Who came up with the idea of the Money in the Bank ladder match? The winner of the high profile match gets a World Championship match at a time of his or her choosing.
The Money in the Bank ladder match is one of the most awaited for WWE fans. Not only is it a star making machine but it also sets up storylines for the next few months upto a year while also teasing viewers with the prospect of crowning a brand new champion at any given time.
Chris Jericho is often created with the invention of the match type. However, the AEW star has previously stated that while he came up with the idea, the final product is a culmination of him, ex-WWE writer Brian Gewirtz and Vince McMahon coming together.
Who came up with the idea of the Money in the Bank ladder match?
On an episode of Talk is Jericho, Chris Jericho revealed how he came up with the idea of the ladder match to give high profile stars with no storylines or programs something to do at Wrestlemania 2005.
“Okay so Wrestlemania 2005. There was a group of guys going into Wrestlemania, all high-profile, kinda former World Champion type guys, that did not have a match for Wrestlemania. It was such talents as Edge, Chris Benoit, Kane, myself, maybe RVD? I’m not sure, something like that. There’s a bunch of guys. Shelton Benjamin was one of the cats that was in that. And nobody had a program or a match.”
“So I came up with the idea to do a match, like a ladder match. A six-way ladder match. And Brian Gewirtz, who was a good writer at the time said, ‘well what’s at stake?’ So I said, ‘well why don’t you have a contract where the winner gets a title shot the next night?’ Then Brian said, ‘Well, why don’t you make it you can use it any time over the following year and you can cash it in at any time?’
“And so we took that to Vince and Vince agreed, loved the idea. His only concession was that the contract had to be in a briefcase. Knowing how Vince is, maybe he wanted the people to see it rather than just a piece of paper hanging there. Like some kind of an actual trophy. And maybe he thought the briefcase was something you could actually carry and use.
“So it was a really cool kind of a three-way invention of this match because even though Vince’s little thing was just the briefcase, the briefcase has become synonymous with the show.”
H/T 411 Mania
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