8 Reasons WWE Money In The Bank Deserves To Be A 'Big 5' PPV

MITB should be held in the same regard as shows like the Rumble and Survivor Series...

WWE's potential 2018 PPV schedule recently surfaced online, the biggest talking point being Money In The Bank.

The pay per view is set to return to Chicago - site of CM Punk's infamous triumph over John Cena in 2011 - and will be the only co-branded PPV alongside the traditional 'Big 4'. Has Money In The Bank finally been given a leap in prominence, pushing it to the same level as WrestleMania, the Royal Rumble, Survivor Series, and SummerSlam?

If this is indeed the start of a new 'Big 5' era, it must be considered an exciting development. No other 'B' or 'second-tier' pay per view deserves it more, for reasons we'll explore in just a second.

Over the past few years, noise has been made online regarding a potential reshuffle, with MITB replacing Survivor Series in the 'Big 4' - but I personally find this arrangement far more appealing. WWE's November spectacular is 30-years-old, and despite claims that it's become outdated, has actually been one of the most consistently compelling shows of WWE's calendar in recent years.

With that said, I still agree that Money In The Bank deserves a boost in terms of significance. Since its inception in 2010, it has become one of the more highly-anticipated pay per views of the year. I'm sure I'm not alone in suggesting that it fully deserves to be considered on the same level as its older cousins.

The reasons are various, so let's get straight to them.

8. Storytelling Importance


The most important part of a Money In The Bank PPV is, of course, the eponymous stipulation. Many shows these days do have a key theme or match type, but I think Money In The Bank and the Royal Rumble are unique in this regard.

Rarely elsewhere do we see a stipulation have such importance in terms of long-term storytelling over the course of the year. As we all know, the Rumble winner goes on to earn a title shot at WrestleMania - but the Money In The Bank briefcase could be seen as having an even more powerful role.

The Rumble is more of a ceremonial victory, theoretically granting the winner the main event of WrestleMania (or, more commonly in recent times, a main event). The rules governing the briefcase are far more advantageous to the holder - and also give writers far more flexibility. It also gives WWE the powers of shock and anticipation, and could even be seen as the most crucial stipulation of the year in the grand scheme of things.

When viewed like this, it's actually quite shocking that Money In The Bank has remained a second-tier PPV for so long - especially as it graduated from a feature of 'Mania to its own event in just five years.

7. Spectacular Action


Although we do see exciting action on regular monthly pay per views - Shane McMahon's dive at Hell In A Cell the most obvious recent example - the traditional 'Big 4' can often be relied upon to deliver thrills with greater consistency.

The very nature of Money In The Bank's signature match makes such action inevitable. Many wrestlers - including, most famously, CM Punk - have spoken about the anarchic nature of such bouts, and how dangerous it is to execute in a truly safe manner.

That's completely understandable, but it doesn't stop us selfish wrestling fans from clamouring over the carnage. No other lower-tier PPV can guarantee such action as much as MITB - even Hell In A Cell, which often lets fans down due to the toned-down nature of its stipulation. (Only sometimes, of course. Sorry Shane.)

6. 2011


Whenever Money In The Bank rolls around, you can be certain that people will start to talk about the 2011 incarnation.

That show was one of the best WWE pay per views of the modern era - perhaps even one of the best PPVs ever. We've already talked about Punk's transcendent triumph in the main event, but the show also featured two immensely exciting MITB ladder matches, and a very intelligently-worked contest between Randy Orton and Christian.

As well as being a memorably brilliant show, Money In The Bank 2011 helped grant the pay per view a sense of continued mystique. Could this be the year we see a show of similar quality? Will we see another groundbreaking title change?

Because MITB is already infused with this sense of expectation, it's naturally held in a higher regard than its fellow B-pay per views. A leap to 'Big 5' status only makes sense.

5. It's Much Better When There Are Two Briefcases...


If this year's Money In The Bank show proved anything, it's that holding the event as a single-branded pay per view doesn't really work too well. Moving the even to co-branded 'Big 5' status would solve this problem.

2011 proved that having both a Raw and SmackDown ladder match isn't overkill - especially if they're each booked slightly differently to provide a little substance along with the chaos.

(Of course, 2017 did have two ladder matches, but WWE seem keen for us to forget the inaugural women's bout due to James Ellsworth pulling the briefcase down).

This then allows WWE to pull the trigger on one cash-in fairly quickly, without completely sacrificing the anticipation of the stipulation until next year.

4. ...Or One Briefcase Across All Brands


Now that the women's Money In The Bank ladder match is established, WWE could go back to having one briefcase shared across both Raw and SmackDown - making the co-branded nature of the pay per view even more exciting, while keeping two ladder matches on the card.

The strength of sharing one briefcase across two brands is unpredictability. This year, when Baron Corbin and Carmella won their respective matches, we could be pretty sure that they'd be cashing-in on the champion of their own brand (although at the time of writing, the women's briefcase hasn't yet been cashed-in).

Conversely, keeping the terms of the briefcase vague can lead to all sorts of Edge-like opportunistic shenanigans - and that can only be a good thing.

3. It Has Enough History


A key factor of each of the current 'Big 4' pay per views is history. The youngest is SummerSlam (if we ignore the fact that the inaugural Rumble wasn't technically a pay per view), and even that was first established as long ago as 1988.

Money In The Bank would be quite a jarring addition to the major PPV tier, given that its first show was only seven years ago. On the other hand, for such a young pay per view, it cannot be argued that MITB doesn't have a boatload of history.

As mentioned, Money In The Bank's 2011 edition gave us one of the best pay per views of the modern era - and even the fact that the stipulation is older than the show itself lends a great sense of history and reverence.

Just as WWE loves to churn out old Royal Rumble statistics in January, the history of the MITB ladder match could be more fully emphasised around June - from the early victories of Edge and RVD to the biggest cash-in of all, Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 31.

2. It Has Character


A lot of criticism is aimed at modern, stipulation-themed pay per views - and perhaps rightly so. Shows such as Hell In A Cell and Extreme Rules take key storytelling devices - matches that should be reserved for feuds that correspond with them in intensity - and force them to occur at a fixed time of year.

This can often lead to matches that feel like an unworthy continuation of a beloved old theme - such as Hell In A Cell bouts that don't live up to the intensity of Undertaker vs. Michaels or Triple H vs. Foley.

Money In The Bank avoids this issue because of its relative youth, but also because the event itself has a certain charm and character. Much like the Royal Rumble, we look forward to MITB because it's an unusual night. We know that outcomes can happen - or could potentially happen - thereby lending the PPV a sense of off-kilter excitement.

1. It'll Be Fun!


Let's close on the most straightforward reason: it'll be fun!

The 'Big 4' are unquestionable highlights of the wrestling calendar, shows many of us make sure to check out regardless of the card.

While I'm not suggesting that WWE should elevate several more pay per views to this level, I don't see the harm in boosting one more. Money In The Bank would be a modern, energetic addition to the existing top-tier shows - and who could begrudge the idea of an extra big night of wrestling?

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