The Ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will pit eight of the top stars in the business against one another for the vacated title. Roman Reigns, John Cena, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro and Alberto Del Rio all earned their way into the match, while Authority associates Randy Orton and Kane were gifted spots in the contest.
It is safe to say that Del Rio, Cesaro and Sheamus have no real chance of leaving Boston with the title. They are great wrestlers who can be counted on to deliver awesome matches but are nowhere near title contention. They shouldn't be considered serious contenders to exit Sunday with the top prize in sports entertainment.
Kane was a late addition to the match and, if the teases on SmackDown are any indication, should serve only to help Randy Orton regain the title he held leading into WrestleMania XXX.
Orton is the dark horse in the match Sunday night. He has done little of note since Payback, thanks in part to an injury, but remains a constant threat to win the championship thanks to his place in the company and the fact that he is the top full-time heel. The potential for the Demon Kane to help ensure his victory only betters his odds.
Bray Wyatt is an interesting case in that his exposure has diminished since losing to John Cena at Payback, but he has remained an integral part of WWE television. It's almost as if he has been downplayed so that, if he wins Sunday, it would be an even bigger surprise.
Roman Reigns will one day wear the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but it will not be Sunday. It's too early, and forcing a title onto him for the sake of popping a TV rating or speeding up his ascent would only do him more harm than good.
John Cena is the face of WWE and never looks out of place with the WWE title.
Daniel Bryan's injury created a mess as far as long-term booking goes. WWE Creative continues to shuffle things around to make up for his absence, and that is apparent in this weekend's two big ladder matches.
Putting the title on Bray Wyatt may have many storyline possibilities, but it would also be a mistake. The same goes for Roman Reigns or the "Swiss Superman" Cesaro. Those three men will get there in time. What WWE needs right now is a reliable champion in order to steady the ship.
Someone who has been there before.
It may not be the most popular idea, but Cena or Orton needs to leave Money in the Bank with the title to give the writing staff a chance to settle down and figure out exactly what it wants to do over the next few months.
It is likely that either one of those men would merely be a placeholder, and at this point, that would not be such a bad thing for the short term.
If Cena wins, he should do it in a fashion that instantly sets up his next rivalry. Given the face-to-face encounters he has had with Reigns and the reaction they drew, maybe heading in that direction would do more for the second-generation star than a feud with Triple H. If not Reigns, then a brief title program with Cesaro would be fun.
If Orton wins, a finish involving Reigns and Kane almost has to happen to set up whatever the company wants to do at Battleground and SummerSlam.