5 Best WWE Money in the Bank!
Money in the Bank. Its addition to the WWE has made for some extremely memorable moments over the years. From Jeff Hardy’s leg drop through the ladder to Shelton Benjamin’s flying clothesline, the now-iconic match rarely fails to entertain. Winning the match however results in something even better; the ability to cash in the briefcase for a title shot anywhere, anytime.
Randy Orton is no stranger to the Money in the Bank cash-in, losing his title to the Miz back in 2010 through it. However, a year later at SummerSlam, the tables had turned. Daniel Bryan had just cleanly beaten John Cena for the title, despite Triple H being the guest referee. Orton came out after the match, making his way to the ring though not fully committed to the cash in. That was until Triple H, who had been fair the whole night, hit Bryan with a pedigree. This allowed Orton to easily get the cover over Bryan and win the championship, breaking the hearts of Daniel Bryan fans around the world.
Before his exceptionally long reign as WWE Champion, CM Punk was fighting to get to the top of the roster. Punk managed to win the Money in the Bank contract twice back-to-back in 2008 and 2009. His first cash-in was successful, but the ensuing title run was mediocre. The next year, Punk decided to cash-in on Jeff Hardy who had just overcome Edge in a Ladder match. Hardy managed to kick out of Punk’s GTS, but couldn’t withstand a second one. This of course led to Punk’s major heel run and a pretty good feud with Hardy, which in turn helped Punk grow into one of the biggest stars in the WWE.
Edge was the first ever to cash-in the briefcase, with a win over John Cena at New Year’s Revolution 2006. At this time nobody really knew how the cash-in process worked. After Cena overcame 5 other men in the Elimination Chamber to retain his title, he lay bloody and exhausted in the ring. Enter Vince McMahon, who announced Edge was cashing in at that very moment. Soon after, Edge would hit Cena with two spears to win his first World Championship.
Back in 2013 just after an injured Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter, Dolph Ziggler finally decided to take his shot. As Ziggler’s music hit, the crowd went wild. After a surprising back and forth, Ziggler hit his finisher for the win. The crowd went absolutely nuts, as did Dolph himself! The pop Ziggler got was just crazy, especially considering he was a heel at the time!
In one of the most epic conclusions to a PPV ever, Seth Rollins did what nobody had done before: he cashed in his contract at the main event of WrestleMania. WrestleMania 31 featured Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns battling for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The clash between the two left both men down and out, which of course was the perfect opportunity for Seth to cash in. The Architect ran down the painfully long WrestleMania ramp and officially joined the match by cashing in his briefcase, making it a triple threat bout. The remainder of the match had a burning intensity, with Lesnar even kicking out of Rollin’s Curb Stomp. Lesnar then got Rollins up and ready for an F5, only to be speared by Reigns. Rollins capitalized on this opportunity and hit Reigns with the stomp and managed to pick up the win. Despite Rollins being a heel, he struggled to keep back his emotions after this epic WrestleMania moment.