Wednesday, 20 July 2011

WWE Money In The Bank 2011 & RAW 18th July 2011

WWE Money In The Bank 2011

Taking place on Sunday 17th July 2011 in the Allstate arena of Chicago, Illinois, could hometown hero CM Punk win and take the WWE Title from the very company with his first win of it on his last ever contractual match? And who would potentially be propelled into the future positions of strengthening the company itself?

Smackdown MITB Ladder Match

Sheamus Vs Kane Vs Justin Gabriel Vs Cody Rhodes Vs Wade Barrett Vs Daniel Bryan Vs Heath Slater Vs Sin Cara

Smackdowns MITB started first. An Excellent one this was. Everyone except Kane looked strong and potentially grabbing the case in such a way that was necessary and no front runner. Though Rhodes, Cara, Sheamus & Barrett proved most popular on the night. Cara certainly paid for his recent ‘Sins’, pun intended. He was ‘ejected’ from the match after being broken ‘severely’ in the angle, on a ladder collision breaking it in half to slight reminiscence of Matt Hardy/Edge. 

Cara got Crushed, Sheamus was almost man of the match...

Cara left on a stretcher, sending a clear message that he was gone. At times Kane emerged as potentially about to grasp the case once again, back to back, which is the right thing to do, but not to allow it. Thankfully he didn’t win it again. He doesn’t need it. Gabriel and Slater both put in tremendous performances together and singularly. Many believe Slater can be the ‘ginger Edge’. A high statement to make, however, he has the look to pull it off if WWE spearheaded it into motion rapidly producing new talent. This would also irk and set Barrett to combat him through jealousy. Wade worked very well here also. Bryan was a wonderful entry here. He fought and performed beautifully and was rewarded for it. Sheamus added another contrast to the excellent match, though he set his own ladder up, to drop someone onto, however he was the one to land on it hard. (Standard practise is to set your own fall up). Rhodes, whom should have won last year IMO, was leading candidate for me, though I could sense it wasn’t to be. However he worked excellently once again, and the result was not a bad one with this outcome.

Orange froggy! Leaping over Gabe

After an amazing match, it was a tense finish at the top, Bryan was leg locked slightly with Rhodes? Whilst Barrett crept up behind. Rhodes also trying to stop Barrett with Bryan then was dropped off the ladder by Danny Boy whom took off Wade also. Daniel Bryan did the unthinkable. He unhooked the briefcase to become a possible future World Heavyweight Champion.

You can see the elation in this man, FINALLY and well deserved. 

Daniel Bryan is Mr. (S/D) MITB!

This stand out match alone was worth a 9/10. This was the perfect match to begin a PPV, let alone one that was built so highly around one man. The concept of the PPV match itself still survived with it.

Divas Championship

Kelly Kelly (c) w/ Eve Vs Brie Bella w/ Nikki Bella

In my heart of hearts I knew the outcome. But Bah-Gawd, I was hoping WWE pulled their finger out on this. They did not. Bimbo Bimbo came out once again to destroy another proportion of TV Time, Challengers and more importantly the WOMEN’S Championship. Another piss poor ‘attempt’ and I use that term as loosely as Bimbo B’s attire, was not even passable to being a champion. The division is ultimately dead – all down to this one ‘person’. TAKE. IT. OFF. HER. NOW!!! It will be the ONLY way you can maintain some credibility and keep the women as some form of meaningful. Eve had no role at ringside just standing there and therefore, shouldn’t have been booked to stand as a ‘dolly’. Nikki should be there as its part of the scenario – she’s her sister and has legitimate roles in this placement.

Bimbo Bimbo in a 'successful' 'win'

I’m actually appalled the rest of the Women’s locker room are allowing themselves to be picked off and future endeavoured by standing there. Eventually Melina, Alicia Fox, Eve, Tamina, Rosa Mendes and a couple more will fall victim if they don’t band together and sort this mess out. Even Beth Phoenix should be standing up for the lockeroom and revert her path the right way. You’re seen as irrelevant, in this current climate. Women need to regain the respect they claim they have for the division.

Bimbo Bimbo needs to lose the title as she cannot ‘grow and get better’. Anyone else would be fired or sent to developmental. She never hits a move and can’t sell, has no clothes that fit, and, get this, she never wears the title! One RAW comment the following night said – “Will KK ever do anything other than hold it in the air?” Another asked – “Does she always just stand with it above her head?” The answer is, it simply won’t fit her anywhere.

Holla Holla, all my girls in club say Wh**e!

“KK is seen as a genuinely nice person” Well I’m a lovely person (don’t sound it right now in many mindless minds), but the word NICE doesn’t actually mean anything, that’s a fact of the English language. Nice means nothing. Therefore the word nice obviously fits her perfectly then? So, can I get a Championship for being ‘nice’? Is that how it ‘works’?

And there she is...

Big Show Vs Mark Henry

Slam ends this one, not too much time eaten up, but still enough

This was a calibre match for superstars. No one wants to see these outdated stars in this kind of position in 2011. Because neither can work anything to a standard of interest with the public. This wasn’t even a filler match but a full on standard match. It was an oversight. Both ‘behemoths’ ended this longer than 5 minutes but was still short, thankfully. Mark Henry placed Big Shows leg/ankle into a chair, neatly tucked in exposing the flap of the chair’s ‘back’, to which Henry slammed himself backwards down onto the chair to ‘snap’ the Big Show’s already injured leg (from Del Rio’s car) which recovered a few weeks ago with a massive run in to no pain being shown. Show selled a little, bit it was just dire, unbelievable and uninteresting for the Universe. Apparently they heard him say ‘f@@k’! Dolph Zigler Vs Zack Ryder would have been a much more appropriate booking here.

Didn't sell it getting on the trolley so quick..

RAW MITB Ladder Match

The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Alex Riley, R Truth, Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne

This was another beaut. Potentials – Del Rio, Riley, Miz, R Truth, Swagger and possibly Mysterio. Hope was with the other two. Everyone had a chance more than not to snare it, but there was a moment when all were atop the ladders together, met with “this is stupid”, though this was a very good practice to embody. Once again, Alex Riley was dropped early on. Del Rio fell first to the outside, dangerous tumbles. Riley was thrown onto him outside. Mmm, both could open there arms for me sometime? Everyone was eventually removed from the ladder climb. The Miz had an early exchange with Evan Bourne in which both were tipped off the ladder and Miz fell on his knee, badly. EMT’s arrived and took another superstar from this brutal PPV away on a stretcher. The Miz later returned to make a run for the title when it seemed free to do so. But he was foiled again.

Packing a ladder, PACKAGE! Rileylicious!

Del Rio claimed the upper hand when trying to rip Rey Mysterio’s mask off as both were atop the ladder sending Rey to the floor. ADR unhooked the case and became Mr (RAW) Money In The Bank 2011. Alby also explained that he was #1 contender. Didn’t expect that swerve did we? Classic VKM! But nethertheless, it was entertaining, enthralling and exhilarating.

Happy for Del Rio, at least he got his chance 

Now here comes the next part, WWE put on a great match, however, it was slightly flawed. WWE had the chance to make 4 new superstars with this one PPV alone, and they could have used them as they need the newbie’s catapulted.
Should've shocked the world again - THAT would've been classic swerve..

Jack Swagger should have gained the case. Why? No – one would have seen it coming a second time. And if Del Rio didn’t win, IMO Jack would have. Del Rio, as much as I respect and value him, had his #1 contender match. That’s 2 people firmly set. The third was Bryan. The fourth would be on RAW (See Below) but the main event could have been given to, Alex Riley (it makes sense), or Kofi Kingston, even R Truth. 4 new stars would be set in stone. It would also tell the audience to believe WWE is changing for them the right way. It keeps the faith. You need to launch new stars and Riley is ready for it, though a lot of ‘dropping him on his backside’ is occurring. (Due to paying your dues, WWE likes to keep in place for 1 – 2 years, by which time the star aura of that person has faded due to WWE’s lacking policy of creating the stars’ back catalogue of career and challenges). There is no time for ego in WWE. If someone f@@k’s up, you demote them, it’s that simple.

And since when has WWE actually valued its titles as meaningful, anyway?

World Heavyweight Championship

Randy Orton (c) V Christian

If Randy Orton is disqualified, he loses the World Heavyweight Championship

Mmm, sweat, stubble and smouldering anger,
Up the wall please :p
Once again WWE’s 5 Star worker, Randy Orton, worked another program with Christian which once again was amazing. Christian takes credit for it also. Anyone else in the feud with Orton wouldn’t have been half as good, with Captain C’s knowledge and experience.

Christian was a dirty bugger wasn’t he? If Orton is DQ’ed he’ll lose the World title to Christian. Trying to tease Orton to do so, the ginger warrior grabbed a chair from the outside instantly, to throw into Orton’s path at his feet. Temptation resisted, Mr.RKO took the challenge to Christian in another match that words cannot truly explain how extraordinary these two have been over the past few months.

Let me show you how its done right Mr. O,
I promise mine wont hurt :)
The Creepy Little B’st’rd spat at Orton, signalling the end. Rand was peeved and delivered a low blow to captain ginger. The captain went down with the ship, but had his hands firmly on the heart of his ocean. Randy Orton just got disqualified! Christian IS the new World Heavyweight Champion.

After this match Mr. O was Livid. Grabbing the newly crowned champion, Orton smashed him with constant attacks after the finish to teach him a lesson. Maybe the Orton voices disease has come back? A beautiful smile smirk when ready to drop vitamin C through the table at ringside was delightful. A reignited Orton was refreshing to see. Though, the Spanish announce table, only ever there to be the pit of someone’s inevitable obscurity and downfall, would prove very stubborn. 2 attempts to break the table were amiss. But Orton didn’t care. Enough damage was done to prove his point. Christian had to be carried out of the arena clutching onto the gold as he went.

This table is stubborn!

As soon as everyone was cheering for Christian to win, the moment he was battered to a pulp, his supporters instantly deserted him and said “Daniel Bryan, cash it in!!!” They ain’t fickle at all are they. The shock was that WWE is allowing Christian a title run for longer than a day. We’ll see if he passes 5 days as champion this time. (Filming on a Tuesday doesn’t count, as technically it airs on Friday meaning he had 5 days TV time).
Battered, Bruised and Belonging

Additional Note – Did Christian win this title because Randy Orton was chosen to be punished for speaking out about Kelly Kelly (Bimbo Bimbo’s) bed hopping antics around the WWE’s inner universe?

RKO Radio, in production? Let me be your anchor Rand' - I'll ask better Q's than KK...

WWE Championship

John Cena (c) V CM Punk

This is it. THE moment. Can CM Punk finally take the gold for all to see, AND take his first WWE Championship? If Cena loses, he will also be fired.

Punk did all the work to give Cena credits to ‘owning’ an excellent match. As always Cena picks up the cheap statistics when done virtually nothing to earn it.

Bret Hart, CM Punk, Max Waltham, a stable of righteous truths! 

Many a near fall all over the place almost blew the roof off in Chicago. 40 minutes (roughly), of intensity, skills, near falls, and passion kept everyone deliberating if Cena would get the 3 fall on Punk and vice versa. Punk foiled attempts at the 5 knuckle sh!t fall, amongst others, adding to the speculation.

Eventually nailing Punk, it seemed it maybe over. Punk wasn’t allowing that.Vince McMahon, as we all knew would, but it was part of its huge build, stepped toward the ring with John Laurinitis, Mr.Talent Relations of WWE, when Cena had the STF on Punk. McMahon was calling for the timekeeper to ring that bell. Shades of Bret Hart! The Montreal double cross (as one could see a mile off), was initiated. Cena broke his hold instantly. He didn’t want to be the bearer of controversy and disgrace. (Hmmm). This allowed Punk to stir and as Cena returned to the ring from confronting Vince, Punk nailed Cena with the GTS to become the WWE Champion! Vince McMahon was flabbergasted! Punk just took his company’s title with him out the door!

Agast, Vinnie grabbed the announce desk mic’s and demanded Alberto Del Rio to cash in his newly received title shot. Anything to keep it in the WWE walls. Del Rio sprinted to the ring, under immense pressure, then slide in the ring. Due to the haste of pressure Del Rio was knocked out as he slid into CM Punk's waiting boot.

Lying there unable, Punk with the gorgeously sheepish grin, laughed to himself, clutching his WWE Title. Noticing McMahon in the corner he laughed. Kissed and waved goodbye to the tyrannical boss once and for all. Nowhere to go? Punk took it to the people. Clambering over the barricade, he slipped out the back door and stuck it to the WWE with its most prized possession. This man just surpassed everyone in tow. This PPV, in his hometown, truly belonged to him.

Lucky Fan! I would've planted one right on Punk! x The long kiss goodbye...

PPV Rating – 8.5/10
(Apart from the 2 drab matches this rating decreases slightly, though the card was packed with enough)

Men/Women of their matches – Daniel Bryan, Brie Bella, Mark Henry, Kofi Kingston, Christian, CM Punk,

Man/Woman of the PPV – CM Punk

RAW (18th July 2011)

This edition of RAW started with Vince McMahon, in a gorgeous shade of magenta (that'll be googled) suit alongside Johnny Ace – Vice President of Talent Relations.

Johnny Ace wasn't at the meeting?

Informing us that we shall not be mentioning the ‘name’ of he who left WWE with the WWE Championship. McMahon then went on to reveal the names of 8 superstars who would participate in an 8 man tournament to be crowned the NEW WWE Champion on tonight’s broadcast.

Towards the end, just as we reached the finals of matches, McMahon instructed Rey Mysterio to leave and ‘save it’ for next week. The new champ was not crowned on RAW tonight as verbally explained. ‘This’ was bigger than him, the announcement that would make the history Vince claimed at the beginning of the show.

Asking John Cena to come out, VK, didn’t want to have to ‘do this’ however, told us he could make a new Cena, that the WWE itself is bigger than one man. No one man controls WWE.

Preparing to fire Cena, the music beams and out enters, in a suit, … Triple H.

Trying to reach Vince before RAW was aired, H informs Daddy in law that a meeting commenced from the board of directors (not WWE Management anymore then?), regarding the ‘situation’. Trying to take it private, Vince demanded to know what Triple H was babbling on about. He mentioned that the board felt it was time that there was a change. Cena’s 11th of 9 lives saved him once again, as Triple H was selected to be VKM’s successor. Vince McMahon was ‘relived off his duties’.
Thank You. We Wish you well in your future endeavours...

A real tearjerker moment as both filled up as RAW left the airwaves creating monumental history leaving a cloud over McMahon’s corporate life. McMahon also mentioned an injunction. Is he asking for Max Waltham to line up in an identity parade? :p

Triple H is running the show. (Check bottom of page review for the video).

I-It's my son in law- Triple H :DDD ...

The tournament saw Rey Mysterio, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, R Truth, Kofi Kingston, Alberto Del Rio, Alex Riley and The Miz become the 8 possible challengers to be the new WWE Champion.

Alex Riley was sadly the first to be dropped, (what did I say about the Riley no briefcase WWE dropping motion in the previous post on WW?), Jack Swagger was next to leave in a good match to a slight shock end, Hot off last nights win, Del Rio, thought to win this, dropped to Kofi Kingston, creating more of an air of speculation, which was welcome but still obvious – the heel v face outcomes made it clear. Ziggler then fell to Rey. The Miz (suffering knee ‘injury’) then beat Kingston, whom WWE gave renowned faith to rebuilding with a win and promo whilst looking strong in the process. A heel turn on its way soon? And R Truth was felled by Mysterio.

The Miz V Rey Mysterio for the new WWE Championship will commence next week. If only they had another hour…


Turning it upside down...

 © Max Waltham, 20th July 2011

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