WWE Money in the Bank: 9 Perennial MITB Losers Who Always Stole the Show

Joseph LisnowCorrespondent IIIJuly 3, 2012

WWE Money in the Bank: 9 Perennial MITB Losers Who Always Stole the Show

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    The WWE Money in the Bank (MITB) ladder match has become a signature concept in the WWE since its debut seven years ago.

    There have been some amazing moments that are cemented in our brain in the short time the match has been around by some of the best wrestlers to ever grace the WWE ring.

    Since there can only be one winner per MITB match, that means there are sure to be many losers. Some wrestlers have been given more opportunities than others and still cannot grab that briefcase that hovers above the ring for a guaranteed championship match.

    In many cases, the wrestler who doesn’t win ends up stealing the match.

    Here are the top nine perennial Money in the Bank losers who always stole the show.

John Morrison

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    Several wrestlers have had made only two appearances in the Money in the Bank (MITB) match, but John Morrison seemed to outshine them all.

    This match was created for his style of wrestling. Morrison is able to use the ladder as a way to help make his move list that much more impressive.

    WrestleMania 24 was a spot fest and Morrison was heavily involved in the first few. None was more amazing than when he performed a moonsault to the outside while holding a ladder.  

    MITB appearance count: Two

Chris Jericho

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    Chris Jericho was the superstar who introduced the WWE to the concept of the Money in the Bank (MITB) match, but has never been able to win the briefcase. He goes out there and can tell a story with the ladder, which is impressive in itself.

    Jericho has been known to use the ladder to his advantage, like at WrestleMania 21 when he performed the Lionsault while holding the ladder.

    The ladder would also become his worst enemy when his leg was trapped in-between it, causing him to dangle upside down as CM Punk narrowly won the match at WrestleMania 24.

    MITB appearance count: Three

Finlay

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    Finlay is a veteran in the wrestling business who always earned a spot on the WrestleMania card, but never had a major storyline at the time, so he was just tossed into the Money in the Bank (MITB) match.

    He was used more as someone to take the abuse from other wrestlers and it gave the WWE a chance to have Hornswoggle somehow make an appearance.

    He would be remembered for taking the Side Effect from Matt Hardy (4:10 mark of the video) at WrestleMania 22 to be followed up by the Five-Star Frog Splash from Rob Van Dam off the top of the ladder.

    MITB appearance count: Three

Montel Vontavious Porter

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    Montel Vontavious Porter seemed at one point destined to be World Champion. The crowd reacted to him and he was given a decent push when he debuted. He just didn’t seem to belong in this type of his match.

    In a one-on-one match, he was great, but he got lost in the Money in the Bank (MITB) match as he’s not really known for being a high-flyer.

    The only moment that comes to mind from his MITB experience is when Matt Hardy returned to cost him the match at WrestleMania 24 and he took a Twist of Fate off the top of the ladder to take him out.

    MITB appearance count: Three

Evan Bourne

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    Evan Bourne just doesn’t fit the WWE’s vision of a main event championship superstar because of his size. He has the heart and ability, but besides Rey Mysterio, there really haven’t been any wrestlers of such short stature to win the World Championship.

    Bourne is a pleasure to watch in that ring though. When he performs the Shooting Star Press, it’s a thing a beauty. Whenever he’s put in the Money in the Bank (MITB) match the fans know it’s coming, they’re just not sure when.

    His best performance was in 2011 when he performed it off the top of the ladder on the outside of the ring.

    MITB appearance count: Three

Matt Hardy

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    Matt Hardy, along with his brother Jeff, took the ladder match to the extreme. The match had been done before, but these two can be credited for taking it to the next level. There was a time that Matt looked to be ready for a run as World Champion.

    Winning the Money in the Bank (MITB) match seemed like his best bet since he usually had the most experience with a ladder than any of his opponents.

    Matt never really shined in his MITB matches. His most memorable moments were when he superplexed Ric Flair off the top of the ladder (6:30 mark of the video) and his interference at WrestleMania 24 to cost Montel Vontavious Porter his chance at winning.

    MITB appearance count: Four

Kofi Kingston

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    Kofi Kingston has always fallen in the middle when it pertains to a push from the WWE. There are times in his career when he is placed in the main event and then moments when he’s stuck in the mid-card slot.

    The WWE can always seem to count on him when the Money in the Bank (MITB) match approaches. He’s never the odds on favorite to win, but he puts on a show.

    His biggest moment was when he climbed the ladder and hit the Boom Drop on Drew McIntyre, who was on the announce table. His most innovative move was in the same match when he used two broken ladders to try and grab the briefcase.

    MITB appearance count: Four

Christian

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    Christian always seemed like a lock to win the Money in the Bank (MITB) match, but it never happened.

    It felt that if he ever was going to be a World Champion, this is how the dream would come true. Every year, as the match approached, the chatter among the internet was how this was finally going to be his moment.

    Christian would eventually become champion, but not because of the MITB match. He came close on several occasions and seemed like a lock to win, only for it to be snatched away at the last minute.

    MITB appearance count: Four

Shelton Benjamin

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    Shelton Benjamin has been in the most Money in the Bank (MITB) matches, appearing in four out of the first five.

    In those matches, he seemed to be the highlight. When it was announced that there would be a MITB match, fans hoped Benjamin would be a contestant as he would usually deliver some memorable moments.

    He has two moments that stand out. At WrestleMania 24 when he was dumped from the top of the ladder to the outside, which sent him crashing through another ladder in the process. The other was at WrestleMania 25 when, perched atop a ladder on the outside, he performed a senton bomb to his opponents below.

    MITB appearance count: Five