5 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE Money in the Bank
On June 17, 2018, WWE’s latest iteration of Money in the Bank will arrive at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Unfamiliar with one of wrestling’s most popular pay-per-view events? Here are 5 facts to get you up to speed.
1. Theme Song
Money in the Bank is the only WWE pay-per-view event with a regular theme song. The appropriately titled “Money in the Bank” was written by WWE in-house composer Jim Johnston. The use of this theme song sets this event apart from other PPV events, which use songs from popular bands and recording artists.
2. Kane Has the Most Appearances of Any WWE Superstar
Money in the Bank contestants vary from year to year, but SmackDown favorite Kane has appeared seven times. In 2010’s PPV event debut, he turned his inaugural appearance into a title at Kansas City’s Sprint Center.
One thing to note: While there have been multiple repeat contestants like Kane, there has never been a repeat champion in its current iteration as a standalone pay-per-view event.
3. The Longest Match Ever Happened Last Year
2017’s Money in the Bank event in St. Louis’ Scottrade Center saw Baron Corbin take home the WWE Championship match contract, but not before a 29-minute and 48-second affair. It was the longest match in event history, according to ProFightDB.
NOTE: The shortest match was back when the event was still part of Wrestlemania. At Wrestlemania 22, Rob Van Dam won in just 12 minutes and 21 seconds.
4. Edge Held His Contract Longer Than Anyone
With a Money in the Bank contract in hand, a wrestler can cash it in for a shot at a World Title whenever he or she chooses. According to WWE, the average wait time before a cash-in is 101.5 days. However, Edge held his contract for 280 days, spanning from his victory at WrestleMania 21 to New Year’s Revolution 2006.
In contrast, Kane didn’t even wait an hour to cash in his contract. In 2010, the superstar waited just 50 minutes before cashing it in for his World Title opportunity.
5. 2018 Will Be Dual Branded
This year, the acclaimed PPV event will involve both the Raw and SmackDown brands. This means that, in both the men’s and women’s ladder matches, there will be four Raw participants and four SmackDown participants. The men will compete for a Raw Universal or SmackDown WWE Championship contract, while the women will compete for a Raw Women’s or SmackDown Women’s Championship contract.
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