Here we go again. The WWE is toying with us, trying to make us think the upcoming Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the golden briefcase is going to be something spectacular. The reality is it will probably be a new version of the same old scene.
As you can tell, I am not the biggest fan of this match, primarily because I am not excited about the contestants. The fact the ladder match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as well as the rematch between Kevin Owens and John Cena both figure to be more exciting makes me think this one will be a snoozer.
Sorry to rain on the parade a bit here. The WWE did a good thing in bring the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view to the WWE Network only two weeks after Payback and right before MITB to drive up network buys and to get an additional pay-per-view in during the year. But after seeing the events of last weekend and the need to be enticed with what usually is a solid card, I am feeling a bit empty right this moment. Maybe my feelings will change over the course of the next 10 days.
So without further ado, here is how I handicap the MITB Ladder Match.
I hate to say this, but this will be the year Sheamus wins the briefcase again and carries it around until he is ready to cash it in. It could also mean the WWE has plans for Sheamus to win the briefcase but fail at his attempt to win gold.
The Irish-born superstar, who has come back to the company following injury and has been one mean SOB, should win the match and wait his turn. Who he decides to claim as his victim could be a curious case, especially if the WWE puts the strap on Dean Ambrose on June 14 or it waits for Brock Lesnar to challenge Seth Rollins for the title at SummerSlam or sooner.
A Sheamus/Lesnar feud could be something worth watching and would make sense if Sheamus wins the briefcase but loses in the end.
Old Reliable. The thing about Randy Orton is he usually delivers in situations like these. Orton, the veteran of these matches, could win the briefcase and cash in on Seth Rollins But since he won the ladder match two years ago, this makes little sense.
I like Orton to be in it until the end, but faltering at the last moment. Now that the NXT Movement is alive and well and Sheamus appears to be the most logical choice in this scenario to win, Orton will sell the match like he has become better at doing as of late. This could also set up nicely for a Sheamus/Orton feud over the summer.
Orton will be a fan favorite this time, but he will not walk out of Columbus with the title.
This match is perfect for Ziggler as he and Daniel Bryan arguably stole the show with the Intercontinental Title Ladder Match at WrestleMania.
There is no other wrestler in the WWE today who works as hard to sell his craft as Ziggler and for that reason alone, he deserves another shot at winning the briefcase.
It will not happen here.
Ziggler is a poor man’s Shawn Michaels at the moment. The wrestling fans love him and want him to succeed, but Ziggler cannot get over the other side of the wall at the moment. Michaels was able to take advantage of all his chances. The WWE is putting up road blocks that won’t allow Ziggler to fulfill his true greatness in this business.
I am going to have a hard time believing the WWE will give this match to Reigns after he won the Royal Rumble and then lost the chance to be the WWE champion at WrestleMania. A win by Reigns is too predictable.
But it could happen.
Someone said to me that Reigns could develop into the Arn Anderson of his generation – the man who could win every title and accolade possible and never win the company’s biggest prize. That may be the case given the new revolution of the NXT uprising. Reigns has a real shot at winning this match, but if he does, will there be a revolt by the WWE fans?
It isn’t a stretch to think that at some point, Neville will claim the WWE World Title. But just not now. The sudden explosion of NXT talent in the WWE helps his cause in more ways than one, but he is still a neophyte learning to swim in WWE waters.
This will be a nice showcase for him, but Neville isn’t winning this match anytime soon.
The once-lovable loser of matches like these and Royal Rumble events. How will Kingston’s new role as a heel affect how he performs in the ring in a match right up his alley?
Kingston is a high-flyer who loves to take chances and was a crowd favorite with some move that left us all talking about it for days after events. Can he still have that same kind of impact, or will the “heel” persona ground him a bit in a field that is evenly matched with brawlers and aerial wizards.
It is going to be hard for Kingston to have any real chance at claiming the company’s top title now or in the future.WWE: It’s good to be the King: The Jerry Lawler Story