- WWE Money in the Bank 2020 will take place on Sunday, May 10th
- Both the WWE Championship and Universal Championship will be defended in high-profile matches
- Who do early odds favor reigning supreme?
Despite the current circumstances, WWE is determined to still produce empty arena shows, especially following the success of WrestleMania 36 earlier this month. May’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view is shaping up to be equally enjoyable based off what’s on tap so far.
The fields for the Money in the Bank Ladder matches, which will emanate from WWE Headquarters for the first time ever, are not yet set. However, the rest of the lineup has been shaping up nicely in recent weeks on Raw and SmackDown.
Let’s look at early betting odds for the three non-Ladder matches already confirmed for the card.
Opening 2020 WWE Money in the Bank Odds
|Braun Strowman (c)||-120|
|Drew McIntyre (c)||-500|
Odds taken April 24th
Bayley vs Tamina (SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Tamina previously vied for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 36 in a Fatal 5-Way elimination match and was the first one eliminated. Her win over Sasha Banks last week on the blue brand was what earned her a shot at the strap at Money in the Bank.
Considering she has never before held gold in WWE (aside from the worthless 24/7 Championship), the odds aren’t in her favor.
Bayley has been running through SmackDown’s women’s division for many months and there’s no reason to think she’ll lose her prized possession to Tamina. In the weeks ahead, WWE will do everything imaginable to establish Tamina as big of a threat to the title as possible, so while the odds may fluctuate it won’t make much of a difference and Bayley will still win.
Ultimately, WWE is bound to build to Sasha Banks turning on Bayley and challenging her for the one championship she has never won at SummerSlam (regardless of whether the event emanates from Banks’ hometown of Boston as originally planned).
Strowman vs Wyatt (Universal Championship)
Roman Reigns missing out on WrestleMania 36 threw WWE’s plans for the Universal Championship picture for the spring into disarray, though it was always expected to be Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt coming out of the event.
In other words, the chances of Braun Strowman losing SmackDown’s top title so soon after winning it after slim to none.
Ideally, this Wyatt vs. Strowman storyline would be best saved for SummerSlam season. In WWE’s defense, there weren’t many credible contenders to step up to Strowman at Money in the Bank and Wyatt may have been WWE’s only option.
It’s somewhat surprising that the two former Wyatt Family members are currently tied in the odds. With the event not for another few weeks, those are virtually guaranteed to change in The Monster Among Men’s favor.
Fans should take note that Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House persona, not The Fiend, will be facing Strowman at the pay-per-view. That would protect Wyatt in defeat and allow him to challenge Strowman to a rematch as The Fiend at a later date.
McIntyre vs Rollins (WWE Championship)
Aside from the Money in the Bank Ladder matches themselves, the most anticipated match on May 10th will be this hotly-contested clash for the WWE Championship.
Seth Rollins emerged as Drew McIntyre’s latest challenger to the title last week on Raw after boasting about being the Monday Night Messiah for months.
While Rollins’ resurrection in 2020 has been impressive, it has paled in comparison to the hot streak McIntyre has been on since winning the Royal Rumble back in January. He beat Brock Lesnar to capture the belt and therefore should not lose it at any point in the foreseeable future.
McIntyre being so heavily favored at -500 over Rollins’ +300 is logical, but Rollins may be able to convince viewers that he’ll be the one to end McIntyre’s magical reign heading into Money in the Bank.
Although McIntyre should and will win when they go one-on-one at Money in the Bank, the feud must continue through the spring season. There are a ton of potential opponents for McIntyre beyond Rollins, hence why Rollins likely won’t be anything more than a placeholder program for McIntyre at this time.