They're so money: 10 Money in the Bank MVPs

There’s an old saying in sports circles among championship teams that the regular season is merely a warm-up, and the playoffs are when the year really starts. The same could be said of WWE’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, a contest where the stakes are so high and the competition so intense that good competitors can become great (Edge) and dark horses can rise above their previously perceived limitations to climb their way to glory (Daniel Bryan).

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It is a bout that so brings out the best in its participants that some of the Superstars best remembered are men who ultimately failed to capture the coveted contracts that guarantee a World Title opportunity, provided they are cashed in within a year of winning said contracts. So while Alberto Del Rio’s triumph at WWE Money in the Bank 2011 will certainly stand the test of time, Ric Flair’s gutsy effort at WrestleMania 23 and the coming-out performance of Tyson Kidd at WWE Money in the Bank 2012 are certainly nothing to scoff at either.

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In that vein, from a pool of legends and journeymen, from two-time winners to one-shot wonders, here are WWE.com’s 10 MVPs of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.