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The 14 Best WWE Money in the Bank Ladder Matches

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Who knew a simple briefcase would have such a profound effect on the professional wrestling landscape?

Ladder matches have always presented jaw-dropping spectacles since their inception. Several of the biggest names in the business have produced death-defying stunts and emotionally charged wins across one-on-one and multi-man/women-filled takes on the specialty bout. In 2005, WrestleMania 21 gave fans a clever spin on the formula with a six-person ladder match where the winner earned themselves a contracted world championship match opportunity. Ever since then, WWE has put on even more breathtaking Money in the Bank ladder matches and turned the whole concept into its own annual PPV. Plus other wrestling feds, such as Impact Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling, have adopted the briefcase concept for themselves and presented it in a different manner.

With so many unforgettable MITB ladder matches to look back on, we went out of our way to find the best of the best. The 14 matches we selected here stand tall as not only the greatest ladder matches of all time, but the most outstanding MITB ladder matches wrestling fans have ever laid eyes on.

1. Edge vs. Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho vs. Christian vs. Kane vs. Shelton Benjamin (WrestleMania 21)

The Money in the Bank match that started it all still holds up even to this day. The star power attached to it places it on its very own pedestal - some of the biggest names of the early to mid-2000s are all here and accounted for. And to see them go out there and attempt to steal the show on the WrestleMania stage is still an impressive feat to this very day. Shelton Benjamin became a made man during this match due to his unbelievable feats of high-flying wizardry. Plus the rest of the field maintained an enjoyable pace thanks to a ton of enjoyable car crash-style moments throughout the match. Edge’s victory here was the perfect way to cap off the MITB match concept’s phenomenal debut.

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

This MITB match should be referred to as the “All-Stars Edition.” The field for this one was stacked - you had a nice mix of bonafide main eventers, up-and-coming midcard stars, and wily veterans all vying for the top prize hanging above the ring at the time. The spectacle of WrestleMania added so much more to the epic feel of this chance meeting between wrestling’s GOATs. There were so many jaw-dropping moments that took place here - Randy Orton went RKO crazy, Jeff Hardy damn near destroyed Edge with a great ladder assisted fall, and Booker T. planted Orton with a super Book-End off a ladder. Even Hornswoggle got caught up in all the madness when he took a nasty Green Bay Plunge off a ladder from Mr. Kennedy! This MITB match was certainly one of the bigger highlights from ‘Mania 23.

3. CM Punk vs. Carlito vs. Chris Jericho vs. John Morrison vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Shelton Benjamin (WrestleMania 24)

There’s just something about the outdoor setting for this WrestleMania MITB match that makes it feel all the more spectacular. A good majority of the participants for this match are considered masters of utilizing the top rope, so you knew coming in that you were going to bear witness to some outlandish spots. And thankfully, that’s exactly what took place. John Morrison pulled off a moonsault to the outside with a ladder in hand, Chris Jericho took a sick Backstabber from Carlito off a ladder, and Shelton got sent crashing through a ladder on the outside. The Matt Hardy run-in on MVP and CM Punk’s shocking win magnified the greatness of this outdoor MITB exhibition.

4. Kane vs. Big Show vs. Christian vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Matt Hardy (Money in the Bank 2010)

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And now we’ve reached the MITB PPV era. At this point in the specialty match’s history, its Sunday event presented two versions of the match - one for Raw and one for Smackdown. MITB 2010 provides one of those rare cases where both MITB presentations ended up being super noteworthy. What we have here is the SmackDown version, which featured a ton of main event superstars in the making and two oversized brutes that were feeling extra destructive with ladders in their possession. This one was pure mayhem from the very start - the smaller competitors put in work to ground their larger opposition, while Kane and Big Show fought back with some brutal offense of their own. Kofi Kingston’s ladder-assisted leg drop from the top of a ladder is incredible and has been included in every wrestling highlight video you’ve probably ever seen. The presence of giants fighting among confident mortals added a cool wrinkle to this MITB matchup.

5. The Miz vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Evan Bourne vs. John Morrison vs. Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase (Money in the Bank 2010)

No one ever truly thought that The Miz would ever be WWE Championship material. But once this MITB match came to a close, his shocking ascension to main event status truly began. He damn sure earned it cause this MITB match pushed him and everyone else who participated in it to their very limit. Mark Henry proved to be even more a vicious wrecking ball once he picked up a ladder, plus John Morrison took some unique forms of punishment while stuck in between a ladder. One of the dopest moments from this match is when Randy planted Morrison with an RKO and immediately got caught slipping by Evan Bourne with a beautiful Shooting Star Press. Miz ended up screwing Randy to grab the briefcase, which was quite prophetic when you consider the fact that the very same thing happened when the WWE Championship came into the picture.

6. Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Heath Slater vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Kane vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett (Money In The Bank 2011)

Most folks look to MITB 2011 as the night that CM Punk ascended to godhood amongst his peers by defeating John Cena for the WWE Championship. The rest of the card for that evening’s monumental event also featured some memorable bouts and the SmackDown MITB match certainly took high honors. The best of the Blue Brand’s roster at the time converged onto this show and put on quite the slobberknocker with the assistance of ladders close by. Sin Cara took the biggest bump of the match after Sheamus powerbombed him through a ladder, Kane & Sheamus pulled off a surprising Doomsday Device on Daniel Bryan, and Justin Gabriel crushed Kane with a 450 Splash from a ladder. The other bumps taken here were certainly cringe-inducing yet wholly entertaining at the same time. Everyone looked great here, but it was Daniel that managed to prevail and go on further to achieve greatness.

7. Randy Orton vs. Christian vs. CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Sheamus (Money In The Bank 2013)

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“The Legend Killer” morphed into the dream killer when he obtained the MITB briefcase during this hotly contested match. His victory here catapulted him towards the heartbreaking Authority screwjob that ended Daniel’s newly won WWE Championship reign at SummerSlam 2013. Randy’s briefcase win didn’t come easy, however - he had to fight tooth and nail to grab it during this classic MITB match. Rob Van Dam was on fire here as he dished out stiff kicks and his usual array of high-flying maneuvers. Sheamus increased his brutality game tenfold by smashing Daniel’s chest with quick succession strikes atop a ladder. And Daniel went on a mid-match mean streak that saw him almost walk away as the victor. The Paul Heyman turn on CM Punk near the end floored us all at the time, plus Randy’s sick RKO to RVD off of the ladder provided the perfect closer to this momentous WWE car crash.

8. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam (Money In The Bank 2014)

The main story of this match centered on the former Shield members Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose trying to end the other’s career. Their battlefield of choice was the MITB match and it just so happened to feature a who’s who of notable WWE midcarders from that time period. The daredevil antics during this match were off the chart - Kofi Kingston springboard to multiple victims on the outside, RVD’s Rolling Thunder to Seth Rollins while he laid upon a ladder, and Kofi & RVD working together to launch the top of the ladder right into Jack Swagger’s face were all mind-blowing moments. Seth and Dean’s involvement in this match stood out the most, though - their hatred for one another resulted in the wildest ladder-assisted superplex the world has ever seen. The punishment Seth took here was next level, so you couldn’t help but feel he deserved to win once he finally grabbed the briefcase.

9. Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (Money In The Bank 2016)

History was made during the closing moments of this edition of the MITB PPV - Roman Reigns walked in as WWE Champion, Seth Rollins defeated him to claim the title, then Dean Ambrose cashed in his newly won briefcase to relinquish his former stablemate of the belt. Dean’s shocking win came after he endured hell during this storied MITB clash. Cesaro seemingly had a chip on his shoulder here as he went above and beyond the call of duty to impress. Plus Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn’s never-ending war resulted in them using ladders to put their hatred for each other on display. There were a ton of innovative moments that transpired here, but the one that sticks out the most is Cesaro’s jump from a ladder to the rope to land a sick jumping uppercut to Owens. Dean’s final shove to Owens onto a ladder brought this breathtaking MITB ladder match to its definitive end.

10. Baron Corbin vs. AJ Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Money In The Bank 2017)

The man that walked away from this MITB match as the briefcase holder wasn’t all that great in retrospect. But that lackluster winner doesn’t take away from the high-quality factor of the match itself. Baron Corbin’s run-in attack during Shinsuke Nakamura’s entrance kicked this one off on a high note and led right into a fast-paced ladder-fest that stayed awesome throughout. Sami Zayn launched Kevin Owens onto an open ladder off the top rope, Corbin almost got put out to pasture with a Dolph Ziggler Zig Zag off of a ladder, and Ziggler paid for his sins by catching a Sunset Flip Powerbomb off of a ladder by Zayn. Those outrageous moments and Nakamura’s crowd popping comeback all combined to produce a MITB watch that’s infinitely rewatchable.

11. Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Ember Moon vs. Lana vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Sasha Banks (Money in the Bank 2018)

MITB 2017 was groundbreaking for all the wrong reasons. While it may have produced the first-ever women’s version of the historic ladder match, it ended with a man ascending the ladder to retrieve the briefcase for his chosen associate. Plus the actual match itself was quite the letdown. Fast forward to MITB 2018 and a new batch of ladies easily surpassed the previous year’s effort. Ember Moon impressed as she looked to prove herself as main roster mainstay, Naomi shined thanks to her crowd popping maneuvers, and the rest of the field engaged in some fun (yet oh so painful) ladder exchanges. Charlotte Flair’s sick spear to Ember into a corner ladder is one of our warmest memories from this hectic bout. Alexa Bliss claimed the briefcase here and proceeded to blow everyone’s minds later on this show by cashing in during Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax’s Raw women’s title match.

12. Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Roode vs. Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rusev vs. Samoa Joe vs. The Miz (Money in the Bank 2018)

We’re sure you folks remember a time when Braun Strowman was one of the hottest acts in the company. During “The Monster Among Men’s” run on Raw, fans took to his penchant for flipping over cars, telling everyone to “CATCH THESE HANDS!,” and cut through everyone like a hot knife through butter. Braun’s glory days can also be felt here during this show-closing MITB match. It was awesome watching everyone gang up on the big guy at first and witness the rest of the pack go to war while Braun was laid out. As soon as he woke up, business picked up. Braun sent Owens crashing into a table off of a super tall ladder near the entranceway, chokeslammed Kofi right into another ladder, and ran right into a third ladder that was held up by Finn Bálor & Bobby Roode. The multi-man submission spot that ended with Samoa Joe interrupting it to choke out Rusev was also a definite high point of this match. Braun was the ultimate victor here and it was well deserved after his star-making performance here.

13. Brock Lesnar vs. Ali vs. Andrade vs. Baron Corbin vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Bálor vs. Randy Orton vs. Ricochet (Money In The Bank 2019)

Was the ending complete and utter trash? Yes! Did the image of Ali looking deathly afraid while holding onto the damn briefcase and awaiting Brock Lesnar’s entrance into the ring nonsensical? Absolutely! But even with that atrocious finish, we still enjoyed everything that took place before it. Randy couldn’t help but torture multiple opponents by dropping them back first onto the announce table, which was an early match highlight. Andrade was in top form here as he pulled off a nasty Sunset Flip Powerbomb on Bálor right on top of a ladder. And Ricochet and Ali used their high-flying repertoire to wow the appreciative crowd. Even Corbin put in a good effort here as he pulled off a devastating chokeslam on Ali right through an announcer’s table. This MITB match was a heavy hitter that’s only disrupted by an atrocious ending.

14. Big E vs. Drew McIntyre vs. John Morrison vs. Kevin Owens vs. King Nakamura vs. Ricochet vs. Riddle vs. Seth Rollins (Money in the Bank 2021)

Just take a look at the field of superstars that competed in this classic MITB affair. You just knew going into it that we were going to be treated to greatness once they were all announced. With guys like John Morrison, Seth Rollins, and Ricochet vying to grab the briefcase, it came as no surprise that their high-flying antics would raise this bout's quality factor to the max. And that's exactly what happened. Ricochet took flight at numerous points, Rollins planted Kevin Owens through a ladder on the outside, and John Morrison flew off the top of a ladder to do some big damage of his own. The rest of the batch that was presented here also held up their end of the bargain and added some crazy moments to this amazing ladder match. King Nakamura's ladder-assisted armbar, Riddle's RKO frenzy, and Big E's Big Ending to Rollins off of a ladder were all big crowd popping moments. This MITB match featured memorable bumps, a hot crowd, and an even hotter lineup of worthy men that are certainly MITB certified.

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