The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is in the books and the focus now turns to Money in the Bank which takes place in less than two weeks.
During the Elimination Chamber event, Michael Cole announced the six participants who will have the chance to unhook the gold briefcase and pretty much guarantee them the chance of becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
As of now six names have been announced, but there is a chance two more names could be added to the match. The reason for this is that we usually had two Money in the Bank ladder matches when the titles were split, whereas last year one ladder match was for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship itself, which was won by John Cena whilst Seth Rollins captured the briefcase.
With only one Money in the Bank ladder match taking place, the WWE will look to have eight superstars in total like they did last year.
Dolph Ziggler has been thrown into the Money in the Bank ladder match, he’s one of two men involved in the match who has tasted Money in the Bank success and successfully cashed in his briefcase on Alberto Del Rio the night after WrestleMania to become champion.
Ziggler is a great seller, so his presence will be important in the match because he will put his body on the line as we saw at the Elimination Chamber and we saw some great spots from him in the WrestleMania ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. He has the talent and the fan support to warrant a position in this match, however it does look unlikely that he will win.
Randy Orton is the second superstar involved in the match who has had success in the Money in the Bank stipulation, cashing in on Daniel Bryan following his victory over John Cena at SummerSlam and Orton will be looking to replicate that success.
Orton has to be a favourite in any match he is involved in, and this is no different. He’s at a little bit of a standstill following his feud with Seth Rollins, he wasn’t involved at all at Elimination Chamber and it looks like he won’t enter a solid feud until after the match, if he does then we could potentially see a short feud between Randy Orton and Sheamus.
Sheamus is also announced for the match, he has been involved in Money in the Bank ladder matches before, but he has never had the success and with this heel run the WWE might put some faith in him and pin the briefcase on him and pull the trigger for a championship run at a later date.
He was involved in the Intercontinental Championship match inside of the Elimination Chamber like Ziggler, and he will look to have more success than he did inside of the chamber when he lost to Ryback. He’s a big-name addition to the match like Ziggler, but similar to the show-off a win doesn’t seem to be on the cards.
Kofi Kingston is the odd name thrown into the match, I can see why the WWE have put him in but at the same time his spot is valuable and it could have been given to someone else, not someone in the tag team division.
With this appearance, Kofi will be tied for the most Money in the Bank appearances with six alongside Kane and Christian. This match-type is made for someone like Kofi as he always pulls out all of the stops and leaves the fans entertained, but is he really someone we think will win? It did look like Kofi took some big knocks in the Elimination Chamber match where the New Day retained their tag team gold, and we can be sure that Kofi will put his body on the line again I this match, but don’t expect him to unhook the briefcase.
Roman Reigns has to be the favourite. He missed out on becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania when Seth Rollins cashed in, but it’s clear the WWE still have faith in him and see him as a future star, so his inclusion is necessary and a win for him would be important.
If he can unhook the briefcase, he can still enter other feuds which don’t include Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins and because he has the briefcase for however long he holds it, he will be a threat to the champion and will remain a contender. He wasn’t involved in a match at Elimination Chamber but helped Ambrose steal the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and a win for Reigns would be a friendly reminder to the champion that he is always lurking.
I mentioned last week that Neville needs to be involved in the Money in the Bank ladder match because he brings an exciting twist to the match. It’s a massive risk but one which could pay off, and he doesn’t even need to win the match to leave a lasting memory.
He has the perfect move-set to pull out with some great manoeuvres which I expect he will, and he already has an advantage that some of the superstars involved haven’t mixed it up with Neville. Neville will be someone who comes close numerous times before coming up short, this will allow him to remain looking strong but could the WWE pull out with the ultimate surprise and have the man that gravity forgot unhook the briefcase?
It’s not certain that anyone else will be included in the match, but the safer bet will be that two more names are added. Unless there is a big Intercontinental Championship match on the night, I can see King Barrett being included in the match. Kane is someone else who could add something valuable to it but the likelier option is that a potential Big Show return will see him added to the match.