Nice PPV from MITB last night. I was throughly enjoyed with it although lack of logic by creative in some parts kinda made me wonder about their intelligence. I mean we had the tag champs against hunico and camacho on the pre-show, however the PTP-ers and Primo/Epico made it into a match on the card. As well we had 2 throw away matches after the WWE title match leading into the Raw MITB with Ryback vs. Hawkins/Reks (which turned out pretty good) and a divas match that generated no interest. Oh well the rest of the PPV didn't disappoint really.
The SD MITB was really good considering the amount of people. Minus the really obvious botches at the start of the match, yes I'm looking at Cara for what looked like busting up Ziggler's fricking neck with a messed up turnbuckle move. They made great us of the ladders, got a tensai powerbomb of cara through a ladder like Sheamus did last year. Speaking of who, Tensai at one point threw Ziggler, who sold it so well it looked like a botch that broke his frickin neck AGAIN. Christian showed why he's a vetran of ladder matches, and lead the match at times. Kidd got in some real great spots, again he also looked like he killed Ziggler with a somersault powerbomb of the ladders. Rhodes showed a great spot in the match as he looked natural in high profile matches like this and seemed overall like he's meant to be in this spot he is and go up. Sandow showed some great spots in this match as well as some great ability and skills in the match. Finally we have the SD's MR. MITB Dolph Ziggler, who came back from dying 3 times, showed amazing athleticism and sold amazingly to win the MITB. This made the made worth it to me.
The Raw MITB didn't disappoint either really. In terms of spots and high flying action, there was none. However we got a 5th member in the returning miz in this match to help Jericho make the match seem more suited to smaller wrestlers. Miz made a triumphant return where he showcased really well in this match, and like Rhodes showed something he hasn't showed in a long time, the desire to be in this top spot. Jericho did all the ladder spots pretty much as did Miz. Show got buried by 15 ladders at one point which was something new. Kane didn't stand out all that greatly, but was generic stuff with Show. The predictable one here in this match was Cena. He didn't stand out that much either in terms of the match except AA'ing Show into the spanish announce table. However, he did win the match in suprise fashion when the briefcase fell off the rung as he was pummeling the big show with it...and he was genuiely surprised. So no idea if that was the meant finish or if that was an accident.
Now the big showstealer here, Punk vs. Bryan with AJ as the special referee. With the added stipulation of no DQ to the title match, you'd expect interference from someone. That wasn't the case and for 30 minutes these guys put on a clinic that fired up the audience the loudest. Just like their last PPV match these guys went back and forth trading control of the match with submissions, trading blows, and high spots. The added no dq stipulation allowed for use surprisingly of a kendo stick...which was great to see again, and the table that finished the match. AJ wasn't even a questioning factor in this match as she showed no preferance and wasn't sure who to go for, so she acted like a normal ref most of the match. The finish of the backdrop into the table, and the lack of shenanigans in the match was a huge surprise for the WWE title match.