John Cena vs. CM Punk(c) - Night of Champions 2012
Can't see you disliking it. Its a really great take and evolution of the MITB encounter with Punk being in the reverse position from a year ago as the champion trying to overcome Cena. There's a bit of contention with the finishing stretch, but personally I thought they timed and paced the nearfalls very well with only one exception. Not as good as MITB, but the usual Punk/Cena chemistry shines again.
I'd have Lesnar/Cena, Punk/Bryan, Sheamus/Show & Bryan/Sheamus definitely ahead of it. I'd also probably have Ambrose/Regal II from personal preference, but any other match would require serious consideration. Basically its great stuff.
Meh I'm not with you on this one at all lol. Everything was going great up until the finishing stretch. It actually reminded me of the HHH/Cena match from NOC 08 where Trips had a counter for most of Cena's moves and they were checkmating each other all the way through. Unlike that match however, the ending to this was contrived beyond belief and started to annoy me. It made me roll my eyes if I'm being honest. Finisher, kickout, finisher, kickout, finisher, kickout. That's literally what it was. Usually I don't mind that, if it fits with the story, but this felt contrived as hell to me this time. I knew they were going to kickout. What ever happened to finishers actually finishing
matches, huh? All they did here was undermine their own moves. MITB had those intangibles surrounding it so the finisher kickouts truly felt like something special. These ones though, way too forced imo. Cena kicked out of 2 GTS and a Rock Bottom back to back and this is just a regular wrestling match. Then there was the random back suplex to end the match because Cena goes for that move all the time. There was some great stuff in there though and Punk's gear was pretty awesome. I loved a lot of the counters. That's one thing Punk/Cena excel at imo. Their counters to the others moves are always fun to watch.
I'd go ****
for this. Like I said before, had the finishing stretch not been so retarded, this could have kicked into another gear. Unfortunately, it didn't. Not for me anyways.