At last month's WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Damien Sandow outlasted seven other hungry up-and-coming Superstars to win the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Ladder match. This, of course, guarantees him a shot at the world title at any time and place of his choosing for up to a year.
Since that night, Sandow has been engaged in a raging rivalry with Cody Rhodes, the man he betrayed in order to capture the blue briefcase. Although he has yet to defeat his former friend in one-on-one action, the feud appears to be far from over.
The fact Sandow is being poorly booked at the moment shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as it's been a recurring theme for years. Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler won the SmackDown version of the Money in the Bank in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and lost countless matches before successfully cashing in the contract to become world champion.
With that in mind, I am not at all worried about Sandow's eventual cash-in, as statistics show he'll more than likely become champion regardless of his current win-loss record.
However, I'm concerned in the fashion that the cash-in occurs. Keep in mind that WWE now holds two Money in the Bank Ladder matches annually, and one of the winners (Randy Orton) has already cashed in successfully to become WWE Champion.
That being said, is it really necessary for another cash-in to be held on television? Orton's title victory was a monumental moment and created controversy, so it will be rather difficult for The Savior of the Unwashed Masses to follow that.
I realize that the Money in the Bank cash-ins are always fun to watch, but what if it were to happen at a live event instead?
No one has ever cashed in a Money in the Bank briefcase at a live event before, let alone attempted it. So, why not try something new and experiment with the idea using Sandow?
Nowadays, it's rare for a world title to change hands at a house show. The last time it occurred was nearly 20 years ago in November 1994 at Madison Square Garden, where Diesel defeated Bob Backlund in under a minute to capture the WWE Championship.
I can't tell you how many times I've heard WWE state that "anything can happen at a house show." Well, wouldn't Sandow shockingly cashing in his opportunistic briefcase at a live event be the perfect way to back that claim up?
I fully understand that many people are eagerly awaiting the moment Sandow becomes World Heavyweight Championship and want to see it happen, but having him cash in at a house show could bode well for business.
Earlier this month, Randy Orton was attacked by an audience member during WWE's tour of South Africa. Regardless of whether it was a work or not, it drew a substantial amount of attention from fans and convinced plenty of people that you never know what might happen when WWE comes to your town.
In all honesty, it's highly unlikely that Sandow will receive as big of a reaction as Ziggler did when he won the prestigious prize earlier this year. Then again, it all depends on who he cashes in on, as he might receive a bigger reaction if he happens to cash in on a hated heel such as the current champ Alberto Del Rio.
I have no doubt in my mind that Sandow will one day make for an entertaining title holder, but it's all about how it's executed. Perhaps holding the cash-in at a live event wouldn't work out well, but it's still an innovative idea that is worth giving a shot.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on Damien Sandow potentially cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase at a live event. As always, your criticism and overall feedback on my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.
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