WWE returns to pay-per-view (PPV) on Sun., July 14, 2013, from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with its most popular "B" show on the schedule, the Money in the Bank event. It's the most popular because it features the two Money in the Bank ladder matches that will (very likely) determine two future champions, if history is any indicator.
Plus, that particular match is all but guaranteed to be bonkers.
Here's the current match card and line-up after last night's episode of Monday Night Raw saw the addition of a few official bouts:
- John Cena vs. Mark Henry (WWE Championship)
Don't expect Cena to be giving up his title here, even if it's only for what many of you like to refer to as a "gold watch" run. All reports seem to indicate this is simply another program designed to feature a monster heel for the squeaky clean babyface champion to overcome.
- WWE Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match
The participants for this match include: CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Christian, and Rob Van Dam. That's seven former champions, the two best workers on the roster at current time, the return match of a beloved character, a veteran hand in this particular gimmick match, a guy who hears voices in his head, a warm body, and a big red monster. Sounds like fun!
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler (World Heavyweight Championship)
Ziggler gets his rematch against Del Rio after losing his world heavyweight championship in his very first title defense at the Payback PPV just this past June 16 in Chicago. Really, WWE could decide to go any direction here but try to remember they have a lot invested in Del Rio and Ziggler probably still works best as an enhancement talent.
- Chris Jericho vs. Ryback
This match was just sort of thrown together and reading the match preview on WWE.com is good for a laugh if only because the writers are forced to figure out some copy for a feud that doesn't even exist. The best they could come up with is that well, it kinda makes sense because they both ran into Vickie Guerrero at the same time.
- The Shield vs. The Usos (Tag Team Championship)*
It appears The Usos are getting that long awaited push and The Shield will be moving on to a program with a tag team they will be expected to elevate. Oh how far they've come in such a short period of time.
*Rumored but not yet confirmed