Ranking all WWE Money in the Bank Ladder Matches

With the PPV coming tonight, I thought I’d look back on all of the Money in the Bank matches. I’ll look back at them in chronological order, and then rank them at the end. Hope you enjoy – it’s going to be a long one!

WrestleMania 21 – Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit vs Christian (with Tomko) vs Shelton Benjamin vs Edge vs Kane

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This was the first ever money in the bank match, and so no one really knew what to expect. It had some pretty good wrestlers in it, all could have been a justifiable winner.

Best bits

  • Edge and Christian sandwiches Kane with two ladders.
  • Shelton Benjamin’s T-Bone on Edge off the ladder.
  • Benjamin running up the ladder hitting a clothesline on Jericho.
  • Kane pushing Christian onto Tomko outside the ring.
  • Benoit’s headbutt to Kane off a ladder.

Winner: Edge was the first Mr Money in the Bank. It was an okay match, but certainly not the best. I think that was down to the lack of experience of the match. The Rated R Superstar went on to successfully cash in it on John Cena at New Years Revolution.

WrestleMania 22 – Matt Hardy vs Shelton Benjamin vs Finlay vs RVD vs Bobby Lashley vs Ric Flair

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Looking at the competitors, I could never see Ric Flair or Finlay climbing the ladder to get the briefcase, so it shortened the potential winners down a little bit for me.

Best bits

  • Shelton Benjamin running up a leaning ladder onto RVD, Matt Hardy and Bobby Lashley.
  • Hardy suplerplexing Ric Flair off the top of a ladder.
  • RVD hitting the rolling thunder onto a ladder.
  • Sunset flip turned triple powerbomb on Lashley.
  • Hardy hits the side effect on Finlay off the ladder.
  • RVD with the 5 star frogsplash on Finlay off the ladder.

Winner: RVD won this one, and set up a match with John Cena at ECW: One Night Stand. After winning the WWE Championship, he was forced to drop it due to being in possession of drugs though.

WrestleMania 23 – Jeff Hardy vs King Booker vs Finlay vs CM Punk vs Mr Kennedy vs Matt Hardy vs Randy Orton vs Edge

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This was the first 8 man Money in the Bank match we had seen. It didn’t last for long though, as Edge and Jeff Hardy were eliminated through injury.

Best bits

  • Edge superplexing Matt Hardy on a balanced ladder.
  • CM Punk spinning a ladder on his shoulders.
  • Jeff Hardy hitting a leg drop off a 12ft ladder on Edge through a ladder.
  • RKO to CM Punk off a ladder.
  • Book End to Orton off a ladder.
  • Kenton Bomb to Hornswoggle off a ladder.

Winner: Mr Kennedy won, after fending off CM Punk. He would have to drop the privilege to Edge however due to injury. Edge would capitalise on Mark Henry’s attack on The Undertaker to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

WrestleMania 24 – John Morrison vs Carlito vs Shelton Benjamin vs CM Punk vs Mr Kennedy vs MVP vs Chris Jericho

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Just the odd 7 in this match. Who’d of thought that we’d see the career of a certain someone hit off so well from this night?

Best bits

  • John Morrison with a ladder moonsault off the top rope to the floor.
  • Shelton Benjamin’s sunset flip on Mr Kennedy and Morrison.
  • Shelton Benjamin falling off the ladder crunching through another ladder.
  • Walls of Jericho on Morrison at the top of the ladder.
  • Matt Hardy returning to twist of fate MVP off a ladder.
  • Code breaker on Punk with a ladder in between.

Winner: CM Punk trapped Jericho’s leg in between a rung of the ladder, having come so close the year before. He cashed in on Edge on an episode of Raw for his first World Heavyweight championship.

WrestleMania 25 – CM Punk vs Mark Henry vs MVP vs Finlay vs Shelton Benjamin vs Kofi Kingston vs Christian vs Kane

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A few names started to crop up a little bit more in this, with only 2 new superstars to the money in the bank match. It was good to see the athleticism and speed of Kofi Kingston here though.

Best bits

  • Shelton Benjamin’s flip onto the other competitors.
  • All the cool shit Kofi Kingston did.
  • Shelton Benjamin walking over ladders to try to claim the briefcase.

Winner: CM Punk became the first superstar to win 2 Money in the bank matches. He cashed in his second briefcase on Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules to win again.

WrestleMania 26 – Kofi Kingston vs MVP vs Evan Bourne vs Jack Swagger vs Shelton Benjamin vs Matt Hardy vs Dolph Ziggler vs Drew McIntyre vs Kane vs Christian

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This was the first 10 man ladder match. We saw a couple if new faces in this one to freshen things up, but there were still many experienced ones in the mix.

Best bits

  • Evan Bourne climbing the side of the side of the ladder.
  • Air bourne to Christian off a ladder.
  • Chokeslam to Ziggler on a ladder.
  • Kofi Kingston using the ladder as stilts.

Winner: Jack Swagger has to be the worst choice here! So much talent in there with Ziggler, Christian, Shelton Benjamin – Jack Swagger was poor. He cashed it in 5 days later on SmackDown to win the World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Jericho.

Money in the Bank 2010 – SmackDown: Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler vs Christian vs Cody Rhodes vs Matt Hardy vs Drew McIntyre vs Kane vs Big Show

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This was the first money in the bank ladder match outside of WrestleMania. It was the SmackDown brand who kicked the night off with the Raw one to follow.

Best bits

  • Christian tosses Dolph Ziggler off the top of the ladder.
  • Boom drop on Drew McIntyre off a ladder through the announce table.
  • Big Show struggling to get his reinforced ladder into the ring.
  • Big Show being buried with ladders.
  • Kane using the truck as a weapon.

Winner: Kane won after chokeslamming Drew McIntyre off the top of the ladder, in a pretty good match up! Kane would cash in that night on Rey Mysterio to set up a feud between him and his brother, The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Money in the Bank 2010 – Raw: Randy Orton vs The Miz vs Mark Henry vs Ted DiBiase vs John Morrison vs Chris Jericho vs Evan Bourne vs Edge

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Quite a star-studded lineup, with a good mix of new and experienced wrestlers in the second match of the night.

Best bits

  • Mark Henry pushing 4 men from the top of 2 ladders.
  • Maryse trying to grab the briefcase.
  • John Morrison doing some cool shit that I don’t know what to call!

Winner: The Miz seemed like an unpopular choice in the arena that night, and I can’t blame them! Having two matches in one night ruins the creativity of them for me as they can’t repeat certain spots. The Miz held it for 6 months before successfully cashing in on Randy Orton on an episode of Raw.

Money in the Bank 2011 – SmackDown: Sin Cara vs Wade Barrett vs Justin Gabriel vs Sheamus vs Cody Rhodes vs Heath Slater vs Daniel Bryan vs Kane

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Most if the participants came from the first season of NXT! It was refreshing to see many new faces in this match, and a few high flyers!

Best bits

  • Sheamus powebombing Sin Cara through a ladder.
  • Neckbreaker from Slater on Bryan off the ladder.
  • Heath Slater with a cross body on Kane off a ladder.
  • Chokeslam to Sheamus onto a ladder.

Winner: Daniel Bryan got the win in one of the worst Money in the Bank matches ever. The new superstars in this one did not perform well at all. Bryan would go on to cash his contract in on The Big Show at TLC later that year.

Money in the Bank 2011 – Raw: Alberto Del Rio vs Kofi Kingston vs Jack Swagger vs Evan Bourne vs R Truth vs Alex Riley vs The Miz vs Rey Mysterio

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This seems like a pretty poor line up. There were a few good high flyers to make things exciting, but not many would ever make good world champions.

Best bits

  • Everyone starting the match with a ladder with them.
  • Alberto Del Rio being buried with ladders.
  • Air Bourne off the top of the ladder onto most outside of the ring.
  • 619 on Kofi Kingston round a ladder.
  • Del Rio unmasking Rey Mysterio

Winner: Alberto Del Rio won this one, which again, was pretty bad. The WWE were focused more on the main event this night, with CM Punk and John Cena. Del Rio became the first and only man so far to win both the Royal Rumble and a Money in the Bank ladder match in the same year. He defeated CM Punk at SummerSlam.

Money in the Bank 2012 – SmackDown: Dolph Ziggler vs Santino Marrella vs Cody Rhodes vs Damien Sandow vs Tyson Kidd vs Sin Cara vs Tensai vs Christian

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There were some stupid participants in this one like Santino and Tensai! Great participants like Ziggler and Christian however improved it.

Best bits

  • Christian spears Damien Sandow into a ladder.
  • “Tensai = fat” sign in the crowd. (Yes, it was this bad)
  • Some form of sunset flip on Ziggler by Kidd off the ladder.
  • Powerbomb by Tensai on Sin Cara onto a ladder.
  • Spear by Christian to Rhodes off a ladder.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler won this by throwing Christian off the ladder. The first 20 minutes if this was awful, but the last 5 minutes made up for it. Dolph Ziggler had a very emotional cash in on Alberto Del Rio to win his second World Heavyweight Championship.

Money in the Bank 2012 – Raw: Kane vs Chris Jericho vs The Miz vs The Big Show vs John Cena

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Anyone know why it was only 5 here? It’s the smallest one! I don’t think The Miz was even meant to be in the match! It was clear though, as soon as John Cena was announced in the match, he’d be the winner.

Best bits

  • John Cena AAs The Big Show through an announce table before he gets buried with ladders.
  • Double superplex on Kane onto a ladder by The Miz and Jericho
  • Big Show getting his reinforced ladder out again. (But the stupid commentators forgot he used it 2 years before!!)

Winner: Of course, it was John Cena! He snapped the handle off the briefcase before claiming it. I loved that he became the first person to unsuccessfully cash in his contract. He beat CM Punk, but by disqualification so he did not win the title.

Money in the Bank 2013 – SmackDown: Fandango vs Dean Ambrose vs Jack Swagger vs Cesaro vs Damien Sandow vs Cody Rhodes vs Wade Barrett

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Having two tag teams in this one made it interesting.

Best bits

  • Ambrose using the ladder as a windmill.
  • Cesaro balancing on Jack Swagger trying to grab the briefcase.
  • The Shield attacking Cody Rhodes and cleaning house.
  • The Usos attacking The Shield.
  • Ambrose falling on The Usos, The Real Americans and The Shield.
  • Damien Sandow betraying Cody Rhodes to win.

Winner: Sandow got the win after turning his back on his partner Cody Rhodes. Sandow unsuccessfully cashed in on John Cena on Raw, and still has not returned anywhere near the main event scene since.

Money in the Bank 2013 – Raw: RVD vs Christian vs Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton vs CM Punk vs Sheamus

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This must be the best ever lineup in my eyes. All 6 men would have a chance to win going into this.

Best bits

  • Sheamus’ awkward landing as he fell off the ladder.
  • All 6 men falling off 2 ladders at once.
  • CM Punk squashing Sheamus with his body weight and a ladder.
  • Randy Orton with a T Bone superplex to CM Punk onto a ladder.
  • Frogsplash on Christian off the top of a ladder.
  • Curtis Axel attacking Daniel Bryan.
  • Paul Heyman turning on CM Punk.

Winner: Randy Orton won this one after Heyman turned on CM Punk, and an RKO to RVD. He defeated Daniel Bryan after Triple H had attacked the new WWE Champion.

Money in the Bank 2014 – RVD vs Kofi Kingston vs Seth Rollins vs Dolph Ziggler vs Jack Swagger vs Dean Ambrose

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This was a match dominated by Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins’ hatred for each other. Not too sure about where Wade Barrett was?

Best bits

  • Kofi Kingston’s springboard off a ladder.
  • Powerbomb to RVD from Jack Swagger off a ladder.
  • Superplex from Ambrose to Rollins off the top of the ladder.
  • Ambrose returning to attack Seth Rollins.
  • Kane stopping Dean Ambrose from winning the match.

Winner: Rollins won with help from Kane here. Seth Rollins would become the first person to cash in during a match at WrestleMania 31, beating Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Money in the Bank 2015 – Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston vs Neville vs Kane vs Sheamus vs Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton

I’m sure we can all remember this one from last year. It really wasn’t the best of Money in the Bank matches due to a lack of ‘spots’ and an ending that, at the time, I didn’t want to see. maxresdefault

Best bits

  • Sheamus throws Kofi off the top of the ladder
  • Reigns hit a ferocious powerbomb on Kofi Kingston on a ladder
  • Reigns hit another powerbomb to Neville onto Kofi Kingston
  • Orton hits an RKO to Neville whilst he falls from the ladder
  • Big E and Xavier Woods come to help Kofi
  • Bray Wyatt returns to prevent Roman Reigns from winning

Winner: Sheamus took the briefcase in this one after Wyatt returned which was very odd booking I thought. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this match at the time, but it isn’t as bad as I thought it was having looked back. As we all know, Sheamus would cash in at Survivor Series after Reigns defeated Ambrose. He would soon be forgotten in the main event scene going into 2016.

Rankings

1. Money in the Bank 2013 – Raw: RVD vs Christian vs Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton vs CM Punk vs Sheamus

2. WrestleMania 23 – Jeff Hardy vs King Booker vs Finlay vs CM Punk vs Mr Kennedy vs Matt Hardy vs Randy Orton vs Edge

3. WrestleMania 24 – John Morrison vs Carlito vs Shelton Benjamin vs CM Punk vs Mr Kennedy vs MVP vs Chris Jericho

4.WrestleMania 25 – CM Punk vs Mark Henry vs MVP vs Finlay vs Shelton Benjamin vs Kofi Kingston vs Christian vs Kane

5. Money in the Bank 2014 – RVD vs Kofi Kingston vs Seth Rollins vs Dolph Ziggler vs Jack Swagger vs Dean Ambrose

6. WrestleMania 22 – Matt Hardy vs Shelton Benjamin vs Finlay vs RVD vs Bobby Lashley vs Ric Flair

7. Money in the Bank 2013 – SmackDown: Fandango vs Dean Ambrose vs Jack Swagger vs Cesaro vs Damien Sandow vs Cody Rhodes vs Wade Barrett

8. Money in the Bank 2010 – SmackDown: Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler vs Christian vs Cody Rhodes vs Matt Hardy vs Drew McIntyre vs Kane vs Big Show

9. WrestleMania 26 – Kofi Kingston vs MVP vs Evan Bourne vs Jack Swagger vs Shelton Benjamin vs Matt Hardy vs Dolph Ziggler vs Drew McIntyre vs Kane vs Christian

10. Money in the Bank 2010 – Raw: Randy Orton vs The Miz vs Mark Henry vs Ted DiBiase vs John Morrison vs Chris Jericho vs Evan Bourne vs Edge

11. Money in the Bank 2015 – Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston vs Neville vs Kane vs Sheamus vs Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton

12. WrestleMania 21 – Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit vs Christian (with Tomko) vs Shelton Benjamin vs Edge vs Kane

13. Money in the Bank 2011 – Raw: Alberto Del Rio vs Kofi Kingston vs Jack Swagger vs Evan Bourne vs R Truth vs Alex Riley vs The Miz vs Rey Mysterio

14. Money in the Bank 2011 – SmackDown: Sin Cara vs Wade Barrett vs Justin Gabriel vs Sheamus vs Cody Rhodes vs Heath Slater vs Daniel Bryan vs Kane

15. Money in the Bank 2012 – SmackDown: Dolph Ziggler vs Santino Marrella vs Cody Rhodes vs Damien Sandow vs Tyson Kidd vs Sin Cara vs Tensai vs Christian

16. Money in the Bank 2012 – Raw: Kane vs Chris Jericho vs The Miz vs The Big Show vs John Cena

 

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