I wrote a lot about this match in a column at LayfieldReport.com, so rather than regurgitate everything I said there, I'd like to simply state that I haven't anticipated any Money in the Bank match more than this one. I think the atmosphere for it will be very special.
While I'm not a huge fan of Rob Van Dam, I do like him. I think he has a lot of name value and his appearance is going to lead to some huge reactions from the fans in Philly. He's an ECW guy in the city that ECW called home. It's the perfect setting to bring him back to WWE. Will he win the match? Doubt it. Will he have a couple of memorable spots in the match? Very likely.
The Kane story is interesting because they had the Wyatt Family take him out of the match. In a WWE.com article, they discuss possible replacements (even listing Great Khali?) and also mention that the replacement could be no one at all.
Bray Wyatt's name has been thrown out there, but I don't see why you would do that unless you book him to win. I think that would be too much for him. It would also hurt the others.
They could still do the match with six people. I hope that's what happens. They don't need seven people. Six is the perfect number.
I think a guy like Sheamus is there to add star power, but it's unlikely that he will win. His power offense will allow him to stand out, although I don't expect the biggest spot of the match to involve him.
Christian is the ladder match veteran who will likely play a major role in putting the match together before they head out to the ring. He's the most experienced ladder match wrestler in the company. Hopefully, there are a few instances where it looks like he may win, but ultimately I expect him to come up short.
As far as CM Punk goes, the main event of SummerSlam is likely going to be him against Brock Lesnar. Does Lesnar show up here? He might. I think it would be a smart way to have Punk lose if he gets close to the briefcase only for Lesnar's music to hit. That slight delay could lead to Punk being knocked to the mat. A brutal Lesnar attack at ringside would set up SummerSlam perfectly.
That leaves us with two names: Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. I'm picking Daniel Bryan. I feel it's going to be one of them.
If Orton wins they could still have Bryan get a WWE Title shot (and possibly win it) in the near future while Orton could steal the spotlight from him by cashing in the briefcase to get the WWE Title for himself.
Orton's heel turn looks like it's finally happening after being rumored for most of the last year. It would make sense for him to turn during the match or soon after it. I think the best story to tell is Bryan outsmarting Orton to grab the briefcase and then on Raw, instead of an Orton handshake, Bryan would receive a vicious assault. Does any of this make a lot of sense to you? It does to me.
If it was up to me, this would be the last match on the show especially if Daniel Bryan is booked to win. Any match that follows will have a tough time because this has match of the year potential. However, I think the "Cena Rules" are in effect, so don't be surprised if Cena's match goes on last.
Winner: Daniel Bryan