Hey everyone! It’s The Wrestling Classic here with another list for ONE37PM. I figured with “Money in the Bank” coming up as the big PPV event this month, I would stay on trend by making a list based on the popular ladder match that the show is named after.
For those who may not know, the Money in the Bank is a ladder match consisting of six to eight participants all vying to retrieve a briefcase hanging above the ring. They are allowed to cash in the contract in the briefcase at any time in the next 365 days. The stipulation of it being contested in a ladder match and the reward if you win always makes wrestling fans anticipate the annual PPV.
However, the anticipation of when the winners will cash-in lasts all year long. There have been 24 cash-ins since 2005. There have been 21 cash-ins for the men and three for the women so far. I am going to go ahead and rank my top ten favorite cash-ins and explain why. If you’re looking for the best Money in the Bank matches, you can check out this list by clicking here. That being said, I’ll just be focusing on the cash-ins. Enjoy!
Money in the Bank – 05/19/19
This was when Becky Lynch was on top of the world with her “The Man” character. Lynch had recently won both the Raw and Smackdown Women’s Championship titles in the main event at Wrestlemania against Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair. At the Money in the Bank, Lynch was forced to defend both titles back to back against Lacey Evans and Charlotte Flair. Becky successfully defended against Lacey Evans and Charlotte was able to defeat Becky Lynch with the assist from Evans. Evans and Charlotte attacked Becky after the match and Bayley made her way out for the save. Bayley had won the Money in the Bank match earlier in the night and decided to take advantage of the opportunity by cashing in her contract on Flair. Bayley delivered a flying elbow from the top rope on Flair to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship for the first time. This was the fastest cash-in yet, just 40 minutes after winning the contract. This also made Bayley the first Women’s Grand Slam and Triple Crown Champion.
Wrestlemania 31 – 03/29/15
The greatest cash-in took place on the grandest stage of them all. This also makes it one of the most unforgettable moments, as even casual fans remember Wrestlemania moments over most of the events that take place the rest of the year. It also changed the entire perspective that the WWE was strongly pushing Roman Reigns and Roman Reigns only. By early 2015, the WWE fans had turned on Roman Reigns. The more he became the chosen one, the more the fans didn’t want it. This was especially evident when Reigns won the Royal Rumble and the fans booed him, even though he was having his arm raised next to The Rock. When the main event was made official between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, the fans were really torn down the middle and the majority were frustrated with the idea of Roman beating Brock to win his first WWE Championship. Seth Rollins was the current holder of the MITB contract prior and he did something that had never been done before. Rollins bolted down the ramp unexpectedly to cash-in on the main event of Wrestlemania thus turning the main event singles match into a triple threat. Rollins would attempt to beat Lesnar for the belt but due to the triple threat rules, he was able to curb stomp and pin Roman to win the championship instead. Although Rollins was technically a bad guy, this made the fans ecstatic because it wasn’t Roman Reigns. It really was the heist of the century and it was only possible because of the Money in the Bank concept.
I hope you all enjoyed this list of the most unforgettable and greatest Money in the Bank Cash-In moments. Tell me if you disagree and let me know what you think over social media. Ya dig? Oooh Yeah!