Of the many historic moments that have taken place at the 28 WrestleMania events in the history of WWE dating back to 1985, there's still one missing from the list: No wrestler has cashed in the Money in the Bank contract to win the world heavyweight championship.
Daniel Bryan teased doing it last year but ultimately, the decision was made to have him cash in, win the title, and a few months later lose it at WrestleMania 28 in just 18 seconds to Sheamus. Don't worry, he's a much bigger star now because of it.
This year's event, WrestleMania 29, taking place tonight (Sun., April 7, 2013) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, offers a perfect setting for WWE to pull the trigger on having the holder of the briefcase, in this case Dolph Ziggler, cash it in to win the heavyweight title, currently held by Alberto Del Rio, who will put his belt up for grabs against Jack Swagger.
Ziggler still has the contract, he's primed for the big push the company always seems to be right on the cusp of giving him, the Del Rio-Swagger feud has been lackluster at best, and this is widely regarded as the most predictable WrestleMania in years.
The perfect storm.
For his part, Ziggler was asked by Brian Soscia (via Mix Philadelphia) if he's going to cash in and he had this to say:
"A lot of people have been trying to talk me into WrestleMania. It's a really big show. It's such a special environment that I could be coerced into cashing in, whether I feel I'm ready to right then or not. I may make it happen, I may not. We'll see."
There are other factors at play that may preclude this from happening now. Del Rio, though he's struggling to get over as babyface world champion, is a wrestler WWE will continue to push because it hopes to make him the next big Latino star. Swagger, on the other hand, may be a black hole for heat but he's working a gimmick the big boss, Vince McMahon, reportedly loves and has the right build to get push after push, even if it's failing.
There have also been reports that current plans have the two working past WrestleMania. That doesn't mean the world title will be a part of the program any longer but just imagine how little heat it would have without a Big Gold Belt in the middle of it.
And so the stage is set. But will Ziggler cash in? Is WWE going to pull the trigger on it now?