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CM Punk Cashes in at WWE 2009 Extreme Rules

cmpunkIt was an extreme night for sure at WWE Extreme Rules. All of the world titles changed hands. The last change of the night was the most shocking. CM Punk won his second WWE world title after cashing in his Money in the Bank and beating Jeff Hardy.

Jeff Hardy defeated Edge in a grueling Ladder Match for the WWE world heavyweight title. Following the match, CM Punk ran out and cashed in his Money in the Bank. Punk nailed two Go to Sleeps and pinned an exhausted Hardy for his second WWE world title reign.

This was definitely a surprise. Most, including myself have predicted Punk pulling this move on WWE Backlash and WWE Judgment Day. Going into WWE Extreme Rules, his MITB situation was an afterthought. It was perfect timing for the WWE and Punk to pull a surprise and catch the fans sleeping.

You would expect the crowd to go crazy one way or the other for the shocking moment. I think the biggest shock was the lack of a crowd reaction. The crowd really didn’t seem to care, as opposed to the previous title changes. It could have been burn out, however the crowd was on their feet for Hardy’s win moments earlier.

Punk becomes the 31st WWE world heavyweight champion. Punk becomes the top dog on WWE SmackDown. Punk didn’t play into the heel persona, so he may actually wind up coming out of this portrayed as an opportunistic babyface. He has decent challengers either way, but nothing earth shattering.

Personally, I have never gotten it with CM Punk. I have found him to be the most overrated wrestler I have ever seen going back to his days on the independent scene. I just never understood the hype. I don’t think he is all that exciting and quite honestly, his movements seem slow and predictable most of the time. Obviously I am in the minority because he has quite a fan base.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Punks first title reign on the WWE RAW brand would have to be considered a flop. He was barely allowed to go over on anyone and came across was lucky rather than good. On the SmackDown brand, he has less political hurdles to jump over and should get a fair opportunity to succeed.

Batista beat Randy Orton for the WWE title earlier in the night in a Steel Cage Match. Batista pinned Orton easily after a Batista Bomb. The match was rather short, but the fans were really into it from the go. This is Batista’s first WWE championship. Batista becomes the 91st champion in the lineage of the title.

ECW fans will be happy to know that Tommy Dreamer finally won the ECW world title. Dreamer pinned Jack Swagger in a Triple Threat Hardcore Match. This is Dreamer’s second ECW title win. Dreamer was a one-night transitional ECW champion in the original ECW promotion. Dreamer’s contract had been up so it is expected he renewed, even if just for a short-time.

Full Results of 2009 WWE Extreme Rules:
Jeff Hardy def. Edge; CM Punk cashes in Money in the Bank to become new World Heavyweight Champion
Batista def. Randy Orton in Steel Cage Match (New WWE Champion)
Tommy Dreamer def. Christian & Jack Swagger in Triple Threat Hardcore Rules Match (New ECW Champion)
Chris Jericho def. Rey Mysterio in No Holds Barred Match (New Intercontinental Champion)
John Cena def. Big Show (Submission Match)
CM Punk def. Umaga (Samoan Strap Match)
Santina Marella def. Vickie Guerrero in Hog Pen Match (New Miss WrestleMania)
United States Champion Kofi Kingston wins Fatal Four Way Match

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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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