Punk. I'm kinda with Big G on this one; I think the way they've put Punk over so strong indicates that they have some kind of deal with him. Maybe it's long-term, maybe it's only for a few more weeks, whatever, but I think he wins and leaves Chicago as champ. Having a guy apparantly leave the promotion with the belt is a fresh storyline, so I think they run with it.
Orton. If they were going to put the belt on Christian, wouldn't they have done it when he was really over as a face? Having him back into the title via stipulation after failing multiple times would do him no favors.
R-Truth. Someone mentioned a while back that it would really fit his character to be the first to not win the title when cashing in a briefcase, and to claim conspiracy and all that. Anyway, he's been given a pretty good push and he needs somewhere to go with that. And I think he can pull off a long run with the briefcase in terms of mic work.
Sheamus. When they first said that Christian would get an instant rematch if the ref screwed up, I was thinking that Orton would have to beat him two or three times, and then Sheamus would cash in on him and take the title. I still wouldn't be shocked if Sheamus ends the night by defeating Orton. Either way, they've been building toward Orton/Sheamus and I can totally see them throwing the briefcase into the mix.
Big Show. Mostly because I'm short on face wins. Henry can get it back later in the feud.
Kelly Kelly. Again, gotta have some results the fans (the young/traditionalist ones who aren't on board with Punk) will like.
Then again, we could have Punk defeat Cena, and then have The Miz cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase and defeat Punk for the title. That would keep Cena face, keep Miz heel, and give Miz tremendous heat with people who think he screwed Punk, while giving Cena a new (old) opponent to feud with.
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Smackdown MITB Ladder Match Cant decide between Barrett and Rhodes. I'll go Rhodes simply because his promos will go over better.
Randy Orton vs Christian (World Heavyweight Championship) Christian via trickery. I could see 3-way at Summerslam with Sheamus, Orton, and Christian.
John Cena vs CM Punk (WWE Championship) Punk wins. He has to right? Kofi cashes and loses too. I'll assume with help from Gallows and Cabana. I almost want him to go away and let the Raw brand have a tourney where the finals are held at Summerslam to determine a new champ. Then BOOM he returns at the Rumble with old-school Ric Flair blurry belt promos about being "The Real Champ".
How that leads to Punk vs Austin at Mania? I have no idea.
John Cena vs. CM Punk, WWE Championship Match: I think it would be great for Punk to win, but that is not how the Universe works. Barring a drastic WWE space/time distortion the hero will overcome all odds. Winner: John Cena
Randy Orton vs. Christian, World Championship Match: Again, I would love for Christian to win, but the odds are against the hero, so the hero will overcome the odds. Winner: Randy Orton
Until someone more dashing comes out to set up Summerslam. Winner: Cody Rhodes
Raw MITB Ladder Match: Last year it felt like the obvious winners were The Miz and "Chosen One" Drew McIntyre. I would have never guessed Kane, so I will avoid picking a darkhorse candidate here, and go with the guy who has destiny waiting for him. Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Smackdown MITB Ladder Match: Sheamus can get into the main events without the briefcase. So can Wade Barrett. It would put Rhodes over the top, and set-up some fresh matches against ex-Legacy leader Orton. Winner: Cody Rhodes
Big Show vs. Mark Henry: Could go either way. I will pick the guy with more momentum behind him. Winner: Mark Henry
Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella, Divas Championship Match: As Punk revealed, Kelly Kelly is the number two babyface in terms of seniority. I dare not doubt her. Besides, after defending the World Heavyweight Championship, she can do anything. Winner: Kelly Kelly
Originally posted by redsoxnationRAW Title: Punk wins with GTS. Kingston comes out, loses via a small package. Rhodes comes out, GTS, Punk and the Chicago people are ready to go out celebrating. Now, though, Vince comes out and says before Punk leaves, Cena has his automatic rematch clause. Punk turns around into Cena's weak ass death valley driver, 1,2,3...Cena walks out the champ and the crowd litters the ring with debris.
If they do that, they need to go all out heel with Cena and have him shake hands and celebrate with McMahon at the end. Only way that will work. They can then go the Bret Hart heel route with Cena, talking about how he respects the title, Punk was gonna leave just like Rock, the fans were cheering Punk instead of him, blah blah blah. Otherwise, it's just a reboot to where we were a month ago -- Cena as champ, ADR and R-Truth chasing him.
OOOOOOOH. Montreal Screwjob, circa 2011, but NOT a half-assed revisit ("OMG, Michael's got Benoit in the Sharpshooter, we're in Montreal, and Earl Hebner's the referee!" "Bret's got Goldberg in the Sharpshooter, quick, get Piper to ring the bell!" "We're TNA, let's do it for the 47th time!")
This time, Vince really screwing Punk over by making him compete in FOUR consecutive matches. Maybe even the two Money in the Bank guys give him serious trouble, so by the time Cena gets his automatic rematch, Punk has this expression like "You've gotta be fuckin' kidding me!"
BRILLIANT. But yes... who would then feud against Cena?
If I had the book, he'd run roughshod over some filler faces -- maybe Kofi Kingston, maybe Rey Mysterio, maybe even Kane or The Big Show -- before the return of CM Punk. Something like "you know, John, I left because of the type of person you were ... and I'm coming back because of who you turned into." You probabaly can't go full face with Punk, but a smart-mouthed tweener leaning face would work well, I think. The hard part would be a scenario where Vince would sign him again. He'd either have to "earn" a contract -- maybe some Survivor Series stipulation -- or Vince would have to temporarily turn face when Cena gets too big for his britches and bring in the one man who frightens Cena.
Yeah, way too much fantasy booking in this thread. lol. But to me, that's the sign of a great angle -- when people are active in trying to think of places it might go.
Originally posted by Amos CochranYeah, weird thing to say given that he's been two amazing high-profile ladder matches since his debut less than a year ago.
Lotta territory between "has been in two" & "has been a key, driving force in making them good".
Thanks, Justin, for linking the 2 highlight reels. Christian, Edge, Rey & Kane -- the #1 exception to my "big men tend to get in the way in ladders mtches" thesis -- are all key players in ladder matches.The TLC 2010 (youtube.com) highlight reel is pretty reflective of what I remember. Edge, Rey & Kane making it awesome, & ADR just kinda being there. (And very nearly missing his one big high spot to the 2 tables outside.)
You implicitly make a good point. I did not get Extreme Rules 2011 (youtube.com), so in fairness, I can't actually assert that Christian carried ADR through the whole thing. I can say that I'm not seeing the ADR awesomeness in that highlight reel, & also that I absolutely know Christian is capable of making him look reasonable in a specialty match. (Making his opponents look good has always been one of Christian's great skills.) I thought ADR mostly looked terrified & tentative, which is pretty much the opposite of the necessary "lets rock this"!
John Cena vs. CM Punk, WWE Championship Match: Winner: CM Punk, who then wins against Sheamus, who's directed - begrudgingly, starting to sow the seeds of a face turn - by McMahon. McMahon then turns to ADR and sends him in, cashes in and wins and becomes Vince's golden boy.
Randy Orton vs. Christian, World Championship Match: Winner: Randy Orton - as said before, insurmountable odds will be overcome.
Raw MITB Ladder Match: Winner: Alberto Del Rio - it's too bad you have Riley being the face here because here's another match to start sowing the seeds of a face turn for Miz. Miz can be your attitude-face that doesn't mind the limelight/public persona. He'd be the Rock to Punk's Austin, quite frankly.
Smackdown MITB Ladder Match: Winner: Sheamus
Big Show vs. Mark Henry: Winner: Mark Henry
Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella, Divas Championship Match: Winner: Kelly Kelly
I know the "card may change" axiom applies but if the radio spot I heard earlier this week stands true for the RAW house show in Rockford with your main event being Cena/ADR, I feel pretty confident that Cena probably will lose and ADR wins with the cash-in. Not how I want it, but it is what it is.
How was it an attempt to recapture Austin/McMahon? The character dynamics are completely different. It IS an attempt at convincing people that Punk's going to be wrestling Austin at WrestleMania, but maybe WWE knows something we don't.