The Only Review Of Money In The Bank 2011 That You’ll Ever Need
One of the greatest PPVs of all time? Let’s find out.
This PPV caused all sorts of wrestling websites to crash, and has been called one of the all time greatest. Unless it’s a major PPV [Wrestlemania, SummerSlam, Royal Rumble] I usually don’t make the effort to watch it. However, this was such a big deal, I had to hit the torrents. Let’s get busy, kids, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer..
Match: Daniel Bryan, Kane, Sin Cara, Wade Barrett, Sheamus, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Cody Rhodes – Money In The Bank for the World Heavyweight Championship
Review: This bad boy was a war, plain and simple. They really let this one ride, almost going for a half n hour. Most ladder matches in a post No Mercy 1999 PPV world are generally spot-fests. People doing outrageous things to pop the flash bulbs and the crowd. With this match though, they went a different route. It was brutal, sure, but it wasn’t all crammed into one or two spots, it just kept building. The longer it went, the more punishment these guys kept taking. Few people were able to stand near the end, and those that did, were doing a very poor impression of it. A great bout, and one of the better MITB I’ve seen. Daniel Bryan being the one to bring down the brief case was an awesome choice. He was the dark horse, and the one who most deserves it. He’ll be nothing but money as a champion, at least as far as match quality goes.
Rating: * * * * 1/4
Match: Kelly Kelly [C] vs. Brie Bella – WWE Divas Championship
Review: It’s not a lengthly match, and for that, we thank you. If you weren’t expecting much, then you got your moneys worth. Kelly retains, and the world is able to keep on spinnin’.
Match: Mark Henry vs The Big Show
Review: One of the reasons this PPV was such a success, is because there really were no major down points. Yeah, even with Big Show and Henry on the card. First off, they didn’t go long, which is always appreciated it. 2nd, Mark Henry looked real dominant and actually appeared to be a force. So much so that I would be willing to see him in the title hunt, so long as it’s with the right opponent.
Rating: * *
Match: Alberto Del Rio, Rey Mysterio, Jack Swagger, Alex Riley, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, R- Truth – Money In The Bank for the WWE Championship
Review: Naturally, Raw is further up the card than Smackdown, and naturally the Smackdown version of the match was better. The Raw ladder match started off very cool, with every wrestler taking a ladder, and everyone doing battle. This one had more spots than the Smackdown bout, and was shorter. Not sure if they were pressed for time, or if this was the way it was going to be all the way, but it worked. Not one of the best I’ve seen, but it worked. Unmasking Rey as a way to get one over on him is always a cool way to go.
Rating: * * * 3/4
Match: Randy Orton [C] vs. Christian – World Heavyweight Championship
Review: There’s a reason that Christian & Orton have been headlining PPVs for 3 months now, and soon to rack up another main event at SummerSlam; they kick serious ass together. These matches remind me a lot of Taker vs Edge, as in there’s no gimmick matches required because these two just deliver time and time again on the mat. At this point, the matches are fast paced and back and forth because the guys have each other scouted and know what the other is about to do before they do it. This match had the stipulation of Randy losing the title if he get’s DQ’ed. Some people thought the finish to this bout was fucked, but I thought it was brilliant. Christian caused Randy to snap, lose the title, and evolve his character finally. We’re tired of that bland baby-face bullshit. The insane viper is far more interesting, and a lot fucking cooler. Great bout.
Rating: * * * *
Match: John Cena [C] vs. CM Punk – WWE Title
Review: One of the greatest matches of all time? Yup. The one match you’d want to show a non-wrestling fan to explain why you love this sport? Yup. Worth all the hype? You fucking bet cha’. You know, I called the first ladder match in this PPV a war, but this match truly deserves that label. CM Punk would not die, and John Cena would accept nothing less for himself either. Neither one of these men got too much of the upper hand, because as soon as momentum would start to build, the other would stomp it out cold. It was brilliant. The last 10 minutes were packed with moments that had you thinking for sure this was it, match was over, yet it still kept going. John Cena once again showed why he’s the best wrestler alive today, always delivering in the main event, no matter the style. CM Punk was no slouch, and more than held his own in the spot light he shared with John Cena. Another factor of this match that must be mentioned is the crowd. So few occasions in life will be like this. They were ravenous for CM Punk, so vocal you’d swear there were millions of people there. The only other time you’ll ever see a crowd like this is Hogan vs Rock at Wm18, and Cena vs RVD at One Night Stand. A crowd can create an incredible atmosphere for a match, so when they do just that, build a fantastic platform for the wrestlers to perform on, and the wrestlers keep up there end of the bargain, you get a 5 star classic.
Rating: * * * * *
In the end, is this PPV worth all the hooplah? Yeah, it sure as hell is. The Cena v CM Punk match/feud is one that’ll be talked about for years, and placed in the history books as one of the all time greatest. Bookers for years will be trying to duplicate this, but will never come close. This is one of those lightning in a bottle kind of scenarios. Great show.