Getting the Poison Out: Money in the Bank indeed!!
by, 07-18-2011 at 12:31 PM (2684 Views)
Watched most of the MITB PPV last night. Thought I'd throw out a few thoughts.
Smackdown MITB - Didn't see the match as I came home late last night, but I heard it was pretty damn good. Nice to see Daniel Bryan win it. Don't think anyone saw that coming. I'll go ahead and call it the first swerve of the night. And I guess Sheamus looked pretty good in the match as well.
Divas Title match - Eh, nothing to write home about. More or less the same stuff they do on RAW. Although the Bellas flipping out on Twitter afterwards was rather hilarious. Note to the Bellas: If your job is to put on a good show, and you don't really deliver, then attacking the fans letting you know you dropped the ball just makes you look lame. Instead of crying about it, use it as constructive criticism. We fans want to like you, but you don't get automatic praise just for showing up. You have to deliver as much as you possibly can. Just make yourselves better.
Big Show vs. Mark Henry - Going in, I expected the typical big man match. A slow, plodding disaster. But this one wasn't that bad IMO. Those matches can really stink up the house, but this one didn't. And I like Henry as a monster. He should have been that 10 years ago.
Raw MITB - Wasn't thrilled with the match as a whole. There were a few good high spots as always though. I thought the spot where everyone was on a ladder was pretty neat. And although I'm not a fan of Del Rio in any way, the part where he ripped Rey's mask off and threw it into the crowd was a fantastic spot. Normally I hate when WWE ignores a wrestler's pre-WWE career, like how Rey was unmasked in WCW. But tonight, for me personally, I think that "selective ignorance" paid off well with the mask spot. It took 10 years, but it made me happy. Kudos to whomever came up with that idea.
Orton vs. Christian: World Title - I thought the match itself was good. But the ending seemed kind of weird to me. Not bad really, just weird. Christian essentially won the World Title with spit. While I think it was a great heel move, it just didn't sit right with me. That stuff should be reserved for lesser titles, not one of the top titles, IMO. But whatever. I think many of us wanted Christian as champ, I know I did, so I suppose the ends justify the means.
John Cena vs CM Punk: WWE Title - Holy shit!! Cena looked like a million bucks tonight. I'm not even close to fan of the guy. Never have been. Not even when he was a mid-card heel rapper thug guy. But he actually WRESTLED for what seems like the first time in years. Not the standard "Superman" stuff by any means. He does that more often, and he can change a LOT of minds. To me, it was his best match since he debuted on Smackdown against Kurt Angle, and easily the best match of his career. Kudos to him for that. Just shows what he can really do when he's got someone great to work with.
That being said, tonight was all about CM Punk. And he delivered. More so than I think anyone in the company has in a long, long time. From the moment his music hit, the night belonged to him. IMO, he really is the best on the world. A lot of people say they are, but very rarely can anyone really live up to that statement. He can, and did. The reversal of the STF last night was fantastic. I'd never seen that particular reversal before. Great piece of mat wrestling.
Then came the second swerve of the night IMO. Vince comes out, like we all knew he would, tries the "Screwjob" thing. It fails and Punks wins. Many people thought that's how the match would end going into the PPV.
But then the third swerve happened. Del Rio comes out, Punk lays him out, blows a kiss to Vince, and takes off through the crowd. Most of us clearly thought Del Rio would cash in and win.
Let's be honest. NO ONE thought CM Punk would actually leave the building with the WWE Title. I'm sure many of us HOPED it would happen, but I don't think any of us BELIEVED it would happen. But it did.
The main event was brilliantly booked from beginning to end. Great story telling in and out of the ring. We all got swerved, and yet still got what we wanted. This is what WWE is capable of when they really apply themselves.
The Crowd - Loves me a good heel crowd. It was a great night to be a heel in WWE. Heel crowds are always more interesting to watch on TV as far as I'm concerned. And they are always more fun to actually be in. I found my self actually feeling jealous for not being there, which hasn't happened in years. That crowd was determined to have a blast no matter what happened. And it's a good thing Punk won, or else there may have been a few overturned cars set on fire if hadn't.
Overall, the show was alright IMO. Better than Wrestlemania 27 for sure. Highs and lows like any show. But the lows didn't matter. I feel the main event made up for anything that anyone didn't like about the rest of the show.
Good stuff man.
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