Excitement is building towards the Royal Rumble pay-per-view where one lucky individual will book his ticket to the main event of WrestleMania, competing for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The excitement then ends when WrestleMania concludes, and then we turn our attention to the following night for Raw, which is always a fantastic occasion.
After that, plenty of excitement builds towards the Money in the Bank pay-per-view where one superstar unhooks the briefcase and has a whole year to cash in the contract for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity.
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In 2016, superstars will be looking to follow in the footsteps of the last two winners, Seth Rollins and Sheamus, who both went on to become champions. The WWE should consider stars who can excel with the briefcase and remain entertaining.
Rollins did just that throughout his reign before his heist of the century at WrestleMania and another impactful reign as Mr. Money in the Bank is needed. Here are the stars I believe stand a good chance of holding that gold briefcase in 2016.
2016 will be a critical year for Kevin Owens; this year has been great for him as he was NXT Champion before defeating John Cena in his first match on the main roster.
He then captured the Intercontinental Championship and since his debut he’s remained a consistently top heel who the fans love to hate. Although fans may not like his appearance, he has all the talent in the world to be a successful World Champion as a heel.
He should be given an opportunity because he’s the perfect heel to make that briefcase relevant; he’s the only one who will be able to create a reaction every single time he teases a cash-in. He’s cold, he’s calculated, and he’s believable, and that’s what you want in a Mr. Money in the Bank.
Much like Owens, 2016 will be an important year for Rusev too. He started off well with a strong showing in the Royal Rumble before defeating Cena at Fastlane, but his loss to Cena for the United States Championship did spark somewhat of a downfall for the Bulgarian.
Since then, he hasn’t hit those same heights as a heel, especially in his terrible feud with Ziggler but Rusev has what it takes to be World Champion. He’s doing well in the League of Nations, and this stable should be a great platform for him to use their experience and go on to become a star.
He’s a great heel who is fantastic in the ring and he’s great on the microphone as well. He’s been wasted over the last few months whereas we know what he’s capable of as a monster heel. Money in the Bank would do wonders for his development and would be a huge step into becoming a main event star.
Dean Ambrose is the current Intercontinental Champion, which has been a good end to a difficult year for him. Fans believe he is World Championship material, but booking hasn’t exactly been favourable to him for that title.
Perhaps a Money in the Bank win is the push he needs to become a real World Champion contender. There’s no point even discussing what he’s capable of because he consistently puts in great performances on a weekly basis and the fans appreciate his efforts.
It would be good to see the third member of The Shield enter the World Championship picture as well, Rollins has achieved both while Roman Reigns is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Ambrose deserves that opportunity, and he’s someone who could get the fans hooked when he eventually cashes in.
Maybe a repeat of two years ago is exactly what Rollins needs to enter the World Championship picture right away. It does seem like a bit of long shot, but if Rollins is to remain a heel, then there would be no better way than The Authority helping him capture the briefcase again.
He was a successful holder of the briefcase, and he had the fans invested in his storylines where his briefcase played a big role. There’s no denying that he can do the same again before setting up an eventual clash with the champion.
It doesn’t necessarily mean he needs to be a heel, as a face run could be interesting for Rollins as well if he is to cash in on a heel champion. Maybe the WWE would look to make Rollins the latest superstar to win the Money in the Bank ladder match considering CM Punk won the match in 2008 and 2009, another record they’ll try to wipe out.
Kofi Kingston is somebody many fans believe should have been a WWE World Heavyweight Champion already. He’s remained one of the most consistent performers since his debut, and it’s clear the WWE can
He’s remained one of the most consistent performers since his debut, and it’s clear the WWE can rely on him with multiple championship wins and now he’s impressing in the New Day.
It takes a special superstar to leave a struggling mid-card and become a top player in the WWE and Kingston has done just that with the help of Big E and Xavier Woods.
Whether you love them or hate them it’s clear the New Day are here to stay, and this group has done wonders for the trio, so much so that Kingston or Big E could even be in with a shout of walking away with the briefcase.
It would be a highly entertaining reign as Mr. Money in the Bank as the New Day entertain on a weekly basis. They take on the best opposition, their matches are of a high quality, and they keep it fresh, Kingston is the best worker and is confident on the microphone too.
He’s long overdue a title reign, and this would be a great way to include him in it, at last, you can just imagine the sort of things the New Day could do with the briefcase.
Plus, it’s obvious the New Day will break up one day, so maybe this could play a big part of that to help somebody break out from the group as a star. If that happens, it needs to be Big E.
Bray Wyatt is World Championship material; it doesn’t matter how many feuds he’s walked out the loser. He has too much talent and too much potential to fail and a slow build as a champion could work in his favour.
The best way to build Wyatt up as an evil, destructive WWE World Heavyweight Champion is to have his family help him unhook that briefcase next year. He’s somebody who is fantastic on the microphone and can hype up the importance of the briefcase and becoming champion.
He would have an incredibly unique cash-in as well, he’s not somebody sneaky like Rollins who would run down the ramp at full speed. We know he’s intelligent and brutal, it’ll be great to see him walk down slowly to show the champion his time with the gold is coming to an end.
This would be a significant change to the event next year, having the women compete in the Money in the Bank match as well. Stephanie McMahon wanted a revolution, and she got a half-hearted version where the most talented women were unable to showcase what they’re capable of.
The Diva’s want the same opportunities as men, so give them one. Put the most relevant six in a match where we can see some history-making action with one woman holding a briefcase to cash-in on the Diva’s Champion.
We’ve already had a historic 30-minute Iron Man match between Bayley and Sasha Banks and they succeeded. Granted, it was on NXT, but the WWE need to take risks to see if they get the rewards. Give the women a chance and you’ll have the whole world talking about how much history the women have made, Sasha, Becky Lynch and Paige are just a handful of women who would give it their all to be a part of that.
It makes a nice change, and it helps the Diva’s Championship and the division as a whole too.
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