This Sunday, the WWE presents it’s annual “Money In The Bank” pay per view. The focus of this pay per view is obviously set around the Money In The Bank ladder matches which for the most part tend to be great matches. This Sunday has a Money In The Bank match featuring a a contract for a World title match on the line. The crop of superstars in that match has the honest potential to be one of the sleeper MITB matches that may surprise us to be very well. On top of that, with the contender’s in that match, it may bring us a surprise winner one way or another. However, on the Raw/WWE title picture part of the Money In The Bank matches, the Raw match looks like it is going to need a lot of help.
It was announced several weeks ago by then GM of Raw (for a week) Vickie Guerrero that for the WWE title MITB match, only previous champions would be eligible. The four who have qualified (and the only four) were Big Show, Kane, Chris Jericho and last but not least, John Cena. I know that is not the best list of people in the match overall. Clearly CM Punk & Daniel Bryan are already in the WWE title match itself as they cannot participate, and anyone else, at least in the case of Rey Mysterio, is suspended, so he cannot, and Randy Orton is still technically suspended. The problems with the roster at the moment have left this match a little short handed, as we have not previously seen a Money In The Bank ladder match (with the exception of Matt Hardy vs. Edge on Raw) have less than 6.
When you take a closer look at these participants, it is definitely not the best choice for a MITB attraction match. Kane is not the athlete he used to be, with so much respect to the big man due. Big Show has been previously in a MITB match but his performance wasn’t exactly quite memorable. Chris Jericho, is well…Chris Jericho and has still lost a couple steps, but every once in a while he can give a great performance, the proof is in his WM match with CM Punk at Mania, one of my favorite matches of the card to be quite honest. And not even John Cena’s “SuperCena” alter-ego can save this match. He is as limited as it gets in the ring overall. While he did have a good one on one match with Edge at Unforgiven 2006 in a TLC match, it was with the help of a man who is a great at those matches. And with those other men in the match as well, it seems clear this may be a disaster.
On the opposite note, this may be a match full of great brawling. For the better part of the last couple of months, The Big Show and John Cena have been in a feud that had recently ended inside of a steel cage that had the jobs of Cena and John Laurinaitis on the line. It was at the beginning of the year that Cena and Kane feuded after a relationship between Ryder and Eve took a turn for the worse and Cena stuck in the middle. You could bring up the history between Jericho and Cena even dating back to when Cena cause his departure in 2005 in kayfabe. The two power monsters in Big Show and Kane could lead to some interesting spots where Cena can do his SuperCena alter-ego to pull off a feat of some kind. And maybe Chris Jericho can end up having a good showing, it’s possible when he is truly motivated. While it may seem like it may be a car crash, it also has slight potential to be a sleeper match in itself.
Money In The bank has become a widely anticipated pay per view in it’s short life term. With this pay per view being the last before SummerSlam, and it having two MITB matches, it’s easy to see. At least since it’s inception, the Money In The Bank Ladder matches tells us who we will have for future World Champions and see how they take this title as well as the future win (until one of the participants loses one day). Even though on papaer, the # of participants in a certain match and the crop of participants in the other, both of these matches have some potential, one more than the other, but it’s there. With the event coming up this Sunday, it’s clear the wrestling world will have all eyes on the MITB matches to see whether the matches and the possible winners will thrive or fail at the end of the day.