Review for WWE: Best Of Money In The Bank
Money in the Bank is possibly one of the best concepts WWE have ever had. Simply put, the winner of this multi-person ladder match wins a chance at a title match (originally World/WWE, but now open to any belt) any time within the next twelve months. It is essentially ‘money in the bank’. At times I could never understand why the winner would not just use it to main event Wrestlemania or any other PPV and get a massive pay day and exposure. Instead, 99.9% of the time the contract is used to prey on a vulnerable champion (usually after a gruelling match) and then just steal the championship away.
There have been times when this was surprising such as Edge’s original cash-in, Seth Rollins at Wrestlemania 31. However, most of the time it is just an excuse for someone to come out and screw over a champion.
That being said, much like the Royal Rumble, it is almost a guarantee of a title run and almost all of the Money in the Bank winners went on to cash in successfully and this has elevated a number of stars such as The Miz, Edge, Seth Rollins and this is a great way for WWE to start putting over a talent and giving them the opportunity in the main event.
It is surprising that they didn’t just make this a Volume 2 to Straight to the Top. However, as that was released in 2013 there is almost ten years’ worth of Money in the Bank ladder matches to catch up on. For those concerned, only five are repeated from that set and so if you own that one there is still a lot to offer in these two disks.
However, this has to be one of the strangest set ups of a set I have ever seen. Over two disks, seven on disk one spanning from 2007 to 2019 and then six on Disk two spanning from 2006 to 2020. I don’t know why they have done this and there does not appear to be any rhyme or reason for it. If you are wanting a chronological look at how the match evolved then this set will not be the one to do this.
The fact that there are no matches since 2020 is a little strange and to be honest, I am not actually sure on what criteria these matches are here for. Granted that is not to say that the matches are unwatchable, generally they are all great, though as with many sets like this after about two or three you do start seeing the same spots, same moments over and over. Personally, it would have been better to have included maybe looks at the cash-ins of the contracts as this might break up what becomes a rather monotonous set.
It would be difficult to review each one, without spoiling it and thankfully as they are placed so haphazardly, I can rarely remember who wins then. This is a blessing as it means the matches are not spoilt by expectations. There are definitely some great moments throughout and it is surprising how many people you see in the matches and those winning too. If you are a fan of the match there is definitely an abundance of enjoyment to get out of it.
The Best of Money in the Bank is a good set and certainly includes some great matches. However, with very little variation and the same people popping up over and over again it becomes a little boring. I would recommend this to be one that you dip in and out of. No critical matches are missing and though I would have preferred some extras such as clips of cash ins it is a good set that I would recommend putting some money from the bank on buying.