Today's the day. Outside of maybe Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker, I can't think of a main event in recent years that was more anticipated than CM Punk vs. John Cena. Whether this will be the game-changing moment for WWE we've all been begging for or if they'll once again play it safe and kill all the momentum they've built, remains to be seen. Let's take a look at the card:
John Cena © vs. CM Punk
This is it, my friend. This match is going to be a defining moment for WWE, good or bad. Either WWE runs with this CM Punk storyline and creates a cutting-edge product, or they take the hottest story they've had in years and just add it to the long list of false starts alongside Nexus. I really want to see WWE do something new and different here and I'm in love with the idea of CM Punk holding the WWE Title hostage. With that in mind, I'm picking CM Punk to win and while I could see the Raw MITB winner cashing in immediately after, I'm still hoping my idea of Del Rio coming to the ring, giving that shit-eating grin, then walking away with the briefcase at his side would be the ultimate dick move. I'm getting a little too fantasy booker here, but the bad guys aligning to destroy what WWE is and oust John Cena once and for all? That's the kind of game-changing story I'm talking about.
World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton © vs. Christian
Christian has to win this match. Has to, has to, has to. The story has no other logical conclusion, so therefore, I'm picking Randy Orton. Oh c'mon, you don't think Randy Orton is actually going to lose more than one match in 2011, do you? Expect a great match, just another stupid result.
Raw Money in the Bank
Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth vs. Jack Swagger vs. The Miz vs. Evan Bourne vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alex Riley vs. Kofi Kingston
The MITBs are tough to predict this year. Last year, it was a given that Miz would win and even though Kane's title run wound up being hilariously terrible, it made sense that he'd win the briefcase on the Blue Brand, thanks to The Undertaker story. But who wins this year? On the Raw side, I'm going to play it safe and say Alberto Del Rio, though I do think it's possible Miz could repeat. Del Rio winning sets up the ultimate dick move though, which I really want to see happen.
Smackdown Money in the Bank
Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater
This match is wide open... okay, except for Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel, they're just in there because Smackdown's roster is laughably thin. I could see anyone else winning though, even a shocker like Daniel Bryan. What? They'd have a year to build him up and it's Smackdown, so it's not like WWE actually cares about what happens, he could defend the World Title in the opening match of WrestleMania. My money is on Sheamus though and they'll spend his time with the briefcase to rebuild him as a legitimate top dog.
Big Show vs. Mark Henry
I'm actually genuinely excited about this match. I don't know if I've been excited for a Big Show match since Floyd Mayweather and I don't know if I've been excited for a Mark Henry match since, well, ever. Mark Henry is the ultimate example of WWE's history of false starts, considering they've teased a main event run with the guy since around 1996. I thought for sure his run as a good guy would be his big break, but it looks like this could be the moment for the guy. Good for him too, he's busted his ass in WWE longer than almost anyone currently on the roster and if he's finally found what works for him, run with it! Mark Henry wins this one and it's going to be a slobberknocker.
Kelly Kelly © vs. Brie Bella
When is Kharma due back? Seriously though, I suspect Kelly retains and The Bellas continue to keep the Divas division afloat for another 10 months.
Full disclosure: I won't have a review posted tonight, just won't have the time, unless you wanted some really rushed thoughts on the show. I'd rather sit down and have enough time to reflect on the show, especially something as big as tonight's. So, review will be up tomorrow and feel free to use the comments section of this post if you'd like to share your immediate thoughts on the PPV.