2011: CM Punk vs John Cena – Triple H as Special Guest Referee
In an alternate timeline, this match would have kicked off one the most entertaining and successful periods in WWE history. In the real timeline, it… didn’t.
This match took place one month after the amazingly successful, critically acclaimed pay-per-view that was Money in the Bank 2011 featuring the star-making match of John Cena against CM Punk. CM Punk left with the WWE Championship and returned to the company 8 whole days later. That in itself was a terrible decision but even so, people were still very much looking forward to their rematch as it would determine the Undisputed WWE Champion. Oh did I forget to mention? In the 8 days CM Punk was gone, John Cena was crowned the new WWE Champion by beating Rey Mysterio who had just won a tournament fair and square. Classic Cena.
Triple H was inserted as the Special Guest Referee because… reasons? He’s Triple H I guess? The match itself was a fun affair, with Cena doing the ‘Big Match John’ thing of unveiling moves he doesn’t normally use. Now, CM Punk was the most popular thing the company had seen in quite some time, so you’d think logic would dictate he’d beat Cena clean and go on to defend the WWE Title at the top of the card right? No.
The finish of the match came after Punk hit Cena with a GTS and picked up a 3-count, but John-boy’s foot was on the bottom rope that Triple H didn’t see. So Punk looked worse for not being able to beat Cena clean, Cena was protected, like he needs that, Triple H looked stupid for not seeing the foot on the rope, and then…THEN.
While Punk was celebrating, in to the ring came Kevin Nash. Kevin Nash? Crazy right? He clotheslined and Jackknife Powerbombed Punk and while Triple H looked on, mildly confused, out came ‘Mr. Money in the Bank,’ Alberto Del Rio. He nailed Punk with an Enzuigiri and pinned him to become the new WWE Champion.
What we learnt: Cena needs to be protected at all costs, even when he loses. Punk can never be a star. Great.