CM Punk vs. John Cena (WWE 02/25/13)

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CM Punk vs. John Cena (WWE 02/25/13)

Post by SammyJ_D » Sun Nov 08, 2015 6:00 pm

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CM Punk vs. John Cena (WWE 02/25/13)

Post by brandonbitw » Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:05 pm

I have this match somewhere between ****1/2 to ****3/4, I like it that much. The second best Cena/Punk match ever, and up there for the best Raw match ever, IMO. Imagine the fireworks these guys could've produced as a WM main event.

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Re: CM Punk vs. John Cena (WWE 02/25/13)

Post by supersonic » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:03 pm

Raw - February 25, 2013
WWE Title Shot Match
John Cena vs. CM Punk

What made this match work so well is what Michael Cole said once it was over. This match had emotion, drama, and tension. It also had an unbelievable electricity, an atmosphere that felt like a legitimate PPV main event.

Punk started off trying to dominate the match with basic submission holds, such as the sleeper and abdominal stretch. However, with a career-defining rematch on the line for Cena, he was able to negate Punk. Frustrated and also starving to be in THE main event at WrestleMania, Punk quickened the pace, only for Cena to be on par with him every step of the way.

As the match got to its last third, the crowd was in a frenzy. While everyone had to have known Cena would win this, the work these of two men made one believe that maybe we actually were going to get Rock vs. Punk III. They both had to pull out new shit they hadn't used in years, if never in their careers. For Punk, he used a beautiful piledriver, and when Cena kicked out, his face told the story, not knowing what he needed to do next. For Cena, he used a sitdown powerbomb on the smaller Punk, and as the match closed, pulled out a head-scissors. That it wasn't picture-perfect was understandable - these men had given EVERYTHING, so Cena was running on desperation and wouldn't logically to be able to pull that off perfectly. But it got the job done.

This match did its job in reminding the younger audience that Cena would indeed have a chance at redemption against the Rock. But with Punk hardly resorting to cheating (he may not have done so at all actually), it re-established him as a force to be reckoned with after all of the breaks he had gotten the previous several months, so that when his WrestleMania XXIX opponent would be announced, the audience would buy into it. One of the greatest matches in Raw history. ****1/2

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Re: CM Punk vs. John Cena (WWE 02/25/13)

Post by Grammarian » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:14 pm

I thought it was an exciting match and remember that it came after two disappointing Rock/Punk matches.
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Re: CM Punk vs. John Cena (WWE 02/25/13)

Post by Jeff Hawkins » Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:23 pm

I like the match, but it's so hard to judge it in a vacuum with MITB and *that* atmosphere

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Re: CM Punk vs. John Cena (WWE 02/25/13)

Post by Rah » Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:09 am

Definitely on the list.

Right from the get go you could feel the nerves from Cena (not casually kissing his dog chains as he usually does but, rather, adding a prayer to his routine) and the newfound levels of cockiness oozing off the usually brass Punk. Everything leading up to this point, everything that this watch was riding on, was perfectly cemented by the behaviours of both wrestlers before the match even began. The face of adversity also seemingly changed Cena's approach within wrestling. Normally he relies on his dogmatically lawful/good nature yet knowing what was at stake made him stray from his tennets. Exampilic of this was in how desperation had made Cena hold on to a submission despite the rope-break being called by the referee and only relinquished the hold in the sight of a disqualification.

I recall, at the time, there being criticisms over Cena's selling, his Frankensteiner and the dubious near count-out yet I cannot find a case for any of them. Sure, the 9-count was certainly not the best application of that spot but, granted, it still popped the crowd and did its job. As for his selling, outside of the sequence that involved the dodged shoulder tackle (when Cena was still relatively fresh), there really and truly is nothing to fault. Watch Cena try lift Punk onto his shoulders after that point, he feigns a struggle in doing so. Yet he was the guy who lifted Brock Lesnar with one frikken arm. Lastly, that Frankensteiner? Beautifully poignant and succinct to the flow of the match and its story.

You've got to understand this was a desperation move for Cena, he isn't used to delivering it and will, naturally, be rusty in its execution. Now add in to that fact that he had endured Punk's signatures, submissions and finisher as well as a vicious piledriver only moments before. Then couple in the fact of physical exhaustion and a "lazy" take on the move isn't at all hard to forgive or even admire as an additive to the narrative. It made perfect sense to be placed here, noting the cover for Cena's rustiness in its use. It wasn't done to inflict extra damage in ensuring the subsequent AA was successful, it was entirely about taking Punk by surprise with a move he wouldn't expect and allowing Cena the opportunity to apply the AA.

This was a big time match held in front of a big time crowd for a chance at a big time opportunity - all on free TV. Yeah, this was larger than life.

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