The WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view has managed to become one of the most highly anticipated events in the calendar year along with the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.
The event brings a sense of unpredictability compared to most other events in the year, similar to the Royal Rumble, where we are unaware as to who can win the match.
The fans sit and watch history be created where one lucky superstar has the opportunity to eventually challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
That is, if they cash in the briefcase successfully. In the past we have seen some brilliant cash ins, from Edge to Kane, Randy Orton on Daniel Bryan this past SummerSlam, and who can forget Dolph Ziggler's brilliant cash-in on Alberto Del Rio almost a year ago, something you can watch in the video above.
We have also seen a few failed cash-in attempts, where John Cena failed to defeat CM Punk, and Damien Sandow failed to cash-in successfully on John Cena.
Now that we have seen a rise of younger superstars from NXT, this opens up a world of possibilities. Mid card talent are now becoming main event superstars, which means predicting the winner of the Money in the Bank ladder match will be even more complicated, a brilliant situation to be in.
Since the formation of the pay-per-view we have been treated to two Money in the Bank ladder matches. However, now that the WWE and World champions have been unified, it looks as if there will only be the one Money in the Bank ladder match, meaning the participants will have to be engaging enough for fans to tune in to the one blockbuster match.
Superstars such as Randy Orton and The Big Show may still compete but won't be favourites to win the match, so let's take a look at which superstars are contenders to compete in, and possibly walk out as victors, in the Money in the Bank ladder match.
Roman Reigns - This probably depends on if The SHIELD are still together or not by the time Money in the Bank comes around. They are still rumored to be together for a while. If they are then perhaps Reigns will not be winning this unless they can somehow incorporate it into a storyline which begins the gradual break-up of The SHIELD.
In the last Money in the Bank match we witnessed, Dean Ambrose of The SHIELD was in but the tables have turned. Reigns has emerged as the real star who has been tipped for massive things in the WWE, and what better way to start a great singles career by capturing the Money in the Bank briefcase for a year or so?
He won't have to cash it in straight away, we know he will become WWE World Heavyweight Champion one day, he can compete as normal in various feuds throughout the year or until he has at least proven himself in some big name feuds.
He will certainly be under the microscope this year as fans want to see if he truly has what it takes to compete at the top level as many are saying, and a Money in the Bank briefcase is a possibility, a stage where he can hopefully prove himself.
Cesaro - Cesaro is my star pick here, he has also been a popular superstar amongst the fans especially those that followed his journey from the independent scene right towards the summit of the WWE; well that's where he seems to be heading as he has the great Paul Heyman in his corner.
Cesaro is now a face even though he has had a face reaction for quite a while, so it is expected that he will compete in a number of big feuds with Heyman in his corner, and will quite possibly be one of the very first names to be announced for the match.
He already has an incredible move set and possesses great athleticism, which incorporated with the ladders is a recipe for success from the fans' perspective, not as much for the other competitors. Cesaro has already had a successful WWE career, if we forget his ridiculous yodelling gimmick; he has gone on to form - and break away from - a successful team in The Real Americans alongside Jack Swagger and their legendary manager Zeb Colter. He has captured the very first Andre The Giant Memorial battle royal trophy and now has Paul Heyman as his manager.
The only thing Cesaro needs is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship which I'm confident he will hold successfully, a brilliant way for him to do this is by capturing the briefcase; it can be done and be done very well.
Bray Wyatt - The final younger superstar I believe will make a great addition to this match is the incredible Bray Wyatt. But whether the bookers would put Bray in this situation? That remains to be seen. He will be a brilliant addition to a potential Money in the Bank ladder match because he always brings something different to the table, and in a ladder match it should be interesting to see what the creative genius can come up with.
The only issue I have with a Bray Wyatt inclusion is how he is put into this match, as he would need to have a deep feud with another big superstar for his inclusion to make sense. He is a dark superstar and announcing himself into this scene wouldn't look too good for his character. If he has a rivalry with somebody else in this match or perhaps two superstars; it would make a lot more sense. However there is no doubt that somebody like Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family could not only make that simple briefcase relevant for a year or so, but bring a new dimension to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
He is going to be the champion one day, the opportunities for him are endless and it could be a bold yet interesting move to include him into the Money in the Bank ladder match.
Batista - Moving away from the younger superstars let's take a look at which of the experienced or more decorated WWE superstars could make an appearance in the match.
Batista is an interesting one because a short while after this he would have to go away and promote his new movie; 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. This means there is a chance he could easily enter this match and walk out the victor as a favourite, much like his situation at the Royal Rumble.
The fans may be against this but like Kane in 2010, he could cash-in the briefcase on the very same night where he could become WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The reason for this is because the WWE would probably want Dave to hold on to the gold and promote the company whilst he is out promoting his film.
This would bring in more fans and more exposure to the company, but can the WWE really afford to have a champion who wouldn't be appearing or competing every single week? The fans already hate Batista, this wouldn't make things any better for them but is a chance for Batista to become an even bigger heel; all by capturing that briefcase.
Sheamus - Another experienced member of this match is Sheamus who always puts on a good performance especially in the brutal matches and this is certainly one of them. The good thing about Sheamus is that he is a reliable go-to guy, and always puts on a good performance in any match he is competing in. The next few months and his feuds will determine whether Sheamus will be seen as a serious title contender by the time Money in the Bank comes around.
Even if he isn't you can expect Sheamus to compete in this match because he will be the filler, somebody there to take a spot and look like a threat but probably won't walk out the victor but will come agonisingly close. This could work the other way too, there could be massive title plans for Sheamus post-Money in the Bank and will be seen as an underdog and surprise the fans by unhooking the briefcase from out of nowhere.
Sheamus is a great worker and will more than likely be one of the earlier picks for this match, it should be interesting to see how the company books him in the build-up to the event.
Dolph Ziggler - Much like Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler is probably the best superstar to turn to if the WWE want to put on a great spectacle. We know he can work and is very underutilised right now and a spot in the Money in the Bank will make him a lot more relevant again, something he deserves more than anybody else on the roster.
Can he win? Yes. Will he win? There's a good chance he can. The WWE might want to make the bright decision of listening to fans again, and the fans want Dolph Ziggler as we hear on every episode of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown. His last run as Mr. Money in the Bank was extremely successful and this time round it could be a lot better.
John Cena - Probably not everyone's first choice but the man can work and put on a great match with the right opponent, in this scenario he has around four seriously good workers and a bunch of ladders to make sure the fans have a night to remember. His last Money in the Bank run wasn't so good, he won at the event but ultimately became the first superstar to fail cashing in the briefcase.
This time round the stakes will be higher, but his Money in the Bank situation will remain the same. His last run saw him announce that he will be cashing in on CM Punk on Raw 1000, where The Big Show cost him the match and Cena failed to walk out as the winner. Fast forward a year and John Cena could be in a similar situation, holding the briefcase, announcing that he will cash it in at SummerSlam against the champion, Daniel Bryan.
This sets up Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena II in a brilliant way and they can put on another epic match. However, Daniel Bryan may or may not be WWE World Heavyweight Champion come SummerSlam.
One thing is for certain, John Cena will definitely hold the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at some point this year, perhaps he can do it via cashing in the briefcase.
What do you fans think? Which superstars are legitimate contenders to appear and possibly win in this years Money in the Bank pay-per-view? Leave your picks in the comments section below or come discuss all things WWE with me on my Twitter @RazK28!
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