On a night where history is made, two men who helped shape the illustrious history of Money in the Bank stole the show. CM Punk–twice the winner of MITB when it was still hosted at WrestleMania–and Daniel Bryan–the winner of last year’s SmackDown MITB–have been fortunate to have won World championships through MITB’s opportunistic means.
Though MITB has granted Punk and Bryan their first taste of World championship gold, it is their passion for the craft of professional wrestling that has kept them in the spotlight. Just think, it was one year ago that CM Punk left the company with the WWE championship, and Daniel Bryan climbed to the top of the ladder to grab the SmackDown Money in the Bank briefcase. Since then, Punk returned and reclaimed the WWE championship at the Survivor Series in November, and Daniel Bryan changed from his humble boy scout ways into a vicious ring warrior. (Oh… he also grew a beard.)
Then just when you think that this championship match would be lost in the AJ love triangle that has been shoved down our throats for the past couple of months, Punk and Bryan find a way to let their ring work entertain the fans. (Which is better than anything Creative could ever come up with.) Punk’s match with Bryan is what the art of wrestling (sorry Colt) is all about.
Seeing these men strike each other with steel chairs and kendo sticks in this no disqualification championship match only made me wish that Joey Styles was calling the match simply to hear his signature “Oh My God!” on at least ten different spots throughout the match. The brutality inflicted on both superstars–without the use of blood might I add–not only redirected the focus of this rivalry (to be the best), it also elevated the prestige of the WWE championship.
Sure, WWE can tout the upcoming 1000th RAW, The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Charlie Sheen, Facebook and Twitter followers, trending topics… but without the WWE title, it would all be meaningless. So to both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan who sacrificed their bodies in order to entertain us, deserve to be where they are, and it’s not thanks to Money in the Bank, but because they are awesome.
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