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cSs 30 Day Challenge 2016, Day 17: Your favorite wrestling match ever

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For the remainder of April and a little bit into May, I'll ask you a wrestling-related question, and you answer honestly. Also respect the answers of others, because let's be honest, not everyone thinks like you, and respect for one another keeps the world spinning and such.

Alright. On with the question of the day then. After yesterday (and the news that broke late last night quite honestly), I think we could all use some sunshine and lollipops right about now.

Ok. Here goes.

What is your favorite wrestling match ever?

I know. That covers a lot of ground, and depending on how much wrestling you watched in your lifetime, A LOT of ground.

My favorite comes from Money in the Bank 2011 where CM Punk defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship, then bailed. The best matches in pro wrestling history should be able to tell a story so coherent, yet so simple, someone who has never seen a bout before or know anything about the people involved should be able to get into the story.

In this case, the story here is John Cena, the representative of the status quo in professional wrestling (and perhaps everything wrong with it) in the last few years, went up against a rebellious, snarky, and most of all, credible challenger in CM Punk. In the minds of many, Punk was just as good as Cena was--maybe better. But in Vince McMahon's world, it is he who is given the opportunity that gets it, no matter how hard you work for it. CM Punk grabbed that opportunity, but it took him having one foot out the door to get it. It's important to understand that Punk really was on the verge of leaving: his contract with WWE expired the night of the show, and if he was going out, he was going out swinging. What the two put together combined with an electric and hostile atmosphere would be called the best WWE match in years.

And it was done by (a) a guy who just wanted a chance to prove he was a main event talent and (b) a guy many said he couldn't wrestle to save his life. Blind squirrels, nuts, that sort of thing.

Now go ahead and ask me that tomorrow. I'll probably come up with something different, like Sasha Banks vs. Bayley from NXT Takeover: Brooklyn or Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura from Takeover: Dallas. Or Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi from Wrestle Kingdom 9. Or The Rock vs. Steve Austin from Wrestlemania X-Seven. Or Triple H vs. The Rock from Backlash 2000.

Ok, your turn. Tell us what your favorite wrestling match ever is.


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