The 2011 installment of the WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view was one of the best all-around events in years. From top to bottom, the show had everything—exciting action, surprising upsets and a game-changing main event.
This year's PPV is shaping up to be a great show, but it will never be able to compare to last year's event.
Last year, Randy Orton and Christian added another chapter to their feud over the World Heavyweight Championship. While the ending of the match may have rubbed some fans the wrong way, the match itself was great.
This year's World Heavyweight Championship match, Sheamus vs. Alberto del Rio, should be good but it likely won't compare to last year's.
The World Heavyweight Championship contract Money in the Bank match could certainly surpass last year's. There is an excellent group of talent participating in the contest. That said, last year's version of the match featured the upset win from Daniel Bryan—something they likely won't be able to replicate this year.
The WWE Championship contract match in 2011 was won by Alberto del Rio. This win set him up for his first world championship reign a month later. Part of the excitement in del Rio winning was the fact that he had never won a world title before.
With the WWE Championship contract Money in the Bank match this year being limited to former WWE Champions, some of the excitement is taken away. It's already guaranteed that no one will receive a stellar push due to the decision of this match.
Finally, the main event will never live up to CM Punk vs. John Cena in 2011. The pure emotion in the competitors and in the fans can't be duplicated.
While Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk will certainly be an excellent match, and AJ may provide some kind of exciting twist, I don't see how it's possible to match the image of Punk leaving through the Chicago crowd with the WWE Championship.
I am confident that this year's Money in the Bank will be a great show. The PPV has more than delivered since its establishment in 2010.
That said, I don't see how it will live up to the 2011 Money in the Bank PPV. What the WWE created on July 17, 2011 was something very special.