Money in the Bank is just around the corner, and although WWE thinks we have a short memory, we here at RealSport still remember the original graphics for the marquee ladder match that will define the event. Originally, there were clearly seven silhouettes shown before the qualifying matches; however, only six wrestlers would gain entry and the seventh has been inexplicability removed. The match could well be just the six wrestlers we know about – Dean Ambrose, Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Alberto Del Rio; however, the WWE have shown in the past their penchant for a shocking returns or debuts. With that in mind, the RealSport writers speculate as to who could be that mysterious seventh man…
Thomas Clapham – Luke Harper
Luke Harper has been injured, as have many other superstars, however, I believe he is the most likely person to be a surprise seventh entrant to the Ladder match. Harper has had runs with the Tag Team titles and the Intercontinental title, and while I don’t believe the WWE title is going to be in his grasp, I wouldn’t put it past someone from the Wyatt Family to take it. Harper will likely participate in the match with the aim of winning the briefcase for Bray Wyatt. This to me is perfect as Harper could win the case for Wyatt, setting up the classic ‘all the gold’ scenario which all great stables accomplish, with Wyatt taking the WWE title, Harper winning the IC title for his efforts, and Rowan and Strowman capturing tag team gold down the line.
Patches Chance – Neville
After fracturing his ankle in March, The Man That Gravity Forgot had an estimated time to return of two to three months. If he stayed on course in recovery, now could be just right. As well, the nature of the MITB Ladder Match is an excellent platform to return in for the high-flying young talent.
Toby Durant – Finn Balor
After dropping the NXT title and then losing the rematch at Takeover: The End to Samoa Joe there are obviously bigger plans ahead for Finn Balor. With his former Bullet Club brothers making waves in WWE now would be the perfect time to introduce Balor.
Andrew Kim – Bray Wyatt
The Money in the Bank ladder match would benefit from a star like Bray Wyatt based on his huge presence. He brings a brutality to the table few can match and would be completely unique in this match type. His return from injury coincides with the event and the prospect of him possibly winning the match would bring forth a very different dynamic to the man holding the briefcase.
Phillipa Hopwood – Randy Orton
The Viper would have to be the perfect addition to the 2016 Money in the Bank ladder match, as a former winner it would make him only one of two guys in the match with those credentials and that would make him dangerous. Orton has been missing from WWE for more than a year and its common knowledge that The Apex Predator likes to make an entrance and there would be no better place than in a match where he could guarantee himself a shot at his 13th World title.
Liam Shone – Darren Young
Darren Young has recently been involved in several god awful video packages with Bob Buckland as his ‘life coach’ hell bent on making him ‘great again’. Well, what better way to do that than enter him as the mystery opponent into the ladder match? With his former tag team partner in the US Tile picture, it would make sense to give Darren Young the same treatment and thrust him into a potential position of power. Whilst unlikely, it could still happen. Make Darren Young great again! Whether or not some returns or debuts as the seventh member of an already stacked match will be interesting, however, one thing is for sure, the Money in the Bank ladder match is set to blow the roof off the venue and be one of the best in recent memory.
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