This year the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will be playing host to the fourth annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view.

Over the last two days the participants for both matches have finally been announced.

Similar to the Royal Rumble - the Money in the Bank ladder matches are now a key match on the WWE calendar, the excitement and the unpredictability that comes with it is what we want as fans, not knowing which superstar could be climbing the ladder, unhooking the briefcase which could elevate their status from a mid-carder to a main even calibre superstar.

But before the pay-per-views began we did witness Money in the Bank ladder matches at WrestleMania, one big ladder match where the winner could cash-in for any championship of his choosing, now we are treated to two ladder matches, designated to the WWE and the World Heavyweight Championships.

Kane, The Miz, Alberto Del Rio, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler have all managed to cash in on the opportunity and became World Champions, whilst John Cena is the only man in history not to successfully cash it in, but fast forward a whole year; this time he is defending the WWE Championship and seven men will be climbing the ladder for a chance to face him or Mark Henry.

The participants were announced on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown:

WWE Championship: 

This year’s Money in the Bank match for the WWE Championship is shaping up to be decent, the only down side to this is that we already have an idea of who could be walking out as the victor. Nevertheless the match itself could be a great one with the superstars involved; we have Daniel Bryan who is set to receive a massive push so it will not be a surprise if he walks out with the briefcase and opts to cash it in for SummerSlam. 

Stephanie McMahon also announced that Kane and Christian would be in the match however I don’t really see either of them seriously challenging for the briefcase, they do deserve it as they are vastly underrated but at the moment in time the WWE won’t think that giving either of them a briefcase is the best way to go about the WWE Championship picture.

Randy Orton and Sheamus are also in the frame and with Orton’s recent battles with Daniel Bryan I expect Orton to be one of the three favourites to unhook the briefcase, with a heel turn rumoured it won’t be the worst of times for Orton to pick up a victory, but can we really imagine Orton walking around with a briefcase week in- week out? 

I really don’t think he would go about a championship in that manner. Sheamus on the other hand may be able to, but he hasn’t really done anything serious to contend for a World Title so I really don’t expect Sheamus to win.

The final two completing the first line-up are CM Punk and Rob Van Dam; two Paul Heyman guys as CM Punk announced his intentions to win this match, cash it in for the WWE Championship then call out Brock Lesnar, saying that I don’t think CM Punk is going to win it so soon after losing it, with a rumoured match between himself and Brock Lesnar set to take place at SummerSlam, throwing in a briefcase makes no sense; but in the ladder match I believe Bryan, Punk and Orton will be the three favourites. Rob Van Dam is returning to the WWE on the night and he is expected to have a massive reaction, sadly though I don’t think it will be enough to hand him the briefcase and a shot at the WWE Championship so soon, plus with only a short-term deal planned it is difficult to say whether WWE officials would want him holding a briefcase, as he would have a year to cash it in.

World Heavyweight Championship:

For years the WWE Championship has almost been favourable to me a lot more, but this year my attention has diverted to the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match. This match is designed for the ‘up and comers’ as Teddy Long said on SmackDown and includes Dean Ambrose of The SHIELD. A very talented superstar and before joining the WWE he has been known to be very good in matches such as these; big things are expected of him in the match, but he will not capture the briefcase. Cody Rhodes is also involved and is one of the many youngsters who is touted as being as the future of the WWE, and it could begin as early as July if he is to capture the briefcase and that will definitely not be a bad move.

Jack Swagger has been thrown in there, after his DUI arrest and is now on probation, I don’t think the WWE will be rewarding him with a victory, so there is no chance they will hand him a victory. Fandango is taking part in the match, which will see him return; possibly as a face, after his concussion and I will not be surprised if he wins, even if he doesn’t inside the match itself he is always expected to perform well, expect no less. Wade Barrett is my pick, he has dropped the Intercontinental Championship to Curtis Axel so it would make sense to finally give him his due and take him to that next level, he is capable of being a World Champion if he can draw a lot more heat, I have no qualms about him and I believe he can walk out as the victor. Antonio Cesaro is also capable of doing it, but can he is the big question. He is always incredible in the ring and this will be a great test for him to show why he deserves it, down the line he will become a World Champion, but I don’t think it will happen so soon.

Finally, the man who I hope wins but probably won’t, Damien Sandow. The man is great inside the ring, so charismatic and can draw a lot of heat and is finally stepping up a level after his rivalry with Sheamus which is still continuing. He isn’t expected to walk out as the winner but I genuinely hope he gives us fans something to speak of in this match.


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