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WWE PPV Reax #1: Money in the Bank feedback on Cena-Punk storytelling, Raw vs. SD ladder matches, conclusion of PPV

Jul 18, 2011 - 12:28:15 AM
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-- 7/17 WWE Money in the Bank PPV Reax
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Sean of Dublin, Ireland (10.0): Firstly, on a side note, the crowd was great with the pro-heel, anti-face reactions throughout the night. MITB really delivered - it was my favorite PPV in years. Having Daniel Bryan & Del Rio win the ladder matches was perfect. There was a few botches in both matches, but they were still entertaining. The heavyweight title match was a bit slow but Orton and Christian had good chemistry together and I actually liked the finish with Christian playing off Orton's short temper. Then, finally, what a show put on by Punk. Every move he performed perfectly, every shot he sold excellently, and every gesture he pulled off comically. It was C.M. Punk at his very best. Well done, WWE.

Mike Omansky, PWTorch reader: Best Match: Punk-Cena. Worst match: Divas. First-rate show, especially for a "B" pay-per-view. Punk-Cena was excellent, with a cliffhanger ending to the show. Excellent series of false finishes. Also, an excellent Raw Money in the Bank match, and Del Rio's expected victory. Daniel Bryan's earlier win was an interesting surprise. Mark Henry got a solid, clean win. Christian's DQ win was okay as the story continues.

Justin Shook, PWTorch reader: That was compelling TV! I am shocked they ended it that way! I think everyone assumed Del Rio would successfully cash in, so to see Punk outsmart Del Rio and actually walk out with title while 14,000 crazy pro-Punk fans screamed their heads off was something special. I have no clue if Punk has actually re-signed, but Raw is for sure must-see TV now.

Trent D. of San Jose, Calif. (9.5): That was an awesome PPV. WWE did right by pro-Punk fans and let Punk leave with the WWE Title. Great match, great story. The Raw MITB match was solid, and the Smackdown MITB match was even better, capped off nicely with the surprise Daniel Bryan win. And I really like the way the Orton-Christian and Henry-Show storylines advanced tonight. The push towards Summerslam has me really excited right now, and I hope WWE doesn't screw it up.

Brian Aranas, PWTorch reader (9.0) Best Match: What else? That main event. Worst Match: There really wasn't a "worst" match. Wow. Just wow. Storytelling at its best in that main event. For the first time in a long time, I had no idea what the outcome was going to be. Sure, we knew Vince would get involved, but that was the only certainty this match had. This is how to get people to tune in to Monday nights. Using the Cubs reference, WWE hit this one out of the ballpark... Raw's MITB match seemed more polished and less gaffe-filled than the Smackdown one. (Really? Keep showing the rigged ladder breaking?) Orton-Christian just sets up for Edge's ref role at Summerslam. The two other matches were necessary breaks to the four main events.

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