A lot of that 2011 stuff with Punk, Del Rio, Nash, Triple H, Awesome Truth, & Johnny Ace seems to put together in the span of 2 seconds with no definitive ending. Punk started off becoming a heel, then his angle led him to being purely the "voice of the voiceless" tweener stance. Del Rio cashed in a became champ - which got the backseat. Nash was here for some reason. Triple H was losing control of the masses with Ace being the scheming guy behind him. Miz & Truth's angle was solid, but had a weird tie in towards everything and it really wasn't even needed in the first place. With all of this going on Cena would come back into the fold, win the championship, lose it, than Del Rio would do what seems like nothing while Punk fully transformed into a face. Punker unseated Del Rio and that was that. Almost a bit of a mindfuck when you look at all of it. That's not even incorporating how Nash and Punk had zero altercations following Vengeance & Johnny Ace and Punk ended the moment Ace turned his attention on Cena.
Once again, I'm at a total loss what to expect for the Chamber match, or the World Championship picture come WrestleMania. I guess that's good. It's unpredictable and all of the scenarios except for Kane or Danielson winning do have a good chance of happening. Although, I'd be very underwhelmed if Orton came out on top to have a world championship match for WM. That's just me of course. World Championship has everyone involved meanwhile the WWE Championship is a 3 person show. Funny how that works out.
True. It did get lost in the shuffle as far as being remembered goes. I'll give WWF credit at the time though. It was collectively a nice rub for Jericho, Regal, & the Championship. Especially when you take into account the next year Regal vs RVD wasn't nearly as "big" and following that we wouldn't get another Intercontinental Championship match at WrestleMania till 2009. Not to mention it would be a total farce going only 25 seconds.
That whole Punk storyline was just a giant clusterfuck
They had the PERFECT opportunity to play off Punk's anti-authority shtick by turning HHH into the megalomaniacal authority figure, but instead the entire angle almost became a frottage of HHH's ego. Forget the fact that they brought back Punk prematurely just to help sell a PPV that has lost much of it's prestige in recent years. Nash's involvement could've worked had he been HHH's right hand man along with Johnny Ace, but of course his involvement turned out to be a giant waste of time. That whole fiasco annoys me because I know how big they could've made Punk at that moment in time if they set up the right situations for him. In the end, they went a different route that worked out well, but it could've worked even better if they didn't write their shows on table napkins for the better part of 2011. ugh.
Yeah, Kane and Bryan will likely cost themselves the match and feud with each other. I'd love to see Bryan in the title picture, but he'll need to shake off that comedy gimmick before that ever happens again. I'm certainly with you on the unpredictability factor, for the first time in a long time i'm left pondering about what WHC outcome for Mania. I also feel the same about the WWE title program, mainly for the reasons I listed in that rants thread.
When you think about it, the last time WWE treated the Intercontinental title as a big deal at Mania was in 1994. They technically had some the champs involved in high profile feuds and matches, but it wasn't for the title (think Goldust vs Piper). I don't know why they don't put any effort in that division for their biggest show of the year. That's one of life's most trivial mysteries, but one that many wrestling fans are left scratching the heads on.