Before we start a New Year later this evening in the United States, we take look back at the best main events of 2011 and what you thought was the best of those matches in the past year.
With 13 different pay-per-views on the schedule from the past year, let’s get to choices to see what you thought was the best main event match in 2011.
After cycling through 39 other superstars in the largest Royal Rumble field in the history of the WWE, Alberto Del Rio was able to begin his road to Wrestlemania by last eliminating Santino Marella to win the 2011 January staple.
With a shot at the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 27 on the line, John Cena survived the Raw Elimination Chamber match as CM Punk was last eliminated after an Attitude Adjustment from the ring to the steel grate surrounding the ring.
Following the Rock restarting the match after a double count out, the host of Wrestlemania 27 made his presence felt again in the match as the Great One rock bottomed John Cena giving the match to reigning champion the Miz.
John Cena got his Wrestlemania revenge in this triple threat steel cage match against the Miz and John Morrison as Cena delivered a top rope Attitude Adjustment on Miz to become the WWE Champion for a ninth time.
In what seemed like a handicap contest throughout this “I Quit” match, John Cena was able to withstand the combined punishment by the Miz and Alex Riley to finally force the challenger to say “I Quit” after slapping on the STF on the stage.
Following an assist from a Little Jimmy at ringside, John Cena dragged R-Truth back into the ring and hit the Attitude Adjustment on the challenger to retain his WWE Championship at the patriotic pay-per-view.
With the fear of the WWE Championship leaving the company, CM Punk made that fear come true for Vince McMahon and his company as Punk defeated John Cena for the title in his hometown of Chicago.
While neither of the two men in the main event walked out with the WWE Championship after the match, CM Punk did win the match with a little controversy as John Cena’s foot was on the rope as Punk pinned him to be the undisputed WWE Champion.
After dealing with the outside interference of Kevin Nash and Awesome Truth, Triple H needed three pedigrees to put away CM Punk in their brutal no disqualification match that found its way all around the arena in Buffalo.
With champion John Cena locked on the outside of Hell in a Cell, Alberto Del Rio assaulted CM Punk inside the massive cage with a lead pipe to win the Mexican Aristocrat’s second WWE Championship in the past two months.
Even with a collapsed ring following the Mark Henry/Big Show match, Alberto Del Rio retained his WWE Championship in the Last Man Standing match against John Cena with the aid from an attack by Awesome Truth and a shot to the head with the WWE Title to score the win.
Under the bright lights of New York City at Madison Square Garden, CM Punk was able to get some revenge on Alberto Del Rio as he defeated the Mexican Aristocrat to win his second WWE Championship of 2011.
After being handcuffed to a ladder and to the middle turnbuckle during the course of the match, WWE Champion CM Punk was able to retain his title in a wild Tables, Ladders and Chairs match against the Miz and Alberto Del Rio earlier this month.
To vote for what you thought was the best main event from 2011, drop down to the comments section of this article and list the matches from best to worst during the year.
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