Friday, June 20, 2014

The Polling Place: Money in the Bank, TNA's Crowdsourcing

Is this a sight we'll have to be used to once again?
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Welcome to this week's Polling Place, where I ask the questions and you vote in polls. The first question involves next Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view. In nine days time, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line in a ladder match. Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Alberto del Rio, Sheamus, and Antonio Cesaro all have the chance to carry the mantel for the company, but they have to overcome the crushing weight of habit in the form of John Cena as WWE Champion. When the current storyline fails, wrestling companies tend to go back to what's safe, and what option is safer than Cena at this point? Is he such an odds-on favorite to win that he just can't win, or is his victory and 15th Championship inevitable?

Second, Triple H announced in his "fireside chat" with Michael Cole that a second ladder match will take place at Money in the Bank for the titular briefcase. For those who are new to wrestling fandom, that briefcase guarantees a title match for the holder at any time of that person's choosing. In another clear case of telegraphing, Seth Rollins' major push since turning on The Shield has led him to be the first entrant in the match. He feels like the odds-on favorite from jump, but his new nemesis, "Troubled Teen" Dean Ambrose could usurp him as a form instant catharsis. Is the briefcase destined to be in possession of one of those two wrestlers, or does someone else in the field have a better chance of taking the guaranteed shot and the nearly guaranteed title win home?

Finally, TNA has taken to Twitter to poll the fans on what kind of ring the company will use for its upcoming tapings in New York's Manhattan Center. The options are the traditional four-sided ring, or the former six-sided ring TNA used for a long time prior to Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff arriving in 2010. Some fans have embraced the six-sided choice, but critics have included the performers who hate performing in said ring. The most vocal critic has been Austin Aries. Whose side are you on?