Money In The Bank Trivia

1. No one outside of North America has ever won the Money In The Bank ladder match.  Edge is Canadian, Alberto Del Rio is Mexican and all the other winners are from the United States.  (JUNE 14, 2015 UPDATE:  Now that Irish-born Sheamus has won the 2015 MITB match, this is no longer true.)

2. Christian is the only 2013 MITB participant to have appeared in the very first match back at WrestleMania 21 in 2005.  This year will mark his sixth appearance in an MITB match, an all-time record he shares with Kane.  The Big Red Monster would’ve broken the tie with a seventh appearance at the fourth annual event but he was recently taken out of action by The Wyatt Family so the current record stands.  (JUNE 13, 2015 UPDATE:  Barring some unforeseen circumstances, Kane will finally make his record-setting seventh appearance in an MITB match at the 2015 event.)

3. Matt & Jeff Hardy are the only real-life brothers to have ever competed against each other in this match.  It happened at WrestleMania 23.

4. Shelton Benjamin is the only wrestler to compete in 5 of the first 6 MITB matches at WrestleMania.  He’s tied with Christian for most appearances without a victory.  They’re both 0 for 5.  If Christian loses again this year, he’ll set the new record at 0 for 6. (June 28, 2014 UPDATE:  He lost.)

5. Mr. Kennedy is the only winner who never had a chance to cash in.  Thanks to an unfortunate injury, it was decided that Edge would take his briefcase instead.

6. Rob Van Dam was the first winner to not cash in unannounced.  He gave WWE Champion John Cena 20 days advance notice that he was going to face him for the title at ECW One Night Stand 2006.

7. Despite only winning the first MITB match, Edge has been involved in more cash-in situations (4) than any other superstar.  He successfully cashed in his first briefcase on Cena at the end of the New Year’s Revolution pay-per-view in 2006.  Five months later, he interfered in the WWE title match between Cena and Van Dam assuring the challenger the championship.  A year after that, after taking Mr. Kennedy’s briefcase, The Rated R Superstar took advantage of a fallen Undertaker to win the World Heavyweight Championship on an episode of Smackdown.  Finally, in 2008, CM Punk cashed in his first briefcase to snag that same title away from Edge when he visited Raw.

8. While no one has ever cashed in at The Royal Rumble or The Survivor Series, Seth Rollins is the only performer to cash in at WrestleMania.  He’s also the only MITB winner to win the title by injecting himself in a match already in progress.  At WrestleMania 31, he made a surprise, late entrance during the WWE World Heavyweight Championship encounter between then-titleholder Brock Lesnar and his former Shield-mate Roman Reigns.

9. CM Punk and John Cena are the only world champions to survive a MITB cash-in.  The Big Show interfered in Punk’s match with Cena (who booked the match for Raw 1000 a week in advance) giving the challenger the DQ victory but not the belt.  Three months after screwing over his friend Cody Rhodes to win the blue MITB briefcase at the 2013 event, Damien Sandow cashed it in on Raw, the night after Hell In A Cell, only to be defeated by Cena.

10. Speaking of Cena, he’s the only man to be involved in both sides of a cash-in situation (champion and briefcase holder) and not end up with the championship at the end of either scenario.  He lost his title to Edge and Van Dam in 2006 and couldn’t take it back from Punk last year.

11. Cena is the only MITB winner to win the briefcase on his first and only attempt.  Yes, Van Dam and Daniel Bryan also accomplished this feat but will each enter their second MITB match this year.  (June 28, 2014 UPDATE: They both lost so Cena’s record still stands.)

12. No one has ever turned heel or ‘face during a MITB match.

13. No reigning InterContinental Champion has ever won Money In The Bank.

14. Rob Van Dam is the only MITB winner to win a secondary title (the InterContinental Championship) before cashing in to win a world title which, in his case, was the WWE Championship.  However, he lost the IC strap before winning the WWE title.

15. The Miz is the only reigning United States Champion to win Money In The Bank.  He, too, would lose his secondary strap before becoming WWE Champion.  He’s also the only performer whose MITB cash-in ultimately culminated in a world title defense in the main event of WrestleMania.

16. The Money In The Bank ladder match concept was established to get more wrestlers on the WrestleMania card.

17. Alberto Del Rio is the only minority and the only second-generation wrestler to win a MITB match.

18. Ric Flair is the oldest performer to ever participate.  He was 57 when he entered his only MITB match at WrestleMania 22.

19. CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, John Cena and Edge are the only MITB winners who also lost their world titles because of cash-ins.

20. Evan Bourne, Drew McIntyre, Christian, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, and Dolph Ziggler are the only competitors to wrestle in 2 MITB ladder matches in the same year and lose both times.

21. Edge is the only man to successfully cash in to win both a WWE Championship and a World Heavyweight Championship.  If Daniel Bryan wins the all-star MITB match at the four annual MITB pay-per-view, he has a great chance to become the second superstar to achieve that goal.  (JUNE 13, 2015 UPDATE:  He lost.)

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, July 7, 2013
10:24 p.m.

CORRECTION:  Originally under number two, it said:  “This year, they [meaning Christian and Kane] will tie the record for most all-time individual MITB appearances:  6 apiece.”  Unfortunately, I goofed regarding the number of times that The Big Red Monster has been in an MITB match.  This year will mark Kane’s seventh, not sixth, overall appearance.  Then again, if the beatdown he took from The Wyatt Family on Raw keeps him off the pay-per-view… At any event, the correction has been made to the original text and I apologize for the error.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
2:18 a.m.

UPDATE:  Because Kane has now been officially dropped from the all-star MITB match this year, number two has been revised once again.  Here’s how it looked after the correction:  “2. Christian and Kane are the only 2013 MITB participants to have appeared in the very first match back at WrestleMania 21 in 2005.  Speaking of The Big Red Monster, this year he will set the record for most all-time individual MITB appearances with 7.”  The updated version has replaced this correction.  Also, I thought of another nugget of trivia which you can now read at number 21.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, July 13, 2013
5:23 p.m.

UPDATE 2:  This is long overdue.  Numbers 4, 9, 11 & 19 have all been updated.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, June 28, 2014
10:47 p.m.

UPDATE 3:  Number 8 has been updated.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, June 13, 2015
1:38 a.m.

UPDATE 4:  Numbers 2 & 21 have been updated.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, June 13, 2015
2:23 a.m.

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