All seven spots have now been taken in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship ladder match at Money in the Bank and we are guaranteed a new champion.
Daniel Bryan’s injury and failing to recover in time means that only one briefcase will be on the line whilst the second will be for the championship itself.
Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, John Cena, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Sheamus will compete on Sunday to be crowned the third WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
But which of the seven has the best chance of walking out with the gold? Let’s take a look from the least likely superstar, to the one I expect to walk out with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Out of the seven superstars competing I believe Sheamus is the least likely superstar to walk out as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Every single superstar competing is capable of holding the biggest accolade in the WWE today but the one aspect which makes Sheamus the least favourite is the fact that he is already the United States Champion.
I just don’t see the WWE putting another two belts on him where fans don’t already enjoy him as a United States Champion. I believe Sheamus is in this match because his style suits the stipulation, and his experience will benefit the younger superstars in Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns.
6) ALBERTO DEL RIO
It’s unfortunate that Del Rio is almost forgotten in this match because he does have a lot to offer. But the fact that there is practically nothing for him right now, pinning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will make no difference whatsoever based on future rivalries in the coming months.
It will be a surprise if he wins, but not as surprising if Sheamus wins. Sheamus already has gold and Del Rio doesn’t; that is the key factor regarding Sheamus’ chances.
5) RANDY ORTON
Randy Orton sees himself in a similar situation to Alberto Del Rio, as of right now there is nothing solid for either man and if the championship falls on either man it won’t make it as exciting as it is expected to be. If the WWE want to pin the title on someone who will hold it for a few months to guarantee heat; then Randy Orton is the only logical choice.
But I highly doubt they want a quick fire solution, a new champion is needed for at least a solid feud up until SummerSlam; based on that I believe Orton won’t be unhooking the belts and will still remain in the wilderness, or in Triple H’s shadow.
4) BRAY WYATT
Now we take it up a level because I can see Bray Wyatt as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The man is a genius and it’s about time the casual WWE fans realised he will carry the company into the future just as good as Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose or even Roman Reigns will. Like Orton and Del Rio, there is no solid feud for Bray but a win for him would create a whole new, exciting feud. The situation is different for Orton and Del Rio.
The fans love him, he is relevant and someone relevant needs to hold the gold. If current plans are to go by then I don’t see Bray Wyatt topping any of the top three.
It is inevitable that Cesaro will be WWE World Heavyweight Champion, but I think it is too soon right now but still he stands a better chance than Bray Wyatt and the remaining competitors. The plan is for him to take on Lesnar, whether than be at SummerSlam or even at WrestleMania. He is capable of carrying the gold because he has Paul Heyman in his corner, but it could still be too soon for Heyman to turn on him; it could lose its effect.
Right now not a lot of people are mentioning Cesaro, whether it’s off screen or on screen and that means he is the dark horse of the match. That alone makes him a threat and will be one to keep an eye on at Money in the Bank.
2) ROMAN REIGNS
Roman Reigns managed to sneak into this match and there was no way the WWE were going to keep a man of his popularity out of this match. The fans want him to win but he, Cesaro and Bray Wyatt are in the same boat. Is it too early for them? I believe so, I think even though they are capable of it or they eventually will be capable of it, this burden needs to fall on experienced shoulders for the time being, especially if the original plans are going ahead. Fans will still want to see a Triple H and Roman Reigns programme, perhaps even a Seth Rollins programme too; the only way they can pull this off is by giving Seth Rollins the briefcase.
Reigns will come close, he stands a better chance than Cesaro, Bray Wyatt and the rest of them; but I believe only one man will walk out as WWE World Heavyweight Champion on Sunday, and that will be the correct decision.
1) JOHN CENA
It doesn’t matter if you love John Cena or you hate John Cena; he is the perfect superstar to carry the title until at least SummerSlam where he could meet the likes of Daniel Bryan or even Brock Lesnar. It needs to fall on experienced shoulders and if the plans surrounding a potential bout with Brock Lesnar are true, then this needs to happen.
Roman Reigns, Cesaro and Bray Wyatt will gain vital experience form this, not only the stipulation but rubbing shoulders with some of the best will help them in the long run as well – I believe John Cena is the most likely superstar to walk out as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
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