On Sunday, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, Bad News Barrett, Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger will all be staring up at the gold Money in the Bank briefcase hanging above the ring. The briefcase, as we all know, contains a future world title shot that can be cashed in at any time.
A few weeks ago on Main Event, Rollins announced that this match would be taking place, and that he would be in it. Then, this past Monday on Raw, Triple H announced the rest of the competitors, minus Ambrose. Just after Triple H’s announcement, Rollins took on RVD, but was attacked by Ambrose. Rollins then asked Triple H to put Ambrose in the match, where he could keep his eye on him, and Triple H granted Rollins’ request.
The past two years, Ziggler and Damien Sandow have been “Mr. Money in the Bank” and it has not fared well for them. However, that moniker did wonders for Edge and CM Punk, so the briefcase does still have some lore to it.
There is one big question going into this match, and it revolves around Barrett. Barrett suffered a shoulder injury on SmackDown and is questionable for the match. If Barrett can’t go, there is some speculation about a big name replacement.
Now, find out who Daily DDT staff members Michael Dunlap, Alex Del Barrio, Benjamin Raven, Lance Augustine, Luther Fraser, and myself, Mike Smith, think will walk out with the career-changing win.
Michael’s Take: I see this as a spot-fest, as is usually the case with these kinds of matches. In my eyes, there are only two real choices to win — Barrett or Rollins. It seems like WWE is giving Rollins the superstar rub, but if they’re uncomfortable pulling the trigger with him, they could continue his storyline with Ambrose. At the end of the day, I think Barrett’s rise continues and Rollins feuds with Ambrose (Dean would definitely have to cost Rollins the contract somehow).
Alex’s Take: There is a good chance Barrett won’t be competing in this match because of an apparent shoulder injury at the Smackdown tapings. Who they replace him with won’t matter. To me this was the match to put Cesaro in as I think he would have been the right guy to have the briefcase for when Lesnar won the title and always threatening to cash in on him as they are both Heyman “guys”. With the line-up you do have Barrett would have been ideal seeing as he is one of the top talkers in this tier of superstars. He could certainly drag out the cash in threat better than a lot of guys have. All signs to be pointing to Rollins winning this. I can’t think of a realistic scenario where someone other than Triple-H’s new chosen one walks out of Boston with the briefcase. My guess is Rollins with a prolonged hold and potentially an unsuccessful cash-in.
Benjamin’s Take: This one is going to be really fun and I am on my hands and knees praying that Bad News Barrett can compete without risking further injury. Three days ago I would have predicted BNB to win; now I don’t see how it couldn’t be Seth Rollins or Dean Ambrose. Kofi Kingston, sadly, is only in this match to pull off the most exciting and innovative moves. I’m going to go with my gut and go with Rollins winning this match as he slowly evolves into the company’s top heel. No matter who comes down with the briefcase, this match should be insanely fun to watch.
Lance’s Take: Another intriguing match on the card. The Money in the Bank match has been a staple in the company since WrestleMania 21, and always brings intrigue to the person that brings the briefcase down. Past winners have went on to cash in and win major championships, and this year shouldn’t be any different. You can’t talk about this match without talking about the Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose dynamic. Once partners and now enemies, this alone brings a different perspective to this match. I have always been a Dolph Ziggler guy, but he is very injury prone, and I feel the company doesn’t want to put to much stock in him, which bums me out. With Barrett being injured recently, that takes him out of the equation. RVD is in the company to put younger talent over, and Jack Swagger, being a past winner, won’t get the nod here. So that brings us back to Rollins and Ambrose. I am a believer that one of these guys will win, but either way, it could have HUGE feud power moving forward. I will go with Rollins winning, but Ambrose maybe challenging for the case at Battleground.
Luther’s Take: This looks set to come down to Rollins and Ambrose at the top of the ladder. Maybe Ambrose’ bitter side gets the best of him and he hits Rollins with dirty deeds off the top, allowing one of the other superstars to sneak up the ladder and claim the briefcase?
Mike’s Take: First, let’s just say that Kofi and Swagger are not winning the briefcase. RVD will probably be gone after SummerSlam, which takes him out of the equation as well. I don’t like Barrett’s odds because I don’t believe he is going to compete in the match due to his injury. That leaves Rollins, Ambrose, and Ziggler. Unfortunately, Ziggler probably isn’t going to win, although he is the dark horse. If Barrett competes, I think he will win. If he doesn’t, I’d give the briefcase to Rollins and add another element to his feud with Ambrose.