The Money in the Bank ladder match debuted at WrestleMania 21 in April 2005 and was featured at the next five WrestleMania events. Following WrestleMania XXVI in March 2010, the match concept was spun off into its own pay-per-view (PPV) beginning in July that year, with the match no longer occurring at WrestleMania.
In addition to PPV, the event has aired on the WWE Network since 2014 and Peacock since 2021. In August 2021, the event became recognized as one of the company's five biggest events of the year, along with the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series, referred to as the "Big Five".
However, following WrestleMania 34 in April 2018, brand-exclusive pay-per-views were again discontinued. While the eponymous match was originally only for male wrestlers, the 2017 event featured the first-ever women's version and the events since have featured two
The women’s Money in the Bank field consisted of Becky Lynch, Lacey Evans, Liv Morgan, Alexa Bliss, Raquel Rodriguez, Asuka and Shotzi. Whereas the men’s Money in the Bank field consisted of three frontrunners, the women’s field came with much more parity. Even though Becky Lynch led the field, listed at +150 to win, WWE’s storyline of Lynch’s mental lapses and string of losses made her a very risky and vulnerable favorite.
Liv Morgan was a close second to Becky Lynch at +200. Morgan scored a victory for Team Raw in a Battle of the Brands match on the go-home show for Money in the Bank, which opened the door for the rising star to finally capture her first championship of any kind in WWE. Lacey Evans rounded out the Top 3 amid her recent return as a feel-good patriotic babyface who may or may not turn heel. Continue reading
Outside of Bliss, Asuka and Lynch, the women’s Money in the Bank field offered up several opportunities for new blood in the Raw and SmackDown women’s championship pictures. In addition to Morgan, who has never held a championship in her career, upstart Raquel Rodriguez, Shotzi and Lacey Evans are also chasing their first championship win on the main roster.