It would be nearly impossible for this year's version of Money in the Bank to match last year's, which featured John Cena and CM Punk doing battle for the WWE Championship as well as two excellent ladder matches. With that said, the 2012 edition has great potential and should leave the WWE Universe satisfied.
There are only four matches on the main card currently, and while a couple filler bouts are bound to be added, the light card isn't necessarily a bad thing. That means there will be plenty of time for the main contests to flourish and that should make for an entertaining show.
Here is everything you need to know about Money in the Bank, including when and where to watch it, the complete card, predictions and the latest rumors.
Where: US Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz.
When: Sunday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WWE.com
WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan w/ AJ as special guest referee
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
WWE Championship MITB ladder match: John Cena vs. Chris Jericho vs. Big Show vs. Kane
World Heavyweight Championship MITB ladder match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Christian vs. Tensai vs. Damien Sandow vs. Santino Marella vs. Tyson Kidd vs. Sin Cara
Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Hunico & Camacho (pre-show match on YouTube)
What They’re Saying
There is a lot to consider when it comes to the WWE Championship match at Money in the Bank. Punk and Bryan promise to put on a fantastic match, but AJ is the wild card as special guest referee and it looks like she has yet to make a decision on where her allegiances lie.
He may be the biggest underdog in Sunday's World Heavyweight Championship contract Money in the Bank ladder match, but Tyson Kidd is on a roll. He took a tough bump at the hands of Tensai on Monday, but says that he will be ready to go this weekend.
Main Event Prediction
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
It isn't known for sure what the main event will be at Money in the Bank, but it is a safe bet that Punk will headline the card for the second straight year when he defends the WWE Championship against Bryan. This particular storyline has come to the forefront in recent weeks thanks to AJ's involvement and due to the unpredictability of the match, it should close the show.
AJ's erratic behavior and status as special guest referee means that this bout can go either way, but my money is on Punk retaining. I don't believe this angle is over by a long shot, so my expectation is that AJ will get in the way of a Punk kick at some point and will be knocked out. While both Punk and Bryan are tending to her, another referee will run out, Punk will hit Bryan with the GTS and retain the title.
The show will close with AJ being carried off on a stretcher and the next night on RAW, Bryan can accuse to Punk of purposely knocking out AJ. This will allow for one final match between the two at SummerSlam. Also, I like the prospect of Cena winning the WWE Championship contract Money in the Bank ladder match and cashing in on Punk at SummerSlam. In order for that to happen, Punk will likely have to retain on Sunday.
In addition to my Punk and Cena selections, I expect Ziggler to secure the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank prospect, Sheamus to retain the World Heavyweight Championship against Del Rio and the team of Kofi Kingston and R-Truth to defeat Hunico and Camacho in a throwaway match.
Seeing as the WWE Championship contract Money in the Bank ladder match is barren in terms of competitors, there has been some speculation that participants could be added as late as Sunday night before the match takes place. It currently features John Cena, Chris Jericho, Big Show and Kane and is being touted as a match for former WWE Champions only.
With that said, some believe that Rey Mysterio could be a last-minute addition. Mysterio is a former champ and is reportedly ready to return after rehabbing a knee injury and serving a suspension for violating the company's wellness policy. According to ProWrestling.net, however, Mysterio's advertised return date is next Tuesday's SmackDown taping in his hometown of San Diego, Calif.
Mysterio isn't being advertised for Money in the Bank or RAW the following night, and although that doesn't necessarily mean anything, it suggests that Mysterio probably won't be a part of the pay-per-view. There has also been talk about The Miz returning from filming The Marine 3 to be in the match, but there hasn't been any confirmation of that either.
You never know what might happen in the WWE, but it appears as though the creative team is going to settle on four wrestlers in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match rather than the customary six or eight.
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