Fantasy Booking WWE Money in the Bank 2022: Tag Team Ladder Matches (What If?)


Continuing on with this year’s fantasy booking for extra Money in the Bank briefcases (part 1 here), let’s focus on the question “What if the tag team division had a ladder match?”

After doing a women’s ladder match for the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship, there aren’t enough Superstars to pick from to have a Women’s Tag Team Championship briefcase. It just isn’t feasible. Even if you go into adding the NXT women and say it can be cross-branded, WWE hasn’t had any NXT and main roster spillover for quite a while.

Thus, this is going to focus entirely on the Raw and SmackDown men’s tag teams. No NXT groups, as we can assume nobody would come up to the main roster in this time frame.

I’m also going to stick to the way WWE has made these matches consist of eight competitors and apply that here to an eight-team concept.

With that in mind, I hereby present to you my breakdown of how I personally think this would go down, and I invite you to do the same in the comments below!

Raw and SmackDown Shirts Brand Split

List of Potential MITB Competitors

Obviously, The Usos are out of the running as they are holding both sets of belts.

Here’s what we’re working with for our potential options on Monday Night Raw:

  1. Alpha Academy
  2. Dirty Dawgs
  3. Judgment Day (Damian Priest and Finn Balor)
  4. The Mysterios
  5. The Street Profits
  6. RK-Bro is seemingly a no-go, as Randy Orton has been M.I.A. for a few weeks.

SmackDown’s contributions are the following:

  1. Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Ridge Holland and Butch)
  2. Gunther and Ludvig Kaiser
  3. Jinder Mahal and Shanky (possibly?)
  4. Los Lotharios
  5. The New Day
  6. The Viking Raiders
  7. Maximum Male Models hasn’t been sorted out yet, so we can’t pick them.
  8. Rick Boogs is still injured, so he and Shinsuke Nakamura can’t be in this, either.

That gives us 11 teams to pick from. Which three shouldn’t make the cut?

Narrowing Down the Field

Jinder Mahal and Shanky seem to be on the outs. Nobody would believe in them winning, anyway, so let’s give them the boot. Gunther and Ludvig Kaiser makes little sense as Gunther is now holding the Intercontinental Championship and shouldn’t be made to lose here.

The final team to eliminate from the group is most likely down to either Brawling Brutes or The New Day. Ridge Holland is injured, so that could factor in. Frankly, I could see that being a justification for Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods beating Sheamus and Butch to qualify, taking them out of the running and ending that feud.

That would leave us with these teams:

  • Alpha Academy
  • Dirty Dawgs
  • Judgment Day
  • Los Lotharios
  • The Mysterios
  • The New Day
  • The Street Profits
  • The Viking Raiders

Overall, not the strongest group in history, but it will do.

MITB Winner and Plans

It is obviously The Judgment Day who wins this. They’re the freshest team with the most credible singles performers paired together, which is WWE’s biggest priority in this division, sadly. Nothing states they need to cash in any time soon, so they can be the ones to beat whoever beats The Usos.

But if it couldn’t be Balor and Priest, for argument’s sake, we can rule out a few others. Alpha Academy could win it and hold onto it with Chad Gable saying he’s too smart to waste it on the wrong moment. Dirty Dawgs would fall short, so why toss it aside by giving it to them? Los Lotharios would stand no chance. The Mysterios would also be worthless for this, and The Viking Raiders aren’t much better off, sadly.

The New Day and The Street Profits would have to be the next best candidates. Both can just outright challenge The Usos, though, so it wouldn’t be the best use of the Money in the Bank gimmick. Also, we’ve seen The New Day and The Usos fight a million times, so while all their matches are great, it is hard to get people super interested in seeing that again.

The Street Profits could have a lot of fun with this briefcase, though. I would lean more in their direction, if it wasn’t so glaringly obvious The Judgment Day would be the highest-profile team to give that accolade to.

If the briefcase goes to The Usos, they fall short of winning the titles, most likely. With Judgment Day, there is a chance they can turn babyface and be the ones to beat The Usos, or just wait and cash in on whichever babyface team beats Jimmy and Jey.

Is This an Actual Possibility?

Every year, I think about this fantasy booking and ultimately decide that no, it doesn’t seem like it would have any chance of happening. This year, I still feel the same, but it makes more sense now more than ever. Having unified champions cross-branded means more cross-promotional feuding between tag teams as it is. With more of a focus on The Usos and The Bloodline taking over, having all those belts in jeopardy from Money in the Bank cash-ins allows for some interesting storytelling scenarios.

But no. It is definitely not happening this year, and likely won’t ever happen, as WWE doesn’t value the tag team division enough to put that much of a spotlight on it. We’re more likely to get a midcard one than a tag team one, I’d think, but even that is a stretch.

Like with all these thought exercises, drop a comment below to keep the discussion going by tossing out what you would do with this situation!

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