Weekly Wrestling Recap 7/21/11
The dog days of summer have turned into a huge wave of surprises in the wrestling world. It started off last Thursday on Impact with Sting winning the World Title from Mr. Anderson. Sting’s new “Joker” persona is probably the most original thing that TNA has came up with in years and it’s not even really original. It has however breathed new life into Steve Borden who has put on his best performance both inside and outside of the ring as of late. I am interested to see where this goes but TNA finally has an exciting main event angle again.
In the WWE, the Money in the Bank pay-per-view had all the hype of a Wrestlemania going into it. CM Punk was having his last match with the company and if John Cena won he would be fired. After 34 minutes of good plain old school wrestling, Punk won the title after a failed attempt at interference by Vince McMahon himself. This ending was similar to the Montreal Screw Job from 1997 where Vince wanted the bell rung prematurely after CM Punk had been put into the STF by Cena. Cena blocked John Laurinitis (SVP of Talent Relation and Vince’s Stooge) from interfering but CM Punk took advantage of the distraction and came out on top as new champ. The Money in the Bank matches were both very good as well with Alberto Del Rio winning the Raw briefcase and Daniel Bryan winning for Smackdown. Del Rio is not a big surprise as he’s prime for a title match and was ordered to cash in his briefcase by McMahon after Punk had won. This didn’t go too well as Del Rio was hit with a stiff kick as soon he entered the ring, but it doesn’t truly count for him as cashing in his chance as the bell never rang. As for Daniel Bryan, his win was a bit of a wildcard but he can go in the ring albeit his horrible gimmick doesn’t suit his already quiet personality. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes and how they repackage him as a strong contender.
Also there was a second title change as Christian won the World Heavyweight Championship by DQ. I think this ending was the way that the WWE repented for Christian getting screwed out of his win a few months ago while also giving Randy Orton that heel edge that he has been missing and what initially got him over.
The biggest news from the last 36 hours was Vince McMahon managing to even upstage the CM Punk resignation by losing “control” of the WWE by mandate from the Board of Directors. Vince was right about to fire John Cena for losing the WWE Championship at the pay-per-view when Triple H’s music hit and The Game made his first appearance on WWE television since Wrestlemania. HHH said he had been sent by the Board of Directors as Vince’s decision making abilities had been under question with the way he handled the CM Punk situation and attempting to fire the company’s biggest draw, John Cena. Triple H then announced that he was going to be taking over Vince’s spot effective immediately, which actually led to Vince crying in the middle of the ring. This part got a little awkward and tense and Triple H and Vince had a heart to heart where Triple H actually uttered the phrase “I love you Pop.” This angle was reminiscent of how much of a soap opera the wrestling storylines were in the early 2000s when ironically Triple H was World Champ for what seemed like forever. I like the idea of Triple H as the new onscreen authority for the company, especially if he calls things down the middle and gives into fan demands. I don’t however like the lack of a creative way for them to do it as Vince was “bought out” by Donald Trump a few years ago and of course “killed” in a limousine explosion before that. They could have announced Triple H as the anonymous Raw GM and still had the surprise factor without the overly sentimental story line.
Some other quick news involving Sin Cara who has been suspended for 30 days for a Wellness Policy violation. Cara was Triple H’s first major International acquisition and has come out as a bust after not being able to live up to the hype. There are now reportedly talks of him not being brought back after his suspension is over. Overall, it was a huge week in the world of professional wrestling with storylines setting up the next few months of angles and beyond, it’s definitely an exciting time to be a wrestling fan again.