The 2017 Money in the Bank pay-per-view takes place this Sunday night from St. Louis, Missouri and it will see another WWE superstar join the lengthy list of Money in the Bank winners over the past 12 years since the Money in the Bank concept was introduced at WrestleMania 21.
The annual ladder match took place at WrestleMania each year up until 2010 when WWE decided to create an annual event instead and made two matches to create a Mr. Money in the Bank for both Raw and SmackDown. Jack Swagger was the final WrestleMania Money in the Bank winner before The Miz and Kane became winners at the first ever Money in the Bank event just four months later. The Money in the Bank event has since become a traditional June based event every year.
Over the past 12 years, there have been 16 different Mr. Money in the Banks. with CM Punk being the only superstar to ever win the case more than once and on consecutive occasions.
The following list ranks the 15 best Money In The Bank winners ever since 2005 and how well they did with the case, as well as the all important cash in and whether they went on to become the World Champion.
The former World Champion shockingly won the 2015 Money in the Bank ladder match despite many of the WWE Universe thinking it would be Roman Reigns to climb the ladder. Rollins’ injury later in the year forced WWE to change their plans and Sheamus went on to cash in his briefcase at Survivor Series to win the WWE Championship from Reigns.
Sheamus later lost the Championship straight back to Reigns after Vince McMahon returned and attempted to sort out the mess that The Authority had caused. Sheamus‘ run as Mr. Money in the Bank wasn’t one of the best. Many fans found him boring and were completely against Sheamus winning the case.
14. Mr. Kennedy
The vocal Mr. Kennedy was the holder of the Money in the Bank briefcase for just 36 days back in 2007 when he walked out of WrestleMania 23 with the contract in hand. Kennedy announced that he would be cashing in his opportunity at WrestleMania 24 the following year, but sadly he never made it that far.
Mr. Kennedy lost his briefcase in a match to Edge a few weeks later when it was revealed that Kennedy had suffered a legitimate injury to his shoulder that would cause him to be out of action for up to seven months. Edge held on to the case for just three days when he cashed in his shot against The Undertaker on SmackDown to win his first ever World Heavyweight Championship.
13. Damien Sandow
Damien Sandow was never pushed to his full potential while he was in WWE. His most popular run came as The Miz’s stunt double many years later, which is why it came as such a shock that Sandow even won the match back in 2013. Sandow won the SmackDown case while Randy Orton won the case for Raw.
Sandow managed to hold on to his case for 106 days before WWE decided to compete with Monday Night Football by announcing that Sandow would be cashing in on John Cena. Sandow and his former partner Cody Rhodes were incredible throughout his run as Mr. Money in the Bank, but Sandow’s loss meant that he became the first ever star to cash in and lose by pinfall. Sadly, his career never recovered from this and he was released from WWE in May 2016.
12. Jack Swagger
Jack Swagger was the final WrestleMania winner of the Money in the Bank case. Not only did Swagger walk out of WrestleMania 26 with the case, but he only held on to the contract for just two days when he decided to cash in following his switch to SmackDown on the Tuesday following WrestleMania.
Swagger had tried to cash in on John Cena the day before but was aware that he would probably lose the match so changed his mind and cashed in on World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho instead. Swagger won the world title for the first time before losing the Championship to Rey Mysterio at Fatal-Four-Way a few months later. Swagger needed to cash in his contract early because the Money in the Bank pay-per-view happened a few months later for the first time and three contracts would have been too much.
11. John Cena
The face of WWE won the Money in the Bank case himself back in 2012. This was one of the first times that Cena didn’t have the Championship heading into the event, so instead, he was made part of the ladder match and actually won it on the Raw brand.
Cena announced that he was going to cash in his Money in the Bank case at Raw 1000 against CM Punk and even though he won the match by disqualification, he didn’t win the title, which made him the first ever Money in the Bank winner to cash in and not lift the title. Damien Sandow has obviously joined the list since then as the two stars remain the only two to fail to win the title after a Money in the Bank cash in.
Kane was the first winner of the Money in the Bank match at the pay-per-view and decided to make a little more history when he became the fastest superstar to cash in his case in history when he cashed in on Rey Mysterio later the same night after he had already been in a gruelling match against Jack Swagger.
Kane won the Championship and it was later recorded that it had taken him just 47 minutes to cash in. This win later led to The Undertaker and Kane reigniting their feud and it managed to become a centrepiece for the World Championship. Dean Ambrose followed in Kane’s footsteps in 2016 when he also cashed in on the same night.
9. The Miz
The Miz was also the first winner of the Money in the Bank case at the event of the same name and won his case for the Raw brand. At this point, Miz had a few aborted tries to capture the WWE Championship, but in the end, the fact that The Nexus and Randy Orton had issues, worked in his favour.
Miz cashed in the title on Orton after holding the contract for 127 days, Orton had already been through a match with Wade Barrett and was then attacked by The Nexus after he won the match. Miz then made his way to the ring and picked the bones out of an already injured Orton to lift the WWE Championship.
8. Randy Orton
Randy Orton won the Money in the Bank case back in 2013 and was on the opposite brand to Damien Sandow. While Sandow failed with his cash in, Orton made headlines all over the world with his when he waited just 35 days to cash in his case at SummerSlam after Daniel Bryan and John Cena had just gone to war in the main event.
Triple H was the referee for the match and he was seemingly on Daniel Bryan’s side up until he raised his hand at the end of the match. He then hit Bryan with a Pedigree and allowed Orton to come down and cash in his case to win the WWE Championship. Cena chose to drop the title to Bryan when it was made apparent that he had to have surgery on his elbow.
7. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan shockingly won the Money in the Bank case back at the event of the same name in 2011. This was before Bryan became a huge star in WWE, but with the help of The Big Show over the next few months, Bryan and Mark Henry entered a lengthy feud where Bryan actually cashed in his case and defeated Henry for the title, but Teddy Long voiced the match because Henry wasn’t actually cleared to compete. Mark Henry and Bryan entered a lengthy feud where Bryan actually cashed in his case and defeated Henry for the title, but Teddy Long voiced the match because Henry wasn’t actually cleared to compete.
Bryan wanted to wait to cash in at WrestleMania but instead cashed his case in on The Big Show at TLC in December which means that he held the contract for 157 days before successfully becoming World Champion. His story with The Big Show, who helped him take out Mark Henry for weeks before Bryan actually cashed in on him after he defeated Henry was entertaining and built up some tension between the former friends.
6. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose is the most recent Money in the Bank winner after he came out on top at the 2016 event. Ambrose, much like Kane, made the decision to cash in on the same night after what was an incredible match between his fellow Shield brothers Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Ambrose ran out and cashed in his case on Seth Rollins after hitting The Architect in the face with the case.
Ambrose then went on to become the main Champion on the SmackDown Live brand as the roster was finding its roots away from the Raw roster. Ambrose and AJ Styles opened up what was a lengthy and entertaining feud before the Championship switched hands. Ambrose became just the second star to cash in his case on the same night, following Kane in 2010.
5. CM Punk
CM Punk is the only man in WWE history to have held the Money in the Bank case twice after winning the annual ladder match at consecutive years at WrestleMania 24 and 25. Punk also successfully cashed in the case twice holding the case for 155 days altogether.
Punk’s first cash in happened months after the win at WrestleMania 24 when Edge was on Raw with his World Heavyweight Championship. Edge and WWE Champion Triple H were members of the SmackDown roster at this point and Raw had no champion. Batista attacked Edge for cheating in their match at Night of Champions the night before and Punk ran down and cashed in, making the world title exclusive to Raw once again.
Punk won the title the following year and cashed in his shot at the title much quicker. He aimed to take the WWE Championship from Edge this time, but Umaga was a thorn in his side the entire time until Punk turned heel at Extreme Rules when he cashed in on Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules after he had defeated Edge for the Championship.
4. Rob Van Dam
Rob Van Dam became the second ever Mr. Money in the Bank when he won the annual ladder match at WrestleMania 22. RVD then began gradually moving towards the ECW brand that had recently begun its revival as a WWE sanctioned brand.
It was decided a few weeks later that Rob would cash in his opportunity in the main event of ECW One Night Stand against WWE Champion John Cena. He was the first star to cash in in advance and after interference from Edge and a pinfall counted by Paul Heyman, RVD became both the WWE Champion and the ECW Champion with the win. He later lost both the titles in quick succession when he was pulled over by the police and charged with drug possession.
3. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler’s Money in the Bank run is one of the most memorable with WWE fans who watched the showoff hold the case for 267 days after winning the ladder match back in 2012. Ziggler managed to defeat Chris Jericho in a career vs contract match that forced Jericho to leave the company.
Ziggler was then forced to defend his case once again at TLC in a match against John Cena where he was helped by AJ Lee. Ziggler did finally cash in his case the night after WrestleMania 29 when he pinned Alberto Del Rio to one of the biggest crowd reactions of the modern era when he became a two-time World Champion.
2. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins was helped by Kane to win the 2014 Money in the Bank ladder match and then held the case that he could only cash in on Brock Lesnar. Rollins attempted to cash in many times on The Beast and was even added to the triple threat match with Lesnar and Cena at the 2015 Royal Rumble, where he was pinned by Lesnar.
Many stars have stated that they would cash in at WrestleMania in the past but at WrestleMania 31 Rollins became the first ever star to cash in on The Grandest Stage of them all and become the World Champion after pinning Roman Reigns. Rollins held on to the title until he was forced to relinquish it in November following injury.
Edge was the first ever winner of the Money in the Bank match back in WrestleMania 21 and it was at a point where the WWE Universe were unsure of how the case worked, but Edge was a fantastic measuring stick for the men who would later follow him.
Edge waited for the opportune moment and decided to cash in his case at New Years Resolution the following year after Cena had already gone through a gruelling Elimination Chamber match. Vince McMahon came out and announced that Edge was cashing in his case, something that hasn’t been done since and had to be done at the time for the WWE Universe to understand how the briefcase actually worked.