As a member of the IWC (internet wrestling community) I am trained as we all are, to hate the current WWE product. To complain endlessly about our favorites not being used correctly, how the product is lame, it’s PG, ETC, ETC, you get the point. We’re a pessimistic bunch that is rarely satisfied. BUT for ONE NIGHT (and hopefully going forward, but time will tell) the internet was in full agreement, Money in the Bank was freaking awesome!
From start to finish it was a card that catered to the IWC. The build on the way in was simply fantastic and has been covered here on Emiliosparks.com in great detail. CM Punk spoke for us all, and we were hooked. Little did we know, or believe that the entire night would be hit after hit after hit (minus maybe the divas match, and Mark Henry but hey I enjoyed Mark Henry).
The crowd was simply fantastic, hot from the start. The PPV freaking OPENED to “CM PUNK” chants for crying out loud, ’cause after all they were in Chicago. The opening match was a fantastic Money In the Bank bout that saw 8 of Smackdown’s finest going for a future shot at the World Championship (Any time, any place, if you know the gimmick you know the match.)
Immediately the internet freaking exploded when Daniel Bryan (former ROH alumni and world champion: Bryan Danielson) captured the briefcase and won the contract. Bryan’s been pushed on and off since his debut, but I don’t think anyone saw his win coming. The crowd freaking exploded.
The women’s match, was a women’s match so who freaking cares. Mark Henry Vs. Big Show was fun for what it was, short.. sweet and the right guy went over in “If I charge for air, you Better Pay Your Bills” Henry. Christian challenged Randy Orton for the Smackdown World title, in a match that saw Christian cheered heavy throughout DESPITE playing bad guy, he came out the winner via DQ (stip said if Orton was DQ he’d lose the belt) and you’d expect the crowd to boo over a screwy finish but they didn’t, in fact they rejoiced heavy.
After the match I learn something, they’ve put a lot of freaking work into the Spanish Announce Table these days! Seriously Orton laid Christian out with an RKO and that thing just wouldn’t break!
The crowd remained hot here as they began to cheer Orton (who they were against all match) as he made his way up the ramp, screaming “One More Time”. So Orton went back out there, did the move again AND IT STILL failed to break the freaking table!
The Raw Money In The Bank, that saw a rabid crowd boo Rey Mysterio out of the freaking building! Seriously when they thought he would win, the boo birds were in full effect, man Chicago is a hell of a town, eh? Alberto Del Rio came out on top, making him both the number one contender AND “Senior Money in the Bank”.
Should be interesting to see where that goes. Finish was pretty cool, although a bit messed up. Del Rio unmasked Mysterio as they both battled up top opposing ladders, Rey choose to cover up his face in stead of going for the case and thus fell to his doom. Del Rio was clearly supposed to just grab the case at this point, but Rey had fallen in such a way that it sent his ladder back into Del Rio’s sending Del Rio crashing to the canvas. The Finish was messed up, but Del Rio just set up his ladder and grabbed the belt to a nice ovation so it worked.
And then came the main event, the crowd was in a frenzy as Punk was introduced first with his custom one night only t-shirt. The boo birds were in full effect for John Cena, although you can here a FEW scattered cheers.
They went out there and through caution to the wind going for 33 minutes, in a truly epic encounter that has to be the WWE’s match of the year! Everything clicked, in spite of a few botches. They toyed with the viewers emotions at points. Near the end Vince and his Executive Vice President Johnny Ace hit the entrance way as Cena had Punk in the STF.
He demanded the bell be rung, as if this was Montreal in ’97. BUT PUNK was no Bret Hart, as the officials back was turned and Vince was too far away from the ring. SOO he sent Johnny Ace down there to put a stop to the match, and as Ace made it to ringside Cena released the hold and PUNCHED HIM OUT!
He was not about to win like that, if he was going to win he was going to do it on his own. AND IF HE WAS GOING TO WIN THE CROWD WOULD’VE RIOTED! Seriously multiple signs said such, and I truly believe it to be the case (well maybe not, shh I’m marking out). Cena then re-entered the ring, and WALKED RIGHT INTO THE GO 2 SLEEP FROM PUNK! One 3 count later and Punk had done it! He had won the world title on his LAST NIGHT IN THE COMPANY!
After the bell rang an irate Vince McMahon commandeered commentator Jerry Lawler’s headset and DEMANDED that Del Rio come out and cash in his World Title shot. This was it, I knew this would be it, there’s no freaking way Punk was leaving with the gold if his contract had really expired. Del Rio quickly hit ringside with tremendous hustle, the second he rolled into the ring WHAMO! PUNK KO’D HIM WITH A HUGE FREAKING KICK! Punk looked around, huge almost joker like smile on his face, AND MADE A QUICK EXIT WITH THE BELT! Stopping in front of Vince to blow a kiss in his direction and wave goodbye, BEFORE TAKING OFF INTO THE CROWD! The show ended with Punk exiting through the crowd! HE HAD DONE IT! AND WITH THAT THE INTERNET EXPLODED! No one saw it coming, but it happened! What happens next? Will it be worthy enough to write about? One can only hope!
In closing, it’s moments and events like this past Sunday that remind us just why we’re fans in the first place! Enjoy it and let’s hope it last for a long, long time.