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As we have established, some of the best aspects of cash-ins are the initial surprise, the chance for an upgrade in character, and a good championship feud to follow.
This entry has it all.
Like the Daniel Bryan cash-in, CM Punk was able to steal the World Heavyweight Championship away from a newly crowned Jeff Hardy after he had just battled his way through a special gimmick match.
Also, this led to Punk's character switching to a heel role that was well-received.
The feud afterward, dealing with the opposing forces of Hardy's drug-related past and Punk's straight-edge views ended up becoming an incredibly important aspect of his career, even giving him a stable to lead in the process.
The quality of the matches that Punk and Hardy had were more than sufficient to give Punk exactly what he was missing from his first Money in the Bank experience.
It's hard to argue against something that did so much right and when many of the others only have one or two of these aspects, so CM Punk's second use of the briefcase wins the top spot on this countdown.
How would you rank the Money in the Bank cash-ins of the past? What were some of your favorite highlights of this annual gimmick?
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