With the Money in the Bank pay-per-view being removed from the list of events the WWE is putting on in 2012, it's fair to say that the event will go back to where it all started, taking place at this year's WrestleMania.
The Money in the Bank match began in 2005, supposedly conceived by Chris Jericho. He brought the idea to then General Manager Eric Bischoff, and he put it into effect at WrestleMania 21.
The participants list was an impressive one: Chris Jericho, Christian, Edge, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit and Kane.
Edge was the first winner of this match and used his Money in the Bank briefcase not only as a weapon when taking it to the ring, but he also used it to become the WWE Champion when he cashed it in on John Cena just after Cena had won the Elimination Chamber.
The term Mr. Money in the Bank was coined and since then it has been a valuable prize in the WWE, guaranteeing the winner a shot at whatever title he would like, at any time.
With this year's Mania already sporting several major main-event matches, let's look at who is most likely to participate in the match from each of the brands.
In a recent article of mine (Is Big Show headed for Wrestlemania Gold?), I lay out the groundwork to not only get Cody in this match, but to be the man who wins it. In writing this article, I can think of one other person who might pull an upset and stop Rhodes from becoming Mr. Money in the Bank.
What Gabriel lacks in mic skills, he makes up for in high flying. This match is perfect for him; he'd be the new Shelton Benjamin when it comes to this match. But like Benjamin, I think he'd put on a great show, but I don't see him coming out as a winner.
He's due for something big, and he too has the skill to excel in this kind of match. High flying, able to take a beating and works well with others. McIntyre should be someone who's doing better in the WWE, but due to politics and other backstage nonsense, he's not reaching his potential.
While I'm not a fan, this seems like the place they'd put Ted if they were going to put him on the card. It would make for good heat to have him go one-on-one in the match against Cody, his former tag team partner in Legacy. He's in it, but he's not in it to win it.
Every Money in the Bank match seems to have one big guy in it, and I think Jackson is the one to join this group. He's been being used by Teddy Long recently and he too can take a beating and be an intimidating force in the ring.
The underdog winner of the Smackdown Money in the Bank:
He nearly won the Elimination Chamber and this too could be another great moment of getting the crowd all worked up again in the same way they did for that match. Imagine now Santino carrying around his briefcase all year round and calling himself Signore Money in da Banks.
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