The Money in the Bank ladder match is one of the most exciting bouts on the WWE calendar. Since it’s debut in 2005, there have been 17 winners of the Money in the Bank match, with 15 of them going on to win the title from their resulting cash in.
That tells us that whoever the WWE gives the Money in the Bank briefcase to this year, chances are we will see them holding the belt in the next 12 months. The event this year is a Smackdown exclusive and the 6 superstars who will be competing in the bout were announced this past week.
What’s even more exciting than the match itself, however, is the cash-in that follows it, and over the last 12 years we have seen the WWE come up with plenty of innovative ways to put the belt on ‘Mr Money in the Bank.’ Whether it be announcing your title match ahead of time, cashing in on a wounded opponent, or inserting yourself into a Wrestlemania main event- the company always comes up with a way of keeping fans guessing as to when they are going to pull the trigger.
With this year’s Money in the Bank PPV a little under a month away, let’s take a look at some of the top 5 cash ins from Money in the Bank’s history.
5) Randy Orton- Summerslam 2013
Okay, so I know this one might be a controversial choice, but hear me out. Most Money in the Bank cash-ins have been used to create new stars, and most of us are, understandably angry when the briefcase is given to an already established star (see John Cena).
Why Randy’s cash-in makes this list, is because of what came after it. Randy cashed in his title opportunity in the closing stages of Summerslam 2013, using the chance to take Daniel Bryan’s hard-won title away from him, sending the audience into a frenzy in the process.
Bryan had just beaten John Cena clean in the ring to become the new World Heavyweight champion. As fans and Bryan celebrated alike, Triple H, who had been guest referee in the bout turned on Bryan, pedigreeing him and then counting the three for Randy Orton.
What this event led to is one of the biggest fan movements in recent WWE history. Triple H and Orton would form the authority, who would screw Bryan out of the title at every possible turn. Eventually, the fans became so incensed by the WWE’s booking, that the company was forced to book Bryan to win the belt from Orton in the main event of Wrestlemania 30.
So while Orton’s cash-in may not be as memorable as some on this list, if it hadn’t happened, then perhaps we wouldn’t have got one of the most memorable rises to the top from a superstar in WWE history.