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Top 12 Major Contenders For Money In The Bank 2016

Ever since its inception at WrestleMania 21, the Money in the Bank ladder match has been used as both an exciting car crash match and as a way to elevate a younger star to the main event level. In some cases (e.g. Edge, CM Punk and Seth Rollins) the idea of a 24/7 contract has been a smash hit, but in others (e.g. Jack Swagger and Sheamus) the idea has been a complete flop. The concept of an automatic, 24/7 number one contender creates a buzz in the atmosphere of a WWE event, but depending on the booking and follow through, it can be a blessing or a detriment for “Mr. Money in the Bank.”

Great ‘cash ins’ almost always amount to a shocking moment and can be used for great heel/face turns, and this process has been used to elevate many young, mid card talents. Phenomenal cash in moments in WWE history include Edge’s first cash in on John Cena, CM Punk’s heel turn on Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton and The Authority turning on Daniel Bryan and, of course, Seth Rollins' epic WrestleMania cash in moment.

Heading into the now annual PPV event, there are a plethora of options for WWE to put the briefcase on and secure a title shot against likely WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns. Whether they want to use this match as a way to elevate an NXT call up, further a rivalry with a former Shield brother or give power to the soon to reform Bullet/Balor Club, the options are endless. With that being said, any winner of the briefcase will likely draw a babyface pop due to the vocal majority of the crowd being anti-Reigns, but whoever the winner is, their career will never be the same.

12  12. Alberto Del Rio

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11  11. Apollo Crews

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10 Baron Corbin

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9 Shinsuke Nakamura

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8 Dean Ambrose

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7 Seth Rollins

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6 Bray Wyatt

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5 Sami Zayn

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4 AJ Styles

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3 Cesaro

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2 Finn Balor

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1 Kevin Owens

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Arguments can be made that the ‘Headlock Master’ should have already tasted World Championship gold, as he has consistently been the most entertaining performer (not named the New Day) on WWE programming since his debut. The former Kevin Steen debuted by defeating John Cena and having a phenomenal trilogy of matches (which the majority of critics feel he should have won), and has proven himself time and time again to be the only true heel on the main roster. A run with the MITB briefcase, and the world title, could help buck the trend of what a superstar should look like and would be a deserving accolade for a fantastic professional wrestler, who is only just getting started in the world of WWE.

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