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WWE Money In The Bank 2012 Predictions & Preview

2012 Money in the Bank posterIt is that time of year again! The time of the year when aspiring WWE superstars reach for the briefcase known as Money in the Bank. The 2012 WWE Money in the Bank couldn’t have more different MITB matches while the WWE title takes a backseat to a Diva.

It has been a year since CM Punk challenged John Cena at the 2011 Money in the Bank event in Chicago. A lot has changed hasn’t it? The excitement level going into last year’s event is gone and replaced with an attitude of complacency as the ship sails steady on the way to SummerSlam. But first, there is a show with some exciting potential this coming Sunday night.

John Cena vs. The Big Show vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho in the RAW Money in the Bank match

I already broke the odds down earlier in the week of this match but we can get a little more detailed in this preview. The odds are highly in favor of John Cena. There were rumors of Cena challenging Punk at SummerSlam a week before he was even announced for the MITB match. Fans may not like it, but it would make a lot of sense in regards to getting him into that match. Plus, there really isn’t anyone else in the match that would sell against Punk at this point in a title program.

Kane is an interesting swerve here. I am not a fan at all of seeing Kane in the WWE title picture in 2012 but it would fit into the storyline of CM Punk and AJ. I have read several predictions online which have Kane winning MITB, coming out later to beat Punk, and leaving with AJ. I have seen worse although I have no interest in anything remotely close to a Punk vs. Kane program. Punk vs. Show wouldn’t shock me, but Punk vs. Jericho again would. So I am going with Cena in a match that will probably be more exciting than you’d think considering who is involved.

Santino Marella vs. Christian vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Tensai vs. Damien Sandow vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Sin Cara in the SmackDown Money in the Bank match

This one just seems bizarre on paper and I love it. I love the fresh shine of seeing guys like Sandow, Kidd, and Ziggler in something so prominent. The addition of Sin Cara is icing on the cake as far as excitement goes. These guys have a ton of potential to steal the show on Sunday and I’d be real surprised if they didn’t tear the house down.

In my odds blog I went with Ziggler as the favorite. It would appear that the WWE are finally coming around on him and his greatness. At the same time, I just have a feeling that Damien Sandow is walking out with the briefcase here. It would make sense for the WWE to go with someone really established in the RAW match and someone brand spanking new in the SmackDown match. Sandow and Sheamus could have some real fun matches. I really don’t see anyone else besides these two guys positioned to leave the arena Sunday as the next in line for the WWE title.

CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship with AJ as the referee

The great news here is that we get to see another Bryan vs. Punk match on pay per view. The bad news is that the WWE title is barely an afterthought as this whole match and show revolves around AJ and this wacky love triangle. I understand that pro wrestling needs some soap opera elements, but watering down the Bryan vs. Punk feud with this stuff is a bit of a bummer. Although to be fair I loved the whole Daniel Bryan, “No, No, No!” stuff from this past Monday’s RAW.

My hunch is that Punk leaves with the title. I would love to see a different result here but the cards aren’t laid out for Bryan right now. I think Punk retains and winds up either losing to the MITB match winner later that night or goes to SummerSlam to wrestle Cena. Although seeing Bryan win and wrestle Cena at SummerSlam would just be tremendous!

Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus for the WWE world heavyweight title

I hate title matches where you know the challenger has no shot of winning. That is what we have here. Del Rio has been hot and cold in recent months whereas the WWE has clearly positioned Sheamus as the SmackDown top dog. Del Rio on the other hand has been marginalized in recent months so the idea of a title switch here doesn’t make a lot of sense. Especially with either Sandow or Ziggler winning and a rumored heel return of Randy Orton.

I think it’ll be a fun, hard hitting match but I could easily see a situation where the fans really just don’t care about it. I look for Sheamus to go over Del Rio clean in this one and move on to the Money in the Bank madness starting next Friday on SmackDown.

Full WWE 2012 Money in the Bank card & matches…
It is that time of year again! The time of the year when aspiring WWE superstars reach for the briefcase known as Money in the Bank. The 2012 WWE Money in the Bank couldn’t have more different MITB matches while the WWE title takes a backseat to a Diva.

It has been a year since CM Punk challenged John Cena at the 2011 Money in the Bank event in Chicago. A lot has changed hasn’t it? The excitement level going into last year’s event is gone and replaced with an attitude of complacency as the ship sails steady on the way to SummerSlam. But first, there is a show with some exciting potential this coming Sunday night.

Full 2012 WWE Money in the Bank card & matches…
John Cena vs. The Big Show vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho in the RAW Money in the Bank match
Santino Marella vs. Christian vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Tensai vs. Damien Sandow vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Sin Cara in the SmackDown Money in the Bank match
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship with AJ as the referee
Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus for the WWE world heavyweight title
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. Hunico and Camacho for the WWE tag team championship


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