WWE World Championship Ladder Match, featuring John Cena, Sheamus, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Kane: Under normal circumstances, I could see WWE going Reigns here. But knowing they have Brock Lesnar at Summerslam likely going against the champion (and probably the winner of this match), I'll go Cena. Too early for Reigns vs. Lesnar and even Cesaro vs. Lesnar, though I think that's a better possibility.
On the other hand, if WWE is stubborn about doing Bryan vs. Lesnar, a Kane win here, dropping it to Bryan at Battleground so Bryan can face Lesnar for the title at SS also makes sense. I'll stick with Cena however.
WWE World Championship Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match, featuring Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, Jack Swagger, Bad News Barrett, Dean Ambrose, Kofi Kingston: This is a little tougher. I think Rollins should win, but will he and Ambrose cancel each other out? I'm going to go Rollins anyway.
The Usos vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, WWE Tag Team Championship Match: I think the belts change hands and the heels win.
Paige vs. Naomi, WWE Divas Championship Match: Paige returns, with Cameron maybe costing Naomi the win.
Goldust & Stardust vs. Rybaxel: The 'dust brothers win.
Layla vs. Summer Rae, Fandango as special referee: I'd like to see Layla win because I like her chemistry with Fandango, but I think it'll be Summer.
Rusev vs. Big E.: Rusev continues his rampage.
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Cena wins the title Barrett wins the briefcase Usos retain the tag belts Paige retains
EDITED TO ADD....Layla over Summer Rae, Rusev over Big E and the Dust Brothers over Rybaxel
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WWE World Championship Ladder Match, featuring John Cena, Sheamus, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Kane: If the plan is to have Lesnar compete for the championship, then it will probably be Cena (unfortunately), or maybe Reigns. If Bryan's coming back sooner than expected, Kane wins to blow off the feud and give Bryan somone to beat to get the title back.
WWE World Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match, featuring Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, Jack Swagger, Bad News Barrett, Dean Ambrose, Kofi Kingston: I'm thinking Rollins and Ambrose cancel each other out, Barrett's the most likely winner but anyone could surprise us.
The Usos vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Harper and Rowan pick up the titles.
Paige vs. Naomi, WWE Divas Championship Match: Paige retains. Cameron and Naomi have drama and the Funkadactyls break up.
EDIT: As of Smackdown, three new matches were announced:
Double Dust vs Rybaxel - Double Dust wins when Cody does a Shooting Star Press on whoever happens to be the legal man at the time.
Big E vs Rusev - Rusev is still undefeated in anything other than Battle Royals (and those apparently don't count since Bo Dallas is still "undefeated"), and I don't see them throwing away the streak just to give Big E a win. Rusev CRUSH.
Layla vs Summer Rae, Fandango as Special Guest Referee: I honestly don't care about this angle enough to even bother with a prediction, but I'll go ahead anyway and say Summer wins and gets her ex-boyfriend back.
Honestly, if the plan is to make the winner champ for only a month or so, then you've really only got two good options, Wyatt and Reigns. If you want Bryan to come back and win the belt right away, go with Wyatt. You could go with Kane, but while there's a story waiting there, winning that belt honestly does nothing good for Kane (or us, because it means another lackluster Kane/Bryan main event). Giving Wyatt even a brief taste of the gold lets you try him out in the main event and see if he can handle it, and there is a pre-existing story where Bryan couldn't knock off Wyatt earlier in the year.
If you want to move the belt onto Lesnar and have Bryan face him as a challenger, then Reigns is your man for more or less the same reasons. You could actually work either angle with Cena as well, but I feel like they'd hold off on Cena/Bryan II for a bigger event if they haven't already run it by now.
That said, I pick Reigns, because I think the whole reason they broke up the SHIELD was so that they could push him as a popular break-out star in this time where they need someone to stand in for Bryan. I'll also take Barrett, Paige, and Harper and Rowan. I'll also take Bo Dallas and Rusev against any opponents should they happen to have matches.
Edit: As of Smackdown's new matches, I'll also go with Summer Rae and the Dust Brothers.
WWE World Championship Ladder Match, featuring John Cena, Sheamus, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Kane: Kane's addition feels like a red (no pun intended) herring. I don't doubt that Bryan's going to be ready sooner than later (otherwise they wouldn't have him on the pre-show, I would imagine), but he won't be taking the title from Kane. I think Reigns gets the title here, but his victory is very short-lived when...
WWE World Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match, featuring Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, Jack Swagger, Bad News Barrett, Dean Ambrose, Kofi Kingston: They couldn't have given Rollins a softer field if they tried. Ambrose does something bonkers and winds up taking himself out, furthering the story that Rollins keeps him under control. Rollins wins the briefcase and goes on to successfully cash in on Reigns later that night to become the new champion.
The Usos vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Wyatts win here to give the illusion that Bray has a chance in the main event.
Paige vs. Naomi, WWE Divas Championship Match: The storyline will surprisingly NOT wreck this match, as Paige wins clean. Cameron wipes Paige out post-match to set up the next feud.
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B) The Brand Split is over, so there's no reason to split up the two belts. The only way they're splitting up the belts again is if they're going whole hog on a reason to have two belts, and there hasn't been one since 2010.
C) There's a new logo coming, and unless they're making two new world title belts, the likelihood is that they're making one completely new world title belt with the new logo on it.
D) Like WrestleMania X, the match ends when one man holds both belts. It doesn't end when one person holds one belt. So, even in the event that someone only retrieves one of the belts, they have to fight everyone until someone is holding two belts.
Here's my predictions (subject to change after SmackDown):
WWE World Championship Ladder Match, featuring John Cena, Sheamus, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Kane: Cena wins to step in as Daniel Bryan's surrogate face champ to face Brock at SummerSlam.
WWE World Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match, featuring Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, Jack Swagger, Bad News Barrett, Dean Ambrose, Kofi Kingston: Seth Rollins. I'd really like to see Briefcase Barrett with some Bad News for the WWE WHC, but I think they don't see how cool the IC Champion holding the Briefcase would be.
If Brock wins the WWE WHC, it makes sense to have a heel with the briefcase who's too chickenshit to cash it in on him, and Rollins fits the bill. I'd like to see Ambrose lined up for an opportunity, but he doesn't need the briefcase to do that.
The Usos vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan, WWE Tag Team Championship Match: I think the Wyatts win here to give Stardust/Goldust a heel team to challenge against at Battleground/SummerSlam
Paige vs. Naomi, WWE Divas Championship Match: Paige Wins after interference.
I also predict that this will be an enjoyable PPV. It looks really strong on paper. Hopefully it delivers.
Normally I would agree with what you said, and I agree with the part about the magic cameras and everything, but considering the internal logic of the show was the Bischoff was losing control of the show due to the HBK/HHH chaos, perhaps one if they wer...