As reported by PWInsider, the Money in the Bank ladder match for WrestleMania has officially been eliminated as a possible addition to the show:
Wade Barrett underwent surgery on his dislocated elbow earlier this week. Unfortunately for Barrett, the injury is said to be far worse than originally diagnosed. After the surgery, he is now not scheduled to return to the ring for 3-4 months, so WrestleMania is absolutely out of the question for him.
Barrett's injury will have a major ripple effect on the Mania card. Multiple sources have indicated that there were plans to have a Money in the Bank match at the PPV with Barrett getting the briefcase. With Barrett out, the match has been scrapped.
Without Money in the Bank on the card, the Teddy Long vs. John Laurinaitis match will likely be the only match on the card involving six or more competitors.
Money in the Bank was a WrestleMania staple for a few years. Since WrestleMania 21, it had been one of the most consistently exciting matches. In addition, it has helped accelerate the careers of people like CM Punk, The Miz and even soon to be Hall of Famer Edge.
Beginning in 2010, Money in the Bank evolved into its own PPV. Despite the speculation that the match would return to this year's WrestleMania, it seems that Money in the Bank is now limited to the summer PPV.
Personally, if I had to pick between the "Battle of the General Managers" match and Money in the Bank, I would actually vote for the GM match for a handful of reasons.
For one, the Long vs. Laurinaitis match has a story behind it. One of the best parts about professional wrestling is the story behind a match. It's what helps makes the performance captivating. In my opinion as a fan, the underlying story is just as important to an exceptional match as the in-ring action.
Of course, the main story behind the match would be the ongoing feud between Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis and who will have absolute control over both brands. Within the match, there are also many sub-feuds that will surely take place. For example, if David Otunga and Ezekiel Jackson are included in the match on opposing sides, Jackson would surely intend on re-establishing his dominance after being pinned twice.
One of the things that makes Money in the Bank so exciting is that you never know what will happen. Anyone in the match can make an impact and have his "WrestleMania Moment." It is, however, just as possible for someone to have that same kind of career-defining moment in this Team Long vs. Team Laurinaitis match.
One scenario that comes to mind is Drew McIntyre being reinstated by John Laurinaitis to join his team. When it comes time for the WrestleMania match, McIntyre could cost his team the match, making Teddy Long the GM of both SmackDown and Raw, and making a dramatic babyface turn.
This is just one scenario. I am sure there is a plethora of other possibilities for the match. We will have to wait until WrestleMania 28 to see what they are, though.
So, while I do love the Money in the Bank match and do miss it as a part of WrestleMania tradition, I am very fond of the idea of the GM vs. GM match concept. What sets them apart most in my mind is the fact that Money in the Bank is very limited as far as an underlying story. The only feuds that are prominent in Money in the Bank are the ones preexisting, such as Edge vs. Matt Hardy at Money in the Bank at WrestleMania 23.
From the sole standpoint of a fan, I really believe that the GM vs. GM match is the overall best choice for WrestleMania 28.
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