The plan for tonight looks to be John Cena walking out of TD Garden in Boston — Cena’s hometown — as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and if you pay any mind to the Vegas betting odds, then Dolph Ziggler will exit holding the Money In The Bank Briefcase (MITB). This leaves the other competitors with empty hands and starving hearts, ready for the next battle, the next opportunity, the next chance to show the world just what they’re made of, which will be the WWE Battleground PPV on July 20.
As luck (or the lack thereof) would have it, two of the matches have already been revealed by the advertising department of the venue, Tampa Bay Times Forum — Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton and Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose. WWE has teased Orton vs. Reigns for some time now, using the idea of that main event for several Raw‘s, but never allowing the match to go from bell to bell without some kind of interruption; meanwhile, the Ambrose/Rollins feud has been intensifying since Rollins’ betrayal. Having these two planned for next month’s PPV is a good plan, even if I’m one of the many who are pleading on their knees for Reigns to leave tonight’s MITB with the gold. Reigns/Orton needs to be one of the first three matches at Battleground, with the Rollins/Ambrose match either headlining or going on as the penultimate match, only being beaten out by a championship bout between Cena and insert random opponent here.
So, what does the early advertisement mean for tonight’s MITB event? If recent booking holds true, it may not mean much beyond my hope of a Shield reunion not happening after all. It certainly wouldn’t prevent WWE from moving forward with their plans as is, allowing the competitors in the planned Battleground matches to remain free from any constraints.
I’m looking forward to tonight’s event, even if there’s a near guaranteed chance of seeing Cena win his 15th championship. But now I’m excited for next month’s PPV, which already has two great matches lined up.