"Bank" rates on Edge
List This! kicks off with one of the most unique, high-stakes match stipulations in sports-entertainment history: The first-ever Money in the Bank Ladder Match, which comes in at No. 10 among WWE.com's 'Mania Matches That Made Us Sweat.
When Chris Jericho first introduced the idea for the contest in 2005, then-Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff eagerly signed off on it for WrestleMania 21. Six Superstars -- including Jericho, Edge, Shelton Benjamin and Kane, among others -- clashed and climbed high to earn a briefcase-sealed contract for a title match of the winner's choosing, good for any time up to a year.
In a merciless match-up that at times saw all six participants battling on ladders simultaneously, it seemed at any given moment that each combatant could walk away with the briefcase that dangled from above the ceiling of Los Angeles' STAPLES Center. At one point, Benjamin even had his hand on the case until he got a ladder to the gut. Then, after watching his opponents spill each other's sweat and blood for more than 20 minutes, Edge literally crawled into the ring and cleared the remaining Superstars from all available ladders, granting him a victorious climb to the contract.
"Mr. Money in the Bank" would cash in on his contract nine months later, at New Year's Revolution 2006. It was there when the Rated-R Superstar would challenge for the gold after WWE Champion John Cena survived a hellacious Elimination Chamber Match. Edge would practically steal the title from Cena that night, and in effect start earning what has become his most identifiable tag name to date: The "Ultimate Opportunist."