Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
Punk vs Bryan (WWE Super Smackdown 21/02)
Well, that was fucking awesome to watch. Overbooked? Yeah completely, but incredibly entertaining. The match itself was an absolute clinic, and what would you expect from these two. Bryan is still the best wrestler in the world and he showed exactly why here, working on Punk's arm in relentless style, something Dragon obviously learned from Regal and it was so great to see something like that in the current WWE product. Punk then does an amazing sell job, similar to the way Ambrose sold his arm against Regal last year, or the way Rollins sold it against Ambrose, constantly holding it or having it by his side and switching arms on moves etc. There was a spot where they did a series of reversals and Punk ended up going for his spinning neckbreaker but couldn't do it because of his arm and he constantly sold it until after the match. Awesome. The two false finishes didn't even bother me, well the first one did since the match was too short, but it really played up to Bryans character and once they restarted it I figured there might be something else screwy leading to the other guy getting the victory. The ending was a perfect way to end the match imo, neither of these guys should be losing matches, and especially against eachother the only way is a draw, and the way they did it was great and both of them looked strong. I can see some people being put off by the overbooking, but it honestly didn't bother me because the wrestling was amazing. Great storytelling and action, Bryan showed why he's the best, and Punk showed why he's up there too. Loved every minute of it and maybe it's the fact that these two are 'our guys' still I don't know, but I haven't had that much fun watching wrestling since god knows when.
It's hard to put a rating on this because of what happened with the various finishes, but the story in the ring deserves **** at least. I'll have to watch it again knowing whats going to happen and see if that affects my enjoyment or not.