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.