MITB (Momentum Isn’t Totally Buried?) Ladder Match
Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Evan Bourne vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Matt Hardy vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin
Welcome to Clusterf@#k Central. Ten men, all fighting for one briefcase hanging above the ring.
The winner of this match will get a shot at the World/WWE Title. That stipulation gives us a reasonably good indication of who won’t be winning this match.
Here’s the rundown on the participants and their respective odds (or lack thereof) of winning MITB.
He’s won championships in WWE numerous times, with his biggest prize to date being his WWE Smackdown vs. Raw Video Game Championship (seriously).
Benjamin is in this match to provide some entertaining spots, as he did at Wrestlemania 22 when he used the ladder as a trampoline for a springboard somersault splash to the outside of the ring.
Is he winning the match, though? Well, here’s an analogy. CM Punk’s Wrestlemania 22 experience consisted of being an anonymous extra in John Cena’s appearance set up. Benjamin was a participant in MITB.
Four years on, any doubts as to who has made more progress?
Verdict: Not Shelton
Looked like he was about to become a huge star when he first made the jump to Raw, but has lost too many matches too quickly to be taken as seriously as he once was.
A lack of important feuds also hurt his ailing popularity, and a tag team partnership with Mark Henry did not do much for either man.
Verdict: Not MVP
Ever the consummate professional, Matt Hardy has bags of experience when it comes to ladder matches. Together with his more successful brother Jeff, Matt revolutionized the concept during numerous battles with the Dudley Boyz and Edge & Christian.
However, Matt has yet to taste the top gold after all the years he has spent in the WWE. Events over the last few months have done little to suggest that the brain-trust in Stamford have changed their minds as to which Hardy they prefer to be in the main event.
Verdict: Not Mattitude
Kofi Kingston/Dolph Ziggler/Jack Swagger
All talented, bright and entertaining stars who had the rug pulled from under them at some point respectively last year.
When Kofi Kingston defaced Randy Orton’s car a while ago, the WWE fan base was counting the months till Kofi would be a main event player.
Sadly, the Orton feud killed all of his momentum, and since then he’s become a glorified jobber.
The same goes for Dolph Ziggler. Poised to engage in a lengthy feud over Rey Mysterio’s Intercontinental Title last year, Mysterio was forced to drop the title early due to a Wellness drug-related suspension.
However, John Morrison got the nod to take the title and Ziggler was lost in the Smackdown shuffle after that.
Jack Swagger jumped to Raw from ECW with high hopes, having won the ECW Title twice. The "All-American American" had both the charisma and the in-ring talent required of a superstar.
Poor booking cost him though, starting with his first night on Raw when he simply exited the ring, forfeiting a match with Randy Orton.
He later announced that he was starting a winning streak, but within a matter of weeks that turned into a losing streak, as Swagger became comedic fodder.
Verdict: Not these guys
Bourne is here for the same reason as Shelton Benjamin. He can fly. Taking into account that he’s been pulverized every time he’s faced Sheamus over the past few months (as WWE desperately tried to get Sheamus over), Bourne’s not winning this one by a long shot.
Kane is a grizzled veteran whose only World Title reign lasted all of 24 hours. Expect a spot in this match where all the guys in the match will gang up on Kane. Apart from that, he won’t be doing anything noteworthy here.
Verdict: THESE GUYS? LOL.
Some tout him as a possible winner, since Edge is challenging for the World Title. A MITB win and cash in on the same night could propel Christian into the main event scene nicely, and he’s proven that he has what it takes.
The catch is, he’s spent most of his time last year on the C brand (ECW), and hasn’t been built as a legit threat to the likes of even Sheamus, whom he lost to a few months back.
Verdict: Outside chance for Christian
Vince McMahon’s pet, and the Intercontinental Champion. All the momentum going into this match belongs to him, and I see him going all the way, much in the vein of a certain Mr. Kennedy (ANDERSON!).
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Triple H vs. Sheamus
Is anyone excited about this match? Maybe it’s just my personal HHH-related boredom.
However, there seems to be a very realistic possibility that Trips and the Celtic Warrior will get lost in the mix.
Two major title matches, a Money In The Bank with more participants than ever before, plus the small matter of Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker.
But don’t get me wrong. This match won’t be short. It does involve Triple H after all; they’ll just compress the Tag Title match into a cute little contest you can carry around in your pocket.
We should however credit WWE for not making this contest the main event. For a while it certainly seemed to be heading in that direction, as Sheamus entered the Elimination Chamber with his title reign intact and Hunter freed of his DX chains.
Triple H’s willingness to not be featured in the main event this year indicates that he is focused on making a star out of Sheamus, who despite a multiple-month run with the WWE Title, has not been able to establish himself as a mega-star level with the likes of Batista and such.
Expect a decent match, with plenty of back and forth action. My prediction?
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