PARKS'S TAKE PARKS'S TAKE: Looking at storyline possibilities for each MITB Ladder Match participant
Jun 14, 2015 - 5:05:15 PM
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By Greg Parks, PWTorch columnist
It may seem like Roman Reigns is the ringer entered in the seven-man Money in the Bank Ladder Match this Sunday, and truthfully, it may be difficult to imagine anyone but him walking away with the briefcase containing a WWE World Title shot. However, we all know that each man has only about a 14 percent chance of winning the match, so it's anyone's ballgame!
Reigns may be the obvious candidate to win, but if you think hard about it, each man has storyline possibilities coming out of the show if they grab the briefcase first. But you don't have to think hard...I've done that for you. In no particular order:
Roman Reigns: Reigns has been all over the main event scene lately, helping his good buddy Dean Ambrose try to take down Seth Rollins. If Reigns wins the match, he can get a shot at Rollins himself, the man who he feels cost him the title at Wrestlemania. It doesn't hurt that, like Ambrose, he has a history with both Rollins and his backers, The Authority. It would give a bit of a twist to the Ambrose-Reigns friendship as well if Ambrose walks out of MITB as the champion. All of a sudden, Reigns would be looking at taking that belt from Ambrose. In the long-term, if Rollins survives Sunday, he may have to face Brock Lesnar for the title. Given what happened at Wrestlemania, there's a story there for Reigns as well. WWE is pretty well set from a storytelling perspective any way you slice it coming out of MITB if Reigns wins.
Kane: To most, this isn't an inspired choice, but hear me out. Kane gets the briefcase, and all of a sudden Rollins has to be super nice to the guy he's been putting down non-stop lately. The Authority will have to convince Kane not to cash in his briefcase against Rollins, or to cash it in and lay down for him. There's no way Kane should cash in and win, unless the intrigue all of a sudden makes him a hot babyface and he has a quick reign. But Kane's character has gone through a lot of conflict lately, a lot of it well told, and winning the briefcase would accentuate that. It could be pretty intriguing.
Randy Orton: Like most top babyfaces, Orton too has a checkered history with The Authority. He was replaced by Seth Rollins in that stable and the situation hasn't really been adequately resolved. Like Kane, Orton wouldn't feel necessarily like a "fresh" choice, but fans take him seriously as a main eventer and it would give him a purpose that he doesn't really have now. An Orton vs. Lesnar match is one that could be coming down the pike with Lesnar having re-signed, and Orton toting the briefcase during their interactions could add steam to that potential feud.
Dolph Ziggler: WWE could go all the way and permanently align Lana with Ziggler, which would be a boon for Ziggler given how Vince McMahon and the WWE brass view Lana. Giving him the hot girl and the MITB briefcase would certainly deliver a credibility boost and allow him to shed that "loser" label. Ziggler and Rollins have shown solid chemistry in the ring together in the past, and with Ziggler having been fired by The Authority early this year, this could be his road to revenge. Many wrestlers seem stuck in the mid-card mire, battling over the secondary titles, and vaulting Ziggler to the main event scene, at least while he holds the briefcase, would freshen up both levels.
Sheamus: With Sheamus playing a part in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, WWE may want to make him as visible as possible on TV. Sheamus, as a heel, holding the briefcase while Rollins, a heel, is champion, may limit the possibilities here. What Sheamus could do is really bide his time and continue the path he's on, not interacting much with The Authority and Rollins. It would give fans the impression that he could "surprise" them at any moment with a cash-in, while also giving Sheamus time for a babyface to win the title, one he can really heel on. Or, maybe Rollins fits into the category of one of those "little guys" Sheamus now hates, and he can threaten to take his rage out against the champion sooner rather than later. Like with Kane, The Authority and Rollins may attempt to get on the good side of Sheamus, or "buy him off" to try to get him to hold off cashing in the briefcase. They could hire Sheamus to be their new heavy, turning Kane babyface and allowing Sheamus to turn back babyface down the line if Rollins hold the title into the fall or winter.
Kofi Kingston:: WWE hasn't really done much to hide the fact that Kingston is only in the match to provide some acrobatic moments, nothing more. While The New Day group has come a long way in recent months, I don't know anybody taking Kofi seriously as a potential victor in this match. Yet, The Authority and New Day seem to be on the same page lately, having some interaction with the New Day making the save for Rollins on Smackdown a few weeks ago, being rewarded with all three men allowed to participate in the Elimination Chamber match. Think of how positive the New Day would be if Kofi won the briefcase - the more successful they are, the more annoying they are, the more entertaining they are.
The Man That Gravity Forgot, The New Sensation, Neville: Neville with the briefcase could be really fun. He's the kind of guy who could really get a boost with a win in this type of environment, and he's new enough to where he can really benefit from a victory, unlike a Ziggler, who fans may still see as a mid-carder for life even if he won. Neville is fresh enough to where opinions are still being formed about him, and the WWE Universe hasn't yet put him in a box, so to speak. Neville's character is the ultimate underdog, and there's no bigger underdog than when someone is facing The Authority. The Authority could fail to take Neville seriously, until it's too late. It would be fun to see a guy like Neville win the title, even for the short-term. Neville could be a guy who does a quick cash-in, coming on the heels of Rollins holding the briefcase for almost a year.
Greg Parks has been covering WWE Smackdown for PWTorch.com since January of 2007. He is the host of “Moonlighting with Greg Parks,” a PWTorch VIP-exclusive audio show posted each weekend. Follow him on Twitter @gregmparks for live Tweeting during Raw, Impact, and PPVs, as well as other bits of wisdom. Comments, questions and feedback are welcome, and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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