Money in the Bank
is a WWE
pay-per-view which made its debut in 2010. It is based on the Money in the Bank ladder match (which debuted at WrestleMania XXI
) where several wrestlers battle to retrieve the Money in the Bank briefcase for a future WWE or World Heavyweight Championship match.
"Tropes in the Bank":
- The Artifact: Since the Brand Extension has ended, and every wrestler move between Raw and Smackdown, the briefcases still have the different colors. Since 2011 the red briefcase represent the WWE Championship, while the blue represent the World Heavyweight title.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Whenever a heel wins the MitB ladder match. The 2011 MitB had Punk win the WWE Championship and jump ship.
- Of course, in that scenario Punk is a designated "Bad Guy" at best, since he was wildly cheered on TV during the lead-up to match and Money in the Bank 2011 took place in his hometown of Chicago.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Once it was given it's own PPV, and Raw and Smackdown had their separate ladder match for their respective brands title, the Raw briefcase was red, while Smackdown was blue.
- Enemy Mine: Short team ups will happens to get rid of another person, but as soon as that deed is done, they will turn on each other, as Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow soon found out when Sandow cheated Rhodes out of the briefcase during the 2013 event.
- Gimmick Match: The ladder matches.
- Improvised Weapon: The ladders will be used as a weapon.
- Red Baron: The winner will be dubbed "Mr Money in the Bank".
- Running Gag/Kick the Dog: Not so much on the show itself, but, inevitably everyone who has gone on to successfully cash in his shot has done so immediately after a Champion has defended the title against somebody else.
- Start My Own: Money in the Bank was originally an event that took place at WrestleMania, and proved so successful that it was given its own PPV.
- Wham Episode: The 2011 edition of MitB ended with CM Punk winning the WWE Championship from John Cena and running away with it. The very night Punk's contract came to an end.