Back in June, NXT grad Baron Corbin upset the likes of A.J. Styles, Kevin Owens, and Shinsuke Nakamura to win the Money in the Bank ladder match, guaranteeing himself a shot at the WWE championship at a time of his choosing.
He choose Tuesday night on SmackDown Live, against current champion Jinder Mahal.
He choose poorly.
The main event of the evening was Jinder Mahal vs. John Cena, and Cena appeared to be on the verge on picking up a huge win after nailing Mahal with the Super Attitude Adjustment. Before Cena could get the three count, though, Corbin broke up the pin by attacking the former champ. Therefore, Mahal technically won the main event by disqualification.
As he was leaving, Corbin realized it was a golden opportunity to force a match with the dazed Mahal. He cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to the referee, who ordered the impromptu match to begin. Immediately after the bell rang to start the match, Corbin was distracted by Cena on the apron. That allowed Mahal to surprise the challenger with a simple roll-up, preserving his championship reign and sending Corbin home empty handed.
It’s only the third time in WWE history that the Money in the Bank winner has failed when attempting to cash in on the title shot. Cena failed to beat CM Punk on 1,000th episode of Raw in 2012 and Damien Sandow was beaten by Cena on Raw in October 2013.
Better luck next time, Corbin!