Less than a week before the 2014 iteration of WWE's Money in the Bank pay-per-view event, the contestants in the traditional Money in the Bank Contract match are now known.
Appearing on the June 23 edition of Raw, Triple H not only announced five participants who will fight it out in the ladder match for the briefcase, he also threw his support behind one man—Seth Rollins.
Of course, it's no surprise Triple H backs the architect of The Shield, who is three weeks removed from destroying one of the strongest factions in WWE history. Speaking after the revelation about Rollins, Triple H went so far as to label Rollins "the future of the WWE."
Speaking of The Shield, former brother in arms Dean Ambrose attacked Rollins during his Raw matchup with Rob Van Damn, prompting Rollins to beg Triple H to add his former cohort so he can "have Ambrose where he can control him."
That wish was granted. Joining Rollins and Ambrose is a strong cast of high-flyers, fan favorites and powerhouses.
|Seth Rollins||WWE Tag Team champion, NXT champion|
|Kofi Kingston||United States champion, WWE Tag Team champion, WWE Intercontinental champion|
|Jack Swagger||WWE World Heavyweight champion, United States champion, Money in the Bank Ladder match winner|
|Dolph Ziggler||2012 Money in the Bank Ladder match winner, WWE Intercontinental champion, WWE World Heavyweight champion, United States champion|
|Rob Van Dam||2006 Money in the Bank Ladder match winner, WWE champion, WWE Intercontinental champion, etc.|
|Bad News Barrett||NXT Season 1 winner, WWE Intercontinental champion|
|Dean Ambrose||United States champion|
As WWE Stats & Info notes, that happens to be a historic lineup:
Suffice it to say, WWE is pulling out all of the stops to ensure the traditional contract match is not massively overshadowed by the WWE title ladder match, which features big names such as John Cena, Roman Reigns and more.
While he got what he wanted and has the support of the most powerful man in the company, Rollins' plan may very well backfire in the end. One rather recognizable name supported Ambrose's actions:
Who actually emerges is anyone's guess. Kofi Kingston seems a requirement for this sort of thing thanks to his athletic antics, but after that, it is up in the air. Is Bad News Barrett going to get a further push? What about another main event push for the fan favorite Dolph Ziggler?
Or are fans once again being told exactly what will happen so it is all the more surprising (See: Undertaker and The Streak)?
No matter what happens, the Money in the Bank pay-per-view is once again a highlight of the calendar year as a critical jumping-off point for new angles and fresh faces.
In other words, tune in Sunday or be left in the dark.