It is time to light a cigar, put my lucky visor back on, and take a look at the WWE SmackDown Money in the Bank 2013 match coming up on July 14. Who are the favorites and underdogs to grab the suitcase and win the match?
As a matter of full disclosure I think it is fair to reflect back the last time I placed odds on a WWE Money in the Bank prediction. Last year I nailed the SmackDown MITB match by giving Dolph Ziggler favorite odds at 8-1 and Cena for the RAW match. Unlike last year, there aren’t a whole lot of rumors about this year’s SmackDown winner.
I handicapped the match looking at a few different things. One, I took into consideration their current push and status on SmackDown. Two, I looked at how the WWE creative team sees that individual and if it is someone that the creative team would be likely to push. Three, I looked at past Money in the Bank winners and how that WWE superstar compared to them going into the match. Four, finally I looked at the real chances of seeing that particular WWE superstar in the main-event challenging for the WWE championship and whether that is something that could really happen or not.
Dean Ambrose 8-1 – Unlike last year or even the RAW match there aren’t a whole lot of rumors out there pointing towards any favorites. That said I don’t think anyone makes more sense to win this match than Ambrose. Ambrose has obviously been singled out by WWE brass as the standout of The Shield. I have always thought that the long term plan for Ambrose was a program with John Cena. Now Ambrose winning this MITB does nothing to further that program, but I do see big things for Ambrose.
Antonio Cesaro 15-1 – I don’t know why and I don’t have any inside information here but if I had to go out on a limb I’d say that Cesaro has a fantastic shot of becoming a breakout star at Money in the Bank. Now is this wishful thinking or is this anything based on evidence? Maybe it is a bit of wishful thinking but I really think that the WWE have to wake up and recognize the great talents of Cesaro at some point. What better place to do so than Money in the Bank?
Fandango 23-1 – Fandango is hard to get a read on. He was on a roll following WrestleMania and by no fault of his own had to take a seat on the bench due to a concussion and stopped all of his momentum. Rumor has it that Vince McMahon really likes this character and that alone has to make him somewhat of a favorite. There is some serious babyface potential here and there could be money in a Fandango-Del Rio title program…not much, but there is something there.
Cody Rhodes 18- 1 – Cody has been booked as a joke for awhile now and I don’t see any real chance here of him winning the match. I do think there will be a time when they shift gears on him and give him that big run. I just don’t believe that time is now. I liked Cody a lot a couple of years back and he is a nice worker, but he is not a main-eventer. I think they know that which is why he has been marginalized over the last year and I’d be pretty surprised, although not shocked to see him walk out victorious.
Wade Barrett 25-1 – Remember when Wade Barrett was supposed to get this big push? I do too and guess what? His big push was an intercontinental title reign that saw him jobbed most of the time. I think there is big potential in Wade but at this point I think the WWE has pretty much blown it with him. Ironically if you look at Dolph Ziggler last year coming into MITB he was booked almost the same way which gives me some shred of hope that Barrett could grab the briefcase. He deserves it but I don’t have any clear vibe that the WWE has any major plans to push Barrett any harder than they already are.
Jack Swagger 74.5-1 – Talk about a fall from the top. Swagger was poised for big things coming into WrestleMania and I truly believe that he would have won the title if not for getting arrested for drinking and driving. Swagger has been pushed back down to exactly where he was a few years ago in recent months for a reason. He’s not coming back and while a Del Rio vs. Swagger program with Swagger as face could really work I just don’t see it in his future.
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