Re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
I guess I can look at it like that (especially with the future prediction Seabs has given - that sounds swell).Match for Cena's Wrestlemania Opportunity
CM Punk Vs John Cena (WWE Raw 25/02/2013)
I'm almost sure it was JoeRulz who penned Okada/Tanahashi at the Dome as a 5-star match purely because of wrestling being storytelling first and foremost. I'm thusly also surprised at him not liking this as Cena/Punk, for me, was the very story of the Dome match with wrestling that blew Okada/Tanahashi out of the water.
Right from the get go you could feel the nerves from Cena (not casually kissing his dog chains as he usually does but, rather, adding a prayer to his routine) and the newfound levels of cockiness oozing off the usually brass Punk. Everything leading up to this point, everything that this watch was riding on, was perfectly cemented by the behaviours of both wrestlers before the match even began. The face of adversity also seemingly changed Cena's approach within wrestling. Normally he relies on his dogmatically lawful/good nature yet knowing what was at stake made him stray from his tennets. Exampilic of this was in how desperation had made Cena hold on to a submission despite the rope-break being called by the referee and only relinquished the hold in the sight of a disqualification.
I've noted the criticisms over Cena's selling, his Frankensteiner and the dubious near count-out yet I cannot find a case for any of them. Sure, the 9-count was certainly not the best application of that spot but, granted, it still popped the crowd and did its job. As for his selling, outside of the sequence that involved the dodged shoulder tackle (when Cena was still relatively fresh), there really and truly is nothing to fault - especially when issues in the matches from DDT4 are glossed over. Watch Cena try lift Punk onto his shoulders after that point, he feigns a struggle in doing so. Yet he was the guy who lifted Brock Lesnar with one frikken arm. Lastly, that Frankensteiner? Beautifully poignant and succinct to the flow of the match and its story.
You've got to understand this was a desperation move for Cena, he isn't used to delivering it and will, naturally, be rusty in its execution. Now add in to that fact that he had endured Punk's signatures, submissions and finisher as well as a vicious piledriver only moments before. Then couple in the fact of physical exhaustion and a "lazy" take on the move isn't at all hard to forgive or even admire as an additive to the narrative. It made perfect sense to be placed here, noting the cover for Cena's rustiness in its use, as opposed to switching it with the Liger Bomb as Woolcock had proposed. It wasn't done to inflict extra damage in ensuring the subsequent AA was successful, it was entirely about taking Punk by surprise with a move he wouldn't expect and allowing Cena the opportunity to apply the AA.
This was a big time match held in front of a big time crowd for a chance at a big time opportunity - all on free TV. Yeah, this was larger than life.
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
Last edited by Rah; 02-27-2013 at 06:54 PM.