SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling PPV Reports
   October 01, 2014



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

Raw in Chicago


Titans in Toronto VI


WWE Night of Champions


Legends of the Ring fan fest


Heroes & Legends IV fan fest


NXT Takeover: Fatal 4 Way


ROH All Star Extravaganza VI







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT





Countdown to WWE Money in the Bank
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling





At one point, the Money in the Bank Ladder Matches we were seeing tonight seemed to be forgone conclusions; not so much now after what has taken place on WWE TV over the last couple weeks.

WWE announced the participants in the Money in the Bank match at the next PPV. Who are you picking?
Daniel Bryan - 37%
Rob Van Dam - 26%
CM Punk - 16%
Christian - 13%
Randy Orton - 3%
Sheamus - 3%
Kane - 2%

Let's talk about the All-Stars first, where everything pointed to Daniel Bryan winning. Bryan still looks like an easy pick to win, no question - after all, he's been pushed pretty much the hardest of anyone; but there's a big x-factor now in Randy Orton.

Orton got a good promo in on Monday and looked reasonably good even in defeat to CM Punk, and this renewal of his character seems like a good trigger to launch him as a heel, and what better way to kick off this run than by taking the title, as teased, from John Cena later tonight (or even better - save it for Monday when Cena isn't expecting it as much)? Heck, put him on the shelf until after Summerslam (which will already have a built in main event with Punk vs. Lesnar) and instead have Orton vs. Bryan for the strap.

Now there are some forgone conclusions. Punk's not getting it since he's entering into the Lesnar bout, Christian seems destined for a feud with Dean Ambrose and Sheamus is quasi in a feud with Damien Sandow. That leaves the aforementioned Bryan, Orton, Rob Van Dam (who WWE could easily plug back in with Cena for a 'return' bout for the title at Summerslam with a heel Van Dam proclaiming he would still be champ if he wasn't stooged to the police or something of that ilk, but not likely to happen) and the mystery man who will replace the fallen Kane. I actually expect this individual to be Lesnar, only to mess with Punk and actually take him out of the bout early.

Who will come out on top in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a World Heavyweight Championship contract?
Dean Ambrose - 28%
Antonio Cesaro - 16%
Wade Barrett - 15%
Fandango - 15%
Jack Swagger - 14%
Damien Sandow - 7%
Cody Rhodes - 6%

This leaves the 'frosh' MITB match, and this picture at one point seemed pretty clear as well with a winning Wade Barrett, finishing off what was to be his ascension last year had it not been for his injury.

Two factors work against this now though - 1. Barrett has been all but buried of late and 2. Antonio Cesaro seems to now have a pretty big rocket strapped to his back with the pairing with Zeb Coulter. Giving Cesaro the briefcase does put him in a match with Ziggler which would be one heck of a bout (same applies to Del Rio for that matter), and also creates tension with Jack Swagger, which again leads to some interesting match possibilities. Reversing within the Coulter tribe and putting the case in Swagger's hands is also a possibility.

Really, it's Coulter's tribe's to lose. Ambrose is occupied otherwise sufficiently, Fandango and Rhodes aren't in the picture, Sandow is an interesting option but isn't quite read for the gold yet, and Barrett as noted before has fallen hard.


Now all this happens while we have an intriguing WWE Championship Match between Mark Henry and John Cena. The bout has a fantastic story going in with Henry battling for his legacy, while Cena defends himself and the WWE Universe. In our recent poll, 42% of voters pointed to an inconclusive decision, while 35% picked Cena and 23% picked Henry. To me, I like the idea of it being an inconclusive finish because the story's just getting started and a gimmick match at Summerslam would work; but part of me also wants Henry to take the title because in truth the man has earned the right to wear the gold, even if it's for only a month.

On the World Championship side, it seems evident that Ziggler takes back the belt and likely loses it on a cash-in tonight. Del Rio, to me, would actually be well served in a feud with Sheamus.

Elsewhere, I'm taking AJ to retain the Diva's Championship, Curtis Axel to handily defeat The Miz, Jericho to go over Ryback and The Shield to retain over The Usos.

Enjoy the card folks!

MONEY IN THE BANK HISTORY