WWE Money in the Bank 2012: Ranking Every Money in the Bank Cash-In
The Money in the Bank briefcase is usually a symbol of hope for mid-card superstars hoping to make the next step in the WWE by jumping into the main event picture.
This year—so far—it is pretty much a who's who of the main event scene.
In previous years, we have seen many different Superstars win this match and get into the title picture.
The cash-ins were sometimes sneaky or opportunistic, but they were all successful.
Here are the Top (and only, actually) 10 Money in the Bank Cash-ins.
10. Jack Swagger (SmackDown 2010)
Jack Swagger won the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 26, on the same night that Chris Jericho retained his World Heavyweight Championship against WWE Hall of Famer Edge.
The following week on SmackDown Jericho was cutting a promo in the ring, and—as seen in the video—Edge assaulted the champion and Swagger capitalized, leading to one of the less memorable title reigns in recent memory.
The reign lasted only 82 days, when he lost the title to Rey Mysterio in a Fatal 4-Way Match.
9. Alberto Del Rio (SummerSlam 2011)
Although plenty of people saw the chaos that came about at SummerSlam 2011 involving Alberto Del Rio, it was all about CM Punk and John Cena going to war.
What was worse was that it seemed like WWE rushed to put the belt on him, only to basically ruin the cash-in reign anyway, by putting the belt back on Cena after only 35 days.
Yes, Del Rio got another reign as champion later that year, but looking at the cash-in and the ensuing reign, it was a little disappointing.
I mean, Kevin Nash showed up to cause a big scene and attacked Punk after his WWE title win...and then a kick to the head later he lost the belt.
8. Daniel Bryan (TLC 2011)
As much as I'd like to put Daniel Bryan higher on the list for his amazing run in WWE thus far, it's too hard to rank him higher based on the limited time we've had to see him excel in the main event picture.
So far, he's done an excellent job remaining relevant for the title, with World or WWE title matches on every PPV since he's won the title.
The actual cash-in hurt a bit, because it made Big Show look like a transitional champion.
Bryan didn't even have to do anything to Show to pin him and win the World Heavyweight Championship.
I think Show deserved better, but Bryan deserved the title just as well.
Bryan waited for so long to get his chance in WWE, and he clawed his way up to be the first NXT rookie to win a World Championship.
The worst part is that although the reign lasted 105 days, it was ended in just 18 seconds at WrestleMania 28.
Again, Bryan (and Sheamus) deserved better than 18 seconds to put on a show—especially after getting snubbed from the PPV and put as a dark match at WrestleMania 27.
7. Edge (SmackDown 2007)
One that was lost in the shuffle was Edge's second cash-in, the first ever to do so.
He won the briefcase in a match against then Money in the Bank contract holder Mr. Kennedy on RAW, and took advantage on the following SmackDown—after a grueling steel cage match and an assault by Mark Henry left World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker battered and beaten in the ring.
The cash-in was on SmackDown, which was tape delayed...so the cash-in kind of lost its mystique on television.
Edge did hold the belt for 70 days, but had to release it due to a pectoral injury that left him sidelined for 4-6 months.
6. CM Punk (RAW 2008)
It was after the 2008 WWE Draft Lottery, and the writers needed a way to get a World Title to be RAW exclusive—now that WWE Champion Triple H and World Heavyweight Champion Edge were both on SmackDown.
After a successful title defense, Edge decided to gloat about it on RAW. Afterwards, Batista came down and delivered a beatdown on the champion.
When Edge was vulnerable, he got a taste of his own medicine when CM Punk cashed in to take away The Ultimate Opportunist's World Heavyweight Championship.
The reign lasted 69 days, when Punk was assaulted by Randy Orton and Legacy and forced him out of his title defense, thus forfeiting the title.
5. Edge (New Year's Revolution 2006)
This is one of those memorable moments in what has turned out to be a Hall of Fame career for Edge. This was his first WWE title reign, and it defined his character for the rest of his career...
...beating down an already-beaten WWE Champion John Cena, seconds after successfully defending his title inside the Elimination Chamber.
It would rank higher, but WWE only kept the belt on him for 21 days—when Cena won it right back at the Royal Rumble PPV.
4. CM Punk (Extreme Rules 2009)
The title switch that turned CM Punk into a heel, his Straightedge persona clashed well with Jeff Hardy's alleged choice of lifestyle...so why not turn him?
After Jeff Hardy defeated Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship in an exhausting ladder match, Punk capitalized and took that title away from Hardy in a moment's notice.
They both clashed all summer long in 2009, exchanging the title along the way. This initial reign for Punk lasted 49 days.
3. Rob Van Dam (One Night Stand 2006)
The one thing I respect more than any other Money in the Bank is the fact that Rob Van Dam didn't wait for a vulnerable champion: he cashed it in on a full match at One Night Stand in 2006.
Inside the Hammerstein Ballroom, it was a pro-ECW crowd cheering one of their own to defeat WWE Champion John Cena, after a timely spear through a table from Edge.
It was a night to remember, as ECW was resurrected briefly after this event under the WWE banner.
RVD's reign included him becoming the new ECW Champion as well.
However, the WWE went a different way when Van Dam had a run-in with the law.
First, he lost the WWE Championship to Edge in a triple threat match that also involved Cena. Then, he lost the ECW Championship to Big Show after Paul Heyman turned his back on the ECW Original.
Overall, RVD's WWE Title reign lasted 22 days.
2. Kane (Money in the Bank 2010)
Kane wasted little time to cash in his contract. The same night that he won the briefcase, he cashed in on a vulnerable Rey Mysterio with a vicious chokeslam.
What led from there was quite possibly the best run of Kane's career.
I mean, his run right now is pretty good, but his run as the World Heavyweight Champion led to a good feud between him and Undertaker through the fall and a nice run for Paul Bearer—always good to see him.
Edge did defeat Kane in December, marking the reign at 154 days. That was the second longest reign for any Money in the Bank cash-in.
1. The Miz (RAW 2010)
This was by far the most successful reign for any Money in the Bank briefcase holder, and I don't mean a reign that solidified a Hall of Fame career for Edge.
The Miz came through the ranks, and had many doubters from the beginning. Going through Tough Enough and inching his way onto the roster, people didn't take him seriously.
Then, he developed a mean streak and went on a roll that involved a United States title reign—but his most memorable moment was when he cashed in Money in the Bank on Randy Orton after he was attacked by Nexus, injured his knee and barely defended the title against Wade Barrett.
The longest reign of any Money in the Bank briefcase holder; a total of 160 days.
What establishes this reign as successful was not just about length, it was about quality of opponents and holding on.
Let's just put it this way: if you go over John Cena for the WWE Title at WrestleMania, you have something good happening.
What do you think?