Starting out as just a match in 2005, Money In The Bank (MITB) has become one of the most anticipated pay-per-views on the WWE schedule. I always find the ladder matches so exciting and you can, with two hundred percent certainty, guarantee that there will be memorable moments. Let’s start with an analysis of each match, who I think will win, who will win, and why the others won’t win.
World Heavyweight Championship MITB Match:
- Wade Barrett
- Cody Rhodes
- Damien Sandow
- Dean Ambrose
- Jack Swagger
- Antonio Cesaro
To me, Wade Barrett is going to be Mr. Money In The Bank where the World Heavyweight title is concerned. Wade had such momentum as Intercontinental champion. He is a superstar who could (and did) tear through whoever was put in front of him. What Wade Barrett has is a brash elegance, he draws you in and then kicks your ass. His in-ring ability is strong and he has what it takes to be one of the greatest champions in the business. A win this Sunday will help catapult him even further in his career, leading him down a path to the WWE championship. I can see him among the ranks of CM Punk, Bret Hart, and Bruno Sammartino. He was my first and only choice to win the briefcase.
However, I do not have a hand in booking matches.
I am predicting that it will be either Jack Swagger or Antonio Cesaro who actually takes the win. Zeb Colter draws a lot of heat and anyone that is associated with him will do the same. Swagger doesn’t deserve to win anything in my opinion. I do think he has strength and great athletic ability but I just can’t stand him. He used to have so much promise but this gimmick just turned me off from him. My problem isn’t so much with the gimmick, which I like to a point, but he’s just so boring. Cesaro could carry the win very well but I just feel like the IC title would be a better fit for him right now.
Although the competitors in this match are all strong, not all of them are on the road to a victory. It has nothing to do with their ability, it will be different reasons. Dean Ambrose already has a title, the United States championship, and it seems unlikely that he would win a MITB contract at this time. The Shield has so much dominance already, they have three title belts and I see them keeping all of them for a very long time. Eventually they will all hold singles belts and continue to bring justice to everyone in the WWE. Individually speaking, Ambrose I so strong already that he doesn’t need a victory on Sunday.
I love both Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow but what MITB will do is cause a rift in their bromance. Story development is what will come out of this for the two of these men. They’ve been such a good team for so long that it would be interesting to see how the dynamic would change if they had to go against each other in a match of this nature. The final competitor, Fandango, is just too new to take something that is so big. I know that stranger things have happened in the WWE but I don’t know about him winning MITB. If anything, it would be hilarious but he just isn’t there yet. Fandango is one of my guilty pleasures as a wrestling fan and I love him but I don’t seem him winning this match.
WWE Championship MITB Match: MITB All-Stars
- CM Punk
- Kane (Injured on Raw by the Wyatt Family, pulled from match)
- Daniel Bryan
- Randy Orton
Christian is my number one pick to take the win in the all-stars match. He only just returned but he is a veteran where ladder matches are concerned and has the most experience with them out of everyone participating. Captain Charisma only returned a couple of weeks ago but it is that experience that will give him the edge heading into Money In The Bank this Sunday. He isn’t without fierce competition. Punk came in as a close second but he doesn’t need something like MITB to be in the championship race. After all, he is the best in the world.
In reality, any one of these guys can win but I am thinking that Daniel Bryan is going to take it on Sunday. He is rumored to have a title program coming up this summer, heading into Summerslam so he is the logical choice. To start off his angle, he doesn’t need to win but it would be a fantastic jumping off point. RVD is an obvious choice due to the advantage he will have in Philly but he is meant for something else. I don’t think they would bring him back to have him win a briefcase and then take a title. No way. Depending on the length of his deal, I’d say he will wrap up either around Survivor Series or perhaps even the Royal Rumble. I like Rob Van Dam a lot and he is a great competitor but unless he sticks around for the long-term, he shouldn’t (or won’t) win. Kane was injured by the Wyatt Family in their debut on Raw so he’s out of the match. I like Kane so that was a little disappointing but does build something for the next event. Randy Orton and Sheamus are kind of boring to me at the moment so I do see them putting on a great show, just not winning the entire thing.
The whole dynamic of the WWE could change this Sunday. We could have a bigger, badder, meaner champion. We could see a man back in the title fight after an epic loss. Money In The Bank is the most unpredictable pay-per-view that the WWE has on its jam packed schedule. There is a myriad of factors to consider when thinking about these types of matches. It will be shocking, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and fantastic.
There are only two men who can walk away calling themselves Mr. Money In The Bank. Who will it be?