2020 is a year best forgotten given the COVID pandemic which closed down the world, but it did give rise to possibly the most unique WWE show ever held as Money In The Bank took place in the company’s corporate headquarters.
With WWE unable to pack any fans into arenas in 2020, the company looked to new and novel ways to continue producing weekly content as well as their premium live events. The pandemic gave rise to the Thunderdome but early on Money In The Bank was recorded at the company’s headquarters with the briefcases suspended from an apparatus on the building’s roof.
Incredibly, the men’s and women’s matches kicked off simultaneously with Carmella, Asuka, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, AJ Styles, Aleister Black, Daniel Bryan, King Corbin, Otis, and Rey Mysterio all trying to claim their respective Money In The Bank briefcase hanging high in the Stamford, Connecticut sky.
However, things nearly came crashing to a halt. Speaking during a virtual signing hosted by East Coast Autograph Auctions, Nia Jax revealed that the Governor of Connecticut had tried to shut the shoot down:
“This was from the COVID Money in the Bank. Oh! That was a fun one, the theatrical Money in the Bank that we had. That was so much fun, where we almost got shut down by the Governor of Connecticut. They were knocking at the door, the police were knocking at the door, and somehow, we were able to still shoot it, and get it done!”
WWE certainly did get the event done with Asuka and Otis both winning their Money In The Bank matches. Asuka ended up winning more than she bargained for as she was awarded the Raw Women’s Championship when Becky Lynch had to vacate the title due to pregnancy.