Since 2005, the Money in the Bank ladder match has become one of the most exciting events in WWE as one superstar’s career is changed forever. There have been some pretty great matches in the last 12 years and in a few weeks, Smackdown Live looks to top them by making history with the first women’s version of the match. Let’s check out some of the best Money in the Bank matches to ever be put on.
10. Money in the Bank All Stars, 2013
This match was booked as an “All Stars” match and it truly lived up to that moniker as it featured six former World Champions and three previous winners of the briefcase. Every one of these men had seen the pinnacle of WWE by winning a world championship at some point, so this match did not seem to matter to a certain point.
However, it was an exciting match that lived up to its hype. Randy Orton ended up pulling out the win with an unforgettable RKO to Rob Van Dam. He cashed in the briefcase just a month later and set off one of the hottest feuds in WWE to date.
9. World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank 2013
In the Money in the Bank match, fans usually have a good babyface to cheer for. However, in the Smackdown Money in the Bank match in 2013, this was not the case.
All seven competitors were labeled as heels and nobody really seemed to have someone to cheer for, so Cody Rhodes took on that role. He played the underdog and mastered some of the bigger high spots of the night.
This match was so great because you had Dean Ambrose’s Shield brothers lying in wait to thwart anyone else’s attempt to climb the ladder. The end of the match saw Damien Sandow turn his back on Rhodes, effectively ending their run as Team Rhodes Scholars, and ascend up and grab the briefcase.
8. WrestleMania 23
Going into the third installment of the Money in the Bank ladder match, Mr. Kennedy promised he would win the briefcase and cash in a year later at the main event of WrestleMania 24. He made true on the first half of that promise when he pulled down the briefcase.
He was not able to make good on the second half of his promise when an injury forced him to drop his title opportunity to Edge. Mr. Kennedy was never the same, but this match was exciting nonetheless.
7. WrestleMania XXIV
Just a year later, WWE made history by featuring ECW superstars in the Money in the Bank ladder match. CM Punk was the odds-on favorite in the match and he took advantage of that.
Shelton Benjamin was back in the match after missing it in 2007 and he certainly made up for his absence the year before. He risked his life by pulling off an amazing senton off the top of a ladder and onto his opponents outside of the ring.
6. World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank 2011
The second edition of the Money in the Bank pay-per-view featured two of the namesake ladder matches for the second year in a row and it was a night of career-defining matches for two superstars. Daniel Bryan took advantage of his spot in the match and pulled off the big victory.
Bryan’s signature headshot on the proverbial favorite Wade Barrett, who was backed by former Nexus and Corre members Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel, was enough to seal the victory for the underdog. He went on to win the World Heavyweight Championship from Mark Henry later that year the TLC pay-per-view.
5. Money in the Bank 2014
For all the shenanigans that happened at the end of this match, it was still one of the best Money in the Bank matches WWE had put on. Seth Rollins won the briefcase in a match that featured three former winners of the briefcase and five superstars that have since been world champions in WWE.
Dean Ambrose did his best to stave his former Shield brother’s attempt at pulling down the now-gold briefcase, but Kane helped Rollins to do so. Rollins held the briefcase for 273 days, just a week shy of Edge’s record 280 days, before becoming the first man to cash in at Wrestlemania in 2015.
4. WrestleMania 22
The second annual Money in the Bank match was a fun and was packed with some of the best names in the WWE at the time. Five of the six competitors had never been world champion, apart from 16-time world champion Ric Flair. Flair made one of the more courageous showings in the match when he was helped to the back with an injury, but still came back out and nearly grabbed the briefcase.
Rob Van Dam was the crowd favorite and always had been, so it was pretty deafening inside the Allstate Arena when the ECW legend pulled down the briefcase. He adorned the briefcase with his signature spray paint and later cashed in on John Cena, something everyone was more than happy to see.
3. WrestleMania XXV
CM Punk’s victory at WrestleMania XXIV was so good, he had to do it again. He is the only person to win two Money in the Bank ladder matches and probably will be the only one to ever hold that honor.
It looked like Christian was going to pull down the briefcase and mimic his best friend’s victory that happened just four years earlier, but Punk and Kane had something to say about it. And of course, Shelton Benjamin once again left nothing to the imagination by showing off his best Jeff Hardy impression earlier in the match.
2. World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank 2012
The 2012 Money in the Bank pay-per-view featured two very different matches. One had five former world champions fighting for the briefcase while the other featured eight superstars that had never won world championship gold.
Ziggler was the heavy favorite in the match along with Christian and he was able to pull out the victory. Despite him being the ultimate heel, Ziggler got a great reaction from the crowd and he was certainly here to show the world why he was the next world champion.
1. WrestleMania 21
In all their efforts to replicate it, WWE will never be able to top the first ever Money in the Bank ladder match. Fans had never heard of such a concept and now, over a decade later, it is a staple in WWE.
This match is one of the few matches in which there was no clear favorite. Chris Jericho had a good shot because he was the one the pitched the idea and others like Christian and Chris Benoit also had good shots at it due to their experience in ladder matches. However, it was Edge who pulled out the victory after laying on the outside of the ring for the better part of the match.
He was able to steal the win away from Benoit and go on to become the Ultimate Opportunist almost a year later when he cashed in on John Cena at New Year’s Revolution to win his first of 11 world championships.