Money In The Bank is just a few short weeks away, and the PPV is one of my personal favourites, especially Money In The Bank 2011 where we witnessed a classic match between CM Punk and John Cena amongst a brilliant card.
This year though, in the ‘renamed-but-still-exactly-the-same-WWE Championship-Money In The Bank match’, WWE have changed up the formula. A switcheroo, if you will. One that isn’t for the better.
This year, the WWE Championship MITB match (see: RAW MITB match) will feature past WWE Champions only. Currently Big Show, Kane, John Cena and Chris Jericho are in the match.
Now, there’s a few things that I see wrong with this change in approach.
Firstly, all of these wrestlers are established, certified stars. The MITB matches are usually left to up and coming stars to make an impression and earn a future title shot; this way they can be built up before or after cashing in their briefcase and step up to the main event picture. Clearly, this isn’t happening this year, at least for the WWE Championship match, which is a great shame.
Secondly, none of these guys are overly athletic. Of course, Show and Kane are monsters and Cena and Jericho are work horses but you don’t expect to see anything exciting or over the top from them in a ladder match. For example you won’t see Kane performing a Shooting Star Press from the top of a ladder like Evan Bourne in 2011. This again is a shame because in a MITB match you expect to see excitement and innovation and I just can’t see it coming from these four.
Besides the WWE Championship MITB match, there is a World Heavyweight Championship MITB match too. A mouthful, I know. At least in this match, WWE are following the tradition of having young guys in the match with the ability to shine. Kinda. Sorta. Maybe.
You see, currently in the WHC MITB match are Damien Sandow, Tyson Kidd, Christian, Santino Marella and Tensai. Now I agree with the inclusions of Kidd and Christian. Both are very talented and Kidd is looking to work his way up while Christian is one of the original ladder match pioneers, so expect some great offense from these two. However, I really don’t understand the inclusions of Sandow, Marella and Tensai. Sandow is extremely new to SmackDown, Marella is simply a comedy character and Tensai is an old face that has struggled to assert himself under the new gimmick. Is the roster really that thin right now that the WWE creative team has no choice but to include them?
Personally, I hate the idea of this year’s WWE Championship MITB match, and all of my hopes lie on the World Heavyweight Championship MITB match, which currently doesn’t look too good either. Let me know what you guys think in the comments or on Twitter @DeadmanDRB!
If all else fails, we still have Punk vs Bryan.