April 8th 2013: Dolph Ziggler cashes in his MITB briefcase.
The World Heavyweight Championship title picture at the time was weak. The night before at Wrestlemania Alberto Del Rio defended his championship against Jack Swagger. A guy who was in the midst of an upstart push with Zeb Colter as his manager. Also a guy who didn't get a full entrance at Wrestlemania. The crowd had no interest in Del Rio/Swagger. The crowd in New Jersey wanted Dolph Ziggler. And Dolph Ziggler they didn't get. Until the next night. Alberto Del Rio had just faced Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter in a 2 on 1 handicap match. Del Rio was banged up, Swagger worked the knee/leg. The minute Ziggler's music hit the roof blew off the IZOD Center. Ziggler at this point had the briefcase for over half a year. He defended the briefcase and he teased cash in's.
And when he finally cashed it in on the biggest Raw of the year, it was worth the wait. Accompanied by Big E and AJ Lee, Ziggler put his name on the map. The crowd absolutely ate it up. Ziggler had the people eating out of his hand. He was the man they wanted to see and he was the guy they wanted as World Heavyweight champion. It was evident the night before and even more so the night after. Unfortunately Ziggler suffered concussion issues soon after and what could have been an amazing run as champion was lackluster. However that doesn't take away that moment of Dolph Ziggler cashing in his MITB contract.