As the WWE universe reminisces about the iconic Money In The Bank 2011 showdown between CM Punk and John Cena, both wrestlers recently took to social media to express gratitude and share memories of that unforgettable night.
CM Punk, known for his outspoken nature, took to Twitter to reflect on the match, extending thanks to John Cena, referee Scott Armstrong, and the electric Chicago crowd that added an unparalleled fervor to the atmosphere. Punk’s heartfelt post aimed at acknowledging the significance of that historic encounter that saw him dethrone Cena and seize the WWE Championship.
In response, John Cena reciprocated the sentiment on Sunday, July 19, expressing appreciation for the experience and playfully acknowledging Punk as “The Best In The World.” Cena, known for his good-humored approach, shared a throwback picture of the two, adding a humorous touch to the exchange.
Since their epic clash in 2011, Punk and Cena continued their on-screen rivalry, engaging in more memorable battles before charting their individual paths to further success. CM Punk, absent from the WWE ring since the 2014 Royal Rumble, made a recent return to WWE programming as a recurring guest on WWE Backstage. On the other hand, John Cena’s most recent WrestleMania appearance was at WrestleMania 36, where he faced Bray Wyatt in a Firefly Fun House match.
The 2011 Money In The Bank match for the WWE Championship remains etched in history, with the stakes heightened by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s threat to fire Cena if he failed to retain the title. The match itself unfolded with intense drama, including Punk’s signature Go To Sleep maneuver and a surprising interference from McMahon and John Laurinaitis.
The controversial climax, reminiscent of the infamous Montreal Screwjob in 1997, saw Cena initially awarded the victory by McMahon, only for Cena to reject the tainted win. Instead, Cena unleashed an attack on Laurinaitis, allowing Punk to capitalize with another Go To Sleep on Cena, securing his victory and leaving the arena as the WWE Champion.
The aftermath saw McMahon ordering Alberto Del Rio, the winner of the Raw Money in the Bank match, to cash in his contract on Punk. However, Punk thwarted Del Rio’s attempt with a swift roundhouse kick, bidding farewell to a distraught McMahon and making a dramatic exit as the WWE Champion.
As fans celebrate the rich history of professional wrestling, the Punk vs. Cena clash of 2011 stands as a testament to the sport’s enduring legacy, sparking nostalgia and fond memories among wrestling enthusiasts worldwide.