When it comes to wrestling, I’ve never been so happy to be wrong!
Last night, I was almost certain that one of two things was going to happen. 1) John Cena was going to beat Punk clean, in Chicago, and send Punk on his merry way. 2) Alberto Del Rio was going to cash in his Money in the Bank and take the belt off of Punk right after he won, sending Punk on his merry way.
Did that happen?
Shane-o got his pipe-dream, and CM Punk beat John Cena clean, with the Go2Sleep, and won the WWE Championship! I watched the Pay Per View last night, and can honestly say, that I had the most fun watching wrestling (read: WWE) that I have had in a long time. I watched the main event from the corner of my seat, putting my laptop down and shutting it for the first time since the show started. I didn’t want to do anything but take in the match.
I knew the Chicago crowd was going to be pro Punk but the entrances in this match will rank high atop the list of my all time favorites. Punk’s music hit and that place went nuts! Signs came up and it honestly looked like every other person in the arena had a CM Punk sign. I was so happy to see the “If Cena Wins, We Riot” sign brought back from One Night Stand 2006, haha. One of my favorite parts of the night was seeing Punk go outside during Cena’s entrance, and stand with his back to the crowd, while Colt Cabana and Ace Steel stood behind him at ringside. Although two of them aren’t employed by the WWE, as an indy fan, seeing the Second City Saints on WWE television nearly brought a tear to my eye.
Cena’s entrance was even something I dug. He didn’t come into it as the saluting, full of energy Cena. He simply walked in, his head down, and held up the belt, and the place booed him out of the building. Coltrane and I were almost in the floor laughing about it.
The match was pretty good, if not a bit slow starting off, but that’s because John Cena decided to remember he can actually wrestle a little bit and there was some good chain wrestling to open the match. The only complaint I really have about the match, honestly, is the way Cena chose to wrestle it. He seemed in a daze, almost, and seemed dejected a bit through it, like, the crowd hating on him was getting to him. I wanted to see him start playing to the crowd a lot more. At one point, he bent down to do the “you can’t see me” taunt before his Five Knuckle Shuffle, and he did so almost despondent. Yeah, it’s a stupid move, and yeah, the crowd is going to crap all over it…but in that instance, if I were Cena, I’d have done it with a smirk on my face. Play to the crowd. Play against the crowd. You think it’s a stupid move and you’re going to boo it? I’m going to drop it on your boy, stupid or not, and I’m going to laugh about it while I’m doing it!
We get towards the end and see Vince McMahon and Johnny Ace coming out, and I pretty much knew that the screwjob was on (see Montreal, 1997), but Cena jumped out of the ring, knocked out Johnny Ace and told Vince if he was going to win, he was going to win fair, which was true to Cena’s character, and I like that. Of course, what I liked more was the GTS he got for his trouble!
Watching Punk celebrate was awesome, but I knew it wasn’t over yet…as Vince called for Alberto Del Rio to run to the ring. Oh well, I thought, knowing that Del Rio is pretty much the next in line for Golden Boy status, I figured Punk’s night was over. Then they shocked me by having Punk kick him in the face before he could cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase!
Seeing the night end with Punk blowing Vince a kiss as he jumped over the guardrail and ran out of the arena was amazing…not only just from the standpoint of great TV, but that it was exactly what I wanted to happen…exactly! Read my blog about the Punk promo if you don’t believe.
So, at the moment, WWE’s Champion doesn’t work for the WWE, and is free to roam about the world with their belt. Awesome! Yeah, I know it’s a story line, and he wouldn’t have ever left the night as champ if he hadn’t already signed a new deal, but the mere fact that it went down how it did…amazing! The question is, where now?
What I want to see…I want to see Punk off of TV for a good while, but giving us updates via this awesome new “The following message has been brought to you by CM Punk” graphic they debuted during the video packages last night. I want to see that interrupt things on Raw and we cut to promos by Punk, with the belt, and maybe some shaky fan-cam footage of him in ROH with the belt, wrestling someone. Or, a Japanese press conference where Punk is signing for a defense against Jushin Lyger or something along those lines. I want Punk to bring in a new belt. Or, bring back the Winged Eagle or Attitude belts…or even the Undisputed Championship belt…since he said he was going to get rid of the ugly belt. Maybe a vid of him and Cabana tossing the Spinner belt into a flaming drum barrel. Basically, I want Punk to be a guerrilla champion, defending “WRESTLING” around the world, while Vince and his guys try for months to get the belt off of him. Have Vince put up a bounty on him!
I don’t know how tonight’s Raw will shape up, but I hope to goodness Punk isn’t on it, outside of maybe a video package or a satellite feed. I don’t want him to have a physical presence on screen and let them get the belt off of him.
No matter how it works out, though, needless to say, I’ll be watching and loving it! Thank you, CM Punk, for making me enjoy WWE again!