Eric Kanes: Even with CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan on the card, this match has potential to steal the show considering who's in it. The styles of most of these wrestlers are perfect for a match such as Money in the Bank. Let me run down the list and give the odds that each individual has of winning the match:
Tyson Kidd—Slim to None
Tensai—Slim to None
Damien Sandow—Slim to None
Dolph Ziggler—Very Likely
Honestly, it seems like it comes down to Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes. I'm giving Ziggler the slight edge because he already has some history with the current champion, Sheamus, and is the more developed of the two at the end of the day. However, I really would rather not see either one win as neither is ready for a world title run.
Out of the performers in this match, I'll be rooting for Damien Sandow. He's as unready as Ziggler and Rhodes, but at least his character is entertaining. I'd also expect Tyson Kidd to be the one who steals the show.
Two other individuals I'd like to see get the win are Ryback and Wade Barrett. I realize that Ryback is not part of this match but how awesome would it be if he just came out, took out everyone in the match and got the win? I've been a fan of the guy ever since his NXT days (as Skip Sheffield) and he has loads of potential.
In regards to Wade Barrett, I believe the reason that there was no Money in the Bank match this year at WrestleMania was to wait until Barrett healed from his injury to get the win here. There has been no mention of him thus far, and I'm assuming he still hasn't healed, but it would be awesome if he ended up returning and getting the win. Nobody deserves it more than him.
Eric's Pick: Dolph Ziggler
Geddy Cahoon: This is sure to be match of the night. You've got three of my top ten performers in the company right now (Cody Rhodes, Christian, and the love of my life Damien Sandow) and the match is just stacked with talent.
Tyson Kidd is a great performer, Santino can do...alright but he's basically filler. Dolph Ziggler, though I don't really like him much anymore, always performs well. And call me crazy, but I've actually taken a shine to Tensai in the past few weeks. I feel like his look is actually starting to work for me, and he's decent in the ring. He may not work well in this match but we'll see. As for Sin Cara, let's just hope he doesn't hurt himself or get suspended again during this match.
SmackDown MITB matches are almost always more entertaining because SmackDown usually has a stronger roster, technically. This year should be no different. Expect a lot of cool spots, and maybe even a surprise twist ending. Last year, everybody picked Rhodes or Barrett and we got Bryan. This year, everyone's picking Rhodes or Ziggler. Prepare for the unexpected in a match like this though.
Part of me really wants Sandow to win, but I know he's not established enough. Many are going with Ziggler. That's logical. Here's the thing though: He doesn't need it! He's been World Champ, and he doesn't need the briefcase to get a title feud! Cody Rhodes, on the other hand, needs a logical reason to fight for the title. This is one. I've been saying 2012 would be Rhodes' year. Let's hope I'm right.
Geddy's Pick: Cody Rhodes
Dave Scott: I can see this match being a great visual experience. You've got a lot of guys in there who can put on a good match and are ready to take a step forward in their careers. There are several options that you could go with that would make sense and would end well.
I don't think Tensai, Damien Sandow, Santino Marella and Sin Cara have much of a chance, but I could be wrong. I think Tyson Kidd would be a good option, as no one would expect it, like Daniel Bryan last year. Rhodes and Ziggler are both in similar positions where they are both proven upper mid-carders and are ready to take the jump to the title.
Christian would be the safe option here as WWE knows he can perform well in the main event and I'm sure it would please quite a lot of people if he did pick up the victory. But I'm only allowed to chose one guy so I'm going to go for Ziggler to pick up the victory.
Dave's Pick: Dolph Ziggler
Adam Behan: Now this could be the match of the year. It features underrated talent that have not caught their break yet and could shock the world.
You have the athleticism factor with Sin Cara and Tyson Kidd, the brilliance of Ziggler and Rhodes, the awesomeness of Damien Sandow and Christian and the comedic usage of Santino and Tensai.
I cannot begin to say how much I am torn up in regards to picking a winner because the majority of the guys deserve to win. I will rule out Christian and Santino due to their current title statuses.
When it comes to a definitive winner, I will stick to my guns and pick Cody Rhodes. He has been floating around with uncertainty lately and I believe that he has been out of the title picture deliberately because it is his turn to take on Sheamus.
Adam's Pick: Cody Rhodes
George Cushnie: For me, this match is the hardest to predict of the entire show. You just don’t know who WWE wants to push as their next main-eventer.
I think it’s fairly safe to say that, although I’d LOVE to see it, Tyson Kidd isn’t going to win this match. I’ve said it countless times before, but Kidd is one of the most underrated WWE performers on the current roster. WWE should let him have a chance to show what he can do as a singles competitor. He’d make a great mid-card champion. In saying that, he’s had a lot of TV time lately, ever since the Over the Limit PPV, so he may be in with a shout.
The IWC is widely recognized (and sometimes criticized) for being high up on Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler. The reason that they’re well liked is because they are tremendous all-around performers who deserve their chance to shine and, more often than not, they’re the ones who have the best matches of the night. Those two definitely deserve to be Smackdown’s Mr. Money in the Bank.
Then there’s the other men in the match like Damien Sandow and Sin Cara, who really need that one BIG victory to solidify themselves as members of the main roster. This could be the match that catapults Sandow into a credible wrestler in the eyes of casual fans.
In my opinion, this match will come down to two men: Santino Marella and Tensai. Let me explain why. WWE likes to screw with us and make us think that Santino has a chance of breaking through the glass ceiling. It happened at last year’s Royal Rumble and it happened at this year’s Elimination Chamber. I fully expect it to happen on Sunday at Money in the Bank as well.
Tensai hasn’t really gotten over with the crowd since his debut in April and that’s because that kind of gimmick just doesn’t work today. They should have just had him come back as a badass who takes people out and then maybe he’d have had a chance. Since then, WWE has tweaked his gimmick slightly and they seem to be determined on pushing him. I’ve just got a sneaky feeling that WWE will swerve us by having Tensai win the Money in the Bank instead of Ziggler or Rhodes.
George's Pick: Tensai
Liam Hindmarsh: This is what a MITB match should be like. Lower and mid-card guys all wanting a chance to break out and make it to the main event. With the exception of Christian and Ziggler, none of these guys have been world champion.
Unlike the Raw MITB match, I expect this to be a fast paced match with guys like Sin Cara and Tyson Kidd wowing us with some memorable spots. Of course, Tensai will be on hand for the power spots.
What I love about this match is that we have a combination of different styles which makes for a much better match. Out of both the MITB matches on the card, I feel that this will be the better of the two.
As for the winner, I have it narrowed down to two people which I'm finding hard to split—Ziggler or Rhodes. Ziggler has been on the edge of the main event for over a year now, just waiting to be pushed over the edge, whereas Cody has come off a very impressive Intercontinental title reign and has vastly improved since his Legacy days.
If neither of them win this match, it will be a total surprise to me. Although, WWE may want to throw a curveball, like they did with Daniel Bryan last year. It's difficult to pick this one. I'm going to take a chance on Ziggler winning.
Liam's Pick: Dolph Ziggler
Gregory Bitetzakis: I am really looking forward to this match because it contains a nice combo of young guys, vets, and exciting athletes...oh yeah, and Prince Albert.
I think it comes down to either Cody Rhodes or Dolph Ziggler. My reason for picking Dolph is because: a) he looks to have the WWE behind him with a great push; and b) Cody seems in the cellar as of late with not much support behind him yet.
Both will be big stars, it is just Dolph's turn first.
Gregory's Pick: Dolph Ziggler