It's been a while since I have written an article for Bleacher Report, but I wanted to come back in a big way.
With WWE's Money in the Bank pay-per-view under 12 hours away, there has been much anticipation surrounding what direction WWE will take heading into RAW 1000 and SummerSlam.
Today, I am not going to list the obvious match outcomes.
I am going to list eight twists and turns throughout the three-hour pay-per-view that could give WWE the big summer angle they have been searching for.
This list is based on current WWE storylines and the product as a whole.
In the past few years, WWE has had multiple MITB contract holders at the same time.
As records will show, WWE likes one contract holder cashing in his briefcase as quick as possible.
Instead of going the obvious route and having Cena win MITB and cash in for RAW 1000 or SummerSlam, let Jericho win and have him be the MITB holder who cashes in later in the year.
John Cena does not need to win MITB to be in the title picture.
The next storyline would require that Sheamus retain the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio, and Cody Rhodes win the MITB briefcase.
If Rhodes wins, I expect him to cash in later in the night after Sheamus retains, or on RAW 1000.
This would lead to a fresh feud heading into SummerSlam, where Rhodes would defend against Sheamus.
When Dolph Ziggler entered into the Money in the Bank match, many people put him as the odds-on favorite to win.
I don't see it that way.
Why would WWE give Dolph the briefcase if Sheamus is the reigning champion?
Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus have had a series of matches, but none where Dolph Ziggler has come out on top.
If Dolph Ziggler cashed in on Sheamus, it would make Ziggler look like a weak champion heading into SummerSlam.
However, if Del Rio defeated Sheamus (clean or dirty), and Ziggler cashed in on him, it would make him a favorite to win heading into SummerSlam.
WWE has had an opportunity to turn Dolph Ziggler into a babyface since his split with Vickie Guerrero. If they want to do it, this is their best chance.
I know Vince McMahon wants RAW 1000 be the show where all the great returns happen.
My question is, why can't RAW 1000 share a little bit of star power with Money in the Bank?
Wade Barrett, Mark Henry, The Miz, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and The Rock are all waiting to make their TV returns.
I realize some of the superstars above can't be in the match, but superstars like The Miz, Mysterio, and even a surprise appearance from The Rock could make the crowd got nuts.
But let's be straightforward. They are treating this as a glorified Fatal 4-Way for a future WWE championship match.
Please WWE, add someone else.
At Money in the Bank, I expect the Smackdown MITB match to be a show-stealer.
The reason: the WWE Universe is waiting to see whether Cody Rhodes or Dolph Ziggler wins.
But what if the impossible happened?
What if both men climbed the latter, removed the briefcase and were Co-Mr. Money in the Bank?
Would they both get a championship opportunity? Would they have to fight over the briefcase?
I don't know the answers to those questions. However, it would make a great storyline heading into RAW 1000 and SummerSlam.
It looks like the WWE Championship Match will close Money in the Bank.
With AJ as the special guest referee, the WWE Universe expects AJ to side with one competitor to help them win the WWE title.
CM Punk has been WWE champion since Survivor Series, which is a huge accomplishment in an age where championships constantly change hands.
But now, I think that the main event scene needs to be shaken up.
In 2011, CM Punk was the one to shake up the main event scene.
Now, that person looks to be Daniel Bryan.
If Bryan won, it would set up a rematch at SummerSlam and potentially a new face contender for the WWE championship (Orton, Mysterio, etc).
I am a huge fan of Ryback.
WWE's resident Juggernaut has been plowing through local wrestlers since his return.
Unlike Big Show, Mark Henry, Brodus Clay and Kane, Ryback has not become a smiling, dancing big man.
Ryback looks like a believable threat to the main event scene.
Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and Batista had this quality and made an impact in a big way.
It's Ryback's turn.
If WWE wants to make Ryback legitimate quickly, do one of two things.
A) Destroy 20-plus local wrestlers and then proceed to attack main eventers in the coming weeks.
B) Have a promo where he is going on the championship hunt.
In anticipation of RAW 1000, they could easily have Brock Lesnar come and attack a midcard babyface in a backstage promo.
It's been a while since we have seen Brock Lesnar on TV, and that's pretty bad considering he is supposed to be involved in the SummerSlam main event.
Please WWE, you need to hype what his decision will be. Have him make an impact at Money in the Bank.
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