From the moment it was introduced, the Money in the Bank ladder match has become one of the most game-changing, anticipated events in WWE. It features six competitors vying for a briefcase that holds a contract which allows them a world championship opportunity anyplace, anytime.
It pretty much guarantees the holder a championship title. Over the years cash in moments have become iconic and career-defining. Before the next Money in the Bank pay per view we need to take a look at the 5 best and 5 worst cash-ins.
10 WORST: SHEAMUS - SURVIVOR SERIES 2015
The Celtic Warrior is one of WWE's most decorated superstars. Him holding the contract had to be a scary thought for the champion. However, instead of focusing on Sheamus, Roman Reigns being attacked by Bray Wyatt became the story.
Following a brutal Survivor Series match between Shield brothers Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, the Big Dog's championship moment was cut short when Sheamus showed up to capitalize on an exhausted Reigns. In a ring covered with confetti, Sheamus appeared with a brogue kick, but the night and its aftermath were still all about Roman.
9 BEST: CARMELLA - SMACKDOWN 2018
In the first-ever women's Money in the Bank match, Carmella's controversial win did her no favors. Keeping things suspenseful with several teased cash ins, Mella was finally Money after Charlotte was viciously attacked by The IIconics.
Her heel character was firing on all cylinders and fans were ready to see how far she could go. Like all the winners before her, Carmella chose the perfect moment and wrote her name in the history books as the first woman to cash in. Her championship reign legitimized her as one of the top stars in the women's division.
8 WORST: ALBERTO DEL RIO - SUMMERSLAM 2011
Alberto Del Rio didn't wait as long as some others to cash in his briefcase. Just 28 days later at SummerSlam, he seized on the perfect moment after Kevin Nash power bombed champion CM Punk.
Del Rio was certainly talented and savvy enough to create his own opportunity. This was another example of WWE overthinking things and doing too much. Unfortunately for Del Rio, the nature of his cash in tainted his title reign and it never really recovered.
7 BEST: DEAN AMBROSE - MONEY IN THE BANK 2016
Once Money in the Bank became a full-fledged pay per view, the idea that someone would cash in on the same night became a new threat. Of course, no one had never made their plans so clear as Dean Ambrose, who promised if he won he was cashing in that night.
Cut to 51 minutes later, where Ambrose cashed in on Seth Rollins right after he defeated Roman Reigns. This created the historic night where at one point all three members of the Shield were WWE Champion. His win catapulted the Lunatic Fringe firmly into the main event and made the Shield an even bigger legend.
6 WORST: DAMIEN SANDOW - RAW 2013
Every once in awhile WWE will take a chance on someone unexpected to win the briefcase. This was the case with Damien Sandow. As it turned out, this wasn't Sandow's time to be in the main event.
Mr. Money in the Bank proved out of his league when he cashed in on John Cena when the world champ was just back from injury. Despite a beat down targeting Cena's arm, Sandow forgot he was dealing with WWE's Superman and his plans didn't work out. Like most opponents, Sandow looked his best against Cena, but there was no way a midcarder was beating the franchise.
5 BEST: EDGE - NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION 2006
As the winner of the very first Money in the Bank briefcase, the Rated R superstar set the standard for what it would mean to be Mr./Ms. Money in the Bank. Edge cashed in after a bloody John Cena had survived a cage match.
Not only was this a game-changing moment for Money in the Bank, but it also set off one of the great rivalries in WWE history. This moment solidified the importance of the briefcase and established the idea that champions would have to always be on guard against cash-ins.
4 WORST: JOHN CENA - RAW 1000
When John Cena won the contract, we all wondered if his “hustle, loyalty and respect” would allow him to take advantage of a hurt champion. Of course, the answer was no and he gave CM Punk a full week to prepare for their match.
In this case, Cena's honorable nature backfired on the 16-time champ and Punk, in the prime of his historic reign and with an assist from Big Show, defeated Cena. As great as his legacy is, this is one of Cena's rare missteps, as he became the first man to unsuccessfully cash in Money in the Bank.
3 BEST: SETH ROLLINS - WRESTLEMANIA 31
A lot of cash-ins are memorable, but Seth Rollins’ is the one we'll be seeing forever. The Architect was the first winner to use his opportunity at WrestleMania. On the grandest stage of them all, Rollins took on the Big Dog and the Beast, turning the already brutal and bloody title match into a triple threat.
Just as Brock Lesnar hit Roman Reigns with an F5, Rollins cashed in, hit Lesnar and Reigns with stomps and became world champion. Every year during WrestleMania season fans relive what Michael Cole called “the heist of the century.”
2 WORST: BARON CORBIN - SMACKDOWN 2017
When Baron Corbin won the contract, he was in the match with five of the best and most popular wrestlers in WWE. Frankly, there was no one fans wanted to win less. Unfortunately for Corbin he lost his cash in embarrassing fashion.
Thanks to a distraction from John Cena, Corbin was rolled up quickly by Jinder Mahal. This set up a feud with Cena that basically led to a squash match at SummerSlam, so Corbin literally got nothing out of winning Money in the Bank.
1 BEST: DOLPH ZIGGLER - RAW 2013
Some cash-ins fans dread and some they can't wait to see. For Dolph Ziggler, the WWE Universe were on the edge of their seats waiting for his crowning moment. Fans finally got what they were not so patiently waiting for on an unforgettable episode of Raw.
After a match where he hurt his leg, Alberto Del Rio’s night got even worse when the showoff's music hit. As the referee counted to three, the crowd erupted into a visceral reaction that is still considered one of the most memorable championship moments of all time.