We’re at that exciting time of the year once again as the Money in the Bank pay-per-view is less than a week away, where one of six men will be looking to unhook the briefcase and give them an opportunity of a lifetime.
Walking out as Mr. Money in the Bank almost guarantees you a run as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion – apart from two occasions – but there have been some questionable winners over the years.
There have been wasted chances with stand-out stars not being handed key opportunities to go on to compete for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship via the briefcase, here are the four I believe should have won Money in the Bank.
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I think the WWE should have gone with the idea of having Roman Reigns win the Money in the Bank briefcase, rather than giving it to Sheamus last year which proved to be a horrible run as Mr. Money in the Bank and eventually the champion.
The reason for this is that it would have been a great story played out on screen, especially because last year Reigns would have been trying to get in the title picture a few months after being screwed out of the championship in the main event of WrestleMania, courtesy of Seth Rollins.
There’s a chance the WWE Universe could have been on his side now if they saw him unhook the briefcase and work his way to the top again, fighting through numerous storylines before cashing in. That way, fans would have been taken on a journey, and it would have given Reigns more time to prove his worth to fans as a champion.
This could have also been the perfect time to turn him heel, or at least test to see how he’d work as a heel. Everybody knows heels work better as winners of this match, it’s why Kevin Owens is the favourite to win, but having Reigns cash-in on a fan favourite could have been a turning point in his career.
Now he’s receiving negative reactions on a weekly basis; perhaps the story would have been different if he won the briefcase previously.
I was a little surprised not to see Kofi Kingston involved in the match this year, primarily because he’s more relevant than he’s ever been and being associated in this match would’ve given the New Day a great rub and even more importance than they already have.
It’s his appearances in previous years which have helped him become associated with this match, along with the Royal Rumble, because of his amazing spots which leave fans wondering what he will come up with next year.
His innovation, talent and hard work in previous years should have realistically allowed him to leave with the SmackDown briefcase, and a case can be made for numerous stars as guys like Kingston could have been brilliant World Heavyweight Champions.
That would have been fantastic for him today, having a former World Champion in the New Day could help elevate Big E and Xavier Woods even further.
Cody Rhodes could have been a World Champion by now. However, he came close but not close enough as Damien Sandow pipped him to the briefcase, and we all know how his cash-in went down.
Now, Rhodes isn’t in the company and you can’t blame him for wanting out as lack of direction left him frustrated. I believe that wouldn’t have been the case if won this match, as he could have been the World Champion we knew he was worthy of being.
It allowed us to witness a fresh face turn for Rhodes, but there’s no denying that his strengths were lying in his heel personas, ranging from his dashing days to his Rhodes Scholars days.
He could have been a fantastic World Champion, and there’s a chance that with correct booking, he could have been used in the main event spots, and he could still be in the company today.
I want Bray Wyatt to become Mr. Money in the Bank one day, even though you could argue that he’s the only superstar in the company that doesn’t need a briefcase to go over and become the champion.
It will be interesting to see how he will work as a face, and how the fans will react because they can change allegiances on a weekly basis. For now, I believe he’s a much better heel, and he could be the most intriguing Money in the Bank winner in history.
The fact is, Wyatt is gold and the WWE have made poor decision after poor decision by having him lose when it matters the most. That has made him look weak and irrelevant, but a win could have been the all-important change in momentum he needed to reach the top again.
He would have also been the most intriguing winner, every time we see the holder run down; it’s quick and unexpected, and before we know it, we have a new champion. With Wyatt and the rest of the family, I feel it would be fantastic seeing an eerie, slow cash-in take place where the fans have time to process exactly what’s going on.
The WWE need to learn from past mistakes and pick a deserving winner this year; hopefully, it’s Owens who leaves with the briefcase on Sunday.
Who else do you think should have won Money in the Bank? Have your say in the comments section below.