WWE’s Money in the Bank ladder match at this year’s pay-per-view, scheduled for May 10, will have a new wrinkle added to the equation. The match has always been a multi-man ladder match, where the winner secures a briefcase that ensures him a shot at any WWE title he chooses, whenever and wherever he chooses. The same goes for the women’s match, held on the same show.
This year, with all shows being conducted without an audience, WWE is using the opportunity to add a new element to the match.
This year’s Money in the Bank matches will take place at WWE headquarters in Connecticut. The matches will begin on the bottom floor, and will see wrestlers fight their way through the building up to the roof, where there will be a ring and a briefcase to determine the winner. What that will actually entail remains to be seen. WWE began utilizing a cinematic feel to some matches at WrestleMania, including the AJ Styles-Undertaker match and the John Cena-Bray Wyatt match.
Granted, both of those matches featured “mythical” characters, but it’s plausible that WWE could utilize a similar approach here, perhaps even using “security footage” from inside WWE HQ as the fight is going on in multiple parts of the building.
WWE began qualifying people for the match on recent episodes of television. So far, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, Aleister Black, Apollo Crews, Drew Gulak, and King Corbin have qualified for the men’s match, with one open slot still remaining.
On the women’s side, Asuka, Shayne Baszler, Dana Brooke, Nia Jax, Lacey Evans and Sasha Banks have qualified, with one open spot remaining.
WWE has said that the entire Money in the Bank card will take place from the company’s Stamford, Conn. headquarters, but it’s unclear if the other matches on the card – which include Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship and Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship – will be taking place on WWE’s roof, where a ring will apparently be set up, or if the matches will take place elsewhere inside the headquarters. WWE also has television production facilities close to the Stamford headquarters.
Money in the Bank was supposed to take place at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, but the event was canceled due to COVID-19. It’s also possible that WWE holds the rest of the card from the WWE Performance Center, where the company has been taping television on a weekly basis after it was deemed essential business by Florida governor Ron DeSantis.