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A pretty by-the-numbers Punk match, honestly.
He and Miz never really seemed to click in the ring. It’s a shame, given that their real-life heat I’ve heard about could make for a decent feud, but maybe the ring work just wouldn’t sit together nicely. Hard to tell. He hit all the usual spots and put on a dominating, if not terribly exciting performance.
Well California definitely loves them some CM Punk. That cheer at the start of the show—just from hearing his name—is proof enough that he’s climbed the ladder to success. He has the crowd hot for him pretty much any time he’s center stage and things look good for his career.
I think everyone knows that CM Punk can talk. Now, personally, I think he took too many digs at Laurinaitis in his “debate speech,” but he brought it back at the end to being a wrestler, and a good wrestler, and how he would win.
So that was good. His delivery was rock-solid and brimming with intensity as always. And, thankfully, there was no direct undercutting of his opponent this time.
I must confess, I’m getting tired of the Punk-Laurinaitis feud. I thought it brought out some of Punk’s better mic work, but where is it going? Unless they tie in Laurinaitis and Jericho somehow, it makes no sense to keep this feud going when Punk already has something perfectly good to shoot for.
His role as the snarky rebel is still fine, I’d just like to see a focus on his actual opponents rather than an authority figure.
A strong showing for the WWE champion, as it should be. Keeping the feud going with Laurinaitis is something I could do without, but he had great mic work and the audience was super hot for him, making for a very entertaining show.
He looks good going into the Elimination Chamber and I’m sure he’ll look just as good going into WrestleMania at this rate.
Up and down this time. Some of the Miz’s spots were great, such as his solid arm-work on Punk and his great counter from the GTS into the Skull-Crushing Finale.
But he botched Punk’s bulldog and his usually good-looking neckbreaker-into-backbreaker combo was the most sluggish I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t be surprised if recent events have shaken him, and it’s a shame.
Say what you will about the Miz, he’s a charismatic man.
Dolph’s juvenile comments aside, he has great facial work that makes him look reasonably intimidating, and the crowd in San Francisco was reacting to him pretty well in the ring. Still, as a character he’s kind of burnt out, and a fresh twist would probably refresh him and bring his reactions back up.
Just not a great night for the Miz, even on the mic. He had his trademark ferocious delivery, which was good, but his talking points were weak. His jabs at Punk and Dolph were just too convoluted and fell flat. And being buzzed into silence didn’t do him any favors.
If it was an attempt to get the audience against him, it fell flat. People were just restless more than anything.
The Miz has been basically the same character for, what, the better part of two years now? Longer?
He’s been played out, and his attempted tweaks to his character have fallen by the wayside again and again. He needs to do something to recapture interest because the serious talking, "I'm an awesome guy" isn’t really cutting it anymore. It’s a shame, because I like him a lot personally, but he needs a new angle.
Another poor outing for the Miz, who seems to have a lot of pressure on his shoulders these days. It’s unfortunate because, again, I’m a fan, but it really seems to be showing in his work. Maybe the rumors are right, and being bumped down to the midcard again will help him refresh himself and come back better than before. But something, at least, needs to change, because his character just isn’t working the same anymore.