WWE Money in the Bank 2014: Titles Most Likely to Change Hands at Event

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WWE Money in the Bank 2014: Titles Most Likely to Change Hands at Event
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Come Money in the Bank 2014, get new nameplates ready for the Tag Team titles and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

The upcoming pay-per-view will see The Wyatt Family drag title belts on the floor as they leave TD Garden in Boston. Daniel Bryan's latest reign will come to an end as well.

Momentum and increasing focus on Luke Harper and Erick Rowan signal a change atop the tag team division. For Bryan, it's recent word regarding his recovery from neck surgery that spells doom for him.

On the contrary, Bad News Barrett and Sheamus fans have little to worry about.

The Intercontinental and United States Championships will stay fastened to those men's waists, respectively. For one, either or both of those Superstars may be entered in the Money in the Bank Ladder match.

A midcard champion has entered that bout on several occasions, including Dean Ambrose in 2013, Christian in 2012 and The Miz in 2010.

Even if they don't qualify for the Ladder match, Barrett and Sheamus have both been on a tear lately. They both successfully defended their belts against former champions at Payback and have picked up a number of wins as of late.

Paige is likely going to face Cameron, who interrupted her press conference after Payback.

The Funkdactyl feels like a minor threat to the champ. Cameron doesn't have many wins to boast about while Paige, in just a short time on the main roster, has already defeated Alicia Fox, AJ Lee, Aksana and Tamina Snuka.

WWE seems to be just biding its time until AJ gets back. AJ vs. Paige is the money match that belongs at SummerSlam. Having The Anti-Diva lose to Cameron before that derails that possible clash.

Paige is just getting started, racking up wins and forcing an increasing number of women to submit to her P.T.O.

The Usos, on the other hand, will go into the Money in the Bank pay-per-view with less momentum than their likely opponents.  

On the May 27 Main Event, The Wyatt Family defeated the Tag Team champs. In six-man action on May 2, Bray Wyatt and company knocked off The Usos and Sheamus. The brothers later lost to Harper and Rowan on the post-Payback Raw when Rowan smashed Jey Uso to the mat.

This winning streak from the backwoods clan is reminiscent of the one The Usos went on before they earned their title shots.

WWE's tag division doesn't offer many other viable challengers. Harper and Rowan's multiple wins over the champs push them to the top of the division, two intimidating challengers heading The Usos' way.

The champions have yet to face such a daunting pair of foes during their title reign.

Los Matadores, The New Age Outlaws and RybAxel have not been portrayed as destroyers like The Wyatt Family has. Harper and Rowan are bigger, stronger and nastier than Jimmy and Jey. They will enter that battle as the favorites, making The Usos' fanbase understandably nervous.

Fans rooting for Bryan to keep his championship should share that same feeling.

On the June 2 edition of Raw, Stephanie McMahon announced that if Bryan is healthy enough to compete at Money in the Bank, he'll face Kane in a Stretcher match.

He would be favored to knock down the masked demon once again, but he may not make it to that fight. McMahon also offered an alternative match should Bryan not be medically cleared—a Money in the Bank Ladder match for the vacant WWE title.

That scenario is looking more and more likely. Money in the Bank would only give him six weeks to recover from a procedure where one is not recommended to "lift objects weighing more than 2-3kg" until at least six weeks, per PrecisionNeurosurgery.com

Bryan and all WWE Superstars don't often adhere to a normal timetable. The latest update on Bryan, though, is a bad sign for his hopes of retaining.

As reported by Mike Johnson of PWInsider, "WWE received word over the weekend that Bryan may not be cleared in time for the Money in the Bank PPV."

Rather than rush things with Bryan, risking his career and health, expect WWE to take advantage of the chance to add excitement to the event's signature Ladder match. It will mark the first time that a Money in the Bank match will crown a new champion and not just offer a contract for a championship match.

The way a similar situation elevated the 1992 Royal Rumble, the Ladder match on June 29 will be boosted by higher stakes.

Bryan can rest up, perhaps making it back for SummerSlam where he can face the man who wins at Money in the Bank. That's a scenario worth betting on. Bryan being ready by the time Money in the Bank arrives isn't.

Alberto Del Rio and whoever joins him in the ladder-centric battle at the next pay-per-view will likely be reaching for Bryan's championship as he watches from home waiting on his neck to heal.

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