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2021 WWE Money in the Bank predictions, card, matches, start time, date, PPV preview, location
Everything you need to know ahead of the Money in the Bank event on Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas


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WWE is back to touring in front of live fans and the first full-capacity pay-per-view takes place with Money in the Bank on Sunday The card currently consists of four championship matches along with both a men's and women's version of the iconic Money in the Bank ladder match

Eight competitors will compete in each match where the winner will climb a ladder to retrieve a briefcase containing a contract for a guaranteed title match at a time of their choosing at any point in the next year Historically, the contract is cashed in against a champion who is vulnerable immediately after an attack or a title defense

Let's take a look at how we believe Money in the Bank will play out this Sunday from Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas

2021 WWE Money in the Bank predictions
Universal Championship -- Roman Reigns (c) vs Edge

It's hard to ignore that WWE already seems to be setting up Edge vs Seth Rollins, not to mention the rumors of Reigns' next title challenger While Edge winning the championship would make for a good story, it would also seem to derail the bigger story being told involving Reigns and the Usos -- a story that WWE has prioritized above all other things for those involved Expect a good match, but a match that sees Reigns keep his title Pick: Roman Reigns retains the title

WWE Championship -- Bobby Lashley (c) vs Kofi Kingston

There's a line of thinking where a shock Kingston win would get a huge reaction for the first pay-per-view back in front of a full-capacity crowd That said, Lashley is very unlikely to drop the title here WWE has just started to tell the story of Lashley's aura of dominance beginning to crack and he hasn't completely descended to where it makes sense to move the title yet Kingston will give a spirited effort before ultimately coming up short Pick: Bobby Lashley to retain the title

Men's Money in the Bank -- Ricochet vs John Morrison vs Riddle vs Drew McIntyre vs Big E vs Kevin Owens vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs Seth Rollins

We can pick through the clues here to narrow down our range of potential winners Ricochet, Nakamura and Morrison are not realistic winners Rollins seems tied to a SummerSlam program with Edge rather than a spot as the Money in the Bank winner That leaves Riddle, McIntyre, Big E and Owens Of that group, Owens feels the least likely option A McIntyre win would be a disappointment because he needs to be out of the title picture for a considerable amount of time to freshen up -- yet, it remains a possibility that he takes home the briefcase Riddle's program with Orton should keep him busy enough without needing the briefcase, though a program of Orton "mentoring" Riddle on the right way to handle being Mr Money in the Bank would be fun That leaves Big E as the most interesting and probable winner There have been some rumors of Big E reuniting with New Day on Raw and what better way to do it than cashing in on Lashley Pick: Big E wins

Raw Women's Championship -- Rhea Ripley (c) vs Charlotte Flair

Ripley's run as Raw women's champion has been something of a dud, which isn't a knock on an extremely talented woman, but rather the reality that she wasn't yet ready for the role Despite pushback from fans over how strongly Flair has been booked for the past several years, she's entirely capable of being that top player in the division That adds up to Flair being a good pick to unseat a champion WWE women's booking often lacks logic, however, so this remains a tough match to call Pick: Charlotte Flair to win the title

Women's Money in the Bank -- Asuka vs Naomi vs Alexa Bliss vs Nikki Cross vs Liv Morgan vs Zelina Vega vs Natalya vs Tamina

It's easy to see WWE liking the visual of Bliss skipping to the ring carrying the briefcase even if her storyline and character have become a complete disaster Morgan has been in something of a "being held down, going to prove myself" story, which would make the resulting conflict with WWE official Sonya Deville interesting Outside of those two participants, only Nikki Cross has the momentum to be a possible winner There's not a lot of good that comes from a Bliss win, but that seems likely Pick: Alexa Bliss wins

Raw Tag Team Championship -- AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs The Viking Raiders

The Viking Raiders feel largely like a stay-busy opponent for the tag champs Their return was good to see and WWE always needs more established and talented tag teams in the mix Still, Styles and Omos are going to lose the titles in a bigger program than this, possibly to a team like Riddle and Orton Sunday won't be the day their reign ends Pick: AJ Styles & Omos retain the titles

Roman Reigns addresses his ThunderDome legacy and his approach to the return of live fans at SmackDown
Roman Reigns addresses his ThunderDome legacy and his approach to the return of live fans at SmackDown
Reigns said nobody has ever carried the WWE product the way he has in the ThunderDome era

Performing without live fans in attendance can be tough for anyone Doing so for more than a year can feel nearly impossible, but as WWE looked to keep things rolling throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, some stars shined through Namely, WWE universal champion Roman Reigns, who has become an elite performer and consistent highlight of WWE programming

Now, as the promotion prepares to return to full-capacity events beginning with SmackDown on Friday night, Reigns is ready to prove the tweaks to his character over the past year can carry over to the traditional wrestling environment

Reigns spoke of his legacy from the ThunderDome era ahead of SmackDown and Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, speaking genuinely before briefly appearing to slip into his on-screen character

"The live crowd has always enhanced my presentation," Reigns said "My reactions have always been, if not the very best, certainly up there with the very best I've now showcased the layers as a performer to be able to do it without a live audience I've had a strong hold on SmackDown and SmackDown being the very best portion of WWE It's shown me as the number one guy

"That's my legacy coming out of the ThunderDome Hands down, without question, it can be debated for great content on social media and WWEcom to put these polls and try to make an argument But there's no argument There's been nobody to ever carry the WWE product like I have over the past year and I stand on that You can throw anybody out We can try and be nice and say, 'Oh, Bayley! She just got hurt She was the best' Come on, let's not lie to ourselves The Tribal Chief has carried the WWE for well over a year now and there's no denying it"

Reigns did not perform in the early days of the pandemic, an understandable decision as he has battled leukemia over two different periods in his adult life His surprise comeback at SummerSlam in 2020 created a momentum that has yet to slow down

As the acknowledged locker room leader, Reigns understands that some may still have reservations about abandoning the virtual fan experience of the ThunderDome and returning to buildings packed with live crowds Still, Reigns said the general attitude in the locker room is positive

"I would say everybody's pretty excited I would say, there might be some questions for each individual that I can't answer for As far as being able to get back to what we do and creating an atmosphere and experience like no other, it's something that I think everybody in the locker room and the roster has been dying to do," Reigns said "It was what it was with the ThunderDome and just having the ability to continue to provide entertainment for all of our fans globally going through the struggle of the pandemic and lockdown and quarantine together, that has been an awesome experience Now, it's ran its course and I think everybody is excited to get back and feel that energy and feel that audience"

The return to live crowds could force Reigns to change some of the things that have made his character such a hit with fans since his heel turn Reigns has incorporated dialogue into his matches in a way that works well in the controlled audio of the ThunderDome, but that may be harder to use to the same result in front of a cheering, booing and chanting live crowd

Reigns acknowledged the need to be flexible as things move forward but expects to be able to navigate the changes necessary for continued