WWE Money in the Bank

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WWE Money in the Bank
Logo for Money in the Bank
Created byChris Jericho[1]
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (2010–2011, 2018–present)
SmackDown (2010–2011, 2017–present)
205 Live (2019)
First event2010
Signature match typesMoney in the Bank ladder match

WWE Money in the Bank is a professional wrestling event, produced annually by WWE, a Connecticut-based professional wrestling promotion. It is broadcast live and available only through pay-per-view (PPV) and the online streaming services Peacock and the WWE Network. The event is named after the Money in the Bank ladder match, which had originally only took place at WrestleMania. The Money in the Bank ladder match debuted at WrestleMania 21 in April 2005 and was featured at the next five WrestleMania events. Following WrestleMania XXVI in March 2010, the match concept was spun off into its own pay-per-view beginning in July that year, with the match no longer occurring at WrestleMania.

From 2010 to 2013, the event occupied the July slot of WWE's pay-per-view calendar before moving to June from 2014 to 2018, after which, it was held in May before returning to its original July slot in 2021. The event was introduced during WWE's first brand extension period, and the events in 2010 and 2011 featured wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands. The first brand split then ended in August 2011. In mid-2016, the brand extension was reintroduced and the 2017 event was held exclusively for SmackDown. However, following WrestleMania 34 in April 2018, brand-exclusive pay-per-views were discontinued. While the eponymous match was originally only for male wrestlers, the 2017 event featured the first-ever women's version and the events since have featured two matches, one each for the men and women.

Concept and History[edit]

The "Money in the Bank" pay-per-view (PPV) centers around a ladder match, the prize of which is a briefcase containing a contract for a world 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. If the contract is not used within that year, it is voided, but this has yet to happen. Only the holder of the Money in the Bank contract can be the one to cash-in the contract.[2]

In 2005, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) established the Money in the Bank ladder match as an annual match at their marquee event, WrestleMania, debuting at WrestleMania 21. The idea for the match was conceptualized by then-WWE wrestler Chris Jericho.[2][3] Following WrestleMania XXVI in March 2010, WWE established a separate Money in the Bank event as a gimmick PPV; the match subsequently ceased being held at WrestleMania. The inaugural event was held on July 18, 2010, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.[4]

In 2010 and 2011, the annual pay-per-views included two Money in the Bank ladder matches. To coincide with the brand extension, one ladder match was for wrestlers from the Raw brand with a match contract for its WWE Championship, while the other ladder match was for the SmackDown brand with a match contract for its World Heavyweight Championship.[4][5] In April 2011, WWE ceased using its full name with the WWE abbreviation becoming an orphaned initialism.[6] The brand split then ended in August 2011, after which, the Money in the Bank pay-per-views continued to have two ladder matches for match contracts for the respective titles.[7][8] 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.[9][10] Also in 2014, the event moved to the June slot and it was also the first Money in the Bank event to air on WWE's online streaming service, the WWE Network, in addition to traditional PPV outlets.[9] The brand split returned after the 2016 event,[11] 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; each event since has featured a men's and women's match.[12]

The 2017 event would be the only Money in the Bank PPV to be brand-exclusive, as following WrestleMania 34 in April 2018, brand-exclusive pay-per-views were discontinued, thus the events since have involved both the Raw and SmackDown brands.[13] Beginning with the 2018 event, the ladder matches have eight participants evenly divided between the brands. The 2018 contracts granted the winners 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.[14][15][16] Beginning with the 2019 event, the winners can choose either brand's championship. The 2019 event also moved Money in the Bank to the May slot in WWE's pay-per-view calendar.[17]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, that year's event saw the number of competitors in both matches decreased to six. Additionally, while the rules of the match itself remained the same, a new "Corporate Ladder" gimmick was also added to the matches, in which the participants had to travel from the ground floor of WWE Global Headquarters to the roof in order to reach the briefcases, which were suspended above a ring on the roof. Additionally for 2020, both the men's and women's matches took place at the same time.[18] While the ladder matches were pre-recorded as cinematic matches,[19][20][21] all of the other matches took place live from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida with no fans in attendance.[22] Additionally, the 2020 event was the first event to directly award a championship for winning the Money in the Bank ladder match; on the following night's episode of Raw, it was revealed that the women's ladder match had actually been for the Raw Women's Championship due to reigning champion Becky Lynch going on maternity leave.[23]

In August 2020, WWE began holding Raw and SmackDown's shows in a bio-secure bubble called the WWE ThunderDome. In May 2021, the company announced that they would be leaving the ThunderDome and returning to live touring, starting with a 25-city tour beginning with the July 16 episode of SmackDown in Houston, Texas. The 2021 Money in the Bank was in turn announced to take place at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on July 18—returning the event to its original July slot—thus it was the first WWE pay-per-view held outside of Florida since Elimination Chamber on March 8, 2020 and the first pay-per-view held following the end of the ThunderDome Era.[24][25][26][27] The 2021 event also reverted to the standard version of the titular ladder matches as well as returning to having eight competitors for both matches, evenly divided between the two brands.[28] The 2021 event was also the first Money in the Bank to air on Peacock's WWE Network channel, following the merger of the American version of the WWE Network under Peacock in March that year.[29]

The 2022 event was announced during the 2021 SummerSlam, which was held at the Allegiant Stadium in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada. Money in the Bank was announced to be held at the same venue on July 2, 2022, marking the first time that a Money in the Bank event will be held in a National Football League stadium.[30][31] While Money in the Bank had been established as one of WWE's monthly PPVs held between their "Big Four" shows (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series), in October 2021, WWE President and Chief Revenue Officer Nick Khan referred to Money in the Bank as one of the company's "five annual tentpoles", thus elevating the event's status as one of WWE's five biggest events of the year, referred to as the "Big Five".[32]

Theme song[edit]

Money in the Bank is the only WWE pay-per-view event with a regular theme song. This is in stark contrast to WWE's 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.[33] From 2011 to 2018, "Money in the Bank" by former in-house WWE composer Jim Johnston was used as the event's theme song.[34] Before the advent of the pay-per-view, Johnston's song was used as the entrance music for Donald Trump for his numerous guest appearances on WWE television.[35] Since 2019, the theme song for event has been "Gotta Get That", written by WWE's current in-house composer def rebel.[36]

Events and winners[edit]

SmackDown-branded event
# Event Date City Venue Main Event MITB Winner(s) Ref.
1 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 – Match contract for Raw's WWE Championship [4]
Kane – Match contract for SmackDown's World Heavyweight Championship
2 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 – Match contract for Raw's WWE Championship [5]
Daniel Bryan – Match contract for SmackDown's World Heavyweight Championship
3 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 CenaWWE Championship match contract [7]
Dolph ZigglerWorld Heavyweight Championship match contract
4 Money in the Bank (2013) July 14, 2013 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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 OrtonWWE Championship match contract [8]
Damien SandowWorld Heavyweight Championship match contract
5 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 [9]
6 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 [10]
7 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, then Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose in Ambrose's Money in the Bank cash-in match Dean Ambrose1 [11]
8 Money in the Bank (2017) June 18, 2017 St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center 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 Carmella2WWE SmackDown Women's Championship match contract [37][12]
Baron CorbinWWE Championship match contract
9 Money in the Bank (2018) June 17, 2018 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena 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 BlissWomen's championship match contract of the winner's brand [38][14]
Braun StrowmanWorld championship match contract of the winner's brand
10 Money in the Bank (2019) May 19, 2019 Hartford, Connecticut XL Center 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 BayleyWomen's championship match contract [17]
Brock LesnarWorld championship match contract
11 Money in the Bank (2020) May 10, 2020 Orlando, Florida
Stamford, Connecticut
WWE Performance Center
WWE Global Headquarters3
Asuka vs. Carmella vs. Dana Brooke vs. Lacey Evans vs. Nia Jax vs. Shayna Baszler in a Money in the Bank ladder match for the WWE Raw Women's Championship4
and5
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
AsukaWWE Raw Women's Championship4 [18][22]
OtisWorld championship match contract
12 Money in the Bank (2021) July 18, 2021 Fort Worth, Texas Dickies Arena Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge for the WWE Universal Championship Nikki A.S.H.Women's championship match contract [27][39]
Big EWorld championship match contract
13 Money in the Bank (2022) July 2, 2022 Paradise, Nevada Allegiant Stadium TBD Women's championship match contract [40][31][32]
World championship match contract
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
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 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 on April 15, 2020 at WWE's global headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.
4The match was originally announced with its original rules in that the winner would receive a women's championship match contract, however, on the May 11, 2020 episode of Raw, Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch announced she was going on maternity leave and that the ladder match had actually been for the Raw Women's Championship instead of a championship match contract.
5Both the men's and women's matches took place at the same time, although the women's match concluded first.

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