Sunday night the WWE presents one of their most anticipated events in a long time with ‘Money in the Bank’ from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois and built around John Cena Vs CM Punk for the WWE Title. The LAW previews the show and then catch The LAW immediately after the pay-per-view at 11pm EST on The Score on Sirius 158 and right here on the website.
KELLY KELLY VS BRIE BELLA FOR THE DIVA’S TITLE
Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
This will be my bathroom break because I cannot stand the way they push her in the ring. I’m guessing she’ll retain.
This match should be a game of “how fast can we get this done”… Kelly wins in 3.5 minutes.
The bell rings and immediately CM Punk’s music hits and he sends them to the back because they are wasting everyone’s time.
BIG SHOW VS MARK HENRY
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Well, I may not know who’s going over here, but the real loser is the audience since this match is not going to be pretty. Get out your bowling shoes….
They’ve hyped this match a considerable amount and attempted to make Henry into a monster…. however, I still have hard time buying him in this role after all the damage they’ve done to him over the years. Along with that I’m not interested in either of these characters in the ring. I’d guess Big Show wins here since he’s due for a feud with Del Rio which should hold Punk over with… well more on that below.
I proposed my music video montage idea on Review a Raw, which would be the best way to showcase this match – highlights. I will fully admit this is the most interesting I have found Mark Henry to ever be and has taken to this new role very well. This should be a series of power spots and booked short with Henry going over and a likely program with Randy Orton for the title as a result.
RANDY ORTON VS CHRISTIAN FOR THE WORLD TITLE
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This should be another strong in-ring match from both of these guys, but it seems pretty obvious that Christian is never getting near the world title again. Orton retains.
Once again Christian will come up short here… but I’m sure they’ll do some sort of controversy yet again to extend this feud one more match since whomever wins MITB there will still be little to no emphasis on this title.
Boy does this program pale in comparison after just spending all that time booking the finish for the WWE Title match. I love the matches these two have but this is one pay-per-view too many for this feud and have really divested myself just as they have with this lame stipulation that Christian can win the title on a DQ or if the official makes a bad call – if this is their way to put the title on Christian without pinning Orton than it’s going to be bad. That being said a title change on this show will be completely forgotten by the end of the night and I believe Orton keeps the title – they could always do a swerve and have a MITB cash-in for this match but it would be a swerve for the sake of a swerve and thinking short-term.
SMACKDOWN MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH – SIN CARA VS DANIEL BRYAN VS WADE BARRETT VS SHEAMUS VS JUSTIN GABRIEL VS HEATH SLATER VS KANE VS CODY RHODES
Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski On this side of MTIB, it’s a harder pick but it has to be Wade Barrett or Sheamus getting the nod here. I’ll go with Sheamus since they seem to be pushing him again lately.
For the first time in a long time there are so many potential winners coming out of this match, that it makes it very hard to predict. I’m going to bet that one if not both MITB’s are going to be cashed in this night after Punk beats Cena. So if that is the case, there is a certain reason / rationale for more than one of these guys to come out on top.
Sheamus – If this is just a flat out win to have a title contender and build up a character, Sheamus is the obvious choice here cause he is the next one in line to fued with Orton. But then again, generally the MITB winner should not be the logical contender and instead be someone slightly out of the picture so they can build the challenge for a while before cashing in the briefcase. Sheamus could however come out of this as the winner, and then after Punk beats Cena, Vince demands he cash in his title shot and Punk beats him as well… thus Sheamus can go back on SD saying that he deserves a shot cause he won MITB…. but the briefcase is already used so it becomes and empty threat an very heel like.
Cody could win here, and then have to get in the ring to face Punk since a GTS to the face would play well into his gimmick.
I love the idea of Wade Barrett getting this. He is an excellent talker and if this is the case of having someone walk around for 6-months threatening the champion, this is a gimmick that has the potential to put Wade back into the main event picture and away from the dismal Ezekiel “Ahmed Johnson” Jackson program he has been lost in.
Gabriel and Slater are non factors but will provide some good stunts… as will Sin Cara
Daniel Bryan is interesting considering he’s been mentioned by Cena in the Punk angle. If he wins, then Vince demands that he go after Punk and either he refuses, or gets in the ring and lays down… that would be a tremendously interesting angle, and align him with Punk which would make his spot in the company mean a lot more than it does right now…. the internet marks would go nuts for this.
Kane once again could win, and then Vince could demand him cash it in that night… thus it would be seen as a big obstacle for Punk to overcome, but he’s not very interesting.
This match could start the show off and is a bit more of an open field when it comes to picks with Sheamus the favourite going into the match. I would immediately rule out Kane, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel. Some are feeling Daniel Bryan is under consideration but I just don’t see it based on how he is portrayed as a ‘nerd’ on TV and given no momentum heading into this match. That leaves us with Sheamus, Barrett, Rhodes and Sin Cara – Barrett is missing something to take him to the next level and I don’t know if winning this would be a wise choice, Rhodes has improved a lot with the deformed gimmick and fits the mould of a rising talent, who could benefit a lot with a win here, Sin Cara has gotten over well at live events and have to consider him a success thus far in his short WWE run but his character doesn’t lend it self well to winning the MITB. I’m leaning towards Sheamus in this one with the company hopefully having a renewed faith in him.
RAW MONEY IN THE BANK LADDER MATCH – REY MYSTERIO VS ALBERTO DEL RIO VS EVAN BOURNE VS KOFI KINGSTON VS R-TRUTH VS JACK SWAGGER VS THE MIZ VS ALEX RILEY
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I think it’s pretty obvious in this bunch that Del Rio is going to be the winner, take the title from Punk and feud with Cena for the summer.
As per above this is also a very interesting / exciting match, and many have the opportunity to win here with a great storyline.
Of course when I say many let’s first rule out Kofi & Evan who are merely spot monkeys in this one. Riley is out, and subsequently this could lead to Miz being out as well, since Riley’s focus has been all about taking out The Miz.
R-Truth is in his own little world, and although the crazy stuff he’s doing has managed to reinvigorate his career, he’s not going to get this MITB spot.
Jack Swagger is interesting as if they are going to do a scenario where they toss the RAW MITB winner into the ring right after Punk beats Cena, he would be my second choice to go in and do the job. Thus later on he can brag he’s a 2x MITB winner, and was forced to give his second one away by McMahon.
My first choice if they were to go with that angle would be Rey Mysterio… Mysterio wins, Vince then forces him to fight Punk. These two have amazing chemistry together in the ring, and even if Punk does 20 minutes with Cena another 10 with Rey would be incredible television, and they have so many reversals and have such great in-ring chemistry that is would be a very exciting match, with Rey ultimately losing to Punk.
And finally Alberto Del Rio… naturally this is the guy that is and has been the choice for months going into this PPV. DelRio’s character is stale… but the MITB briefcase could either reinvigorate his character… OR, if they choose to put the SD winner in the ring with Punk first and tire him out, then DelRio could come in and beat down a very tired Punk and take away the title effortlessly which would very much build his heel persona, and make him VERY hated and ready for his boring match with Cena at Summer Slam.
You know you are getting a great match in both Ladder matches as these are always laid out very well and you have some great performers in the ring. Rey Mysterio has quietly been having a fantastic run since being drafted to ‘Raw’ in the spring and is great in these types of matches when building to the finish and heightening the match. Del Rio is the clear, cut favourite and the fact he is such makes this match prone to be booked for a surprise and I wouldn’t necessarily have a problem with it. Del Rio is already near the top and can easily main event ‘SummerSlam’ without winning this match. The MITB has been designed to take guys lower on the card and show the audience they are serious about getting behind them (well except for the time Jack Swagger won). I think it’s too early for Alex Riley to get that kind of a push as he is very limited and that has been shown when he is not booked with The Miz. I will lean towards Del Rio but if I they go the surprise direction I will go with a long shot in Kofi Kingston.
JOHN CENA VS CM PUNK FOR THE WWE TITLE
Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
Well, this is the big one that everyone is waiting for. I see Punk beating Cena but then one of the money in the bank guys gets the win on him, probably Del Rio. This focuses on Cena vs Del Rio for the summer and then Punk can come back at the Royal Rumble and, hopefully, set him up for something with Stone Cold at Wrestlemania.
Well as mentioned above there are a few scenario’s that could be put in place here.
1) Montreal Finish… bad idea
2) Montreal Finish attempt with Bret Hart stopping McMahon from doing it… and Punk beating Cena. Good idea if written properly.
3) Punk wins, challenged by SD MITB winner who he beats, then by RAW winner who he loses too. (I’d push for Kane to be the SD winner… or Daniel Bryan, which would make the interest level go through the roof! Then DelRio to take the eventual win on the Raw side)
4) Punk wins, challenged by RAW MITB winner who he beats, then by SD winner who he loses too…. I dont see this scenario happening, but if it did I would suspect Rey Mysterio as the RAW winner, and Sheamus as the SD winner and golden child when this night is done.
5) Punk defeats Cena, then beats both MITB winners… and leaves. This once again would be awesome, and him walking out to end the PPV would be pretty cool.
6) Cena beats Punk… either clean or via McMahon interference, let’s hope this doesn’t happen.
OVERALL: I don’t remember a card that i’ve been so interested in. This angle already has a better follow up to it than the Nexus angle did. I can’t wait for Sunday night… and I don’t think I’ve said that since the Bret Hart Can/Am angle in 1996/97…. okay well maybe the WCW or ECW invasion angles… but those were both ruined very fast. Let’s hope they hit a home run with this one.
It has been a long time since there was this much intrigue to the finish of a match and how they book the finish of a match. The WWE has previously booked shows in such a way where it is easy for people to skip the shows and simply get caught up on ‘Raw’ the next night but this is a match you want to see live because of the atmosphere and genuine interest in how they book the finish with so many different options. It seems a lock that Punk is going to be taking time off after this match and likely return late in the year or early 2012. Punk is the hottest commodity in the business right now and has the ability right now to bring back an audience that has lost interest in the product. I have never been a big advocate of turning John Cena but in this case I like the dynamic of Cena being a babyface to a certain segment of the audience and Punk playing to the older crowd without either being a distinct heel in the traditional sense. The worst finish would be a straight match and Cena simply defeats Punk and Punk loses a ton of steam and ultimately fails. One of the best booking ideas thus far has been from Bryan Alvarez of the WO/F4W site with Punk defeating Cena, defeating the Smackdown MITB winner and ultimately losing to the Raw MITB winner with the only downside being you squander the MITB chase for a one night angle. You also have to take into account that John Cena is going to headline ‘SummerSlam’ and has to be booked with that in mind (and that show is going to suffer a lot if Punk is not on that show as I see a lot of people opting to buy this show in lieu of SummerSlam). I have given it some thought and feel a great scenario would be Punk defeats Cena and leaves with the title and the WWE Title is taken off of television for the rest of the year. This makes Randy Orton (or Christian) the champion and can go to both shows with one title fought over for the rest of the year. You could even have Punk take the title for a shot in Japan and it leads to Punk returning in the new-year as the ‘REAL WORLD CHAMPION’, who defended the title everywhere and it leads to a Title Vs Title match at WrestleMania 28 while Cena and Rock have a non-title match. The question is, who does Punk come back to feud with in a program that big? I wouldn’t go with Orton and the guy that comes to mind right away is Triple H.