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I know it's been a little while since I wrote an article on here but due to exams and other stuff I've been a bit distracted, but now that's out of the way I thought I'd do a little slideshow to ease back into it.
Now, unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you'll all be well aware that this Sunday marks the date of the second annual Money in the Bank pay per view, being held in Chicago's AllState Arena, which at the moment is scheduled to feature six matches.
On another note, I'm well aware that you've all read numerous predictions about the show already but heyem ho, here is my take on things.
In what I can imagine will be one of the first matches of the evening, Divas Champion Kelly Kelly will take on Brie Bella with the title on the line.
There has been some bad blood brewing between these two over the past few weeks ever since Brie dropped the title to Kelly, and by adding Nikki Bella to Brie's corner and Eve to Kelly's, this has turned out to be quite a nice little feud between the two.
The Bella Twins have done a great job of acting like the jealous bullies towards Kelly, especially this past Monday where they were on commentary talking about how she is malnourished and wears too much make-up, etc. After coming up short the past few times, the twins have gathered a bit of momentum heading into MITB, especially after Monday night's beatdown on both Kelly and Eve.
Daruish's Prediction: Kelly Kelly retains.
The way I see this match going, it starts fairly even and remains that way for a few minutes until Kelly starts to gain the upper hand. At that point, the Bellas will attempt twin magic, until Eve manages to stop it in time for Kelly to hit her finisher and pick up the 1,2,3.
In this match we will see two of the giants of the WWE collide, where SmackDown's Mark Henry will take on Raw's Big Show.
Ever since the draft, where Henry was drafted from Raw to SmackDown, he has turned from a happy go lucky good guy into an absolute beast, which being the size and build he is, suits him down to the ground. Now this feud actually started whilst Big Show was still in a feud with Alberto Del Rio, but has now taken on a life of its own.
After Big Show went over to SmackDown to confront Del Rio, he ended up being put in a match against Mark Henry and proceeded to decimate Henry before the bell even rang to start. Henry took it upon himself to return the favour and beat the hell out of Show before his match against Del Rio at Capitol Punishment.
The feud has since taken on a life of its own, with Henry interrupting a cage match between Show and Del Rio and putting him through the side of the cage! After attacking an audio technician on SmackDown, Henry went one further this past Monday and actually ran into the Big Show and knocked the pair of them off of the edge of the stage.
Daruish's prediction: Mark Henry wins.
I have a slight feeling that Mark Henry will carry on his impressive monster streak and pick up the victory against the Big Show. I do also think that this match will also be more than just a normal singles match as it seems that they are unable to keep it in the ring. I can see it being more like a No DQ match or even a No Holds Barred Match (if they're not the same thing already.)
The first MITB ladder match I'm going to preview is the SmackDown one, which is due to feature Justin Gabriel, Sheamus, Heath Slater, Cody Rhodes, Kane, Sin Cara, Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett squaring off with each other to determine who will be holding the all-important briefcase allowing the holder to challenge for a WWE/World Heavyweight Championship any time they like over the course of the year.
First off, I have divided the eight participants into three categories: Three of them are the front-runners, two of them are potential shockers and the other three are just there to make up the numbers. (I don't mean that in a rude way, but the way current storylines have flowed, they seem a long way from the main event right now.)
First of all, I will start out with the filler guys, who I see to be Gabriel, Slater and don't rip me for saying this but Bryan.
With regards to Gabriel and Slater, they have spent most of their time in the WWE under the guidance of Wade Barrett, originally as members of the Nexus and most recently the Corre. Since splitting from Barrett, they have formed quite a useful tag team but they are nowhere near the main event picture at the moment. As for Bryan, I know that he is a tremendously talented technical wrestler, but under his current nerdy gimmick, it seems as if he will be stuck in the mid-card at best for a while.
Moving on to the two potential shockers of the group, and they are Kane and Sin Cara.
I can't see Kane winning it again for the second year in a row due to a few things, most notably because he is on his way to retiring, and with the way his current storyline has been going, he has not been the dominant Big Red Monster we are used to. As for Sin Cara, I don't see him winning because he has only been in the WWE for a few months, and he is still trying to get to grips with the American way of wrestling, and any form of main event push at this point would be way too soon.
Looking at my three favourites for the match, I think it is between Sheamus, Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett. I see these as the three favourites to win this match due to the way that they appear to be the main guys of the match. I will now examine each of their chances of winning.
Cody Rhodes has a good chance of winning this match because since he changed from his "Dashing" gimmick to his current disturbed "Undashing" gimmick, he has been on a role, which even saw him defeat Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania 27, after Rey had personally requested a feud with him. After that, with the addition of Ted DiBiase to his side, Cody looks to be in a strong position heading into MITB.
Sheamus to me is another guy with a strong chance of winning this match because he has been involved in the World Title feud between Randy Orton and Christian. He is also one of the only guys with previous main event experience, and has even held the WWE Championship on two occasions. Even if he doesn't win this match, I expect him to be in the World Title picture come SummerSlam time.
Finally I'm left with Wade Barrett, who like Sheamus has had previous main event experience over the past year. As well as that, he was also the first winner of NXT, he was the leader of both the Nexus and Corre groups, and he also has had solid feuds with the two faces of the company, John Cena and Randy Orton.
Daruish's prediction: Wade Barrett wins.
I know that this may be quite a bold prediction, but I have a feeling that this may be Wade Barrett's time for real. He is one of the upcoming stars of the company and now this may be the time for him to make the extra step. It could be argued that Barrett is this year's Miz, in the sense that the briefcase will really help push him to the next level.
With regards to Cody Rhodes and Sheamus, it looks like Rhodes may challenge Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental Championship, which could potentially be his first singles title in the WWE. As for Sheamus, I feel that he doesn't need this win to become a main event player again, as it would take the opportunity away from someone like Barrett.
The second of the two MITB matches will see the Raw superstars put on their show, which will consist of Alberto Del Rio, R-Truth, Jack Swagger, The Miz, Evan Bourne, Rey Mysterio, Alex Riley and Kofi Kingston.
Like I did with the SmackDown ladder match, I will divide the eight competitors into three categories: the two favourites, the three potential shockers and the three space fillers.
With regards to the space fillers, I see them being Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne and Alex Riley. Swagger and Bourne have just been in a feud which saw Bourne get the better of Swagger numerous times. It seems like Bourne's main purpose is to fly and like The Miz said on Monday if nobody can remember you winning an MITB match, then you're not that special - I'm looking at you Jack Swagger.
With regards to A-Ry, as much as I think the guy has tremendous potential to do great things in the company, it is way too soon to be pushing him into the main event scene, especially on Raw. He only just split from The Miz about two months ago and has spent most of his time going after him. I do however see him potentially playing a part in The Miz's downfall in this match, which I will elaborate on more later.
As for the potential shockers, in this group there is R-Truth, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston. These guys are in this category because they are all quite experienced guys, and Mysterio is even a former World Champion. I just feel that if one of these three were to pick up the win it would be a pretty big shock.
Ever since he turned heel, R-Truth has been on a bit of a role, despite his claims of all the "Little Jimmy's" conspiring against him. He even beat WWE Champion John Cena in a tables match on Raw Roulette a couple weeks ago and is starting to look like a threat to the main event. It would be a shock for him to win however because I think WWE are waiting for John Morrison to come back from his injury to restart their feud. Plus Truth even confessed he is afraid of heights... and don't even get him started if there is a spider in the ring.
With regards to Rey Mysterio, I think the chances of him winning this match are limited because even though he is the "Ultimate Underdog", he has been portrayed as having suffered at the hands of Del Rio a couple weeks ago. It doesn't look like this is going to be his match this year because currently he hasn't had a main event feud since moving to Raw and he is currently floating along at the moment with no real direction.
Now as much as I would like to see Kofi Kingston take the next step and break through the glass ceiling that seems to always be permanently above his head, I don't see it happening. It seems to me that the WWE is quite happy to have him sat in the mid-card fighting Dolph Ziggler every so often, especially after the Randy Orton incident a couple years back. This just doesn't look like his year.
Now moving on to my two favourites for this match, who happen to be Alberto Del Rio and The Miz. I like the chances of both of these guys because they represent the future of the company, and have both accomplished big things recently, with Del Rio winning the Royal Rumble or The Miz holding the WWE Championship for nearly six months.
I like the chances of Del Rio winning this match because he has been groomed to succeed within the company, and he has already had many high profile feuds and matches in the company, despite being employed for less than a year. It is clear that WWE see big things in this man's future.
I also like the chances of The Miz in this match, because he has already been through this scenario last year and knows what it takes to win. Since last year, he has gone on from strength to strength to bigger and better things until he lost the title to Cena at Extreme Rules. However, it seems like Vince McMahon liked what he saw in this man during his reign and I wouldn't be surprised to see him with that briefcase come Sunday.
Daruish's prediction: Alberto Del Rio wins.
In my personal opinion, I see Del Rio being the one who wins this match, especially after the way he took out Mysterio and decimated the others with that ladder on Monday night. I truly believe that it is his destiny to win MITB, as it was also him that won the triple threat #1 contenders match during CM Punk's suspension.
I think The Miz will be in a great position to win it, but in some way Alex Riley prevents him from getting the briefcase, thus extending their feud for a few more weeks, with a potential grudge match of some kind at SummerSlam.
The penultimate match of my preview sees The Viper Randy Orton take on Captain Charisma Christian in yet another match for the World Heavyweight Championship.(But if it is anything like the other matches, I am not complaining.) However the stipulations attached this time state that if Randy Orton gets disqualified or Christian is the victim of poor officiating, the title will change hands and Christian will become the new champion.
Now I'm sure you all know how this feud started. Christian took advantage of his best friend Edge's retirement by finally capturing his first World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules against Alberto Del Rio, but then lost his title two days later to Randy Orton after the crowd voted that that was the championship match they wanted to see.
After failing on numerous occasions to win his title back, Christian turned heel by blasting Orton in the head with the title after he had successfully defended it against Sheamus with Christian as the referee. Since then, Christian has been bitter with the fans and Teddy Long and has blamed them for losing his title.
With the inclusion of Sheamus in the lead up to this match, it would be difficult to judge who has more momentum heading into this match, but I think that it is quite safe to say that this would be Christian's. last title match for a while if he loses.
Daruish's prediction: Randy Orton retains.
I think that Christian will try every trick in the book to get Orton disqualified, or even try and make the officiating look poor in order to try and get the championship that way. I can see him gaining the upper hand in the match, then resorting to these tactics and then losing to a quick RKO out of nowhere.
After this match, I see this being the end of the feud for a little while, which will allow Sheamus to become the next #1 contender.
Finally, we move on to our main event of the evening, the WWE Championship match between John Cena and CM Punk, which will have great repercussions for the WWE whatever happens. As you probably know, CM Punk's contract runs out as soon as Sunday night becomes Monday morning, and if John Cena loses the title, Vince McMahon will walk down the ramp and fire him on the spot.
As well as these stipulations, the pay per view is also being held in CM Punk's hometown of Chicago, Illinois. This means that John Cena is going to be up against it all come Sunday night.
Now this all started when Punk won a triple threat Falls Count Anywhere match against Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio to become the #1 contender at MITB. It was then after this match that he proceeded to announce to everyone that his contract finished the day after MITB, and he would be leaving with the WWE Championship.
The week after, Punk would cost Cena a tables match against R-Truth, and then would go on to give one of the most shocking, yet best promos ever seen by the WWE. (If you haven't seen it yet, go on YouTube and type CM Punk work.) He would go on to say many controversial things, but the most would have to be when he said the company would be better off with Vince McMahon dead.
After this, he was suspended (storyline) until Cena pleaded with McMahon to re-instate him to let their match go on, which he originally wouldn't do because he was worried that Cena would lose the title and would therefore embarrass McMahon when Punk walked into another wrestling promotion with the WWE Championship. After further pleading, he eventually re-instated Punk, with the condition that if Cena lost at MITB, he would get fired.
Things took another dramatic turn this week when Punk and McMahon came out to negotiate a new contract which ended with McMahon caving into Punk's demands, which included an apology to the voiceless former wreslters, such as Punk's friend Colt Cabana. After that Cena came out and intervened, and then listened to Punk go on about how Cena had become everything he hated - a dynasty, and he even compared him to the New York Yankees.
At that point Cena clocked Punk which meant negotiations over and CM Punk stood at the top of the ramp and ripped the contract up.
Now as for MITB, I see these two putting on an absolute show stealer, which could easily have the potential to be match of the year. I can see there being numerous near falls and dramatic moments, and I wouldn't be too surprised to see the chairman himself, Mr McMahon get involved at some point.
Daruish's prediction: John Cena retains. Alberto Del Rio cashes in and becomes the new WWE Champion.
The way I see this playing out is Cena will retain by the skin of his teeth after him and Punk pull out an absolute epic, lasting a good long while. At which point, I can see Del Rio coming down to the ring and cashing in his freshly won MITB briefcase on a prone John Cena, locking in the arm bar after a couple of minutes of back and forth and BOOM we have a new WWE Champion.
If it all goes down this way, it means that the crowd will be disappointed that Super Cena has pulled out yet another victory against their home town hero, but at the same time we an exciting final twist before the show closes which results in a new champion and a great new storyline between two great guys in Cena and Del Rio.
Thanks for reading guys, and do feel free to post your predictions for the event.
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