In 2010, it was announced that Money in the Bank would become an official WWE pay-per-view. When the event came, we were treated to two Money in the Bank ladder matches.
The first ladder match was for the World Heavyweight Championship briefcase and the second was for the WWE Championship.
The WWE Championship has always been considered the major championship and was recently renamed the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Since 2010, a pattern has emerged among the people who have managed to grab this briefcase.
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This pattern only takes into account the Money in the Bank winners from the WWE World Heavyweight Championship/WWE Championship briefcase matches.
In 2010, The Miz became the first person to hold the WWE Championship briefcase after defeating seven other men to do so. The Miz was a heel at the time of winning the Money in the Bank ladder match.
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2011 saw Alberto Del Rio pick up the WWE Championship briefcase defeating seven men including the previous holder, The Miz. Once again, Alberto Del Rio was a heel when he managed to win the briefcase.
John Cena then won the WWE Championship briefcase in a match of former world champions. He defeated Chris Jericho, The Miz, Kane and Big Show in order to do this. John Cena was a face competitor at the time of winning.
Next to win the briefcase was Randy Orton. Orton defeated five former World Champions to win the briefcase. When he won, Randy Orton was a face competitor. He later turned heel to cash in on Daniel Bryan at WWE Summerslam.
2014 saw the first WWE World Heavyweight Championship briefcase match after the WWE Championship changed its name. It was won by Seth Rollins, who was a heel at the time, winning the match following help from the Demon Kane.
Most recently, the main briefcase was claimed by Sheamus. Sheamus was a heel when he won the match defeating six other men after Bray Wyatt prevented Roman Reigns from being victorious.
If you look at the heel/face status of the wrestlers who have won the briefcase, it goes heel-heel-face-face-heel-heel.
If this pattern is indeed WWE's method of deciding who will be the briefcase holder then it appears that this year we will see a face competitor win.
Currently announced for the match are face competitors Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn and Cesaro. Three of the favourites to win the briefcase. It'll be interesting to see if this pattern continues at WWE's next pay-per-view.
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