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CM Punk vs. John Cena – Money in the Bank 2011

Cena vs. Punk at Money in the Bank 2011 (WWE.com)

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Money in the Bank 2011

Paying the Match Some Well Earned Respect

Here it is: I’m going to ignore the rest of this event. If anyone who wrestled on the card of Money In The Bank 2011 stumbles upon this while surfing the Internet, I apologize for glossing over your work. Thing is, you were on a card with quite possibly the WWE’s greatest match since Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. Randy Savage at WrestleMania 3. The unfortunate truth is you’re going to be ignored for a reason. CM Punk and John Cena vastly overshadowed anyone else who wrestled that night in Chicago, leaving behind a genuine masterpiece.

Every ingredient needed to make a tremendous wrestling match was there. First on the list, you need two talented, charismatic performers. Second, you need to make sure that both those men are talented wrestlers, as well as entertainers. Third, and finally, you need a killer story to drive the motivation of the men inside the ring. The men inside the ring should tell the story, and not just the announcers. That’s something that too many of the current-day wrestlers don’t do. They don’t put enough, or really any emphasis on in-ring psychology. That’s discounting the guys I’ve raved about through my work on here, obviously (Ambrose, Rollins, Bryan, etcetera).

CM Punk, sitting, waiting for John Cena (Courtesy of WWE.com)

CM Punk, sitting, waiting for John Cena  (Courtesy of WWE.com)

I’ve practically covered this match already, through various articles, like this one, but I really can’t say enough. CM Punk and John Cena went out there and put on the proverbial clinic. I’ve written about how John Cena doesn’t get enough credit before on here, too, but I have barely scratched the surface of it, as well as when it comes to paying Punk his dues. One could accuse me of being a gigantic, quivering fanboy, but they’re the two biggest superstars of the modern generation. The generation that watched both The Straight Edged Superstar and the Purveyor of the Philosophy: Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect grow through the years, as opposed to how I watched the likes of HBK, Bret Hart, and Steve Austin. No wrestler has seen more mainstream coverage than both Cena and Punk.

This is one of the most perfectly executed wrestling matches in the history of the WWE. It was the first WWE match in over ten years to be given a five-star rating by Dave Meltzer. If you’ve never seen it, here’s a link; pull up some popcorn, cue it up, and enjoy. You most certainly will not regret it.

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