If you missed the first part of my ranking of every single Money in the Bank Ladder match, click here.

Like I said in yesterday’s article, Money in the Bank is a popular stipulation in all of professional wrestling. The first part of the rankings had okay to forgettable MITB Ladder matches.

This matches below are the more memorable ones and ones I still watch from time-to-time today.

11. Ziggler Is Finally Pushed

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  • Event: Money in the Bank 2012
  • Prize: World Heavyweight Championship match
  • Participants: Christian vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Santino Marella vs. Sin Cara vs. Tensai vs. Tyson Kidd
  • Winner: Dolph Ziggler
  • Length: 18:23

The first of two MITB matches in 2012. This one had a bunch of mid to lower-mid card talents while the other had superstars like John Cena making his debut in the match. However, this was the better match of the two that night.

The action picked up from the start, with several participants flying around and putting their bodies on the line. Some major spots here include Tensai power bombing Sin Cara onto a bridged-ladder. Ziggler then stepped in but only for him to be hurled by Tensai terrifyingly over the announce table. Intercontinental Champion at the time Christian put on a show here, leaping from one ladder to another to spear Cody Rhodes. This led to Santino Marella’s face sliding down the rungs of another ladder, showing the few comedy bumps in a MITB ladder match.

Fans wanted Christian to win, but Ziggler winning was a good call here as he is viewed as one of the more underrated workers in the business and having one of the best cash-ins in the matches history a year later.

10. Monster in the Bank

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  • Event: Money in the Bank 2018
  • Prize: Winner’s brand’s World Championship match
  • Participants: Bobby Roode vs. Braun Strowman vs. Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens vs. Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz vs. Rusev vs. Samoa Joe
  • Winner: Braun Strowman
  • Length: 19:53

A combination of veterans in this type of match and some new faces to debut here like Strowman and Rusev for example. An action-packed match from the start where winner Strowman was booked at the star here. He was taken out early in the match by everyone else but came backfiring. He threw Owens off a ladder onto the announcer’s table for a loud reaction and steamrolled threw a ladder help up by Bálor and Roode, leading to a priceless reaction from Miz.

While Strowman won, everyone else had their chance to shine. Kingston hit a boom drop while Bálor hit the Coup de Grâce on Roode from the top of the ladder. Rusev also looked like a star here, getting a huge reaction from the crowd no matter what he did, showing the “Rusev Day” gimmick was really working.

9. The First of Two for Punk

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  • Event: WrestleMania XXIV
  • Prize: Any World Championship match
  • Participants: Carlito vs. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Shelton Benjamin
  • Winner: CM Punk
  • Length: 15:12

The first of CM Punk’s two consecutive MITB victories and had a lot of spots here much like his first victory.

There was a good amount of big, inventive spots like John Morrison’s ladder-assisted Moonsault to the outside, the thunderous tower of doom off the side of a ladder. Carlito’s Backstabber of the ladder was also a cool spot and Shelton Benjamin falling off the ladder onto a bridged ladder on the outside was also a crazy spot here. There was also a good run-in, as a previously-injured Matt Hardy entered the match to cost MVP the victory, continuing their feud from a few weeks prior. Punk winning was a good call and everyone else had their moments here too.

8. An Unlikely Winner

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  • Event: Money in the Bank 2013
  • Prize: World Heavyweight Championship match
  • Participants: Antonio Cesaro vs. Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Fandango vs. Jack Swagger vs. Wade Barrett
  • Winner: Damien Sandow
  • Length: 16:24

A match consisting of some tag teams and all heels. On paper, this did not look like a good match but proved to be an entertaining encounter.

Despite not being as high-risked as we were used to seeing at this point in the stipulation’s history, there were some memorable spots. Dean Ambrose jumping off the ladder leading to him being dumped out of the ring was different and Cesaro standing on Jack Swagger’s shoulder was a unique way to try to get the briefcase. Cody Rhodes was the star here and was on fire towards the end, nailing several big moves and looked to have the victory. It was not the case as his tag team partner Damien Sandow double-crossed him on route to victory.

Sandow did not have a successful cash-in, losing to then-World Heavyweight Champion John Cena cleanly. Still, a memorable match that was a lot better than people expected.

7. The SmackDown Exclusive

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  • Event: Money in the Bank 2017
  • Prize: WWE Championship match
  • Participants: AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Winner: Baron Corbin
  • Length: 29:45

A very good match throughout unlike its female counterpart on the same night. This bout was structured with crowd enjoyment and some storylines within. Two main rivalries were used here, the continued war between former friends Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and the future starting of a feud between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Baron Corbin won and played spoiler from the beginning, jumping Nakamura during his entrance and snatching the briefcase from both faces right at the end. His cash-in is considered the worst in match history, losing on a simple roll up from the then WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. Despite that, it is still considered on the best MITB matches in history.

6. The Second for Punk

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  • Event: WrestleMania XXV
  • Prize: Any World Championship match
  • Participants: Christian vs. CM Punk vs. Finlay vs. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Mark Henry vs. Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Shelton Benjamin
  • Winner: CM Punk
  • Length: 14:32

Punk’s second win and a MITB match were the superstars really went all-out with insanely difficult spots. You had the likes of ladder specialists Benjamin, Kingston, and Christian to help make this match memorable. Benjamin had a scary moment here diving headfirst into a crowd of opponents from a huge ladder on the ramp but thankfully he was okay from that.

This match felt more like eight guys trying to hurt each other rather than racing for the briefcase, which isn’t a bad thing. You really had no clue who was going to win here as there were several potential winning moments. Christian and Benjamin looked to be toppling out of the ring, but Christian saved himself by planting his foot on the top rope and pushing his way back. Punk then springboarded in out of nowhere but got his legs caught in the rungs of the ladder. Kane joined the action and looked to win after  Chokeslamming Christian off the ladder. Punk freed himself in time and head-kick Kane off the ladder. An exciting match to watch even today.

5. The Start of Daniel Bryan

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  • Event: Money in the Bank 2011
  • Prize: World Heavyweight Championship match
  • Participants: Cody Rhodes vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Heath Slater vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Kane vs. Sin Cara vs. Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett
  • Winner: Daniel Bryan
  • Length: 24:27

Like I said in rankings 22-12, Money in the Bank 2011 is considered one of WWE’s best pay per views ever and this ladder match was part of it. This was a high pace match and at times looked like the previously mentioned match with the participants trying to hurt each rather than go for the prize. There were many memorable moments like Sheamus power bombing Sin Cara from the apron through a ladder and then Sheamus falling on a ladder that decided not to break at all. Gabriel’s 450 Splash from a ladder laid across the top rope onto Kane was another memorable moment.

The ending was great also, as the rise of Daniel Bryan began. The popular babyface won here and the rest is history. A match that can be re-watched even today.

4. Ambrose vs. Rollins

Credit: WWE.com
  • Event: Money in the Bank 2014
  • Prize: WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
  • Participants: Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins
  • Winner: Seth Rollins
  • Length: 23:10

An intense match that was centered around the feud between two former Shield members Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. The other competitors in the match had their moments but everything a circled back between the two. Ambrose started hot, jumping Rollins before the bell rang and beginning the match at a fast pace. The action kept going as Rollins was nailed with a Superplex from the top of a ladder to the canvas.

The only downfall here was the interference of Corporate Kane, who came out and helped win the match for Rollins. A good match to watch outside of the Kane interference.

3. The Last Before the Brand-Split

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  • Event: Money in the Bank 2016
  • Prize: WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
  • Participants: Alberto Del Rio vs. Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
  • Winner: Dean Ambrose
  • Length: 21:38

This was the last Money in the Bank match before the second brand-split took place. The participants were a great selection here, making this one of the smoothest matches in MITB history. A good paced match with a lot of high spots and no interferences took place, unlike the previous two bouts in 2015 and 2014.

Cesaro, Del Rio, and Zayn all had exciting sequences at various points. Zayn and Owens were still in the height of their rivalry, so they were doing whatever they can to take each other out. One memorable spot here was when Zayn Powerslamed Owens onto the side of a prone ladder, which led to a huge gasp from the crowd. Ambrose won here and led to a memorable cash in later in the night on Seth Rollins, who had just defeated Roman Reigns a few minutes prior. An excellent match here between six solid workers.

2. The Only Winner to Never Cash-In

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  • Event: WrestleMania 23
  • Prize: Any World Championship match
  • Participants: CM Punk vs. Edge vs. Finlay vs. Jeff Hardy vs. King Booker vs. Matt Hardy vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Randy Orton
  • Winner: Mr. Kennedy
  • Length: 24:10

The third-ever Money in the Bank Ladder match. After a disappointing match last year, WrestleMania 23 had the star power and the superstars finally exceeded the limits of what the match could be.

There were a lot of high spots here like Orton RKOing CM Punk off the ladder and Kennedy nailing an interfering Hornswoggle with a Green Bay Plunge off a ladder. Matt Hardy also played a huge role here, grabbing Booker T’s wife Sharmell and threatening to hit her with a Twist of Fate as Booker was a fingertip away from winning the briefcase. He reunited with his brother Jeff here and convinced him to jump off a ladder and hit Edge (who was lying prone on a ladder) with an astounding Legdrop, taking them both out in the process. Kennedy won here but eventually lost the contract to Edge a few weeks later on Raw, making him the only Money in the Bank winner to never cash in his contract.

1. The Inaugural MITB Match

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  • Event: WrestleMania 21
  • Prize: World Heavyweight Championship match
  • Participants: Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho vs. Christian vs. Edge vs. Kane vs. Shelton Benjamin
  • Winner: Edge
  • Length: 15:17

The original Money in the Bank Ladder match. You simply can’t beat it. It was not the car crash it has become today but this was the starting point for what the stipulation has become.

The six participants did not have a plan for The Grandest Stage of Them All but that changed when Chris Jericho made a plan for these guys to compete in a ladder match for a World Championship contract at a time of their choosing. The rest is history.

Jericho was the favorite, having pitched the very idea of the stipulation to then Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff. Kane was an early target and everyone was trying to take him out before the match even began. Edge and Christian, no longer tag team partners, were the major heels here, doing whatever they can to win here. Benjamin was a young up and comer with a ton of potential and has become of the best competitors in MITB history. Benoit, as uncomfortable as it is to say, was the brave babyface here, fighting throughout the match to secure the victory. He looked to have the victory here, Edge smacked him a chair, knocking him off the ladder to secure the first-ever MITB contract. When you talk about the perfect ladder match with storylines2 and different characters, this is it.

Thank you to Chris Jericho for giving one of the best stipulations in WWE history.

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