I’m back with yet another countdown article! This time, I’ll tell you all about which Money in the Bank ladder matches are the best and why. It’s taken me a week to compile this list, my top 10 WWE Money in the Bank matches, and in that time I’ve seen every single one of these matches ever produced!
If you’re on this site and reading this, you should already know about this match. But just in case you’re new, it’s a multiple person ladder match with a briefcase over the ring, and if you recover it, you can get a title match at any time you choose. The matches themselves vary in quality, but with a decent story, the matches are always more fun to watch. The field of contenders makes a real difference too.
Once again, these are in no particular order, but I’d be lying if I said what the winner actually did with the briefcase after they won didn’t factor into the ranking on this list just a bit. So if you came here looking for me to put Mr. Kennedy over, you’re in the wrong place!
10. MITB 2019: Featuring a Mystery Opponent!
Because this entry is the most recent on the list, it was the hardest for me to get into. But this match just barely made the cut, mostly for a genuinely shocking ending. The list of participants includes Ricochet and Finn Balor, so this match can’t be any higher than ten for me. It started as the Randy Orton show, then Baron Corbin almost won it (remember his team with Drew McIntyre?). Mustafa Ali was just about to pull the briefcase down before Brock Lesnar (who was replacing an injured Sami Zayn) showed up and crushed his dreams. Sorry kid, Brock believe in fairy tales. Nobody saw this coming, and if you say you did, nobody would ever believe you. Brock used his contract on Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules 2019 to become WWE Champion once again. Awesome!
9. Wrestlemania 26: A 10-Man Ladder Match?!
This match made the list for its historical significance. This is the most people to ever participate in this match, and there was a good story behind it too! At this time Drew McIntyre was in the midst of his first Intercontinental title reign, and Vince McMahon was giving him preferential treatment on screen. After two failed attempts to qualify for this match, Drew got in when he beat up some poor soul on Smackdown nobody remembers. After all that, he still couldn’t get the win. Jack Swagger was the one who ultimately won the contract, and he used it five days later (two days in real-time) on the reigning world champion at the time, Chris Jericho. I’m not even mad!
8. MITB 2010: Monster in The Bank
More nicely executed storytelling and an unexpected winner in my mind. Nobody ever expects the big guys to win these types of matches, but Kane was a complete wrecking machine in this thing! He came in distracted and pissed because Undertaker had recently been found in a vegetative state. Who was responsible for this? Turns out it was Kane himself (worst babyface ever), but he’d convinced us all Rey Mysterio was the one behind it. Not being paid by the hour, Kane used his contract on Mysterio not long after winning this match. He was the first person to ever use the contract on the same night!
7. Wrestlemania 25: The One Where Punk Wins
This match made the cut for two reasons. I really like the field of competitors in this match! You have everybody from Shelton Benjamin and Christian (who looks suspiciously like Spike Dudley) to big powerful guys like Kane and Mark Henry! It didn’t take long for all the smaller guys to be disposed of, but as you can guess by the title of this entry, Punk won this thing. For the second time! More historical significance! Not only that, but he later used the contract on Jeff Hardy, which led to one of the best rivalries of the year! Even if you hate Punk these days, you have to admit this was great.
6. MITB 2012: John Cena Wins (Again)
Thankfully, this is the only time this ever happened, but it doesn’t change the fact that by this point, we were all sick of him winning everything. This match featured an odd number of contenders, which usually bothers me in these things, but it’s only because Miz returned from a movie shoot and entered this match out of nowhere! So, I’m all for it! I’m normally one to discourage spoilers, but this is not the first time you’ll see Miz on this list. This match featured Big Show getting buried under a pile of ladders. After Cena won this match, he attempted to use the contract on Punk, who had been champion for close to a year at the time, and he lost by disqualification. The first man to ever win the briefcase and then lose his title match!
5. MITB 2013: BETRAYAL!
Of course, we can’t bring up John Cena losing to Punk by disqualification without bringing up the winner of this match! Cena only held the distinction of being the only loser for a year until Damien Sandow slipped on a banana peel (against Cena himself!). Even though we were all disappointed with how things turned out for Sandow, I love the way he won this match! This match was totally the one where Cody was supposed to be crowned, but it didn’t happen because he saw his good friend Sandow approaching the ladder and kindly cleared the way for him. What a good friend Cody is! Watching this match was a trip. Everybody in this match has moved on to other places, save for Cesaro and Fandango, who is still employed somehow. Bonus points for the pre-match promos from both Sandow and Zeb Colter!
4. MITB 2013: The All-Star Match
Both of the matches on this show were great! The hook for this match is that everyone in it was already a made man. These matches had already started losing their luster, especially after they started doing two of them a year. But this match was the main event for a reason. RVD had a brief comeback at this time and was the sentimental favorite because they were in Philly (the worst fans in all of sports). He came very close to winning, until my man Randy Orton showed up and obliterated him with an RKO. Orton then went on to win this thing and used his contract on a prone Daniel Bryan, who had just become champion after beating Cena at Summerslam that year. This was all thanks to Triple H, who was my favorite when I was a kid, but after he did this to Bryan, we had some issues. Because of my emotional investment in the story at the time, this match is way up here. Bonus points for Heyman doing a promo on an unconscious Curtis Axel. Punk almost won this thing AGAIN! CM Punk, we hardly knew ye.
3. MITB 2010: Miz Conquers the World!
If you’ve been paying any attention to anything I’ve written on this site, you knew this match was coming. Miz is like a son to me, and this was the peak of his career. He was already US Champion coming into this match, but he became WWE Champion for the first (and to date, only) time when he defeated Randy Orton fair and square on a RAW in 2011. Not only that, but this was probably the most impressive field I’ve seen in a MITB match. Randy Orton, Edge, Jericho, Mark Henry, and even Miz’s good friend John Morrison were all no match for Miz in this match. Technically, he beat them all at the same time with one hand The hand he used to unhook the briefcase!
2. MITB 2014: The Future is Now
There were a lot of supporting players in this match, but the story everybody wanted to see going in was Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose after Rollins turned on the Shield. What a dick! Ambrose didn’t disappoint, going after Rollins right as the bell rang. It seemed like Ambrose would win this thing, until Kane showed up in the end, and acted like an even BIGGER dick by pushing over the ladder while
Ambrose was at the top. He then held the ladder for Seth Rollins while he claimed the briefcase. If you don’t know where this ended up going, where have you even been for the last five years? Triple H babied Seth Rollins all the way up until Wrestlemania 32 when he became the first man to use his contract in the middle of a match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Rollins paid dearly for this, but at the time he seemed untouchable.
1. Wrestlemania 21: The Original MITB Ladder Match
All of the other matches may be good for one reason or another, but you never forget your first! Who could have predicted at the time that this match would get its own pay per view later on? It was all Chris Jericho’s idea, but you don’t wanna hear about that right now. We’re here to talk about the match itself. The story in this one is all about Chris Benoit. Trust me, I don’t want to put him over, but I can’t deny that he should have won this thing. He had already come into this match with stitches above his eye, and by the time it was over he had a separated shoulder and was bleeding all over the place. He did a diving headbutt off a 20-foot ladder! He climbed the ladder with his one good arm and came within an eyelash of retrieving the briefcase until everyone’s good friend Edge showed up and hit him with a chair! This was the beginning of Edge’s ascent to greatness, which will finally end when Randy Orton finally kills him one day!
What did you think of this list? Were there any that I missed? Which ones do you think should be on here? Did you also get emotional when Miz won? If you liked this list, keep