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Ranking Every Money in the Bank Cash In

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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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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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