WWE Money in the Bank

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WWE Money in the Bank
Logo for Money in the Bank
The Money in the Bank logo since 2015
Created byChris Jericho[1]
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (2010–2011, 2018–present)
SmackDown (2010–2011, 2017–present)
205 Live (2019)
First eventMoney in the Bank (2010)
Signature match typesMoney in the Bank ladder match

WWE Money in the Bank is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event, produced annually by WWE. It is named after the Money in the Bank ladder match, which previously only took place at WrestleMania. The Money in the Bank ladder match debuted at WrestleMania 21 in 2005. The Money in the Bank match would then be held at the next five WrestleMania events, after which the match concept was spun off on to its own pay-per-view beginning in 2010.

Concept[edit]

The "Money in the Bank" pay-per-view centers around a ladder match, the prize of which is a briefcase containing a contract for a championship match. The winner can then cash in the contract at a time and place of their choosing anytime within the next year – beginning the night they win the briefcase – for a world championship match. If the contract is not used within that year, it is voided, but this has yet to happen.

In 2010 and 2011, the annual pay-per-views included two Money in the Bank ladder matches. One ladder match was for the Raw brand with a contract for a WWE Championship match, while the other ladder match was for the SmackDown brand with a contract for a World Heavyweight Championship match. The brand split ended in August 2011, after which, the Money in the Bank pay-per-views continued to have two ladder matches for contracts for the respective titles, but they were not brand exclusive. After the two titles were unified in December 2013, a championship match contract for the unified WWE World Heavyweight Championship became the prize of a single Money in the Bank ladder match. The brand split returned after the 2016 event, but the 2017 pay-per-view was SmackDown-exclusive. The championship match contract in the ladder match was for SmackDown's WWE Championship (formerly WWE World Heavyweight Championship). The 2017 event also featured the first-ever women's Money in the Bank ladder match with its contract being for a SmackDown Women's Championship match.[2]

The event became dual branded beginning with the 2018 pay-per-view, involving both the Raw and SmackDown brands. There are now two Money in the Bank ladder matches, one for men and one for women, each having eight participants evenly divided between the brands. The contract in each grants the winner a championship match for their respective brand's world championship: the Universal Championship or WWE Championship, and the Raw Women's Championship or SmackDown Women's Championship. In 2019 though, the winner of each match could choose the championship to challenge for.[3][4] The 2020 event saw the number of competitors in both matches decreased to six due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new "Corporate Ladder" gimmick was also added to the matches, in which the participants must travel from the ground floor of WWE Global Headquarters to the roof in order to reach the briefcase, which itself will be suspended above a ring on the roof.

Theme song[edit]

Money in the Bank is the only WWE pay-per-view event with a regular theme song, as all but the first event have used "Money in the Bank" by in-house WWE composer Jim Johnston as its theme song.[5] This is in stark contrast to other pay-per-view events, which use songs sponsored by mainstream recording artists, which was the case with the first event using "Money" by I Fight Dragons.[6] Before the advent of the pay-per-view, the "Money in the Bank" song was used as the entrance music for Donald Trump for his numerous guest appearances on WWE television.[7]

Dates and venues[edit]

SmackDown-branded event
Event Date City Venue Main Event MITB Winner(s)
Money in the Bank (2010) July 18, 2010 Kansas City, Missouri Sprint Center Sheamus (c) vs. John Cena in a Steel Cage match for the WWE Championship The Miz – (Raw)
Kane – (SmackDown)
Money in the Bank (2011) July 17, 2011 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena John Cena (c) vs. CM Punk for the WWE Championship Alberto Del Rio – (Raw)
Daniel Bryan – (SmackDown)
Money in the Bank (2012) July 15, 2012 Phoenix, Arizona US Airways Center Big Show vs. Chris Jericho vs. John Cena vs. Kane vs. The Miz in a Money in the Bank ladder match for a WWE Championship match contract John Cena – (WWE Championship match contract)
Dolph Ziggler – (World Heavyweight Championship match contract)
Money in the Bank (2013) July 14, 2013[8] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[8] Wells Fargo Center Christian vs. CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Sheamus in a Money in the Bank ladder match for a WWE Championship match contract Randy Orton – (WWE Championship match contract)
Damien Sandow – (World Heavyweight Championship match contract)
Money in the Bank (2014) June 29, 2014 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden Alberto Del Rio vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Cesaro vs. John Cena vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus in a Ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship Seth Rollins1
Money in the Bank (2015) June 14, 2015 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose in a Ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Sheamus1
Money in the Bank (2016) June 19, 2016 Paradise, Nevada T-Mobile Arena Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (MITB cash-in match)

Dean Ambrose1
Money in the Bank (2017) June 18, 2017 St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center[9][10] AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a Money in the Bank ladder match for a WWE Championship match contract Carmella2 – (WWE SmackDown Women's Championship match contract)
Baron Corbin – (WWE Championship match contract)
Money in the Bank (2018) June 17, 2018 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena[11][12] Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Roode vs. Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rusev vs. Samoa Joe vs. The Miz in a Money in the Bank ladder match for a world championship match contract of the winner's brand Alexa Bliss – (Winner's brand's women's championship match contract)
Braun Strowman – (Winner's brand's world championship match contract)
Money in the Bank (2019) May 19, 2019 Hartford, Connecticut XL Center[13] Ali vs. Andrade vs. Baron Corbin vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Bálor vs. Randy Orton vs. Ricochet in a Money in the Bank ladder match for a world championship match contract Bayley – (Women's championship match contract)
Brock Lesnar – (World championship match contract)
Money in the Bank (2020) May 10, 2020 Orlando, Florida
Stamford, Connecticut
WWE Performance Center
WWE Global Headquarters3
AJ Styles vs. Aleister Black vs. Daniel Bryan vs. King Corbin vs. Otis vs. Rey Mysterio in a Money in the Bank ladder match for a world championship match contract Asuka – (WWE Raw Women's championship)
Otis – (World championship match contract)
Notes

1In December 2013, the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship were unified, retiring the World Heavyweight Championship while the WWE Championship became known as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The 2014, 2015, and 2016 events featured only one Money in the Bank ladder match with its contract being for a match for the unified title (which reverted back to being called the WWE Championship after the 2016 event when the brand split was reintroduced).
2James Ellsworth retrieved the briefcase for Carmella. On the following episode of SmackDown Live, Carmella was forced to relinquish the briefcase and a rematch was scheduled for the June 27 episode with Ellsworth banned from ringside, where Carmella definitively won the match.
3The majority of the event took place live at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, while the Money in the Bank ladder matches were pre-recorded at WWE's global headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Money in the Bank: "Money" by I Fight Dragons is the official theme song for Money in the Bank". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  7. ^ "Money in the Bank: "Money" by I Fight Dragons is the official theme song for Money in the Bank". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
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