WWE SmackDown: Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler Added to Money in the Bank

William Renken@@williamrenkenCorrespondent IIIJuly 4, 2012

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Tuesday's WWE Great American Bash SmackDown show was a far cry from Sting and Ric Flair's epic World Title match in 1990, but it certainly added some intrigue and anticipation into the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view.

Going into the night, Tyson Kidd, Christian, Santino, Damien Sandow and Tensai were the already-determined competitors for the ladder match in two weeks. With two more qualifying matches made by special interim general manager Teddy Long, Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler won their way into the fray as well and even closer to a World Title shot.

With the WWE Championship ladder match mired in what appears to be an inevitable John Cena win en route to a possible SummerSlam challenge against CM Punk, the excitement that usually surrounds the contract gimmick match was feeling sadly diminished.

It's on the other side, though, that there seems to be a glimmer of hope in adding to the prestigious legacy of Money in the Bank.

It is no great secret that Rhodes and Ziggler have their stock rapidly soaring in WWE. In fact, it has become more than occasional left-field opinion that both men deserve some kind of main-event push.

For Rhodes, he is coming off a strong series of matches with Christian that have arguably been the most exciting matches this summer. Rhodes might not have been able to upend Christian for the Intercontinental belt, but his victory at the Great American Bash put him in position to move even beyond the title he held for 236 days.

Ziggler's rise has challenged the glass ceiling of the midcard ranks thanks to his continued display of crazy bumps and high-octane style of wrestling as well as a very vocally supportive crowd whose chants of "Let's go Ziggler" get louder and louder each week.

In fact, he was clearly the fan favorite at No Way Out last month in his battle with Sheamus despite being the self proclaimed Show Off and #Heel on Twitter.

The reality is, both men are on the cusp and at some point both are going to be in the main-event picture.

With one slot on the line in two weeks, it will be interesting if Money in the Bank proves to be the launching pad for either Rhodes or Ziggler to the World Title as the 10 previous winners of Money in the Bank have found out with their victory.

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