The WWE, previously known as World Wrestling Entertainment, has lost its signature heavyweight title after C.M. Punk left Chicago with the WWE Championship following his pinfall victory over John Cena in the main event at WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Punk’s message to Mr. McMahon, his dislike of John Cena considered “the best,” was made loud and clear to McMahon and WWE brass that he is the “Best in the World.”
From C.M. Punk’s anticipated entrance, sporting a brand new t-shirt, handing said-shirt to his mother in the front, to sitting indian style in the center of the ring, the Allstate Arena were rabid for their hometown hero. Then when Cena’s “The Time is Now” entrance music kicked, a tidal wave of boos flooded the Allstate Arena, adjusting John Cena’s demeanor. He didn’t come out trying to pander to the crowd, or even tried throwing his red t-shirt into the crowd (he lightly passed it to a nearby fan who already owned the shirt.)
The match itself was incredible. John Cena (possibly reading what Chavo Guerrero tweeted) wrestled throughout the match, instead of his usual–let his opponent do all the work as he powers through at the very end with the 5-move-set. C.M. Punk wrestled Cena’s best match since arriving in WWE. Which is why doubts arose whether Punk would actually win the title. Here he is instilling the heart and passion of a “pro-wrestler” back into Cena, was this Punk’s final gift to WWE? A WWE where its “champ” is not simply providing the bare minimum to appease his top spot in WWE.
Punk pulled out all the stops: a head scissor locked in a figure-four leglock, a knee drop onto Cena drapped over the ring apron, and a frankensteiner. Cena attempted to put the Second City Saint away several times but C.M. Punk broke free from two STF submissions, and kicked out of two Attitude Adjustment fireman carry slams. When was the last time anyone kicked out of one of Cena’s AA, let alone two?
What fans had prematurely dubbed “The Chicago Screwjob” witnessed McMahon (along with gladhanded John Laurinaitis) call for the bell, sending Laurinaitis to notify the time keeper. But before Executive Vice President of Talent Relations had an opportunity to recreate The Montreal Screwjob, John Cena laid him out with a hellacious lariat, not wanting to win the match that way. However, Cena walked into a GTS that granted Punk the WWE Championship. But McMahon had one more “Ace” up his sleeve–Mr. Raw’s Money in the Bank winner Alberto Del Rio. McMahon called for Del Rio to cash in his opportunity, but was met with an enziguri by Punk as soon as he entered the ring.
With Del Rio knocked out, Punk cleared out of the ring with the championship, blew McMahon, and the WWE, a kiss goodbye, and ran through the Allstate Arena as the company’s final WWE Champion.
Tomorrow night on Monday Night Raw, John Cena will have to answer to Mr. McMahon because the stipulation going forth in to this match was: If C.M. Punk “left Chicago with the WWE title,” Cena would be fired.
As for Alberto Del Rio, since he didn’t officially cash in the briefcase, he is still guaranteed a shot at Raw’s World Title. Problem is, as of midnight July 18, 2011, Raw is no longer in possession of a World Title.
Christian finally became the World Heavyweight Champion by virtue of Randy Orton getting himself disqualified. A handy provision in Christian’s contract stating that had Orton gotten himself disqualified, or had the referee made a “bad call,” Christian would automatically win the title. Which is exactly what happened. Christian hawked a giant wad of spit at Orton’s face, which set off The Apex Predator to blatantly kick Christian with a low blow. However, Orton continued the assault by driving Christian with two RKO’s on top of the Spanish Broadcast announce table (which wouldn’t break).
As for Christian’s next challenge, will another fans’ poll require him to defend the title against Orton in the main event on SmackDown again?
Speaking of challenges, “The American Dragon” Daniel Bryan unhooked the SmackDown Money in the Bank briefcase in a very emotional career making moment. Since returning in the main event at SummerSlam 2010 as the surprise member of Team WWE, Daniel Bryan became lost in the shuffle throughout the winter of 2010 going into the spring of 2011. The move to SmackDown–via the WWE Draft–granted Bryan more television time, and an opportunity to work a storylined feud with Cody Rhodes. Think about it: This time last year, Daniel Bryan didn’t have a job, now he is in possession of a guaranteed World Heavyweight Championship opportunity for anytime within the next year.
Can Daniel Bryan win the big one?
It appears that The Miz injured his knee from a nasty drop after hanging unto the briefcase when the ladder was kicked from under him. Since stretchers and trucks were already used for both Sin Cara and The Big Show, The Miz had to be assisted out of the Allstate Arena on foot. But he did return for one final nail-biting performance. He was inches away from become a two-time consecutive Raw MITB winner, when Rey Mysterio sunset flipped powerbombed him — eliminating him from the rest of the match.
In other bouts at Money in the Bank, Kelly Kelly defended her WWE Divas championship against Brie Bella … Mark Henry defeated The Big Show … Alberto Del Rio defeated Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, R-Truth, The Miz, Evan Bourne, and Jack Swagger to win Raw’s Money in the Bank ladder match … Daniel Bryan defeated Kane, Sin Cara, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, and Sheamus to win SmackDown’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
Until next time: Remember to subscribe to Wrestling Times X to receive new posts directly to your e-mail. Share this and all posts. And follow me on Twitter @WrestlingTimesX for quick rants.