This Sunday, the WWE presents us their annual Money in the Bank PPV. The Money in the Bank concept has been around since 2005, when it was introduced at Wrestlemania 21. The concept when it was first introduced was different and unique. It was first introduced as a match at Wrestlemania, then became its own show in 2010.
Over the last few years, I feel like the MITB concept has started to get watered down. It becomes a constant question of when someone is going to cash in. Seth Rollins cashing in at Wrestlemania was kind of the last great cash in attempt that the WWE had left. There really can’t be any more wow factor cash ins. I’m glad this show is getting done before the brand split. I never really liked having two briefcases. Having one briefcase, with the winner being allowed to cash in on either Champion (similar to the Rumble), adds more suspense to things.
But what if Money in the Bank existed before 2005? Sometimes I like to play that game with wrestling history. So I’m here to take a look back at a few years in WWE history and what a potential Money in the Bank ladder match would have looked like, and when a cash in could have taken place. I’m sticking to six wrestlers in the match as I think that is a nice number. And the match takes place right around the same time in June.
1990: Mr. Perfect vs Texas Tornado vs Randy Savage vs Dusty Rhodes vs Jake Roberts vs Bad News Brown
-Here we are going into the Summer of the Ultimate Warrior’s Title reign. Many people expected the Ultimate Warrior to lead the WWE in the years to come. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the drawing power or had the star power of Hulk Hogan. He was close, but definitely never got to Hogan’s levels.
In this match you have Randy Savage looking to get a shot to reclaim his Title. You have young guys in Mr. Perfect and Kerry Von Erich looking to make a mark. And then there are the ring veterans Dusty Rhodes and Jake Roberts. And Bad News Brown was always looking for a way to get into the WWF Title picture. This match gives him the opportunity.
The Winner: Mr. Perfect: Many people consider Curt Hennig won of the best wrestlers to never win the WWF Title. Of course the same could be said for Dusty Rhodes and Jake Roberts. But Mr. Perfect winning here gives the WWF a top heel to put in the Title picture. And with Bobby Heenan as his manager, you know there will be a good amount of heat on Mr. Perfect.
When Does Mr. Perfect Cash In? I’ll say in the spring of 1991. The WWF stretched out the whole Hogan/Sgt. Slaughter program. After a beatdown from Slaughter leaves Hogan knocked out, Mr. Perfect comes out and cashes in on a prone Hogan. This builds to a Hogan/Perfect match at SummerSlam 1991. Warrior can take on Sgt. Slaughter one-on-one and finish that feud off.
1993: Razor Ramon vs Tatanka vs Bam Bam Bigelow vs 1-2-3 Kid vs Doink The Clown vs Bret Hart
-Yokozuna is now the WWF Champion. He seems like an unstoppable force. At the same time we have the Lex Express gaining steam. This year wasn’t an especially great one for the WWF. Hulk Hogan was gone and they were looking to build new stars. And that had a rocky start.
The 1-2-3 Kid just came onto the scene. Bret Hart is looking for a chance to regain his Title. Then you have Doink the Clown, Razor Ramon, Tatanka and Bam Bam Bigelow all looking to win their first WWF Title.
The Winner: Razor Ramon: Just when it looks like Bret Hart is about to win, Jerry Lawler comes out to take out Bret. Doink and Jerry eliminate Bret from the match. Despite just becoming friends, Razor and 1-2-3 Kid battle at the top of the ladder until the Kid falls off and Razor picks up the win.
When Does Razor Ramon Cash In? He does it at SummerSlam. After Yoko is counted out, he comes back into the ring and eats another elbow from Luger. With Yoko knocked out, Razor comes out and cashes in to win the WWF Title. The reign is short lived, however, as Jim Cornette campaigns fro a rematch and finally gets one on a RAW in October where Yoko regains the Title. Everything else for the year goes on according to plan.
1998: The Rock vs Triple H vs Jeff Jarrett vs X-Pac vs Marc Mero vs Owen Hart
-To the dismay of Vince McMahon, Stone Cold Steve Austin is the WWF Champion. He is everything Vince McMahon doesn’t want in his Champion.
This match features two rising stars in The Rock and Triple H. Owen Hart has been around for years and is looking to finally get his shot at the Title. Marc Mero can finally break away from the shadow of Sable by winning here. And then there is Jarrett and X-Pac to fill out the match.
The Winner: The Rock: Rock wins here and goes on to brag who he will hold both the WWF and IC Title at the same time. But he loses the Title to HHH at SummerSlam.
When Does The Rock Cash In? Survivor Series. Things play out a little differently at the event. The roles are reversed in the first round and Big Boss Man beats The Rock in a short match. This allows The Rock to rest up as everyone else in the tournament fights. Austin beats Mankind and faces the Big Boss Man in the Finals. Austin wins, but Rock cashes in on Austin after his match. Mankind comes out to celebrate but eats a Rock Bottom and we get the same celebration we originally got.
2000: Chyna vs Eddie Guerrero vs Chris Benoit vs Chris Jericho vs Shane McMahon vs Val Venis
-Many people consider this to be one of the best years the WWF has ever had. There’s a good mixture of talent from top to bottom. The Rock is currently the Champ, but there are a handful of guys that you could make a case for to win the Title. Chyna has risen to stardom during this time period. Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit debut at the start of the year. And who wouldn’t want to see Shane McMahon in a Ladder Match?
The Winner: Chris Jericho: Jericho debuted with a bang in 1999 when he interrupted The Rock mid-promo. Jericho winning Money in the Bank here gives him the chance to get elevated into the main event scene.
When Does Chris Jericho Cash In? After the Six Man Hell In A Cell Match at Armageddon 2000. The timing is perfect for Jericho after Angle goes through hell to retain the Title. Jericho ends up losing it back to The Rock at No Way Out in a Triple Threat Match also involving Kurt Angle.
Those are just a few examples. Feel free to share your ideas for different years in the comments below.
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