re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
Rock/Punk was decent imo, but only because of Punk. He was brilliant for the most part, good in control, subtly selling his injury until it got fully exposed after he went high risk, great character stuff as usual etc. The guy is great. Rock is where the match failed. He was gassed out, offense looked really bad, didn't offer anything to the match at all. He still bumps like crazy which was cool to see though. But yeah, the match isn't anywhere near past the ***1/2 range, probably not even that. If I could rate it on Punk getting the best he could out of a situation it would be higher, but unfortunately it needed something from Rocky and he didn't deliver in the slightest. It was going swell until Rock got on offense and then it fell apart, and then the finishing run was terrible which obviously didn't help. A spinebuster and elbow drop and that's it? That's what ends the title reign? Jesus. Punk deserved more imo, whether that be actually winning or even just looking stronger in defeat.