The WWE Money in the Bank Ladder Match has resulted in some of the greatest moments in WWE history and is one of the most important matches of the year. This year’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match might be the most interesting one yet with quite a few first time champions presenting themselves as winners of the match.
However, there can only be one winner so let’s breakdown who the most likely candidates are.
- Kevin Owens
Nobody in WWE would fit the briefcase better than Kevin Owens right now. The man screams future World Champion and Owens with the briefcase just seems right. It fits his character perfectly and could also be used as a McGuffin to further his feud with Sami Zayn. The man is also a ladder match specialist and would be a popular choice to win the match. Kevin Owens leaving as this year’s Mr Money in the Bank seems to be the most likely option.
- Dean Ambrose
Ambrose was robbed of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match two years ago and while he probably wasn’t quite ready for it then, he certainly is now. Ambrose is the only member of The Shield who hasn’t gotten his hands on the title and any means that gets him there would be accepted by fans. From a character perspective, Ambrose carrying around a briefcase may seem wrong at first, but if anyone can make it work, it’s Dean Ambrose.
- Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt as Mr Money in the Bank would be a very interesting sight. A man who can appear at the flick of a light-switch would make for a very curious cash-in dynamic. Bray was starting to be pushed as a babyface before his calf injury, but he’ll certainly be back in time for Money in the Bank. He’s shown he can hang with some of the greatest Superstars of all time and despite the fact that he has never held a championship, he’s more than ready to hold the title the only question is whether he’s the guy they pick this year.
- Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins’ return to WWE is imminent and an interesting angle to take would be to put the briefcase back on him, this time as a babyface, and start the chase all over again. It would certainly make for interesting television seeing him with the case all over again, but has the former winner moved beyond the needs of the case? Rollins should return and immediately be put straight into the main-event/title picture without the need of the case and the briefcase can probably be best served elsewhere. On top of that, ACL injuries have to be taken seriously and a ladder match so soon after returning might be too risky.
Cesaro winning the briefcase is certainly a real possibility given the reactions he’s been getting so far this year. It’s an absolute given that Cesaro belongs in the main-event picture and it’s all about whether the company backs him in. Expect him to be holding the Intercontinental Championship by the Money in the Bank pay-per-view and while holding the briefcase and a title is something we’ve seen before, it might count against him as they may want to use the briefcase for separate feuds. A briefcase would certainly fit with Cesaro’s suit wearing look which may be something that counts in his favour.
- Sami Zayn
The briefcase doesn’t quite work with Sami the way it works with others. Zayn is coming into the WWE straight into the Daniel Bryan 2014 mould of underdog and the briefcase is supposed to give the holder a massive trump card and that’s not something that really suits Sami who should be fighting from underneath as much as possible. Kevin Owens winning and costing Zayn the briefcase would be a smart way of continuing their feud, but putting the title on Sami, at least for this year, doesn’t seem right.
- AJ Styles
Styles will be the man to have the two championship matches leading into Money in the Bank which should give him plenty of momentum. The only question will be whether he’s even in the match. If he is, he has to be one of the favorites. Styles will probably be a babyface coming out of Extreme Rules and even if he isn’t, the briefcase would work with him in the same way it did with Daniel Bryan. However, it simply mightn’t be his year as a big feud with Gallows, Anderson and probably Finn Balor is in his near future.
- Finn Balor
The other half of the AJ Styles equation is the man who will probably be brought to the main roster after Extreme Rules. Finn as the leader of the Balor Club or AJ Styles’ partner against them would be a great choice for the briefcase simply because the immediacy of him winning it would show that he’s an immediate main-event level guy, which he is. Balor could customize the briefcase to fit with his demon theme and there’s no question he’d be immediately accepted in the role. The obvious counters to this are the fact that he’s just come to the main roster and will probably be needed to fill out the card outside of the ladder match.
- Randy Orton or John Cena
One of these two winning the briefcase would be this year’s safe and easy option. You only have to look at Sheamus last year for an example of WWE not knowing what to do with the briefcase and deciding to put it on an established guy just so it’s in safe hands for when they need it. With Reigns set to hold the Championship for a prolonged period of time, you’d assume putting the briefcase on an up and coming guy wouldn’t be as much of an issue this year as it was with a long-running heel champion (Seth) last year. Randy in particular presents himself as a strong option to hold the briefcase for a second time as it could be a catalyst to turn him heel and keep the case on someone they’re comfortable putting the title on.
- Kofi Kingston
Kofi is the wildcard option. The New Day are the hottest act in professional wrestling. Everything they touch turns to gold and Kofi Kingston, along with Cody Rhodes, is probably that one guy who’s completely paid his dues who is yet to be a World Champion. You only have to go back to the 2014 ladder match to see the reaction the crowd gave Kofi when he nearly won the match. The New Day being in possession of the briefcase seems very unlikely, but it could also be a genius move.
Tyler Breeze wins and turns the large briefcase into a small purse.
There are so many viable options for this year’s Money in the Bank Ladder match that it should rightly be one of the most highly anticipated matches of the year. Who will walk away this year’s winner from these 10? Will it be someone else? Leave your thoughts in the comments or tweet @NicNegrepontis and @CamelClutchBlog your thoughts.