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Behind The Scenes Stories of Money In The Bank Winners


The Money In The Bank match is undoubtedly one of the largest, most crucial matches of the entire year for WWE. A win here for any superstar, now male or female with the ‘Smackdown Live’ version of the match this year for both genders, can change the entire course of the year in terms of booking and storylines proceeding the event.

Former WWE Creative writer Kevin Eck took to Sporting News to pen an article about some of the behind the scenes in regards to several of the Money In The Bank winners, including the problems they faced.

Daniel Bryan

Eck first spoke at length about Bryan’s cash-in. He begins by explaining that he joined Creative six weeks after Bryan had won the ‘Smackdown’ variation of the briefcase. Even in joining, he knew Bryan wasn’t getting much of a push. He would even go so far as to learn Vince McMahon had ‘buyer’s remorse’ about giving Bryan the briefcase.

After Bryan won the briefcase, Eck explained that Bryan lost several pay-per-view and ‘Smackdown’ matches against talent like Wade Barrett, Sin Cara and Cody Rhodes, often being relegated to ‘Superstars’ as opposed to winning matches on ‘Smackdown’ as one would expect of a future World Champion.

Eck felt that if Bryan had any hope of eventually being Champion, a storyline would help get him over. He felt pairing Bryan with another ‘nerd’ in AJ Lee would help his case and in pitching the idea to the head writer, Brian Gewirtz, he got approval and they started working on backstage segments for the soon to be on-screen couple.

It should be noted, Eck explains, that Bryan was unsure if the storyline would work or be useful at all as a previous storyline he had with Gail Kim and The Bella Twins wasn’t well-received.

Despite the storyline being in the early days of development, it appeared that then-World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry would need time off to heal. The solution was to have Big Show win the upcoming match against Henry at the ‘TLC’ pay-per-view as they were already set to headline it. One of the writers brought up Bryan potentially cashing in, which McMahon agreed with, stating that Bryan could become cocky and eventually turn heel after winning the title. Eck even asked if they could add an element of tension between Bryan and Lee to get him more heel heat, which was agreed upon, despite McMahon being worried if Lee could handle it.

This would eventually lead to must-see TV on ‘Smackdown’ and continued as such for months. Bryan would than obviously go on to become one of the company’s most over faces in history, up until his retirement due to multiple injuries during his career.

Bryan is now the ‘Smackdown Live’ general manager and recently he and wife Brie Bella had a baby girl named Birdie. Bryan has had some time off due to being a new father, but will be returning next week on ‘Smackdown Live.’

Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler won the briefcase in 2012, but Eck explains that there was no plan set in place for Ziggler to win the World Heavyweight Championship. His run with the briefcase was eventually considered to be a running joke due to his numerous failed attempts at cashing in. It was expected by many that Ziggler would fail to cash in.

Both McMahon and Triple H weren’t fond of Ziggler,supposedly for different reasons. In the case of McMahon, it was that he wasn’t liking Ziggler’s work in the ring and at cutting promos. Meanwhile, Triple H was adamant that Ziggler appeared to be trying to cement himself as the next Shawn Michaels as opposed to finding his own identity.


However, it was Pat Patterson who stood by Ziggler’s side and helped continue to bring him up to McMahon. Patterson has been a member of McMahon’s inner circle, Eck explains, for years meaning that McMahon often trusted what Patterson said.

Patterson lobbied to have Ziggler cash in at ‘WrestleMania’ but despite pleaing to everybody he could find backstage, McMahon denied the request. According to Eck, Patterson said the fans would go ‘bananas’ for the cash-in. They did, but this would come the night after on ‘Raw’ when Ziggler cashed in on Alberto Del Rio to capture the Championship. McMahon decided on having this because he wanted a big surprise for the night after the biggest night of the year. He adamantly said that this did not mean a push for Ziggler.

Ziggler will be one of six participants in the upcoming ‘Smackdown Live’ Money In The Bank match tonight when he faces Sami Zayn, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin and Shinsuke Nakamura in the annual Ladder match.

Damien Sandow

There was much debate as to who would win the 2013 Money In The Bank match. Nearly all of the competitors were considered but it ultimately fizzled down to either Sandow or Barrett. Eck kept saying he wanted Barrett as he could be a star, but didn’t see Sandow as a main eventer.

When McMahon eventually decided on Sandow, Eck quietly told his colleagues he knew Sandow would be the first Money In The Bank winner to fail the cash-in. After capturing the briefcase, Sandow would continue losing more matches, which McMahon said was fine as he still had the briefcase to legitimize himself. However, McMahon would ultimately decide they chose the wrong guy and have Cena retain his title when Sandow cashed in. Eck still believes if Barrett won he would’ve met the same fate as McMahon soured on Barrett too.

Sheamus

Sheamus, as Eck explains, was to capture the Money In The Bank briefcase in 2014 but the briefcase was ultimately put on Cena after Bryan was injured, forcing Cena to take the position of babyface challenger for Brock Lesnar at Summerslam of that year, which resulted in Cena having to capture the Money In The Bank briefcase. If Bryan had not been injured, the plan was to have Bryan drop the title to Lesnar anyway at the ‘biggest party of the Summer.’

Eck says he made the mistake of telling Sheamus he was going to win and when Sheamus found out he wouldn’t, he wasn’t exactly happy. This was due to Sheamus feeling his character needed a heel turn to freshen him up. The briefcase was to stimulate that heel turn. However, with CM Punk leaving the company there was a void in the top babyface spot and Sheamus had to stick with being a face.

Regardless, Sheamus would turn heel in March 2015 and eventually capture the Money In The Bank briefcase, cashing in at ‘Survivor Series’ of that year on Roman Reigns to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Sheamus is now one half of the Raw Tag Team Champions alongside Cesaro after defeating The Hardy Boyz at ‘Extreme Rules.’

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Editor’s Note:

That was a lot of information I never personally knew! WOW! You learn so much about the business by hearing insider perspectives. It makes me happy knowing people like Cesaro and Cody Rhodes were considered to win Money In The Bank but it is unfortunate they didn’t get the opportunity to fill that role.

What are your thoughts on these cases? Did you expect to hear any of this? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995.


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Video: The First Ever Stone Cold Stunner


It’s old enough to drink. Every great wrestler has a signature move (or two). You can name almost any of all time greats and immediately associate them with a move. One of the best of all time though is Steve Austin and the Stone Cold Stunner. What is really just a simple jawbreaker has become one of the most well known wrestling moves ever.

Twenty one years ago today, on June 17, 1996, Austin debuted the Stunner for the first time (at least on television) when he used it to drop Savio Vega on an episode of “Monday Night Raw”. The move would become much bigger just six days later when Austin used it to become King of the Ring.

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Opinion: This move is a great example of something simple that was turned into something special because of who used it. The Stunner isn’t anything new (Michael Hayes taught it to Austin) and it’s been used many times since (Disco Inferno and the Mack among others use it) but Austin made it famous. This was the first of thousands over the years, once again proving that you never know what you might see for the first time.

What is your favorite wrestling finisher? What was Austin’s best Stunner? Let us know in the comments below.


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Video: Alexa Bliss on Women’s Division, Money in the Bank Match


Alexa Bliss has been one of the most dominant figures in women’s wrestling since she made her debut on the ‘Smackdown Live’ roster as part of the draft last year, capturing the Smackdown Women’s Championship twice and since moving to the ‘Raw’ roster in the Superstar Shake-Up on April 10-11, Bliss has already captured the Raw Women’s Championship, defeating Bayley at Backlash for the Championship.

Alexa Bliss was interviewed by WWE for their official YouTube channel to discuss her thoughts on the women’s division on both ‘Raw’ and ‘Smackdown Live’ since arriving on the main roster and her thoughts, predictions and advice for the first women’s Money In The Bank match, which will involve Natalya, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Carmella and Tamina.

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Editor’s Note:

Bliss is certainly one of the premier athletes in the company right now, regardless of gender. Even she isn’t exactly aware of what they can do besides likely watching tapes of the men. This will truly be a huge night for women’s wrestling.

What are your thoughts on Alexa Bliss? Who do you predict wins the Money In The Bank match? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995.


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Video: Ruby Riot on Women’s Division, Money in the Bank Match


Ruby Riot only recently debuted with NXT but has already become one of the leading female stars on the brand, having several matches with Nikki Cross and current NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, most recently being involved in a triple threat this past week against both woman for Asuka’s title.

Ruby Riot was interviewed for the official WWE YouTube channel where she spoke about women’s wrestling and the revolution that continues to grow, also giving her thoughts and prediction on the women’s Money In The Bank match, which will see Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Tamina and Natalya compete to be the first Miss Money In The Bank.

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Editor’s Note:

I am a fan of Riot and I expect her to grow much more on the WWE Universe over the coming months. She can definitely bring it in the ring and is great at cutting those promos of hers, so only time can tell.

What are your thoughts on Ruby Riot? Who do you think wins the first ever women’s Money In The Bank match? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995.


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Video: Sasha Banks on Charlotte, Women’s Division, Money in the Bank Match


Sasha Banks is a multiple time Raw Women’s Champion who came up from NXT following her loss to Bayley for the NXT Women’s Championship at the beginning of what we now know to be the women’s revolution.

Sasha Banks spoke with WWE.com via the official YouTube channel where she gave her thoughts on the women’s division, her rivalry with Charlotte and her prediction for the upcoming Money In The Bank match that Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Tamina, Carmella and Natalya will be partaking in this weekend.

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Editor’s Note:

I think it is safe to say at this point that Sasha is underutilized on WWE television, so being involved in this match would’ve done wonders for her career and notoriety.

What are your thoughts on Sasha Banks? Who do you think will win the Money In The Bank match? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995.


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Video: Ember Moon on NXT, Women’s Division, Money in the Bank Match


Ember Moon has been one of the most beloved wrestlers of NXT since she arrived, defeating Billie Kay in her debut at NXT ‘TakeOver: Brooklyn II.’ She has been on an absolute roll since, only having a minor bump in the road and missing NXT ‘TakeOver: Chicago‘ due to an injury Moon sustained at the hands of Asuka in a Battle Royal.

In a video uploaded onto the WWE YouTube channel, Moon talks about her thoughts on the women’s division, NXT and the upcoming women’s Money In The Bank match where Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Tamina, Natalya and Carmella will collide.

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Editor’s Note:

I can’t wait to see Ember Moon capture the NXT Women’s Championship, as I am sure Asuka isn’t going to be around NXT for much longer. She deserves to be promoted. Giving the title to Moon will allow Asuka to continue and the division to feel new, led by a new Champion.

What are your thoughts on Ember Moon? Who do you think wins the Money In The Bank match? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995.


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Video: Bayley on Women’s Division, Money in the Bank Match


Bayley was called up from NXT late 2016 and has already made a name for herself, defeating Charlotte on ‘Raw’ earlier this year to capture the Raw Womens Championship, retaining the title up until Alexa Bliss was drafted to ‘Raw’ on the April 10-11 Superstar Shake-Up.

Below we have a video show where Bayley explains to WWE.com her thoughts on the women’s revolution so far and her prediction and thoughts on the women’s Money In The Bank match, featuring Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Tamina and Carmella.

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Editor’s Note:

This is the first of five reactions we have coming and I seriously can’t wait for y’all to see them. I knew from the beginning of that video, as it was the last I watched, who her prediction would be, knowing the history between the two.

What are your thoughts on Bayley? Who do you predict will be the victor come Sunday? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page or Twitter account. Additionally, you can find me on Twitter at @SOSNH1995.


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Mauro Ranallo to Call Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor


I’d say that this is a pretty good consolation prize.

According to a recent report from the Sporting News, former WWE commentator Mauro Ranallo will be doing play-by-play for the much-anticipated upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The fight is being broadcast on Showtime PPV, which Ranallo has been a part of since 2012.

Ranallo was a member of the “Smackdown Live” commentary team from December of 2015 through March of 2017. He had been linked to a bulling controversy with current commentator JBL, which was rumored to be the main reason for Ranallo’s departure from the company. He has since denied those allegations.

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Editor’s Note:

Mamma mia! I’ve said many times that I believe that this man was the best part of “Smackdown Live” when he was on the show, and the energy and enthusiasm that he will bring to this super-fight will be nothing short of magical. Also, it is a testament to his hard work and passion to have the honor of calling one of the most anticipated matches in recent history. Congratulations!

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WWE Legend Badly Wants to be a Part of Brock Lesnar Vs. Samoa Joe

We’re about three weeks away from the highly-anticipated dream match between Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe, which will take place on July 9 at WWE’s Great Balls of Fire show. Yes, the name of the pay-per-view is awful, but if their brawl on Monday told us anything at all, it’s that the Lesnar vs. Joe match will be anything but.


One person who can’t wait to see Lesnar vs. Joe is WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross. In fact, Ross told Busted Open Radio that he’d love to call the Great Balls of Fire main event.

“I believe those two guys are gonna have a whole hell of a lot to say about their presentation in Dallas,” said Ross. “I really do. I also believe that each guy is an alpha male. They’re going to bring each other their best, there’s gonna be locks up that would make some people leave wrestling school. So, I believe Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar is going to be a classic.

“I believe it’s going to be a great match, ya know, I’ve lobbied to call it, like a goof. I will ‘Talk for food.’ From Oklahoma to Dallas, I can be there in two and half hours.”

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WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Match Card & Predictions

Credit: WWE.com

Match Card

  • The Hype Bros vs. The Colons
  • The Usos vs. The New Day (SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
  • Naomi vs. Lana (SmackDown Women’s Championship)
  • Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match (Becky Lynch, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Tamina)
  • Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match (AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura)
  • Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship)

Predictions

  • The Hype Bros win over The Colons.
  • The New Day Defeat The Usos.
  • Naomi Defeat Lana.
  • Carmella wins Money in the Bank.
  • Corbin wins Money in the Bank.
  • Mahal over Orton.

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