This Sunday, July 14, 2013, WWE will present the 2013 Money in the Bank PPV. The event will emanate from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The PPV features two Money In the Bank (MITB) ladder matches, where a briefcase is hung above the ring, and a bunch of wrestlers battle each other, till one is able to climb the ladder,in order to grab the briefcase.
In that briefcase, is a contract guaranteeing a World/WWE Title shot, where the winner can “cash in” at any time within a calendar year. Great wrestlers, such as Edge, CM Punk, and Daniel Bryan have won this grueling match, and have gone on to cash in their ” money in the bank opportunity” to become WWE/World Champions.
CM Punk, is the only man to have won the match itself twice (WM24 and WM25). To clarify, Edge DOES have a second MITB Briefcase, but he won that briefcase after the actual winner, Mr. Kennedy (WM23)suffered an arm injury, and had to drop the case in a brief match against Edge.
The Money In the Bank Ladder Match became so popular with management, that WWE turned the match into its own PPV in 2010, and has been a yearly PPV since. The PPVs have featured a Raw MITB Ladder Match, and a Smackdown Ladder Match.
This year is no different, except this year features the return of Rob Van Dam, also known as RVD. RVD is a known entity in ECW. He also won the WWE Title, and the ECW Title while in WWE in 2006.
However, when he and Sabu were pulled over for speeding, the cop arrested them for possession of pot, and drug paraphernalia. RVD dropped his WWE Title to Edge, and the ECW Title to the Big Show. Eventually, RVD and WWE parted company, and RVD wound up on TNA.
After TNA, RVD is now returning. It will be interesting to see what RVD does. Will he join Heyman’s group? We will have to see.
Now, I am going to review the eight matches advertised for Sunday, as of this writing.
YouTube Preview Match: Tag Team Championship: The Shield(C) vs The Usos
I am thinking this will be a Championship match. I think it is a little disappointing to have the Shield be on the pre-show, but I guess WWE didn’t have room. The two teams have been having some good matches on Raw. This should be a nice opener.
Prediction: Shield retains. I think this will be a very good match.
Chris Jericho vs.Ryback
This feud is not doing a lot for me. Jericho is gold on the mic, as he always is. The question for me is: Will Ryback FINALLY get an outright win on PPV? It is frustrating to see this big guy, Ryback getting pushed on FREE TV as a big tough guy, but when he gets on PPV, he loses. Who is going to buy that?
Prediction: Against my better judgement, I will say Ryback finally gets a win. I suspect that Jericho will put him over.
Intercontinental Championship Match: Curtis Axel(C) vs The Miz
Axel is good in the ring, but this feud is just not very good. This match needs to be kept short. Axel tries way too hard to be his father. I don’t think he has the promo chops his dad had. Heyman should be his mouthpiece. I have nothing much to say about Miz. To me, Miz is useless. He never should have been the WWE Champion, and has done nothing for me since.
Prediction: Axel retains his belt. I hope the match is just decent. I don’t expect a 5 star match from these two at all.
WWE Divas Championship: A.J. Lee(C)
This could be a pretty good match. Looking forward to it. The two have been taunting each other, making it not much of a feud, but their last match was awesome. I do not get the Bellas being involved in the feud. Yeah, they are pushing the E! show, but I think they are not needed in the feud.
Prediction: A.J. retains. It is possible that the very boring Bellas could have an impact on the match. However, I do not foresee a Title change here.
World Championship (SmackDown) Money in the Bank Ladder Match: WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Jack Swagger vs. Fandango vs. Wade Barrett vs. Damien Sandow vs. Antonio Cesaro
My word. This year’s Kentucky Derby field was easier to call than this group is for sure. All of these guys are getting different degrees of pushes. I will say this should be a pretty decent match, given the talent. Tough to call.
Prediction: I will pick Dean Ambrose to be the one with the briefcase.
WWE Championship (RAW) Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Rob Van Dam (in his WWE return) vs. CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Christian vs. Kane (Per WWE.com., he is in doubt due to the attack by the Wyatt Family.)
As to who may replace Kane, if there is a replacement, I don’t know. Of course, how the new Raw GM handles all this remains to be seen. This should be an excellent match, and the best worked match on the card. All the participants should put on a good match here.
Prediction: I am going to go with Daniel Bryan. I know he “came out on top” on the go home Raw, but I don’t see anyone else winning it. Punk or Orton COULD pull the upset, but I think Bryan should win. WWE is supposed to be going with Cena vs Bryan down the road.
World Championship Match: Alberto Del Rio (C) vs. Dolph Ziggler
This feud is a mess. Del Rio is a terrible champion, face or heel. I like him, but I think he’s a lost cause as a top guy. I hope they make the full face turn with Ziggler soon. I also hope they separate him from A.J.
Prediction: Del Rio retains somehow. I would like Ziggler to win, but I think Del Rio keeps it. As I said, Rio is a boring champion. I do think that Ziggler will eventually get the belt back though, possibly when he is a full blown face. That is, if WWE goes in that direction.
WWE Championship: John Cena (C) vs. Mark Henry
Mark Henry pulled a Lord Laurence Olivier type of performance, when he pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes a few weeks ago on Raw, when he gave that bogus “retirement speech.” He even fooled the Golden Child, John Cena so well, that when Cena went in to hug him, Henry gave Cena that body slam.
Wow, Cena. Cena’s fans wonder why Cena’s critics go nuts? Hello.
Keep this match short, WWE. Please don’t let these two try to give us a 45 minute classic. This match is going to be terrible as it is. We are not going to see Flair vs Steamboat, so they should not try. Cena can not carry Henry to a good match.
Prediction: Well, this is news. John Cena wins. I am sure Mark Henry will get another shot, but Cena will turn into Super Cena, and beat Henry. In my opinion, it is getting boring seeing challengers finally getting some shots in on Cena during the buildup, only to have the predicable happen: Cena winning.
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