As the dust settles on another predictable WWE pay per view in Capitol Punishment, an old concept has been resurrected for its yearly three hours in the spotlight. Known prominently as WWE Money in the Bank, the pay per view revolves around one word.
The MITB briefcase presents an opportunity to jumpstart a lackluster career. An opportunity guys like Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat and Arn Anderson never received.
It’s an opportunity to achieve a dream. The same dream guys like Shawn Michaels, Christian and Eddie Guerrero worked years for.
It’s the opportunity to go in front of thousands of fans, raise the 15 pounds of gold high and be able to say, “I am the World Champion."
But first, you must battle seven of you colleagues. Each looking to achieve/relive the same dream you are. Once the competitor has held off the others, the task of climbing the ladder and pulling down the red/blue briefcase is staring him right in the face.
But who will it be? Will it be the Superstar looking to fulfill his destiny? Or will it be the Superstar looking to regain a thwarted push? Maybe it will be a vengeful Celtic Warrior?
The Superstar who climbs the ladder and pulls down the legendary briefcase has cemented himself a future World Championship reign. The common denominator each MITB Winner of the past possesses is their superstar status.
From Edge to the Miz, Mr. Money in the Bank was always a member of the WWE’s mid card.
Because of this, the anticipation for the match is subsequently different than most. Fans are witnessing a Superstar rising from mid card obscurity to a main event talent. Personally, it’s a special moment for me because I find watching a mid carder rise to the top card through MITB exhilarating.
Thing is, a number of the Superstars featured have been World Champion.
When examining the competitors set for both matches, Rey Mysterio, The Miz, Sheamus, Kane and Jack Swagger have all been World/WWE Champion.
Alberto Del Rio and Wade Barrett have had multiple WWE/World Title matches in the past.
This leaves Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, Alex Riley, Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes, Daniel Bryan, R-Truth, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater as the rising mid carders. That being said, I believe the WWE should stick to the tradition of having a mid carder win the briefcase.
Let’s analyze the main eventers featured in this match.
Rey Mysterio: The Master of the 619 has gotten to a point where he doesn’t need the Money in the Bank briefcase to win the World Championship. Despite winning the championship on two occasions.
The Miz: Mike Mizanin won last year's Money in the Bank ladder match. The Miz had a long reign as WWE Champion, and Money in the Bank would be his second pay-per-view since dropping out of the title picture. That being said, I think it’s safe to say that Miz shouldn’t win the briefcase. They should keep it fresh by allowing a new winner instead of the previous one.
Alberto Del Rio: I feel as if Del Rio doesn’t need the briefcase either. ADR has been on a mega push since his debut. He won the Royal Rumble, headlined WrestleMania, defeated Rey Mysterio in his debut and still has a problem receiving heat. Thing is, Del Rio could challenge and defeat John Cena tomorrow, and we would find it believable. Like I stated above, Del Rio is another guy who doesn’t need the briefcase to win the title.
Sheamus: The Celtic Warrior recently returned to SmackDown’s main event scene in matches with Christian and Randy Orton. His explosive return on SmackDown immediately places him as the frontrunner in the match. Problem is, like Del Rio, Sheamus could defeat Randy Orton any time and we’d believe it. He has already been a two time WWE Champion and those reigns were booked poorly. SmackDown has way too many options to give Sheamus the briefcase.
At this point, Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus are most likely to win the RAW/SD briefcases. Thing is, to have either Superstar win the ladder match would be predictable. It’s no secret that Alberto Del Rio is set to take on John Cena at SummerSlam.
The current IWC prediction is that CM Punk will defeat John Cena for the WWE Championship. Before Punk walks out with the Championship, Del Rio cashes in on Punk, setting up a match between Cena and Del Rio at SummerSlam.
It’s a logical answer, but isn’t it a little too obvious?
With the WWE riding the wave of momentum stemming from Punk’s shoot, it would be foolish to hand Del Rio the briefcase after the events of tomorrows RAW.
I suggest you tune into RAW to understand my statement.
On the other hand, SmackDown has no clear favorite, but Sheamus struck a huge blow (literally) against Randy Orton and Christian. The events of this Friday will tell the true story, and we’ll see who really has the edge going into the pay per view.
Once again, another easily predictable ending when it comes to Money in the Bank.
Simply put, I want the WWE to shock me. There are tons of dark horses in both matches, and if the WWE were to give the briefcase to one of them, I’d be interested in seeing where this angle led to. Last year, I predicted Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre to win the both matches.
In the end, I was wrong, and was stunned when The Miz and Kane clutched the briefcase.
Despite my personal opinion towards both, I was intrigued by the choices, and I followed Miz until he won the WWE Championship.
In the end, let’s hope a dark horse shocks the WWE Universe on July 17.
Is this a second chance? Or a new beginning?
We’re only two weeks away from WWE Money in the Bank 2011, and it’s already the most anticipated WWE pay per view of the year. It seems as if the pro wrestling world is watching CM Punk and his every move.
Will Punk win? Is this a beginning of a new era for the WWE? Is he still leaving the WWE?
While everyone is enamored with CM Punk, I’m looking towards the competitors. I’m bewildered by the fact that I may witness a new main eventer in two weeks.
Or we may witness two guys retake their positions as top Superstar.
Personally, I’m at a cross Rhodes and hoping for some trouble in paradise.