The Money in the Bank ladder match will figure to monopolize several of WWE’s top stars.
A more traditional lineup consists of feuds that combine to create a pay-per-view attraction. However, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingInc) suggests that the majority of WWE Superstars of note will be booked in as many as two Money in the Bank matches.
Still, multiple feuds run the risk of disappointing wrestling fans—especially given a pay-per-view franchise that comes with high expectations based on previous shows.
Despite shaping up to be a stacked field, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank match is a candidate to disappoint.
Typically, main event stars like John Cena and Randy Orton are a not as hungry or—more importantly—acrobatic enough to pull off the death-defying stunts that helped make Money in the Bank a draw.
Currently booked in the match are Randy Orton, Sheamus, Cesaro, Bray Wyatt and Alberto Del Rio. According to F4WOnline (h/t WrestlingInc), Cena is expected to be added to this match as well.
Should a second Money in the Bank match be installed, the Superstars involved would be less prestigious wrestlers presented with a valuable opportunity to make Vince McMahon drool over his monitor. That caveat alone will enhance the match quality, just as it did last year.
The participants in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank Match in 2013 were billed as the Money in the Bank All-Stars.
Despite big names such as Rob Van Dam, CM Punk, Orton and Christian, all were aging, proven stars with enough wrestling mileage—both physically and in terms of actual travel—to break down the Exotic Express.
The All-Stars, while serviceable, didn’t come close to matching the intensity of their predecessors. The World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank match that year featured upstarts such as Dean Ambrose, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes and eventual winner Damien Sandow.
Critics lauded the match. Jason Powell of Prowrestling.net referred to the match as "excellent action from bell to bell." Powell was not so kind to a sloppy All-Stars match. "Some fans will love it, but it went too far for my taste," he wrote.
A high-stakes card won’t need a ladder to add further disappointment.
Despite being WWE Divas champion, Paige continues to wallow closer to obscurity with every passing week. At this rate, I’d rather watch Alexander Rusev defend his gold star.
Paige’s booking as a one-dimensional diva with sweet wrestling moves hasn’t been enough to connect with wrestling fans.
A similar experiment bombed with Gail Kim, who also won the women's championship in her first match only to lose it four weeks later. Paige is in danger of becoming another cautionary tale.
Her rivalry with Alicia Fox seems like it will continue into Money in the Bank.
The PPV is just over two weeks away, and the two had yet another match on Raw. But instead of getting Paige over as a likable champion, all this feud has done is create more footage for Fox should WWE ever come out with a Crazy Chicks DVD.
James Caldwell of PWTorch.com described Monday's Paige-Fox match as "a long match and post-match, continuing to spotlight Fox." Not a great sign for a young champion in need of a legitimate persona.
In fact, anything Paige does will be painted as a disappointment until this girl gets some depth. Right now, she has the character development of whatever Sandow decides to dress up as next week.