WWE’s annual Money In The Bank event is easily one of the most anticipated wrestling shows on any calendar year.
The 2022 edition will be no different, despite the continuous changes to the event.
Confusion surrounding the events announcement, the move from Allegiant Stadium to the MGM Grand, and Roman Reigns missing the show, have all caused the show to chop and change direction, but Money In The Bank remains one of WWE’s most popular yearly Premium Live Events.
So with the 2022 edition of Money In The Bank just around the corner, who is best placed to become ‘Mr and Mrs Money In The Bank?’
Before we get into the meat of the potential winners, how about some honourable mentions?
The recent shift in leadership in the Judgment Day faction has seen the likelihood of a main event resurgence for Finn Balor shoot up drastically.
Having now taken over from Edge in shocking fashion, Finn could well re-establish himself as a name player with a MITB victory that could take him to the heights he saw as a heel in NXT, and briefly, upon his WWE main roster debut.
On the women’s side, Carmella could be a surprise choice to claim a second win. The star has been absent from Monday Night Raw for a number of weeks, but she could return at any time. While the new Mrs Corey Graves is certainly an outside choice, a victory in the match would certainly count as a shock, while vaulting the former Women’s Champion back into title contention.
8. Alexa Bliss
The recent suspensions of Sasha Banks and Naomi had left the top of WWE’s women’s division a little bare, however, all was not lost. The returns of Asuka and Lacey Evans have bolstered the ranks, while the arrival of Raquel Rodriguez on the main roster has also been a boost.
Another return which couldn’t have come at a better time is that of number eight on our list, Alexa Bliss.
Returning to Monday Night Raw on May 9th defeating Sonya Deville, it was great to see ‘The Goddess’ back in the ring, but in reality, it remains to be seen where her character goes.
Unlike Asuka and to a much lesser extent Lacey Evans, Alexa hasn’t had much of a push behind her since her return, with questions still lingering over whether the company has yet fully abandoned her ‘wicked witch of WWE’ gimmick.
Alexa has found herself in this position before, especially in early 2022 with on/off vignettes and the odd appearance before WrestleMania.
Nevertheless, Alexa has crawled out of this hole before and remains an extremely popular and talented fixture of WWE’s women’s division. So to take advantage of that, why not give Alexa a Money In The Bank win to kickstart her run afresh.
Similar to another person later on this list, this an Alexa win would give her a second Money In The Bank victory, which (unless you’re counting Carmella’s double win in 2017), would make her the first two-time women’s Money In The Bank winner.
There’s some fun to be had with Alexa holding the case with Ronda Rousey as SmackDown Women’s Champion considering Alexa’s last cash-in, but the real money would be in a fresh Alexa Bliss vs. Bianca Belair feud over the Raw Women’s Championship.
Either way, a briefcase win could launch Alexa back to the forefront of the women’s division in a way she hasn’t been since her last briefcase win in 2018.
7. Drew McIntyre
It feels like it’s been forever since Drew McIntyre has been in serious consideration for another run with a World Title in WWE.
Since his loss to Bobby Lashley at last year’s Hell In A Cell, McIntyre has been stuck in a holding pattern, where he neither rises too high or falls to low.
However, Drew’s recent involvement with Roman and The Bloodline, as well as his much publicised role in WWE’s upcoming UK stadium show, may indicate he is on the upswing towards another World Title run.
So in that case, winning Money In The Bank would without a doubt be the catalyst needed for Drew to get his long overdue title win in front of fans, potentially even at Clash At The Castle itself.
If an attraction bout with Tyson Fury falls through the cracks, McIntyre going up against Reigns feels like the next most logical step for that show. Add in the Scottish Warrior using the briefcase to secure a one-on-one bout on home-ish turf, and the story writes itself. Think Rob Van Dam cashing-in on John Cena at One Night Stand in 2006.
It could be argued that McIntyre doesn’t actually need the briefcase, and his journey would be better suited without it, but it’s definitely a possibility that can’t be ruled out.
6. Liv Morgan
Despite being one of the favourites to win the briefcase in 2021, Liv Morgan was overlooked in favour of Nikki A.S.H. who later on the Raw Women’s Title. Since then, Morgan has had numerous brushes with the main event, pushing former Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch all of the way, more than once.
Despite never reaching the top of the mountain (yet) Morgan remains incredibly popular and a Money In The Bank win would certainly send fans home happy. For almost a year, the star has been on the cusp of rising to main event status, and this could be the perfect opportunity for WWE to finally pull the trigger.
On numerous occasions, Morgan has shown she can hang with the very best in the ring, while her character is the perfect sympathetic babyface after her recent run-ins with Rhea Ripley and Judgment Day.
It feels like we’ve been here before, but this could be Liv Morgan’s moment.
5. Sami Zayn
A name which always crops up for a potential MITB winner year on year is that of Sami Zayn. While 2022 may at first glance seem like another year of disappointment for the star, things just might be different this time around.
The last few years have seen Sami fully settle into his role as goofball, and The Bloodline’s unwanted ally, but despite the surface-level silliness, Zayn has continued to orbit a number of top stars.
This means that he could be perfectly placed to pick up the MITB win and begin his journey to the main event.
Zayn is currently trying to weasel his way into the good graces of Roman Reigns and The Bloodline, so Roman having Sami in his back pocket, by having an easy ally with the briefcase, would actually make sense.
Furthermore, Sami either conniving in the background with the briefcase, or slowly finding what made him ‘The Underdog From The Underground’ again could make for some fascinating television, and maybe even a series with Roman.
There’s a million ways this could work, while rewarding one of WWE’s best performers with a marquee win and potentially even a World Title run as well.
It may seem unlikely, but this is definitely a dark horse entry for this year’s match.
4. Raquel Rodriguez
Raquel Rodriguez has a resume which suggests she’s destined for superstardom. She’s a former NXT Women’s Champion, two-time NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion, and former Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic winner.
In short, before her arrival on the main roster, Rodriguez, formerly Gonzalez, had done it all.
Rodriguez only made her debut on SmackDown back in April, but she had already established herself as one of the top names in the division. A little over a month into her run on the main roster, the star pushed SmackDown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey all of the way, before finally being defeated. However, it’s impossible to feel that this isn’t a sign of things to come.
A win at Money In The Bank would make setting up a rematch against Rousey very easy from a storyline point of view, although a potential clash with Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair is also an exciting prospect.
Raquel Rodriguez seems destined for the top, and a win at Money In The Bank would be a perfect way to get her there.
Theory (formerly Austin) has been one of the most consistently pushed WWE commodities in some time.
His on-screen relationship with Mr. McMahon mixed with backstage reports of Theory being earmarked as a future WWE Champion, all but line up Theory as a candidate with a high chance of becoming 2022’s ‘Mr. Money In The Bank.’
His recent United States Title win against Finn Balor may stop those plans, as well as teased programmes with Bobby Lashley and a returning John Cena, as WWE build him over a longer period through an extended mid-card title run.
However we have seen champions double up with the briefcase before, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see WWE double-strap Theory ASAP.
His relationship with Vince would all but guarantee him a victory on the night the cash-in came, and a return to the traditional formula of a cowardly heel with the briefcase could work gangbusters for Theory.
Perhaps an option more likely for 2023 than 2022, but not an option that should be ruled out by any means.
The most likely option to become the first two-time Women’s Money In The Bank winner, a real coronation for Bayley is long overdue.
Coming off of her era defining title run over the difficult pandemic period, Bayley enduring a tougher time following the return of live crowds, missing out on a WrestleMania match and sustaining a serious knee injury.
Still out of action at time of writing, there would be perhaps be no better way to reintroduce Bayley than to immediately hand over the briefcase to her upon her return.
This could even be done as a surprise on the night, ala The Hardy’s at WrestleMania 33, or (to a lesser extent) Brock Lesnar in 2019.
Again, the possibilities with this victory would be endless, perhaps more-so than any other winner.
Dragging out her win as a heel could see Bayley target old rival Bianca Belair to revisit that feud from before her injury, or it could bolster SmackDown’s division by having her target Ronda Rousey.
Although the latter option does run the risk of turning Ronda inadvertently heel because of fan’s strong connection to Bayley, especially on her return as fans will be dying to see her win the title. But a returning babyface win at Money In The Bank, setting up a crowd-pleasing title win may be too good to turn down.
1. Seth Rollins
The main name on the tongues of fans when discussing this year’s Money In The Bank, was Cody Rhodes. Well he’s injured now, so we’re going for his arch rival at the number one spot instead.
Seth Rollins may have lost every match of his trilogy against Cody Rhodes, but he’s still come out on top following Cody’s heartbreaking injury before their epic Hell In A Cell clash.
Seth confirmed his superiority with a sledgehammer attack on the Raw following that match, and has now set himself up as a main event contender again, especially with Cody out of the picture.
Seth may not need the win necessarily, but there’s enough story potential coming out of his history with the briefcase, Undisputed Champion Roman Reigns, and a returning Cody Rhodes in the future, that Seth is without a doubt the biggest possible name that could take the win.
Furthermore, having been out the title picture for so long, and having re-found himself with stellar performances over the last year and a half, Seth has earned himself another run at the top of the mountain.