WWE Money in the Bank: 10 Things to Know About the John Cena vs. CM Punk Match
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The Money in the Bank pay-per-view is two nights away, and just like most fans, I'm really excited about this event.
Apparently, John Cena vs. CM Punk is the match that everybody is looking forward to, and why not? I mean after Punk's epic promo and after all the interesting factors that were added to the story, it's hard not to find it interesting. Even Vince McMahon was involved in the angle.
In the next slides, I'll break down 10 things to know about this match. Of course, I might not be coming up with something new, but I tried to mention all things to think about as we head into the event.
All said and done, let the show begin.
(All photos are courtesy of WWE.com)
1. Punk Has the Lead in Overall Results of Previous Singles Matches Against Cena
Throughout his WWE career, CM Punk faced John Cena on several occasions. He lost twice in his earlier days. But overall, Punk won more matches than Cena and all his victories occurred this year. Yes, it's interesting to note that Cena has never defeated Punk in an on-screen singles match this year.
They also faced each other once last year during the RAW Viewer's Choice episode. The match ended via disqualification after Nexus made their unforgettable debut. Ironically, Punk is now the leader of the same group that attacked him last year.
Back to our topic, even though Punk won all the matches either via disqualification or due to interference, but this is something we can keep in mind as we head into the event. Technically speaking, this should definitely be an advantage on Punk's side.
I know that this might seem irrelevant for some people as they might not regard it as an advantage. But still, I find it interesting.
Vince McMahon himself told Cena on RAW that he has no faith in him defeating Punk and keeping the WWE Championship. He can use those statistics as evidence to back up his claims.
P.S. I'm only pointing out to on-screen singles matches. Therefore, all dark matches and tag-team matches don't count. The Elimination Chamber match involving them doesn't count, either, as it's not a singles match.
Click here to watch their last match on RAW several weeks ago.
2. CM Punk Is Leaving WWE After the PPV
A few months ago, rumors about CM Punk possibly leaving WWE started floating all around the wrestling sites. Most reports stated that Punk was burnt out and that he needed a lengthy hiatus so he can rest for a while. Of course, things weren't clear at that time.
However, all those rumors turned out to be true as Punk himself confirmed them on Monday Night RAW. Following Capitol Punishment, Punk won a No. 1 contender's match against Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio.
After the match, he announced that his contract will expire on July 17, and that he'll be wrestling his final match at Money in the Bank in his hometown.
The following week, he shocked the WWE Universe and shot his infamous promo. This made WWE suspend him indefinitely.
However, thanks to John Cena, Vince McMahon reinstated him and put him back in the title match. Of course, we all saw what happened later and how Vince couldn't convince Punk to stay.
Until now, it seems that Punk is leaving for real. It is said on numerous sites that he isn't booked for coming events following the pay-per-view. Furthermore, and following his infamous encounter with a fan where he called him "Homo," WWE got in trouble with GLAAD again.
But WWE informed them that Punk's contract will expire soon and that they don't need to worry.
I won't be the one to judge those news here. Some people felt that this was done by WWE just to mislead GLAAD, while others felt that this can only confirm Punk's departure.
There are many conflicting news items about this story and I'm not able to tell if he might stay. My expectations are leaning towards him leaving and, honestly speaking, I'm preparing myself for this to happen. But many other fans are expecting him to stay.
Anyway, regardless of what happens later, it seems Punk is leaving for now (kayfabe wise at least).
3. If CM Punk Leaves with the WWE Title, John Cena Will Be Fired
Following CM Punk's suspension due to his promo, John Cena called out Vince McMahon and informed him that he didn't like his decision. He defended Punk and his rights to say what he feels.
After a while of words exchange between the two, Cena failed to convince WWE's Chairman to reinstate the Straight Edge Superstar. This made the Champ hand in his belt to McMahon and threaten to leave WWE.
However, a reluctant Vince accepted his request under one condition. If Punk wins and leaves with the title, Cena will be fired.
I know that Cena has been fired before but never left WWE even for one week, but the stipulation seems interesting. Will Punk leave with the belt? Will Cena get fired? We'll have to wait and see.
But it's interesting to note that Vince never said Cena will be fired if Punk wins. He said that Cena will be fired if Punk wins and leaves WWE with the belt.
Is there any way for Punk not to leave with the belt even after winning? The answer is too obvious, but let's take a look at the next slide.
4. A Fresh Money in the Bank Winner Will Be Waiting
The answer is yes. CM Punk could win, but RAW's Money in the Bank Ladder Match winner can cash in his contract and take the belt away from Punk.
If this happens, will Cena stay? I won't go into details here.
Anyway, the winner won't be waiting for Punk only. I guess the winner won't even care who will win as long as he'll have the chance to cash it in whenever he wants.
Will the winner cash in his contract on the same night? Will we see a new story line following this? Many stories can be made here but I'll leave it as it is.
The winner of the WWE Title match should be aware of the Money in the Bank winner and keep him in mind in case he decided to cash it on the same night.
It seems that Alberto Del Rio is the most likely superstar to win. But we never know how things could go in this match.
5. John Cena Might Get an ECW One Night Stand Flashback
Who can forget John Cena's match against Rob Van Dam at ECW One Night Stand (2006)? Remember all the boos he received? Remember how no one even wanted his t-shirt?
The fans were all against Cena due to the fact that he was facing an ECW superstar in front of pure ECW fans. In other words, he was wrestling in their own land. So the reaction should have been expected.
Fast forward to 2011, Cena might find himself in the same position this Sunday at Money in the Bank as it will be held in CM Punk's hometown, Chicago.
Furthermore, there are many stipulations that will make the match even more emotional. I mean this seems to be CM Punk's final match and it's for the WWE Title.
Cena himself said that he's expecting an anti-Cena crowd in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.
It's no secret that Cena has been receiving mixed reactions from the crowd for months if not years. It was even more interesting to see him booed by many fans in his hometown this past Monday on RAW.
Chicago fans are among the best and most exciting wrestling fans. So we can expect a very loud and active crowd this Sunday.
So what do you think? Will Cena get a One Night Stand flashback this Sunday? Or will the reaction be even more aggressive?
Cena might need to keep ECW's PPV in mind, and he should also keep the expected crowd reaction on Sunday in mind too. After all, he will find himself in a similar position again at Wrestlemania 28 when he faces the Rock in Miami, Fla.
It's interesting to note that Punk made his first-ever WWE appearance at Wrestlemania 22 in Chicago. He came in as one of Cena's fellow gangsters. Who would have guessed that those two would be facing each other five years later in one of the most anticipated matches in years?
Click here to see CM Punk's photos at Wrestlemania 22.
6. Both Superstars Took a Shot at Rock Who Responded and Teased Another Return
Besides this match, we already have a highly anticipated match next year at Wrestlemania 28. Of course, I'm talking about the Rock vs John Cena.
As part of their ongoing rivalry, John Cena took another jab at the Rock during a WWE live event in Australia. Again, he reminded us how he's always there performing in front of the crowd because he's a professional wrestler and not an actor.
Not only this, but even CM Punk put Cena over and bashed the Rock. He said that Cena is always performing for WWE while Rock is making movies. This was part of a promo in which both Cena and Punk put each other over at the event in Australia.
The Rock didn't let this go away without responding. First, he responded via his twitter account to Punk's calling him "the biggest ass kisser" during his June 27 infamous promo on RAW.
The Rock said, "CM Punk: it's simple business - The Rock is the main event at Wrestlemania cause it draws more money in one night, then u will in lifetime."
His next response came several days after Cena's promo in Australia. Rock posted a video and destroyed Cena. He explained what he meant when he said "he'll never leave again." However, the interesting part came when he teased a possible appearance before Wrestlemania which seemed to be very soon.
He said that he plans to show up before WrestleMania to lay the smack down on Cena at "the place where it all started."
Most fans directly thought about Rock's debut at Survivor Series 1996. This event took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Interestingly, the 25th anniversary of Survivor Series in November will be held in the same arena where Rock first made his debut. So Rock might make his return on this day because it all started there.
Some people thought about it in a more interesting way. Rock made his first ever Wrestlemania appearance in Chicago at Wrestlemania 13. Is this the event he's referring to when he said "where it all started?" Does this mean he'll make a surprise appearance at Money in the Bank this Sunday in Chicago?
The second option seems awesome, but I'm going with the first one. However, I expect Rock's name to be mentioned again since he teased another appearance before Wrestlemania 28.
It will be interesting to see how things will go.
You can check the promos below.
Click here to watch Cena's promo on Rock.
Click here to watch Punk and Cena's promo.
Click here to watch the Rock's response to Cena.
7. The Future of Nexus Is Still Obscure
Yeah, I know that some people are already annoyed to see this. I mean seriously, we're discussing one of the biggest matches in years, and suddenly we mention this worthless stable that lost all its momentum several months ago? But let's not forget that CM Punk is still their leader.
Until now, we still have no idea what Nexus will do once Punk leaves. Ever sine Punk announced that he'll be leaving, we've only seen little to no interactions between the team and the leader. Punk has been on his own most of the time.
What do you think? Will Mason Ryan and the WWE Tag-Team Champions, David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty, split once Punk leaves? Will they have a new leader?
I don't know what will happen, but until now, nothing is mentioned about them. I'm not even sure if they will interfere in the match and help their leader before he leaves.
8. There Is a Furious Boss Backstage
After months of staying behind the scenes, Vince McMahon is finally involved in another story line. His involvement added a much-needed factor to the feud and made it more interesting.
However, Vince doesn't seem to be pleased with both CM Punk and John Cena. Both superstars pissed him off in the past few weeks and it will be interesting to see how he will react.
First, Punk cut a promo and wished death to the Chairman, and then he humiliated him during the contract negotiation last Monday Night on RAW. Furthermore, the negotiations failed and Punk ended up tearing up the contract.
But is Punk the only one who pissed off McMahon? Of course not. I mean think about what Cena did. He threatened to leave WWE and forced him to reinstate Punk. Then he was the main reason for the failure of the negotiations.
It seemed that Vince was about to sign the contract before Cena interrupted them and made Punk change his mind. Vince looked frustrated as he stared at Punk tearing up the contract.
With this said, I guess it's a no-brainer to predict a possible interference by McMahon in the match. There can be possible roles for him.
But what exactly will he do? Will he screw Punk? Or will he screw Cena? Will he help the Champ just to humiliate him later? Will he get involved in a new story with Cena?
There are numerous possible options here, and I'll discuss them in another slide. But all I have to say here is that there is a furious boss backstage and both superstars should be aware of him.
9. This Is the Most Hyped Match Since Undertaker/HHH and Cole/Lawler
I have to say that the build up towards the match has been awesome and WWE did a great job this time. The hype for this match reminds me of the hype for the Undertaker vs. Triple H and the Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler matches at Wrestlemania 27.
Many people might say that the build up towards those two matches weren't really great. I might agree here but they were heavily hyped and no one can deny this.
This match seems to be heavily hyped too, but the build up is even better than the above matches. I think that this is one of the most anticipated matches in years. Numerous wrestling sites even reported that most WWE crew members are looking forward to this PPV as if Wrestlemania is coming.
ROH wrestler and former WWE superstar, Colt Cabana (Scotty Goldman), is expected to attend the show. It's been reported that he won't be accepting bookings after next month. Cabana is one of Punk's closest friends and he's been mentioned by the Straight Edge Superstar on RAW. Does this mean he'll be back?
Most former and current WWE and TNA superstars gave their thoughts on this story and they all seem to be impressed.
Even the Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley, hinted a possible attendance to the PPV via his twitter account.
He tweeted the following, "Thinking about getting a ticket for MITB, just to feel the atmosphere in Chicago as a wrestling fan. Should be amazing."
Most WWE fans and employees are really excited about this event because of this match in particular. Of course, Money in the Bank Ladder matches are always great to watch, but the main event match made the whole PPV even more interesting.
Let's hope things don't go back to normal once this event is over.
10. The Match Might Have Major Effects on the Direction of WWE
Now many people are looking forward to this match. However, most of them are worried about the aftermath of the event as a whole. I mean we've been watching an exciting feud and it's hard to believe that it will come to an end with no effects on WWE as a whole.
Many banned names were mentioned, numerous PG lines were crossed, fourth walls were broken and interesting stipulations were added. All superstars are excited about the event, and Vince McMahon is involved after more than one year of staying away from feuds and rivalries.
Several former WWE superstars will be attending the show and some fans are even expecting The Rock to make an appearance (I don't think so).
I know that some readers might think that I'm making a big deal out of it, but think about the countless possibilities we have here.
What if Vince helps Cena and screws Punk? Will this lead to a Cena heel turn? Remember what happened after the famous Montreal Screw Job? I know many people don't like the rehash of old stories but this could turn out to be interesting.
This might not happen, but I won't be surprised if it did especially that WWE recently released the Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart rivalry DVD. I mean they might like repeating the same story again in order to remind us about the old screw job story and further promote the DVD.
What if Vince screws Cena? What if he aligned himself with Punk and reveals that they already signed a new contract? What if Vince screws Punk but then starts a new rivalry with Cena himself? Maybe it could help if he assists the Money in the Bank winner? What if Punk wins? What if Cena gets fired?
I'm asking too many questions and most of what I asked might not appeal to the readers. But my whole point is simple. I just can't think that everything will go back to normal once this match is over. I just can't think things will end normally with no swerves.
I mean even if Cena wins and Punk leaves, I'm sure McMahon will still be involved in an interesting story with Cena that might include another superstar and maybe the Rock later.
This match could be the perfect time to finally start heading into a new direction with the product.
As I said, I'm looking forward to this match and to this PPV as a whole. I won't set my hopes very high, but I hope we see some shocking moments this Sunday.
All thoughts and comments are welcome.