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WWE PPV Reax #2: More feedback on overall MITB PPV, follow-up to make or break Punk's victory, injury angles

Jul 18, 2011 - 10:40:10 AM
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-- 7/17 WWE Money in the Bank PPV Reax
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Jonathan Carbo of Cameron, N.C. (9.0): Best Match: C.M. Punk vs. John Cena. Worst Match: Kelly vs. Brie. For this day in age for WWE, this was absolutely phenomenal. Actually, this show was great just in general. Both MITB matches were really good, and I'm stunned the Smackdown version was better. But, pleasantly stunned. Big thumbs up for the Daniel Bryan win. I figured Del Rio would win the Raw side of things, but I still enjoyed it. The Orton-Christian match was decent until that finish, which I thought was terrible. I'm glad Christian has the belt, but WWE could have done better. Then, the main event. Wow! That crowd was hot, and it was a really good match. Props to WWE for not doing what I feared - Cena winning clean. Having Punk win, and actually keep the belt was shocking and exciting. I'm actually pumped up for Raw now.

Justin James of Lexington, S.C., PWTorch contributor (9.5): Best Match: Punk-Cena. Worst Match: Kelly-Brie. Wow. The only thing holding this back from being a full 10.0 show was the Divas match and Big Show-Mark Henry going about a minute longer than I would have preferred (it still far exceeded expectations). The night started great with an intense ladder match, with the crazy surprise ending of Daniel Bryan winning. I am tempted to deduct half a point because the ladder Sin Cara was put through was clearly gimmicked (different colors at the place it broke), but oh well. Two filler matches were then followed by another great ladder match. The ending was predictable, but still excellent. I thought Orton-Christian was good, but after those two ladder matches and with the anticipation of the WWE Title match, it almost felt like a bathroom break. The finish was about what I expected, but very well done. Then, there was the WWE Title match. Excellent storytelling with a great build-up. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. For the ending, I saw the Montreal re-creation coming and the Del Rio cash in attempt, but I never in a million years thought Punk would still have that title. My only inkling that he might were the new t-shirts (not on WWEShop.com yet). Overall, this was an insanely good PPV that “raised the bar” to a new level. It will be hard for me to feel like I got my money’s worth from a PPV for a while unless WWE really rides this wave in the coming months. Lastly, I hope that Big Show, Miz, and Cena are all not as injured as they appeared to be.

Devin Kruse of Sioux City, Iowa: Best Match: Punk vs Cena. Worst match: None. That was the best PPV I have seen in years. I can't remember a PPV that had no bad matches. Daniel Bryan was a fan moment for sure. Punk vs. Cena is a obviously match of the year. When Punk won, that was a hardcore fan moment. The crowd was at its best. The last time a crowd went that crazy, in my opinion, was when Steve Austin rode in on a Zamboni against McMahon. Anyways, solid PPV. I just hope WWE doesn't drop the ball with this and lets it keep on rolling.

Clay Tonic of Richmond, Va. (8.0): Best Match: Cena vs. Punk. Worst Match: Raw MITB match. WWE is at its best when it makes a conscious effort to be self-aware. The payoff at the end of the show made it worth the price of admission, which was a necessity because I thought huge chunks of this event seemed clunky. Even the Cena-Punk match was clunky at times - they were obviously, unabashedly calling spots in
full view of the camera for the first five or six minutes. Once the match picked up, though, I thought it was a very good main event and (even despite several botched moves) delivered a satisfactory finish. The match itself was well-paced and the false finishes were well done. I loved how McMahon was panicking, calling for Del Rio at the end of the show, and it was all for nothing. It came across as McMahon intentionally deconstructing the logical finish for the PPV, which would've been Del Rio dethroning Punk and
tying a neat little bow on this storyline. Having McMahon draw attention to Alberto Del Rio, only to subvert the expectation that Del Rio would win seconds later, was a stroke of genius. WWE somehow made an obvious finish feel like a shocker, just because they were self-aware enough to know it was going to go against typical WWE convention... I
thought the rest of the PPV was decent. The Raw MITB match was a disappointment, I thought. It felt somewhat unrehearsed and sloppy and even the finish with Mysterio losing his mask didn't do much for me. The Smackdown MITB match was much better, despite having far less star power, and Daniel Bryan winning was a satisfying finish. Also from Smackdown, the Orton-Christian match was good. Spending ten minutes establishing that Orton is a hot-head, then delivering an uncomplicated finish related to Orton being a hot-head, is basic storytelling. But, it works. Kelly vs. Brie and Henry vs. Show were as expected, meeting low expectations. It didn't matter, though - this was certainly
a one-match show, but the one match was pretty incredible.

Matthew Jalazo of Miramar, Fla. (7.0). A simply perfect pay-per-view, one that paid homage to WWE's past tendency for compelling television and has shot C.M. Punk into the rank of the immortals, for now. Then why the three-point deduction, you ask? Before I'm willing to jump on the bandwagon, I'm holding out to see how this all plays out on Raw. If they undo all the good they did, I'm done as a fan.

We welcome your 0-10 score and comments on this show for a "WWE PPV Reax" feature in the Torch Feedback section of PWTorch.com. Just to add a twist to this feature, include not just your hometown, but also your occupation (mechanic, lawyer, stay-at-home-dad, college student, etc.) so readers get a flavor for what everyone does as "day jobs." To contribute your thoughts on the PPV, click here.

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