Becky Lynch will be the likely target here, and the winner of Sunday’s match will be a WWE RAW superstar.
That leaves us to an emerging Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. The latter is coming off of a tough loss at WrestleMania to Becky Lynch and would clearly love to get another shot at a bigger show in the coming months. They’ve had a solid feud in the past, and Baszler/Lynch could reignite the ratings. Nia Jax however is a worthy contender given her trajectory. Since her recent return from injury, she’s beaten Baszler and Asuka and has been a standout opponent. It seems like the WWE is really marketing Jax as stronger than ever, and though I don’t see her winning – anticipate a group effort to eliminate her on Sunday evening. She will certainly be a main contender going forward though.
That leaves us with the initial favourite, Shayna Baszler as being the one to seize that briefcase. She makes the most sense and is the most worthy opponent to Becky Lynch, and the fact that that duo can carry the Raw brand forward on Monday nights, should provide for some must-see moments. Baszler remains one of the more dominant female wrestlers in the WWE, and a narrow defeat at WrestleMania surely hasn’t changed that. Keeping Baszler relevant is a priority for the brand, and her having the briefcase is best for business. At a narrow favourite price, Baszler is good value to climb the corporate ladder on Sunday evening.