Tuesday, 30 August 2011

CM Punk:FEATURE, From Zero To Modern day Saviour

Phillip Jack Brooks, known commonly today as CM Punk, has become WWE’s top player in its company. It wasn’t all plain sailing. How did he manage to turn from Jobber to Heavyweight great when so many assumed he’d be another out the door indy guy?

As First time WWE Champion

Punk started out on the independent circuit. He began on the IWA (Independent Wrestling Association) in the Mid West, in his early 2000’s. Here, he grappled with the likes of Chris Hero, A.J Styles, Colt Cabana and the late Eddie Guerrero. Battling with Cabana earned him notoriety, then becoming acknowledged by, and joined ROH (Ring Of Honour).

Initially liked by the crowd, Punk became entangled with Raven and soon switched sides. The 2003 feud was regarded as one of the best for heel Punk against Raven, whom Punk claimed resembled his alcoholic father. This began embodying his straight edge persona. After Punk defeated Raven in a Cage match in November 2003, he then joined NWA:TNA at the same time, in which, oddly enough Punk became a part of Raven’s stable, The Gathering.

A fitting goodbye

Losing at ROH’s Second anniversary tournament, challenging for the heavyweight title to AJ Styles, Punk, coming in second, sent himself flying to the top of the ranks there. A 2 time Tag Champion with Cabana become just one of his many highlights for the promotion.

Wore a suit for ROH as Champion, does Undertaker approve?

Over in TNA, Punk was off of TV following a fight at a restaurant between himself and Teddy Hart, which Sabu intervened and broke up. Many believed he was fired for it. It was claimed Hart had planned and executed three unplanned finishes which put talent at risk. This claims to be the catalyst. Punk claims he stopped appearing at shows, due to the fact his angle wasn’t over with the fans. He turned heel again on Raven, this time in TNA, and was joined by James Mitchell, alongside his companion the whole time, Julio Dinero. With the storyline cut, Punk officially left TNA in March 2004.

A member of The Gathering in TNA
TNA had issued a “no compete in ROH” rule to all staff. Punk was not allowed, according to TNA, leading to a dispute during the Rob Feinstein controversy.

On June 12, 2004, Punk returned to ROH, facing Samoa Joe in a best of three series, for the heavyweight title. Both went toe to toe for 60 minutes, as neither were able to submit nor pin the other, making it a no contest. The rematch due for December, was hurried forward from  October 11 to October 16th 2004, in Punk’s hometown of Chicago, due to Steve Corino being pulled from a match with Joe in another organisation.  Again, both had their rematch, which resulted in yet another sterling draw. It was the biggest selling DVD for ROH, at that time, and given 5 stars in Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter. This was the first 5 star for seven years. The last was at Badd Blood ‘97 between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. The series had to end. Joe defeated Punk in a no limit rubber match. Win or loss, Punk had to be happy with that.

In June ‘05, Punk finally dotted the I’s and T’s with corporate ink, to join WWE. Punk still kept his options open, and defeated Austin Aries, then champ, for the ROH title, with the Pepsi Plunge on June 18th. It was here, Punk threatened to take the ROH title to WWE. It was Mick Foley, then with ROH also, whom insisted Punk should do the right thing and  defend it on his way out.

Is this sounding familiar?

August 12th was the day Punk dropped it to James Gibson (Jaime Noble), alongside Joe, and Christopher Daniels, in a four corner elimination match.

Cabana defeated Punk in the final match of his ROH career, in a two out of three falls encounter at Punk:The Final Encounter. Yes the PPV/event was named in his honour. He was showered with streamers - showcasing a sign of respect from his superiors. A heartfelt flurry of tears from Punk defined what this business means to him. It wasn’t a choice he chose to leave on lightly.

On Feb 11th 2006, Punk made one last appearance for the company, teaming with Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) defeating Jimmy Rave and Adam Pearce in the process.  He was due to fight Low Ki (Kaval) but changed when Ki had left shortly beforehand.

Meanwhile, over on WWE shores, in September 2005, Punk was sent to developmental territory, OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling), in which his frustration would begin. In his debut, Punk received a ruptured eardrum and broken nose after gaining a stiff shot from Danny Inferno. Punk, to his credit, finished the match.

IC Title was another welcomed success for Punk

Defeating Ken Doane (Kenny Dykstra/Spirit Squad), he became the OVW heavyweight champion on November 9th.After receiving many ups and downs at developmental, Punk was called up to the newly rebranded ECW. Under WWE’s direction, it was bound to be a washout.

Punk, however, to WWE’s surprise became the star attraction and the only reason most tuned in for. Punk turned in appearances at ECW PPV’s, including the awful December to Dismember, which Paul Heyman took the fall for, from WWE. (Hopefully they have worked out those differences). Punk was first to be eliminated in the Elimination Chamber match on the PPV. That was a blow dealt many were unhappy to see. That choice would lose a lot of respect from the audience, as Punk, whom was building momentum as a mainstream star, was unexplainably dropped. There was no justification to it.

As WWE ECW Champ

He eventually defeated John Morrison for the ECW title. He later lost it to Chavo Guerrero. WWE cannot back up that booking decision credibly with anyone in the business watching intently. Edge, speared Punk to cause the loss. The ‘Edge wannabe’ who didn’t know how to ‘work’, then began a new chapter.

Claimed the briefcase back to back, twice

Punk won the Money in the Bank Ladder match at Wrestlemania XXIV (24), which guaranteed him a title shot in the next yearly period. The audience were thrilled with the prospect, yet sceptical how WWE would play it out.

On June 23rd, 2008, Punk was drafted to Raw. Batista was miffed with then Champion Edge, and left him battered after an onslaught. Edge was down, as Punk entered with briefcase in tow, to defeat the Rated R Superstar, and become the heavyweight champion on the flagship show for WWE. Punk had made his comeback from troubled times of rising the ranks with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Arn Anderson, throwing spanners in his creative progress.

As World Champion

He lost the title to Chris Jericho in a steel Cage match, on the September 15th Raw, after a near 3 month reign. He also won the slammy award for Oh My God Moment of the year, for defeating Edge.

Another excellent feud with Jericho

Punk, whom held the World Tag Titles (with Kofi Kingston), also won the IC title soon after dropping the tag belts. Punk became the nineteenth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history. (Winning all 3 titles on the brand, Tag, Heavyweight, and Intercontinental).

19th Triple Crown winner in WWE

At the following Mania, Punk won the MITB again, becoming the first double winner, and then being drafted to Smackdown in the annual draft again.

Punk also had the accolade of sending Jeff Hardy out of WWE, in a loser leaves the company match , on August 29th, which also grabbed him slammy of the year 2009, for shocker of the year.

Caught up in controversy with Undertaker over the title, and battling on with Rey Mysterio and Batista, Punk was set as one of WWE’s top men for the future. Once losing to Undertaker, the SES (Straight Edge Society) was born. Joined by Luke Gallows (Festus) and Serena, this tandem, didn’t do drugs, alcohol or any other substance in existence and kept themselves 100% natural.

Leading the SES
They irked many stars along the way, including mentoring NXT’s Darren Young, where Punk took a swipe at WWE, claiming he didn’t want to be there and was met with dubious inside practices that now made him a leading role for the company's future. The SES, was eventually dropped and Punk remains the only member currently among the WWE roster.

Given the task to train rookies.

Losing Hair battles, most recent against Mysterio, as well as messiah esq promos at PPV events, not forgetting the infamous Royal Rumble/Jeff Hardy epic, Punk was now left alone. His next step…

He was drafted back to Raw, again. This time taking Evan Bourne’s place at the Bragging Rights Raw Vs Smackdown match, (after injuring Bourne, in the storyline) to which he lost. He received a hip injury in the process, putting him out for the time being - not a great start, just being drafted to Raw and in a main match. WWE opened up a place for Punk on the announce desk. Commenting for a few months with Jerry “the King” Lawler and Michael Cole, was rather refreshing for the viewers, WWE, and Punk. But it wasn’t for long. Maybe watching the action close-hand reignited Punk’s passion.

Was refreshing over Michael Cole's blabbering

Impressed with his leadership and verbal commentary, Punk was unveiled as the ‘secret leader’ of the Nexus super group. The heel faction, which lost members like flies, and down to 5 men, needed Punk instantly as it could get him. Punk brought it back to life, the problem, was WWE’s failure to book new stars in a role to which they should have progressed higher. Punk forced Wade Barrett out and took charge. Punk V Barrett - a chance to make the ‘New’ Nexus  and Barrett as a solo star, was neglected. Barrett shortly switched sides to Smackdown - where his chances floundered.

Became WWE's leading man for Nexus
After feuds with John Cena and Randy Orton, while butting heads with Sheamus, on occasion,  Nexus eventually diluted. Mason Ryan suffered injury, which he is still out for, David Otunga and Michael McGuillicutty were teamed, and Punk went solo.

I can call you Phil, right?
Displeased with his treatment (Punk had not won a single Pay Per View match since Extreme Rules last year - the last 9 PPV’s were losses), he became a verbal explosion WWE had to acknowledge. Punk revealed the true face of the business in a shoot angle - which was pre worked and therefore, not a shoot, seeing as contracts were signed beforehand. Nevertheless, CM Punk decided to expose the WWE’s disgraceful attitude. Mr McMahon was vividly upset to this (on camera). Going hardcore, Punk bashed everyone in the company from McMahon, his daughter, son in law and the hire and fire man, before going onto certain practises. (some may have been elaborated from WW)…

Taking the yellow armband on
Initiating the first ever contract negotiations - in the ring was a first from Punk. The defeat of Cena also meant Punk 'removed' the Mr. McMahon character for WWE TV...

Bye Bye Babe...{Mwahh}

Punk has lastly been in title controversy with Cena. Lost to Alberto Del Rio and is receiving a forthcoming challenge in Kevin Nash and the corporate WWE. Someone is out to ’get’ Punk. Vince? Stephanie? Triple H? Johnny Ace? Being WWE - it wouldn’t surprise me to see Michael Cole being said perpetrator - just because…

One will not be silenced.

All he wants for X-Mas is an ice cream bar...
Regardless, Punk is on form more than he ever has been. Using the title storyline from the indy days with his ignited passion and ’fight’ to the WWE themselves, Chicago’s own is travelling on a path towards a brighter future. Becoming WWE Undisputed champion, is the latest highlight received. Don’t discount a possible Royal Rumble 2012 victory. A Raymond Carver fanatic, perversed by the corporate clones, and secretly in love with Max Waltham, CM Punk’s last goal - is to resurface the WWE ice cream bars - now who wouldn’t want to lick that smiley vanilla face?

Not sure about being a Raymond Carver - those are big boots to lace..
 but voices for the voiceless - MW understands...
WWE have realised they have a future in CM Punk, only problem is now, you need to let him create newbie’s just like Randy Orton has and continues to do, as well as making expert matches come to life. Don’t leave it another 4 years to create a star in the young and the hopeful.  

As it stands today- the best in the world (Punk proclaims)
Definitely one of the best so far..

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Brief Raw Results [Post Summerslam] (15th August 2011)

Brief RAW Results [Post Summerslam] 
(15th August 2011)

Triple H explains he wasn’t behind the Kevin Nash saga at Summerslam the previous evening. Del Rio is shown. HHH is seen entering Cena’s dressing room to ‘apologise’.

R Truth V John Morrison occurs. R Truth now has music!! It’s a mash up of his two previous themes. WWE are indeed cheap. It was a Falls Count Anywhere match, in which Morrison did a crazy stunt flipping Truth over into a wheelie chair, which was quite reckless, yet entertaining at the same time. I guess it needed it for their match. What else could they do?

Truth gets flipped over and seated..

As Morrison delivers a kick to the throat

First Flashback of Rey Mysterio’s highlighted career as World Champion at Wrestlemania is shown. (Clear indication Rey has no chance).

Jared, the subway guy, whose been there before.

The Miz came out, to , have a segment with Jared, the subway guy! Reallly!!! The Miz ended up berating him, stealing his sub, eating it, and claiming he could do anyone’s job better than they could.

Good enough to eat - I love a 6 inch meatball...

If U smelllll what The Miz, is, Eating!

A limo pulls up. After speculation Nash exits it. Trace Adkins is sitting in the audience and gets a mention. Here in the UK, Adkins was shown on The Apprentice, which McMahon was also on. (We are that far behind, yes).

Nash is in the house

Bimbo Bimbo and Eve came out to fight and defeat The Bella’s in a match of no importance. Brie Bella was the last remaining Diva’s champion if you are following…

Barbarella and Barbie Doll today..

Brie Bella - last Divas/Women's Champion

The Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix & Natalya) appeared after on the ‘tron. Cole told us they would give an announcement via Twitter….

Divas of Doom

Punk and Nash traded verbal blows about last night at Summerslam (in which Nash screwed Punk). Nash revealed he received a text to get involved. It wasn’t explained who put him up to it.

Riley's wide open :) - Thank You x

Riley's got it all

Ziggler/Vickie were on commentary as Riley fought and lost to Jack Swagger. They fell out again. Jack backstage asked Vickie to consider his ‘offer’. Vickie only manages World Champions and could take on Swagger… She contemplated it.

Manage Me..

Rey’s Fatal 4 Way victory for title # 2 (World title) was shown (against Big Show, CM Punk, Jack Swagger).

Guys in the front row happened to be wearing suits and scarves. The Del Rio Dynasty has begun. Throw a scarf round me Alby :) Ariba!

Be A Star! Having Randy Orton on my table, (mmmm), and then Stephanie with CM Punk – telling us everyone eventually gets “what they deserve”. [I bloody hope so, though it’s coming toooo late!] She also (verbally) attacked,  Punk for defeating Cena when Punk’s leg was “under the rope” so it doesn’t really count. – Ermm, Pot. Kettle. Black. See Summerslam article, especially Punk & Miz. Clever at omitting overt messages ain’t she…

Lopsided kinda makes her look eerie (&condescending, - which is fine)

Kofi Kingston teamed with Evan Bourne to fight Michael Mc Guillicutty and David Otunga.

Great aerial from Kingston. Should he go heel?

Bourne after the splash for the pinfall

Great legs again

Why they have destroyed Mikey’s character, after it was gathering a respectful movement is dumbfounded. They gave him a ghetto headband and awful ‘gimmick’ to appeal to Otunga’s shortcomings.

What are they doing to this talent?

Heel Turn?
On the other note… Kingston is in full need of a heel turn to re establish himself. I thought it could happen on this Raw. He needs it either way.

After  social network fact, Rey challenges Alberto Del Rio for his rematch, billed as Punk or Cena, wasn’t it obvious neither would be in the role as champion?

Irony came from Coles “deserve and receive comments” as Del Rio eventually won. Rey couldn’t possibly win again. Del Rio attempted to break his arm after the match. Without any appearance of Cena, and nearing the end, as predicted he made the save. Why? Cena had no argument with Rio. He beat Punk and never tangled with Cena. Ill booking again. Cena gives more irony about not being a champ contradictions, before Raw goes off the air. Was that a conclusive ending?

Del Rio squatted, Mmmm

Armbar - now an armbreaker..

Ripping the mask didn't give him the win

Nothing really worthwhile or notable and all built around Nash only. While that was good, we needed more of a show to talk about once Nash/Punk clears the dust. 

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Summerslam Results & Review & Post RAW Results

Summerslam 2011

On August 14th, Summerslam was in its 24th year as a top 4, annual, PPV for its company. Was it built as productively as perceived?

WWE Champianio! (ala Undisputed, no less)

The Miz Vs Rey Mysterio

Kicking off Summerslam’s 24th annual outing, The Miz entered the arena bursting out from behind the ‘Awesome’ balloon letters. (To which, WWE production crew could be instantly seen recovering the opened space to close those letters). How did this enhance The Miz as a main event headliner?

The Spanish announce table was then introduced with its newest announcer joining the team – to which no one was interested. Usually the SAP announce table claims a victim when introduced into play…

Hang on, this match has changed!

Alberto Del Rio entered, as did R Truth. This match is a…

6 Man Tag Match

The Miz, Alberto Del Rio & R Truth Vs Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston & John Morrison

The only person in this match whom all felt like he didn’t deserve to be there was the red herring himself, Alberto Del Rio. All the same, a headliner shouldn’t be booked so lowly or derogatory surely?

The Miz and his team LOST! That’s right; the winners were three stars who had no weight or potential to WWE’s market in today’s climate. All 3 have been struggling or have failed to deliver anything intriguing over the last few weeks, let alone months, regardless of Rey’s efforts, it hasn’t stood up to be fair.

It was an OK start, but it wasn’t anything interesting for the audience to be captivated.

Kingston put on a good effort, but was unable to gain acceptance from the masses.

Johnny Laurinaitis & Stephanie McMahon, wife of the C.O.O, bumped into CM Punk to wish him ‘luck’. Punk then declines a hand shake from Mrs McMahon-Helmsley, (who has an even longer job title), claiming he knows where her hand has been. She extended her hand after reiterating on the comments weeks ago that she was the “clueless daughter”. Punk corrects that he mentioned “idiotic daughter”. [if she had anything to do with Kelly Kelly retaining, then it’s accurate].

H & Steph in the corridor halls..

Sheamus Vs Mark Henry

Both wasted their time in this one. Henry, still isn’t current or over, and never will be. Only booked due to size for Shemaus to be re built as a power face wasn’t achieved. If you’re building him, it’s probably not a good idea to throw him to someone ‘mean’ and ‘menacing’ as Henry?

Does anyone know what they are doing? This is tiresome.

Out of date for 2011
Henry was brogue kicked to the outside. Upon retrieving him, Sheamus was spinebusted into the ring, from outside and received a modified world’s strongest slam. The Celtic Warrior was counted out for 10 seconds. Yes. It ended on a countout. And in Henry’s favour.

After two match slots aiming to draw us into Summerslam, it was time to see the R’n’B heavyweight CeeLo Green perform. Many sighed at this prospect. I kept an open mind. Certain angles are necessary like this, and it was a very clever way to incorporate an entertainment angle as a breather space. Only problem was the first two matches weren’t so great in feeling that we needed a breather…

Cee Lo Green Performs

CeeLo’s outfit was met with harsh comments. What else do you expect him to wear? He isn’t as emancipated as Kelly Kelly is. Maybe WWE’s pushing of her is what is causing a bad position for society on that count?

I though CeeLo was going to join the ministry of The Undertaker or even challenge Gangrel in his garb :p

CeeLo and the Bellas, Mendes & Fox

CeeLoo was joined by The Bella Twins, Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes, all of whom were dressed up and his backing ‘dancers’. The female DJ looked uninterested as all of us towards them, and she was even better than them. She showed more passion for what she does. Apart from the Bellas, Mendes & Fox are next on the endeavours list should they fail to step their game up.

Up until this point on the show, and until Orton/Christian, CeeLo was ironically the best thing on the card. WWE should seriously think about how unoriginal its Summerslam card was.

Divas Championship

Kelly Kelly (c) Vs Beth Phoenix

The Glamazon Beth Phoenix set her sights on destroying Kelly Kelly as retribution for KK’s self destruction of the Women’s division.

Phoenix was escorted to the ring with gal pal Natalya. Eve also did the chaperoning for Bimbo Bimbo. Both had no role outside as managers in this match. Kelly began this match by being crushed by Phoenix, who worked entirely the whole match, doing her best, as predictably instructed by those in charge, to carry KK along to a decent outing. Beth did that well, but she couldn't make KK any better than what she is no matter how hard she or anyone else tries. Phoenix as strong, domineering, controlling and destructive seemed to be in full swing to nabbing the title the right way.

Doesn't even care with that smile -
a slap in every ones face from Bimbo Bimbo

Kelly Kelly once again, picked up a fluke victory, on the off chance, due to those in charge causing a swerve turn on Max Waltham. It’s been clear the only change from the division has been widely due to my rambling of righteousness on the division. WWE would never have punished it forward without such passion from myself. The problem, then, is that WWE, with their dictatorial approach, fail to respect the sport and the division. Many value Women’s Wrestling. It is also very marketable should you book it throughouly. Today’s stock of WWE dollies, however, cannot be added to that claim.

Still can't wear the title... VERY thin legs..

Did WWE do it just to string me along? Make it look like we are taking this guy's views on board, and as the PPV culmination comes, slap him widely in the face on a public level? The tactics of WWE’s belittling process is very clear. It doesn’t bother me, but don’t think I don’t SEE it. I see VERY deeply than any other ‘internet rambler’ as WWE have understood to an extent at least.

Lately, ideas on WW have been helpful, suggested and implemented in some way on WWE programming or ‘skits’. I am not here to flaunt myself. But if the KK win was to ‘fk me over’ – then you are absolutely pointless at running a multi national/global company.

The only persons that this showed up were those in power on WWE’s ‘team’ applying the decisions. You look like you don’t know what you’re doing by allowing her a ‘feeble win’ which did not show anything special, unique or skilful from KK – even in the ‘entertainment’ sector.

Does The Fabulous Moolah mean absolutely nothing to you. That woman worked her backside off for years and built this division expertly, and you have mutilated it with the ‘production’ of Bimbo Bimbo. She would be turning in her grave. You are disgusting to disrespect her like that. How many years did she reign for? (I know the answer, do you?).

This woman had it all. Keep her legacy alive.

I solely believe even your OWN father would be disgusted at how you have lost sight of this in today’s market. It is very questionable to whether you know how to capture and captivate an audience giving them what they require to be fulfilled from an event.

In the old days, many came to a venue and got what they wanted in some respect. No one is asking nor expecting to have everyone they want on the show or winning, but some areas are solely important and the Women’s division is one of them.

Phoenix should have gone over. Plus, it would have reignited the division AND the beef between the challenger/s. This would also place all the Women in the locker-room in a healthy position of having a role.

Phoenix lost a match she was sure to win...

Vince McMahon is a millionaire who should be a Billionaire, some believe. The reason he has failed, may just be the lack of direction? Comedy angles, ego, and not being told what to do with stubborn attitude causes the problem to ensue, perhaps? Maybe you should prove you are here for the people who make you a millionaire, as well as respecting those ‘fans’ that have been here since 1984 and onward from then? Old School to New School matters… and the Women’s division is NO small area to ignore. (Many flock to see girls really go for it, Japan is a prime example, as well as, [mentioned] the WWWF/WWF back in the day).

R Truth was shown backstage and received a potential coach/agent to help him win matches and get his fire reignited. Jimmy ‘Mouth of the South’ Hart was giving these tips to Truth. R Tee finally realised. Hart was Little Jimmy?? He wasn’t happy with the Jimmy and stormed off…

Daniel Bryan Vs Wade Barrett

It was very obvious how this would go. And was the right call. “Bryan will win.” 
Bryan took a beautiful tumble Mmmm


"He just won MITB." 


Surely that then means he is going to lose to keep his contract  As well as the - will he, won’t he guise in play.

Face first of Bryan Crotch - Wade is so lucky!

Barrett's Booty - scored the win

After a very good wrestling match, Barrett won with the wasteland. This gave Wade a win he desperately needed. It is also credited to Bryan that he had a good match on wresting foundations. It was, however, uninteresting, due to placement on the card seen as unimportant or not given enough attention. All the non-wrestling ones were highlighted more for the entertainment world.

LeBell Lock is on

It's all over for Danny Boy

World Heavyweight Championship

Randy Orton Vs Christian

Displeased from the start
Christian told everyone before the match was underway that he had a special person in his corner – Edge! The Rated R Superstar returned to the ring to inform Christian he was happy to see him as champion, congratulatory, and then, everyone loves a swerve. Rated R said he was appalled and disgusted by Christian's actions of winning the World Title by spitting and DQ’s. Edge would not support Capt’n C and left him to sink on his own ship.

Edge, sporting a perm, told Christian to forget it...

Edge turned his back on Cptn C...

Christian entered Summerslam as defending champion. His second reign, won just one month ago, via DQ, (at Money In The Bank 2011) was to be defined tonight. He was going to showcase to everyone in the arena and watching worldwide that he had what it took to beat Randy Orton clean, credibly and take charge as head man as champion. 

WWE felt obligated, for the second time, to diminish and crush Captain Charisma once again. After ANOTHER sterling match from both competitors, which has clearly become feud of the year as well as possibly clocking up a match of the year somewhere, Randy Orton recaptured the World Heavyweight Title from Christian in a No Holds Barred match. The match itself, featuring items reminiscing a hardcore match for 2011 PG standards, was welcomed and engaging. Steel ring steps, chairs, the aluminium bins, all added to the fierce depth added to the match structure. I wanted a shopping trolley back! They could've gone around the ring with one  inside it :)

But it was too much for Christian. Orton rose above and nailed him for the 1-2-3. Randy Orton is once again in charge, and has signalled the end to the challenger. Only question now is, who can Orton face? No doubt WWE will throw Mark Henry at him. Have you no other people whom are current, fresh and young? There are more than enough on Smackdown. Cody, Ted, Bryan, Barrett and Sheamus are just a few names that come to mind instantaneously.

Orton-Wan Ken-obi! Mmmm Gimme your lightsabre!

WWE ‘Undisputed’ Championship

John Cena Vs CM Punk
w/Special Referee (C.O.O Triple H)

Left as Undisputed Champ, shortly..
Both entered as a ‘legitimate’ WWE Champion, which is again, a false fa├žade. There can never be two champs at one time. Should one be pinned (for instance the title bout featuring HHH/Benoit/Edge saga) in which two superstars pinned each other, at the same time, therefore both winning and therefore, both losing – the title becomes VACANT. On this case that first scenario did not occur.

Entered as WWE Champ

The second scenario is that CM Punk (who never actually left/quit WWE), was still technically WWE Champion as he resigned his contract BEFORE this push was initiated. The worked ‘shoots’ on RAW were obvious to mine and a handful of minds that it was a case of severe manipulation, though rather enjoyable for once, that the ‘E already had Punk earmarked for WWE Title stardom. Therefore rendering Cena’s reign as, again, illegitimate.

Some wrestling moves :O

The Miz, at Over the Limit, and on RAW (when Riley used the belt, and was then ‘discovered’) had his decisions by the referee reversed. They were reversed AFTER the decision was made. Technically, it is still The Miz’s title reign and in the case of Cena his last two titles don’t count as a result of Miz and Punk. But WWE changes its history books as much as possible. HHH went as far as to quote MW with the “this is the WWE”.., and anything can be changed when they see fit, can’t it?
Stopped a crappy finish happening -
maybe it shouldn't have been played out at all?

At one point there was a double countout for BOTH men. HHH wan't allowing this to happen nor end this way. (Sheamus was allowed however), and threw both back inside the ring to continue the match to a decisive winner.
STF, not enough..

This is also how you lose an audience and its respect for the intended message.

lovely legs again ...

What a Shot! Mmmm its an MW sign!

CM Punk and John Cena had another good match, but not as great as MITB. Punk, once again carried it, but Cena was “ecstatic” about it, apparently. It was a fair showing from Cena, but nowhere near ‘cutting the mould’ (My mould has a U in it purposely). Its old festering flesh. Maybe this has given Cena a sense of purpose to re evaluate what this ‘sport’ means to him.

Punk got Nashed! 
Cena was dropped to CM Punk to massive elation from the WWE Universe. Yes. Almighty Cena was defeated by Punk legitamly.Triple H, after doing the job as special referee in this match, clapping for Punk, left ringside to the back. With his back turned...Someone stormed over the barricade (claiming a lot of action that barricade…) and attacked Punk from behind (it wasn’t Max Waltham L …). Holy Cr*p! It’s Kevin Nash!

I must commend Triple H for choosing to wear zebra stripes as WWE referee. Recently, Stone Cold Steve “I quit after Wrestlemania periods and return for paychecks only” Austin, on two separate occasions, decided not to wear the pins. Disgusting. It doesn’t matter if he is ‘Stone Cold’. Even in the attitude era, he wore them. This matters.

Handshake from the COO/Referee
Thought it was over..

How, Why or What? There was no time for an explanation. Walking down the ramp was Alberto Del Rio, alongside a referee and briefcase. Del Rio officially cashed it in. The match was on now…

WWE Undisputed Championship

CM Punk Vs Alberto Del Rio

Fresh from a powerbomb dealt at the hands of Kevin Nash, Punk was layed out. He got a chance to recover, but was quickly taken down by the opportunistic Del Rio. The Mexican Aristocrat claimed and finally lifted heavyweight gold. Alberto Del Rio is WWE Undisputed Champion.

The first ever Mexican born wrestler as champion started right here.

After the dust settled on Summerslam 2011, was this a poor attempt at claiming this was Triple H’s first successful show as C.O.O? If so, then it failed dismally. Only the World title stood out again. And you say Christian can’t draw? Orton is a spectacular worker, but it does take two to make it work.

Summerslam was built on standard matches, no excitement in the early stages and filled with a pointless desolution to a match that could have stole the show (yes, the Divas title). Orton/Christian’s series was the only savior. Oh how Punk has fallen. That’s the John Cena effect for you. Del Rio was right to win. It took WWE enough time deciding what to do. Ill booking cost this PPV and WWE its reputation dearly.

PPV Rating 4/10

Men/Women of their matchesKofi Kingston, Sheamus, CeeLo Green, Beth Phoenix, Daniel Bryan, Christian, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio

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© Max Waltham 18 August 2011