WWE Money in the Bank 2012: Ranking World Heavyweight Championship Participants

Ross Bentley@@imrossbentleySenior Analyst IJuly 17, 2012

WWE Money in the Bank 2012: Ranking World Heavyweight Championship Participants

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    With WWE Money in the Bank 2012 come and gone, it's now time to asses the position of all of the participants going forward.

    While the WWE Championship MITB match included current main-eventers John Cena, The Big Show, Chris Jericho, The Miz and Kane, the World Heavyweight Championship match featured eight superstars still trying to make a name for themselves.

    While only one was able to win the match, some shined in defeat and look to be in good position going forward, and others seem to have taken a step back.

    So how do the immediate futures stack up for the eight World Heavyweight Championship MITB match participants? Let's look at how they rank, going deeper into the summer. 

8. Sin Cara

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    As I mentioned yesterday, I'm not the biggest Sin Cara fan. But even from an objective standpoint, things have to seem bleak for him going forward. 

    Some thought of him as a dark horse to win the match on Sunday, but he fell short and now lacks a feud or seemingly any real story heading into SummerSlam.

    Even after returning from injury, Sin Cara has just not been able to get over with the fans. It's hard to imagine him doing much other than the occasional match on SmackDown in the upcoming months. 

7. Tensai

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    Like Sin Cara, Tensai seems to be lacking a sense of direction.

    It is clear he is no longer going to be pushed into the main event, so he must settle in the mid-card. But considering his age, and how his gimmick has been a flop, it's entirely possible that the WWE will leave him to Superstars instead of giving him a legitimate feud or substantial TV time.

    If I had to guess, I'd say Tensai will be booked to face Christian next week for the Intercontinental Championship on Raw. However, even if he is, I can't see him winning that contest—and after that, it could be tough times for the man previously known as A-Train. 

6. Santino Marella

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    Like it or not, Santino Marella is the United States Champion, and that at least stands for something going forward.

    However, it is clear that this is the ceiling for Santino and it seems to me like his days as champion are numbered.

    Marella has been given a long championship reign, longer than I think anyone expected, however he has rarely had to defend the Championship.

    His comedic gimmick is hit or miss, but when he is receiving less votes to defend his US title than Layla to defend the Divas title, it seems clear to me that its time for a change.

5. Tyson Kidd

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    Tyson Kidd was a major surprise entrance into the MITB match considering he has been stuck in the low-card for a long amount of time.

    After upsetting Jack Swagger to get in, Kidd had an impressive showing in the MITB match, pulling off a couple of the best spots of the match, showing off once again his amazing in-ring ability.

    The question now is, was this mini-push for Kidd just a reason to get him into the MITB match? Or was it the start of something more?

    It would be great to see Kidd feud over the United States or Intercontinental Championship but that seems unlikely since Christian and Santino, the belt holders, are face champions.

    I could see Kidd and his tag partner Justin Gabriel becoming the number one contenders though for the tag titles, now that the Prime Time Players lost. Although it would be face vs. face again, in tag matches, that matters less. 

    Whatever they opt to do with him, let's hope Tyson Kidd continues to get his well deserved push. 

4. Christian

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    It seems clear that Christian's place in the company is understood and valued by the WWE.

    Christian is the reigning Intercontinental Champion, and came within seconds of winning the Money in the Bank match on Sunday.

    Although some were upset that Christian was relegated to the mid-card upon his return, he has done well as the IC champ and remains much more relevant than if he was getting lost in the already crowded world title hunt.

    Once Christian loses his Intercontinental belt, don't be surprised to see him move back up into the World Heavyweight Championship picture. 

3. Damien Sandow

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    Although he may have been too fresh to win the Money in the Bank match, Damien Sandow's future still looks bright in the WWE.

    Sandow has yet to lose a singles match since debuting, and his gimmick is already catching on. 

    Sandow is money every time he cuts a promo and his "self professed intellectual savior of the unwashed masses" shtick is a great way to get heat from the fans.

    Not to mention, Sandow can bring it in the ring. Expect him to become United States or Intercontinental Champion by the end of the year. 

2. Cody Rhodes

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    Fans of Cody Rhodes had to be disappointed that he did not come away with the Money in the Bank briefcase on Sunday. However, it still seems as though Rhodes' stock is rising as a future World Champion in the WWE.

    Rhodes was considered by many to be the favorite going into Sunday, but he failed to pick up the win. Now, as he waits his turn to feud over the World title, it is important that the WWE keeps him relevant by giving him an entertaining rivalry for the remainder of the summer. 

    Rhodes has the charisma, mic ability, and in ring ability of a champion and it is only a matter of time before he gets there. Still, to ensure that he does not lose too much momentum, Rhodes needs a good feud for SummerSlam—unless he is promoted into being the number one contender for Sheamus's World Heavyweight Championship. 

1. Dolph Ziggler

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    The winner of the Sunday's World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match, Dolph Ziggler is an easy choice for number one on this list.

    Like Dolph said "it's about damn time" he became World champion (I'm not counting his first fluke title reign) as he has been one of the brightest young stars in WWE for a long time now.

    Ziggler's win essentially guarantees that he will be a World Heavyweight Champion, and my guess is that it will come sooner rather than later.

    On Raw last night, Ziggler began what seemed to be a feud with Chris Jericho which will keep him occupied until he decides to cash in his contract, and that is a great decision.

    Not only will Ziggler and Jericho put on a great match, but beating a future Hall of Famer like Jericho will further establish Ziggler as a future legend himself.

    Although I'm not sure if he will back up his claims of being the greatest champion of all time, I don't doubt that when Dolph Ziggler does cash in his Money in the Bank contract, it will be the first of several Championship reigns for the Show Off.