The Money in the Bank briefcase match is doused in irony.
The match has high expectations to live up to based on secondary briefcase matches of years past, but those involved are always treated as if they won't outshine their all-star counterparts.
That added motivation is what contributes to B-level stars stealing the show when given a ladder to play with.
After going through his personal highlight reel, it’s safe to say that Kofi Kingston is the most athletic competitor in the Money in the Bank field, with Ladder match experience to boot. Still, he is among the wrestlers who fans least expect to walk away with a briefcase.
Jack Swagger was a surprise choice to enter Money in the Bank based on recent booking and is also expected to come away empty-handed. But he’s one of two stars in this match who have ever won Money in the Bank.
Each participant will bring his own brand of toughness or acrobatics to what should be the best match on the show.
Ziggler will nearly kill himself selling a ladder bump, RVD will muster one last Five-Star Frog Splash from 20 feet in the air, Dean Ambrose will serve as an effective wild card, and Seth Rollins should deliver as the consensus favorite.
Money in the Bank has a history of surprise winners, however. So if Seth Rollins loses out on capturing the golden briefcase, despite being Triple H’s current golden boy, it will be far from ironic.