WWE Money in the Bank 2013: Strongest Stars Heading into SummerSlam

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Sunday’s 2013 edition of Money in the Bank was one of the best shows of 2013 thus far, and coupled with an excellent episode of Raw, WWE is building toward a great stretch headlined by the SummerSlam pay-per-view.

All of the following stars looked strong at Money in the Bank and will translate that into a dominating month before August’s PPV extravaganza.


Randy Orton

When Randy Orton won the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match and ended the PPV standing tall with the briefcase, it was clear that the fan favorite would look the strongest heading into SummerSlam.

Orton now holds the ability to cash in his title shot whenever he wants. With the WWE Championship belt around the waist of the top star in the company, John Cena, the focus for the summer will be on RKO and when he strikes.

Cena announced Monday that he would fight Daniel Bryan for the championship at SummerSlam, and what better way to cement an Orton heel turn than by having Bryan beat Cena and instantly lose the title to The Viper?

No matter when he makes his move to win the title, Orton’s Money in the bank briefcase makes him the strongest star in WWE right now.


John Cena

As much as it hurt the feelings of the hardcore fans who have gone all-in on Mark Henry’s recent run as the company’s top heel to see him lose on Sunday the way he did, this was all to further John Cena’s reign as the WWE champion.

There was no question that Cena was going to walk out of Philadelphia with the title. With SummerSlam being WWE’s second-biggest PPV of the year, the company knows that it needs marquee matches to sell the show to the hardcore and casual fans alike.

As great as Henry has become, most fans don’t care enough about The World’s Strongest Man to make that a main-event caliber match. Daniel Bryan, on the other hand, will have the Staples Center in Los Angeles exploding with excitement.

Cena won his match at Money in the Bank—and every title bout since taking the belt from The Rock at WrestleMania—to make him look as strong as possible before he likely drops his championship at SummerSlam.


The Shield

While Dean Ambrose didn’t win the Money in the Bank ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship briefcase, he was the focal point of many of the match’s best spots and still looked incredibly strong.

Add in the fact that Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns successfully defended their titles against The Usos, and The Shield still looks as dominant now as they ever have. While the trio isn’t fighting the same caliber opponents, the utter domination is the same.

It’s unclear where The Shield goes now after attacking Mark Henry and triple-powerbombing him, but with the trio’s utter stranglehold of the company, the three fresh faces look as strong together as anyone else in WWE individually.


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