By Rick Velazquez
WrestleMania has cemented many traditions and create plenty of memorable moments that have been forever immortalized. These traditions are great and make WrestleMania the spectacle that it is. However, WWE has a reputation for abandoning long term traditions for reasons that don’t seem to be logical at all. For example, the very popular Money in the Bank Ladder Match was a concept first instituted at WrestleMania 21 back in 2005. This established tradition would continue up until its retirement at WrestleMania 26 in 2010, before becoming its own yearly pay-per-view event. This annual match handed a golden opportunity to superstars who may not have had a match, had it not been for the MITB match. Careers sprouted to outstanding heights as a result, elevating superstars like Edge, CM Punk, and Rob Van Dam to new levels. It also created many astonishing moments that are often revisited in video packages and DVDs. This allowed superstars like Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, Shelton Benjamin, and Christian a chance to shine under the bright lights.
In 2010, the saga of matches held at the “Grandest Stage of Them All” was concluded, with the final winner being Jack Swagger. Many fans were disappointed and appalled by this decision to disband such a beloved and popular tradition. The Money in the Bank pay-per-view has been great since its upbringing in 2010 and has received positive receptions by the fans. But those two matches per event don’t hold the same prestige a single inter-promotional MITB at Mania would have. Some may say the MITB became as much of a crucial part of WrestleMania as The Undertaker, which brings me to my next point. Rumors are roaming around the internet that The Undertaker might miss WrestleMania 29 this year. The Undertaker has embodied WrestleMania, and his 20-0 streak has become one of the biggest attractions in all of sports entertainment. A WrestleMania without The Undertaker would perhaps give people a lack of interest in purchasing the event because of his absence.
How could the WWE make up for such a loss?
With all its infamous memories and moments in the record books, the WWE could make up for The Undertaker’s absence by, restoring an artifact to an already stacked show. This year’s WrestleMania is looking to be a monumental event, and what better way to add to the equation with an awesome Money in The Bank Ladder Match. The question stands though; should WWE bring this match back? Well, judging by its past success, the match would be positive addition to the card with its unpredictability and versatility catering to all types of fans. The majority of fans are familiar with the match and would be ecstatic to see its long anticipated return. For now, we can only keep our fingers crossed that we may get lucky and have both Taker and the MITB match this year at WrestleMania!