Saturday, July 7, 2012

2012 Money in the Bank Matches & Predictions

Money in the Bank PPV for 2012 features a total of four matches so far including two MITB matches.  On the line in those are two contracts; one for the WWE Championship, and one for the World Heavyweight Championship.

The other two matches will feature the actual championships on the line.  Mind you, there's only been one time a wrestler cashed in during the same Pay-Per-View, and that was Kane two years ago when he cashed it in to defeat Rey Mysterio for the World Heavyweight title.  Could we see that happen again?

While it's always possible, it doesn't appear that way, unless there's some interesting moves that happen.  The more intriguing of the two ladder matches is certainly the Smackdown (World Championship) version.  There really are three guys there who appear like they could be the winners with Christian, Cody Rhodes, and Dolph Ziggler.  However, WWE could really swerve things and make a guy like Damien Sandow rise to quicker prominence, if they wanted.

If Christian wins, he currently holds the IC title, so he'd have to drop that before cashing in.  It happened before with The Miz.  Or, WWE could make him vacate the IC title and hold a tournament.  Also, if Christian wins, then most likely we'll see him going heel, and cashing in on Sheamus (unless Del Rio wins the championship at MITB).

So here's the top 3 picks in order: Christian, then Ziggler, then Rhodes.  Those 3 make the most sense, right now.  Two are heels already, who have yet to really hold the championship.  I say that due to Dolph's previous reign which was very short.  With the fact that Dolph separated himself from tag partner Jack Swagger (similar to Miz separating from John Morrison), maybe now is his time to shine.  It'd be great to see Cody get that contract though, after years of paying his dues.

In other match it's John Cena, Kane, Chris Jericho, and Big Show.  Kane is the only previous winner, but don't count on him winning gain.  Also, while everyone wants Cena to win, remember the above, nd tht is for the most part all of the previous winners went heel.  The only exception to that rule appears to be Rob Van Dam in what was a crossover story involving WWE and ECW for the ECW One Night Stand PPV in 2006.  He cashed in there to defeat Cena for the title.

So who will win the WWE Championship contract?  It appears the smart money will be on Jericho or Show.  The way Show has been built up lately, he could be a major force to be reckoned with if he has that briefcase in his possession.  It would also be interesting to see how he climbs the ladder to retrieve it.  Maybe it'll happen with all three opponents layed out on the mat below?

In the two championship matches, it seems Sheamus and Punk should retain.  Many fans will point out that the AJ, Daniel Bryan and Punk love triangle looms over the WWE Championship.  Despite that, there had been rumors that Cena and Punk will be clashing at SummerSlam 2012 for the WWE title.  For that to happen, Punk obviously needs to have the belt around his waist still.  So it's hard to see him losing at MITB to Bryan, or whoever wins the ladder match.

It should be interesting to see which other matches get added into the mix before next Sunday.  Feel free to leave your comments about who you think will win the 2012 Money in the Bank Matches below!

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