The Money in the Bank pay-per-view is typically one of the most anticipated events of the year. Since the inception of the match in 2005, which was won by WWE Hall of Famer Edge, it has generated a great level of shock and awe from the winners and respective cash-ins. Some of the most memorable wins and cash-ins go to Dolph Ziggler, Edge, Kane, Daniel Bryan, and Seth Rollins, while some of the least favorite cash-ins go to Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, and Sheamus.
While Rob Van Dam popularized cashing in his briefcase without using the unexpected shock factor, Damien Sandow is the only person to ever cash in his briefcase and lose by pinfall. John Cena also was unsuccessful in cashing in, but via disqualification. Seth Rollins is the only person to ever cash-in his briefcase at WrestleMania, winning the WWE Championship during the main event match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.
Money in the Bank has created an opportunity for not only names to win world championships, but also ascend the ladder. It propelled names such as CM Punk, Edge, The Miz, Daniel Bryan, and Dean Ambrose, who all were not considered main event stars before winning and cashing in the briefcase.
This year, Money in the Bank gives an opportunity for six names to become world champion. Out of the contenders – Shinsuke Nakamura, Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens, and AJ Styles – only one of them (Dolph Ziggler) has won the match before. Ziggler, Owens, and Styles are previous world champions in the WWE, while Nakamura, Corbin, and Zayn are not. This will also be the first time Corbin, Nakamura, and Styles have competed in the match type.
There have been times where the Money in the Bank match has included more than six names. At WrestleMania 23 it had eight and was won by Mr. Kennedy. CM Punk, who won the briefcase at WrestleMania XXIV and XXV, had to face six and seven other competitors, respectively. The briefcases won by Kane, The Miz, and Daniel Bryan all had seven other competitors. The biggest Money in the Bank match was at WrestleMania XXVI, as Jack Swagger won the match and was able to outlast nine other competitors – MVP, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, Christian, Kane, Matt Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, and Drew McIntyre.
On SmackDown Live, United States Champion Kevin Owens interrupted Shane McMahon’s announcement of this year’s participants and successfully made a case for why he should be in the match. While these six seem to be the final number, there may be an addition.
2017 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner Mojo Rawley has not received any form of momentum after winning at WrestleMania 33. After winning the match, there were a few interviews that kept him exposed to the fans. However, he was in the same position he was before winning the battle royal, perhaps even worse. SmackDown Live has not focused on fitting him on the show, which kills any leverage he had after WrestleMania 33.
Recently, Rawley did show his dissatisfaction of not being a part of the Backlash card but also teased that he will be a part of Money in the Bank.
Despite not being on television, Rawley has shown a very high level of hope and excitement regarding his future in the WWE. Teasing a Money in the Bank entry may not confirm that he will be in the match, by it would give him an opportunity to use the momentum from winning at WrestleMania to perhaps produce another surprise, as he would certainly be one of the least expected people to win the briefcase.
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