I wouldn't put Henry anywhere near Punk in 2011 as far as wrestling goes, but 2011 was a fairly strong Henry year, no doubt. Frankly though, I don't remember any of his TV matches aside from the Bryan cage one, which I remember being great, but haven't watched i since it first aired. However, I would still put Punk/Cena's MITB, SS, Raw, as well as the triple threat HIAC and the match against Mysterio at CP over Henry's best match of the year, against Show at Vengeance 2011.
Like I said IDK what I'd consider Punk's second best match, but it's probably whatever his second best match with Cena that year was and I don't really know if I like it more than Henry/Show, Henry/Orton or Henry/Bryan. I didn't think much of that HIAC three-way, and really I didn't think much of anything Punk did post-SummerSlam other than the very good Cena Raw match and the really fun Raw match with Dolph. Del Rio match was fine but kind of boring and went way too ong (did it? Felt like it). The HHH stuff wasn't bad, but wasn't particularly good to me either, and I'd rather watch anything Henry did that year to it. The TLC three-way had a really good dramatic moment at the end with Punk trying to pull the turnbuckle apart, but overall I didn't like it.
I still have not seen the Mysterio match, I don't think. I said I was going to watch/write about the Punk/Rey series for this thread before Christmas. I was obviously full of shit, but I will watch all of them again one day.
Henry's first match as a heel IIRC was v Mysterio which I actually felt disappointed with at the time, but re-watching it a couple of months ago I really really liked it. That was April, before people were even pushing Henry. He had awesome semi-squash-ish matches with John Morrison and Zack Ryder on TV. I think they were both no DQ and there's such this great feel of Morriosn/Ryder getting thrown into a lion pit with everyone worried they'd be fucked up. They had awesome hope and comeback spots and Henry looked like the all time great killer. He had SEVERAL good TV matches Orton, and more than one with Sheamus including the SummerSlam re-match which to me was actually probably as good as the PPV match itself. I loved loved loved the first Bryan match in November and the second was pretty great too despite both being short. Man, typing all of this up makes me actually realise I forgot how much good Henry had in 2011. FUCK. How good could he have been for the second half of 2006 had he not gotten injured? Or in 2010 if he was a heel working a main event program? His career should have been way better than it was (and I'm a BIG fan of it as it is) and it sucks he has to be injured right now when he finally got the big break he needed. Glad he got that kind of run eventually, though.
Guys does CM Punk vs Randy Orton from ER 2011 deserve a watch?
Yeah it's good. Didn't LOVE it, but could see why someone would.