WWE Money in the Bank

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Money in the Bank is a professional wrestling pay-per-view event, produced annually by WWE. It is named after the Money in the Bank ladder match, which previously only took place at WrestleMania. The Money in the Bank ladder match debuted at WrestleMania 21 in 2005. The Money in the Bank match would then be held at the next five WrestleMania events, after which the match concept was spun off on to its own pay-per-view beginning in 2010.

Concept[edit]

The "Money in the Bank" pay-per-view centers around a ladder match, the prize of which is a briefcase containing a contract for a Championship match. The winner of the contract (contained in the various colored briefcases shown below) 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 - for a championship match.

As long as the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship existed as separate titles, each of the annual pay-per-view featured two "Money in the Bank" match, each contesting for a contract for one of the two championships. After the two titles were unified in December 2013, a contract for the now unified WWE World Heavyweight Championship became the prize of a single "Money in the Bank" match. However, in 2014 and 2015 the Championship itself has also been contested in a ladder match.

Theme song[edit]

Money in the Bank is the only WWE pay-per-view event with a regular theme song, as all but the first event have used "Money in the Bank" by in-house WWE composer Jim Johnston as its theme song.[1] This is in stark contrast to 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.[2] Before the advent of the pay-per-view, the "Money in the Bank" song was used as the entrance music for Donald Trump for his numerous guest appearances on WWE television.[3]

Championship contract briefcases[edit]

The PPV is centered around ladder matches, with the prize being contracts for WWE sanctioned World Championship matches.
The red briefcase was used to represent the WWE Championship contract from 2010-2013
The blue briefcase was used to represent the World Heavyweight Championship contract from 2010-2013
The gold briefcase (introduced in 2014) currently represents the contract for the now unified WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Dates and venues[edit]

Event Date City Venue Main Event MITB Winner(s)
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 - Raw
Kane - SmackDown
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 - Raw
Daniel Bryan - Smackdown
Money in the Bank (2012) July 15, 2012 Phoenix, Arizona US Airways Center John Cena vs. Kane vs. Big Show vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz in a Money in the Bank ladder match for the WWE Championship contract John Cena - WWEC
Dolph Ziggler - WHC
Money in the Bank (2013) July 14, 2013[4] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[4] Wells Fargo Center Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Christian vs. Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk vs. Sheamus in an "All-Stars" Money in the Bank ladder match for the WWE Championship contract Randy Orton - WWEC
Damien Sandow - WHC
Money in the Bank (2014) June 29, 2014 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Cesaro vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane in a Ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship Seth Rollins
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 Sheamus

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Money in the Bank". iTunes. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  2. ^ "Money in the Bank: "Money" by I Fight Dragons is the official theme song for Money in the Bank". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Money in the Bank: "Money" by I Fight Dragons is the official theme song for Money in the Bank". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  4. ^ a b Cutting, Devin (2013-04-04). "WWE Money in the Bank Tickets". wwe.com. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Official website