10 Not So Bold WWE Predictions For The Remainder Of 2011

July 28, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Daniel Bryan Will Cash In Money in the Bank Before WrestleMania 28Going into 2011, even the boldest prognosticators couldn’t have predicted the last few months of WWE programming. Like it or not, the WWE is at its most unpredictable time in years. That is why I thought it would be fun to take a wild stab at predicting the remainder of the year in the WWE.

I thought I would have a little fun on the first slow pro wrestling news week in awhile and look into the crystal ball of the Camel Clutch Blog and report back at what I see for the next five months in the WWE Universe. So without further adieu, here are 10 Not So Bold WWE Predictions for The Remainder of 2011.

1 – Daniel Bryan will not finish the year with his Money in the Bank contract - Yes, you heard it here first. As much as I would love to be right about Daniel Bryan challenging for the WWE championship at WrestleMania 28, I don’t think it happens this way.

Think about this. If John Cena retains the title going into 2012 and Bryan holds on to his Money in the Bank, the 2012 Royal Rumble is for nothing! I think for business, the WWE needs to enter the Royal Rumble with all Money in the Bank contracts cashed in and open slots for both WWE championships at WrestleMania.

2 – CM Punk will be back to mid card status - Keep in mind that I am not writing this as someone who wishes to see it, I am just basing this prediction on history. Take a look at everybody that the WWE has elevated in the last two years. The Miz, R-Truth, Wade Barrett, and Sheamus come to mind immediately and where are they today? Yep, the same place CM Punk will be heading into the Royal Rumble 2012.

Heck, if WWE executed their original plans for Punk this would have happened by August.

3 – By order of King Triple H, the brand extension will be over - We are already seeing the first steps towards the end of the brand extension. Without giving away SmackDown spoilers, R-Truth and John Morrison both wind up on SmackDown without any real explanation. The brand extension is more an extension of convenience than anything else. It comes and goes but I think that in order to really shake up the landscape and jack up some ratings, the WWE powers that be abolish the brands once and for all.

4 – Ric Flair will be back in the WWE - Once again, this is nothing more than a prediction. From all accounts the relationship between Ric Flair and his current employers at TNA Wrestling is about as thin as thin ice can be. Flair makes a lot of money and from all accounts, the company is looking to make cuts. Why continue to pay for someone who is obviously not a team player? Flair has obviously been itching to get back into the WWE with his Hall of Fame appearance and with Triple H wielding a lot of power behind the scenes these days, and I would imagine that all sins will be forgotten.

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5 – Andy Leavine will not be on the main roster on December 31, 2011 - I loved WWE Tough Enough and I see a lot of old school in Andy Leavine. However, history shows that the WWE rush Tough Enough winners to the main roster and most wind up failing. I like the kid a lot but he just didn’t appear to be built for the road or the WWE locker room. He already has a ton of heat on him for not selling the Stone Cold Stunner long enough. I think the pressure is too much for him, he misses his family, the big boys eat him alive, and the big kid is either sent back down to FCW or cut entirely by the end of the year.

6 – The Miz will be a bigger babyface star than CM Punk by December 31 - I wasn’t a big fan at all of The Miz’s run as WWE champion, and quite frankly I am not a fan of his altogether. However, I do recognize that he has something that say Andy Leavine doesn’t and that is charisma! The kid is a natural babyface star in waiting and could do really big things in 2012 as a top WWE hero. I was hoping they would turn him at WrestleMania 27 but not such luck. The WWE is desperately in need of another top babyface (and top heel for that matter) and I think he is the guy to fill that slot by the end of the year whether it is due to injuries or WWE creative smarts.

7 – Jim Ross will not be announcing in the WWE on December 31 - Say it aint so Joe! Listen, I love Jim Ross. As a pro wrestling announcer myself, I can tell you that I think he is the greatest ever. He is still the best in the business, yet for whatever reason the boss doesn’t like him. Ross continues to be something of a toy to Vince McMahon who likes to dangle him in front of us for a few weeks a year and then pull back just when we think good old J.R. is here to stay. Why should this year be any different?

8 – RAW will average under a 3.0 rating by the end of the year - I don’t like where this is going but it would appear to me that the WWE are shooting their best storylines right now and getting minimal movement in the ratings for it. If the mass WWE audience isn’t interested in CM Punk leaving with the WWE championship and the Vince-Triple H saga, what can you give them in November and December to keep them around? You’ll have Monday Night Football and all of the usual fall television hits back to compete with viewers. There is way more to this current ratings pattern that meets that eyes and I think it is the start of a slow decline into the twos for RAW.

9 – Alberto Del Rio will move back to SmackDown - Yes I know, I said that the brand extensions would be over. However, I didn’t say when that would happen. Before that day comes, the WWE still has the problem of Alberto Del Rio. The man has been promised a WWE championship run on numerous occasions only to have the rug pulled out from under him every time. In order to satisfy their promises and avoid rocking the John Cena boat, Del Rio moves back to SmackDown where he beats Randy Orton for the WWE world heavyweight championship.

10 – The Kings of Wrestling will get a fair shake on the main WWE roster - Here is to hoping if I am right about one thing, it is this one. I am a big fan personally and professionally of Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli. By all indications, it would appear that the former ROH tag team champions are heading to the WWE. Rumors also seem to indicate that the two will bypass the developmental system and head straight to the top. I predict that not only will they be WWE tag team champions at some point this year, but that their unique style will reinvigorate the entire tag team division.

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July 22, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Daniel Bryan Money in the BankHello, everyone. Welcome back for the 7-22-11 edition of the WWE Friday Night SmackDown! recap. Before I get into this, there are a few things I’d like to address. First off, if you missed the Money in the Bank PPV, you missed one hell of a show.

Honestly, I haven’t been so emotionally invested in a show since “ECW One Night Stand 2005″. Aside from a throw-away Divas title match and a meaningless match between The Big Show and Mark Henry, it was an outstanding PPV. Secondly, whether this angle with CM Punk is a work, a shoot, or a work-shoot, it is the best angle I’ve seen since the original nWo, and it has truly turned “Monday Night RAW” into must-see TV. Lastly, I would like to say that there were two moments during “MITB” that I totally marked out, actually screaming as I jumped off my couch. One was the aforementioned CM Punk winning the WWE title. The second was Daniel Bryan winning the “SmackDown!” MITB match.

Now, I don’t personally know Daniel Bryan (although I’d like to), but I feel a certain kinship with the guy because we literally grew up in small towns roughly 20 minutes apart (he in Aberdeen, Washington, I in Centralia, Washington). To see a guy from such a podunk town like Aberdeen making it to the WWE is big enough; to actually see him win a Money in the Bank match (which practically guarantees him a top title run) is astronomical. Not only am I proud of Bryan for winning the Money in the Bank match because he’s a hometown boy, but honestly, I can’t think of a guy who deserves it more. And, on a side note, it was nice to see the win for another reason, and that was the true emotion Daniel Bryan showed once he had that briefcase in his hands. It’s a rarity to see a wrestler show genuine emotion after winning a match like that, and you could tell it legitimately meant the world to him.

Bryan has been busting his butt for over a decade to get to this point, and it was not a fluke. Daniel Bryan, Bryan Danielson, American Dragon, whatever you want to call him, the guy has consistently been one of the top 10-20 wrestlers in the world, he is just that good. I know some think that a lack of charisma is holding him back, but I disagree.

I have a feeling Bryan has a very quiet, understated charisma and just hasn’t had a chance to show it yet. You know, there were other guys who were seen as not being charismatic enough to make it big in wrestling, guys like Steve Austin, Bret Hart and Triple H to name a few. They were seen as not having the “it” factor and were told a lack of charisma would probably prevent them from ever being big stars in wrestling. Funny how things worked out for all of them, eh? Mark my words, one way or another, Daniel Bryan will be either World or WWE Champion within the next 1-2 years, even if he doesn’t successfully cash in his briefcase. He is too good to NOT be champion.

Okay, enough of my ranting. Let’s move on to tonight’s broadcast. We start the show with Randy Orton in the ring, sitting on a chair. In case we don’t know who he is, he reintroduces himself to us. Orton reminds everyone of what’s going on currently on “RAW”. Orton says that tonight’s show won’t go any further until he addresses an issue with Christian. This prompts the new World Champion to come out, and he appears to have yet another new belt, even though Orton just had a new one the last couple weeks. Anyway, Christian says Orton’s unfinished business might be with the voices in his head and no one else.

Christian reminds Orton of the stipulation of the match at the PPV, and Orton is the one who chose to break those rules. Christian says he didn’t mean to spit in Orton’s face. Christian accuses Orton of being protected in the WWE, but it doesn’t matter because Christian is now the 2-time champion. Orton demands to get his rematch tonight, but Christian says it won’t happen. Orton says they can settle things on their own and begins to rush Christian. Teddy Long‘s music hits and he comes out with every single referee in the WWE. Long tells Orton that he’ll get his rematch, and that tonight he is already signed on to face Kane in a Street Fight which is why his title match can’t happen right now. Orton acts like he’s calm, but then charges Christian and punches him a few times before the refs and other officials step in.

Teddy Long gets in Christian’s face and tells him that, if Orton can face Kane tonight, Christian can face Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson next. We learn that we get a recap of Monday night’s events, which will give me at least a few minutes of the show where I won’t have to do anything. I’m not the “RAW” recapper, after all.

MATCH 1: World Champion Christian vs. Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson (non-title)
I swear Zeke’s belt is a replica. It’s noticeably smaller than when Wade Barrett owned it. Lock up to start, but Zeke throws Christian down. They trade some waist-locks, and Zeke gets in a belly-to-back throw, followed by some forearms. A knee to the gut and a gorilla press slam gets 2. Christian back on offense with some punches, but gets back dropped to the floor off an Irish whip attempt. Commercial.

We’re back, and both men are on the outside. Zeke knocks Christian to the floor, then throws him into the ring apron. He tries a clothesline on Christian, but Christian ducks and Zeke hits the steps. Back in the ring, Christian gets a diving back elbow for 2. He stands on Zeke’s back on the middle rope, followed by an uppercut from outside the ring. Zeke fires back with some punches and a big boot, but misses an elbow. Christian with some punches, but Zeke fires back. Christian gets a dropkick on Zeke’s left knee for 2 and follows it up with a chinlock. Zeke breaks out and gets a Samoan drop. With with a couple of running avalanches, followed by one in the corner. He tries again but gets a corner dropkick. Christian up top, but Zeke takes him back down. Another clothesline gets 2 for Zeke. Zeke gets 2 bodyslams off, but Christian gets out on the third attempt and gets in a chopblock. Zeke reverses out of the Killswitch. Christian goes for a sleeper, but Zeke turns it into an Oklahoma stampede attempt. Christian slides out, throws Zeke shoulder-first into the corner post, and gets the Killswitch for 3.

WINNER: Christian. Decent match, but no matter how many times Zeke tried to get fans to cheer for him tonight, they weren’t buying what he was selling.

We then get a video package of everyone’s favorite “Wonder Years” stunt-double, Cody Rhodes. How long before Cody finally takes the mask off that isn’t actually hiding his face whatsoever?

We are now treated to Michael Cole interviewing his arch nemesis, “Mr. Money in the Bank 2011″ Daniel Bryan. Bryan’s got some new, sweet-looking gear on. Cole calls Bryan’s victory a fluke. Bryan tells Cole that his opinion is meaningless. Cole says that, when push comes to shove, Daniel Bryan is going to take the easy way out and cash the contract in when the champion is already beaten up. Cole tells Bryan he will never deserve to be champion. Bryan tells Michael Cole he didn’t deserve to be in a marquee match at WrestleMania this year, either. Excellent, excellent point. Bryan says no one deserves anything in the WWE, and you have to earn everything instead. Bryan lists off injuries he’s accumulated over 12 years, but that he’s never complained about any of them because he’s dreamed of being World Champion since he was a boy. Bryan tells Cole that, no matter times he’s called a nerd, he earned that contract. He says Cole’s right about one thing, and that he doesn’t want to win the title on a fluke. Bryan says he’s going to be the first person to tell us all when and where he’s going to cash in (actually, RVD did this, but nevertheless). He tells us it will be at WrestleMania 28 on 4/1/12 in Miami, FL.

All of a sudden, Heath Slater comes out. He says Bryan picked the greatest stage to commit his greatest failure, and that he’ll lose at ‘Mania. He proceeds to call Bryan a loser, talking about NXT and Nexus in the process. Slater then says Bryan will lose to him tonight as well. Yeah, that’s it.

MATCH 2: Daniel Bryan vs. Heath Slater
Slater with a headlock and a shoulder tackle, but Bryan fires back with a dropkick and a LeBell Lock. Meanwhile, Michael Cole continues to call Daniel Bryan a nerd. Yes, he is a nerd. That’s fine. Most nerds I know of (including Bryan and CM Punk), could beat the living hell out of the average guy. Commercial.

We’re back, and after a series of misses, Bryan locks in an armdrag. Slater counters with a punch and gets a couple of near-falls. Bryan hits a monkey flip, but gets flapjacked into the corner. Hangman’s neckbreaker by Slater gets 2. Slater with a chinlock now. Bryan breaks out, but is hit with a back elbow. Slater with a corner whip, and Bryan’s on the mat now. Bryan fires back with some punches but gets kicked and punched back down into the corner. Over-the-knee facebuster by Slater gets 2. Cole said Slater is a future world champion. That’ll be the day. Bryan backflips out of a cornerwhip and gets a running forearm strike in. He telegraphs a back body drop, but is able to back drop Slater out to the floor. Bryan hits a running knee strike from the ring apron. Back in, Bryan gets the seated missile dropkick for 2. Bryan goes for the LeBell Lock again, but Slater reverses it into a spinebuster for 2. He must’ve gone through OVW at some point. Slater looks for Sweetness, but Bryan knees out of it and they trade small package pins for 2 each. Bryan goes for a tornado DDT, but instead holds on into the guillotine choke. Slater taps.

WINNER: Daniel Bryan. Great match, and more proof that Bryan can make anyone look good. I hear Bryan’s been doing some MMA training in hopes of adding some more submission holds to his arsenal. I look forward to that.

We get a recap of the Show/Henry match from last Sunday. Not even one of WWE’s famous highlight videos can make this match look like it was good. This leads to Matt Striker interviewing. Henry. Henry says his destruction will never end, and that hurting Show gave him perverted power. Just so long as that power doesn’t cause him to impregnate another woman with a rubber hand…

We now move onto the recap from Monday night, and I take a break.

We learn that Sheamus and Wade Barrett is coming up after the commercial. I’ve actually been waiting for this feud to happen, so hopefully, tonight isn’t just a one-shot deal.

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MATCH 3: Wade Barrett vs. Sheamus
I really wish Barrett had a different finisher. I like the name “Wasteland”, but I hate the move. I hated it in Mexico, and I don’t like it any more in the U.S. Sheamus starts off with a knee and some punches and kicks. Barrett answers back with the same. Sheamus gets a nasty gut shot in, and then drops some knees. Barrett gets an elbow in and a big boot out of the corner. Barrett misses a clothesline but gets a back kick to the guy, followed by a boot to the head for 2. Barrett’s got Sheamus in the ropes, and hits a series of knees, followed by a boot that drops Sheamus to the apron. Barrett drags Sheamus into the ring for 2. Sheamus gets some kicks in, but Barrett’s right back on him. Barrett tries for the pumphandle slam, but Sheamus slides out and hits the Irish Curse for 2. Sheamus has got Barrett in the ropes now and hits some forearms to the chest, followed by a running knee strike that gets 2. BTW-Sheamus was BIG with Chicago last Sunday. Sheamus tackles Barrett on the floor, and now they’re trading some punches. Barrett whips Sheamus into the barricade, and now they’re brawling in front of the announce table as both men get counted out.

WINNER: Double Count-Out. As Sheamus is arguing with the ref, Barrett shoves Sheamus into the post and throws him back in the ring. Barrett tries for Wasteland, but Sheamus lands a big Brogue Kick right to Barrett’s face. I really like the prospect of a feud between these two. Not only do we not get many heel/heel feuds, but these guys are two of my current favorites.

Backstage somewhere, Kane is standing while background music plays. He says that he has unleashed pain and suffering on the WWE for 14 years. He says lately, he’s the one who is haunted by his own humanity. He gives the same “less like a monster…” line he gave last week, and that Randy Orton will be the vehicle that allows him to awake the monster within. That line seems a bit “festive” to me, but that’s what the man said.

MATCH 4: Street Fight: Randy Orton vs. Kane
Orton comes to the ring as we take a commercial break.

You know, I think AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” may be the most overused song in movie trailer history.

Back from the commercial, and Orton’s running the ropes as Kane comes to the ring. Question-is Kane a heel or face now, or does anyone even know? With as many turns as this guy makes, you’d think he was working for TNA Wrestling. Kane starts off with punches and knees into the corner. Kane follows a corner whip with a clothesline. He tries again, but Orton kicks him and hits just the worst Lou Thesz press you’ve ever seen. Orton tries for the RKO early, but Kane throws him off and clotheslines him to the outside. The two are now brawling on the outside, and Kane drops Orton with a right hand. Kane tries to throw Orton back into the ring, but Orton slams him into the apron. Orton grabs a kendo stick from under the ring and hits Kane about half a dozen times. Orton pulls Kane back in the ring and tries for the suspended DDT, but Kane back drops him back outside. Kane throws Orton into the barricade, and we go to commercial.

Back from break, and Kane’s punching Orton in the face on the mat. Kane gets a snapmare before landing the awful basement dropkick for 2. Orton fires back with some punches and kicks. Kane charges Orton on the ropes, but Orton low bridges him, sending Kane to the outside. Orton tries an apron dive, but Kane connects with an uppercut. Kane starts tearing the announce table apart. Kane’s looking for the chokeslam now, but Orton lands on his feet on the table, and then proceeds to get his leg caught in one of the holes on the announce table, bringing the table down on top of his leg. That should be on in no time. Orton whips Kane into the steps. Orton gets some mounted punches in, then stops on Kane’s leg on the steps. He picks up the other part of the steps and slams them down onto Kane’s leg. More commercials.

Back, and Orton is still in control, but that doesn’t last long after a big boot from Kane. Kane goes up top and misses the DC-10. Orton throws Kane into the post shoulder-first, leading to the suspended DDT. Orton has that doofus smile on his face now, and drops down to his fists for the RKO. Didn’t he break his wrist doing that once? He tries for the RKO, but Kane pushes him off and catches a sidewalk slam for 2. Kane connects with the DC-10 this time around, and now he’s looking for the chokeslam. Orton snaps off an RKO out of nowhere, but surprisingly, this only gets 2. Orton looks like his eyes have permanent coffee burn around them. Orton’s looking for the punt kick now. Kane sees it coming and fires off a chokeslam for 2. Yet ANOTHER commercial break. Jeebus!

Back, and Kane’s clubbering Orton with a chair. He’s looking for the chokeslam yet again, this time on the chair. Instead, he goes for the Tombstone, but Orton slides out. Kane catches him by the throat, but Orton jumps out and catches the RKO on the chair for the 3.

WINNER: Randy Orton. REAL WINNER: The announce table. That was funny as hell.
Kane’s back up now, and offers a handshake. Orton accepts it as Kane hobbles out of the ring. Orton leaves the ring as Kane gets back up. Mark Henry comes down to the ring now. According to Booker T, Mark Henry and Kane are about to “get busy”. Not sure that means what he thinks it does. They trade some shots before Henry kicks Kane’s leg out of his leg (RIP Owen Hart), followed by a standing avalanche. Henry slams Kane’s knee into the mat before hitting the World’s Strongest Slam and the Warrior splash. All three commentators leave ringside as Henry grabs a chair and Pillmanizes Kane’s left leg with a Vader Bomb.

End of show.
Honestly, not a bad show tonight. Bryan/Slater was damn good, and they have planted the seeds for a Barrett/Sheamus feud. While the finish of their match was cheap, it actually made sense as no decisive winner was determined, and it leaves room for rematches. Neither guy looked weak, and instead they both looked like badass thugs who want to do nothing more than beat the hell out of each other, which is a type of feud I can get behind. It will be interesting to see who turns face. I’m going with Sheamus, but an indy wrestler friend of mine Arik ( says Barrett. Either way, I like this feud.

Quite frankly, the main event wasn’t even bad. I hate Orton and Kane bores the hell out of me, but they put in a decent showing tonight, save for the hilarious spot where the announce table kicked the hell out of Orton.

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Christian beat Ezekiel Jackson in a non-title match
Daniel Bryan beat Heath Slater
Sheamus fought Wade Barrett to a double count out
Randy Orton defeated Kane in a street fight

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How “worked” was CM Punk’s “shoot” promo now? – Inside the Wheelhouse

July 21, 2011 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The CM Punk Shoot Promo VideoLets me preface this blog by saying I loved and will always love the CM Punk “shoot promo” from the June 27th, 2011 edition of Monday Night RAW. It is one of the most memorable and historical promos in the history of wrestling.

But as we approach nearly a full month later from the promo taking place, I think it’s safe to say that now, looking back at it, the promo may have been all from the mouth & mind with CM Punk but there were definitely some bullet points the creative team wanted him to hit.

A good portion of what was said in the promo has somehow come across on WWE television or via the internet. Don’t believe what I’m saying yet? Let’s go through the promo from June 27th and take a look at what we have seen happen on WWE programming or on your favorite wrestling news internet site (which should be or mind you).

”And I’ve been vilified and hated since that day because Paul Heyman saw something in me that nobody else wanted to admit. That’s right, I’m a Paul Heyman guy. You know who else was a Paul Heyman guy? Brock Lesnar. And he split just like I’m splitting. But the biggest difference between me and Brock is I’m going to leave with the WWE Championship.”

Days after the CM Punk shoot promo aired on RAW it was revealed via the wrestling news website that Paul Heyman & Brock Lesnar were in negotiations with the WWE for some sort of deal that didn’t involve wrestling or being on television. None the less was it coincidence that CM Punk said those specific names in the promo since days later it was revealed they were in talks with the company? Also come to find out that Brock Lesnar’s current boss Dana White was at WWE Headquarters recently which could all be part of this deal the two sides are working out.

The only thing that’s real is me and the fact that day in and day out, for almost six years, I have proved to everybody in the world that I am the best on this microphone, in that ring, even in commentary! Nobody can touch me!

Don’t believe that part of the promo? Did you not watch Money in the Bank or see how excited the wrestling world has been since June 27th. While credit needs to be given out to the WWE, Vince McMahon and John Cena, it wouldn’t have been this exciting if it wasn’t for CM Punk. So by those standards alone you got to agree with the guy because I certainly do.

And yet no matter how many times I prove it, I’m not on your lovely little collector cups. I’m not on the cover of the program. I’m barely promoted. I don’t get to be in movies. I’m certainly not on any crappy show on the USA Network. I’m not on the poster of WrestleMania. I’m not on the signature that’s produced at the start of the show. I’m not on Conan O’Brian. I’m not on Jimmy Fallon. But the fact of the matter is, I should be.

He will be now.

This isn’t sour grapes. But the fact that Dwayne is in the main event at WrestleMania next year and I’m not makes me sick!

It’s been said in recent weeks and during various CM Punk interviews, he believes that the dream match all fans want to see is CM Punk vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and if you told me that during Wrestlemania season I wouldn’t believe you, but as of right now I couldn’t agree more. We have seen the playful banter back on forth between the two on television and twitter, there is definitely something there and after what we saw during Tough Enough we know Austin still has at least one left in the tank. I’m sure the “Texas Rattlesnake” would put over CM Punk that night as well as he is one of the biggest fans of the “Straight Edge Superstar.”

Another recent rumored WrestleMania match based off of what we saw last Monday on RAW (which I’ll get to in a little bit) could be CM Punk vs. Triple H. Triple H is the new WWE Chairman and CM Punk is the anti-establishment wrestler, it worked the first time with Austin vs. McMahon and we could be on the same course with Punk vs. Triple H. Despite what he may say there has to be a symbolic reason CM Punk wore that Stone Cold shirt when he cut this promo.

Maybe…I’ll go back to Ring of Honor. Hey, Colt Cabana, how you doing?

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Reports came out recently that the sources in both the WWE & ROH believe that there is some sort of working agreement between the two companies. If that is to be the case it would explain why the WWE is allowing Punk to mention his old company on WWE television and during this historic promo. It should also be noted that Ring of Honor will quick off there first television tapings under Sinclair on August 13th in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. Not to far from the home of the current “unemployed” WWE Champion and the day before the WWE Summerslam PPV, would it be far fetched that Punk shows up to the tapings with the gold?

As for Colt Cabana we have heard reports since the promo was cut that he could be on his way back to the WWE as well. He has been mentioned on WWE TV by Punk in multiple weeks and was clearly seen at the Money in the Bank PPV, as well as the post-celebration pictures that showed up on TMZ. Cabana is not currently booked for the August 13th ROH TV Tapings where he is a main event player in his hometown of Chicago Ridge (which could squash the WWE/ROH rumors) and it’s been said that he’s told other Independent companies outside of ROH that he works for that he won’t be taking bookings after July.

Because he surrounds himself with glad-handed, non-sensical, douchebag (censored) yes men, like John Laurinaitis, who’s going to tell him everything he wants to hear..

We would never see John Laurinaitis a.k.a the former Johnny Ace outside of the occasional fight break-up along with other agents on WWE television. He was never acknowledged on WWE TV as the VP of Talent Relations until Money in the Bank where he tried to interfere in the Punk/Cena match. He was also showcased on the next night of RAW where it appeared he was heading to a “2011 stooge” (credit: role. Obviously that may have changed (see below).

”…and I’d like to think that maybe this company will better after Vince McMahon is dead. But the fact is, it’s going to be taken over by his idiotic daughter and his doofus son-in-law and the rest of his stupid family.”

The night after the great WWE Money in the Bank 2011 Pay-Per-View we saw the return of Vince McMahon’s “doofus son-in-law” (CM Punk’s words not mine), Triple H and witnessed the “changing of the guard” as Triple H assumed the role of the on screen WWE Chairman as Vince McMahon was relieved of his duties. Isn’t it ironic that 3 weeks prior CM Punk mentioned the company may be better off without McMahon (which the “board of directors” clearly agreed with as well) and that his son-in-law would take over? Looks like the fantasy booker inside all of us could see an Austin/McMahon storyline with Punk/Triple H (as mentioned before in the blog).

It appears that as time goes on and more & more of these things become rumours or reality that the CM Punk promo, while despite being memorable, historical & brilliant, was nothing more then the “worked” shoot promo that some of us believed. That what was mentioned in the promo was nothing more then little seeds to plant inside the heads of wrestling fans to grow through time as the angle continued to build on overtime. For that I have nothing wrong with what the WWE or CM Punk did here because it’s still an amazing angle that is making people talk, watch or write blogs about. It has all fans excited and that’s a really good thing.

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Daniel Bryan Reveals His Money In The Bank Plans

July 20, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Daniel Bryan Money in the BankThe WWE already have a jump start on WrestleMania 28. The company did something unprecedented when it announced its main event a year early. Now with ten months to go, another main-event has been announced. Well, half of one anyway.

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The intrigue about Money in the Bank is that the winner can cash in at anytime for a WWE title shot. Winners will stalk their champions over the course of time and pounce at the right opportunity to claim their WWE championship shot. That is why WWE Money in the Bank winners are undefeated against defending WWE champions.

Not Daniel Bryan. Daniel Bryan is doing something different. Bryan has put the WWE world heavyweight champion on notice. Bryan will not play the “MITB game” of hunting and striking at the right moment. Nope, Bryan announced his intentions at the WWE Friday Night SmackDown taping, which will air Friday, and revealed exactly when and where he will cash in his Money in the Bank contract.

WrestleMania 28.

That is right. Daniel Bryan told Michael Cole during an interview segment that he will wait and cash in his Money in the Bank contract on April 1 in Miami, FL. Although many have threatened, Bryan would be the first Money in the Bank winner to wait and cash in his opportunity at a WrestleMania. I don’t know who his opponent will be but one thing you can be guaranteed is that you are going to get one hell of a co-main event at WrestleMania 28.

Allow me for a brief second to partake in some gloating. On April 6 I had a little fun and wrote a blog entitled, “Very Early WrestleMania 28 Predictions.” I put together a list of what I thought were the most probable WrestleMania 28 matches for a variety of reasons. Here is what I wrote and predicted back on April 6.

Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan…WWE championship. Is it likely? No. Is it possible? Did you think The Miz or Alberto Del Rio would be wrestling in a WWE world title match at WrestleMania one year ago? For a guy that wasn’t even on the broadcast this year it would be a huge leap for Bryan. However, if there is anyone that I think can get himself over during the course of the next year to make this happen it is him.

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I think Randy Orton turning heel is inevitable. I also think that another WWE title run is also inevitable for the Viper. I think the disastrous main-event this year has taught the WWE a lesson and for whatever you think of Vince McMahon, he is not a dumb guy. He saw that he had two guys in his main-event that couldn’t put a good match together to save their lives. He also has to be very aware of the negative backlash coming out of the match with most fans feeling let down due to the weak WWE championship match. If there was ever a year for him to roll the dice with Bryan and guarantee a great main-event, it is next year.

This one is easy to make work. Daniel Bryan wins the Royal Rumble and boom gets the shot. Now Bryan isn’t exactly over as a top babyface right now but that is where Orton comes in. The cookie cutter babyface vs. the dastardly heel works almost every time and you have two of the best playing their respective roles in this one. I certainly wouldn’t look for a WWE title win from Bryan here, but I do expect him to get a big spot on next year’s WrestleMania. It doesn’t get much bigger than this.

Obviously my booking here is off with Bryan winning the Royal Rumble but the idea is exactly the same. Daniel Bryan earns a WWE world heavyweight title shot and blows away the WrestleMania audience with an exciting main-event. Here I thought I was going out on a big limb here because I never expected the WWE to have the guts to do it.

I think there are a couple of factors at play here. One, I stand by what I said about The Miz vs. John Cena main-event. I think that Vince McMahon and the WWE team were so upset about the match quality that they made it a personal mission next year to give fans exciting championship matches. Unless Daniel Bryan has the first bad match of his career, it is fairly a given that this kid is going to deliver in the big spot.

Two and I think even more importantly, there is a small revolution at work right now in the WWE. The elevation of CM Punk, the retooling of The Miz as a babyface, Christian getting another championship opportunity, and now Daniel Bryan being elevated into the WrestleMania spotlight aren’t all coincidences. There is obviously an attempt right now to put more of an emphasis on quality and youth over the status quo offered by World Wrestling Entertainment over the last couple of years.

I am excited. I am a big fan as most are who have watched Bryan work outside of the WWE. I think he would be a huge hit as a WWE champion. It is now up to the WWE creative team to keep him strong for ten months and get him over to the point where people believe he can beat the champion and people want to see him beat the champion.

Well, it was a nice thought.

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A Tribute For The Winner Of The Inaugural Money Of The Bank Ladder Match, EDGE

July 19, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Edge with Money in the BankBlogs, and articles galore have been written about CM Punk as WWE Money in the Bank was scheduled to be his last official day with the WWE or so it seemed.

I admit I wasn’t the biggest fan of his, but over the past couple of years, I started to appreciate his work, both in the ring, and on the mic. He definitely will be missed, and I look forward to his return. However, what I will be talking about in this blog is a little tribute and an update on the man who won the very first Money in the Bank Ladder Match, EDGE.

As most wrestling fans are aware, Chris Jericho in 2005 (storyline) came up with the idea of this Money In The Bank Ladder Bank Ladder match for WrestleMania 21, where the participants would have a ladder match, and whomever climbed up that ladder and grabbed the briefcase was the winner. The winner would have one year to “cash the briefcase” in and invoke their title shot for whatever title on whichever brand. This match became a staple at every WrestleMania thereafter up until WrestleMania 26 which was the last Mania to feature it as later that year, in 2010, there would be a PPV of the same name.

In the Los Angeles Staples Center, at WrestleMania 21, the Money In The Bank Ladder Match kicked off the show. I was in attendance at this PPV, and little did I realize, I was about to witness the birth of a top star, and the birth of an all time great. The participants of this match were Christian, Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Kane, and Edge, It was an awesome match, with the highlight spot being provided by Shelton Benjamin going up that ladder.

Of course, the end comes with Edge hitting Benoit’s arm, knocking Benoit off the ladder, and Edge climbing up and grabbing the brief case and the win. Edge eventually goes on to cash the briefcase in on a bloodied and battered John Cena on January 8, 2006 to win his first WWE Title, and the rest is history.

Of course, most wrestling fans know that on April 11, 2011, on Monday Night Raw, Edge sadly announced that due to spinal stenosis (stemming from neck surgery in 2003), he was forced to retire from the ring. There have been a million tributes, but I just want to say that when I was sitting in the Staples Center, I admit I wasn’t sure WWE picked the right guy at first.

However, it was the infamous “love triangle” that really convinced me that “Hey. They got something in Edge here that I didn’t realize.” From then on it, I was hooked. I liked Edge since he started in 1998, don’t get me wrong, but I guess it took awhile for the light to go on I guess.

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I found Edge to be an awesome heel. I think he was one of the very best. I thought he was pretty good as a face. I felt badly about the retirement, because he was just starting to really take off as a face. I was really looking forward to a program with Christian. I read Edge’s book, and the more I found out about him, the more I really admired him. I have met him three times, and he is a great person as he was a wrestler putting on great matches with wrestlers such as the Undertaker, Jericho, HHH, Cena, Flair, etc.

The update is that according to an interview with, he is spending lots of time enjoying the great outdoors. He spending time working on his house. He is doing stuff for himself like hiking, and playing with his dogs. He is delving into acting. He did a role for the SYFY series “Sanctuary,” and he is currently involved in a guest starring role for SYFY’s “Haven.” that just started Season 2 last Friday. The pain from his injury has subsided. When he travels though, “the pain returns,” Edge says.

Edge said that the Money in the Bank match validated his career, and he said that he liked Cody Rhodes for the Smackdown MITB win. He was asked if he still supported Christian and he said that he “totally supports him.” Edge also said that the Money in the Bank match is more difficult with eight people. He also said he may write another book.

Well, that is my update and tribute. Edge has been a great inspiration for me. I admired his determination to come back from devastating injuries. I admire his ability to carry on and go after new opportunities now that his in ring career is over.

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Alberto Del Rio Originally Planned To Win WWE Championship At MITB

July 19, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Alberto Del RioThe pro wrestling world continues to buzz about CM Punk leaving Money in the Bank with the WWE championship. Yet according to a new report, those excited wrestling fans were closer to being robbed of this moment than they would have thought.

According to pro wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, CM Punk leaving the WWE with the title at the pay per view was not the original plan. Meltzer said on his podcast that while the plan all along for WWE Money in the Bank 2011 was to end the show with a new WWE champion, CM Punk was not the original choice.

Meltzer said on his podcast that the predicted finish with Alberto Del Rio cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and winning the WWE title at the end of the night was the plan up until a few days ago. Something happened to change the minds of the WWE brass and an audible was called to give CM Punk the WWE championship and pro wrestling fans one of the most fun angles in recent memory.

Alberto is slowly turning into the least lucky WWE superstar in history. This marks about the third or fourth time that Del Rio was scheduled to win the WWE championship or WWE world heavyweight championship this year only to have the rug pulled out from him at the last moment. Ted DiBiase has told similar tales about promised WWE and NWA world championship runs that never happened due to a last minute change.

It is amazing if you think about how different things would be today in the WWE if Money in the Bank ended with the original finish. With all due respect to Del Rio, his win would have taken the air right out of the balloon of excitement that came out of Money in the Bank Sunday night. As a matter of a fact the fan backlash to such a predictable ending could have been fairly damaging in the short term for the WWE.

The obvious question here is what changed the minds of the WWE in the final week before the match? Did the WWE have a change of heart because they felt the finish was too predictable? Is Alberto Del Rio in the dog house? Was there a change of plans for SummerSlam? What caused the WWE brass to make such a drastic change before Sunday?

I think the obvious answer here is that CM Punk signed a new WWE contract. Whether it is an agreement just to come back for a month and drop the title at a pay per view or a full-time contract, Punk signed something. Even the biggest CM Punk fans would have to be naïve to think that the WWE would allow anyone not under contract to leave the company with their championship. Vince McMahon may be a lot of things but dumb is not one of them.

I also think that the fan reaction had a lot to do with this as well. If Punk really was at a stalemate in contract negotiations, maybe the fan reaction to Punk helped get a deal done? Punk has turned into something very rare in mainstream pro wrestling today. He has become a babyface that appeals to the teenage and young 20’s audience. I can’t think of anyone more over with that crowd than Punk. It reminds me a lot of the ECW movement from 95-97 that grasped pro wrestling fans disinterested in the directions of WCW and WWE, which at the time were some of the worst in pro wrestling history. CM Punk is ECW!

So for all of the critics who for weeks said that the WWE would screw this (the Punk angle) up, well they almost did.

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WWE RAW July 18, 2011 Results – I Hope The RAW Rating Is A 10.0

July 18, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

John Cena and Vince McMahonWWE Raw, 7/18/11, Green Bay, WI

In a rather short opening segment, McMahon brought out Johnny Laryngitis, and the whole roster was backstage watching, thus giving it a special feel. In short, CM Punk is a turd, John Cena let everyone down, and there’s now a tournament to determine a new champion. Crowd doesn’t like that one. I like the idea, because you could create a new champ, and have Punk return to rub it in that he was never beaten. Of course, the internet crowd is going to view this as a screw-you to Punk, but oh well. I think it leads to Punk’s return as a superhero, in any event.
SEGMENT RATING: 6/10. Short and sufficient

Abbreviated from their previous encounters, especially with television time constraints, but still an effective match. Riley’s showing improvement, especially in the “WWE style”, thus making him the most effective NXT rookie outside of Wade Barrett and Daniel Bryan. I do love that Alex Riley worked the leg (that Miz injuried last night), and even showed off a Texas cloverleaf. Ending seemed to come out of nowhere, as awkwardness with the referee led to the Skull Crushing Finale to allow Miz to advance.
WINNER: The Miz via Skull Crushing Finale
RATING: 6/10. Short and sufficient, much like the opening segment. I can deal with “sufficient” as a recurring theme.

-John Morrison return video hyped. Let’s hope he’s nicer to legendary divas this time around.

Kind of an oddball match, as both men are heels. Swagger took control of most of the match, which isn’t exactly conducive to getting an electric reaction from the crowd. Then again, maybe the fans are still mad at Truth for getting Green Bay and Milwaukee confused once. Swagger works some submissions, and the fans couldn’t really be bothered. In the end, Truth counters Swagger’s ankle lock with a front cradle to advance, and that has a better chance of producing.
WINNER: R-Truth via front cradle
RATING: 4/10. Kind of dull, and I’m getting a bad feeling for the rest of the show, pacing wise.

Well, at least Ricardo Rodriguez is alive. The match was spirited, in spite of a dead crowd, and both men seemingly pulled out all the stops to try and wake everyone up. Unfortunately, the fans seem resigned to the fact that there are just 8 guys wrestling tonight, and they know what the matches are pretty much in advance. Del Rio bumped his ass off, including a missed vertical seated senton in the corner. In the end, Kofi reversed a sunset pin into a modified roll-up to advance. I’m gonna bet now that ADR cashes in later, but I’m not going out of my way to wager money.
WINNER: Kofi Kingston via modified roll-up
RATING: 6/10. Wish it was longer, but, again, sufficient. An 8 man tournament needs more than two hours, though.

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Summerslam rewind: British Bulldog vs. Bret Hart, 8/29/92. Maybe the greatest Summerslam match of all time, next to Bret/Owen, Shawn/Razor, and TLC from 2000.

Finally, the crowd gets into this one, as the kids came alive with “619” chants. Another short match, but they packed a lot of action into a few minutes, as Dolph and Rey have crazy chemistry (as seen 2 years ago at Summerslam). Ziggler busted out a nice alley oop powerbomb, as well as a reverse powerslam, demonstrating a crisp, in flux move set. In the end, the 619 and top rope dive finished, but it definitely woke the crowd up. Rey/Truth and Kofi/Miz both hold promise, so the show’s picking up steam at least.
WINNER: Rey Mysterio via 619/top rope dive
RATING: 7/10. Just because it was frenzied and creative, and woke the fans up.

It’s like George Carlin’s “Take Your Son to the Cathouse” Night. Beth pins Rosa with the Glam Slam in about 2 min, so we can hear Beth’s awesome Double Dragon/I’m Your Venus hybrid song.
WINNERS: The faces via Glam Slam
RATING: 2/10. Maryse, Bellas, Kaitlyn, and AJ make me happy

Even Cole and Lawler’s energy seems off, and the crowd’s deflated from Rey and Ziggler’s herculean effort. Sure as I type that, Miz and Kofi rattle off some close nearfalls, and Kofi works Miz’s leg (from the ladder fall last night). After some more nearfalls, Kofi managed to avoid one Skull Crushing Finale, but ate a second one to give Miz the win. Those that say Miz doesn’t know how to work, watch him sell a leg injury far better than most of the indy rats you admire.
WINNER: The Miz via Skull Crushing Finale
RATING: 6/10. At least it was energetic. Feeling up on this show.

Excellent match that really upped the tempo of the show. Started out formulaic, with Truth as the overpowering heel, but Rey did what he did best, and sprinkled in moments of hope with counters, reversals, and dazzling quickness. Truth is great in this role as the slick bad ass, and he and Rey proved to be great foils. Mysterio won in the end with the 619 and top rope dive, but kudos to Truth for making up for his lackluster performance at Capitol Punishment. In the right setting, where he can be athletic, the man can work.
WINNER: Rey Mysterio via 619/top rope dive
RATING: 8/10. Match of the night so far, undoubtedly.

But WAIT: Vince McMahon postpones the final match until next week (groan) and says “WWF Championship” in a senior moment. Cena comes up to plead his case, threatening to even go to TNA (yes, really), before HHH interrupts, complete with suit. Long story short, there a board meeting and Vince has been ousted for questionable decisions. Cena is not fired, HHH is now in charge, and Hunter tearfully dismisses his father-in-law from his duties. Hunter leaves in tears, and Vince gets a loud ovation as he fight backs tears as the show ends.
SEGMENT RATING: 10/10. Raw’s figured it out: end the show with hot angle continuation, and next week’s show is set up for you!

OVERALL: Like I said in the previous stanza, end the show with a hot angle, or a thread to an angle, and it will build next week’s show. I’m intrigued by Miz/Rey, as well as Hunter being in charge, and seeing where Punk fits in. Add to that Mysterio’s two good matches, and Raw’s an easy thumbs up this week.

Full WWE RAW July 18 results…
WWE Championship Tournament
Rey Mysterio defeated R-Truth
The Miz defeated Kofi Kingston
Rey Mysterio defeated Dolph Zigger
Kofi Kingston defeated Alberto Del Rio
R-Truth defeated Jack Swagger
The Miz defeated Alex Riley
Kelly Kelly, Eve, Beth Phoenix, Natalya, Gail Kim, Kaitlyn & AJ defeated against The Bella Twins, Melina, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Maryse & Tamina (non-tourny)

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Money in the Bank Job well done WWE – Inside the Wheelhouse

July 18, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Will CM Punk stay or leave the WWE?I said on this week’s edition of “The Still Real to Us Show” (available for download at *cheap plug*) that if CM Punk won & walked out of WWE Money in the Bank 2011 with the WWE Championship it would have to be a historic moment in wrestling history.

That the match needed to deliver and give the fans what they wanted & it did. WWE Money in the Bank will go down as one of the best pay-per-views, if not the best WWE PPV of 2011 and may go down as one of the most historically significant PPV’s of all-time. It’s what every wrestling fans wants at the end of a show or PPV & we got it, good wrestling, great storytelling and craving wanting more.

The hype for the Pay-Per-View was unreal and something we haven’t seen like this since Wrestlemania 26 & if you weren’t hyped for that then you need to go back to ECW One Night Stand 2006. It was the buzz of the wrestling and pop culture worlds & it was bringing fans that left wrestling shortly after the “attitude era” back to their couches to watch a 3 hour WWE Pay-Per-View. For the last three weeks of WWE television wrestling has been deemed “cool” once again.

CM Punk’s promo following the RAW Roulette was one of the most talked about topics in social networking and pop culture outside of the wrestling world circles. It had the same impact as when The Rock returned to WWE television in February despite the ratings dip for the summer months. Had the WWE done this angle going into Wrestlemania 27 there would be no doubt that Wrestlemania 27 would be the most hyped & selling Wrestlemania of all-time. The fans ate up this storyline and rightfully so.

Wrestling fans enjoy realism in their storylines and this had the makings of those findings all over it. They want to feel the line of “is this real” or “is this not real” as they watch WWE television because that’s what makes it so damn compelling. Compelling storylines and great story tellers give us something to tune for, the great mat wrestling that follows after that is icing on the cake and that is what this storyline delivered.

What we have seen the last three weeks is that CM Punk has officially broken through whatever pieces were left blocking him in the glass ceiling of the WWE. He is a legit and forever will be a main eventer in the WWE. His career, despite all his accolades leading up to these moments he has given us in recent weeks, will always be remembered by what he did leading up to and at “Money in the Bank 2011” for the rest of his career.

John Cena showed wrestling fans that whether you like him or hate him, you have to respect him. He did what people criticize him for not doing all the time and that’s telling a story & wrestling. I’m not the biggest John Cena fan in the world but I respect what he did for the business on Sunday night by being a great storyteller. It takes two to tango and don’t discredit what Cena did by just thinking it was CM Punk, he deserves as much credit as Punk does for the way WWE built this storyline & told the story.

Then there is Vince McMahon and the WWE Creative Team. The grumblings in recent months is that Vince McMahon may be getting too old to know what is good for his company, product and fan base. Well he proved that he and the creative team still have it by giving us a compelling story that made us tune into the PPV in the first place and make us want to watch RAW the next night. That’s the basic formula of wrestling, give them entertainment by telling a story inside & outside the ring and they will keep coming back for more. Major props go out to Vince & the creative team for being so outside the box with this entire storyline.

Wrestling needs to be unpredictable and that’s exactly what we got on Sunday night. We want more and will tune into Monday Night RAW to see the next chapter of this story. At least for the time being the WWE has delivered on a storyline that could be so compelling it rocket ships them back into the prominence they once received. Wrestling has become so predictable and flat over the years that we sometimes forget why we tune in to watch wrestling, CM Punk, John Cena & Vince McMahon showed us we watch wrestling.

I said on SRTU that it needed to be a historic night for this storyline to deliver and it certainly was historic. The WWE is clicking on all cylinders as of right now; let’s hope this continues for the sake of the business as we may be seeing the dawning of a new era in professional wrestling. Congrats to the WWE, CM Punk, John Cena & Vincce McMahon and a job well done, thank you for making Money in the Bank 2011 memorable & historic.

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WWE Money in the Bank 2011 Results & Report; CM Punk Leaves WWE With the Belt

July 17, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

After weeks of anticipation, CM Punk walked into the Allstate Arena on the final night of his World Wrestling Entertainment contract to challenge WWE champion John Cena at WWE Money in the Bank.  How would the most-discussed storyline in years payoff?  What two Superstars would obtain a Money in the Bank briefcase?  There’s only one way to find out!

The following is my ongoing blog and WWE Money in the Bank 2011 play by play of the night’s pay per view.

First up is the Smackdown Money in the Bank match.  Your competitors – Sin Cara, Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Cody Rhodes, Kane, Daniel Bryan, and Sheamus.  The diehard wrestling fans have been salivating at the thought of this match.  It doesn’t have the names that the RAW match has, but it possesses the most versatile group of the two matches.

After a bit of using the ladder as a weapon to take out both Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan, Slater and Gabriel tug away for control of the ladder.  Slater pushes the ladder into the ring and tosses Gabriel off of the apron.  Slater is the first to set up the ladder in the ring.  Gabriel gets into the ring and is the first man to start climbing it.  After Bryan knocks Gabriel off with a top-rope drop kick, Cody Rhodes starts climbing towards the briefcase.  Sheamus quickly takes him off though with an attempt of the Celtic Cross.

After a bit of back and forth, Gabriel, Slater, and Sin Cara each take turns hitting impressive plancha’s to the outside.  Gabriel hits a standard plancha on Kane, Slater nails a corkscrew plancha on Sheamus, and Sin Cara launches himself over the top rope with a visually-impressive cross body.

Sin Cara continues on a roll with his high-flying maneuvers.  Daniel Bryan becomes his next target.  Bryan climbs the rope to take advantage of a recovering Sin Cara, but he’s quickly caught with a C4.  Cara’s roll quickly ends though as he’s leveled with a Brogue Kick from Sheamus.  Sheamus then puts Sin Cara through a ladder that has ringside ref’s calling for EMT’s.  Cara eventually is carried out of the ring on a stretcher.

It would then be Kane’s turn to dominate.  After cleaning out the ring, Kane began his ascent to the top, but was quickly stopped by Corre members Barrett, Gabriel, and Slater.  Daniel Bryan makes the save before he, too, is attacked by the Corre trio.  This hot Chicago crowd is already starting the “CM PUNK, CM PUNK” chants.

Slater and Gabriel eventually turn on Barrett and send him to the outside.  Slater and Gabriel begin to climb opposite sides of the ladder in the ring, but Cody Rhodes gets in the ring and tips the ladder, sending both guys into the ropes.  Slater is then the victim of a Cross Rhodes.  Cody starts to climb the ladder towards the briefcase, but is stopped by Barrett who is also hit with a Cross Rhodes.  Sheamus quickly evens things up.

Daniel Bryan gets into the ring and starts climbing the ladder, but Sheamus stops him and puts him on his shoulders for an electric chair drop.  Instead of falling back, he turns towards the corner ropes where Kane is waiting.  Kane flies off the top rope and folds Bryan in half with a Doomsday Device, which should only make this Chicago crowd happy.  An “LOD, LOD” chant breaks out.  Kane and Sheamus battle for a bit before Kane removes Sheamus from the ring.

Kane starts climbing the ladder once again, but Daniel Bryan makes a miraculous recovery and is back chasing Kane up the ladder.  After a bit of work, he gets Kane down and reverses a slam into DDT.  Bryan starts climbing the ladder by Slater starts climbing behind him.  After a small struggle, Slater sends Bryan crashing to the mat with a neck breaker off of the ladder.

Sheamus is back in the ring and is handing out Brogue Kicks to anyone and everyone.  After cleaning house, Sheamus starts climbing the ladder.  A wide angle shot of the ring gives us a great shot of Sheamus climbing.  Just as he’s at the top, Kane is sauntering up the ladder from the bottom of our screen.  Kane and Sheamus struggle back and forth before Kane gains the upper hand and sends Sheamus crashing off of the ladder and onto another ladder with a Chokeslam.

Our next highlight comes seconds later after Kane is eventually sent to mat and Justin Gabriel hits Kane with a 450 splash off of a ladder.   Wade Barrett is next up for his time to shine and starts handing out Wastelands to everyone.  After handing out a Wasteland to 3 separate people, Daniel Bryan is back in the ring and starts climbing the ladder.  Cody Rhodes quickly chases him up the ladder.  Bryan is at the top of the ladder sitting on it.  Wade Barrett begins climbing the opposite side of the ladder.  With Bryan atop the ladder and now Barrett and Rhodes on opposite sides of the ladder, Bryan looks outnumbered.  He quickly out strikes Rhodes and sends him crashing down to the ring.  Barrett seems to gain the upper hand and tosses Bryan on his shoulders for a Wasteland off the top of the ladder.  Bryan quickly regains his balance after a few elbows to Barrett’s face.  A few elbows later and Barrett is sent tumbling to the mat.  Daniel Bryan takes the final step back up the ladder and unlocks the brief case.

Daniel Bryan, a year ago fired for choking Justin Roberts with a tie, is your Smackdown Money in the Bank Champion.  Bryan is shown celebrating and is visibly emotional as the crowd chants his name.  Great moment.

CM Punk winning the belt and being defeated by Daniel Bryan later in the show for the WWE Title quickly crosses everyone’s minds.  That would help ease the sting just a little if Punk really leaves, right?

Incredible match.  Tons of spot and 35 minutes of non-stop action.

We get a shot of the backstage area where Vince McMahon, Johnny Ace, and McMahon’s “lawyer” are entering the arena.  Michael Cole says that the lawyer is there for a last-ditch effort to re-sign CM Punk.

WWE’s attempt to follow up that great match is by giving us Kelly Kelly defending her title against Brie Bella.  Ummmm….piss break!  I’ll care when Kharma comes back.

Kelly retains the belt though without any help from Eve who accompanied her to the ring.  As the Bella’s exit the ring, Nikki repeatedly tells Brie “Look at her Brie…she barely even eats.  How can you not beat that?”

Meanwhile, as Randy Orton would have us believe, at least 10 guys in the locker room all speak up in unison saying, “I beat that.”

We got our first Summerslam promo highlighter by Cee Lo Green’s newest single, “Bright Lights, Bigger City”.  Terrific jam!

Next up is the match Michael Cole just coined the “Battle of the Behemoths” between Big Show and the “let’s see how many times we can push him down the fan’s throats” Mark Henry.  Prior to the match beginning, Mark Henry reminds us once again that “somebody’s gonna get they ass kicked.”  I may sound a little sour on Henry (I probably am since I think he’s been ruined over the last 15 or so years), but his newest heel push has been nicely booked and impressive.  I think we’re headed towards the inevitable Orton/Henry feud and that’s unfortunate.  I don’t think anyone wants to see that.

As the two men begin squaring off, Michael Cole tells us the measurements of both men’s thighs, chest, and shoes.  Ehhhh, ok.  This battle quickly spills out of the ring and right in front of the announcers.  I should mention that the Spanish announce team is ringside.  Let’s see if they’re still there after this match.

They get back in the ring and Henry quickly places a target on Big Show’s left knee.  First is the shoulder tackle to the knee, then some stomps, and other basic leg attacks.  Henry even applies a half Boston crab for a bit.  By the way, is Mark Henry wearing one of MVP’s old singlets?  Show gets out of the crab and changes the tune of the match for a bit.  Big Show climbs the top rope.  Yes, he climbs the top rope and hits a flying shoulder tackle into Henry.  Henry kicks out after 2.  Henry gets back to his feet as Show teases a chokeslam.

Henry avoids it and hits the World’s Strongest Slam.  It looks like it’s over, but Show kicks out.  Henry begins showing a bit of frustration, but picks Show back up and hits him with a second Worlds Strongest Slam.  Before going for the pin, he flattens Show with 2 big splashes.  Henry gets the clean pin in a squash of the Big Show.

After the match is over, Henry goes outside of the ring and gets a steel chair.  Henry wraps the chair around Shows left leg and hits a Vader Bomb on the chair.  For the second time in 2 months, Show is apparently being written off of TV with a leg injury.  He’s screaming in pain and EMT’s are tending to him in the ring.  Show has his leg put in an air cast and is taken out on a medical truck.

We get about 96 replays of the splash.

Vince McMahon is shown in a backstage segment.  He’s showing frustration over not being able to re-sign CM Punk.  Josh Mathews enters and asks McMahon if he has re-signed Punk.  McMahon says no, he offered more money to Punk than he’s offered to anyone, and says Punk is to blame for this deal not getting done.  McMahon ends the interview by saying “if by some chance Punk leaves this arena as WWE champ, may God have mercy on John Cena.”  Nice segment.

It’s now time for the RAW Money in the Bank match.  I don’t think I’ve recovered from trying to keep up with the first one, but here we go!  Your participants in this match – Alberto Del Rio, Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne, R-Truth, Alex Riley, and The Miz.

Awesome moment at the beginning as every man is holding a ladder as the bell rings.  The bells rings and everyone is hitting the nearest person with a ladder.  After all the ladder shots are done, only Miz and Truth are left standing with their ladders.  Swagger quickly takes out the both of them with a bigger ladder.  Bourne and Kingston both start tugging on the same ladder and eventually decide to use it to take out Swagger and R-Truth.  Mysterio bounces off the ropes and springboards himself off of the ladder Bourne and Kofi are holding and hits a hurricanrana that sends Swagger to the outside.

With most of the competitors outside except Mysterio, Kofi, and Bourne, it’s time for some flying.  Both Mysterio and Kofi climb a corner turnbuckle and do simultaneous crossbody’s onto the guys outside.  Just as they’re recovering, Evan Bourne climbs a 15 foot ladder and hits an Air Bourne from the top of the ladder onto the group of people.

Bourne gets back into the ring and starts climbing the ladder.  The Miz quickly chases up the other side.  While Bourne and Miz are battling for the briefcase, Del Rio enters the ring and hits the ladder sending both guys flying to the mat.  Miz immediately grabs his knee and refs and the ringside doctor quickly tend to him.  Miz is led to the back as multiple replays show Miz landing on the knee awkwardly.

The ring now belongs to Mysterio, Kofi, and R-Truth.  Each take turns using the ladder to incapacitate the other.  Cool moments include Kofi hitting the Boom Drop off of the ladder and onto Truth as well as Mysterio hitting the 619 on Truth.

In a signature moment guaranteed to be shown many, many times, 5 ladders were all set up in the center of the ring.  Every member of the match except for The Miz was standing atop the ladders battling back and forth.  One by one, each man fell.  Kofi was the last man standing and seemed to be on his way to victory.  While trying to unlatch the briefcase, Swagger quickly jumped up onto a nearby ladder to remove him.  Both men went crashing to the ring.  While everyone was lying on the ground, the crowd rose to their feet as The Miz hopped down to the ring on his one good leg.

Miz then hopped up the ladder in a moment that I thought for sure was going to show him as the victor.  Mysterio quickly got him off by hitting a powerbomb off of the ladder.  Del Rio got back in the ring as Mysterio climbed for the brief case.  As the guys struggled for the briefcase, Del Rio grabbed Mysterio by the face and threw him off of the ladder.  When he did it, Mysterio’s mask came off.  While Mysterio rolled around the ring covering his face, Del Rio tossed Mysterio’s mask into the crowd.  Del Rio reached up and grabbed the brief case.

Alberto Del Rio is your RAW Money in the Bank winner.  This seemed to be the popular pick to win the match, so it wasn’t much of a surprise.  The Smackdown match was definitely the better of the two in my opinion.

A WrestleMania 28 promo is aired featuring John Cena and The Rock.

Next up is Randy Orton defending the World Championship against Christian.  A video package shows hyping the match.

After the video package, Alberto Del Rio does an interview with Josh Matthews.  Del Rio says that winning Money in the Bank was not his destiny, but rather “a formality”.  His destiny is to win the WWE title.

As the entrances are being made, I should point out what I should have mentioned awhile ago.  Not only is this Chicago crowd HOT, they’re extremely affectionate towards the heel’s.  Aside from Daniel Bryan, they’ve booed all the good guys.  For what it’s worth, as ring introductions are made by Tony Chimel, the crowd seems pretty split for this one.

If Orton is disqualified, counted out, or anything of that nature, Christian wins the belt.  Christian goes outside of the ring as the bells goes off and grabs a chair.  He brings it into the ring and tosses it at the feet at Orton, begging for Orton to hit him and get disqualified.  Orton yells “I’d love to”, but hands the chair to the ref.

As Orton and Christian get going, the crowd seems to be more pro-Christian now.  The crowd are pulling out dueling “Let’s go Orton” “Randy Sucks” chants.  Christian gains the upper hand at the beginning, using heel tactics such as open-handed slaps, chokes, and mounting Orton and punching right up until the 5-count.  Christian has Orton in the corner and runs at him with a splash, but Orton ducks and rolls up Christian for a near-fall.  Orton bounces off the ropes as Christian is getting to his feet but is met with a quick Spinebuster.

Christian goes for the Killswitch, but Orton gets out of it and clotheslines him over the top rope.  Both guys lay on the side while the ref counts to 10.  Both guys make it back into the ring at 8.  Some more back and forth, and Orton catches Christian with a jackknife pin for another near-fall.  These guys have phenomenal chemistry together and I hope they get to work together again in the future.  I can’t imagine the WWE continuing their feud past tonight unless it’s with Christian winning the belt.

Christian and Orton are once again battling in the corner.  Both men climb the ropes with Orton looking for a superplex.  Christian pushes Orton off of the ropes and hits a flying headbutt.  Orton kicks out at 2.  Orton is starting to gain some momentum now and goes for the RKO, but Christian escapes.  Christian hits the Killswitch out of nowhere.  Orton kicks out at the very last second as the crowd is on their feet.  Great match so far.

Christian is frustrated.  Christian is now lining Orton up for a Spear, but Orton hurdles it.  Christian hits the opposite steel post.  Orton then lifts Christian up onto his shoulders via a gutwrench and hits him with a reverse neck breaker.  Christian kicks out at 2.  Orton teases the punt as Christian recovers, but he misses it.  Christian gets to his feet and goes for a clothesline but Orton hits him with the quick slam.  Christian starts recovering and cowers to the corner, asking Orton to let up.  As Orton gets close to him, Christian spits in his face.

Orton goes irate and starts to punch Christian as the ref is counting to 5.  Orton stops but then hits Christian with a blatant low-blow that the ref sees.  The ref calls for the bell and awards Christian the World Heavyweight Championship due to Randy being disqualified.

Orton goes crazy after the match and attacks Christian.  The Spanish announce table finally comes into play as Orton gives Christian an RKO off of the table.

It looks like this feud will now live on into Summerslam.  What type of match will it be then?  Hell in the Cell?  Iron Man?  What could it be?  What’s obvious is that the fans want to see it as they’re chanting “One more match, One more match!”

While they’re chanting, Orton makes his way back towards the ring from the ramp and hits Christian with another RKO onto the announcer table.  Randy looks rather pissed that he’s hit that move twice and the table didn’t break either time.

We now get a lengthy CM Punk/John Cena promo package.  The second Cena was shown, boo’s rained down from the crowd.  When Punk was shown, it was one of the loudest pop’s heard in years.  This crowd is 100% pro-Punk.  “CM PUNK, CM PUNK, CM PUNK” chants are being screamed by the crowd before either man makes their intro.  Punk comes out first to a pop only rivaled by the last time The Rock was on WWE TV.  Punk is sporting his awesome, limited edition “Best in the World” shirt that is being sold at the arena.

I’ve already said it a few times, but I must make it clear.  The reaction that Punk is getting is giving me chills.  It’s a reaction that just isn’t seen in wrestling anymore.  I haven’t seen a reaction like this since that of The Rock or Steve Austin over 10 years ago.  If Vince needs any proof that Punk is money, LISTEN to this crowd reaction.

Cena’s music starts playing and the boo’s are so loud that you literally cannot hear his theme song.  Cena comes out without saluting the crowd are anything.  Cena is full-on heel Cena tonight.

Punk and Cena start off with a little chain wrestling.  Punk controls for the most part, but Cena tosses Punk to the ground and applies a chin lock.  The crowd plagues him with “You Can’t Wrestling” chants.  These chants quickly turn into a “CM PUNK” “Let’s go Cena” dueling chants, with 90% of the crowd chanting the former.  This crowd is INCREDIBLE.

These guys are putting on a wrestling display as Michael Cole brings up the Montreal Screwjob and openly questions whether or not it can happen again tonight.  As this discussion is happening, Cena goes for an Attitude Adjustment out of nowhere, but Punk slides off the back.  Punk goes for the GTS, but Cena slides off the back as well and both guys just stare at each other.  Catch-as-catch-can classic, indeed.

Booker T compares this back-and-forth action to that of a chess match.  Perfect analogy.  It’s not often you see storytelling like this much anymore in the ring.

Oh, and Punk’s good friend Colt Cabana is visibly present right in the front row.

Cena sends Punk to the corner and as Punk bounces off, he meets him with a kick to the groin and a fisherman’s suplex.  He goes for the cover but it’s a 2 count.  Cena gets Punk up and goes for another attitude adjustment, but Punk once again slides off the back and hits Cena with a DDT.  After a 2 count, Punk applies a triangle choke.  Cena stands up and gets out of the move, but Punk tosses Cena to the outside.

A breather well-deserved for both men.

A “Colt Cabana” chant now breaks out in the arena.

Cena is laying underneath the ropes with his head facing the mats outside the ring.  Cena climbs the rope and hits Cena with a knee drop.  Punk gets back in the ring and goes for the cover, but only gets a 2 count.  After Punk misses Cena in the corner, Cena counters and goes for the STFU.  Punk escapes and sends Cena into the ropes with his feet.  Punk bounces up and nails Cena with a clothesline.

Cena gets the upper hand and sends Punk into the corner.  Punk meets a charging Cena with a boot to the face.  Punk springboards off the ropes and botches a cross body attempt onto Cena, landing on Cena’s knee.  It clearly takes the wind out of both guys.  Cena goes to the apron to recover and as Punk comes over to him, Cena quickly gives him a suplex to the outside of the ring.  After a 2 count, Cena lifts Punk and nails another suplex.  He gets another 2 count.  Cena’s knee looks to be slowing him down.

Punk gets up and Cena goes for the AA once again, but Punk slides off the side.  Cena holds onto him and hits him with a modified side slam.  He gets a 2 count.  Punk gets up and the two guys exchange blows as the crowd duels back-and-forth with “Booo” and “Yeeaaah”’s .  Punk gets the upper hand and bounces off the ropes, but Cena locks him in an abdominal stretch.

The guys exchange blows once again and Punk sends Cena to the corner.  He attempts the running knee, but misses.  Cena hits the side slam on Punk and looks ready for the 5-Knuckle Shuffle.  It doesn’t happen though.  Punk gets back to his feet as Cena is outside and Punk flies through the middle and top rope to hit Cena on the outside.  The crowd is going nuts.

They get back in the ring and Punk misses with a cross body once again.  Cena teases the 5-Knuckle Shuffle and nails it.  Cena measures up for the AA once again, but Punk escapes and uses a punch, kick, kick, sweep combo to send Cena to the mat.  Cena gets up and Punk goes for the GTS as the crowd rises, but Cena escapes and hits Punk with a gut wrench powerbomb.

The announcers continue playing up John Cena’s knee injury.

Cena goes for the AA again, but Punk escapes and nails 2 straight jumping knees to Cena’s face followed by a bulldog.  Punk goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at 2.  Punk continues the kicks to the head and chest of Cena.  Cena finally ducks one of the kicks and locks in the STF in the center of the ring.  Punk claws towards the ropes for about 20 seconds and just when it looks like he’s going to tap, Punk clenches the bottom rope to the delight of the crowd.

Punk catches Cena with a kick to the back of the head out of nowhere.  Only good enough for a 2-count.   Punk climbs the ropes and goes for the cross body, but Cena rolls him over and stands up with Punk ready for the AA.  Punk slides off and goes for the GTS, but Cena counters it into another STFU.  As Punk is near tapping in the center of the ring, Punk counters into the Anaconda Vice.  Cena gets to his feet and hits the AA out of nowhere.

Punk kicks out at 2 3/4ths!!!

This crowd is electric and you are watching the match of the year, hands down.

Punk starts recovering as Cena climbs the ropes.  Cena attempts the top rope leg drop to the back of Punk’s head, but Punk reverses it into a powerbomb.  He goes for the cover, but Cena kicks out at 2.  Punk signals for the GTS.  He lifts Cena for the GTS, but Cena grabs the ropes and escapes.  He sends Punk to the mat with a punch.  Cena climbs the rope and this time successfully hits Punk with the top-rope leg drop.  Punk kicks out at 2 once again.

Cena is now measuring Punk up for the Attitude Adjustment.  Punk stumbles to his feet and Cena hoists him on his shoulders.  Cena nails the AA clean and Punk kicks out of it again!  The crowd is going bananas as Cena begins to show some frustration.  Cole reminds us that this match has been going on over 30 minutes now.

Cena picks up Punk and puts him on the top rope.  Cena is setting up Punk for the top-rope AA.  Punk counters with many elbows to the temple.  Punk gets in front of Cena and hits him with a hurricanrana.  The leverage of the move sends Punk to the opposite turnbuckle.  Punk hits another running knee and then nails Cena with the GTS, but the momentum sends Cena to the mat outside the ring.

Punk goes outside and rolls Cena back into the ring.  As this happens, Mr. McMahon and Johnny Ace make their way half way down the entrance.  Punk notices them and stares.  Punk gets back in the ring.  Cena applies the STFU and Vince starts calling for the bell.  The ref isn’t ringing the bell, so Vince sends Johnny Ace to get the bell rang.  As he’s doing it, Cena gets out of the ring and clotheslines Ace.  Cena says “if he’s gonna win the match, he’s gonna do it fair and square.”

Cena then looks over at Vince and gets back into the ring.  Punk is waiting for him and nails him with a GTS.  He gets the 3 count. Your winner and new champion, CM Punk!

Vince walks to the announce table and gets on the headset and says “get Alberto out here…cash it in. Get him out here right now.”  Del Rio runs to the ring with the brief case.  Punk meets him with a kick to the skull.  Punk then leaves the ring with the WWE title.  He starts to head through the crowd and Vince tries to stop him.  Punk holds the belt high and blows Vince a kiss before leaving through the crowd to a huge ovation.

The credits roll as Vince stands in the ring disgusted and Punk celebrates in the crowd.


Full 2011 WWE Money in the Bank results
CM Punk defeats John Cenafor the WWE championship
Christian defeated Randy Orton for the WWE world heavyweight championship
Albert Del Rio defeated Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, R-Truth, The Miz, Evan Bourne, and Jack Swagger in the RAW Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Daniel Bryan defeated Heath Slater, Kane, Justin Gabriel, Cody Rhodes, Sheamus, Sin Cara, and Wade Barrett in the SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Mark Henry defeated Big Show
Kelly Kelly defeated Brie Bella for the WWE Divas title

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WWE Money in the Bank 2011 Preview & PredictionsWWE Money in the Bank 2011 is finally here and will be live Sunday night from Chicago. Anticipation is high for CM Punk’s final night in the WWE and whether he leaves the company with the WWE championship or will John Cena keep his job and disappoint Punk’s legion of followers?

Other than WrestleMania 27, I can’t remember a pay per view with this much excitement going in. The intrigue of Punk leaving with the WWE title and the number of scenarios possible have had fans buzzing for three weeks about the big event. Well the wait is over, it is finally here, so let’s make some predictions and pick some winners.

CM Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE championship - For those of you that may have been living under a rock the last three weeks, this one has a real interesting story. CM Punk is leaving the WWE. Punk’s contract is up and he signed an extension which will keep him with the company until midnight Sunday night/Monday morning. In other words, if Punk wins he is leaving as champion. Vince McMahon has also deemed that John Cena will be fired if Punk leaves the building as WWE champion. It doesn’t get much better than this!

I actually wrote a real lengthy blog about the CM Punk vs. John Cena scenarios which I would ask you to check out for a more detailed look at the match. However, I am going to look at this from two different points of view. One, I will take a look at the match assuming Punk is really leaving. Two, I will take a look at the match assuming Punk has re-signed in secrecy.

As of this writing Punk is leaving, so let’s go with that. There have been subtle hints all along about the Montreal Screwjob without outright saying it. I think that is where this thing is going.

I think Vince McMahon comes down to ringside early playing off of the Montreal Survivor Series finish. I look for Punk and Cena to have a competitive match for awhile. About 15-20 minutes into the match I think Cena has Punk in the STF and guess what happens next? Vince orders the time keeper to ring the bell and award Cena the match, ala: Montreal Screwjob.

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But unlike the 1997 Survivor Series, John Cena doesn’t just grab the belt and run to the back (although it would be awesome if he did and set up a heel turn). I think Cena grabs the mic, calls Vince out on his bogus finish, and demands that the match continues. Vince foams at the mouth but eventually whether it be through Vince or the Anonymous G.M., the match restarts.

Ten minutes later Cena comes back from the depths of defeat and miraculously pulls out the win. Cena puts over Punk, Punk shakes his hand, they hug, and Punk leaves as a babyface, while Cena earns the respect of the hostile New York crowd. But wait a second! You don’t screw with the boss, especially if you are Vince McMahon!

I think Vince orders the Money in the Bank winner to the ring, Cena loses, and we have ourselves a new WWE champion after all. This sets up a full-fledged return by Vince McMahon as a lead heel and Cena’s enemy and a new feud for the rest of the summer between Cena and the MITB winner.

Now let’s assume that Punk re-signs in secrecy and stays with the WWE. I see a similar scenario of the competitive match but this time I see interference throughout the match from Luke Gallows and Colt Cabana from the crowd. One of these incidents leads to the finish and we have ourselves a brand new WWE champion. The hometown boy wins the title in Chicago and is taking it home. Not so fast!

Vince McMahon comes out, tells Punk he will never leave with the title, and orders security to escort Gallows and Cabana out of the ring. Just as they leave the SmackDown MITB winner hits the ring to cash in, a quick match later Punk pulls out the win. But it still isn’t over for Punk. The RAW MITB winner hits the ring, cashes in, and Punk…still wins the match! Finally Vince orders Alberto Del Rio to the ring, deems him the number one contender since Alberto won a #1 contender’s match on RAW, and makes the match telling Del Rio it is his only shot before the title leaves the company. Finally we have a new WWE champion in Alberto Del Rio. CM Punk leaves as a huge babyface but will return in a few months with a vengeance!

Randy Orton vs. Christian for the WWE world heavyweight championship with the DQ rule waived - Welcome back to the Christian vs. Orton show. Christian and Orton will do battle for the fourth time, third on pay per view with an added wrinkle at Money in the Bank. The DQ rule will be waived meaning that Orton will lose the title if he is disqualified. This was an old gimmick used regularly back in the N.W.A. during Ric Flair’s days as champion and has Dusty Rhodes’ finger prints all over it.

I don’t know what more I can say about these guys that I haven’t already said. I love this feud, their matches, and this entire storyline. I wouldn’t have a problem if we saw three more matches in the next two months. Yet at some point something has to give here and either Christian has to go over or you need to move on.

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I think this is the night. I think this is the night Christian goes over for a number of reasons. One, Punk is not walking out of Chicago with the WWE title. Putting Christian over will be something of a consolation prize to those fans. Two, the SmackDown ratings have been terrible lately and maybe the company takes a shot in the dark here with a new champion. Three, I think the WWE would love to culminate this feud at SummerSlam, so having Orton win again makes little reason for a fifth match at the August event.

I think this one comes down to the disqualification rule. I think something happens where a referee is bumped, Christian brings a chair or the belt in the ring, ref wakes up seeing Orton with the weapon, disqualifies him and awards Christian the title. Regardless of who wins, I expect a great match as usual out of this rivalry on Sunday night.

Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Alex Riley vs. R-Truth vs. The Miz vs. Evan Bourne vs. Jack Swagger RAW Money in the Bank Ladder Match - I did a lengthy preview by the odds last week on the blog so I won’t rehash too much of it here. But I think the winner is obvious…almost a little too obvious.

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Alberto Del Rio is the clear favorite here. There have been reports out for months about a planned Del Rio vs. Cena SummerSlam match and feud. Del Rio is hot right now and is coming off the #1 contender’s win. It just makes sense. Unfortunately when it comes to the WWE, the easy answer is usually the wrong answer.

Going back to the CM Punk vs. John Cena match and looking at the scenario of Punk re-signing, I would have to predict another winner. The winner would also have to be someone who would go out later as a sacrificial lamb to Punk. Del Rio is not that guy. I am going to go with a long shot in that scenario and pick Evan Bourne.

Evan Bourne can come out as the reluctant babyface ordered by Vince McMahon to cash in his Money in the Bank opportunity now. Bourne and Punk can have a real exciting match for a few minutes which ends with Punk winning. Maybe it is me but it appears that they are pushing Bourne a lot harder than usual lately. I think Bourne wins this one…if Punk is staying and my above scenario plays out.

If not I will go with Del Rio for the safe choice. I think this turns out to be a pretty good match but not nearly as exciting as the SmackDown MITB match. Other than Bourne and Rey Mysterio, you don’t have any real daredevils in this one as opposed to the other brand’s match. I would be shocked to see Miz, Riley, Swagger, or Truth take this one. I think Del Rio tosses Bourne off the ladder to win or vice versa if Punk stays and the above scenario plays out.

Daniel Bryan vs. Heath Slater vs. Kane vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder Match - Talk about a match that has a ton of potential right here! I did a lengthy preview by the odds last week on the blog so I won’t rehash too much of it here other than a quick rundown.

Sheamus is clearly being positioned as the favorite in this one. Sheamus has probably benefited more than anyone from the 2011 WWE Draft and has found new life on SmackDown as a top heel. A win here would really solidify his comeback and breathe new life into his chase for the title.

Daniel Bryan and Cody Rhodes are two guys that fit the mold of past Money in the Bank winners. In the past, the MITB contract was used to elevate a young guy that was ready to move up to the next level. I think both of these men fit that bill. I lean a little more towards Cody with Bryan being about a year away before getting this kind of push.

As for the match I have huge expectations here. You have a heck of a collection of great athletes and high flyers here. If Sin Cara was ever going to make some noise in the WWE, this is the time to do it. Speaking of which, will this match be in the dark? Anyway, I look for a potential Match of the Year candidate here (sorry Cena), and a win from the Celtic Warrior.

Big Show vs. Mark Henry - I have to admit, I am a little excited about this one. I have to give the WWE a lot of props for their booking here. They took a match on paper that most would have groaned about two months ago and turned it into a match that people are highly interested in watching.

Like Sheamus, Henry is clearly being positioned as the top heel on SmackDown. As a matter of a fact I think that unless Christian wins, Henry is wrestling Randy Orton at SummerSlam for the title. So I would be shocked if Henry doesn’t beat the Big Show here. Not only do I think Henry beats him, I think Henry lays him out when this one is over.

I just hope it’s short.

Full 2011 WWE Money in the Bank card…
John Cena vs. CM Punk for the WWE championship
Randy Orton vs. Christian for the WWE world heavyweight championship (DQ rule waived)
Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Alex Riley vs. R-Truth vs. The Miz vs. Evan Bourne vs. Jack Swagger RAW Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Heath Slater vs. Kane vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Mark Henry vs. Big Show
Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella for the WWE Divas title

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Punk Vs. Cena: The Entire Money in the Bank Script Revealed

July 16, 2011 By: Category: Humor, WWE | Pro Wrestling

John Cena vs. CM PunkSo you’re not going to believe this, but I visited a psychic at the Ocean City Boardwalk the other night. After telling me about future events in my life, I casually asked her what was going to go down Sunday night at WWE Money in the Bank between John Cena and CM Punk in the WWE Title match. Wouldn’t you know it, Madame Griselda was able to recite, moment for moment, what was going to happen in the culmination of WWE’s hottest angle in years.

(All Times Eastern)

10:22 - CM Punk makes his entrance first, emerging from the entrance way to an ovation that would rival The Pope and Derek Jeter beating David Ortiz to death in lower Manhattan. Punk makes his way to the ring, half annoyed that so many fans are cheering for him, when he’s spent the better part of two years trying to elicit unyielding hate from the masses. Punk mutters to himself, “I wish I could be half the heel Michael Cole is. These fans are ruining me. I wish genocide was legal.”

10:25 - John Cena’s music hits, and the man who makes millions of dollars, aids children’s charities, shows up on time for every show, and has dedicated his life to the business when others haven’t, gets booed out of the building, as if he was recently spotted rolling Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair off the Sears Tower. Cena remains upbeat, for several reasons: he’s married to a petite brunette, has a ton of money, and can sleep with the knowledge that more people have paid to see him do his crappy version of the STF than Lou Thesz and Masahiro Chono combined.

10:28 - Formal intros are done for both men. Punk gets another deathly loud ovation, whereas Cena’s catcalls could power Las Vegas’ energy needs for the next decade. The fans are clearly saying to themselves, “If we keep booing Cena, maybe Vince will fire him!”, which is a mantra that has been thought millions of times by millions of stupid people since the summer of 2005. Doesn’t stop them from trying this time, though.

10:30 - The two men share a staredown as the bell sounds. Reading their lips, Punk clearly asks Cena, “Do you have a knife? I wanna stab that fat ass in the front row who’s cheering for me, just to make an example.” Cena responds “No, I cannot be a party to murder.” Despite saving that fan’s life, Cena will later be referred to by that fan as a (chicken)sucker, mother(person engaging in s#x), dip(feces), among other colorful phraseologies.

10:33 - The first big wrestling sequence of the match ends, and here’s the scorecard: number of Punk moves: 6, number of Punk moves that were cheered: 6, number of Cena moves: 5, number of Cena moves that were booed, despite being executed well enough to ward off “YOU CAN’T WRESTLE” chants: 5.

10:38 - After Punk loses control of the match to Cena’s early offense, Cena takes over with shoulderblocks and other build-up offense, all of which is booed. Cena even smiles a few times, but is silently melancholy, for he knows that he’s not allowed to hold up a picture of his wife and say to the braying lardos in the crowd, “You WISH you could smell my fingers, and for $20, I’ll consider it!”

10:40 - Punk takes over, but blows a spot, wherein Cena is backdropped to the floor, causing WWE’s cash cow to nearly break his ankle on the landing. Despite CM Punk blowing the move by not getting Cena high enough off the ground, the fans cheer mightily, in the hopes that John Cena has legitimately hurt himself. One fan is ejected, because public shaft-cranking is frowned upon.

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10:42 - Punk works a chinlock and the fans won’t stop cheering for him. The entire crowd continues cheer away, bringing Punk to his breaking point. He drops Cena, exits the ring, and grabs the mic to say “I didn’t want to have to do this, but here goes.” He then pulls Derrick Rose out from the under ring, bound and gagged. Punk then produces a knife and says “Boo me, or your point guard gets it!”

10:43 - The fans are torn, but one guy yells, “SCREW HIM! THE NBA’S LOCKED OUT ANYWAY!”

10:44 - Cheers for Punk!

10:45 - RIP Derrick Rose, 1988 – 2011. Two years wasted under Vinny Del Negro.

10:46 - Cena gets the upper hand, to boos, and slightly botches his spinout powerbomb, causing one fan to loudly scream, “BE CAREFUL, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT YOUR OPPONENT, YOU RECKLESS BASTARD!” Cena then lands his usual move sequence of the Five Knuckle Shuffle, top rope rocker dropper, and tries for the STF, but Punk kicks him off. Crowd is torn now: half wants Punk to win, and the other half want Cena to commit suicide with an outboard motor. Then again, these people cheer for the Cubs, so they’re not a mirthy bunch.

10:48 - Punk hits the GTS out of nowhere and everyone is happy! Cena kicks out on two and 12 chairs fly at the ring!

10:50 - Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment and more chairs fly! Punk kicks out on two and the Punk chants are deafening!

10:51 - Vince McMahon hits the ring, and the crowd boos the Hell out of him. Then, as Cena locks Punk in the STF, Adolf Hitler, David Berkowitz, Jeffrey Dahmer, Saddam Hussein, Beezlebub, and Joan Rivers hit the ring, all to destroy Cena with kicks and stomps while McMahon and Punk watch smiling. The crowd is conflicted.

10:52 - Punk hooks Cena’s leg and pins him to become WWE Champion. After proving that his rift with McMahon was a swerve, Punk forms a stable with Vince and the aforementioned intruders.

10:53 - The Chicago fans, as well as all the CM Punk fans watching, come around to the realization that, as long as Punk is champion, they can tolerate Nazism, killing sprees, cannibalism, government-ordered mass murder, Satanism, and red carpet interviews.

As long as CM Punk is champion.

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More WWE Money in the Bank 2011 Predictions

July 16, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

CM Punk vs. John CenaJuly 17 is the 2011 edition of the WWE Money In The Bank PPV which is emanating from the great city of Chicago, Illinois, the hometown of CM Punk, who is challenging John Cena for the WWE Championship. Before Punk’s fantastic worked-shoot promo of two weeks ago or so on Raw, I wasn’t really all that interested in this particular PPV.

Honestly, since Edge was forced to retire due to spinal stenosis in April, I have been having a hard time really getting into wrestling much at all. I still watch, and there ARE wrestlers on WWE I enjoy (Christian, Orton, Del Rio, Sheamus, Punk), but it just isn’t the same without Edge, I mean, a lot of my other favorites like HHH, HBK, Y2J, Batista, etc are either retired, semi retired, or on hiatus, so when Edge who is my personal hero besides one of my all time favorites(HBK is my #1 all time favorite), was forced into retirement, I just lost a lot of interest, UNTIL a one CM Punk sat down on the top of that ramp and cut that infamous promo.

I won’t go into the promo as there have been a lot of writers who have already written about it, and the promos that Punk, Vince, and Cena cut on the “go home” Raw this past Monday, so I am going to just make this blog my predictions for the PPV. Since I am already talking about the participants in the WWE Championship Match, I will start with that one.

WWE Championship Match: John Cena (C) vs CM Punk. (Stips: If Punk wins and walks out champion, John Cena is fired): The back story is that after CM Punk cut that promo burying the company , including Stephanie, and HHH, and such, Punk got suspended. The following week, on the July 4th Raw, Cena calls out Vince McMahon who will appear at the end of the show. Later ,they have a number one contendership match which Alberto Del Rio wins. However, that win appears to be null and void when John Cena gets Vince McMahon to reinstate Punk after lecturing Vince about the First Amendment, etc. Vince reinstates Punk and puts in the match stipulation where if Punk wins and leaves as WWE Champion, Cena is fired.

Prediction:The finish of this match with all the possible scenarios has been analyzed to death, it seems. I think this will be a pretty good match. I don’t see Cena being fired, and I do not see Punk walking out the champ either. Terri’s Pick: Punk wins match by DQ, but Cena keeps WWE Title as Title can not change hands on a DQ.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton (C) vs Christian (Stip: If Randy Orton gets DQ’d or if the referee makes a mistake, Orton loses, and Christian becomes the new champion: The back story is that Christian has been angry and frustrated, thus the heel turn, because after seventeen years in the wrestling business, he finally becomes the World Champion at Extreme Rules 2011, only to lose the belt in 5 days to Randy Orton.

Christian blames the fans for voting for Orton to be his challenger. Christian blames Smack Down GM Teddy Long for creating the match. Over the last couple of months, Christian and Randy Orton have feuded over the belt, and Orton has won, but in Christian’s mind, he feels that the refs, and Teddy Long are against him. In their last PPV meeting, Capitol Punishment, the referee didn’t catch that Christian’s leg was underneath the rope when the referee counted 123 and declared Orton the winner, thus the stipulation. Orton is fed up with Christian getting chance after chance at his title. However, Orton must hold his temper and not get DQ’d, or he loses his belt as well.

Prediction: This has been an awesome feud. It is one of the most interesting things on BOTH Raw AND Smack Down. Both men are doing very good jobs, especially Christian. It will be interesting to see what Christian can do to get Orton to get himself DQ’d. I wonder if Christian will have his “lawyers” at ringside watching the refs to make sure they are calling the match down the middle. This match should be one of the best worked matches on the show, along with the MITB matches.
Terri’s Pick: Randy Orton finds a way to retain his title.

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The Big Show vs Mark Henry: The back story of this match is pretty simple. The Big Show was out with a leg “injury” due to Alberto Del Rio’s ring announcer Ricardo Rodriquez’ driving the car into his (Show’s) leg. The Big Show returns and destroys just about everyone in sight, including Rodriquez on Raw, and put Mark Henry in a stretcher on Smack Down. Mark Henry then becomes this huge monster, and over the past few weeks has been attacking both Kane AND the Big Show. Smack Down GM Teddy Long made this match.

Prediction: This is what, the 100,000,000th push that Mark Henry has had with WWE? I mean, he was in the Nation of Domination. He was Sexual Chocolate, and “fathered” a hand with Mae Young? However, this time, they may have something. He is a real nasty brute of a man. I am enjoying this version of Mark Henry. Big Show may be looking for revenge, but Henry needs the win more . Terri’s Pick:Mark Henry

Diva’s Title: Kelly Kelly (C) vs Brie Bella: The Back story is that Brie Bella wants her Diva Title back from Kelly Kelly. Kelly Kelly won the title from Brie when Kelly was selected by the fans on that Power to the People Edition of Raw.

Prediction: I am sure Bella Twin Magic is going to come into play to try to get the belt back on Brie, but I don’t think it will work. Terri’s Pick: Kelly Kelly retains.

Money in the Bank Ladder Match (RAW) Alberto Del Rio vs The Miz vs Alex Riley vs Rey Mysterio vs Kofi Kingston vs Evan Bourne vs Jack Swagger vs R Truth:
No back story here as the winner of this match who climbs the ladder and gets the briefcase is the winner and has a year to “cash in” the briefcase for whatever title they choose on either brand.

Prediction: This should be a very well worked match given these participants. I expect many exciting spots provided by Mysterio, Kingston, Bourne, and Truth in particular. Since he didn’t get to use his number one contendership that he won on Raw, I suspect Del Rio should be the winner. Terri’s Pick: Alberto Del Rio

Money In The Bank Ladder Match (Smack Down) Sheamus vs Cody Rhodes vs Wade Barrett vs Justin Gabriel vs Heath Slater vs Kane vs Sin Cara vs Daniel Bryan
No back story here as well. Like with the Raw MITB Ladder Match, whoever climbs the ladder first and gets the briefcase is the winner, etc.

Prediction: This is another match that should be a pretty good match. I could see Bryan and Gabriel , and Rhodes putting on a good show. Sheamus seems the likely winner.
Terri’s Pick: Sheamus

That is my prediction blog. I hope you all enjoy the PPV. I will be watching it with friends.

Full 2011 WWE Money in the Bank card…
John Cena vs. CM Punk for the WWE championship
Randy Orton vs. Christian for the WWE world heavyweight championship (DQ rule waived)
Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Alex Riley vs. R-Truth vs. The Miz vs. Evan Bourne vs. Jack Swagger RAW Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Heath Slater vs. Kane vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Mark Henry vs. Big Show
Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella for the WWE Divas title

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