Money in the Bank: 5 of the most memorable cash-ins. Over the years, there have been many cash-ins but which ones have immortalized themselves in the memory of fans?
If you’re a wrestling fan then you must already be familiar with the concept of ‘Money in the Bank’. It is a very simple concept yet so novel. The winner of a Ladder match between 5 to 10 wrestlers gets a briefcase that holds a contract to a World Title match. One of the most exciting moments in wrestling is when a wrestler cashes in this contract. We’re fortunate enough to witness this moment at least once every year since 2005.
Here’s a list of the 5 most memorable cash-ins:
Rob Van Dam
Rob Van Dam won the briefcase at Wrestlemania 2006. He then defended the contract in a winner take all match against WWE Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin. He successfully defended his contract and won the title. On May 6, RVD announced that he would cash-in his contract at One-night Stand against Cena for the WWE Championship. In doing so he became the first person to announce his cash-in beforehand. RVD won the WWE Championship from John Cena in an Extreme Rules match after an interference from Edge.
Dean Ambrose his contract in 2016. By then ‘Money in the Bank’ had become its own Pay per View. In fact, this was the 7th annual event as a pay per view. Dean had earlier said that if he won the briefcase, he would cash it on the same night. True to his words, The Lunatic Fringe cashed his contract on the same night after the conclusion of the WWE World Heavyweight main event match. Seth Rollins defeated the defending champion Roman Reigns in the main event. Dean then attacked the new champion from behind and won the title off of him. This meant that all 3 of the Shield’s members held the WWE championship on the same night. Dean was also the second man after Kane to cash in his briefcase on the same night that he won.
Dolph Ziggler won the World Heavyweight Championship contract at the 3rd Money in the Bank pay per view. He defended the contract against Chris Jericho in a contract vs career match and won. He almost lost his contract again after he was forced to defend it against Cena at TLC 2012. Ziggler managed to win with AJ Lee’s interference. Finally, after holding the briefcase for nearly 9 months, The Show Off cashed in his contract on an exhausted Alberto Del Rio at the Raw after Mania 2013. He beat Del Rio, who was spent after a handicap match, to win his 2nd World Heavyweight Championship.
The Rated R superstar was the winner of the inaugural Money in the Bank at Wrestlemania 2005. He held on to his contract until January of next year. John Cena, the then WWE Champion defeated Carlito, Chris Masters, Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels and Kane in a gruelling match inside the Elimination Chamber. As the crowd cheered Cena after his victory, Vince McMahon walked out and announced that Edge was cashing in his Money in the Bank Contract. Edge speared Cena a few times before pinning him. He then became the new WWE Champion and set a precedent for future briefcase winners to cash-in on a vulnerable champion.
The architect won 2014’s Money in the Bank ladder match. He tried to cash-in the following night on John Cena but was stopped by Dean Ambrose. He tried to cash it once again at the night of champions against Brock Lesnar but this time he was attacked by John Cena. Seth was finally able to cash in after holding the briefcase for months. This time he did it on the Grandest Stage of all: WrestleMania.
Rollins cashed in his briefcase while the Main Event Match between Roman and Brock Lesnar was still in progress. Now a triple threat match; he Curb Stomped Roman and won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Seth became the first man to cash it at Mania and he did it in an ongoing match. He also became the first person to win the championship without pinning the champion.
The sight of Seth Rollins holding his belt and swinging it in a moment of pure unadulterated joy is probably never going to be replicated again, There may be another Mania Cash-in, but never another moment like this. This will always be at the top of the best and the most memorable cash-in’s of all time…