Money in the Bank 2012: How John Cena Will Fare in His First MITB Match

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterJune 29, 2012

Photo from Reckless Dream Photography
Photo from Reckless Dream Photography

Come July 15, 2012, the 10-year vet, John Cena, will enter his first-ever Money in the Bank ladder match.  With ladders crashing into him and bodies flying about the ring, Cena will flourish.

The multiple participants and the violent possibilities born from all the ladders will help deliver one of Cena's best in-ring performances.

Whether or not he pulls down the contract is up to WWE's bookers.  He will certainly enter as one of the favorites.

According to, Cena is headed for a program leading to a match for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam 2012 against CM Punk.    

Whether or not this is how he gets back into the WWE title picture, the match itself plays into Cena's strengths.


Multiple Wrestlers

Much of Cena's best work has been in matches with moving parts.

At Backlash 2007, in his battle against Edge, Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels, Cena put on one of the best performances of his career.  His often-criticized move set seemed refreshed when surrounded by the moves of his opponents. 

Matches with more wrestlers involved mask Cena's weaknesses.

When he is asked just to play the powerhouse while other wrestlers provide the aerial excitement or technical mastery, he is at his best.

Review Cena at Survivor Series 2009 against Shawn Michaels and Triple H or his performance at the Elimination Chamber at New Year’s Revolution 2006.

You'll see him as a dynamic component of an explosive match rather than the predictable bore he's been against the Big Show and John Laurinaitis at No Way Out and Over the Limit. 

Chris Jericho, Kane, Big Show and the two other participants to be named in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank match should make for a thrilling, veteran-heavy showdown.

Rather than what we'd see with a simple Kane vs. Cena or Show vs. Cena match, we'll get a far bigger variety of moves, a meshing of styles and multiple men to root for. 


Fun with Weapons

WWE has to be giddy thinking about the spots Cena is capable of with five opponents and countless ladders.

The Attitude Adjustment gets far more interesting with a ladder underneath Cena's prone foe.

Will he perform some impressive feat of strength, perhaps lifting a ladder holding several men and send them all crashing to the mat?  There is sure to be some ladder-laced fireworks to put on Cena's highlight reel.

Cena is also famously tough.

He has taken some massive bumps over the years and seems willing to suffer through great pain for our entertainment.

That willingness could lead some backstage minds to conjure up a wicked spot or two where Cena is sent through a ladder or is forced to fall from a great height.   


Rivalries Renewed

Cena has history with all three opponents announced so far and in all likelihood whoever gets chosen for the last two spots will have had bad blood with him as well.

Being around so long means that Cena has fought more than his fair share of the WWE roster.

This should lead to added depth to the match. 

He and Big Show's confrontations should have an extra spark to them as will his encounters during the MITB against Kane. 

Will Kane and Big Show form a temporary alliance to destroy Cena?  Will the last two opponents be big-time Cena haters as well?

How the match ends may not please every WWE fan, but the action in and out of the ring should be excellent. Even with an abundance of power and a lack of speed so far in the match, Cena's first Money in the Bank ladder match should prove to be bring out his best.