WWE Cash within the Bank 2020 might function loads of shockers, together with Bray Wyatt abruptly ending … [+] Braun Strowman’s Common title reign. (Credit score: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Pictures for Singapore Sports activities Hub)
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WWE Cash within the Bank 2020 has a troublesome job forward: Reigniting curiosity within the WWE product at a time when it, nicely, simply isn’t there.
Certainly, viewership for each Uncooked and SmackDown has plummeted to historic lows since WrestleMania 36, possible because of the absence of stars like Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Edge, Goldberg and The Undertaker, who all disappeared following the pay-per-view and haven’t been seen since. As WWE’s viewers continues to lower whereas the standard of its exhibits does the identical, it actually stands to purpose that WWE will pull out all of the stops as a way to make this present a memorable one. In truth, it’s already doing that with the first-ever pair of MITB matches through which six male and 6 feminine superstars must concurrently “climb the corporate ladder” to the highest of WWE Headquarters to win the coveted briefcase.
May this yr’s occasion comply with within the footsteps of final yr’s Cash within the Bank pay-per-view, which featured one of many greatest PPV shockers in latest reminiscence? In the event you’ll recall, that’s when Lesnar got here out of nowhere to win the lads’s MITB match despite the fact that he wasn’t even an official entrant within the bout. That unexpected artistic name left some followers with their jaws on the ground and others enraged on the considered “The Beast” profitable a match he wasn’t even technically in. Given the character of the MITB matches and different high-profile bouts, like Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre, anticipate extra of the sudden this yr.
Listed here are 5 doubtlessly enormous surprises WWE might execute at Cash within the Bank 2020.
Dana Brooke Pulls Off The Upset
WWE star Dana Brooke is an extended shot to win the ladies’s Cash within the Bank match. (Credit score: Sylvain … [+] Lefevre/Getty Pictures)
Dana Brooke is undoubtedly the most important darkhorse within the ladies’s Cash within the Bank match, each by way of logig and the betting odds, which give her the second lowest probability at profitable the bout.
Whereas it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see any of the opposite ladies within the match—Nia Jax, Asuka, Shayna Baszler, Carmella or Lacey Evans—win the bout, it might be an enormous shocker to see Brooke pull off the win. In spite of everything, in 2019 there have been studies that Brooke was well-liked backstage for being such a tough employee however artistic pitches to push her fell on deaf ears. In 2020, nevertheless, Brooke has had noticeably extra TV time, not too long ago challenged for the Ladies’s Tag Group Championship and has demonstrated very noticeable enhancements as an in-ring performer.
WWE isn’t averse to pulling off enormous upsets out of nowhere, like Jinder Mahal’s unexpected WWE title win in 2017, and Brooke might be the subsequent neglected star to be all of a sudden catapulted up the cardboard.
Drew McIntyre Drops The Belt
WWE might prematurely finish Drew McIntyre’s title reign at Cash within the Bank. (Credit score: Etsuo … [+] Hara/Getty Pictures)
Talking of Mahal, keep in mind in 2017 when Randy Orton gained the WWE title from Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 33 after which dropped it a month later to Mahal?
It isn’t unprecedented for world champions to have actually quick title reigns, and although many of the latest WWE Champions have had title reigns of appreciable size, there was a stretch from 2015 to 2017 the place 10 of 11 title reigns lasted fewer than 85 days. Of these reigns, seven lasted fewer than 50 days. It’s, subsequently, fairly frequent for WWE to discover a option to rapidly transition a world title from one prime star to a different, and that may finally show to be the case with McIntyre.
Within the ultimate state of affairs, McIntyre would have a prolonged reign that solely ends by the hands of a rising heel, however let’s be trustworthy: Historical past means that gained’t be the case. Particularly after Vince McMahon blamed Uncooked’s latest rankings struggles on its push of latest stars, it’s important to assume that placing the WWE title again on Seth Rollins is a professional risk.
Tamina Turns into SmackDown Ladies’s Champion
WWE may lastly finish Bayley’s reign at Cash within the Bank. (Credit score: Mat Hayward/Getty Pictures)
Tamina has been in WWE for roughly a decade and has by no means held a title, however she’s been pushed fairly strongly over the previous couple of months, making her a powerful candidate for a random title reign that nobody might have predicted.
Whereas hardly any followers are clamoring for a championship run for the moderately mundane Tamina, plainly yearly after WrestleMania not less than one star will get a very random push. Over on Uncooked, that honor belongs to Apollo Crews proper now, and on SmackDown, Tamina is becoming the invoice as a star who’s getting catapulted up the cardboard with none actual rationalization apart from that many of the different feminine stars on SmackDown are busy with their very own feuds in the mean time.
Bayley has been pushed strongly as champion for a lot of the final yr, and although there are much better candidates to take the title from the previously beloved famous person, there may be purpose to imagine that Tamina’s all of a sudden sizable push may lead to her surprisingly being the one to do it.
Somebody Different Than Aleister Black Or AJ Kinds Wins The Cash In The Bank Match
AJ Kinds is one in all two apparent decisions to win the lads’s WWE Cash within the Bank match. (Credit score: Etsuo … [+] Hara/Getty Pictures)
The boys’s Cash within the Bank match appeared to have a transparent frontrunner in Aleister Black. Then, AJ Kinds returned.
With names like Rey Mysterio and Daniel Bryan probably not needing the briefcase at this stage of their profession whereas Baron Corbin hasn’t been pushed to that stage not too long ago, Black is the right candidate to win the assured world title shot. He’s acquired a implausible look, an important and distinctive gimmick, has been protected by the reserving, and is somebody who followers have been getting behind previous to WrestleMania 36, a lot in order that he was even thought of to face Brock Lesnar at WWE’s flagship pay-per-view.
It’s in all probability greatest that WWE determined to carry off on Black’s mega-push till the timing was proper, and now, it actually feels that approach. Kinds’ latest return, nevertheless, signifies that Black is actually not a shoo-in to win the MITB briefcase, however guess what? Neither is “The Phenomenal One.” As a lot as Bryan and Mysterio don’t want the briefcase, they’re prime stars who might actually pull off the large win whereas the darkhorse to observe is Otis, who has an enormous supporter in Vince McMahon.
Braun Strowman’s Title Reign Ends Abruptly
WWE may resolve to make use of Braun Strowman as a transitional champion. (Credit score: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty … [+] Pictures for Singapore Sports activities Hub)
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WWE has already booked itself right into a nook with Braun Strowman’s WWE title reign. Why? As a result of he shouldn’t lose at Cash within the Bank, and neither ought to Bray Wyatt.
Wyatt’s gimmick took an enormous blow when “The Fiend” misplaced to Goldberg at Tremendous ShowDown, and although he’ll be wrestling merely as Wyatt at Cash within the Bank, one other decisive loss may do irreparable injury to his aura as one in all WWE’s most charming gimmicks. Likewise, Strowman shouldn’t lose the Common title barely a month after profitable it as he’s already spent a lot of the previous few years being stricken by start-and-stop pushes.
The query is: Does WWE really feel that Wyatt or Strowman is the larger act right here? You may argue that, given his standing as WWE’s prime merchandise vendor, Wyatt is a warmer title, which implies he might prematurely finish Strowman’s title reign at Cash within the Bank if WWE desires Strowman—who was not initially pegged for this function—for use as a transitional champion who places over Wyatt.