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CM Punk's performance and victory in his hometown of Chicago cannot be replicated obviously, but the WWE has been swerving and looking for a big summer angle that can bring back the viewers.
July 2011 was the month that brought a lot of publicity for the company, and I bet they feel pressure to try and surpass the expectations.
Here's how my fantasy envision of Money in the Bank goes down:
- The World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match winner will be Damien Sandow.
- Alberto Del Rio defeats Sheamus with outside interference from Ricardo Rodriguez for the World Heavyweight Championship.
- Daniel Bryan defeats CM Punk with outside interference from Dean Ambrose while AJ counts the pin.
- Sheamus and CM Punk enter the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match (as they're former champions); the winner of the match will be Chris Jericho.
- First of all, Damien Sandow is something that the WWE does not have enough of: a heel that can get natural heat just by speaking down to the audience "properly"; he doesn't yell, he trolls... and he fits exactly what the WWE likes to do to the fans. If you have Sandow go over in this match, just like you had Bryan go over last year, you have the makings of a fresh heel that can cash it in at an opportune time. Easy, simple, tried-and-true. Plus, I think I can speak for most of the Cageside community that more of Damien Sandow is a good thing, otherwise known as MOAR SANDOW.
- Now in the World Heavyweight Championship match, some may ask why Sheamus drops the title? It's simply to keep a storyline going up to SummerSlam. We all know Sheamus is being pushed to the moon, but in order to get behind him he has to go through some adversity to regain the title. Having Del Rio go over with interference knocks Sheamus down and makes his character have to rise up. As SummerSlam is the second biggest PPV for WWE, scripting it so Sheamus wins the title (a la Randy Orton over Christian in 2011) at SummerSlam makes the most sense according to his push.
- I understand the irony of the Money in the Bank match for the WWE Championship going on after the WWE Championship match, but we'll chalk that up to John Cena and leave it at that. But this match will set up the summer's biggest angle in my opinion. Daniel Bryan and CM Punk will yet again put on another great match, but the referee is going to be the focal point of the match. The WWE has been portraying AJ as crazy, even encouraging and acknowledging "AJ's CRAZY" chants, and this whole charade has been fantastic in my opinion. We, as fans, do not know which way she will lean. Will she say YES! to Daniel Bryan's wedding proposal? Will CM Punk continue to dig this particular crazy chick? At Money in the Bank, questions will be answered and what better way to get Dean Ambrose on television and over than to cost CM Punk the WWE Championship.
- Let me set the situation: Ambrose runs through the crowd in regular clothes, breaks up Punk who is about to give MAH BOI D-BRY the GTS, and hits him with the Midnight Special -- over the shoulder belly to back suplex -- before staring down AJ, and the two crazy personalities click. As Punk recovers and is on his knees, Daniel Bryan hits a huge YES! kick to the skull and AJ counts the pinfall -- Daniel Bryan is now your NEW WWE Champion. We all fell for the AJ/Kane craziness, and if anyone knows Jon Moxley/Dean Ambrose, he does crazy very well. It gives Ambrose the platform to debut on, allows Bryan to retain his tweener status as he is no longer involved with AJ, and enables Punk to hit the refresh on his stale character.
- And finally, John Cena gets to grace us with his god-awful smirk on PPV in a match he has never competed in. Most assume that he would win this match, and I can understand the reasoning behind it. But since it's my dream scenario, Cena doesn't go over. In fact, the motions will be set for his SummerSlam rematch with CM Punk. But as the Big Show, John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Kane come out we hear, "IT'S A SHAME FOR ME, LOBSTER TAILS..." and Sheamus walks out. As a former WWE Champion, he is eligible for this match but if that wasn't enough to get the crowd back into things, cut to Cult of Personality and CM Punk comes out for double-duty to a loud applause. The match is at six participants, and even though Punk/Sheamus/Cena don't go over in my scenario the crowd gets its top 3 baby-faces in the main event.
- You probably won't see as many high risk spots as the World Heavyweight Championship ladder match, but this match should be entertaining. Spots like Sheamus and John Cena teaming together to take out the Big Show are believable, and Kane has shown good chemistry with CM Punk in recent weeks as well. But when it's all said and done, the man who needs to win this match is Chris Jericho; like it or not, it makes the most sense and keeps the "briefcase" relevant. Jericho can troll the crowds until he is ready to cash it in, and being that he is the one who came up with the idea for the Money in the Bank match in the first place it is only right that he win one of them that he's involved in. Oh, and this face to end the broadcast? Classic.
- The underlying storytelling of this pay per view should also help set up some feuds for SummerSlam. CM Punk vs John Cena could easily be a featured match to become the #1 contender for the WWE Championship, or even a triple threat match with Daniel Bryan (who could also wait for Randy Orton to return for a feud); Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio can continue their feud through SummerSlam (maybe even Night of Champions); and of course you have the headlining event of Triple H vs Brock Lesnar...all of a sudden this event doesn't look too bad, and has some big potential.
Either way, this is likely not to happen, but if it did, what does everyone think of this scenario? Would it be something along the lines of a "knock your socks off"-type of angle?
Or am I going to get a bunch of "DIDN'T READ" meme's?