Money in the Bank is one of the most dramatic pay-per-view shows of the year, and the WWE is set to provide another dramatic showing in 2014.
As always, there are a whole host of matches that will captivate the imagination. This year, however, the importance of Money in the Bank is perhaps greater than ever before.
With the WWE World Heavyweight Championship currently vacant, history will be made at the pay-per-view with just the third winner of that title being crowned.
The WWE is also running with a second ladder match, which almost mirrors years gone by, with two briefcases up for grabs in the past. This time, though, there will just be one briefcase on show.
As the show rapidly approaches, there are naturally two matches that jump out as the biggest on the card, so let's break them down and see where they could be won and lost.
Money in the Bank Briefcase Ladder Match
There is arguably more intrigue surrounding this ladder match than the one concerning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
With the lineup announced on Raw this past week, there are a whole host of midcard stars that are in the contest, meaning we will have a very fresh, exciting winner.
Could Dolph Ziggler end his exile down the card by winning a second briefcase in three years? You could argue that would be the fans' decision when it comes to picking a winner.
Then there is Bad News Barrett, who is perhaps well overdue his first major title in the WWE—excluding the Intercontinental Championship.
Meanwhile, Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose is sure to hog a fair bit of the limelight, too. Rollins and Ambrose will be unchained and create some memorable segments.
And do you know what? All the men involved have a chance of winning. That alone makes it superbly fascinating.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Unlike the aforementioned first ladder match, there are a few men whom you could immediately discount from winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus and even Kane have literally no chance of emerging with the title, and the inclusion of someone like Del Rio in this match is bizarre. He would have been a much better fit for the second ladder match—even a realistic contender to win that briefcase.
If the fans had the choice of picking a winner, it would largely be between Cesaro and Roman Reigns. If neither of those two men win, it will feel like a backward step for the WWE.
Bray Wyatt would not be the right choice. He is not yet ready for that big step, whereas the likes of Cesaro and Reigns very much are. They have momentum, and they have popularity.
Expect a huge input on the match from The Authority, who cannot leave this one alone without trying to influence the result somewhat.
All in all, there are negatives in terms of the candidates involved, but there are some big, big positives ahead of the match.