Money in the Bank Ladder matches consistency provide us with some of the most entertaining action in WWE.
A wide range of possible victors, various unorthodox high-risk spots and the sheer magnitude of what’s at stake make for a thoroughly exciting occasion.
One thing that’s less consistent, though, is the number of participants involved in said matches.
During the pay-per-view's early years, it was common practice for eight Superstars to enter the fray. Last year, however, we saw seven and six men in the two Ladder matches, while the 2012 show featured just five combatants in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank bout.
So, how many will we see compete for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship this time around?
We already have five names confirmed, and, according to Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc., it was announced at this week’s SmackDown tapings that two more entrants will be added to the mix—equalling the tally of last year’s world title Ladder match.
Many expect one of those new entrants to be John Cena. The 14-time world champion would add some star power to proceedings, and he wouldn’t necessarily be a bad choice as a transitional champion until Daniel Bryan returns—if that’s what the WWE is looking for.
Furthermore, his involvement could be an opportunity to further his feud with Bray Wyatt.
The two adversaries seemingly settled their score, but with the Eater of Worlds also in the Ladder match, we could see another chapter written in their storied rivalry.
And as for the seventh man, I could see the WWE going with The Miz.
With Raw emanating from Cleveland next week, there’s been talk, per Mike Killam of Wrestle Zone, of the Awesome One returning—and with none other than Ric Flair by his side. Such an alignment would suggest the WWE is looking for Miz to return to relevancy, and what better way to do that than to have him in contention for the biggest prize in the company?
Of course, he may not be the best choice from an entertainment perspective.
Including the recently turned Seth Rollins would no doubt make the match a lot more entertaining, and his insertion would also be congruent with his storyline partnership with The Authority.
But to say that Rollins still has unfinished business with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns would be the understatement of the century, and thus it may be advisable to refrain from involving any of the trio in the Money in the Bank match.
Furthermore, the WWE could go its usual route of packing the match with high-flyers. Kofi Kingston, Tyson Kidd and Evan Bourne have each delivered at recent showings of the June PPV, but their respective stocks are currently so low that it would be quite the swerve to see one of them added to the equation.
Sure, there are other worthy options, but many of them—such as Cody Rhodes—are already involved in other matters. Thus, in my eyes, The Miz appears to be most likely pick for that seventh spot.
Personally, I don’t see why the company doesn't just throw eight guys into the mix—the more, the merrier, in my opinion. But with the likes of Cesaro and Bray Wyatt already confirmed, I expect the match to deliver regardless of who else makes up the numbers.
What do you guys make of this? Is seven the right number of participants? And who do you think those extra two guys might be?
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