CM Punk Beats John Cena at Money in the bank 2011
The future of the WWE was in jeopardy. CM Punk was leaving the WWE and he was determined to take the WWE Championship with him. Money in the Bank 2011 was one of the grittiest, most real and overall best storylines ever in the WWE.
What made this story so amazing was the way CM Punk was fighting injustice. He was the blue-collar worker setting out to undermine the corrupt rulers and their chosen hero, John Cena.
CM Punk said it himself. “I am the voice of the voiceless” and he was. The promo before Money in the Bank 2011 took CM Punk up a level. He’d always been big. He’d always been popular. This story and promo, however, took him and the WWE up a notch.
This was more than wrestling. That much was clear by the sheer level of passion the crowd had. This was the 1% VS the 99%. This was the greatest moment in CM Punk’s career and one of the greatest moments in the history of wrestling.
Do I have everybody’s attention now?
Shane McMahon 50 Foot Death Drop
Most of the moments in this countdown of the most inspiring WWE moments ever have revolved around storylines rather than individual OMG moments. This extreme moment is different to the rest, however.
Most of the time when we watch OMG moments in the WWE we are aware of the fact that they are being performed by professional athletes in controlled environments. When Shane McMahon dived 50 foot off the Titantron onto The Big Shows, things felt different. Obviously, the situation was as controlled as they all are, but it didn’t seem that way. Shane McMahon seemed much less an athlete, much more like you or I. He represented the little guy among the great warriors of the WWE.
When Shane McMahon jumped off the Titantron, it was like watching one of us fans performing the greatest move ever. It doesn’t get much more inspirational than that.
Thank You Ric Flair and Farewell
WWE isn’t known for emotional moments. Most inspiring WWE moments involve stories of overcoming injustice (like Stone Cold VS McMahon) or of amazing physical feats (Hulk Hogan slamming Andre). Occasionally, however, there are genuinely heart touching moments, and of those heart touching moments, this is one of the best ever.
Ric Flair’s farewell on RAW on the 31st March 2008 was a beautiful moment. The WWE Universe got to show their genuine appreciation for everything that Ric Flair had given them, as did fellow WWE superstars, including HHH, Batista and The Undertaker.
This moment showed the camaraderie and sense of family that permeates the WWE. In a world of theatricality and stunts, this was a raw moments of sensitivity.