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WWE PPV Reax #3: "I was left with the lasting impression that MITB was more historic than WrestleMania 27"

Jul 18, 2011 - 2:22:07 PM
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-- 7/17 WWE Money in the Bank PPV Reax
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Greg of Augusta, Ga. (10.0): Best Match: Punk vs. Cena. Worst Match: None. I didn't see Daniel Bryan taking the Smackdown MITB coming and now I await the proper time for him to cash it in. Raw went off as expected with great spots and a more holy s--- moments than I have seen in some time. I can actually see some major names ending up on the DL after that. Henry-Show told a good story for the night while furthering the overall storyline. Christian-Orton became the traditional Divas intermission match leading to the big main event. I believe Christian deserves better for a title change, but the truth is, no one really watches Smackdown anyway. The main event actually exceeded my already overinflated expectations. They began to sell the most popular fan-predicted finishes (ex: Montreal Screwjob and Del Rico cashing in) only to pull the most unexpected, and yet still logical, swerve. In my 30 years of watching wrestling I have never purchased a "non-major" PPV; I did so for the first time last night, and the gamble more than paid off.

Mark of Albany, Ore.: Best Match: Cena vs. Punk. Worst Match: Divas match, but it wasn't a bad Divas match for what it was. I have been a wrestling fan since 1990 and this event not only lived up to its lofty goals, but exceeded them exponentially. I was happy with the SD MITB match and thought that would be the high point for me, but the main event was the main event that should be remembered as Cena's finest hour. The involvement by the crowd, the varying of moves, and the pace all led to a memorable and fun ending to a great night of action. It was the best main event I can remember in a WWE ring. Maybe even best match in WWE/F history.

Henry Jenkins, PWTorch reader (9.0): Best: John Cena-C.M. Punk. Worst: Big Show-Mark Henry. Doesn't it just figure that I went to WrestleMania and missed the most dramatic PPV event of the year at MITB? The PPV main event in particular made Cena-Miz look lukewarm. Much like a great male dancer stays out of the spotlight and makes the audience fall in love with his girl, John Cena put all of his effort tonight into making Punk look good. During his entrance, Cena seemed like he was trying to get to the ring quickly and simply so that he wouldn't disrupt Punk's heat. Cena didn't get his 'signature moment' because he let Punk reverse his Five Knuckle Shuffle. That just shows how committed Cena is to the company. The only way I could have been happier with the ending is if Punk pinned Del Rio and Daniel Bryan and took both of their briefcases with him on his way out. The show leading up to that point was consistently entertaining. Even the Divas and the big men competed to the best of their ability in the brief minutes they were allotted. I don't like the fact that someone won the World Title due to being kicked in the junk, though. That certainly didn't make Christian look strong. But, Orton and Christian fought with a lot of urgency. I didn't like the Raw Money in the Bank match very much because I actually felt that it was underbooked. Not enough happened in it. But, ripping off Mysterio's mask was a cool way for Del Rio to win. Overall, I was just left with the lasting impression that Money in the Bank was more historic than WrestleMania 27.

Josh Pillow of Lake Forest, Calif., ISS Analyst (9.0): Best Match: Punk vs. Cena. Worst Match: Divas. That was the best PPV WWE has had in years. I told my girlfriend "if Punk doesn't win tonight, I'm done with WWE in this house." The build-up to the match was great and even though a lot of people saw this finish coming, seeing WWE do what's right for the audience and I believe for their business was awesome. I can't remember the last time I saw a crowd with that much heat. They really might have rioted if Punk didn't win. The two MITB matches were really entertaining, as well, and I thought Bryant winning was a welcome surprise. It's almost like WWE was trying to enhance the better wrestlers on this show. My only complaint was the booking of the finish to Orton-Christian. McMahon and Co. have a great opportunity on Raw; I hope they don't mess it up.

Al Lytle of Kenosha, Wis., wrestler (10.0): Best Match: Punk vs. Cena. Worst Match: Divas match (by default). I was there live and all I can say is, wow, what an atmosphere. The crowd was so emotional and intense. I hope it translated well on TV. I haven't been this excited for a storyline since the Attitude Era. Well done to Punk and Cena for the expert storytelling in the ring. So far, WWE hasn't dropped the ball on this. I'm hooked to see where this is going. Both ladder matches were pretty sick with Sin Cara hitting his big spots, then being taken out by Sheamus. The crowd popped pretty big when Daniel Bryan won. Del Rio winning Raw's MITB was predictable. That match had some scary moments, but was up there with Smackdown's performance. Even Mark Henry and Big Show was a watchable match, which is something anyone would have laughed at ten years ago. All in all, WWE exceeded expectations with Money in the Bank. Now, will they keep the momentum rolling?

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