During a recent episode of the Monday Mailbag for AdFreeShows, former WWE referee Mike Chioda revealed an idea he once pitched to WWE regarding the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

Chioda apparently proposed a scenario where two wrestlers would become dual winners of the match, with one obtaining the contract and the other obtaining the briefcase. This would lead to a match between the two winners, where they would compete to gain control of both the contract and the briefcase. Chioda specifically mentioned Dolph Ziggler as one of the wrestlers involved in his idea.

According to Chioda, as the wrestlers are atop the ladder, the briefcase would open, causing one wrestler to fall down with the contract and the other to fall down with the briefcase. This twist would create a unique dynamic where the contract and the briefcase hold equal importance, with neither being valuable without the other.

“It was always about Dolph Ziggler and somebody else … going for the briefcase, as they’re up there, the briefcase opens up. One falls down with the contract, [and] one falls down with the f***ing briefcase. So now, the case ain’t nothing without the contract, [and] the contract’s nothing without the briefcase, so now you gotta square off into a finals match. … I kept pitching that idea, but it never went through.”


Although Chioda pitched this idea multiple times, it never came to fruition in WWE. While the concept adds an intriguing layer to the Money in the Bank concept, it seems the company did not move forward with the concept.

What are your thoughts on Mike Chioda’s proposed idea for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match? Do you think it would have added an interesting twist to the concept and created new storytelling opportunities? Leave us a comment.

Steve Carrier

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