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WWE Money In The Bank 2011

Daniel Bryan VS Sheamus VS Cody Rhodes VS Sin Cara VS Heath Slater VS Wade Barrett VS Kane VS Justin Gabriel- Smackdown MITB Ladder Match

Excellent match here. The Smackdown MITB ladder match featured plenty of excitement, this match had a nice fast pace, and there was tons of brutality here. Sheamus’ power bomb that sent Sin Cara through the ladder looked unreal, and this was a jaw dropping moment. I also couldn’t believe Bryan won the briefcase here. I thought Sheamus was a lock, because he had been riding a nice wave of momentum, and he’s already seen time in the main event, so I thought a win for him would be a sure thing. Still, I’m glad Bryan won, and I’m sure he’ll have a nice run with the title, when his time comes, because he is capable of delivering some outstanding matches. This match was full of action, Bryan’s win was truly shocking, and this was a great way to kick off the show. Match Rating: 9/10

Brie Bella/With Niki Bella VS Kelly Kelly/With Eve- Divas Championship

Well this was pretty underwhelming. This just felt like your standard Divas match that you could watch on Raw or Smackdown. It just felt like Brie and Kelly were going through the motions most of the time, but I am happy Kelly retained here. She’s pretty over with the fans, and she has improved in the ring, so I wouldn’t mind if she had a lengthy run with the title. The Bellas are hot twins, but I don’t think they bring anything else to the table. Match Rating: 3/10

Mark Henry VS The Big Show

Wow. I can’t believe it. I actually enjoyed this. This match had a nice steady pace, and this battle of the big men managed to entertain me. I liked how Henry targeted the knee here. He had to find a way to cripple the giant, and taking out one of his legs was a smart strategy, because being over seven feet tall won’t mean much if you’re off your feet. This one was pretty physical, and both men dished out their fair share of punishment. Also, Show’s flying shoulder block from the second rope was pretty impressive. I also enjoyed the attack on Show’s leg after this match. It made Henry look like more of a cold-blooded monster, and I’m sure Show will miss some time, because the “injury” will surely put him on the shelf. Mark Henry has been riding a huge momentum swing lately, and this win will only help his hot streak. Henry looked dominant here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he found his way into the World Heavyweight Championship picture, because he has done a fantastic job with this heel character so far. Match Rating: 6/10

Alberto Del Rio VS Kofi Kingston VS Jack Swagger VS Evan Bourne VS R-Truth VS Alex Riley VS The Miz VS Rey Mysterio- Raw MITB Ladder Match

I enjoyed the Smackdown MITB ladder match more, but this was still pretty entertaining. There was a good amount of brutality here, and this match had it’s fair share of exciting and thrilling moments. One prime example would be Evan Bourne’s Shooting Star Press on the outside, because this spot really was an amazing sight. The Miz’s knee injury also put an interesting spin on this match. I thought Miz was done for after the knee injury, but his return was surprising, and I thought he would find a way to sneak in and steal the briefcase, but Mysterio put a stop to that. I also enjoyed the struggle to grab the briefcase between Mysterio and Del Rio at the end of the match, because this moment did add some nice suspense to this match. I was kind of surprised to see Rey lose his mask here. I thought Rey might grab the case, but I knew it was over for him once he lost his mask, because you just know Mysterio isn’t going to show his face. As far as Del Rio winning goes, I can’t say I’m that surprised. Del Rio has received a huge push, and I think he has all the tools to become a World Champion. Match Rating: 8/10

Randy Orton VS Christian- World Heavyweight Championship

Orton and Christian delivered another fine match here. There was some excellent back and forth action throughout this entire and match, and this match did feature some nice suspense towards the end. Also, the ending to this match was very shocking for me. I thought Orton would keep his cool after Christian spat on his mouth, but The Viper snapped, and the low blow allowed Christian to become the World Heavyweight Champion. And Orton’s viscous beat down on Christian after the match was another nice touch here. Orton just lost the gold to his arch nemesis. He completely snapped, and he took out all of his frustrations on Christian, and Teddy Long’s presence at ringside added some more drama here. I didn’t think Christian had a chance in this match, and I thought he would return to the mid card after this one, but I was very wrong. Christian has been very entertaining as a heel, and I’m looking forward to his second tenure as WHC. Match Rating: 8/10

CM Punk VS John Cena- WWE Championship

Incredible. This match actually lived up to the tremendous hype, and I was hooked into this one from beginning to end. This match featured an outstanding atmosphere, because the crowd was insane here. They were firmly behind their hometown hero CM Punk, and as expected, Cena was booed very loudly. Although, Cena actually had some supporters in the Chicago crowd (the “let’s go Cena!” chants) but they couldn’t overcome Punk’s supporters. As far as the match goes, I loved every second of it. Yeah, I know Punk’s first cross body attempt was botched, but I don’t think this moment dragged this match down at all. There was some great back and forth action here, and the suspense towards the end was unreal. I couldn’t tell who would win the match, as Punk and Cena avoided numerous pinfall covers and struggled to escape each other’s submission holds. You could feel how important this match was, because both men threw everything they had at each other, and Cena and Punk were exhausted in the final stages of this one. I also enjoyed the appearances of Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis. I thought this one would be over, when McMahon ordered Laurinaitis to call for the bell. I thought they were going to the screwjob route, but Cena decked Laurinaitis on his way to the time keeper’s table, because John wanted to do things the right way. When Del Rio sprinted to the ring, I thought “Oh well. This is over. It was a cool moment, while it lasted.” But Del Rio failed, and Punk managed to escape. I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing, and all I could say was “HE’S GOING TO WALK AWAY THE BELT!!! HE’S REALLY GOING TO DO IT!!!” And Punk did such a great job of expressing some real joy after he won the title. He was emotional, but he was also happy, as he celebrated with his hometown crowd, and McMahon’s devastated reaction was priceless. This match was great, and this title win should be remembered as THE moment in Punk’s career. Match Rating: 10/10

Overall Show Rating: 10/10:
MITB 2011 was spectacular, and this show has to be the front runner for best pay per view of the year. This pay per view featured a few shocking moments, and the bulk of the wrestling here was outstanding. Cena VS Punk should be the leading candidate for MOTY. The action in the ring was superb, and the story that surrounded this match was great. I seriously didn’t believe Punk would away with the gold here. I thought Del Rio would capitalize on his cash in, but Punk managed to dodge a bullet. Cena VS Punk should go down as one the most memorable world title matches ever, and this match will be burned in my memory forever.
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