From 2005 to March 2010, the WWE’s Money in the Bank match was a staple of WrestleMania.
It was a show-stealing match that featured incredible spots and helped propel guys like Edge and CM Punk to the highest points of their career. But, after the match took place at WrestleMania 26 in 2010, WWE officials made the decision to give the MITB its exclusive pay-per-view that summer.
The Money in the Bank match is no longer part of the WrestleMania card and is now relegated to a summer pay-per-view, but it looks like one of the most unique matches in WWE history could be headed back to the grandest stage of them all.
WWE is currently discussing bringing back the Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania 28. If the match does return to WrestleMania, it’s a good sign the Money in the Bank themed pay-per-view could be rebranded in 2012.
As with many things when it comes to the WWE, I definitely have mixed feelings on this.
I always liked when Money in the Bank was a part of WrestleMania because it was an awesome way to open the show, it often featured a ton of memorable spots and it was a great way to feature mid-card talent on the card when they didn’t have a singles feud.
That being said, the Money in the Bank pay-per-view was very good in 2010 and nothing short of phenomenal in 2011. This year’s show was arguably one of the WWE’s best PPVs of all-time, and the success of that particular PPV might make WWE officials want to keep MITB as its own pay-per-view.
I do, however, think it will be incredibly hard—if not damn near impossible—to replicate the success the Money in the Bank pay-per-view had this year, because the storylines and feuds at the time were simply set up so perfectly for the show.
Chances are that won’t happen again in 2012, so if I had to choose, I would want to see the MITB match move back to the show opener at WrestleMania.
Money in the Bank wasn’t overly successful in terms of pay-per-view buys in 2010 or 2011, so I don’t think it would hurt the WWE too much to move the match back to WrestleMania.
Plus, some of the mid-card matches at this year’s WrestleMania—like Team Big Show vs. The Corre and that Trish/Snooki/Morrison vs. LayCool/Ziggler bout—seemed to be just randomly thrown together and were no where near as good as the MITB match likely would have been.
So, if WWE officials do indeed move the match back to WrestleMania, I definitely won’t complain. After all, it might be the best move for the company in the long-term because having one MITB match as opposed to two would make holding the briefcase that much more special.