Chris Jericho has revealed that a WWE legend who was part of the first-ever Money in the Bank Ladder Match thought the whole concept was “a dumb idea”.
Since its inception in 2005, the multi-man Money in the Bank Ladder Match has become one of the most popular bouts WWE has to offer. It has become so successful that it spawned its own themed Premium Live Event which has been held annually since 2010.
The match sees eight men or women vying to grab a briefcase from high above the ring. Inside the case is a contract that allows the winner to challenge for any championship belt at a time of their choosing. This has led to memorable moments such as Seth Rollins cashing in his contract to turn the main event of WrestleMania 31 from a singles bout between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns for the WWE Championship into a Triple Threat Match which Rollins won.
Before it took on a life of its own, however, not everyone was convinced of the merits of the match, with Chris Jericho telling ESPN that Edge – who went on to win the first edition of the match at WrestleMania 21 – thought it was “a dumb idea”.
“The funny thing is, Edge was angry about it. He thought it was a dumb idea. He didn’t like it. I think he believed that he had done too many ladder matches, and I was like, well you’re winning, so shut up and just deal with it.”
The Rated-R Superstar defended his stance, saying the pitch wasn’t inspiring and he even considered not being on the WrestleMania card at all that year.
“There was some convincing for me to be part of this match. It was just sold to me as, ‘Hey, we got this ladder match and it’ll be a briefcase over top and six guys and the winner has a contract that he can go for the world heavyweight title anytime within a year.’ Explained to me that way it wasn’t a great sales pitch. And I went, ‘Nah, I’m good.’
“I truly took the mindset and I said, if this is my only way onto ‘Mania this year, I don’t need to be on ‘Mania. I’ll get on ‘Mania next year. For whatever reason, I don’t know why I was so steadfast on that, like, a ladder match again? I go from ladder match, ladder match to I’m in a match for a shampoo endorsement and then I have two years off from a broken neck. And I’m back in a ladder match again. So it just felt like I hadn’t made any kind of traction in that time. Not only that, I got a double fusion in my neck. By that point, ladder matches probably aren’t the healthiest thing for my neck.”
In the end, Edge not only took part in the match and won it, but went on to be the first man to successfully cash in his contract when he defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship at New Year’s Revolution in 2006 after Cena had had barely survived an Elimination Chamber match.
Chris Jericho returns to the UK in July for ‘The Jericho Chronicles’ tour with Inside The Ropes. The tour will hit Glasgow on Monday, 4 July, continue on Tuesday, 5 July in Belfast, Northern Ireland and conclude on Wednesday, 6 July in London.
Tickets are on sale now at ITRTix.com. Don’t miss this special opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most decorated performers in wrestling history!