WWE: Why Cody Rhodes Should (but Won't) Win Money in the Bank

Cordell StuartContributor IIJuly 13, 2011

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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WWE's Money in the Bank will soon be upon us, which means two superstars will soon rise from mid-card status and (hopefully) win the WWE's top titles. 

With Alberto Del Rio being all but guaranteed to win the Raw Money in the Bank match, the question remains about which SmackDown superstar will be given the opportunity to break the monotony of the World Heavyweight Championship picture.

The once dashing Cody Rhodes is the favorite of many in the IWC to win the match, but if recent episodes of SmackDown are any indication, it is Sheamus who will win the Money in the Bank match. While it may not be in the WWE's best interest, it seems destined for Sheamus to win Money in the Bank and go on to capture the World Heavyweight Championship.

After having the most impressive WWE debut since Brock Lesnar, Sheamus fell to mid-card status before being drafted to SmackDown. 

Sheamus has been drawn into Randy Orton and Christian's increasingly stale feud, with Sheamus destroying the world heavyweight champion and the No. 1 contender in one fell swoop at a contract signing. 

Most recently, on last week’s opening segment for SmackDown, Sheamus rushed the ring and cleared out his fellow Money in the Bank competitors, sending them scurrying in every direction and solidifying himself as the favorite in the SmackDown Money in the Bank match.

Sheamus will most likely win Money in the Bank and cash it in that night after Randy Orton and Christian's match. 

With the WWE refusing to have its top faces lose clean, this would be Sheamus's best chance to cash in on a weakened Randy Orton. 

If Christian somehow manages to beat the Viper, Sheamus could cash in on Christian and push him further into madness, losing his second World Heavyweight Championship just minutes after winning it. 

Sheamus could be the solid heel Randy desperately needs on SmackDown, but he could also find himself turned face against the likes of Christian and Mark Henry.

The WWE is banking on Sheamus to cash in on the world heavyweight champion and spice up the title picture, but Cody Rhodes could do more with the same opportunity if given the chance.

Cody's wrestling skills and look are top notch, and he can have a great feud with anyone put in front of him. Cody and Randy Orton had a student-teacher dynamic that could be drawn out over months if Cody cashed in on his weakened former teacher. 

Feuds with either Christian or Sheamus could turn either superstar into the second face that SmackDown needs, and fans could even be treated to a split between Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase that could give DiBiase a solid push à la the Miz and Alex Riley's recent breakup.

Money in the Bank is a great chance for an exceptional superstar to rise from mid-card status and take his place among the top draws in the WWE, at least for a few months. 

While Sheamus is the most-likely superstar to win the Money in the Bank match, he is the only superstar in the match who doesn’t need Money in the Bank to be considered a top-level draw. 

The WWE shouldn’t waste the Money in the Bank push on Sheamus, but instead give it to a superstar who needs that extra push to get to the top level, a superstar like Cody Rhodes.

Given the WWE's spotty track record with important decisions though, it is safe to assume that Sheamus will win SmackDown's Money in the Bank match. 

But fret not loyal Cody Rhodes fans, for we can still cling to the hope that Sheamus's recent push is only smoke and mirrors, hiding the imminent rise of the once dashing, dashing, dashing Cody Rhodes.