It used to be that once a year five to eight WWE Superstars had a golden opportunity to climb up a ladder and secure a contract that would guarantee a World championship title shot at the date, time, and place of their choosing. Now, instead of “Mr. Money in the Bank” having a choice between the two World championships, WWE has taken away the element of surprise by instituting Money in the Bank ladder matches specific to either the WWE or World Heavyweight championships.
Recall when WWE.com first broke the news that Edge had cashed in MITB on The Undertaker on SmackDown to become the World Heavyweight champion, as a result of Edge defeating the WrestleMania 23 MITB winner Mr. Kennedy? Or when CM Punk GTS’d Edge on RAW to win his first World championship? Or even when CM Punk cashed in on a battle-worn Jeff Hardy the following year?
The element of surprise is gone, and instead of watching one spectacular ladder match at WrestleMania, we sit through two ladder matches every summer. Familiar with the saying, too much of a good thing is not a good thing at all? That’s the sentiment this blogger has towards WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view event.
Although the event from 2011 when Daniel Bryan made the leap from jobber to “Mr. Money in the Bank” was unexpected. But in the long run we knew that the only championship Bryan could challenge for was the Big Gold belt. Thinking back further, 2010 also had a great turn out with The Miz winning the WWE championship contract, who went on to main event WrestleMania alongside John Cena and The Rock.
Another element that has been eliminated, RAW’s Money in the Bank participants earn their spots based on status rather than earning it through matches. Just look at this year’s participants: CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Rob Van Dam, Sheamus, Randy Orton, and Christian. Aside from them all being former World champions, four of those WWE Superstars are former MITB contract holders.
The saving grace in all of this is SmackDown’s Money in the Bank ladder match participants tend to be a nice blend of new faces and higher-midlevel talents. There’s a good chance that someone like Dean Ambrose or Antonio Cesaro could wind up becoming “Mr. Money in the Bank”.
So for all intents and purposes, the Money in the Bank pay-per-view can have its moments but it would do better to have a single ladder match for a contract giving the holder the opportunity to pick between the WWE or World Heavyweight championships. Plus it helps that WWE brought back Rob Van Dam, which is sure to elicit a huge response from the Philadelphia audience.
Answer the question: Who will win the WWE and World Heavyweight championship Money in the Bank contracts?
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