Dolph Ziggler Recalls Memorable Money In The Bank Cash-In

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Dolph Ziggler thinks highly of his memorable Money in the Bank cash-in on Raw in 2013 and with good reason because it led to a huge ovation from the crowd.

In the 2010s, Dolph Ziggler was considered a midcard and upper midcard talent that was looking to break through. While he briefly held the World Heavyweight Title for about one hour during an episode of Smackdown in February 2011, he really didn’t get to break through to become a top guy.

After winning the Money in the Bank match for the World Heavyweight Title in 2012, Ziggler was carrying around that briefcase for a long time in an era where most people that had the briefcase became the WWE or World Heavyweight Champion after cashing in.

For Dolph Ziggler, that moment came on Raw after WrestleMania 29 on April 8, 2013. After the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio won the match to keep his title, Ziggler cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase with his allies Big E & AJ Lee by his side. Ziggler would end up winning the title leading to a massive pop from the crowd. It really was one of the loudest pops in Monday Night Raw history.

During an interview with Chris Van Vliet’s Insight on YouTube, it was brought up by Chris that Ziggler had the best Money in the Bank cash-in ever and this is how Dolph Ziggler responded.

“A bunch of people make other arguments, but here’s why mine’s different than if you want to say Seth’s at WrestleMania, or like the first ever one or whatever. I mean, the first one was pretty cool. I didn’t understand the idea, it was Edge, right? And Vince is there and like, it’s, whoa, you know.”

“But here’s why mine is better, because of what I just said. I lost every single match. Vickie talked for me, I got Vickie, and then we go on to AJ and Big E. So I now have a group of three. And I’m losing every single match, except for the ladder match, which was so fun. There’s a great gif of Tensai throwing me into the chairs and I fly around on my head.”

“I win, and I win that and I go how are we going to build on this? Because I can’t just lose 900 matches in a row when this one and then lose 900 in a row again, and the boss goes now you’re gonna lose even more, and not in a devious way, he goes because you have this briefcase, and when that contract gets cashed in, everything is erased. And I go, Okay, that’s a fair point.”

As he continued, Dolph Ziggler spoke about how important the story was for his Money in the Bank cash-in and all the excitement that went into it.

“I have never witnessed even watching Attitude Era Stone Cold come out on TV, I’m sure it was louder. But me witnessing that in person and feeling like the prickles up my body, not me getting goosebumps, this rush of noise hitting my body. I was like man, I again, I go, I hope they get into this. Again, a good guy is injured and he’s laying on the mat. And a bad guy who loses all the time is going to come down and become world champion maybe.”

“And I’m like, Are they gonna buy it? I don’t know. But I go, I was really proud, I go early in the day like he’s hurt you come down, you hit him with the briefcase bah, bah, bah, 123 new champ, the place is going to lose it! I go, this is me. I almost get the big prize for nine years in a row, let’s make them feel like Dolph is getting Dolphed one more time.

“So I had, I wanted like, I almost orchestrated it exactly how I wanted it, but I wanted one more little thing. But I go let’s have that, I’ll beat him up, with the thing, I’ll stomp on his ankle, hit a Fameasser to a corpse, 1, 2, kick out.”

“And you can just see the crowd go, they’re doing it again. They got us, they teased us, we thought he was gonna be the guy and they are rubbing it in our face. And then we get one more little false finish. I go, I’ll have him just come kick me in the head, kicks me in the head. I go down and they’re like, no, he’s rolling me over. I’m like, it was one of the most beautiful Shakespearean three minute movies I could ever create, other than when we gave it back with him kicking me in the head 500 times and like, putting me out.”

“We did a double turn, that was really fun. But we do that we have one more false and then he gives me that kick. I kick out, I go for something, and he puts on his finisher, the armbar. So I’m locked in, I’m scrambling around. I wanted to scramble for like another minute, but I go, let’s not push it, they’ve gone up and down 3 times in 90 seconds, like more than you could ever imagine.”

“And I’m like good, I’m good at that. And then again, storytelling. He has a hurt ankle. I go back to that ankle, and I go, we sometimes forget it in that moment you don’t always need that story, but I wanted the story.”

“Yeah, here it comes. He’s got it. No, they’re screwing him. Oh my God, you’re gonna make them tap out. He’s gonna win. And as I’m selling up and he’s coming up with his back, everybody starts to realize oh my god, it’s going to happen but then I’d like to have think that like 10 or 20% on the Zigzag one two, [pauses] they’re like three okay, okay. Okay, like you never know like, and if I had my way I would have had him kick out of that Zigzag and why I would have went with something else.”

Dolph Ziggler spoke about how he will never have that WrestleMania moment as the top guy perhaps, but he did get his huge moment on Raw that nobody will ever forget.

“I’ll never have that WrestleMania hot crowd, hot moment, right place, right time. I’m the guy that they want it to be the guy whether the office wanted it or not, yeah that I just I was so spoiled. It’s like three and a half minutes and I am so proud of Del Rio was great in that too, and great in that double turn but that three and a half minutes is so beautiful for the business that I’m very proud that I was a part of it.”

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