WWE Money in the Bank 2011/The Wannabe Booker: Cena, Punk and the WWE Title
WARNING: I'M NOT LOOKING FOR A JOB WITH THE WWE OR TNA. I DON'T THINK I WOULD BE A BETTER BOOKER THAN ANYONE ALREADY IN THE WWE OR TNA. I'M A WRITER WHO LIKES TO FLEX HIS CREATIVE MUSCLES AND SEE JUST WHAT HE WOULD HAVE DONE IF HE HAD THE POWER.
Welcome to this special edition of my series of articles called The Wannabe Booker. The idea is I usually take a past storyline and write about how I would have booked things differently, but given the buzz surrounding Money in the Bank I thought I'd have ago at suggesting how I would book the PPV and its fallout over the next months.
After recently writing about the WWE/CM Punk situation in another article (link on last slide) and given that there is no confirmation as to whether Punk has re-signed with WWE or is truly leaving, I'm going to divide this article into two sections.
The first where I'll book the PPV and the first three months after it from the point of view that CM Punk has re-signed with WWE, and the second from the point of view that he is actually leaving.
In a sense, both scenarios I suggest for Money in the Bank are possible predictions of what the outcome maybe, and while they might not be surprising, for me they seem a good way to make Money in the Bank a successful PPV.
What I Would Want to Achieve in Both Situations
Whether Punk stays or goes on Sunday, the one thing I would want to do is make the best out whatever happens and not disappoint.
There are some expectations as to what will happen Sunday night, but I think the main thing the writing team would have to do is go in one direction, stick with it and capitalize on the groundwork that has already been laid.
For me, I will be building in both situations, on the after effects of the promo's which Punk has done over the last few weeks and take the company into a slightly new direction.
While I wouldn't want to do away with the PG era entirely because I think the WWE could find a balance between the kid's stuff they have done for the last few years, while adding some realism and reality to the product.
Those two ideas are very contrasting, but what I mean is really is that WWE at the moment is trying to pass itself off as a variety show rather than a wrestling show.
Personally, I think they could do that and still appeal to a wider audience who they have alienated given the childish nature of the product, but also through their constant denial that they are pro-wrestling.
I don't think you need a new "Attitude Era" to get fans back into the product, or violence or sexual storylines. Mainly because I think that sort of stuff would now be outdated and a cheap rip off of past glory.
The WWE I'd re-establish could still have guys like Hornswoggle, Santino and Cena entertaining the kids, but I'd also introduce realistic storylines, more wrestling and not avoid the fact that WWE is, after all, a wrestling company with politics (the latter of which will play important in both cases) to please everyone.
Of course it wouldn't please everyone. Yet the point would be to draw is as much of an audience as possible and despite what guys like Eric Bischoff think, there are more disenfranchised fans (whether they be casual or Internet-based) than they think.
Money in the Bank 2011: Take One...CM Punk Will Stay with the WWE
This for some people may sound like something they have already thought might happen on the night, but for me it's not just about what happens Sunday, but where it goes afterwards. Some of you may be expecting this outcome on the night.
Yet I'd rather have it so that people like the finish and get what they wanted and paid for, than try to do something overly complicated and ruin the show.
If CM Punk has re-signed with WWE I would ultimately have him win the WWE championship.
The ending would be that Cena has Punk in the corner, but as the ref pushes him away, Punk puts something in his mouth. Cena goes to attack him as Punk crawls into the corner but the ref blocks him. Punk then afterwards goes to spit green mist in John Cena's eyes but he moves and Punk sprays it into the face of the referee.
Vince comes out in a referee's shirt. The match goes on for another five minutes with Vince playing fair until Punk sets up the GTS, Vince low blows him and grabs a steel chair and orders Cena to use it on Punk. Cena stalls, but then he hits Vince with the chair.
Cena goes for the Attitude Adjuster on Punk but he counters and turns it into a GTS. Punk then pins Cena as the original ref, although still partly blinded crawls back into the ring and counts the three!
CM Punk does an entire promo on taking the belt with him to ROH or New Japan or even TNA and showing it off like Ric Flair did witht he NWA belt in the WWE back in the early 1990s.
Money in the Bank Continues With...
Out comes the Smackdown! Money in the Bank winner, Sheamus with a referee. Without a word said the two lock up and start fighting. The match goes for almost 10 minutes but Punk gives Sheamus the GTS for the win.
Post match Punk gets the microphone bragging again when out comes the Raw Money in the Bank winner, Rey Mysterio.
Instead of having a match, as soon as the bell rings Punk gets himself DQ'd instantly but hitting Rey with the belt and then runs through the crowd with the title as WWE wrestlers hit the ring and chase after him.
We end the PPV with Vince shouting at Cena and the two fighting with wrestlers trying to split them up.
MITB Fall out Part 1
Straight away to keep things realistic and keep people guessing, I would have the WWE site crash for a few days. When it comes back up there is no mention of the main event, the WWE championship or CM Punk or any record of his past.
On the first Raw I would have Vince open it by saying about CM Punk and the main event and putting the blame on Cena. After tonight he wants no mention of him ever again.
He says that CM Punk however, cannot take the title onto another wrestling show anywhere in the world due to the title being trademarked and says he has a thousand lawyers ready to make Punk homeless.
He then says the WWE only has and needs one world championship and introduces the undisputed world heavyweight champion, Randy Orton. But John Cena comes out and Vince avoids asking his questions or demands and says he will deal with him later in the evening.
After the main event which will be Randy Orton vs. The Miz for the world title, Vince comes out to address John Cena. As far as Vince is concerned it's Cena's fault and he screwed the company.
He would fire Cena, but he'd be shooting himself in the foot given the money Cena as a brand brings in. Instead, he says Cena will never get a world title match ever again.
Cena comes out and talks does his own shoot. He stops acting the way he normally does and gets really emotional about the way Vince runs the company talking about how everything Punk said was true. He says about the way Vince is and screwing people over and says he supports Punk and he's glad he lost.
As punishment, starting Friday on Smackdown, Cena will face the the entire WWE roster!
MITB Fall out Part 2
On Smackdown, Vince explains that Cena will face every member of the WWE roster in matches for the next few months, facing multiple opponents ever night in different matches as punishment. On Smackdown I would have him open the show by defeating Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater.
Then later on have him face Wade Barrett in the main event and win. This sort of treatment would go on until Survivor Series.
As for Punk, he would be the boogeyman of the WWE (no pun intended). I would have him doing media all over the place shooting on how he's screwed them over and even have him doing Youtube videos. But all the time he has the title with him, but he has it wrapped up in bags due to not being able to show the image.
He eventually say his first match back will be with New Japan pro wrestling a month after MITB.
Vince would have made Sheamus the No.. 1 contender for the WWE's Undisputed title due to his valor at MITB and trying for team WWE.
As for Mysterio, he says that as far as he is concerned he gives Rey a contract to face the world champion any time he likes. Then live on the air Rey makes a challenge, but at the end he says not to Randy Orton and they cut the mic.
Over the Internet, Mysterio then asks Punk to cash in his contract against him for the WWE championship, in Japan! Punk accepts.
At the event Punk still has the belt's image hidden. Punk wins the match, but then afterwards is attacked in ring by half a dozen of WWE's top wrestlers. But the New Japan wrestlers make the save.
Survivor Series and the Unification Match
A few weeks before Survivor Series, Punk will re-emerge after prolonged period where no one has heard from from him on the Internet. But he re-appears on WWE TV.
The main event of Raw is John Cena taking on Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, the Miz, Wade Barrett, Christian and Ezekiel Jackson in a one on seven handicap match, in which whoever pins Cena gets the number one contender-ship for the world title.
Half way through the match Punk's face suddenly appears on the screen. He makes a challenge to Vince McMahon and Randy Orton for Survivor Series. He will come back, for one night only and defend his WWE Championship against Randy Orton.
A week later Vince and Orton agree to hear Punk out and invite him to the next edition of Raw. When Punk shows up at the end of the show, with an army of security guards to protect from being jumped. Punk shoots on Orton being a disgrace to wrestling and humanity.
Even highlighting what he said in a recent interview about Kelly Kelly to show how much of a scumbag he is.
He says at Survivor Series, it wouldn't just be his title on the line. He wants to prove himself against Orton. He wants it to be a unification match.
If Punk wins, he is the undisputed WWE champion and he will return to the WWE with two demands being met. If he loses, he'll re-sign with WWE and be Vince's personal bitch.
If he wins, Punk's demands are firstly, that he gets creative control over himself and other wrestlers. Secondly, Vince loses all power to control Raw and Smackdown!
Vince refuses but Orton provokes him into it. On Smackdown! they sign the contract for it and it ends with Orton RKO'ing Punk through the table.
At Survivor Series, Punk is able to kick out of two RKO's and then hit Orton with a GTS for the win. For the first time, he unveils his version of the WWE Championship which goes back to a more traditional look. He takes the World Heavyweight title and gives it to a kid in the audience.
On the next Raw, CM Punk comes out with Vince trailing and saddened. He says that he now pretty much controls the WWE and cuts a promo on how Vince has screwed up wrestling and the company as a whole.
He says this will be Vince's last-ever appearance on WWE programming and after tonight all he will be able to do is write cheques and do paperwork.
The bell for the anonymous GM goes but Punk gets the computer, destroys it and says uses it to highlight Vince's dumb ideas of what entertainment and wrestling are and how, like George Lucas, he doesn't know what he's doing any more.
He introduces Vince's replacement as the acting GM of Raw, Smackdown and the WWE Programming.
A man who like Punk has had issues with Vince, who was treated like an outsider and knows a thing about politics and conspiracy theories. The former governor of Minnesota, Jesse "the Body" Ventura.
Jesse says he wants to freshen the WWE up and after coming here as a guest host and talking about how WWE and it's politics, he is shaping things up now.
Later in the evening Punk invites John Cena to the ring and tells him he respects Cena and all he's been through.
But he believes Cena needs to learn some lessons, so due to his powers of creative control, he's sending Cena to FCW, to developmental to learn how to wrestle. He will still have his Wrestlemania match against the Rock, but the road there won't be easy.
From Here on After:
1. Would try to create new main event talent and give credibility to those already on the borderline.
2. Build on Punk's skills and status, while putting Cena through a struggle to re-establish his character.
3. I would even have the Rock maybe face CM Punk in a warm up match to Wrestlemania at the Royal Rumble.
Money in the Bank Take Two: If CM Punk Is Leaving the WWE
This will be a shorter timeline with only two slides due to running out of time during my planning stage of the challenge and just to leave several possible ways for events to unfold. This is the weaker of my two ideas so there is room for improvement.
At Money in the Bank I would have it end in a screw-job finish. Punk has pinned and wins the match and the title. But Vince comes out and says that Punk is Disqualified.
He shows a clip of Punk cheating earlier in the match and tells the ref that it was a move that lead to the finish. Punk argues with the ref as does Cena, saying that he lost fairly.
Punk grabs Vince and pulls him into the ring and hits the GTS on him as Cena stares from across the ring. Cena walks out and allows Punk for the last five minutes of the PPV beat the living hell out of Vince with submissions, his fist and a chair.
The show ends with Punk posing with a fake title belt given to him by a fan and leading a chant of "this is bullsh#t" to the crowd.
Where the Storyline Could Go?
I would want to follow up the next few weeks with Vince being hurt and out of action. When Vince does return, I would have him exchanging words with Cena.
Yet Cena would deliver a shoot interview of his own comparing what Vince did with the Montreal Screwjob. I would also have R-Truth also involved in the storyline due to his conspiracy character at some point too.
The point would be, like the Montreal Screwjob, to maybe get fans to see this as the start of a new age of WWE wrestling, like the "Attitude Era" which followed the screwjob.
As I said, I would try and follow this up with more realistic and more emotional storylines else where, as well as toning down on some of the childish stuff the WWE has done.
I would have Cena vs. McMahon going on for a while and would even have Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels return to be involved in it on screen, but also in a wrestling capacity, too, perhaps playing a minor role.
Thanks for Reading!
I hope you enjoyed reading my article and if you have any thoughts, comments or opinions you want to express, please feel free to comment.
I'm sorry about the latter of two storyline ideas being a bit shorter, but personally I was unsure what on specifically what to do, or how to capitalize on Punk leaving if he is. If you have any suggestions I'd love to here them.
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