WWE Money in the Bank 2014: Projecting Remainder of Ladder Match Field
The 2014 WWE Money in the Bank ladder match is starting to get crowded, but there are still spots to fill.
Which wrestlers will end up participating in the hunt for the vacated WWE World Heavyweight Championship?
That answer should be revealed by the end of tonight's episode of Monday Night Raw, but until then, there is still time for speculation and predictions.
The plans for this pay-per-view have changed several times and WWE seems to be keeping things vague to help allow for some leeway.
At one point, it appeared as though there were two open spots for the ladder match, but since the card is always subject to change, that may no longer be the case.
Nonetheless, whether there are multiple spots or just one left to fill, here is a list of possible choices for who may be chosen to climb the ladder and fight for the title.
5. Big Show
If WWE wanted to throw a curveball out there without making it too risky, Big Show would be a candidate to join this match lineup.
He's not someone who has been busy as of late, so there aren't any lingering feuds that need to be wrapped up.
Having been in ladder matches before—as well as a WWE World Heavyweight champion—Big Show is a safe name to join the fray.
That being said, as much as it would be reasonable, it also would be bland.
Big Show is a certified main event star that is in a dull situation as far as the current landscape goes in WWE.
There's no momentum heading into Money in the Bank for the World's Largest Athlete, so it's tough to think that incorporating him into this title match would boost viewership.
There aren't many people on the roster that could fill the open spots, which means Big Show is a possibility, albeit one that would be met with an unenthusiastic response.
4. The Miz
Since The Miz has been appearing at live events as of late, there's a possibility he may make his return to television for Money in the Bank.
It has happened before in 2012 when he came back after a two-month absence from filming The Marine 3: Homefront.
This time, he would be returning yet again from filming The Marine 4 with Summer Rae, who has already been appearing on WWE television for the past few weeks.
While some people may be down on him, The Miz is still a former WWE champion and Money in the Bank winner, so it isn't as though he wouldn't make sense to put into the match.
There's more of a chance that The Miz will challenge for the title than Big Show, if not just for the momentum of returning, but there are still bigger fish to fry.
The original plan for Money in the Bank had set up a title match between Daniel Bryan and Kane, which has now been thrown out the window.
Bryan is off limits, but should Kane just wait this pay-per-view out and do nothing?
His membership status in The Authority is justification for Stephanie McMahon or Triple H to simply announce his participation in this match without even having to qualify.
It worked for Randy Orton and it can work for Kane.
While this could be an easy spot to fill that requires no effort whatsoever, it's also something that isn't quite necessary.
There are enough people in the match where Kane isn't needed to bulk out the numbers.
If anything, this may be a case of diminishing returns, where Kane's addition can actually hurt the match and make it one too many players getting lost in the shuffle.
One way or another, there's a far better chance that Kane gets tossed into the mix than someone like Fandango or David Otunga, so keep your eyes open for the Big Red Machine.
2. Roman Reigns
It is easy to assume that Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose will be involved in some kind of a match with Seth Rollins and possibly Triple H, but it doesn't necessarily have to go down that way.
Instead, WWE could book a singles match between Ambrose and Rollins, leaving Reigns to qualify for the Money in the Bank match.
There are two particular reasons behind this thinking
First, Ambrose was involved in a qualifier against Bray Wyatt, so it would seem a bit odd if Reigns was not used in the same capacity.
Second, Triple H has wrestled at the past three events and may be looking for some time off.
Seeing as how Randy Orton is already in the ladder match, there aren't any other people that could team up with Rollins for a tag team bout against the two remaining members of The Shield.
There's virtually no chance that a handicap match will take place with Reigns and Ambrose against Rollins, so more than likely, Ambrose will face Rollins himself.
Reigns is clearly receiving a nice push in WWE and could be a possible winner of the match itself, so fans should be mindful not overlook him and focus all their attention on Cesaro.
1. John Cena
John Cena is almost a definitive guarantee to be included in the match, plain and simple.
Not only is he still the face of the company, but he has nobody set up to feud with at the moment outside of this match.
Cena is still somewhat in a program with The Wyatt Family, who are all booked up on the card.
With Bray Wyatt in the Money in the Bank, Cena's presence makes perfect sense.
Furthermore, his lack of an appearance would certainly be felt for that same reason, as well as hurting the magnitude of the match.
Since this is now for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, having Cena involved steps up the credibility factor considerably.
He hasn't even been officially announced for it at the moment, yet so many people are already calling it a predictable finish with Cena as the new champion.
This alone speaks volumes for why he will be one of the few remaining participants and why if anyone on this list or outside of it will end up qualifying, you can safely bet some money that it will be Cena.
Who do you think will end up fighting for the championship? Is there anyone missing on this list?
Tell us your predictions in the comments below!
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