The next WWE pay-per-view event Money In The Bank is upon the horizon. It will be the first event with fans in attendance since WrestleMania 37 and the first outside of Florida since March 2020.
The event is the perfect comeback show. The matches are genuine show-stealers. The thrills and spills throughout the match take the fans in attendance to a fever pitch. Money In The Bank is one of WWE’s best creations. The bout revolutionised the title scene by adding an air of threat and surprise. The winner of the briefcase holds an advantage over the champion. Mr or Ms Money In The Bank has the ability to cash in their chance to challenge to for the title whenever they see fit.
The Money In The Bank ladder match was once a part of the WrestleMania card. The thrills and spills throughout the match took the fans in attendance to a fever pitch. In 2010 the event became its own stand-alone pay-per-view adding further meaning and weight to the concept.
The ‘cash in’ is a vital part of the concept and is what makes it so exciting. However, last year’s winners lacked impact and didn’t particularly have the desired effect. Asuka who won the women’s briefcase received the RAW Women’s Championship after Becky Lynch announced her pregnancy the following night. Otis won the men’s briefcase and turned it into his lunchbox before losing it to The Miz.
The A-Lister did successfully cash in against Drew McIntyre to win the WWE Championship. But the journey to get there was so convoluted no one seemed to care.
In fact, the few years of Money in the Winners have felt a little lack-lustre. For example, Braun Strowman wasn’t particularly effective as the briefcase holder and Brock Lesnar doesn’t need it to insert himself into title contention. So to get your Money in the Bank juices flowing, let’s have a look at the five best cash-ins in WWE history.
The Show-Off won the briefcase at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view in 2012. His journey from winning the contract to officially cashing in was brilliant and made his eventual win mean so much more.
After winning the ladder match, Ziggler attempted to cash in on World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus on the same night. But he was attacked by Alberto Del Rio on his way to the ring and therefore kept his contract. The Show-Off tried another cash-in against the big Irish man but was thwarted this time by Rey Mysterio.
Ziggler then feuded with Chris Jericho over the contract. The Show-Off kicked Y2J out of the WWE when he defeated him in a briefcase vs career match the night after SummerSlam. An RKO from Randy Orton continued Ziggler’s run of unsuccessful cash-in attempts and a feud with John Cena nearly saw him lose the briefcase. The feud resulted in Ziggler formed a faction with AJ Lee and Big E.
The cash-in finally happened on the night after WrestleMania 29. World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio barely survived his ‘Mania rematch against Jack Swagger. The worn down and injured champion made it the perfect time for Ziggler to claim his prize.
However, Del Rio didn’t go down easy and fought Ziggler vehemently to keep his title. It looked as if the “Show Off” was about to fail in his quest for gold again, which made his big moment even more special. The crowd went wild as he dethroned Del Rio and witnessed one of the biggest moments in WWE that year and easily the best of Ziggler’s career.
The Rated-R Superstar was the first-ever Mr Money in the Bank and the creator of the shock cash-in. Edge won the briefcase at WrestleMania 21 and cashed it in 280-days later at New Year’s Revolution against John Cena for his first WWE title win.
However, there were many trials and tribulations that paved the way. Edge’s real-life relationship with Lita turned into an angle with Matt Hardy. The two would battle it out in a Street Fight, a Steel Cage and a Loser Leaves Town Ladder Match. Edge suffered an injury that kept him out of action for several months. During this time the ‘Rated R Superstar’ was born, which would soon give way to the ‘Ultimate Opportunist’.
At New Year’s Revolution, Edge was unsuccessful in his challenge for the Intercontinental Championship against Ric Flair. But it did not spell the end for Edge’s title ambitions.
In the main event of the card, Cena was involved in a brutal Elimination Chamber match. The champ outlasted Shawn Micheals, Kurt Angle, Carlito, Chris Masters and Kane but was beaten and bloodied for his efforts and that is when Edge struck.
The roof blew off the building as Edge handed the briefcase to Vince McMahon and made his way to the ring. Edge then delivered a spear to Cena who kicked out. The crowd exasperated by Cena’s constant ability to overcome everything urged Edge on. He delivered a second spear to finally put Cena away and be the first of many Edge’s title reigns.
Bayley became Ms Money in the Bank in 2019 and made an instant impact on the SmackDown! women’s division.
Fresh off the history-making main event at WrestleMania 35 Becky Lynch held the RAW and SmackDown! Women’s Championships. At the Money in the Bank PPV event, she would have to defend them both. Firstly against Lacey Evans for the RAW title and secondly against Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown title. Lynch successfully defended the RAW title against Lacey Evans but ‘Becky-2-Belts’ came to an end immediately after. Charlotte took advantage of ‘The Man’ giving her no time to recover from the match, making her entrance after the bell.
As Flair rose the blue brand’s title above her head the crowd booed loudly. Flair had only just won the title from Asuka prior to WrestleMania. The title win was met with as much negativity as her getting shoehorned into the Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch feud. After the match Lynch attacked Evans but a two-on-one assault occurred once Flair evened the odds. Enter Bayley.
Earlier in the night, Bayley defeated Carmella, Dana Brooke, Ember Moon, Mandy Rose, Naomi, Natalya and Nikki Cross in a very entertaining ladder match. The crowd cheered widely as Bayley’s briefcase win as it meant a new face in the SmackDown women’s title scene. Bayley’s save brought the crowd to their feet once again as she cleared the ring. The audience chanted her name wanting and willing her to cash in against Flair.
Flair lay prone on the ground as Bayley rose to her feet. She looked at Flair and then the briefcase as the crowd lapped it up. They erupted when the cash in was official. Bayley dropped the elbow to pin Flair and become the SmackDown Women’s Champion for the first time.
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At Money in the Banks 2016, the ‘Lunatic Fringe’ won the briefcase in one of the best ladder matches in WWE history against Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho. On the same night, Seth Rollins made his long-awaited and much-anticipated return to the ring to face Roman Reigns for the WWE Championship.
Prior to the briefcase win, a post-shield Ambrose was on fire during his feud with Rollins. After taking an injury-based hiatus Ambrose returned and remained in and around the title picture. However, it was always just out of reach. He lost out to former Shield member Roman Reigns in the finals of the Deadly Games-esque title tournament at Survivor Series 2015. He then challenged Triple H for the WWE Championship at Roadblock en route to WrestleMania 32.
At WrestleMania 32 Ambrose competed in the infamous Street Fight with Brock Lesnar before entering a lack-lustre feud with Jericho. Being entered into the Money in the Bank ladder match put Ambrose back where he needed to be.
Rollins made his emphatic return to WWE by crashing Reigns’ championship match against AJ Styles at Extreme Rules. That attack set up Rollins vs Reigns for the title at Money in the Bank PPV the following month.
The ‘Architect’ defeated Reigns to reclaim the championship he never lost. As he celebrated, Ambrose’s music hit and he blindsided the champ with the briefcase. Following the cash in Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds to win the title as the crowd went wild.
The victory meant that all three members of the Sheild held WWE’s top prize in the same night, making this cash-in extra special.
Easily the best cash in of all time – even if for the grandeur of the occasion alone. Rollins held the briefcase for months waiting on the right opportunity to strike. The moment came at WrestleMania 31 and blew all pre and post-cash-in out of the water.
In 2014 Rollins turned his back on the Shield and joined the Authority. The Architect, surrounded by J & J Security and Kane, won the Money in the Bank contract at the PPV event.
After the break-up of the Shield, there was growing fan animosity toward Roman Reigns. The once-popular powerhouse was booed loudly as the WWE Universe believed he was being forced down their throats. When Reigns challenged Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 31 it was clear a Reigns coronation was the last thing they wanted.
Reigns and Lesner beat the hell out of each other making it the perfect opportunity for Rollin to strike.
Despite Rollins being a mega villain the crowd erupted at the sight of him sprinting toward the ring. He immediately cashed in making the match a Triple Threat. The crowd hit a fever pitch as Rollins hit Reigns with the Curb Stomp to capture his first WWE Championship.
Now that we’ve given you five of them, can you name every Money In The Bank match winner?