Money in the Bank is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated pay per view of the year. Many wrestlers compete with each other in a Ladders match to acquire the Briefcase which has a contract that gives the wrestler an opportunity to get a shot at the WWE title anytime and anywhere. This bizarre concept caught the attention of fans. And as a result, it quickly turned from a Wrestlemania match to an established pay-per-view. There have been several iconic matches and bouts that took place in the pay-per-view. So let’s look at the top 10 best Money In The Bank ladder matches in WWE history
10. Money in The Bank Ladder Match – 2019
This match involved the likes of Andrade, Mustafa Ali, Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, Ricochet, and Finn Balor. Zayn was supposed to be in the match but was ambushed backstage. All the wrestlers in this match had a fair chance of winning the briefcase. All the wrestlers gave their best in the ring to achieve the contract. We also got to see some top ladder spots that kept entertaining us till the end.
It was certain for the fans that mid-card wrestlers like Ali or Ricochet might get the win. Ali was close enough to win the briefcase but to everyone’s surprise, Brock Lesnar entered the match as the replacement for Zayn and went on to win his first Money in The Bank briefcase. The match was very classic but the ending made fans look foolish thus this rank.
9. Smackdown Money in The Bank Ladder Match – 2010
The year 2010 saw three Money in the Bank Matches. One that happened in Wrestlemania and Two that happened on the inaugural Money in The Bank pay-per-view. The match involved the likes of Dolph Ziggler, Kane, Big Show, Matt Hardy, Kofi Kingston, Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, and Christian. The match was classic with various breathtaking moments.
The ladder match however was dominated by the two Big Giants Kane and Big Show. The match finished saw the Red Machine stealing the victory and winning the ladder match. He also went on to become the first wrestler to cash in his contract on the same day. He also then went on to successfully cash in the contract and win the world heavyweight championship after 9 years.
8. Money in the Bank Ladder Match – 2017
This MITB ladder match doesn’t get talked about as much as it should. It included the likes of AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, and Sami Zayn. This match had various storylines interluded in itself. Be it the Owens and Zayn bout or be it the Nakamura and Styles epic interaction or be it the Ziggler’s conquest to get what he always deserved.
This match was also delivered from the wrestling point of view with a lot of high-flying moves off the ladder. Styles persistent hanging to the briefcase was also something that fans have not seen in years. The finish of the ladder match saw Corbin winning the briefcase and the contract. Corbin was a good choice but there was not any effective build-up for his win which defeats the whole purpose itself.
7. Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match – 2013
Smackdown’s Money in the Bank Ladder match was an unusual one as it saw all seven heels fighting amongst each other for the briefcase. This match included the likes of Jack Swagger, Cesaro, Cody Rhodes, Dean Ambrose, Damien Sandow, Wade Barrett, and Fandango. This was an epic match as there were various unexpected moments in this match.
This match also saw the involvement of the Shield members Seth Rollin and Roman Reigns who tried helping Ambrose but were taken out by the Usos. The match also saw Rhodes getting closer to taking the briefcase but was taken down by Sandow. Who then went on to win the match.
6. Money in the Bank Ladder Match – Wrestlemania 24
This is the match that does not get talked about. But for me, it is one of the most underrated ladder matches in WWE history. This match included the likes of Chris Jericho, Mr. Kennedy, CM Punk, John Morrison, Carlito, MVP, and Shelton Benjamin. This match saw some of the most extreme bumps. Shelton Benjamin’s bump to the ladder is the still-talked moment of the match.
In this match, we also got to see Morrison doing a moonsault with the ladders onto the wrestlers. This match had some very chaotic moments. In the end, we got to see MVP closing enough to get to the briefcase but was stopped by his arch nemesis Matt Hardy. And then the CM Punk the opportunist took this opportunity and went on to win the briefcase. As a result, making it one of the best money in the bank ladder matches of the PG era.
5. Money in The Bank Ladder Match – Wrestlemania 23
Money in the Bank at WrestleMania 23 was a spectacle to behold. With six top-tier superstars, including the likes of Mr. Kennedy, Edge, Jeff Hardy, CM Punk, Finlay, and Matt Hardy, the match was a dream match come true. The briefcase hung tantalizingly above the ring as the competitors put their bodies on the line. Jeff Hardy Boyz and the Edge being the expert they are in the ladder matches made it even more exciting to watch. The match was a treat to the eyes of fans.
The RKO spree that Orton was executed to perfection. But in the end, it was Mr. Kennedy who emerged victorious, winning the briefcase and the contract that would eventually lead to a WWE title opportunity. This match showcased the perfect blend of athleticism, risk-taking, and the element of surprise that has made Money in the Bank a consistent fan favorite. Thus making it one of the top best money in the bank ladder matches.
4. Money in the Bank Ladder Match – 2016
The Money in the Bank match of 2016 brought together an incredible lineup of WWE superstars with the likes of Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, Chris Jericho, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and Alberto Del Rio in the mix, the stage was set for an epic and monumental battle. The match was filled with breathtaking high spots, daring ladder climbs, and jaw-dropping moments that had the crowd on the edge of their seats.
Match also Dean took some really sick bumps during the match. And the interaction between Owens and Zayn is always fun to watch. In the end, it was Dean Ambrose who captured the contract and secured his place in history. The 2016 Money in the Bank match was also very special as Ambrose went on to cash in his contract on the same day. And that too on his former Shield member and arch-nemesis Seth Rollins.
3. Money in The Bank Ladder Match for WWE Championship – 2013
The Money in the Bank for the WWE Championship in 2013 was a very important moment in wrestling history. The match featured a star-studded lineup including the likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Christian, and Rob Van Dam. Each competitor brought their best game, displaying their incredible strength and hunger for championship gold.
In a thrilling turn of events, it was Randy Orton who emerged victorious, capturing the Money in the Bank contract and earning the opportunity to cash it in for the WWE Championship. This match also saw a lot of storylines getting entangled with each other. But the breakout star of the night would be Bryan. Although he did not win the Briefcase the love and respect of the fans for Bryan increased exponentially after this match.
2. Money in the Bank Ladder Match – 2014
This match was unique because it had a lot of storylines interlinked in it. came right after the breakup of the shield in a dramatic fashion. This match involved the likes of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Rob Van Dam, and Jack Swagger. The crowd was however much hot than ever and wanted Ambrose to steal the victory.
This also came after the breakup of the shield in a dramatic fashion. Thus there was a lot of heat for Rollins during this time. The interaction and the fight between Ambrose and Rollins stole the show. At the end of the match Rollins with the help of Corporate Kane secured the Briefcase in a very dramatic but in a very fun fashion. It was one of the best if not the best matches with a lot of exciting story driven behind it. Thus it’s one of the best Money in the Bank ladder matches in the history of WWE.
1. Money in The Bank Ladder Match – Wrestlemania 21
This is the first-ever or to say inaugural Money in the Bank ladder match. Featuring a star-studded lineup including the likes of Edge, John Cena, Chris Jericho, Kane, Shelton Benjamin, and Christian, this inaugural match was a game-changer for the coming years of WWE. The match was a high-risk and high-reward spectacle, with ladders and bodies flying everywhere.
There were various sick bumps that shook the arena. Also, there was also a few-minute reunion of Edge and Christian which made fans erupt. Edge emerged as the winner, capturing the first-ever Money in the Bank contract and securing a future world championship opportunity. This match established Money in the Bank as a must-see event for the coming years. It paved the way for future unforgettable moments and became an iconic part of WrestleMania history. The Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania 21 will forever be remembered as the birth of a Magnum Opus event i.e. Money in The Bank.
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