The third WWE Money in the Bank (MITB) PPV has wrapped up and while several wrestlers were given their chance to shine, many were left off the card who deserved a spot. There are only so many matches and names that can appear on a three-hour PPV, so obviously not everyone is going to make it.
The issue is that some of the wrestlers who did appear didn’t deserve to be there. One of the best complements about the MITB match is that any wrestler can be it since the number of participates varies each year.
With only two MITB matches on the card, there is always plenty of room for other matches. It’s one of the few shows that allows more wrestlers to appear before the WWE audience to help push their own career and please the crowd.
Here are 10 superstars who should have been on the WWE Money in the Bank PPV.
Of all the new talent to be introduced to the WWE audience this year, Antonio Cesaro has more wrestling skills then any of them, yet he has not been on one PPV. He appears to have been lost in the bunch, as the wrestlers with more body mass seem to be getting the push that they don’t deserve.
Cesaro has a storyline in place where he stole Teddy Long’s girlfriend, Aksana. He has a valet and possible storyline ready, but he seems to be an afterthought to the WWE officials.
The Money in the Bank (MITB) match is about high-flying moves, and Justin Gabriel fits that mold. He’s a name who could do well in a match with the likes of Tyson Kidd and Sin Cara, as their wrestling styles mesh well together.
Gabriel has the talent and just needs a decent push. He’s never been given the chance to really show what he can do. He should have been added to the MITB match to showcase his moves, as it could’ve helped ease him into the larger framework down the line.
Trent Barreta might be a name many are not familiar with. This is understandable. Since his debut in 2009, he hasn't appeared often and when he does, it’s not on Raw or SmackDown. It’s on a show less viewed, where he often ends up losing.
He would be a wild card to add in the Money in the Bank (MITB) match. Put him in and have him do a spot or two. See how the crowd reacts, as he could be a star who just needs that one break, and that could have happened in the MITB match.
Since the Nexus stable broke up, Heath Slater has lost the most momentum of all those wrestlers. He has become a glorified jobber, with no major wins in recent memory.
As the 1,000th Raw approaches, the WWE seems to have found a storyline that suits him well. Every week, he challenges a wrestler from the past only to end up looking foolish. The amazing thing is that it works. On every Raw, fans wait to see what former name will return, so with the 1,000th episode only a week away, Slater should have appeared at MITB to hype his storyline as it prepares to wind down.
After what felt like months, Brodus Clay made his WWE debut and instantly clicked with the fans. It wasn’t his wrestling ability that worked, rather it was the entertainment value his character brings to children and adults.
For months, he would squash low-card wrestlers on Raw and PPVs in a matter of minutes. His entrance and post-match celebration was longer than the match itself.
Then he has in a two-week feud with The Big Show, who destroyed him. That was the end of his huge push. Clay has no wrestling skills, but he keeps the fans entertained.
William Regal is one of those wrestlers who was never able to win the main title. Despite all his skills in the ring and on the microphone, it just never happened. It would be great to see him win, but it's highly doubtful.
That’s what makes the Money in the Bank match so special. It gives the unexpected person the chance to win. Regal would have been an interesting addition to the MITB match, as he would have had the crowd's support. For all his years in the business, the fans always show him their appreciation.
In 2011, Mark Henry was able to win his first world title after 15 years with the WWE. 2012 has not been as memorable of a year, as he has been out of action since April, but his return his near.
It would have been great to see him come back after the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match to destroy everyone, save the winner, Dolph Ziggler. After Ziggler went to the back, Henry should have come out and decimated the other seven wrestlers.
That would have been a memorable return.
Jack Swagger’s WWE stock has fallen since he won the Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania 26. He went from the World Heavyweight Champion to someone who can’t even make it on a PPV card or barely win a televised match.
While he’s not going to lead the next generation of WWE stars, he has earned his spot. Swagger is not the best on the microphone, but he can wrestle and puts on a great performance when given the chance. There’s still hope that he can be a star.
Zack Ryder went from someone who seemed like he was on the verge of getting his “best in his future endeavored” notice to being a hit with the fans, and he did this on his own through social media. This was before the WWE even began to push the use of social media.
After months of the fans wanting to see more of him, Ryder was given the United States Championship. His short run with the championship ultimately led to nothing, as he has seemed to drift from the WWE’s radar. The fans love this guy, so he should have been on the PPV card.
After another injury and suspension, Rey Mysterio needs to prove to the WWE that he is worth keeping around. There’s no doubt he has a large fanbase and is vital in the Mexican demographic, so to keep him off TV doesn’t seem like the greatest choice.
The WWE Championship Money in the Bank match could have used him. The match was lacking talent who work well in a ladder match. Mysterio would have made the match more unpredictable and added a big bump or two that would have helped the overall quality of said match.