The Money in the Bank briefcase is the closest professional wrestling has to a sure thing. The contract contained within that briefcase guarantees the holder a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at some point in the next year, at any time, in a place of their choosing. Historically, nearly every person who has “cashed in” their briefcase has won the title, and some have gone on to legendary careers as a result. Meanwhile, some Money in the Bank winners have been far less successful, even with the championship strapped around their waist. For your consideration, we’ve gathered up the facts about each and every Superstar to hold a Money in the Bank briefcase and ranked them in order of how much Money in the Bank helped their WWE careers.
We’re kicking off the list with the most recent winner and very first Miss Money in the Bank, as SmackDown superstar Carmella won the inaugural female edition of the match at the 2017 PPV. However, the WWE really botched the execution. After spending weeks promoting the match as another groundbreaking first for women’s wrestling (and not “Diva” wrestling), the match ended with Carmella’s male manager James Ellsworth climbing the ladder and retrieving the briefcase for her. It may have been a classic heel move, but it crapped all over the notion of the female members of the roster finally being able to stand on their own.
After much outcry on social media, the WWE ordered a storyline rematch, banning Ellsworth from ringside. Carmella won the match again (Ellsworth still interfered) and, to date, hasn’t cashed in the briefcase. If her eventual cash-in goes well, we’ll bump her up this list. For now, though, it’s the lowest ranked Money in the Bank winner based on the original ending of the match.