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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 championship match.

The gimmick is that the holder of the briefcase may choose to start the match at any time within the next year. This rule is frequently abused to start a championship match immediately after the current champion has already defended his belt, and is still tired out from that match. As such, Money in the Bank cash-ins have a higher-than-average chance of resulting in a new champion.

The first Money in the Bank match was held at WrestleMania 21, and continued yearly until WrestleMania 26. The winner could cash in their briefcase for a shot at either the WWE Championship or the World Heavyweight Championship.

Beginning in the summer of 2010, the match was held at its own PPV. Between 2010 and 2013 there were two separate matches, one for the WWE Championship, the other for the World Heavyweight Championship. Beginning in 2014, there was only one ladder match note .

  • 2010: Kane and The Miz.
    • Kane cashed in on Rey Mysterio on the same night to become World Heavyweight Champion. Miz cashed in on Randy Orton to become WWE Champion.
  • 2011: Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio
    • Bryan cashed in on The Big Show to become World Heavyweight Champion shortly after the latter won the title from Mark Henry. Del Rio cashed in on Punk at Summerslam 2011 after the latter was ambushed by Kevin Nash to become WWE Champion.
  • 2012: Dolph Ziggler and John Cena
    • Ziggler cashed in on Del Rio to become World Heavyweight Champion. John Cena cashed in on Punk, but became the first to not win the title when Big Show attacked for the DQ; Punk attacked The Rock shortly after the latter came out to save him and Cena from Show.
  • 2013: Damien Sandow and Randy Orton.
    • Sandow cashed in on Cena, but failed to win the World Heavyweight Title. Orton cashed in on Bryan to become the WWE Champion when Triple H attacked Bryan after he won the title from Cena.
  • 2014: Seth Rollins
    • Cashed in on Brock Lesnar in the middle of a match between him and Roman Reigns. Pinned Reigns in the resulting Triple Threat Match to win the title.
  • 2015: Sheamus
  • 2016: Dean Ambrose
    • Cashed in on Seth Rollins on the same night to capture the title.

In 2017, Money in the Bank was a SmackDown Live exclusive PPV, where it was announced that the first ever Women's Money in the Bank match would take place.

  • 2017: Baron Corbin and Carmella
    • Corbin cashed in on Jinder Mahal, but failed to win the WWE Championship. Carmella was later stripped of her briefcase by Daniel Bryan due to interference by James Ellsworth, but won it again in a rematch on the June 27th, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live. She cashed in on Charlotte Flair at the Smackdown Live! after Wrestlemania 34 to capture the Smackdown Women's title.

In 2018, WWE dropped the concept of brand-exclusive PPVs, and Money in the Bank was once again dual-branded.


"Tropes in the Bank":

  • The Artifact: Even after the first Brand Extension has ended, allowing every wrestler to compete on both Raw and Smackdown, the briefcases still had different colors—between 2011 and 2013 the red briefcase represented the WWE Championship (which was on Raw when the brand-split ended), while the blue represented the World Heavyweight title (which was on SmackDown). With the unification of both titles into the WWE World Heavyweight title, the briefcase became gold.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • The 2010 MitB had The Miz win the Raw Money in the Bank ladder match. Kane was still a face when he won the SmackDown ladder match although he would turn heel later that night by cashing in on Rey Mysterio.
    • The 2011 MitB had Punk win the WWE Championship and jump ship. Of course, in that scenario Punk was 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. Alberto Del Rio won the Raw Money in the Bank ladder match. Christian won the World Heavyweight Title in 2011 from Randy Orton after the latter got himself disqualified in a match that allowed the title to change hands in that manner (although he too, like Punk, was a designated heel at best). Daniel Bryan was a face when he won the Smackdown ladder match but turned heel not long after his cash-in.
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    • The 2012 MitB had Dolph Ziggler win the World Heavyweight Champion Money in the Bank ladder match.
    • The 2013 MitB had Damien Sandow win the World Heavyweight Champion Money in the Bank ladder match. WWE Championship MitB ladder match winner Randy Orton, like Kane and Bryan before him, was a face briefcase winner who became a heel champion.
    • The 2014 MitB had Seth Rollins win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Money in the Bank ladder match.
    • The 2015 MitB had Sheamus and Seth Rollins win the ladder match. Sheamus win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Money in the Bank while Rollins win and retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
    • The 2016 MitB had AJ Styles defeated John Cena in a singles match with the help of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Rollins defeated Roman Reigns clean in a singles match for WWE World Heavyweight Championship (although he would lose it to Ambrose minutes later). Once again, these are both designated heel victories at best.
    • The 2017 MitB Baron Corbin win the Men's Money in the Bank ladder match and Carmella win the first Women's Money in the Bank ladder match with James Ellsworth helping her.
    • The 2018 MitB Alexa Bliss win the Women's Money in the Bank ladder match.
    • The 2019 MitB had Shane McMahon defeated The Miz in a steel cage match. Charlotte Flair defeated Becky Lynch in a singles match for SmackDown Women's Championship with the help of Lacey Evans (although she would lose it to Bayley minutes later). The returning Brock Lesnar win the Men's Money in the Bank ladder match.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Once it was given its own PPV, and Raw and Smackdown had their separate ladder match for their respective brand's titles, the Raw briefcase was red, while Smackdown was blue. With the unification of both titles into the WWE World Heavyweight title, it became gold. It became blue again in 2017 when it was Smackdown exclusive but is now green now that it's a dual-branded show again. The women's briefcase is colored white.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs:
    • The 2011 edition. Dear God, the 2011 edition.
    • The 2016 edition, and twice in less than ten minutes, no less. First, Seth Rollins pinning current "Top Babyface" Roman Reigns clean to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, causing the entire arena to explode...only for Dean Ambrose's music to hit, who before the main event had won the MITB briefcase. Seth Rollins holds the championship belt ready to strike when Dean comes down the ramp, only for Dean to come out from under the ring, blindside Seth, cash-in and pin Rollins to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. That night all three former members of The Shield held the championship, but Dean Ambrose was the one to ultimately stand tall and definitively be considered the champion. A result that no one saw coming.
  • Defeat by Modesty: How Del Rio won his briefcase. Both he and Mysterio were on ladders trying to reach the briefcase when Del Rio, in a moment of Genre Savvy, removed Mysterio's mask. Mysterio immediately covered his face, and Del Rio pushed him off his ladder and was able to retrieve the briefcase without interruption.
  • Enemy Mine: Short team ups will happen to get rid of another person, but as soon as that deed is done, they will turn on each other.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: In the 2013 edition, Punk had the ladder match won and was on his way to his third briefcase and a guaranteed shot at the WWE Championship, but was screwed out of it by his best friend Paul Heyman. No one was honestly surprised, and Punk was beating himself over the head because he knew he should've seen it coming but stupidly trusted Paul anyway.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At the inaugural event, Kane won the Smackdown MitB briefcase as a face and saved World Champion Rey Mysterio from an attack by Jack Swagger after the latter lost his match...only to cash in on Mysterio afterwards and turn heel.
  • Gimmick Matches: The ladder matches.
  • Golden Snitch: Because of the nature in which a heel cashes in his Money in the Bank contract - particularly creating a match immediately after the champion completed a hard-fought match - the resulting championship "match", which ranges from ten seconds to at most three minutes, ends up being a Golden Snitch resulting in a new champion who had to do way less work than the old champion.
  • Heel–Face Turn: CM Punk and Cody Rhodes were both betrayed at the 2013 event by Paul Heyman and Damien Sandow, respectively, leading to both Punk and Rhodes to turn face afterwards.
  • Improvised Weapon: The ladders will be used as a weapon.
  • Loophole Abuse: Enough that the MITB has it's own section.
  • Loser Leaves Town: Subverted with the Punk vs. Cena match in the 2011 edition. Punk was leaving either way, but if Cena lost he was to be fired. Didn't happen, of course, though not for the reasons you think.
  • Red Baron: The winners are dubbed "Mr./Ms. Money in the Bank".
  • Running Gag: Not so much on the show itself, but, inevitably almost 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.
    • Laser-Guided Karma:
      • To the point that people who have cashed in the briefcase before now find the case cashed in on them. One notable case is Edge, the first man to cash in two MiTB briefcases, who had the case cashed in on him after a well-deserved beatdown by Batista... by CM Punk, who would later on become the second man to cash in two briefcases and the first and only man to not only win multiple MiTB ladder matches, but also consecutive MiTB ladder matches. For the record, Punk also got cashed in on years later by Alberto Del Rio, bringing everything full circle.
      • The 2016 edition had a particularly poignant event that Michael Cole fittingly dubbed "The Ultimate Payback". Two years prior, right before that year's edition of this event in fact, Seth Rollins betrayed The Shield to join The Authority. The Sell-Out used his new status to make the lives of his former brothers hell and screw over their attempts at revenge, especially during his personal blood feud with Dean Ambrose. That year, Ambrose was screwed out of the briefcase by Kane, which allowed Rollins to win it. Rollins would later cash it in at WrestleMania 31 during the title match and screw over both Roman Reigns and then-champion Brock Lesnar to win it himself. Dean would attempt to win the title from Seth in a ladder match at the 2015 edition, only to come up frustratingly short (he was literally fingertips away from winning). Now, fast forward to the 2016 edition. Rollins has just returned from a Game-Breaking Injury that ended his title run (itself another case of this trope), and seeks to win the title that he claimed he never lost off then-champion Roman Reigns. He does — only for Ambrose, who had won the Money in the Bank ladder match earlier that same night, to blindside him from behind, cash in, and win the title off him, pulling it all out from under Rollins and finally getting his revenge for Seth's betrayal.
    • The winner of the match is almost always a heel, a face who turns heel after his cash-in, or a face who turns heel while holding the briefcase. In fact, only three faces have successfully cashed in the briefcase and didn't follow it up with a heel turn: Rob Van Dam, CM Punk (his first cash-in in 2008), and Dean Ambrose.
  • 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, and that has become so successful that it's now considered by many as the SummerSlam equivalent to the Royal Rumble, and supplanted Survivor Series' position as one of the "Big Four" PPV of the year.
  • Ur-Example: When people think of this PPV or the match in general, they think of CM Punk. While Edge may have have been the first to win the match and cash in two briefcases, Punk is the only man to have won the match multiple times, and the only man to have done so in consecutive years. Plus, there was the events of the 2011 edition, the defining moment of Punk's entire career, where he ascended to superstardom. He is by far the most successful Money in the Bank competitor in history, and would have won the briefcase an unprecedented third time in 2013 had it not been for Paul Heyman.
  • Wham Episode: The 2011 edition of MitB ended with CM Punk winning the WWE Championship from John Cena and running away with it, one hour before his contract expired, indelibly humiliating Vince in the process. The next night on RAW, Cena was supposed to be fired — but he wasn't, due to Vince being fired himself.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: That is the purpose of the briefcase. In fact, the very first edition of the PPV in 2010 had this happen to Rey Mysterio when Kane cashed in his briefcase the very same night he won it, beating Jack Swagger's record for the shortest amount of time to cash in a briefcase.


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