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19. Baron Corbin – SmackdownLive – 2017

It’s a shame that the bottom of this list is occupied with a superstar with such potential. Much of his luster diminished when he failed to cash in on Jinder Mahal. John Cena was able to distract the Lone Wolf, assisting in Mahal retaining the championship. Since then Corbin hasn’t been able to pick up the same momentum. Many predicted Corbin to win the WWE Championship in 2017, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Hopfully he can get back on track on RAW, but that doesn’t look to be going well so far.

18. Damien Sandow – RAW 2013

While his stint as the Miz’s stunt double may be the most remembered part of Sandow’s career, he was a carrier of the Money in the Bank contract. What makes this so forgettable is that Sandow was unsuccessful in his cash in attempt. John Cena, who has earned a reputation for being involved in every failed cash in, had become World Heavyweight Champion from out of nowhere, and was in the sights of Sandown. Unfortunately, despite a great showing, the Intellectual Savior of the Masses was unable to win the gold. It wouldn’t be long before Sandow found himself becoming a comedy character for the undercard. And we all know how that ended up.

17. John Cena – RAW 1000 – 2012

In a surprising turn of events, the face of the company at the time was the first man to fail at cashing in the Money in the Bank contract. Going in it seemed Cena would take the WWE Championship from Punk to end RAW 1000 on a title change. Big Show interfering cost Cena the match it what is surprisingly the only cash in to end in a disqualification. There’s not much to say about this other than it’s the first ever failed cash in, and that’s one of if not it’s only redeeming factors.

16. Jack Swagger – RAW 2010

Jack Swagger could have been another career made by the Money in the Bank contract. Unfortunately, his title run was very lackluster, and the rest of is career never recovered, despite attempts by WWE. Like most cash ins Swagger’s was shocking a memorable. Taking the World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Jericho should have made Swagger a star, and it did for a short while, but the All American American would sadly never see those heights again.

15. Alberto Del Rio – Summerslam – 2011

When talking about the greatest debut years in WWE history, it would be hard to not bring Alberto Del Rio into the conversation. Not only was he the winner of the largest Royal Rumble (at the time), but he also won the Money in the Bank contract in record time since his debut. While this did solidify Del Rio’s in the main event, his cash in did do away with the “Summer of Punk” that the WWE fans were so eager to witness. If it weren’t for this (or the sudden interjection of Kevin Nash) this may be looked back upon more fondly.

14. Sheamus – Survivor Series – 2015

Sheamus may be the most underrated talent under the WWE umbrella. While he has been world champion multiple times, he has never seemed to make that connection to the fans, thus making him feel like he never clicked as a top guy. Come 2015 Money in the Bank, and having Sheamus win the briefcase was a breath of fresh air as Roman Reigns had been heavily rumored to become Mr. Money in the Bank. Sheamus even cashed in on Reigns to rip the WWE Championship from the Big Dog. However,  Sheamus felt like nothing more than a paper champion. His was able to have a few solid contests with Reigns but the inclusion of the League of Nations is definantly not the highlight of his career. This is one where you can look at the glass half full, but with Roman Reigns in the picture, a lot of people will look at it as half empty.

13. Carmella – SmackdownLive – 2018

Since Carmella is still in her SmackdownLive Women’s Championship reign, it is hard to tell how meaningful her cash in will be. Time will tell us if the first Ms. Money in the Bank will be remembered as such. The cash in itself has gone through its fair share of criticism as Charlotte had defeated Asuka two nights prior at WrestleMania 34. But it was also nice to see the title scene mixed up. She may be placed higher or lower on such lists in the future, until then, you can take it or leave it.

12. The Miz – RAW – 2010

The Miz was such a divisive topic back in 2010 that it’s hard to believe he’s one of the best characters on WWE television today. The Money in the Bank contract was made for someone like the Miz. It not only launched him to the main event but it complemented is character. His title reign following was mixed at best, and some fans debate on weather he was worthy of the main event of WrestleMania at the time. But even if the cash in wasn’t the best, it paved the way to the Miz we see today.

11. CM Punk – RAW – 2008

Despite his popularity, Punk’s first Money in the Bank win seemed a tad premature. Edge being on the receiving end of a cash in was a sight to behold, but other than that, there was nothing special about this. The following reign was disappointing at best. Luckily for Punk, he would have another crack at the briefcase. But for the time, Punk fans were just happy he got a run with a top championship.

10. Kane – Money in the Bank – 2010

Kane currently possesses the shortest stint with the Money in the Bank briefcase, cashing in on the same night he won it. It is one of the reasons Kane isn’t remembered much when Money in the bank winners are brought up. But he isn’t the most forgettable either. One of the main complaints for Kane winning was that he won over a lot of young talent that could have made their career cashing in. However, this would turn out to be Kane’s last run on top, and with his career coming to a close, it was nice to see The Devil’s Favorite Demon stand at the top one more time.

9. Edge – Smackdown – 2007

The cash in is one of the most remembered for the sole fact Edge cashed in on the Undertaker. Other than that, this was largely forgettable. Edge didn’t even win the briefcase at first, winning from then Mr. Money in the Bank, Mr. Kennedy. Of course, it couldn’t compare to his first cash in, but the way he changed up the landscape is certainly a reason to remember this one. It only added to the name Ultimate Opportunist.

8. Randy Orton – Summerslam – 2013

When Randy Orton won Money in the Bank, a lot of fans were disappointed. The Money in the Bank had been used as a platform to launch mid-card superstars to the top, so when multi-time world champion Orton unhooked the case, there was some backlash. But the eventual result was better than we could have ever imagined. His cash in on Daniel Bryan was heartbreaking, and set the ground work for Bryan reaching the panicle at WrestleMania 30. While this didn’t immediately make a star, it ultimately paved Daniel Bryan’s road to being the biggest face of this generation. Speaking of Daniel Bryan…

7. Daniel Bryan – TLC – 2011

The thing that separates Bryan from a lot of people on this list is that his Money in the Bank cash in was not the highlight of his career. That’s not to say his cash in was bad, it just can’t compare to his Yes Movement. Nonetheless, if Orton’s cash in ignited the Yes Movement, this is where the firewood was stacked. Bryan had actually cashed in before, but the result had been reversed due to Teddy Long stating Mark Henry was not cleared to compete.  That only prolonged the inevitable, as Bryan would cash in on the Big Show at TLC. A great moment for Daniel Bryan early in his WWE career. Proving that he was a main player before he was B+.

6. Dean Ambrose – Money in the Bank – 2016

Money in the Bank 2016 will forever be the night where all three members of the Shield held the WWE Championship. And that’s one of the main reasons this cash in ranks so high. Ambrose did deserve the win, and cashing in on Rollins was nothing short of poetic. The reign that followed however didn’t live up to the hype. A fine yet disappointing Shield triple threat didn’t kick off Dean’s reign in the best way and a lackluster feud with Ziggler over the prize wasn’t a great showing for the WWE title going into the brand split. It is still a great moment for Ambrose and Money in the Bank, even if Rollins defeating Reigns was much more shocking than the cash in.

5. CM Punk – Extreme Rules 2009

I’m not the biggest CM Punk fan, but I won’t deny how great this cash in was. With Jeff Hardy finally capturing the World Heavyweight Championship, Punk decided to rip it right from his hand, and claim his spot on top of the mountain. This would lead to one of the best feuds of the PG Era between Hardy and himself, and proved that Punk was a star before his pipe bomb.

4. Rob Van Dam – ECW One Night Stand – 2006

Despite his reign being cut short due to real life interferences, RVD’s Money in the Bank cash in will live forever was one of the best. The boisterous crowd is remembered as one of the best in WWE history (though it was technically an ECW crowd) and it gave the match an extra few layers. RVD’s victory over the Leader of the Cenation was not only a defining moment for Mr. Monday Night, but fit was a last hurray for ECW.

3. Dolph Ziggler – RAW – 2013

This would be second if Ziggler’s reign had more impact, alas, it will have to settle for third. Nonetheless, the cash in in question is one of the most memorable moment in modern WWE. The RAW after WrestleMania had been gaining a reputation for big moments, but this is where it was perfected. With World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio prone after a vicious attack by Jack Swagger, Dolph cashed in with the support of nearly every fan in the arena and watching from home. It was a feel good moment for such an underrated talent. Unfortunately, Ziggler has yet to reach that level since then, but if this turns out to be the peak of his career, it’s not a bad peak to have.

2. Edge – New Years Revolution – 2006

The greatest concepts of WWE always have an amazing first showing. Hell in a Cell, Elimination Chamber, TLC. The Money in the Bank cash in is no different. We witnessed history as Edge cashed in his contract on a prone John Cena who had gone through a brutal Elimination Chamber match before Mr. McMahon came out to announce the cash in himself. Edge’s victory would go on to become a measuring stick for cash ins going foreword. Not to mention the subsequent reign defined the final moments of the Ruthless Aggression Era. The first Money in the Bank cash in not only solidified Edge’s career, but the Money in the Bank itself.

1. Seth Rollins – WrestleMania 31 – 2015

It’s nearly set in stone at this point that Seth Rollins possesses the greatest cash in of all time. Cashing in in the main event of WrestleMania is the perfect time to make your mark, and it’s a wonder why nobody has done it before. As Roman Reigns was getting ready to overthrown Lesnar to become “The Guy,” the majority of fans were voicing their displeasure of the whole concept. The build to their match was not well received, and there was little interest going in. The two put on a decent main event, but their was still one lingering problem of who was walking out with the WWE Championship. With both men down, Seth Rollin’s hit the PA system and the Levi’s Stadium erupted.

 


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Is Shinsuke Nakamura Right Where He Belongs In WWE?

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Shinsuke Nakamura is one of the top stars working in the pro wrestling business today. That’s due in large part of course to his proven track record in New Japan Pro Wrestling. But it’s also due to his time in WWE. But some fans are wondering where he stands today.

Nakamura is a born entertainer, there is no denying that. He has the ability to turn on his charisma at the push of a button and it may very well be that he never turns it off. Shinsuke looks and acts like a star because he is one. He has a full understanding of how to play the game and very few play it better than he does. So is he right where he belongs?

Many would argue he’s not and that’s understandable. He was so hot in New Japan that imagining him as anything any less was impossible when he left the company. He was the rockstar of New Japan and he embraced that role like no one before him ever had. It was logical to assume that his success would directly translate to WWE’s main stage.

Of course that assumption was perhaps not rooted in reality. WWE didn’t exactly have the best track record when it came to promoting Japanese Superstars. Then there was the fact that many independent talents were often encouraged to change their gimmicks upon arriving in Vince McMahon’s company. But there was reason to hope for the best.

This is not the same WWE that so many indie stars encountered in the past. This WWE embraced the independent scene and used that fact to its advantage. WWE does not force a guy to change who he is, merely for the sake of trying something new. In fact many Superstars are now extensions of their former selves. WWE allows them to bring what they have to the table so they can expand upon it.

It’s true that WWE’s treatment of Japanese talents has been less than stellar but Shinsuke Nakamura is an exceptionally gifted athlete. There was just no way that WWE, or any other company, could ever look at him and not see him for the star that he is. So if he’s allowed to be himself and if he’s given an opportunity to impress on the main event level, then what would stop him from excelling in WWE?

Shinsuke Nakamura came in like a star and that’s exactly how he was booked. WWE did right by him and much to everyone’s surprise, Shinsuke did get the red carpet treatment. He conquered NXT, just as many knew he would. But he also received an impressive amount of spotlight when he came to the main roster. 

Nakamura was presented as a respected athlete known around the world because that’s exactly what he is. The company knew what it had with him and any doubt as to WWE’s ability to properly book him was gone. This was the Shinsuke Nakamura that everyone wanted. He was the real deal.

But somewhere along the way, things began to go a bit south. Nakamura’s heel turn at WrestleMania 34 was shocking and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it was completely out of character for him. Yes, Nakamura had been a vicious heel in New Japan. He was fully capable of turning on anyone at any time and he would do it with a smile on his face. However, that was The King of Strong Style. 

This Nakamura is The Artist. His canvass is the WWE ring and his artwork is beyond compare. Shinsuke was popular because he was different. He was over because he was unique. His flair for the dramatic set him apart from everyone else and it made him a must-see WWE Superstar. He was indeed an attraction.

But the moment he turned on AJ Styles was the moment he put the WWE Championship above his art. Nakamura was no longer an exceptional character capable of wowing an audience of millions. Now he was just another heel with an agenda. What made him special was overshadowed by what made him typical. Shinsuke was just like everyone else. But is that really the case?

Nakamura has thrived in many respects since WrestleMania 34. He was able to use a different side of his personality and he learned to get over in different ways. Instead of using his crowd-pleasing character to make the fans smile, he now uses it to make them recoil in confusion. What’s wrong with him? Why does he act like this? What happened to the lovable guy we once knew?

Now his character is more enigmatic than ever before. Was The Artist persona merely just a mask he wore to fool everyone and now he’s finally showing the world his true self? Is he now Batman when he previously had everyone believing he was Bruce Wayne? Shinsuke Nakamura is fully immersing himself in this twisted version that WWE fans didn’t even know existed. But most importantly, he’s loving every minute of it.

There’s a reason why Shinsuke Nakamura is the United States champion. That belt could have landed on any number of SmackDown Live Superstars but it currently sits on Nakamura’s waist. Why? Because he can wear it like no one else can and because he’s a Japanese Superstar that came to WWE with dreams of doing great work on the worldwide stage. That’s exactly what he’s doing and he doesn’t need the main event in order to do it. 

Would fans love to see him as WWE champion? Yes. Could he wear that title and add value to it? Absolutely. Does he need it in order for fans to consider him successful? Absolutely not. Shinsuke Nakamura may not be the top guy and he may not be the face of WWE but he is an important piece of the presentation. But is that enough?

The fact is that Nakamura will probably leave WWE one day. He will likely return to New Japan and reclaim his throne as The King of Strong Style. But until then, fans have a chance to enjoy one of the most colorful and capable characters that WWE offers today. He may get a run at the top eventually. If he does, then everything that came before will merely be just another chapter in his story. With any luck, that story is far from over.


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Who Is The Villain? Charlotte or Becky?

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One of the biggest stories coming out of SummerSlam was the complete disintegration of the friendship between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch after Flair seemingly stole the SmackDown Women’s Championship from Lynch when Lynch seemingly had the match won, but hitting Lynch with Natural Selection for the three count. A furious Lynch knocked out her former friend and left her in a heap. Now, the surface narrative has been Becky turning heel, but the WWE Universe hasn’t been cooperating with that narrative, preferring to cheer Becky as the hero of this tale and boo Charlotte as the villain. Are they right or is this another example of fans hijacking the narrative?

Heel!Becky. This is the WWE narrative: Becky was so outraged by Charlotte stealing her moment again, she turned on Charlotte and has repeatedly attacked her former friend from behind, which is certainly what a heel would do.

The pros of this has been Becky’s new attitude and her more ruthless approach in the ring. The way she turned was very heelish. To hug your best friend and congratulate her and then slap the taste out of her mouth and beat her up is extremely heelish…or it should be.

The problem is that Becky’s reaction is perfectly understandable. Pretty much everyone knows a Charlotte Flair, the favorite that always gets the breaks, whether or not they’ve really earned it. For Becky, who had worked so hard to earn that title shot, to have Charlotte basically get a shot just for showing up and then stealing the title from her, would’ve been hard to swallow, especially knowing that you had the match won and your ‘friend’ not only cost you the title but attacked you and pinned you to win that title.

Heel!Charlotte.  This is the fan narrative: Charlotte is the heel because she didn’t have to work nearly as hard as Becky to get that SummerSlam title shot, all she did was show up for work and win one match, while Becky had to beat every heel in the division. Charlotte also seems to have made the decision to attack and pin Becky rather than Carmella. That’s an extremely shitty thing to do to someone you consider a friend, especially knowing how hard that friend worked to get the opportunity you stole from her.

Charlotte doesn’t help her case by acting like an entitled princess who can’t understand why people  don’t get why she deserves to always be champion, even when she doesn’t. Her derision of Becky as ‘insecure’ and saying that Becky didn’t deserve the title because she didn’t win, even though Becky HAD the match won and basically derided and insulted the person she used to call a friend, shows a level of narcissism that’s just shy of being a serial killer. It shows that in Charlotte’s mind, it’s ALL about her and that she’s the only one who deserves to be champion and if you’re not going to cheer for her and support her, you’re nothing to her. This is a woman who will not tolerate her flaws being pointed out, even when she deserves to be called out. That’s not much of a babyface.

However, Charlotte’s reaction to Becky’s comments isn’t that uncommon with how other babyface champions have reacted to insults, justified or not. John Cena has been infamous for having similar reactions to being called out, and a lot of women would probably have had similar reactions during a fight with a good friend.

If there is a defense for Charlotte’s behavior, it may be that her path to WWE was SO different from Becky’s which makes it hard for her to understand why Becky was so upset, but at the same time, she doesn’t seem to really want to understand or care. To her, Becky is just jealous and insecure, not someone with a legitimate reason to be angry.

So, who is the real heel here? Well, in the words of Obi-Wan-Kenobi, it depends on your own point of view. Both women have a real claim to be the righteous party in this argument, but it’s pretty clear that, at least to most fans, Becky is the hero who struck back at teacher’s pet, Charlotte. It remains to be seen if WWE will get on board or stick with their chosen narrative.


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Brock Lesnar Creates the Kind of Chaos WWE Does Not Need

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Here we go again. The main event scene on Monday Night Raw has once again become even more disturbing with the addition of Brock Lesnar.

The former Universal Heavyweight Champion entered the main event at Hell in a Cell, taking down both the current champion Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman in a  sad but predictable ending to a decent pay-per-view.

WWE cannot seem to get out of its own way in deciding what to do with the red brand’s title. Or, maybe it’s Lesnar who is holding the marionette strings of a company that has not moved on from the Beast Incarnate to forge a new identity of main event stars. The Hell in a Cell match between Reigns and Strowman was muddled with the arrival of Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as it was.

Adding Lesnar to the chaos and disorder creates more problems than solutions for the creative team, Reigns and the title he wears around his waist.

The thought was once Reigns beat Lesnar to claim the belt, it would be the end of the line for the WWE and UFC star, who has made no secret he wants to dominate the octagon once again. It also opened the door for Reigns to finally assume his role as Vince McMahon’s master plan of having the current Shield Member and four-time champion to step over Lesnar, John Cena and anyone else in his path as the company’s new face.

I’m sure WWE’s fans have finally succumbed to the notion Reigns isn’t going anywhere. To steal a phrase from Ric Flair, “Whether you like it or don’t like it, learn to love it…”

You get the idea.

So now, WWE has a three-headed monster fighting over the same belt it did only months ago with no end in sight. The notion of McIntyre stepping forward as the next opponent for Reigns looks to be squashed. Lesnar’s contract, demands and lack of airtime while wearing the Universal Title finally pissed the fanbase off. Does putting the strap back around his waist make sense?

Now that Strowman has become an ally of Ziggler and McIntyre, how does this all play out? Does anyone care? Is the best thing to come out of the Hell in a Cell match is the return of Paul Heyman? It’s still a tangled web WWE weaves with no ending point. It’s status quo for poor booking.

It appears to be the norm, not the exception. We all just learn to deal with it, mainly because change does not seem to be a good thing in this promotion.


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