WWE Money in the Bank 2012: A Look Ahead into Phoenix

Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIJuly 9, 2012

With Money in the Bank less than a week away, the anticipation of the pay-per-view match can be felt around the world, not just Phoenix.

The intercontinental champion, Christian, and the United States champion, Santino Marella, will be competing in the same match, which will raise the stakes even higher for fans in the states and overseas.

It features the experience of Christian, who has appeared in four previous MITB matches, and is the first time for Tensai, Tyson Kidd, Marella and Damien Sandow.

Cody Rhodes is the rumored favorite to take the world heavyweight title, but it's mostly because of his continued televised desire to win it all.

2012 will be one of the most inexperienced MITB matches in history, but that doesn't mean it won't be extremely exciting to watch.

Any match that features the Dungeon Lock, the Cobra Strike and the Cross Rhodes has to be worth watching.

Christian is another strong competitor in Sunday's match. Even though he's one of the older competitors out of the seven men competing, he's the most experienced and is definitely capable of taking the title.

Since 2012 has been an injury-stricken year for Christian, it will be interesting to see how healthy he really is once the match is underway. His personal interaction with Cody Rhodes will be fun to watch since the two of them have been involved in quite a few big matches lately.

For Tensai, some late momentum after defeating Justin Gabriel for a spot in the MITB ladder match could be just what he needs to capture the title.

After losses to John Cena and Sheamus, MITB is Tensai's opportunity to show he is indeed a dangerous force in the WWE.

Tyson Kidd and Damien Sandow are two more guys who will have it in for one another, ultimately adding to the hype of the match.

Dolph Ziggler has also come a long way from his days with the Spirit Squad and looks to make his presence known in the MITB ladder match. He should fare pretty well since Sheamus isn't in the ring.

With no sports ready to ignite the city of Phoenix for the next two months, MITB will be something to excite central Arizona.