Wrestlemania 26 will be Money in the Bank.

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Wrestlemania 26 will be Money in the Bank.
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Every year we as wrestling fans get up the nerve to pull fifty bucks out of our paychecks. We get amped to see the special one-time-only match up, like Chris Jericho vs. Ricky Steamboat, or The Big Show vs. Floyd Mayweather. Well maybe not so much that last one.

We rant and rave for monthes, changing out opinions atleast 1,000 times. We chat with other wrestling nerds on forums for hours at a time, trying to speculate what move will end what match, how good the main-events turn out, and who will win Money in the Bank.

So when April comes around will you be ready?

Since it's inception, the Money in the Bank has been used to jump-start the Wrestlemania pay-per-view. Once a year, six or eight men go out and bring innovation to a new level. Remember when Shelton Benjamin ran up one ladder and clotheslined someone off another? Remember when Mr. Kennedy took Hornswoggle and hit the Green Bay Plunge on the ladder? How about when John Morrison took a ladder and performed a moonsault with it?

Of course you do. We all do. Money in the Bank will once again be in the first two match-ups on the Wrestlemania card. But who will win? I think it's safe to say we can rule out C.M. Punk. We can count on Shelton Benjamin to continue making spot after spot. But, I doubt he will win. So let's take a look at the possible winners.

My first thought about the Money in the Bank match is John Morrison.  Morrison has been lighting it up on Smackdown as of the last two months, but with The Undertaker and CM Punk taking the serious air-time, I doubt we'll see John Morrison up in the Main-Event level of superstars by the time Wrestlemania rolls around, so it is plausible that Morrison gets the briefcase.  But, the WWE use the MITB to make stars.

RVD needed Money in the Bank to get over.  Edge needed it to get over.  CM Punk needed to win it twice to get over.  But, I don't think John Morrison NEEDS it to get over.  Morrison is already popular enough to be in the Main Event.  The WWE just doesn't want to push it.  So I don't expect Morrison to be the winner, but I would not be surprised.

I think it's possible we see Rey Mysterio end up in the Money in the Bank match-up.  Mysterio has never been in MITB, and his electric speed and superlative pace could just be the next step in innovation.  However, with the recent heat on Mysterio, I doubt Vince will be able to give him the briefcase.

Even more of a question mark, is if Mysterio wins the case, he will be given the strap.  I find it hard to believe that a baby-face could win the opportunity only to lose.  So I think we can rule Mysterio out of the running.

Another rising star I believe could be in the running, is MVP.  MVP is without a doubt one of the WWE's top prospects, even if he is thirty-four.  The WWE hasn't had a black world champion since The Rock left.  I think it's about time MVP gets into the Main Event.

I see MVP in the Money in the Bank match, but I can't imagine him winning it.  He's just so inconsistant in the ring, I fear he's not ready to be in the Main Event.  So I'm ready to rule MVP out for this year.

A huge dark-horse for the Money in the Bank is current Legacy member Cody Rhodes.  We've all heard the rumor that Ted Dibiase Jr. will turn on Legacy around Survivor Series, so I think that feud will run him through the Rumble (Yeah, he's my pick.) and into a huge Main-Event with Randy Orton at Wrestlemania.  But where does that leave Cody?

Cody could potentially shake up that story by winning Money in the Bank.  The only problem is, he's 23.  I don't think Vince is ready to give a twenty-three year old a top spot in the company.  So unfortunately for this storyline, I'm going to say Cody's chances are slim.

Another popular pick is ECW Champion--Christian.  With the way things are going for ECW as of right now, I can't see Christian in any huge storyline that would give him a 1-1 at Wrestlemania, unless it was against Vladimir Kozlov....Yawn

So I'm betting Christian will be in the match-up as well.  But, the problem is, Christian doesn't need MITB.  Christian is already one of the most over guys in the company, he doesn't need a briefcase to earn a title shot, so although I won't rule him out for a win, I think it's highly unlikely.

So when I got this far in my thinking, I started thinking who else could get the win.  Was there anyone I forgot?  Who could possibly need this to get over?  Well, I thought of who needs MITB.  The one person who needs to get over.  The one person who will win the Money in the Bank.

Matt Hardy

What does the WWE need to do to get the fans over Jeff Hardy?  Build up Matt.  I love Matt Hardy, and with the help of Money in the Bank, and a long feud with C. M. Punk, Matt could get over as a top face for the first time since his really useless heel turn at the beginning of this year.

Be sure to tell me who you think will win Money in the Bank.  What did you think of my choice?

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