Chair Shots Presents: Is It Just Me or Does the MITB Match Seem Weak?
By Rob Simmons
Jun 24, 2014 - 10:02:56 AM
Welcome back everybody to the column that will be posing nude for ESPN’s 2014 Body Issue- Chair Shots! Now we’re just a short time away from the 2014 Money in the Bank PPV, and this year we’ve got TWO, count them TWO ladder matches on the card. Last week, Chair Shots looked at the match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and called for a Bray Wyatt win. Since then, Kane has been added to the match, but that doesn’t change my hope for the outcome. Will it happen? It seems doubtful as of late, but I’m rooting for it nonetheless.
Last night on Raw though, we were provided the names of the 7 wrestlers who will take part in the ACTUAL Money in the Bank match, for a title shot down the road for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. And I’ve got to say; I was less than impressed with the names that were announced. To me, this match screams mediocrity, and as far as I’m concerned there is really only one man in my eyes that is going to win this. But before we get to that, let’s take a look at the combatants looking to ascend to the top of the ladder on Sunday.
Jack Swagger (2014 Record 12-34)
Yes, Jack Swagger is a former ECW World Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, US Champion, and a previous MITB winner, but as of late he’s been nothing more than a glorified jobber. As part of the Real Americans, Swagger played second fiddle to the rising star of Cesaro, and when it came to taking the loss for that team, it was always Swagger getting the short end of the stick. Since their breakup, he’s done next to nothing, despite the crowd seemingly wanting to be behind the “We The People” movement.
I like Swagger. He’s a solid hand in the ring, has some good wrestling skills, and now that he has a mouthpiece in Zeb Colter there are no issues with his promo ability. Swagger needs a legitimate kick in the ass to get him going again, and I feel as though a face turn is in order. As I mentioned, the WWE Universe wants very badly to be behind the “We The People” platform, and there may be no better way to do that than to turn Swagger face and put him in a program with Rusev and Lana. For me, that’s almost a no-brainer. However, until that happens, Swagger has ZERO chance of winning on Sunday.
Kofi Kingston (2014 Record 7-21)
Does anybody really know what the true purpose is for keeping Kofi Kingston around? Kingston has been on the main roster for almost 7 years and he is STILL in the same position he was when he first entered the WWE. Kofi has held titles on 10 different occasions, but not one of those title reigns, single or tag, has amounted to anything. As you can see, in 2014 Kofi has been on the losing end of 2/3 of his matches, and has really become nothing more than a guy put in matches when the WWE wants a really good spot done.
We’ve seen this in Royal Rumbles for the past few years, and I have no doubt that we’ll see it again come Sunday at MITB. Kofi will have a moment where he does something relatively unimaginable and unique that will have the crowd in disbelief, but that is his SOLE purpose in this match; nothing more, nothing less. Kofi will not be holding the briefcase high, nor will he ever.
Rob Van Dam (2014 Record 10-10)
Since his return, Rob Van Dam’s role in the WWE has been to put over other talent. To me, the sun seems to be seeing on Van Dam’s career, and as of late he’s been looking more and more like a wrestler that is just going through the motions. Without a doubt, Van Dam has a very rabid fan base that loves his moveset, but I am not one of those people. Van Dam is a man out of time, stuck where he was ten years ago with no willingness to come into the present.
Like Kingston, Van Dam can be counted on for a high-flying move or two, but while Kofi will be crisp with his move, Van Dam as of late seems reckless and sloppy in the ring. He’ll have his supporters that want him to win his 2nd briefcase, but like Swagger and Kingston, his odds are quite long in my opinion. Maybe I’m being too harsh on RVD, I’ll admit that, but I can honestly say I wouldn’t miss him if he weren’t on my TV.
Dolph Ziggler (2014 Record 17-18)
Dolph is such a strange case to look at. In 2013 Dolph had one of the biggest moments of the year when he cashed in his MITB briefcase and won the World Heavyweight Championship on Monday Night Raw following Wrestlemania. The crowd went crazy, and it appeared at that time that a new Main Event star had been born. But that wasn’t to be, as shortly after that Dolph suffered a concussion that put him out of action for some time, and then not too long after that he suffered another one. Ever since then, Ziggler has been stuck in the mid-card, idling in neutral while other stars leap above him on the WWE ladder.
So what happened to Dolph? Known for being somewhat outspoken, it’s possible Dolph got in trouble with management over things he said when his brother was released from NXT. Lately, we’ve been hearing reports that while the WWE acknowledges Ziggler’s potential, they’re nervous to advance him again due to his proclivity towards head injuries. Whatever the case, Dolph’s time to shine was cut way too short. All the elements are there, but a puzzle piece is missing and I really don’t know if it will ever be found. I expect Ziggler to try and steal the show on Sunday as he often does when he gets the chance, but winning the briefcase? I just don’t see it happening.
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
I’ve put Rollins and Ambrose together since they are embroiled in one of the most heated battles in the WWE at the current time. When Rollins delivered the chair shot heard around the world, he destroyed one of the best 3-man teams of all time in The Shield. But even more important than that, he destroyed a brotherhood. Dean Ambrose has taken Rollins betrayal very personally, and with good reason. When three men stand side by side for that long together, fighting heels and faces alike to achieve what The Shield achieved, it’s like a knife in the back.
However at MITB, I think the sole purpose of Dean Ambrose won’t be to get the briefcase for himself, but to do WHATEVER he has to do to prevent Seth Rollins from climbing the ladder and procuring it. Yes there are 7 men in this match, but I fully expect Ambrose and Rollins to be in a match within the match between each other. Ambrose will be marking Rollins from the jump, never letting him out of his sight and doing whatever he has to do to deliver a beating to his turncoat partner. While I see great things for both Seth and Dean, their purpose on Sunday in the match is not to win, but to continue their heated rivalry.
So for those of you that think any of the above six are going to win the match, I’m afraid I’ve got some BAD NEWS!
Bad News Barrett (2014 Record 15-5)
I couldn’t be happier for the roll that Wade Barrett is on. It seemed for quite some time that he wasn’t going to be able to get back to the place he was before being injured by The Big Show playing lawn darts with Dolph Ziggler. But after months and months of just seeing Barrett on a podium proclaiming all sorts of “bad news”, he got into the ring and started backing up his words. Barrett became the Intercontinental Champion, and now seems poised to take the next step by winning the MITB briefcase at the PPV.
For me, Barrett has it all the elements he needs to make it big. He’s got the size, a good look, solid in-ring skills, and is a phenomenal talker. The only thing that seems to be missing is the opportunity. If Barrett does win the briefcase on Sunday, he’ll also take the next step to becoming the first British WWE World Heavyweight Champion. A lot of people question whether or not Barrett is Main Event material, and to that I just ask that he have the chance to prove whether he does or not. I think he’s a great addition to the WWE roster, and possibly one of the best things to ever come out of NXT. So for my money, Bad News Barrett comes out on top.
So what do you think? To me, that lineup seems really light. 4 out of the 7 wrestlers either have a .500 record or worse in 2014. There are some notable names missing from the match, such as Big E. and Ryback. I think either of those men would have been a better addition than Kofi or Swagger. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Bo Dallas had been entered, as the WWE seems high on his character at the moment.
However most surprising is the absence of a man that seems to be on most obvious path to the Main Event, and that is Rusev. I wasn’t sold on him at the beginning, but Rusev seems to be improving at an astronomical rate. He’s got amazing agility for a big man, and despite some people saying the “Anti-American” gimmick is out of touch in today’s world, it IS without a doubt gaining incredible heat. People want to hate Rusev, and that’s what he’s supposed to accomplish. With an incredibly hot Lana as his mouthpiece, they seemed to me to be a lock for this match, so I’m completely surprised at him not being involved.
We’ll see on Sunday who becomes the next man to stake his claim to the WWE World Heavyweight Title somewhere down the road. Hopefully the match will be good, despite what I consider a rather weak line-up.
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