The WWE Money in the Bank (MITB) pay-per-view event has always been filled with shock value. It’s what makes the show so intriguing. It’s a show that is hard to predict and one that has had several classic moments since its PPV debut in 2010.
In that short time, history has been made, and the beginning of many prominent wrestler's careers have been showcased. It’s hard to keep a fan interested nowadays with all the spoilers on the internet, but the MITB has always tricked even those who think they have figured out everything. The PPV event is unpredictable and has seen its fair share of shock value that has left moments trapped in our brain.
Here are the seven most shocking matches in the history of the Money in the Bank PPV.
Mark Henry was being billed as a monster heel. This was nothing new for Henry, who was pushed so many times over the years as unstoppable. This push was different for Henry though, as it would lead to him finally becoming a world champion.
Henry had created a victims list that he called the “Hall of Pain,” and The Big Show would be one of his first inductees. It’s one thing to beat a giant in a match, but Henry put him out of action for around three months in a post-match attack. Henry wrapped The Big Show’s leg in a chair and came crashing down from the middle rope, thus starting his greatest push to date.
The Miz was able to overcome all the doubters during the early years of his WWE career and win the Raw Money in the Bank match. It was his first step towards becoming a champion.
Few thought The Miz would ever be anything more than a reality star turned wrestler, but he proved them wrong. He beat seven other wrestlers, including four former champions, to earn the name Mr. Money in the Bank. In a match full of stars, The Miz showed that it was his time and he would further prove this by headlining WrestleMania XXVII in 2011.
Always pegged as too small and just another independent star, Daniel Bryan proved his critics wrong. In the SmackDown Money in the Bank match that had a veteran wrestler, a new wrestler who was being groomed as a star and with lots of fresh blood was stacked against Bryan. But overcoming obstacles wasn’t anything new for him.
This too was the start of great success for Bryan. He would capture the World Heavyweight Championship six months later and slowly begin his heel turn. It was all possible because of this match, as it would help shape a wrestler who may be one of the new faces of the company.
Christian finally reached his dream earlier in the year when he won the World Heavyweight Championship, only to watch this dream end days later at the hands of Randy Orton. For months, he failed to regain his championship and, in the processes, turned heel.
This led to a match at the Money in the Bank PPV, where if Orton got disqualified, he would lose his championship. It seemed unlikely that Christian would defeat one of the WWE’s top wrestlers, but he did. Sensing that the match was slipping out of his hands, Christian spit in the face of Orton, sending him into a fit of rage with continuous punches. Orton refused to stop and was disqualified, awarding the championship back to Christian in the process.
Kane was the WWE Champion in 1998, in a reign that lasted 24 hours. As the years went by, Kane was placed in the title picture several times only to come up short. As the Money in the Bank PPV approached, he was a favorite to win, but far from a lock. With Christian and Dolph Ziggler in the match, it could have gone to any of them.
Considered one of the giants in the WWE, this wasn’t a match that suited Kane. In the end, Kane won, which left many to wonder if he would be the first to lose his guaranteed championship match.
In less than an hour, the question of whether Kane would cash in his briefcase successfully was answered. After Rey Mysterio had just defended his World Heavyweight Championship, he was attacked after the match by his opponent Jack Swagger.
Kane would come to Mysterio’s rescue and then leave the ringside arena. As Mysterio continued to celebrate, Kane would return with his newly won briefcase. He cashed it in successfully, making him the only person to win the Money in the Bank briefcase and cash it in on the same show. Everyone wondered who would cash in their briefcase the same day and Kane was that wrestler.
The buildup to the CM Punk and John Cena match was perfect. Punk walked in as the challenger, but had the most to win and the WWE had the most to lose. Punk’s contract expired that night and he declared that once he won the WWE Championship, he was leaving the company with it.
The match progressed in Punk’s hometown, with him securing the win to the shock of everyone. Vince McMahon called Alberto del Rio out to cash in his briefcase, but was taken out by Punk before the match could happen.
Uncertainty filled the air as Punk left through the crowd as the new WWE Champion, and everyone wondered if he was really gone or if this was an elaborate storyline. It was one of the most shocking moments of the year.