As usual, during 2011 there have been some great matches and there have been some poor matches, but which stands head and shoulders above the rest?
WWE have a good habit of seeing when a matchup works, usually to the point where fans are sick of seeing the involved competitors face each other, but sometimes they do it just right and on any particular night, everything works.
2011 Match of the Year has to be awarded to CM Punk and John Cena for their Money in the Bank match. Both put 100 percent into this match, as has come to be expected of the two, and everything seemed to come together nicely.
Also, if you have not already read CM Punk's interview on the Attitude Era, it is a must-read.
Too many times during 2011, main-event matches have not felt like main-event matches. Sometimes this is due to the superstars involved and sometimes this is due to the build-up. However, the build-up to this was perfect – John Cena, the longtime reigning champion facing off against the first real anti-WWE rebel we have had since Stone Cold Steve Austin’s heyday.
Not only that, but everyone knew CM Punk was out of contract after Money in the Bank, and so the assumption was that Cena would retain.
To start off with, this was a PPV that was in Punk’s hometown, and the crowd was on fire that night. Even watching at home, you could feel the vibe, with huge sections of the crowd being firmly in Punk’s corner.
Of course, regardless of how behind Punk the fans were, nobody ever believed that he would win, but the WWE pulled the biggest swerve in recent history by allowing Punk to win and allowing him to leave the building with the title.
Of course, by the following day, it was obvious that WWE and Punk had come to an agreement over his contract, but on that fateful night the secret was well-kept and the payoff was huge. It wasn’t only the swerve—the build-up to the match, the electricity of the crowd and the work rate of both Cena and Punk made this a match that will be remembered for a long, long time.
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