It wasn't too big of a surprise that Randy Orton won the Money in the Bank ladder match for an opportunity to capture his seventh WWE Championship. Although Daniel Bryan was deemed the favorite heading into the match, the feud with Orton, coupled with Orton having the last laugh on the go-home SmackDown episode, gave him the inside track to win the match.
What makes the Money in the Bank concept so intriguing is that every year, no matter what the status of the Superstar is who holds the case—and we have seen case-holders Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler have embarrassing win-loss records before they cashed theirs in—it still brings a feverish level of excitement when the cash-in actually occurs.
On this past episode of Raw, John Cena—per Raw general manager Brad Maddox—had the privilege to choose his opponent for SummerSlam. As expected, Randy Orton had some choice words to say to Cena, assuring him that he should not be so confident that he will have the title by then by claiming that "He'll never see it coming."
Every year, speculation runs wild on when each Money in the Bank briefcase will be cashed in. Per the average cash-in date, in which Dolph Ziggler's prolonged decision to cash his case in most likely skewed the numbers, is about three months.
Well, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.), this number could possibly be skewed once again.
There are pretty high talks that Randy Orton will indeed cash his case in on Daniel Bryan shortly after he wins the WWE Championship from John Cena. Moreover, the plans are for this to commence his long-awaited heel turn.
Although this would not be such a bad decision, seeing how Orton has not been WWE champion in nearly three years, it would substantially derail the steam-powered Daniel Bryan freight train. This would indeed be quite an unfair move for the WWE to give Bryan that kind of title reign.
Daniel Bryan could bounce back from that short of a title reign, but he should not have to. Hopefully this projected idea gets tweaked and Orton cashes the case in on another date, possibly before Survivor Series, thus leading to a triple threat match including John Cena.
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