In a recent post on Twitter, Former WWE Superstar CM Punk jogged fans’ memories with a throwback to the insane match he had against John Cena at Money in the Bank, all the way back in 2011.
In the post, as you can see below, Punk thanks the fans and his followers for the support and the surreal atmosphere surrounding the match that he fought in his hometown.
— player/coach (@CMPunk) July 17, 2020
Later, the ever-active John Cena replied to the tweet with a very interesting picture of him posing with Punk with the two of them holding a dollar bill.
From the caption in his tweet, it is clear that Cena made some sort of bet with CM Punk before the match. The stake was probably on whoever won the match.
I bet on myself that night, the usual amount. Not a smart wager choosing the guy who can’t wrestle over the best in the world, but I’d like to think we all won that night. Thank you for allowing me to be part of something so many were entertained by. https://t.co/Tpj8RV55zV pic.twitter.com/FW9QYw3Sq6
— John Cena (@JohnCena) July 19, 2020
John Cena vs CM Punk at Money in the Bank 2011 was one of the best matches in WWE history. Fighting in his hometown, the crowd was naturally on Punk’s side.
CM Punk wanted to leave as WWE Champion but had to beat John Cena first
Then the WWE Champion, CM Punk was going to be leaving WWE on that same day a few hours after the match was scheduled. He intended on taking the WWE Championship with him as he left.
He made this intention very clear to Vince McMahon. Punk wanted to leave undefeated and as one of the greatest WWE Champions in history. However, the obstacle of John Cena prevented him from doing so freely.
In the highly anticipated match, both Superstars brought each other to their knees. Cena tried to finish Punk off with two Attitude Adjustments but failed. Punk managed to soldier out of three STF attempts by Cena.
Punk also attempted to pin Cena with a Go to Sleep, but Cena kicked out. Vince McMahon soon showed up with John Laurinaitis and instructed the latter to ring the bell. This was when Cena had Punk in a third STF.
Cena, however, decided to play the fair game and pushed Laurinaitis down, gesturing that he wanted to win the fight on his own. As soon as Cena got into the ring, Punk delivered a GTS, pinning Cena and winning the match.
Punk then grabbed the title and proceeded to exit the stadium through the crowd, which became one of the most iconic moments in WWE history.
This moment may or may not have been a reminder of the Montreal Screwjob when McMahon told the referee to ring the bell while Bret Hart was under the submission hold of Shawn Michaels.
This was as if history had repeated itself, but turned against McMahon this time.
Although CM Punk did return to WWE eventually, this exit was the stuff of legend. It also marked one of the best main event endings in WWE.
Hopefully, the fans get to experience the charisma of Punk again, should he decide to return to WWE.