WWE Money in the Bank has delivered some of the most memorable moments in WWE history. Since the last 15 years, a handful of WWE Superstars participate in a ladder match to grab the briefcase that hangs high above the ring.
The briefcase contains a contract, which allows the winner to earn a shot at any of the WWE title of their choice. It all began in 2006 when Edge successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and the trend has continued till this year, where The Miz successfully cashed in against Drew McIntyre.
Here is our list of 5 unknown facts about Money in the Bank:
#1 WWE Money in the Bank winners have a success rate of 83%
The first Money in the Bank match took place at Wrestlemania 21. Since then, scores of WWE Superstars have tried to earn the Championship opportunity. Over the years there have been 24 Money in the Bank winners, including the Women’s Money in the Bank matches.
Out of these 24 winners, 20 had managed to successfully cash-in their contracts. With a success rate of 83%, the Money in the Bank winners are almost guaranteed a successful cash in.
#2 Money in the Bank has been cashed in only once during a match
The common scenario for Money in the Bank winners is to cash in their contracts after the Champion has just completed at a match or at a predetermined date. But there has been only one instance where the briefcase was cashed in during an ongoing match.
At Wrestlemania 31, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns faced each other in the main event. As they laid inside the ring exhausted, Rollins ran in to cash in his contract, making the match a triple-threat. The moment shocked the fans all over the rolled. Rollins pinned Reigns for the win and it was termed as the “Heist of the Century”.
#3 Longest and Shortest WWE Money in the Bank tenures
The Big Red Monster Kane holds the record for having the Money in the Bank briefcase for the shortest amount of time. He won the briefcase at Money in the Bank 2010 and cashed it in the same night on Rey Mysterio. He held the briefcase for only 49 minutes.
On the other hand, Carmella held her Money in the Contract for the longest duration – 287 days. Carmella surpassed Edge’s record by 7 days, when she cashed in her contract on Charlotte Flair in 2018.
#4 John Cena had a successful cash-in, but did not win the title
There have been only four instances where a Money in the Bank winner failed to successfully cash in their contract to win the Championship. These 4 unfortunate WWE Superstars are: John Cena, Damien Sandow, Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman.
But inarguably, the most unfortunate one involves 16-time WWE World Champion John Cena. On WWE Raw’s 1000th episode, CM Punk was the WWE Champion when Cena cashed in his contract. But Big Show interrupted the match and attacked Cena. The Leader of the Cenation was declared the winner, but as per rules a win via disqualification prevented Cena from getting the title.
#5 Money in the Bank briefcase has been on the line 6 times
A win in the WWE Money in the Bank ladder match, doesn’t guarantee the safety of the briefcase. There have been several instances where the winner had to put the briefcase on the line. In fact, the first MITB winner Edge, was also the first one to be forced to defend the briefcase.
Such matches have taken place six times. With the most recent one being in 2020. Otis had won the MITB ladder match but ultimately lost the contract to The Miz at Hell in a Cell, who ultimately went on to become the WWE Champion.