Since the emergence of the Money in the Bank briefcase, it’s proven to become the most unpredictable element in WWE. Most of the times us fans are completely unaware of how and when the WWE will execute a cash in. While being the most unpredictable, it has also created the most excitement. As it currently stands, the MITB briefcase is with Sheamus, and there’s a good possibility his cash in won’t be received well from fans. With the WWE most likely knowing this, I’m almost certain they’ll give him the green light to cash in sooner than later.
There are fans out there that hate this idea of the WWE World Heavyweight title being carried by Sheamus, and I believe they have the right to be upset. Traditionally, September-December is weak period for the company, so would it really be smart to put the strap on an upper mid card talent? I do feel Sheamus is a solid wrestler, but he’s nowhere close to the level of Seth Rollins in terms of being captivating. The Celtic Warrior can generate a few boos to absolutely no reaction from crowd, and I wouldn’t take that as a good sign. Along with this, Sheamus is coming off a dull and winded feud with Orton, which hasn’t truly kept him fresh in the mind of fans. I think his interactions with Seth within the past few weeks have been the most his character has developed since returning in March. In fact, had he been booked in a proper feud for the summer, fans might be excited to see a potential cash in from the former champ.
Did the WWE book themselves into a corner by giving Sheamus the briefcase? I’m almost certain he won’t carry the title into Wrestlemania, or even next year’s Summerslam. To me, this seems like it was done just to swerve fans. Sometimes it’s not great to be too predictable, but every wrestling fan knows that swerves aren’t always the greatest idea either. I’m under the impression that either Rollins, Cena, Reigns, Ambrose, Wyatt, Lesnar, Sting, or Taker will be the ones to main event those two shows, so where exactly does Sheamus fit in? Chances are, if he cashes in before February, expect him to drop it at Fastlane.
While there’s enough arguments to not have Sheamus win the title, I also see the logic behind it. There’s times where I wonder if everything they did with Sheamus is a complete work, to build him as a larger heel. These days it’s difficult to get the most loyal of fans to despise heels, so why not push him in a way where he’s somehow hated? To an extent, this might be the best way to cause uproar through out the internet forums. We live in a time where kayfabe is nearly extinct, and the company needs to find creative ways of getting fans worked up .In a way, I can see how this would make sense. What if Sheamus happened to cash in on Rollins this Sunday, but dropped it to Roman Reigns come February? There’s no denying that the WWE would get the pop they they’ve always wanted for Reigns. Also, that way they can find a way to win over some of the internet fans.
*Side Note- There’s also a good chance the WWE does the same thing with the Bellas. While I understand some fans dislike them because of ability, or lack of, to wrestle, there’s no doubt they force them on fans so they can be hated. This is company knows when to keep their heels traditional, such as Rollins and Owens, but know when they need to tweak them.
If history has taught us anything about the MITB winner, it’s that he always suffers a few losses before cashing in. Based on Sheamus’ track record from the Raw after Summerslam to this week’s Raw, he’s been on a losing streak. If I was a betting man, I’d pick him to cash in on Sunday. At the same time, my gut is telling me that Seth won’t wrestle 3 matches.
Back in June I was convinced Roman Reigns would capture the MITB briefcase, but since Sheamus did, it’s thrown a wrench into all predictions. By having him hold that briefcase, fans are left to ask many questions about the title picture within the next few months. Since he hasn’t cashed in yet, we don’t know whether the outcome will be good or not, but chances are it won’t sit well with the fans. Who knows, maybe that’s what they want from us.