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Alberto Del Rio Originally Planned To Win WWE Championship At MITB

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 F4Wonline.com 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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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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