For the past 11 years, WWE superstars have clashed in one of the most must-see matches of all time, the Money in the Bank match. The MITB ladder match is one of the most exciting matches of the year, where we get to witness a number of superstars fighting in a TLC style match, with a briefcase hanging high above that guarantees them a title shot, anytime and anyplace. The briefcase can be used for a future title shot on any title, within a calendar year. Although the title can be used on any of the three championships, its typically a given that it will be used for a future WWE World Heavyweight Championship match.
Over the years, we've seen numerous superstars use the benefit of the MITB contract to their advantage, by using it when their opponent least expects it. Superstars like Edge, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, CM Punk and many more, have experienced this exciting moment. Although it's almost a guaranteed win (if you use it at the right time), superstars have managed to cash in the briefcase and failed to walk out with the title. Out of the 16 MITB cash ins, only two times had the holder of the briefcase fail to win. Those two being John Cena and Damian Sandow.
There's never a dull moment in the WWE. The holder of the MITB brief case is always watching, waiting for the right opportunity to strike. After Edge set the tone in 2006, capitalizing on a bloody John Cena to win the title, superstars have used the briefcase in opportunistic ways that have changed the landscape of the WWE.
The drama of a cash in has delighted the fans for decades. You never know when it's gonna happen.
Here's a complete ranking of every Money In The Bank cash in.
16 Damian Sandow - RAW (2013)
On October 28th, 2013, Damian Sandow cashed in his MITB.... unsuccessfully. What was thought to be a big push for Sandow was quickly silenced by the current champion at the time, John Cena. Sandow was only the second MITB winner to fail at walking out with a title after cashing in the brief case. You would have thought this was Sandow's big moment, but the Cenation leader ended that thought fast. Right after the match Ziggler tweeted:
15 John Cena - RAW 1000
After suffering a loss at the hands of The Rock at WrestleMania 28, than an F-5 from The Beast Incarnate the following night on Raw, Cena was going through one of the worst years of his life.
He bounced back a tad after he captured his first MITB ladder match, thus giving him the opportunity at a future title match. It didn't take long for Cena to cash in. He announced he cash in the week before Raw 1000 that he would use it then, challenging the WWE champion, CM Punk.
Cena was a few seconds away from making the champ tap until Big Show interrupted, causing a disqualification. The first holder to ever fail a cash in opportunity.
14 Jack Swagger - SmackDown (2010)
Chris Jericho was the one who invented the MITB match, so it only makes sense that it would bite him back one day.
Edge was livid after suffering a loss to Jericho at WrestleMania XXVI. Jericho was cutting a heel promo on why he was "genetically better" then the Rated-R Superstar, but Edge would have something to say about that and came out to the the ring as he looked to cut a promo back on Jericho. Edge would find himself angered with Jericho denying him another shot, which resulted in Edge beating down Jericho.
The MITB holder, Jack Swagger, would take advantage of the opportunity by delivering a Gut Wrench Powerbomb to the champ, pinning him 1-2-3.
In the end, Jericho's own creation came back to haunt him, giving us a bland championship run from Swagger.
13 CM Punk - RAW (2008)
Edge was showing off his gold when a hungry Animal. Batista, paid a visit to the ring to deliver revenge for being screweed out of the title the night before. Batista would lay a beating to Edge all over the arena, but a thunderous Batista Bomb would be the nail in the coffin.
Batista was exiting the stage when CM Punk, accompanied by a referee, sprinted down to the ring with gold in mind. Lillian Garcia would announce that the match was for the world title, followed by the bell, and Punk would connect with the GTS to Edge, giving him his first World Heavyweight championship.
12 Alberto Del Rio - SummerSlam 2011
During the the summer of 2011, CM Punk was was red hot after cutting one of the greatest promos of all time. This started a new revolution that people began to follow and it was better known as "The Summer of Punk."
Punk was heading into SummerSlam as the true WWE champion in a Championship Unification match against John Cena who was the Interim Champion while Punk was gone. After hitting a GTS, CM punk picked up a victory over Cena, crowning him the Undisputed WWE Champion.. until Kevin Nash came out from the crowd and attacked the fatigued champion, leaving him open for the MITB holder, Alberto Del Rio, to cash in his briefcase. He hit him with a step up enzuigiri, pinned him and walked away the new Undisputed WWE champion. Talk about being an ultimate opportunist.
11 Sheamus - Survivor Series 2015
Sheamus started the summer off by winning the MITB briefcase, while witnessing Roman Reigns get screwed by Bray Wyatt. After being screwed at MITB, Reigns would later win the title at the Survivor Series pay-per-view. What did Sheamus do to celebrate Roman's first WWE championship win? He cashed in on him, minutes after Roman successfully defeated Dean Ambrose for the Championship. Sheamus defeated a fatigued Roman Reigns with two Brogue Kicks to win the championship, becoming the new face of The Authority.
10 The Miz - Raw (2010)
It wasn't enough that Randy Orton got beat down by The Nexus earlier on in the show. He was then forced to defend his title against Wade Barrett in the main event of Monday night Raw.
Battered and bruised, Orton was able to leave the match as the victor. The Miz would take advantage of the moment, rushing down to the ring to cash in on the viper. Randy showed courage, but a reversal into the Skull Crushing Finale would win The Miz his first WWE championship.
9 Kane - Money In The Bank 2010
Talk about not wasting a second. Kane would win the briefcase and cash in all in the same night. After Rey Mysterio defeated Jack Swagger, Kane would make his way down to the ring as he cashed in his MITB briefcase, after winning earlier that night. One minute later, Kane would Tombstone Mysterio and successfully pin him.
Till this date, two hours is the shortest time between winning the briefcase and cashing in.
8 Daniel Bryan - TLC 2011
Typically it's third time is the charm, but for Bryan it was twice is nice. Originally he cashed in on Mark Henry on an episode of Smackdown after Big Show beat down Henry. However, SmackDown GM Theodore Long would cancel out the win due to Henry not being medically cleared to fight.
After getting the briefcase back, Bryan would capitalize at the TLC pay-per-view. Big Show would defeat Henry, but Henry would attack Big Show, leaving him wounded enough for Bryan to come out and steal the title. Bryan would cash in and win The Big Belt. A new champion was crowned and Bryan's famous "yes'' chant would start its revolution.
7 7. Edge - SmackDown (2007)
A cage match with Batista and a beat down from Mark Henry, set up the perfect opportunity for the Rated-R Superstar. Edge, to cash in his MITB brifcase on a beaten down Undertaker. It was unexpected because Edge was originally a Raw Superstar, while The Undertaker was on SmackDown. The unexpected happened as Edge picked up a victory over The Deadman and showed why he is the ultimate opportunist.
Edge became the first superstar to successfully cash in his MITB twice. We'll get to his first cash in a little later.
6 Randy Orton - SummerSlam 2013
Always expect the unexpected. Those are words you need to live by if you want to be a fan of the WWE. That quote was fresh in the minds of fans at the Staples Center as Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena to become WWE Champion.
Seconds after the fireworks. Randy Orton would walk down the aisle, briefcase and all, starring down the new champion. What started off as a tease, would be the turning point where Triple H would pedigree the new champion, giving Orton the chance to cash in and pin Bryan.
An unexpected double heel turn for the former Evolution members.
5 CM Punk - Extreme Rules 2009
CM Punk's first reign as champion didn't go according to plan. As for his second one, it was much more successful.
After Jeff Hardy went through hell with Edge in a TLC match, CM Punk would capitalize on a worn out Jeff Hardy. As the pay-per-view seemed to be coming to a close, Punk would rush down to the ring and cash in his briefcase. Some drama filled the air after Hardy was able to kick out of the GTS and show signs of life, but it would come to a heart breaking end after a second GTS to the champ.
Punk would go on to be one of best heels in the company.
4 Rob Van Dam - ECW One Night Stand 2006
If this list was based on the most hostile cash ins of all time, this would be without a doubt number one. Unfortunately it's not and the reason why this ranked so high was due to how good the match was. You had excitement, drama, and plenty of hostility. Rob Van Dam officially announced the match in advance on an episode of RAW, just weeks before the second annual ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view.
RVD would enter to a hero's welcome, making it a special moment for him. Cena, on the other hand, would enter to a plethora of boos from the ECW faithful. A sold out Hammerstein Ballroom made sure that Cena would not feel welcome.
After interference by Edge, RVD would hit Cena with a Five Star Frog Splash giving him a victory over John Cena.
3 Dolph Ziggler - Post WrestleMania 29 Raw
The Raw after WrestleMania 29 had to be the funnest crowd of all time. They were loud, they were proud, and they got to witness a Money in the Bank cash in.
After getting a victory over Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio laid wounded in the ring, receiving support from the medical staff. A partisan crowd waited as they knew this was the moment Dolph Ziggler would cash in. Ziggler's music hit and the entire building went nuts, as he walked down the aisle with his briefcase in hand.
Del Rio would give Ziggler a run for his money but in the end, Ziggler would hit a Zig Zag to get the victory. A truly emotional moment made special by the fans at the IZOD center.
2 Edge - New Years Revolution 2006
No one exactly knew how and when the cash in for the MITB match would work. The suspense and excitement for when Edge would finally cash in made his moment that much more special.
After surviving five other men in the Elimination Chamber match, John Cena thought his night was over as he laid bloodied and wounded in the ring. Vince McMahon would come out to congratulate Cena on his victory, but, more importantly, he announced that “This individual is cashing in his Money in the Bank privilege that he earned at WrestleMania" and the match would take place right here, right now, against....Edge.
Although the champ was virtually down and out, Cena would find the will to kick out of a spear from The Ultimate Opportunist. An angered Edge, in disbelief, would then follow up by hitting Cena with one more spear, giving him the victory. One of the most incredible and dramatic finishes to a pay-per-view that would be stepping stone to how the MITB cash in would mold itself in the WWE.
1 Seth Rollins - WrestleMania 31
WrestleMania 31 couldn't have ended in a more exciting and dramatic fashion. After suffering a loss at the hands of Randy Orton earlier in the night, Seth Rollins made up for it in the most memorable way possible; by winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Rollins watched as two beasts collided in the main event. Once both Lesnar and Reigns were down, Rollins' music hit, as he ran down the ramp, entered the ring, cashed in his MITB briefcase, and made the match a triple threat. He would then knock Reigns out of the ring, hit a curb stump on Lesnar, then attempted a second, but The Beast would catch him in the F5 position. Reigns would then sneak back in the ring, spear Lesnar and just as he was about to get up, Rollins would nail Reigns with the curb stump and pin him.
Rollins would scurry out of the ring with the WWE title and leave WrestleMania as the first MITB holder to ever cash in on The Grandest Stage of Them All. It would go down as the greatest cash in of all time.