Some said that the Money in the Bank gimmick match at Wrestlemania was done with. That it has run its course over the past half-decade.
A sixth installment of the match began to seem highly unlikely when the WWE announced an entire pay-per-view would be dedicated to the match.
However, this was proven to not be the case, as this past Monday night saw the first superstar qualify for the match. Eight superstars will compete.
We will take a look at who will most likely be in the match, and who should win it.
Obviously, it has been revealed that the first superstar confirmed for the match is Christian. This year marks "Captain Charisma's" third Money in the Bank appearance, participating in both the inaugural match of 2005, and the most recent one back in '09.
Heading into the match, Christian will probably one of the most over participants, and because of his experience he may have a lot to offer in terms of creating an exciting match.
There was a time that Dolph Ziggler was destined to be Intercontinental Champion... then Rey Mysterio got suspended and Ziggler seemed to be getting lost in the Smackdown midcard shuffle.
His "would be" push would actually go to Drew McIntyre, who remains undefeated as Intercontinental Champion.
But Ziggler will have a lot to offer in this match. In the ring, he has shown awesome athleticism, and if Ziggler can get the win at Wrestlemania 26, we may start seeing him take some strides in the right direction in becoming the second Mr. Perfect,
The third guy expected to make waves in the Wrestlemania exclusive match is none other than Shelton Benjamin. Like Christian, Benjamin has also been in this match in the past.
In fact, he has gotten involved in every single Money in the Bank ladder match that ever existed except for one. Where Shelton stands on the roster always becomes irrelevent come Wrestlemania. Why?
Because he is always given the opportunity to make Wrestlemania moments in this match due to his character's behavior, attitude, and raw athleticism.
Shelton's career has been built off of wowing the fans, and there is no doubt that he will deliver one more to think about at Wrestlemania 26.
Just as two of the three men previously mentioned, Kane is also a Money in the Bank veteran. Wrestlemania 26 will mark the third appearance for "The Big Red Machine."
He came very close to taking down the briefcase last year, but was ultimately defeated by CM Punk. In previous matches, Kane has proven to use an unorthodox style in dealing out damage, as a match such as "Money in the Bank" does not accomodate his style as much it does for others.
But, Kane adds an extra, interesting element to the match every year he is in it.
It is very likely that Kofi Kingston will take part in Money in the Bank for the second year in a row. Kingston's high octane style did wonders for the match last year.
He is a risk taker, but not a spot monkey, as he is also as technically sound as any other midcarder on Raw.
If he qualifies for the match, there is no doubt that he will be one of the front runners. Winning Money in the Bank could be the last credential Kingston needs to break into the the Raw main event picture.
Is 2010 Matt Hardy's year? Should he qualify, this year will be Matt's third Money in the Bank ladder match. He has certainly paid his dues in the WWE.
Slowly but surely, Matt has ascended the ranks in the company. He was always more talented than his brother, Jeff. He was never as limited in the ring, and knew how to cut a convincing promo.
But it was Jeff who won three world titles. Matt has won one (if the ECW counts). And Matt has never been able to get to the main event, where as Jeff has.
Given his experience with ladders, it seems as though Matt do some cool things during the match. But is it his time? Money in the Bank could play a big role in determining that.
At this time last year, Jack Swagger was in the midst of a monster push on the now former ECW brand, quickly winning the title and holding it in a four month reign.
Since moving to Raw, though, Swagger has not been given the opportunities he once had on ECW, for whatever reason.
So why does it seem logical he participate in this year's prestigious Money in the Bank ladder match? Well, Swagger has a rivalry with Christian that branches over from ECW, for one thing.
Another thing to take note of is how except for Dolph Ziggler, and sometimes Shelton Benjamin, the heel count in this year's match could be very slim, so Swagger could see a return to prominence by qualifying for Money in the Bank.
Zack Ryder is the wild card here. Theres a good chance that this year, for the most part, will be the "young man's" Money in the Bank. As previously mentioned, there will likely be three and a half heels to four and a half faces this year.
The move to Raw from the deceased ECW brand could be seen as a good opportunity for a push for Ryder. But who else could possibly be in the match?
Drew McIntyre lost his qualifying match already, as did the likes of Carlito, CM Punk, John Morrison, and R-Truth. The Miz, who some thought would win this year's match, will likely not be in it as he is carrying two titles.
So by process of elimination, expect to see Zack Ryder in Money in the Bank '10.
It does appear as though it will be Kofi Kingston winning the coveted briefcase this year. As of now, he is so close to breaking through the glass ceiling into the Raw main event picture.
Over the past six months, he as has made great strides attempting to do just that. He has held the US title, feuded with Randy Orton, showed a hidden prominance on the microphone, dropped the Jamaican gimmick, and participated in the Raw Elimination Chamber match with the likes of John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase, and Sheamus.
Other possibilities could be Matt Hardy and Christian, but those two can find other ways to hit the main event, especially Christian. But this is what Kofi needs. If he gets this break, it will open up a whole new can of worms for the future of the 'E.