It is obvious that Theory is highly rated by WWE, to the point where he became the youngest United States Champion in company history and could now become world champion in the next 12 months. However, the decision to give ‘Vince McMahon’s protégé’ the Money In The Bank contract has been widely questioned by fans, and many are saying it is not the right call.
WWE Money In The Bank took place last Sunday and was headlined by the traditional men’s ladder match, where the winner who earns the coveted contract is guaranteed a world title shot in the next 365 days. It was contested between Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Riddle, Sheamus, Sami Zayn, Omos, Madcap Moss and eventual victor Theory, who was a very late entrant.
Earlier in the night, Theory defended his United States Championship against Bobby Lashley and lost the title by submission. He was then gifted a spot in the Money In The Bank ladder match by WWE Official, Adam Pearce right before the main event commenced.
It was then apparent that the WWE CEO’s protégé was going to win the match, as it was very reminiscent to what happened with Brock Lesnar at Money In The Bank in 2019. The Beast Incarnate was not originally a part of the men’s ladder match, but stormed to the ring in the late stages and retrieved the contract.
Money In The Bank is an event that the WWE Universe look forward to each year, but a popular view amongst fans is that it has been mistreated in recent years with what transpired in 2019 and Otis winning in 2020. Fan favourite Big E won last year, but cashed in quickly and did not have a memorable run as WWE Champion.
It was essential this year that the men’s ladder match needed to be done right, but the fans in attendance in Las Vegas and majority of the viewers at home disagreed with the decision to give Theory the prestigious briefcase. It has now raised the question if he was the right recipient for this year’s contract.
The short answer is no. However, it is nothing against Theory.
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Firstly, Seth Rollins would have been the perfect winner for this year’s men’s Money In The Bank ladder match. He is arguably doing the best work of his entire career and the story is there with him to cash in on the current Undisputed Universal Champion, Roman Reigns.
History could have also repeated itself from WrestleMania 31 at this year’s SummerSlam event, where Rollins could have potentially cashed in during the Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar clash.
Some fans are eager to see Roman lose the world championship, since he is not featuring on TV every week and Rollins would have been the ideal candidate to take at least one title away from him.
Secondly, some things take time, and the WWE Universe hate seeing superstars being pushed too early in their careers. We all remember what happened between 2014-2019 with Roman Reigns.
Before his amazing heel run as the current world champion, Reigns was a babyface that was not received well by the fans. He was immediately put on a pedestal when The Shield broke up in 2014 and was deemed as the next face of WWE, since John Cena was operating on a part-time basis.
It was clear that he was not ready for that type of spotlight, but thankfully, the Tribal Chief turned his career around and went from a hated and forced babyface to a loveable heel. The point is that the fans might give Theory the same treatment Reigns did and be pushed to the disapproval of the WWE Universe, which is something he doesn’t deserve.
Theory is undoubtedly an incredible wrestler and certainly possesses all the qualities and attributes to become the face of the company. However, he is only 24-years-old and just had one United States Title run.
Some people may refute that argument and say that Randy Orton won his first world championship at that exact age, so why can’t Theory?
However, the WWE Universe expects the company to learn with the mistreatment of Roman Reigns and not replicate it with someone else.
Finally, another concern is that although Theory is Mr. Money In The Bank, there are multiple other superstars higher in the pecking order who should become world champion in the next 12 months. Rollins, as well as Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes when he returns are all tipped to be in this position very soon.
So where will they find the time for Theory to be the Undisputed Universal Champion, or at least hold one world title in the next year? Fans do not want to see a wasted Mr. Money In The Bank, so it seems like WWE have booked themselves into a corner and have some decisions to make.
Overall, there is no rush with Theory and there is plenty of time for him to blossom into a megastar. We all know that WWE needs to start pushing new talent, so they don’t have to be so reliant on people like Brock Lesnar and Goldberg.
However, that time to put Theory in this position is not now, and he was not the right guy to win this year’s Money In The Bank contract.
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