Money in the Bank 2013: Ranking Each WWE Title Contender's Likelihood of Winning
On the June 24 edition of Raw, Stephanie McMahon announced the seven participants for the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match—CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Christian and the returning Rob Van Dam.
A couple of these participants come as a surprise, like Christian and Kane, but with this match listed as “Money in the Bank All-Stars,” their involvement makes sense.
If you haven’t noticed, this is an all-babyface ladder match. With all of this star-power, it’s hard to pick a clear-cut winner. However, it’s easy to pick those who won’t win.
Christian returned to WWE programming on June 17 and defeated Wade Barrett. Many thought Christian would then be inserted into the WWE Intercontinental Championship picture.
On the following SmackDown, Christian was attacked by The Shield after his match against Drew McIntyre. This could have begun a feud between Dean Ambrose and Christian over the United States title.
However, Christian will be in the running for a WWE title match. It is very unlikely that Christian will win this match, but it proves that WWE still believes he belongs in the main event picture.
Likelihood of winning: One percent
Kane’s involvement in this match isn’t as much of a surprise because of his problems with Daniel Bryan.
However, there is a definite youth movement going on in the WWE, which hurts Kane’s chances of winning this match.
Granted, he is a former Money in the Bank winner, but for the world title. Kane hasn’t held the WWE title since 1998, his only title reign, which lasted all of one day.
Kane proved that he can still go in the ring at the age of 46, but his time as champion is done.
Likelihood of winning: Five percent
Over the last couple of weeks, Sheamus has been involved with Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes.
He is a former WWE champion, which is the basis of his participation, but he hasn’t been in either the WWE or world title picture since October 2012.
Sheamus is always a threat to win either title, but with Mark Henry challenging John Cena and Dolph Ziggler looking for revenge on Alberto Del Rio, plus the rise of Daniel Bryan and the return of CM Punk, there is very little room for Sheamus at the top right now.
Likelihood of winning: 10 percent
4. Rob Van Dam
Rob Van Dam’s return was announced during WWE Payback last month.
As a former Money in the Bank winner, it makes sense to include “Mr. Money Night.”
However, when details of RVD’s contract surfaced, the chances of him winning a briefcase severely dropped.
WWE will not waste a briefcase on a part-time Superstar like RVD. Although, they did give The Rock a WWE title reign, so anything is possible.
It will be exciting to see RVD back in a WWE ring, especially in a ladder match, but don’t expect him to win.
Likelihood of winning: 12 percent
3. CM Punk
CM Punk returned to WWE in victorious fashion against Chris Jericho at Payback. This was also the beginning of Punk’s face turn.
WWE is building toward a Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk at SummerSlam. Yet, Punk could hold onto the briefcase throughout the summer before cashing it in.
With John Cena as WWE champion, could we see another Cena vs. Punk match in the near future? I don’t think so.
There are other Superstars Punk could face in the meantime before going back to Cena. He is already a two-time winner and doesn’t need the briefcase to get a title shot.
Likelihood of winning: 18 percent
2. Randy Orton
Randy Orton has been featured heavily over the last couple of months, teaming with Team Hell No and beginning a budding rivalry with Daniel Bryan.
He also had an alliance with Sheamus at the beginning of 2013.
Orton is in the same boat as Sheamus. Orton hasn't held a main event championship since September 2011, when he lost the world title to Mark Henry at Night of Champions.
Orton has accomplished everything there is to accomplish in the WWE except win Money in the Bank. This could be the catalyst to an Orton heel turn.
Likelihood of winning: 20 percent
1. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan is the most popular Superstar on the roster bar none.
There were rumors of a John Cena vs. Bryan match for the WWE title at Money in the Bank.
However, WWE decided to go with Cena vs. Mark Henry. Bryan is now slated to win the briefcase and announce that he is cashing it in at SummerSlam, according to F4WOnline (h/t Wrestling Inc.).
Bryan has definitely proved that he belongs in the main event picture over the last few months. He’s won the world title after cashing in his briefcase at TLC 2011.
Another Money in the Bank win and successful cash-in will solidify Bryan as a top guy.
Likelihood of winning: 34 percent