Originally the point of this piece was to showcase potential superstars that could take part in this years money in the bank match in June. With money in the bank being a Smackdown show this year, the list of names were impressive but one name continuously stood out among the rest. The superstar that stood out the most to me is Baron Corbin and it is my opinion that lone wolf should and will win the briefcase in his home state of Missouri.
Much to the delight of the NXT faithful, Corbin first made his presence felt on the main roster at WrestleMania 32 when he eliminated Kane to win the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal. The next night on RAW he had a match with Dolph Ziggler that turned into a longstanding feud that would run close to the point in which he was drafted to Smackdown.
Despite the quality of matches he had with Ziggler, the draft to Smackdown would see Corbin’s stock rise exponentially. One of his most memorable matches in 2016 was at TLC when he won a hellacious chairs match against Kalisto. The one time Arizona Cardinal would not be pinned in a one on one televised match until January 10th against John Cena.
2017 hasn’t been all bad for Corbin though as he has really ascended towards the top of the Smackdown card. He has had matches with AJ Styles, the Miz, and a ferocious feud with the lunatic fringe Dean Ambrose. Corbin’s feud with Ambrose took off at the Elimination Chamber when he costed Ambrose his chance at the heavyweight championship . The two superstars would go on to wrestle a WrestleMania kickoff show match. Their rivalry culminated with a non title street fight on the Smackdown after Mania.
Corbin would be victorious in that street fight but the IC title would go to RAW during the superstar shakeup. With the IC title slipping through his fingers and losing a #1 contender match for the US title, there appeared to be no titles on the horizon. The money in the bank briefcase will fill the championship opportunity void that Corbin now finds himself in.
My prediction is the MITB match itself will feature superstars like Tye Dillinger, Zayn, Ziggler, Owens, AJ Styles, and Corbin. We could see a scenario where Zayn is thrown from the ladder by Corbin, thus spoiling that feel good moment. That sort of broken hearted loss would allow for Zayn to feud with Corbin until the eventual cash in. Being the briefcase holder will continue his rise in exposure as well as time with cutting promos.
Corbin will be a runaway train getting heat from the fans which will put him over even more. This is my well thought out prediction but one that I feel is as plausible as it is deserved.
Winning the Money in the Bank match is the perfect way for Corbin to break through the proverbial glass ceiling. Everything from his entrance to in-ring work suggests that he has the swagger necessary to be a convincing champion. His in-ring capabilities are comparable to the versatile big men that have come before him. The superstar shakeup has Corbin sitting as one of the top heels on the blue brand. This will serve as yet another opportunity for him to standout. The upward trend is undeniable, Corbin is a future world champion.