0 of 5
Whether it is death-defying spots, career-defining victories or moments which stand the test of time, WWE Money in the Bank is a show which regularly delivers in terms of drama.
This year’s show promises to be no different. WWE’s women will do battle for the second successive year to earn a Money in the Bank briefcase, while the men’s match is shaping up to be one of the most stacked in years.
Thankfully, there have been no shortage of great, historic moments down the years at Money in the Bank, as this list will testify to.
Will this year’s event provide standout moments like these? Given the array of talent WWE possesses these days, it’s entirely possible.
Here’s a look at some of the best Money in the Bank moments in history.
1 of 5
The women’s revolution has featured some truly historic and groundbreaking moments over the last few years.
But this was arguably one of the most important steps along the way, as WWE’s female competitors crashed the Money in the Bank party in 2017 and were finally given their own ladder match.
Sure, the match ended in highly controversial circumstances as James Ellsworth helped hand Carmella the first-ever women’s Money in the Bank briefcase, but it’s impossible to leave the inaugural bout off a list like this.
There were some incredible spots, moments and segments through the match before the unfortunate ending, which caused a huge backlash among WWE fans.
And irrespective of what happened at its conclusion, a groundbreaking moment like this is impossible to ignore.
2 of 5
CM Punk had plenty of previous with Money in the Bank during his time in WWE, and while a far more noteworthy moment ranks higher on this list, it’s impossible to avoid what happened at the 2013 show.
That night, a heel Punk was firmly aligned with Paul Heyman, and looked a great bet to win the ladder match and earn a shot back at another world title run.
However, a third Money in the Bank success would escape Punk thanks to an act of betrayal from Heyman, who turned on his friend and pushed a ladder onto Punk.
It led to an eventual babyface turn from Punk, and set up a run to a match with Brock Lesnar at that year’s SummerSlam.
But the shock factor surrounding the moment at the time, with Heyman betraying his close friend, made it truly unforgettable.
3 of 5
Winning the Money in the Bank briefcase is special enough.
Successfully cashing it in is even more noteworthy. But doing both those things in the same night? That’s about as historic and memorable as it comes.
And Dean Ambrose did just that in 2016 when, after winning the briefcase earlier in the night, he gatecrashed the main event to become the third and final member of The Shield to win a world title in WWE.
Fittingly, it was a match between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns that Ambrose interfered in to claim the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Sure, Ambrose’s reign as champ wasn’t the most intense or exciting in history.
But it was a great feel-good moment for Dean and his fans, who may have been starting to wonder if he was ever going to get his hands on the big one.
4 of 5
Even before the Yes! Movement got going, Daniel Bryan was insanely popular in WWE.
And 2011’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view was a special night for Bryan, who won the show’s ladder match to claim the coveted briefcase.
It would eventually lead him to a world title reign later in the year, but this was where his rise to the top truly began.
That night, Bryan was competing against the likes of Kane, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes and Sheamus for the briefcase, with the star power in the bout making him an outsider.
But, in a story which underlined his road to the top, Bryan overcame the odds and claimed the briefcase.
It was a special moment for Bryan, and a sweet victory for fans who love to root for the underdog.
5 of 5
Ironically, the greatest and most memorable Money in the Bank moment didn’t involve a briefcase or a ladder.
It simply involved two of WWE’s biggest names going to war in an incredible match at the peak of one of the most notorious storylines of the past decade.
In many ways, the Summer of Punk storyline of 2011 could have quite easily flopped.
But it was a classic case of WWE, and CM Punk himself, managing to blur the lines between reality and kayfabe, and it worked to perfection.
The backdrop to his WWE Championship match with John Cena, which Punk insisted would be his last before he took the company’s most prestigious belt with him while leaving the company, was Punk’s hometown of Chicago.
It made for an incredible and unforgettable night, and both men gave their all in a wonderful match, too.
There was controversy, with Vince McMahon aiming to recreate the Montreal Screwjob by gifting Cena the win, before Cena himself stopped that from happening.
Then, Punk stunned the world and sent Chicago crazy by pinning Cena and escaping the arena with the title.