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WWE Throwback Thursday: Edge Cashes in First Money in the Bank Contract

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

Credit: WWE.com

It's hard to believe the Money in the Bank concept has been around for over a decade. The stipulation was first introduced at WrestleMania 21, and it became an immediate hit with fans.

The first Money in the Bank match featured Edge defeating Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Kane, Shelton Benjamin and Christian to win the coveted briefcase, adding another accolade to his already impressive resume.

The Rated R Superstar held the contract for 280 days before cashing it in on January 8 at New Year's Revolution 2006 to win the WWE Championship from John Cena.

Along the way, Edge put the briefcase on the line in a ladder match against Matt Hardy, successfully retaining his title shot and banishing his biggest foe to SmackDown in the process.

Not only did Edge cash in the first Money in the Bank contract, but he did it to win his first WWE title, a moment few fans will ever forget.

Earlier in the evening, Edge failed to win the Intercontinental Championship from Ric Flair after he was disqualified for attacking The Nature Boy with the Money in the Bank briefcase.

Edge didn't let the loss stop him from leaving that night with gold around his waist. After John Cena competed in a brutal Elimination Chamber match, Edge's music hit and the crowd exploded.

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Cena was a bloody mess after besting Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Carlito, Kane and Chris Masters inside the hellish structure, making him an easy target for The Ultimate Opportunist.

2005 was when some fans began to turn on the leader of the Cenation. Despite only being in the company for around five years, many were beginning to grow tired of seeing Cena overcome every obstacle placed in front of him.

That is why Edge, a heel at the time, received such a massive ovation when his music hit and everyone realized he was cashing in his title shot.

It took Edge two spears to win the impromptu match and fulfill his dream of becoming WWE champion, and this moment kicked off a feud that would span several years.

It was a great night for Edge and his legions of fans because he had put in so much hard work during his time with the company to reach that point.

Only 46 Superstars have ever held the prestigious title, which means less than one percent of those who enter the wrestling business ever get to hoist it above their heads in victory.

On that night in 2006, Edge joined several exclusive clubs. It was the first of what would end up being 12 world title reigns for the man who started out as a vampire wannabe.

Edge's career was cut short due to a spine injury, but he made a huge impact on the business. He went on to become one of the most decorated champions in wrestling history, and the night he won his first WWE Championship will not soon be forgotten.

Thanks for reading and follow me on Twitter: @BR_Doctor.

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