Money in the Bank takes place on Sunday, and there has already been some controversy about the match for the WWE Championship.
In the past, it was customary for the match to feature up-and-comers who would finally get the chance to be in the spotlight. Everyone who has won the MITB match has gone on to successfully cash in their contract for a title.
This year it is different as only former WWE champions are able to participate in the match for the WWE Championship contract. Not only that, but there are only four members in the match: Kane, Big Show, John Cena, and Chris Jericho.
The fact that this concept was chosen for this year shows that there is a lack of depth on the Raw and WWE roster. SmackDown has a majority of the newer talent, while Raw is centered around a select group of veterans.
Some have suggested that a regular match would suit this event, but the ladder match will still go on, which means it comes time to predict a winner.
There are several ways the WWE could go with this match, but one possibility that I do not see is Kane winning. Kane is at the tail end of his career and is better off getting guys over than being the champion.
With Kane out of the equation, it comes down to Chris Jericho, John Cena, and Big Show. While I, and I’m sure many others, would like to see Jericho win, I do not see it happening either.
Jericho is an off-and-on wrestler due to his commitment to his band Fozzy. It is better for a full-time performer to have the contract, which makes it much more suspenseful as to when he will cash it in. If Jericho won and was on tour with his band, that suspense would be taken away.
This leaves Cena and Big Show as the two likely victors. While it may kill some WWE fans that Cena could win at Money in the Bank, it may actually create an interesting scenario.
The much-discussed rumored scenario could result in Cena using his contract to honorably set up a match with the champion. Given CM Punk wins on Sunday (will be discussed in a future article) this could make for a rematch at next month’s SummersSlam. It would be a unique scenario, but a heel turn for Cena is out of the question as this would leave his younger and female fanbase in shambles, even though it would actually be a great idea.
It is unfair to simply count out Big Show, as him winning would also make perfect sense. If CM Punk wins, he could still end up facing Cena at SummerSlam, as he would need a feud for the event. This could lead to the match ending, and Big Show running in with the contract to steal the title.
The contract holder does not always cash in the contract immediately, but things are different in the WWE now, which is evident by the way this match was set up.
Big Show could end up feuding with CM Punk, and Cena could end up in a feud with Daniel Bryan. The possibilities are countless, which is what makes predicting matches difficult. This is how the WWE sells their pay-per-views.
For this match I do see John Cena grabbing the briefcase and winning.
He has been constantly giving promos on how he will win, which is what he should do, and him losing does not seem likely. He is the face of a company in need of a storyline. This would get him back on track and off the one where he jumps from feud to feud all too quickly.
Some fans may be infuriated with Cena once again overcoming the odds and winning, but it would only be to set up something greater.