Punk/HHH NOC match was good, but nothing I'd put in the great category for a PPV main event. The overall match and work was just very "blah" and I didn't feel the level of hate between them in the match as the story pushed out besides the beginning where Punk wasted no time starting the match. The last 5-10 minutes of the match was a clusterfuck, and while it advanced the whole HHH/COO storyline stuff, that whole shit was what left Punk in the dust and put the final nail in the coffin of his summer momentum, which is exactly what shouldn't have happened. Rather than running with Punk and making him the center of that whole storyline, WWE did their typical bs and took 5 steps backwards into making one of their already big guys the center of the big storyline (Cena or HHH at this point in time). Sure Punk was still kind of involved as he teamed with HHH against Awesome Truth, but it didn't feel like he was an important part anymore. It went from Punk's big storyline to HHH (w/ Punk for a little bit) against Awesome Truth.
I think... and I'm not sure, but I think they had plans to make HHH the COO by the end of the year and have something big, but when Punk's shoot caught fire and he became the hottest superstar in the industry for 2 months, they decided to try and use that to fuel HHH's COO run, when really it should've been the other way around.
I don't even have a problem with HHH winning, but it's the fact they shifted all the momentum Punk created from the shoot to Awesome Truth fighting against HHH is what I have a big problem with, and why I don't like the whole clusterfuck ending. I understand what they wanted to accomplish with it and they did accomplish it, but I don't agree with it and there's therefore nothing I like about it.
The brawl and match before that as I said was decent enough, but I wouldn't put it anywhere near one of the best brawls of all time, or one of the best matches of 2011. It's a decent match for me, nothing more. Certainly better than HHH's next two matches (Punk/HHH vs. Awesome Truth and HHH vs. Nash).
I give the match ***.
Originally Posted by Cookie Monster
What is everyone's favourite match that isn't particularly very well known or spoke about a lot, in the mood to watch some entertaining wrestling.
Edge/Orton Raw after Backlash 07... Fantastic heel vs. heel match, and off the top of my head the best one ever. I give it ****.
Taker vs. Big Show from NWO 03 is also a good match from what I remember. While it's not quite on the level of their matches from 2008, I'd say it was Taker/Big Show's best match until No Mercy 2008 and it was a good one. Nothing great though, but *** for me.