cena vs. Punk
Once again I am left to feel I am missing something. seriously ****1/2, people?
A great finishing stretch, and not much else. Early part was really blah. could have fast forwarded and missed nothing. Then Cena just diminishes pretty much all of Punk's strikes into oblivion.
The finish sucked. Yes, I get that the huricurana was for disorientation and desperation. I still think even if he had hit it clean, its way to athletic of a spot for that kind of wrestling at that point in the match. It just was so random and out of place and didn't make a whole lot of sense for me.
and that's if he hit it clean. He didn't, of course, and it looked like he took more damage than Punk did from that move. If Brock at Wrestlemania 19 is how to a do a self piledriver, this was how to do a self powerbomb.
I really don't think I have ever liked a match between these two. I guess the Summerslam match was the one I'm ok with. Everything else I just don't see stories: I see spots. Some people like back and forth with no story (Okada/Tanahashi from the dome) but I just need a little more before we get to a finisher fest.
But that's the whole point, they are not trading finishers because is cool in a Davey Richards way, they're trading finishers because at this point they had been battle so many times and know each others so well that they know that one finisher isn't enough and they need to trade bombs.
That is the reason also for the early work, is work for domination, they are setting up the moment to begin to throw the bombs. Early part of matches doesn't need always to be limbwork, specially in this kind of matches were people need desperately a victory, they just want to desimate his oponent to get their main event spot in the most important event of the year. And sincerely i prefer this kind of early work, than limbwork that is useless at the finishing stretch
Same with the Rana, Cena can't do shit He never has done in a match with this level of importance, and the Rana is a spot he has do it two or three times now. So even looking too much athletic it works because it's not out of his style but is innovative enough to confuse Punk
I will not called it a **** 1/2 match, because Punk and Cena are almost screaming the spots and there is too much awkwardness in the execution. But no story? i get that this is subjective but if you saw the previous matches between them i think is pretty obvious the kind of match they're working
edit: Another problem i had was the fast kickout of the piledriver but that is just a nitpick of me because i marked out for that