Not everyone will leave the Money in the Bank pay-per-view on June 29 victorious, but expect several wrestlers on the roster to shine brightly, even in defeat.
The first name that comes to mind is Cesaro. The 33-year-old defeated Rob Van Dam on this week's edition of Raw to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match.
Following Daniel Bryan being stripped of it due to injuries, the world title will, of course, be on the line.
I don't expect Cesaro to emerge triumphant from the match.
While the Swiss will likely get the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at some point in the next couple of years, now is simply not the right time.
His momentum has stalled since winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX in April, and even the superb mic work hasn't been able to push him back to relevance. He's not in a terrible position, admittedly, but WWE could be doing far more with him than it is.
Now just isn't the time to give him the title. He needs to be built up again and engage in some truly meaningful feuds. Only then will fans be prepared to accept him as the No. 1 guy in the company.
However, this shouldn't prevent Cesaro from giving a phenomenal performance come the pay-per-view.
As one of the very best wrestlers on the roster, expect the former United States champion to work incredibly hard in the match and potentially even steal the show. He's certainly good enough to do so.
Sheamus—who qualified for the bout on Raw by defeating Wade Barrett—is another name who probably won't win but can still be counted on to deliver.
While the Irish star has been besieged by booking and character problems since returning to action in January, his in-ring skills remain as polished and smooth as ever.
I can’t see Roman Reigns—who qualified for the Money in the Bank on Monday night’s Raw by winning the battle royal—winning the world title either.
It’s far too soon.
WWE has something in Reigns, as his heated showdown in the battle royal with Rusev showed, but giving him the title prematurely could squander everything. Vince McMahon and his team of bookers have to know this.
However, expect Reigns to enter a sterling performance at the show and continue to prove why he is regarded as one of the best big-man workers the company has ever seen. He’s too good not to stand out in the match.
I think John Cena will win the title at Money in the Bank. Whenever things get desperate, the bookers inevitably return to the star. We’ve seen it time and time again.
However, the real story of the match might not be Cena returning to the top but several of the younger guys establishing themselves in the main event scene.
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