John Cena vs CM Punk for the WWE Championship Match: Money in the Bank 2011
On June 27, 2011, CM Punk with one controversial statement sold this pay-per-view. Punk went on a tirade about how he was tired of being held back in the WWE, and how he would walk into his hometown of Chicago at Money in the Bank and take the title from John Cena and leave the company. Punk's contract would expire at midnight following the pay-per-view and he had no intentions on resigning. Leading up to the match, chairman of the WWE, Vince McMahon tried to reach some sort of agreement with Punk, but that would not be the case. McMahon then declared that if Cena did not defeat Punk, he would indeed be fired.
When CM Punk's music hit, the building exploded. For the first time in his career, Punk had an opportunity to win the WWE Championship, and he could do this in his home town. When Cena's music hit, those cheers immediately turned to boos. The boos were so heavy, Cena did not bother running from the curtain doing his signature stage poses, in stead he walked down with his head held down. He knew the odds were against him. Since John Cena was declared the face of the WWE, he often received a lot of criticism for his lack of in ring skills. When this match began Cena displayed great wrestling skills and proved that he was able to keep up with Punk. The two wrestled for the next 40 minutes and no one knew who would emerge as the victor. As Cena placed Punk in his submission finisher, the STF, Vince McMahon sent John Laurinaitis, the vice president of talent relations, to ring announcer to tell time keeper to ring the bell. When Cena notice Laurinaitis headed to the time keeper, he let go of the hold and clothes-lined him. He told McMahon, that he is going do things the right way. When he got back in the ring, Cena was caught by Punk and hit with Punk's finisher the Go To Sleep (GTS) and covered for the three count. CM Punk, the new WWE Champion.
Leading up to match, we witnessed one of the great stories in wrestling. CM Punk , John Cena, and WWE Championship all trended on twitter and people all over the world who were fans at one point in time were getting curious. Why is the WWE Championship trending on twitter? Punk's "pipebomb" made a way for him to connect with more fans than ever before. Everyone has a job where they feel that they are mistreated. The moments leading up to this match allowed CM Punk to become a household name in the sports entertainment world.