It's no secret that there is a lot of criticism surrounding the Money in the Bank (MITB) fatal-four match this coming Sunday for a shot at the WWE Championship.
This Money in the Bank has largely eliminated the traditional allure of most MITB matches by not including rising stars. In fact, this MITB match has done the complete opposite by only featuring former WWE champions.
This MITB match is a fatal-four way, and as a result, is the first one to include such a low number of superstars.
Money in the Bank has established a reputation for delivering high-risk wrestling maneuvers. As a result, there is speculation that superstars like John Cena and Big Show will lower traditional expectations for this type of match.
John Cena is expected to win—for many reasons.
Among those reasons are the fact that he has continued to dominate the main event scene, has not had the title for a significant amount of time and rumors (via Justin LaBar of WrestleZone) that he's expected to face off against CM Punk at SummerSlam.
Additionally, John Cena is the biggest baby face of the company and continues to be featured as the top dog.
But I'd like to instead focus on how this match could deliver in a realistic way.
I argue that for superstars like John Cena and Big Show, gimmick matches provide an opportunity for them to step outside of their comfort zone and entertain fans in a different way.
The ladder has been used in a lot of creative ways over the years and there is no reason why this match should be any different, even if Cena and Show aren't considered the most technically-gifted wrestlers.
Additionally, Chris Jericho and Kane are highly experienced in the realm of ladder and MITB matches. They have the opportunity to shine and make Cena and Show look good.
But even beyond that, Cena demonstrated he could compete in a ladder match when he faced off against Edge.
Cena can perform the Attitude Adjustment off the ladder, onto a ladder, or onto a table. He can also perform other moves in a similar fashion. His leg drop bulldog would be devastating to an opponent driven into a ladder or chair.
Even Cena's repetitive flying shoulder block would have sellable impact on an opponent laying against a ladder in the corner of the ring.
Cena could place a laying opponent in between a ladder and perform an improvised STF. Similarly, Big Show could do the same with his colossal clutch.
Big Show could spear a ladder with a climbing opponent. The impact would be impressive.
But Big Show, more than any other superstar in this match, could also provide entertainment by being on the receiving end of a whole host of different attacks from Jericho, Kane and Cena using the ladder.
And then when you combine the ladder with the potential for double team and even triple team moves, the possibilities are endless.
So while you might be skeptical, I ask that you reconsider.
Because sometimes, less is more.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!