To get your first question out of the way.... yes, there have been fifty Money In The Bank ladder match competitors. Exactly fifty, as it turns out -- not including this weekend's competitors, which will bring the grand total to 52.
Established in 2005 as a way to get upper midcard talent featured at WrestleMania XXI, the Money In The Bank is different from a conventional ladder match in that multiple wrestlers compete for the right to challenge a World Champion within one year of capturing the coveted briefcase.
The match was an exclusive contest for WrestleMania up until 2010, when it also became its own pay-per-view. There have been sixteen MITB matches to date and fifteen different winners (once again, not including this Sunday's event).
So how did we select the Top 50 Money In The Bank Participants? First, we gave the 15 winners an automatic ranking near the top of the list, and then judged by them by:
How memorable was their Money In The Bank reign?
Were they successful in capturing the title when they cashed in?
How closely are the wrestler and their character associated with that briefcase?
And for them and the other 35 participants, we looked at factors such as:
How many times were they in the MITB match?
Did they have any great spots or moves in the match?
How closely are they associated with MITB?
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Ready? Here we go!
In 2013, Fandango was still an up and coming competitor, having defeated Chris Jericho at WrestleMania and regularly competing for the Intercontinental Championship. He was then into that year's seven-man MITB ladder match for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, losing to Damien Sandow.
Chris Benoit is the one Money In The Bank participant that WWE won't acknowledge in its retrospectives (for fairly obvious reasons). Still, The Crippler was part of the first-ever MITB ladder in 2005 at WrestleMania XXI and was a fairly prominent member of the six-person match, eventually won by Edge.