Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Will the Real Mr. Money in the Bank Please Stand Up?

Randy Orton wins
          Photo courtesy: WWE 
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Let me start off by saying I do not hate Randy Orton.  I'm not even sure I dislike him.  But there is something about him I'm not 100% sold on.  I think it's partly because of the things I've read about his past behaviors backstage.  Maybe I shouldn't let that influence my opinion of the man, but I have.

My question in the headline is simple.  On the Raw following Money in the Bank, Michael Cole referred to Orton as "Mr. Money in the Bank."  I understand the reference, of course Orton won ONE of the Money in the Bank ladder matches.  He's earned a shot at the WWE title whenever he wants it.  But Damien Sandow also won a Money in the Bank match. So why does one superstar get the moniker?  While we're on the subject, why does Sandow start off his "push" with a loss and Orton rolls over the competition?

Damien Sandow wins
Photo courtesy: WWE
In the 24 hours after the pay per view, it would appear that Sandow will get the Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler treatment of 2011 and 2012.  Both men won their respective MITB ladder matches for the World Heavyweight Championship.  Each man also struggled through the year leading up to their cash in.  Bryan dropped the title in 18 seconds to Sheamus after holding it for roughly four months.  Ziggler lost the title back to Alberto Del Rio about two months after cashing in his briefcase.  I think it's partly lead to the devaluation of the WHC.  The company has made it clear the WWE title is the more important championship.  I'm still of the opinion the two titles should be merged, but that's a topic for another day.

Granted both Bryan and Ziggler are still in the hunt for gold today, I am just a bit frustrated with the fact that the SmackDown or WHC winner seems to get stuck in a rut once they've won the briefcase.  Yes, Randy Orton has accomplished more in his career than Damien Sandow has.  Is that the reason for the new nickname? I'm probably reading way too much into the situation and should just let it go.  It's certainly nothing to lose sleep over, and it'll all work out in the end I'm sure.  I just wanted to see if others noticed the name reference and share similar feelings as me.


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