WWE Money In The Bank is one of the most highly-anticipated shows of the wrestling calendar.
As well as great matches like John Cena vs CM Punk at the 2011 event, the main focus of the show is to crown a new Mr. Money In The Bank and award him with the coveted briefcase.
THE TOP PRIZE
Inside the briefcase is a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match contract to be used whenever and wherever the victor chooses within the next 12 calendar months.
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One of WWE’s greatest creations, the Money In The Bank briefcase has given the WWE Universe some of its fondest memories since its inception in 2005 and has given the opportunity to stars like Edge, Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins.
Every year there is mass speculation as to who will walk away with the briefcase.
we may still a little way off, but in the current WWE, there are already a few names that stand out as potential winners of the briefcase. Let’s examine a few of those names.
BEST OF FRIENDS?
Money In The Bank is a great platform for young stars to ascend the ranks quickly in the WWE and there are two prime candidates for such a promotion in WWE right now.
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens seem to be embroiled in a feud over the Intercontinental Championship, alongside Cesaro and The Miz, but that doesn’t mean either man will walk away with the belt.
If neither wins the title, then these two would be firm favourites to appear in the match, given how strongly they performed in a similar bout at this year’s WrestleMania.
Young talent are the perfect recipients for the briefcase and these two are already amazingly popular, so a win for either would leave the fans in Paradise, Nevada and those watching at home satisfied.
Not only that, but they would both make incredible champions, as they are both amazing workers and their years of experience on the independent scene have garnered them plenty of titles already, so the two know how to work with a strap.
With Roman Reigns as the face champion, it would make more sense for Kevin Owens to win the briefcase, seeing as he is a heel.
However, if Roman were to turn heel over the coming few weeks – then a Zayn win would be the best decision.
However, a win for either men would automatically enter them into a feud with Reigns and, for the time being, that doesn’t seem to be the direction WWE are taking.
Who knows, maybe somewhere down the line, we could see the two former NXT superstars clash for the biggest prize in the WWE.
Whilst this would amazing to see, it looks doubtful that either KO or The Underdog from the Underground will be clinching the briefcase come June.
Brother vs Brother?
Let’s examine the case now of someone Reigns has a lot of history with.
Dean Ambrose has been crying out for a main event push for months now and a win at Money In The Bank could signal just that.
If Ambrose wins the briefcase, it could start the lunatic Fringe finally getting what he deserves.
After months of trying, months of nearly, but not quite, winning it big, he now has an almost-guarantee of a world championship.
But, the problem is, he has to go through Roman Reigns, his closest friend, his brother, to do so. T
his storyline could go one of two ways, depending on how WWE want to set each character. If Ambrose is the heel, then it’s easy; have him help out Reigns, maybe fending off Gallows and Anderson, then hit Dirty Deeds on him, cash in and win the title whilst he’s down.
If the company want Ambrose as the new babyface, then this can be achieved by having Reigns appear paranoid towards his friend, thinking the Lunatic Fringe is going to cash in on him at any point.
Reigns then attacks Ambrose to prevent him from cashing in, only to enrage his former brother.
This could either lead to Ambrose getting one over on Reigns and cashing in normally or doing the “honourable thing” and selecting a date for the two to fight (a major Pay-Per-View like Survivor Series, perhaps).
Either way, a Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns world title feud is a money-maker hands down.
However, whether WWE trust Dean in the main event scene leaves a big question mark hanging over this feud, one that may prove to be its downfall.
Long awaited début
There is one superstar who, despite not actually being on the main roster yet, makes perfect sense to be booked as Mr. Money In The Bank.
Everyone thought he was going to turn up at Payback, but he didn’t, so, are WWE saving Finn Balor’s arrival for something else?
If Balor wins the briefcase, then the Reigns/Bullet Club angle that everyone was hoping would begin at Payback could get under way.
Balor could either cash in on Reigns or AJ Styles if the two keep feuding; either way, it would move forward the storyline that everyone is expecting to dominate this summer in WWE as well as priming a new top star in Balor.
The uncertain face/heel dynamics, the loyalty of Anderson and Gallows, the unpredictability of Balor as the demon champion all sound like a great storyline to me and it could all start in June with Balor climbing the ladder and claiming that all-important briefcase.
Whoever wins Money In The Bank will have a massive impact on the future of the WWE.
Whether it be young stars, former friends or a rising demon, there is one thing for certain, for the next Mr. Money In The Bank – they can’t be any worse than Sheamus last year.