By Phillipa Hopwood
Last Updated: 07/06/18 8:55am
The Money in the Bank participants had the chance to make their case ahead of the show on the penultimate episodes of Raw and SmackDown Live this week.
NXT Takeover: Chicago is also looming for the developmental roster and the card is now taking shape and that could be another great show on an action-packed weekend in the Windy City.
Finn Balor (Raw)
Finn Balor stood tall at the end of this weeks episode of Monday Night Raw, as he showed he was capable of climbing the ladder and lifting the Money in the Bank contract following his match with Kevin Owens.
Balor is no stranger to ladder matches and has pointed out many times that he never lost the Universal Championship which currently sits around Brock Lesnar’s waist, so he deserves the chance to fight for it.
The Irish star has never been in a Money in the Bank ladder match but he has proved that he has what it takes over the past few weeks to take down both Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens, who are arguably the biggest threats in the match.
Next week’s fatal four-way matches will be the ones that show where the momentum lies heading into the most unpredictable event of the year.
Becky Lynch (SmackDown)
It was a great week for the Irish this week as Becky Lynch picked up the shock victory over her best friend Charlotte Flair when the duo went one-on-one on SmackDown Live.
Lynch was the first female draft pick for the blue brand back in 2016 but after her short stint as SmackDown women’s champion later that year, Lynch has almost been a missing piece in the Women’s puzzle.
Becky earned her place in the Money in the Bank ladder match next weekend and after what could be seen as a huge victory over The Queen, it’s hard to argue that any of the other women have the same kind of momentum as The Lasskicker heading into just the second women’s Money in the Bank ladder match in WWE history.
Kairi Sane (NXT)
The inaugural winner of the Mae Young Classic hasn’t achieved all that was expected of her over the past year since coming up short in her feud with current NXT women’s champion Shayna Bazler.
The Pirate Princess has managed to turn things around over the past few weeks in her feud with Lacey Evans and this week on NXT it was Sane who came out on top in their rubber match.
The Japanese star showcased a much more aggressive attitude against a game Evans who showed off her athletic nature a number of times in the match only to be foiled by Sane and her Insane Elbow. This win will definitely push Kairi up through the ranks in the coming months and, hopefully, will lead to another shot at the NXT Women’s Championship in the near future.
Bobby Roode (Raw)
Out of all of the superstars on Raw who have qualified for the Money in the Bank ladder match this year, Bobby Roode looks like he’s the weak link.
The former NXT Champion was given the unfair task of taking on Braun Strowman this week, knowing that The Monster Among Men was in red-hot form.
Strowman obviously pushed aside his challenger and even managed to snap a ladder with his bare hands, to send a message to the other seven men who will be in that match on June 17.
Roode hasn’t been used properly since he was promoted to the main roster and after a forgettable stint on SmackDown Live earlier this year, The Glorious superstar looks to be falling down the ranks on Raw as well.
The Bludgeon Brothers (SmackDown)
The Bludgeon Brothers have only defended their SmackDown tag titles once since they defeated The Usos at WrestleMania 34 back in April and that was against the former champions in Saudi Arabia almost two months ago.
New number one contenders have been crowned and this week Harper took on Karl Anderson and the former Raw tag team champion was able to get the shock victory via a roll-up.
The Bludgeon Brothers have relied on intimidation so far since their debut on the SmackDown brand back in 2017, but this doesn’t work on Luke Gallows and Anderson, which means that their title reign could be in trouble next weekend if the former Wyatt Family members don’t step up their game.
Tommaso Ciampa (NXT)
The Sicilian Psychopath knew exactly what he was doing when he lured Johnny Gargano back into a match at Takeover: Chicago but he wasn’t quite prepared for the fact that his former friend has taken on a much more reckless nature.
Ciampa thought he had outsmarted Gargano this week on NXT when he attacked him from behind and locked in his own finishing move on his already injured neck, but Johnny Wrestling refused to back down.
The two former friends battled on the entrance ramp and it was Ciampa who was busted open and reduced to tapping to the Gargano Escape as NXT went off the air.
Ciampa is the reason that Gargano has found all this aggression and he is now nowhere near prepared for what awaits him in their Chicago Street Fight at Takeover next weekend.