WWE Money in the Bank 2013 Card: Biggest Surprises to Watch For on Upcoming PPV
Money in the Bank has quickly developed into one of the most entertaining pay-per-views on the WWE calendar, and all signs point to this year's show being excellent as well. Money in the Bank also happens to be an unpredictable event, and that is certainly part of its appeal.
That unpredictability will be on display this Sunday as it seems as though nobody can agree upon who will walk away from Money in the Bank with briefcases in tow. Most of the other matches may seem fairly obvious at first glance, but there is plenty that could potentially happen on Sunday night that will ultimately take fans by surprise.
Here are the three biggest surprises to be on the lookout for when Money in the Bank emanates from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Money in the Bank Match Card
|John Cena vs. Mark Henry||WWE Championship|
|Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler||World Heavyweight Championship|
|WWE All Stars MITB Ladder Match (CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Sheamus vs. Christian)||WWE Championship contract|
|WHC MITB Ladder Match (Dean Ambrose vs. Fandango vs. Damien Sandow vs. Antonio Cesaro vs. Jack Swagger vs. Wade Barrett vs. Cody Rhodes)||World Heavyweight Championship contract|
|Curtis Axel vs. The Miz||Intercontinental Championship|
|Ryback vs. Chris Jericho||N/A|
|AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn||Divas Championship|
|Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. The Usos||Tag Team Championships|
*Card courtesy of WWE.com
Randy Orton Wins MITB and Cashes In
Sunday's Money in the Bank All-Stars ladder match for the WWE Championship contract promises to be a fantastic bout as it will feature some of the biggest stars in WWE history. Among the popular picks to come out on top are Daniel Bryan due to his recent mega push, CM Punk because of his status as the No. 2 star in the company and Rob Van Dam since he is making his long-awaited WWE return in front of an ECW-loving Philly crowd.
One wrestler who hasn't received much hype, though, is Randy Orton. While Orton hasn't really been in the world title hunt since dropping the World Heavyweight Championship to Mark Henry two years ago, the time is right to pull the trigger on a renewed push. Orton has flashed heel tendencies over the past several weeks, and it seems like a heel turn is on the horizon. Having Orton win the Money in the Bank contract would be the first step toward making the turn a reality.
An even bigger step, however, would be a successful cash-in against John Cena. If Cena retains the WWE Championship against Mark Henry as expected, look for The World's Strongest Man to assault Cena after the match. This will open the door for The Viper to slither in and pick up the pieces. A well-placed punt to Cena's skull will affirm his heel turn and give him a ton of momentum as he begins his seventh run with the company's top belt.
Brock Lesnar Replaces Kane in MITB Match
After getting attacked by the debuting Wyatt Family on Raw, questions emerged regarding Kane's Money in the Bank status. He was supposed to compete in the WWE Championship contract Money in the Bank ladder match, but that is no longer the case. According to WWE.com, Kane suffered head and neck trauma when Luke Harper and Erick Rowan smashed The Big Red Monster's head in between the steel steps and the ring post.
It is unclear who, if anyone, will replace Kane in the match. The growing sentiment is that Bray Wyatt will step in, but that makes absolutely no sense. Placing a new Superstar in an "All-Stars" match simply isn't logical. Also, the result will be terrible for Wyatt no matter what happens. If he wins, then it is hot-shot booking at its finest. He is nowhere close to ready when it comes to competing for the WWE Championship, so he can't possibly be given the briefcase. If he loses, though, then he loses his early momentum in the process.
The best course of action would be for Brock Lesnar to be a surprise entrant in the match. Lesnar hasn't been seen since delivering an F-5 to Punk on Raw several weeks ago. Lesnar would fit the All-Star profile, and he could enter the match with the sole purpose of taking out Punk in mind. Not only would that allow Punk to lose the match without looking weak, but it would provide the fans with a sneak peek of what they could potentially see at SummerSlam.
Alberto Del Rio Retains vs. Dolph Ziggler
It is blatantly obvious that the WWE is building toward a Dolph Ziggler face turn as he has consistently wrestled heels since dropping the World Heavyweight Championship to Alberto Del Rio at Payback. There may be no better way to complete that face turn than by having Ziggler defeat the newly-heel Del Rio for the strap at Money in the Bank. With that said, there is still work to do before Ziggler can truly be a full-fledged face, so look for Del Rio to retain on Sunday.
Which surprise is most likely to come to fruition at MITB?
Ziggler has been coming to the ring without AJ Lee and Big E Langston by his side recently, which means that the WWE is making a concerted effort to distance him from them. Ziggler and AJ did have a backstage segment on Monday, though, and there is little doubt that she and Langston will accompany him to the ring at Money in the Bank. Ziggler can't be a face until he breaks away from AJ and Big E, so look for that to be the overarching storyline on Sunday.
The expectation is that Ziggler will have the match well in hand at some point before AJ and Langston attempt to interfere on his behalf. They will botch the interference, however, which will allow Del Rio to pin Ziggler and keep the title. Ziggler will walk out on AJ and Langston in disgust before officially severing ties with them the following night on Raw. Ziggler will still have legitimate claim to a rematch, so he can finally get revenge on Del Rio by beating him at SummerSlam.
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