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Alexa Bliss

Alexa Bliss

WWE's Money in the Bank contract is one of the promotion's most handy storytelling tools. It gives its holder a championship belt of their own to flaunt and lug through airports. The mystery of when it'll be cashed in builds suspense into the world champion's very presence. And when it is cashed in, its "anytime, anywhere" rules allow WWE to crown the most abrupt and undeserving of successors.

The contract has developed such gravitational pull that it has its own pay-per-view, taking place June 17. Also, this year's Money in the Bank is once again a Raw and Smackdown show after being exclusive to the latter brand in 2017. So its two ladder matches for the contract carry even more possibilities: Braun Strowman vs. Finn Bálor vs. The Miz vs. Rusev vs. Bobby Roode vs. Kevin Owens vs. Samoa Joe vs. Big E, Kofi Kingston or Xavier Woods, and Ember Moon vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Lana vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks.

The two wrestlers who should win the contracts represent the best of those storytelling possibilities: The Miz and Alexa Bliss. 

The contract would allow The Miz to get Smackdown's WWE World Championship off AJ Styles, whose much-anticipated feud with former New Japan Pro Wrestling rival Shinsuke Nakamura has been roundly disappointing in the ring. And The Miz has most certainly earned another run on top: For the last two years, now, he's simply been the best and most natural bad guy in WWE.

But being champion would position The Miz for a feud with the good guy everyone has wanted to see him get mauled by for those same two years: Daniel Bryan. After The Miz humiliated the retired Bryan on Talking Smack in 2016, then Bryan returned to action this year, it's the hottest feud WWE has to offer. So adding the championship is a no-brainer. I'd be surprised if it doesn't headline SummerSlam.

Bliss, meanwhile, is a reset button. Nia Jax's run as Raw Women's Champion has all but failed, resulting in a sudden turn from inspirational babyface back to bully heel, as she was at the beginning of 2018. That's because Jax has been rushed into a program with former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, and will defend her championship against Rousey at Money in the Bank.

It'll be Rousey's first singles match in WWE, and it'll probably suck. But, as I wrote last month, it doesn't have to: Bliss could cash in her newly won briefcase against Jax before the bell even rings, blindsiding the woman who dethroned her at WrestleMania, returning to rule over the Raw women's division and giving Rousey a much better foil to chase for the championship.

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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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