The 2018 Money in the Bank pay per view is creeping up on us, an event that has essentially replaced King of the Ring in a modern-day Big Five. More so than Hell in a Cell, TLC, and Extreme Rules, the winner of Money in the Bank’s titular match has far greater implications for WWE’s future.
Since spinning off from WrestleMania in 2010 as a standalone pay per view concept, Money in the Bank always provokes speculation and intrigue, as the choice of briefcase recipient(s) almost always provides a glimpse into where WWE is headed going forward. The likes of Edge, Seth Rollins, CM Punk, The Miz, and others, each earned a certain measure of permanent main event residency upon their successful cash-ins. Money in the Bank not only gives audiences a daring stunt-show with eye-popping visuals, but it also pulls the curtain back on the WWE of tomorrow.
The history of Money in the Bank, as both a WrestleMania diversion and a spin-off event, has been chock full of fascinating stats and tidbits. As June 17 draws nearer, let’s take some time and look back at those prior Money in the Banks, both the ladder matches and events alike, and see where the past has brought us.
10. The Match Was Hashed Out By Three Men
The Money in the Bank Ladder Match as we know it came as something of a consolation to Chris Jericho, who was a bit miffed that there were no real plans for him at WrestleMania 21. Consulting with WWE writer, and close friend, Brian Gewirtz, Jericho learned that Gewirtz had an idea for a concept that was known as a Hollywood Dream Ladder Match, in which the winner would get anything that they so desired. The original plan in Gewirtz’s mind was for Rob Van Dam to win, and his “wish” would be the return of ECW.
Vince McMahon, however, didn’t care for that sort of vague, undefined prize. So Jericho suggested making the prize a title shot for the next night on Raw. Gewirtz added the intrigue of having the title shot be good for up to one year, and Vince approved, so long as the winner toted the contract around with some sort of visual token (that’s where the briefcase came in).