Welcome to another edition of WWE Heat Index, wherein we discuss the interest level for the various feuds heading into the pay-per-view events. This time around, we’re focusing on Money in the Bank 2019 coming this Sunday night.
It all depends on the performers involved, the plans on the finish and the amount of time the match goes on for. The longer, the more of a chance it’s boring, with too much time spent waiting for someone to very casually stroll out the door in an unbelievable fashion.
The Miz and Shane McMahon being kept inside a cage means (at least theoretically) they should have no access to weapons, so if this ends up being a punch-fest, that’s going to be rough, too.
Also, is this going to just be The Miz getting his win, or will someone screw him to allow Shane to win and start a new feud with The Miz and his attacker? There’s the intrigue.
Prediction: The Miz wins.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) vs. The Usos = Lukewarm/Cold
Doesn’t it speak volumes to the lack of attention WWE put into balancing out the rosters during the Superstar Shake-up that they need to have The Usos come over from Raw in order to have challengers for Bryan and Rowan?
The Usos can’t possibly win these belts, if they are on the line, unless they plan on just moving them to SmackDown LIVE and defeating the entire purpose of moving them over. That would also likely involve moving Naomi, and that can’t happen all just because “it would be fun to shock everyone.”
But it doesn’t even seem as though the titles are on the line to begin with, and without that possibility of a title change, there isn’t a ton of hype that I can have for this. I’m a fan of three of the performers and thinking they’ll do a fine enough job on the kickoff, but this is just a random exhibition of sorts.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan and Rowan win if the belts are on the line, possibly due to interference from The Revival, but if it’s a non-title match, The Usos win.
Cruiserweight Championship Match: Tony Nese (c) vs. Ariya Daivari = Cold
No one cares.
I hate saying that, but it’s true. If you polled the entire WWE Universe, I feel like maybe 10%, at most, would say that they are invested in this feud.
I’ve championed 205 Live for a long time and I keep talking about how it’s overlooked and can be some of the best in-ring action any week, but I can’t, in good faith, boost this up with any reasonable hype.
Tony Nese doesn’t work as a babyface, Ariya Daivari is so very clearly being fed to him that I don’t have any lingering doubts about whether the title could change hands, and their feud has only really consisted of Ariya Daivari winning a title shot and the two saying they would beat each other. There isn’t anything to it.
Prediction: Tony Nese retains the title.
Roman Reigns vs. Elias = Cold
Last year, Roman Reigns was in a random match with Jinder Mahal to keep him out of the Money in the Bank match, but make sure he was on the card. This year, it seems WWE applied the same logic, only with Elias in that Jinder Mahal spot.
I like Elias and I like Roman Reigns, but I have no interest in this feud, particularly since it seems to revolve around Vince McMahon more than anything else, and Elias and Vince McMahon have never had an alignment that would make sense enough for this to be a true investment.
It’s very clearly a case of “I don’t know, what if we do XYZ?” without really planning anything out or thinking of where it can go. It’s a placeholder feud that means nothing.
Prediction: Roman Reigns wins, unless the plan is for Shane McMahon to screw him and to have those two against each other in Saudi Arabia