Broughton's Fav 5: Top 5 Guys to Win This Year's Money in the Bank

Michael BroughtonAnalyst IApril 16, 2012

Broughton's Fav 5: Top 5 Guys to Win This Year's Money in the Bank

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    Hey Bleacher Report, welcome to another edition of Broughton's Fav Five! I haven't posted one of these articles in quite some time, but it's back and better than ever.

    This time around, we will be focusing on the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, which will be happening during the summer. There are numerous choices to win, with some more logical than others.

    We all know that anything can happen, and now, without further ado, let's begin.

No. 5: Brodus Clay

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    This pick is a bit of a stretch, as I don't see Clay entering the world title scene anytime soon.

    However, we have seen Vince give big men huge pushes in the past, so Brodus Clay could follow in their paths. The Money in the Bank match has always been unpredictable, and this time would be no different, if Brodus can pull down the illustrious briefcase. 

    For the majority of Clay's short career, he has been put in squash matches with low-card wrestlers.

    While he still is fun to watch, the five-second matches wore thin, and it was time for Brodus to enter his first rivalry. It seems this may have happened, as he joined forces with Santino to take on Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler.

    While he still came out looking strong with a win, it was the first time we saw Clay receive any type of beating. It is too early to tell if this feud will last, but if Santino and Brodus stay together, they could be a threat for the tag titles.

    I feel the tag titles are perfect for Clay, but despite his massive stature, he can still put on a solid match. I'm interested to see where his stock goes moving forward.

    While I am a fan of Brodus Clay, his current gimmick is not nearly serious enough for a world title. He reminds me a lot of Zack Ryder. (Although Zack has become more serious over the past few weeks.)

    I hope Brodus' future is bright, but he is too young and goofy to be considered a serious contender. 

No. 4: Drew McIntyre

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    When Drew McIntyre first started out in WWE, it seemed as though he was destined for greatness.

    "Handpicked" by Vince McMahon, Drew played the role of a ruthless, up-and-coming star. However, after a successful stint on Smackdown, he was drafted to Raw and quickly disappeared from our television screens.

    He finally came back in the beginning of 2012, but he went on an extended losing streak and was eventually fired.

    However, he was quickly brought back by Johnny Laurinaitis. And since then, Drew has received a minor push, even being part of Team Laurinaitis.

    I expect Drew to continue his way up through the ranks, and he could be a sleeper pick to win Money in the Bank. 

    While Drew's mic skills aren't the best in my opinion, his in-ring ability can't be denied. I hope Drew can fight back from his dreadful fall, and Money in the Bank would be an excellent place to rebound.

No. 3: Dolph Ziggler

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    Dolph Ziggler has gone through more embarrassment than any other superstar on the roster.

    He played the gimmicks of a golf caddy and male cheerleader, and not to mention, he held the world title for about two minutes.

    Every time it seems like Dolph is finally going to be rewarded with a big push, he gets turned away and heads to the back of the line. His mic skills aren't great but are certainly improving, and his in-ring style has been compared to the great Shawn Michaels.

    As of now, Dolph is currently acting as a tag team alongside Jack Swagger. However, Dolph deserves much better, and with a crowded, main-event scene, it will be hard for him to find a No. 1 contender slot.

    If he managed to get the win at Money in the Bank, he could wait for the title scene to clear up, before cashing in and winning the title.

    I, for one, love the idea, and he can establish himself as the next top heel.

No. 2: Cody Rhodes

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    Cody Rhodes has had quite an interesting career thus far.

    When he was part of the Legacy faction, he played third wheel, as Orton and Dibiase were the real studs. However, while Ted has struggled to make an impact, Rhodes has proved the hater wrong.

    He continues to show off his great ability in the ring and on the mic, despite being in a horrific rivalry with Big Show.

    The real turnaround for Cody's career happened during a match with Rey Mysterio. After a botched 619, Cody injured his nose.

    However, the injury was a blessing in disguise, as it led to a change in character. Rhodes became sick and twisted, and while he has lightened up a bit lately, he still has a dark side.

    If Cody manages to lose his match with Big Show at Extreme Rules, their rivalry will likely fizzle out.

    Without the intercontinental title holding him back, Rhodes can easily make a run going into Money in the Bank and become a real contender.

No. 1: Wade Barrett

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    Now comes the easy choice for the Money in the Bank briefcase—Wade Barrett.

    Wade was chosen to win the scheduled match at WrestleMania, but due to his untimely injury, the match was scratched all together. Now it seems likely he will recover in time to win the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.

    Despite what has seemed to be a pretty successful career thus far, Wade has never managed to win a major title.

    During his time as the leader of the Nexus, it seemed as though the title was in his grasp. However, John Cena basically destroyed him on multiple occasions, and Wade was eventually kicked out of his own group by CM Punk.

    After falling into no man's land, Barrett came back with a bang last summer and reestablished himself as one of the best heels in the company.

    A win at Money in the Bank for Wade seems inevitable at this point. He is well-deserving, and I, for one, can't wait to see how his run turns out.


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    In conclusion, it seems likely that Barrett will win the Smackdown Money in the Bank match.

    He is young, but he's ready for a championship reign. Hopefully, he can come out looking strong, unlike winners in the past (Jack Swagger). 

    Thanks for reading. Don't forget to comment with any questions, suggestions, and/or criticism. Also, feel free to give any ideas for what my next list should be.

    That's all she wrote!