WWE Money in the Bank 2014: Power Ranking Every Card in PPV's History

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterJune 4, 2014

WWE Money in the Bank 2014: Power Ranking Every Card in PPV's History

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    WWE Money in the Bank 2014 will struggle to top the near perfection that was the 2011 version of the pay-per-view.

    A splintered version of The Shield, John Cena and The Usos are sure to provide entertainment aplenty, but in the event's short history there have been few shows as thrilling from open to close as Money in the Bank 2011. That night in Chicago remains the pay-per-view's peak.

    Every edition of Money in the Bank so far is ranked here, based on the quality of the undercard and main event.

    How exciting the matches were, how memorable the moments were and the amount of star power on the card determine their order. Too many duds drag the ranking down, while fantastic storytelling elevates it. 

    Money in the Bank 2014 has only four shows to compete with in the event's history, but it's hard to imagine it knocking the king off the throne. 

     

4. Money in the Bank 2010

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    • Main Event: John Cena vs. Sheamus (Steel Cage match for WWE Championship)
    • Other Notable Matches: Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger (World Heavyweight Championship), SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder match, Raw Money in the Bank Ladder match

    In the first edition of the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, WWE delivered two excellent Ladder matches but disappointed with the main event.

    Cena vs. Sheamus was solid, but it's not a match that pops up in discussions of the greatest title bouts, best cage matches or even Money in the Bank's top clashes. Sheamus had been shot up to headlining status too early, before he had perfected his brawling and in-ring storytelling.

    Two low-quality women's matches dragged down this pay-per-view as well. 

    Kane cashing in on Rey Mysterio on the same night that he won the Money in the Bank briefcase was a fun surprise. Other editions of the event simply had bigger, more affecting moments, though. 

3. Money in the Bank 2012

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    • Main Event: Money in the Bank Ladder match (WWE Championship)
    • Other Notable Matches: Money in the Bank Ladder match (World Heavyweight Championship), CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan (No Disqualification for WWE Championship)

    Punk and Bryan's dynamic chemistry was on display once again, as Bryan looked to rip the title from Punk's hands. It was a moving and enthralling performance by both men, further announcing their position as top-tier workers.

    The addition of two excellent Ladder matches made this a mighty enjoyable night.

    A number of flameout bouts balance out the best Money in the Bank 2012 had to offer. Ryback's Handicap match, Epico and Primo vs. The Prime Time Players and the six-person Divas tag match were all skippable fare. 

    Even if the ending was awkward, Cena's Money in the Bank win in the main event thrilled for the most part. It was filled with big names from Chris Jericho to Kane, giving an all-star feel to the contest. It certainly beats out Sheamus vs. Cena from 2010 as a fitting way to close a pay-per-view.

2. Money in the Bank 2013

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    • Main Event: Money in the Bank Ladder match (WWE Championship)
    • Other Notable Matches: The Usos vs. The Shield (Tag Team Championship), Money in the Bank Ladder match (World Heavyweight Championship), Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler (World Heavyweight Championship)

    The most recent Money in the Bank surpassed everything in the event's history but the absolute best show.

    Ryback vs. Chris Jericho and AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn were the pay-per-view's least entertaining matches, but they weren't the kind of sigh-inducing bouts that the 2010 and 2012 events featured. They were fine additions to a night brimming with excellence.

    Money in the Bank 2013 began with a pre-show match that helped usher in The Usos as a top tag team.

    They gave The Shield one hell of a fight, kicking off the night in fast-paced fashion. Del Rio and Ziggler continued that momentum, their great chemistry leading them to an underrated title bout.

    Both Ladder matches featured huge moments amid stellar action.

    Damien Sandow turned on his partner Cody Rhodes, but not before Rhodes went on a thrilling flurry that seemed like it would elevate him to WWE's top tier. In the main event, a collection of stars delivered. Paul Heyman's attack on his friend and client CM Punk was betrayal at its most exciting.

    That marquee clash, though, was not nearly the masterpiece that ended the 2011 edition of Money in the Bank. 

1. Money in the Bank 2011

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    • Main Event: CM Punk vs. John Cena (WWE Championship)
    • Other Notable Matches: Christian vs. Randy Orton (World Heavyweight Championship), Raw Money in the Bank Ladder match, SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder match

    Money in the Bank 2011 was stacked. From start to finish, it would be hard to deliver a more engaging event.

    The night began with Daniel Bryan winning a Money in the Bank match that leaned more on rising stars than established vets. While it's star power wasn't on the level of other Money in the Bank matches, the insertion of so many dark horses made for thrilling action.

    Cody Rhodes, Bryan and Wade Barrett all had chances to forever change their careers.

    Kelly Kelly's title defense against Brie Bella and Mark Henry vs. Big Show disappointed. After that, though, the pay-per-view gave the electric Chicago crowd reasons aplenty to keep on roaring. A very good Ladder match and the stellar chemistry between Orton and Christian followed.

    However, it's the main event that shoots this pay-per-view into all-time-great territory.

    The story of Punk threatening to leave the WWE with the championship was the highlight of the year. He faced his greatest foe with unique stakes in front of his loud, passionate home crowd. He and Cena composed a bout that begs to be rewatched again and again.

    It is still the best match of their respective careers and the most incredible finish to a Money in the Bank pay-per-view yet. WWE will have to hit a succession of masterful notes this year to top it.