WWE Money in the Bank 2012: Ranking World Heavyweight Title Contenders' Chances

Nick HouserCorrespondent IIJuly 12, 2012

WWE Money in the Bank 2012: Ranking World Heavyweight Title Contenders' Chances

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    There are eight competitors for the World Heavyweight contract at Money in the Bank—a few are jokes, some will potentially shine but fall short and others are clear favorites.

    The wrestlers include: Sin Cara, Christian, Tyson Kidd, Santino Marella, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Tensai and Dolph Ziggler.

    There will be acrobatics. There will be technicality. There will be displays of power.

    There will be only one winner.

    Throw in a ladder and the chance to challenge the World Heavyweight champion at any time and someone will walk away with a bright-looking future.

    Here are each contender's chances at winning, ranked from worst to best. 

No. 8: Sin Cara

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    Sin Cara makes the least sense of any of the competitors to be crowned the victor.

    It's incredibly easy to see that Sin Cara was added for more high-flying dazzle.

    He's a great addition.

    He's not a plausible winner.

    Chance of winning: As good as erasing the notion he's a botch artist.

No. 7: Santino Marella

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    Can Santino Marella recapture some of the unexpected charisma he had at Elimination Chamber?


    Marella has been embarrassing lately—from tuxedo matches to getting manhandled by Alberto Del Rio.

    He's simply in the match because he lacks a feud, he's one of the more recognized mid-carders (because he holds the United States championship) and he can provide the comedy spots.

    Chance of winning: As likely as the Cobra looking like a legitimate finisher.

No. 6: Tyson Kidd

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    Tyson Kidd was a surprise addition to the World Heavyweight Money in the Bank match.

    The ultimate underdog, I have a feeling many will be pulling for him.

    Still, I don't see it happening.

    It's too quick of a jump for a guy who's hardly been on television.

    Instead I think the MITB match will provide exposure to a budding feud between Kidd and Damien Sandow. The two will spend the majority of the match fighting each other—maybe Kidd ruins Sandow's chance of winning and the whole thing spills over into the following weeks.

    Chance of winning: Equal to Kidd becoming the Intercontinental champion by the end of summer.

No. 5: Damien Sandow

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    Damien Sandow has slowly been simmering, waiting for the perfect time, the perfect opponent and the perfect venue to really show what he has.

    There's no better place for him to do that than Money in the Bank.

    He has the perfect promo ready to be delivered should he win: Sheamus is an inferior ignoramus whose brawling ways make him unbecoming. Now that Sandow has a briefcase in hand, the only thing left he has to decide is when to cash it in to teach Sheamus and the WWE Universe a lesson in civility.

    Unfortunately, while it may be the right time for him personally, it's a better time for more deserving superstars.

    Chance of winning: Equal to the chances the next article written about him won't feature the line "you're welcome."

No. 4: Christian

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    The con for Christian winning is that he's already the Intercontinental champion, and it seems a bit unfair to put defending it aside to pursue a higher belt.

    The pro for Christian winning is that he's already the Intercontinental champion so it would add prestige back to the title that used to be the company's second-highest.

    And he's Christian.

    Of everyone involved, you can make a strong case that he deserves to be back in the top based on what he's accomplished.

    It would be cool, but I don't think WWE is brave enough to try it again (see Ultimate Warrior) or willing to take the time to explain the various impacts it would have.

    Chance of winning: Even with Christian's chances of originally making a name for himself in the WWE without Edge and the tag team's help.

No. 3: Tensai

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    As much as it pains me to write this, Tensai has a decent chance of winning—mostly by default.

    Honestly though, it kind of makes sense.

    Tensai versus Sheamus has potential. The two big men would go to blows in a test of strengths.

    Face it—the WWE wants to push this guy.

    They've done everything they can to keep Tensai relevant—dropping the "Lord" from his name, beating up Sakamoto, acting as John Laurinaitis' enforcer and battling big names at the top right off the bat.

    There's no quicker way to catapult him than by making him win Money in the Bank.

    Chance of winning: The same as dropping the entire gimmick before 2012 ends.

No. 2: Dolph Ziggler

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    Dolph Ziggler has a ton going for him.

    He's ultra-talented and the WWE Universe recognizes his skill set. Most of his matches garner chants of "Let's go Ziggler!"

    Ziggler is more than deserving to be in the hunt for a major title.

    The only problem is that he literally just was battling for the World Heavyweight title. He lost to Sheamus a half-dozen times.

    I'm not sure the WWE would reward Ziggler with a Money in the Bank win so that he could challenge Sheamus yet again.

    Been there, done that six times.

    Chance of winning: As likely as Ziggler bleaching his hair the rest of his career.

No. 1: Cody Rhodes

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    Simply put, Cody Rhodes has the best shot at winning the Money in the Bank match.

    He's worked his way up the ladder (get it?).

    He last held the Intercontinental belt, which means the next step in his progression is the World Heavyweight title. He's a second-generation superstar from a famous wrestling family. He's one of the most talented in the match.

    Rhodes is the only man who received two shots to qualify for the match as well.

    There's not much reason not to give him the victory.

    Chance of winning: On par with ending his career more popular than Santino Marella.