Asking JAMES ELLSWORTH for Wrestling Advice
Join Date: Feb 2012
Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
I was having a discussion with a friend of mine who only started watching wrestling in 2011 after we all went to Wrestlemania 27 and he mentioned something I found very interesting. Not only have their been some excellent matches over the past year and a half, but he had said that his absolute favorite match was CM Punk vs. John Cena at Money in the Bank ’11. I tried to counter and say how it was a great match with probably the best build in a long time, but he tried to coax me into watching it one more time. So after the NY/SF football game on Sunday, we popped in the DVD and watched Punk-Cena again. And you know what? I’ll have to agree with the match’s greatness, ranking it in my top 5. While other matches may have been better from a technical standpoint, very few matches were as highly anticipated or unpredictable as that match was. Even listening to Daniel Bryan on the BITW documentary, it was so refreshing to have a match where it could’ve very easily gone one way or the other. The big match feel that this match had and I’m talking about the pre-match promos that were the strongest in either man’s career, the uncertainty regarding Punk’s real-life contract, the segments all throughout the night of Money in the Bank where they were building the match, it was just excellent. The hometown crowd of CM Punk, reacting to every single move he did and just setting up the absolute perfect atmosphere. Cena and Punk putting on a 30 minute clinic with a very clear and concise beginning-middle-ending sequence of events the entire way through. The little meticulous details about the match that can give it even more credibility, whether it is the submission reversals or near falls. The brilliant ending that tied in every single rumored ending, whether it was a ‘Chicago Screwjob’ or Del Rio cashing in his briefcase. The commentary was superb all match, not at any point being annoying and although fans usually wish JR was on commentary for every big match, Cole really sold the importance throughout the entire match of the WWE title staying in the WWE and not leaving the company with CM Punk. Everything about this match was perfect, from the storyline to the build up to the match. Anybody agree that this is one of the top 5-10 WWE matches of all-time?