Baron Corbin predictably won the Money in the Bank briefcase in a match filled with emotion that was jumpstarted by a budding feud between Corbin and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Corbin, who has been only been wrestling since 2012 despite his quick ascent, figures to continue his development as a future main event star.
The Money in the Bank briefcase was tailored for rising WWE Superstars in Corbin’s position. Every WWE Superstar in this match was a fully developed veteran with the exception of Corbin. Corbin was the only WWE Superstar in this match who has never won a world championship of any kind in WWE or NXT. After Corbin, the next-least experienced pro wrestler in this field was Dolph Ziggler. He debuted in 2004.
With the exception of maybe Sami Zayn, nobody had more to gain than Corbin.
And as Corbin’s momentum grows, his tenure as a Money in the Bank winner should be of the longer variety. If the goal is to make Corbin into a top star for years to come, the ideal destination is WrestleMania.
History has been kind to WWE Superstars who hold on to the Money in the Briefcase for an extended period of time. As a midcarder, Edge put the Money in the Bank briefcase on the map when he held it for 280 days and made the elusive cash-in an art form.
Seth Rollins’ reign was only one week shorter, at 273 days, and he would go on to have one of the most memorable cash-ins of all time at WrestleMania 31. Rollins has since become entrenched as a top star in WWE.
Dolph Ziggler’s 267-day reign culminated in the most memorable cash-in of all time when the Izod Center detonated for his world championship win over Alberto Del Rio. Ziggler’s injury-influenced fall from grace, and how he still isn’t a top star after such an iconic moment, will remain one of WWE’s great mysteries.
Daniel Bryan held the briefcase for 154 days. What followed was the Yes Movement, which would become WWE’s most fervent following.
History was not as kind to those with shorter reigns, such as Dean Ambrose (57 minutes), who is still struggling as a midcarder, Alberto Del Rio (28 days) and Jack Swagger (two days) who are no longer with the promotion.
And while there are exceptions to longer Money in the Bank reigns—Damien Sandow, the first WWE Superstar to lose a Money in the Bank cash-in match, held the briefcase for 106 days—they only prove the rule that, when it comes to Money in the Bank, the longer the better.
With copious time, Corbin can gloat, tease, talk and taunt all while using the briefcase as a weapon to help him cheat to win. This will only amplify the already antagonistic relationship he has with fans.
A WrestleMania cash-in will accomplish two things. By waiting, it will allow Corbin to fully develop as a major star who is ready to be a world champion. By winning, it will skyrocket Corbin into another stratosphere on WWE’s biggest platform.