Liam Hoofe takes a look at all 17 previous Money in the Bank cash-ins and ranks them from worst to best…
This Sunday night the WWE will crown their 18th Mr. Money in the Bank. Since the debut of the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 21, the bout has given us 17 victors, 15 of which have gone on to win world titles- a good omen for whoever walks away the winner this Sunday night.
Ever since the first cash-in at New Year’s Revolution 2006, the WWE have tried to surprise fans and come up with different and innovative ways to deploy the gimmick, the majority of which have been successful.
Not all cash-ins are created equal however and some of them have not quite worked out as planned. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at each Money in the Bank cash in and rank them, from worst to best.
17: Damien Sandow – Raw 2013
Damien Sandow looked destined for big things when he made his WWE debut back in 2012; his ‘Intellectual Saviour of the Masses’ gimmick got him over super quick and he looked set to move into the main event scene pretty rapidly.
A little over a year after his debut, Sandow picked up the Money in the Bank briefcase at the 2013 version of the event and oddly, this was the moment his career began to go downhill.
After a brief feud with former tag partner Cody Rhodes over the case, Sandow lost all momentum at an astonishing rate – leading to his unsuccessful cash in against John Cena on an episode of Raw and making him the first man, and the only man, to this date, to get beaten in his cash-in attempt.
Despite getting solid reviews for his performance, and many saying that Sandow’s loss would actually help him as he got a chance to shine on-screen, the rise of Sandow never materialised after that and his career went from bad to worse and he was released only a few years later.
16: John Cena – Raw 1000
Of all the people that could have been first to fail at cashing in their briefcase, no-one would have expected John Cena.
The leader of the Cenation failed to cash in against CM Punk on Raw 1000 after The Big Show caused a disqualification when Cena was about to get Punk to tap out. Now, technically Cena won the match, but he still failed to win the title, making this a rather forgettable cash-in.
15: Sheamus – Survivor Series 2014
Despite several efforts from the WWE, Sheamus has just never really worked as the company’s champion. His cash-in at Survivor Series was memorable only because it saw him snatch Roman Reigns’ first ever title victory away from him. Aside from that this was pretty forgettable and hasn’t really done much for The Celtic Warrior’s career in the long run.
14: Jack Swagger – Raw 2010
Ahh Jack Swagger. The WWE tried on several occasions to get Jack Swagger over as a top-level star, and despite his obvious in-ring ability, his character never really caught fire in the WWE and his release earlier this year seemed to be a long time coming.
Swagger cashed in his briefcase on an episode of SmackDown after Edge had attacked the then World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho. The cash-in itself was fairly well executed, but the title reign that followed it was one of the weaker in recent memory.
13: Alberto Del Rio – SummerSlam 2011
Another star that WWE tried several times to get over, Alberto Del Rio’s cash-in against CM Punk at SummerSlam 2011 was the culmination of one of the most infamous match finishes in recent memory.
Having tried to cash in on Punk a month before at Money in the Bank. De Rio cashed in on Punk at SummerSlam after the Second City Saint was attacked by, of all people, Kevin Nash.
This moment officially marked the end of the summer of Punk and was met with a massive backlash from the fans. The sad thing about this one is that Del Rio could have gotten some serious heat and established himself here had the company not decided to have Kevin bloody Nash interfere in the whole affair.
12: CM Punk – Raw 2008
Despite the career he would go on to have, CM Punk’s first world title reign was a bit weak.
Cashing in -as many superstars have done – on an episode of Raw, Punk defeated Edge after the Rated R Superstar had been powerbombed by Batista. It was quite fitting to see the first ever Mr Money in the Bank get cashed-in on, but aside from that this was wasn’t really all that memorable. Punk would lose the belt three months later in a match he didn’t even get to compete in.
Punk would go on to be one of the biggest stars of the last decade, but this reign just felt a little too early.
11: Kane – Money in the Bank 2010
Kane’s run with the Money in the Bank briefcase was the very definition of ‘blink and you’ll miss it.’ The Big Red Machine was the first man to win the case and cash it in on the same night back in 2010 when he defeated Rey Mysterio for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The cash-in certainly had a big shock factor, but the whole thing kind of felt just wasted. Had it been a younger star who had won (Cody Rhodes, Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston all competed in the match) and done the same thing then perhaps this would have been more impactful.
Still, it was nice to see the big man get one last run with the belt, I guess.
10: The Miz – Raw 2010
Another cash-in on Monday Night Raw saw The Miz defeat Randy Orton for the belt after The Viper had been through one hell of a night.
Suffering a beat down from the Nexus earlier in the show and then having to defend the title against Wade Barrett in the night’s main event, by the time ‘Aweeeeeesome’ hit the Titantron Randy was done for.
The Miz’s cash-in was perfect for the heel character that he has gone on to perfect over the years, but the resulting title reign remains as one of the most divisive in recent years.
9: Edge – SmackDown 2007
Edge’s second Money in the Bank cash-in is, in many ways, one of the most surprising in the history of the case.
At the start of the week, Mr Kennedy was Mr Money in the Bank, Edge was a Raw superstar, and The Undertaker was World Heavyweight Champion. By the end of that week, Edge had taken the briefcase, become a SmackDown superstar and defeated The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight title, in what is probably one of the quickest booking rewrites of all time.
Having got himself injured Kennedy was forced to lose the case to Edge and a result the ultimate opportunist lived up to his moniker, jumping ship to SmackDown and cashing on a wounded Undertaker, who had just gone through a tough cage match with Mark Henry.
It was a great cash-in, but not quite as good as his first one.
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