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A gimmick match where the winner gets a contract for a wrestling title... or something else.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
AM_NK on Oct 11th 2018 at 9:11:32 AM
Last Edited By:
AM_NK on Jan 23rd 2019 at 10:03:10 AM
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Page Type: trope

A Professional Wrestling trope, this is a type of gimmick match where a number of wrestlers (usually between 6 and 10) fight for a briefcase which holds a contract granting its holder a shot at a title, usually the promotion's main title. The holder has up to a year to cash in the contract. Other variants also include secondary titles, Tag Team titles, women titles... and even the holder being fired from the promotion.

Usually this kind of match takes place at its own Pay-Per-View or a bigger PPV, considering the stakes. The match itself is also usually a ladder match, with no disqualifications, pins, submissions or countouts involved. Since the owner can cash in at any time, this briefcase is used to create suspense at when he's going to cash, especially in the case of heels, who cash in just after a fight involving a champion took place, as babyfaces are more prone to announce their cash in.


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  • WWE has the Money in the Bank briefcase, obtained through winning the eponymous ladder match in the eponymous PPV (and before that, WrestleMania). It was an all-men event until 2017, which introduced an all-women MITB match.
  • TNA has the four Feast or Fired briefcases, which grant three of their owners a shot at the World title, the Tag Team title, or the X Division title.
  • Defiant Wrestling has the Magnificent Seven briefcase, which grants its owner a shot at the World title.


Feedback: 4 replies

Oct 11th 2018 at 1:01:52 PM

  • WWE: The 2005 feud between Rey Mysterio Jr and Eddie Guerrero involved Geurrero claiming to be the true biological father of Rey's son, Dominick. They resolved this in the ring with a briefcase match, where the briefcase contained legal papers granting the winner full custody of the boy.

Oct 11th 2018 at 5:15:47 PM

^ Meta Four I don't know, the key aspect of the trope is that the contract in the briefcase grants a shot at a title. That would be just a gimmick match.

If the trope title isn't clear, I'm open to change suggestions.

Oct 13th 2018 at 6:48:24 AM

On second thought, seeing the laconic I've placed, yeah, this could be extended to other types of contracts.