A fight usually differs from a wrestling match as technical ability goes out of the window and two competitors try and hurt each other in any way possible.
I have created a list of the best fights of the first half of 2011. Remember this is not a list of necessarily the best wrestling matches, but the best fights.
These are the battles that made people stand on their feet and cheer until their throats were sore.
Arguably the biggest fight of the year when it comes to spectacle and numbers, the Money in the Bank ladder match has become an annual attraction.
This year though, something stood out in the SmackDown ladder match.
In 2011, eight of wrestling's superstars fought each other for a chance at a briefcase suspended 20 feet in the air. It seemed more violent, more like a fight than in previous years.
There were some fantastic spots and it just felt like what we were seeing was carnage.
It definitely deserves a place on this list.
WrestleMania was not as bad as everyone first rushed to conclude.
Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes was a brilliant match and it opened WrestleMania XXVII in just the right way.
There were some excellent spots and the most surprising thing about the match was that Rey Mysterio put Cody Rhodes over, setting him up for bigger and better things.
This was more of a fight than a wrestling match due to the personal hatred for each other the two characters had.
Cody’s face was smashed thanks to Mysterio and there’s nothing better for Vengeance than a big fight at the Granddaddy of them all.
This was a stellar showing between two men who quite frankly, should not have even been wrestling.
Christian took the place of Edge, and he managed to capture the World Heavyweight Championship in what many fans thought was a brilliant ladder match.
It epitomised what Christian is known for—his high-flying, taking risks with metal in the ring.
Alberto Del Rio also wrestled well and the rest was just a straight fight as Christian defended not only his own honour, but Edge’s as well.
Christian and Randy Orton would have had a monopoly over this list if it had been more than seven, but as it is I had to pick the best one from their series of bouts.
SummerSlam 2011 was the one I chose as it was extreme and it was a brilliant fight.
It ended the feud between the two men as they battered each other in a No Holds Barred match.
It was violent and rough as they fought through the crowd and on the outside before finally settling things in the ring.
SummerSlam 2011 was an excellent end to an engaging feud between Christian and Randy Orton.
Who could forget this match? It’s probably the most famous match of this year.
CM Punk won the WWE Championship from John Cena then left the company taking the belt with him.
This is turn, resulted in one of the best feuds in WWE history.
When CM Punk came back history was made as the company had two WWE Champions.
The match was a spectacle of skill and was a brilliant fight.
The weight of the prize on the line was enough to garner the excitement from the crowd and the two performers eat it up as they put on the best show the WWE Universe had seen in years.
As fights go this was explosive, fun and exciting. Riley had had just about enough from Miz and decided to vent his frustrations by having a fight with the most must-see WWE champion in history.
Shirts were ripped and it spilled outside, over the announce table and everything.
This is probably the confrontation most deserving of being called a fight on this list.
It wasn’t a match, it wasn’t sanctioned, it was just two men and their fists.
This was the second time these two Legends would face each other at a WrestleMania event, but this year, they blew the roof off the Georgia Dome.
They battled like only two legends could.
Back and forth they went, with Triple H even mimicking The Undertaker’s Tombstone Piledriver in an attempt to break the streak and pick up the pinfall victory.
It was one of the best matches I have ever seen and that truly is saying something.
This was a fight make no mistake about it. Chair shots to the head were given and the two brawled until neither could leave the arena without some form of aid.
It was a match for the ages, and I can’t see anything topping this match in the latter half of this year.
I hope you enjoyed the look back at the seven best fights of 2011.
Please let me know what you think were the best fights in the comments section below!
Thanks for reading!