Whether it’s shoot, a work, fake, scripted or real life WWE’s Money in the Bank definitely all about what was going to happen with CM Punk. WWE did not drop the ball this time. In his hometown of Chicago, CM Punk defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship and it was a classic contest between the two. At the conclusion of the match Mr. McMahon tried getting Alberto Del Rio to cash his Money in the Bank contract in. Punk beat him to the punch but did not pin Del Rio. With CM Punk winning that means John Cena is “fired.” Obviously WWE would not fire the guy who sells the most merchandise and is the face of the company. I will be really curious to see how this CM Punk storyline plays out but for now the whole wrestling world is talking about him. Here is everyone who tweeted on the kid from Chicago:
The Rock: “Congratulations to new WWE Champion @CMPunk. Gonna be a helluva run for you. I hope our paths cross.”
Steve Austin: “@CMPunk and @JohnCena had a big time pro wrestling match. I loved it. And I loved the finish. Congrats to both guys. Great stuff.”
“WOW!!! What a Tremendous reception for @CMPunk! That was a 10 out of 10. Hell Yeah!”
Trish Stratus: “What’s so wrong w/ leaving the company as champion, right @wweuniverse? Hehe! Great match-the ‘to be continued’ is what’s got me #mustseetv”
Sean Waltman: “That was f**king unbelievable. Glad I decided on a later flight in order to see that. Hats off to both guys and to WWE for doing it right. Now I can get on my flight a happy man. Thanks @CMPunk and @JohnCena . Thanks to Chicago for making that so electric. Best bldg in world.”
Jim Ross: “Really solid, compelling, old school wrestling match between @JohnCena & @CMPunk. Making me proud.”
“MITB delivered! Last match was excellent. Hope everyone who watched enjoyed it.”
When a PPV delivers, especially the main event, & then the show goes off the air w/ more questions than answers I’d say that’s a good nite.
From start to finish, MITB arguably was the best wrestling PPV of the year. Highly entertaining, great crowd & gutsy in ring work. Bravo.
Kevin Nash: “MITB better than any mma ppv I’ve watched. Punk continues to gain my respect and Jay is the F**KIN man,WWE at it’s best”
Mick Foley: “I don’t think I’ve ever been jealous of a wrestler’s character before. Money, yes, character, no. @cmpunk has changed that. Damn. Damn!”
Howard Finkel: “I’ve seen just about everything possible in my 36 yrs.in this industry, but nothing like I witnessed 2nite! I love this business so much!”
Zack Ryder: “Congrats to my first ever Broski of the Week @CMPunk!”
Seth Rollins: “We’re still a wrestling company and that was how professional wrestling is done.”
Joey Styles: “I can’t believe this. Our WWE Champion doesn’t work for WWE and John Cena is or will be fired. OMG! Holy Crap!”
Those are some pretty legendary people on that list and in a matter of three weeks CM Punk made himself a legend. Yes I said it, a legend. Some may disagree with that statement but he is the most talked about guy in pro wrestling at this moment. WWE was smart by doing what they did tonight.
WWE righted a couple of wrongs tonight besides the CM Punk situation. They put the World Heavyweight Title back on Christian in classic heel fashion which should have happened two months ago. He deserves it and rightfully has the gold again. They gave the Money in the Bank briefcases to Alberto Del Rio and Bryan Danielson(sorry for not using Daniel Bryan but I can’t stand that name). Both are great wrestlers and both deserve the push.
I gotta say this is the first time I have thought highly of a WWE and TNA pay-per-view in the same month. Lets see if both companies can keep the momentum going with what they have done this month. We have new champions, new contract holders but tonight the wrestling fans were the real winners. The night belongs to them and the man who stands up for pro wrestling, the Straightedge Superstar CM Punk. Congrats to CM Punk for winning the WWE Championship. You truly earned it tonight.