For those who have been following the C.M. Punk drama and watched in awe as he delivered one of the greatest promos in WWE history, many of us were curious to see what Money In the Bank would deliver in terms of the storyline.
I'm sure many in the IWC were fully expecting something like the Montreal Screwjob, or Super Cena magically winning the title. Many even predicted that the MITB winner from earlier in the night would cash in and take the title from Punk if he did somehow win. After all, Vince McMahon clearly stated "If Punk leaves Chicago with the title", not if Punk wins the title, then Cena would have been fired.
Seeing the look of despair on McMahon's face, was gripping drama. Seeing him try to have the bell rung, only to have Cena stand up for the WWE title, left me on the edge of my seat.
After delivering a blow to Del Rio and running away, literally, with the belt to a screaming cheering crowd, it was the first truly shocking ending we've seen from the WWE in a long time.
Moving ahead to last night's Raw, we saw Vince come out in a fuchsia jacket. Quite the fashion statement, something only an old man would try to pull off, and I think that was one of the first clues to what was coming. I think even looking back to Vince relenting and letting Punk back into the WWE at Cena's request showed a change in McMahon's character. The old VKM would never back down, he'd even wrestle if needed to prove a point.
The ending with Triple H coming out to confront the Chairman was just as big a surprise as the MITB ending the night before. The crowd popped as expected, and even McMahon seemed surprised, as if he had no idea what was coming. It added to the drama of what we were about to witness.
Triple H delivered a truly emotional promo as he stripped Vince of his duties as Chairman of the WWE. Watching as they both shared tears, watching as VKM seemed to stagger underneath the announcement, it was something that I couldn't stop watching. Look at Cena's reaction in the background of the video, even he seems stunned at what he is hearing.
This is the kind of surprise and drama the IWC has been screaming and asking for over the past few years. This was chaotic, it was unpredictable and most of all, it was fun. It also sets up a lot of uncertainty moving forward.
What happens with the WWE title? The tournament has narrowed it down to The Miz and Rey Mysterio, but Cena should factor into this somehow; of course you'll have the spectre of C.M. Punk hanging over the proceedings as he is the true title holder right now. There's been a lot of discussion as to what belt they would use, perhaps the original belt, or a newly designed one. I'd lean towards going with a new belt to signal a new era in the WWE.
Will this signal the end of Triple H as an in-ring competitor or, like VKM, will he continue to wrestle from time to time when an employee needs some sense knocked into them?
Will the Anonymous Raw General manager finally go away?
Will the company move into a new era with more attitude and unpredictability?
Will we finally see more "wrestlers" pushed instead of big men with no mic skills?
There's a lot of questions to be answered right now but the most important aspect of this entire transition is that, at least in my opinion, the WWE has once again become must see TV.