WWE Money in the Bank 2014: Superstars Who Will Shine Under PPV Spotlight
At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view on June 29, expect several stars on the roster to shine.
With its emphasis on big bumps and high-risk moves, the Money in the Bank Ladder match is particularly known for its thrilling and show-stealing performances. The current Evolution vs. Shield program should also allow all the men involved a chance to deliver sterling in-ring performances at the TD Garden.
So what wrestlers can fans count on to make a major and lasting mark at the pay-per-view? Let's have a look.
5. Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio qualified for Money in the Bank on Monday's Raw by defeating fan favorite Dolph Ziggler. While Del Rio's once-promising career has stalled in recent times (to put it mildly), the former WWE champion remains a decent and solid in-ring worker. He almost always makes the effort.
With this in mind, expect the star to churn out a very respectable performance in the Ladder match and possibly even return himself to relevance.
While Paige's current reign with the Divas Championship isn't exactly setting the world on fire—WWE seems to have forgotten how to book its champions in a credible and logical manner—it's hard to criticize the 21-year-old's in-ring efforts. Her work has been very strong, even if the booking hasn't.
Expect her to deliver a good performance at Money in the Bank, too, whether she's facing Alicia Fox again or someone new. Hopefully, the booking will be more flattering, too.
3. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins shocked the wrestling world on Monday's Raw when he turned on teammates Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and aligned with Evolution. Indeed, the sight of Rollins celebrating with Triple H and Randy Orton over his injured friends may have been one of the best and most gripping endings to WWE's flagship show in years.
Presumably, the two factions will face off in Boston at the end of the month—Rollins' first real test as a heel. If so, expect the former Ring of Honor wrestler to pass it with flying colors. The summer of 2014 is definitely going to be his time to shine.
2. Roman Reigns
WWE clearly has big plans for Roman Reigns; in recent times, he's picked up several crucial victories and been positioned far stronger than either Rollins or Ambrose. The company seems to think he can be the next big monster babyface in the Bill Goldberg mould—and it may very well be on to something. He has talent and charisma in spades and is actually a far better wrestler than Goldberg ever was.
Assuming The Shield vs. Evolution happens at the pay-per-view, Ambrose and Reigns will find themselves at a numbers disadvantage.
Will Reigns be able to overcome the odds and pick up a win? Well, even if he doesn't, expect him to deliver a great in-ring performance, as usual.
With Paul Heyman by his side, Cesaro has spent the last two months establishing himself as WWE's next big star. He will almost certainly compete in the Money in the Bank match, which may or may not be for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship depending on how Daniel Bryan's recovery plays out.
It goes without saying that Cesaro will churn out an incredible performance in the match—he's easily one of the best and most hard-working wrestlers on the roster right now. But could he pull out the victory, too? It's very possible, maybe even likely. WWE wouldn't have given him Heyman as a manager if it didn't expect him to be a main eventer very soon.