Depending on who you talk to, Money in the Bank is either a
great vehicle to elevate a superstar and add an element of unpredictability to
WWE programming, or a once innovative concept that has outlived its usefulness.
Since its inception in 2005, there have been 19 Money in the
Bank briefcase cash-ins, with 16 wrestlers successfully capturing a World Title. Some wrestlers have waited six months or longer (the record is 287 days,
just set this year), while others have waited mere days, or even less, before
taking their shot. We saw the 2014 briefcase-holder, Seth Rollins, wait 273
days, until the WrestleMania 31 main event was winding down to cash in,
stealing the WWE Title in epic fashion. But it’s not always
about an epic moment, it’s about picking the right moment, whether it's a day, a week, or a month later.
After Sunday, WWE will add two more briefcase-holders to the
list. No matter how long they clutch the case, one thing is for sure: they will have a tough time topping
this list of those who cashed it in the quickest.
With that said, let’s find out who staked out their title
opportunity the quickest, and how they fared.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.