With less than a week away from SummerSlam, we were treated to what I believe is one of the greatest contract signing segments in WWE history.
As CM Punk noted, contract signings are always the same. There usually isn’t anything too great about these segments. They’re time-consuming and rarely ever really entertaining and beneficial to the storyline.
My favorite contract signing segment was on the 9-1-08 edition of Monday Night Raw; Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels were set to sign the contract for their unsanctioned match at Unforgiven.
What made this segment so memorable and enjoyable was Chris Jericho. Throughout the entire first half of the segment, Jericho refrained from making any sort of eye-contact with Shawn Michaels. A small gesture, but for me, it really made the whole segment.
Last night’s contract signing, however trumps that. The back and forth between Punk and Cena was just great.
Undoubtedly, CM Punk steals the show when he speaks; that’s to be expected, but I was also pleasantly surprised with John Cena’s mic work. I’m no Cena-basher, but I usually don’t care too much for his promos. Last night though, he brought it.
Cena called Punk a phony; Punk admitted his grudge against Cena, whose had everything handed to him in the company. Cena pointed out to Punk that he is the one who needs to win Sunday, because win, lose or draw, Cena’s going to Wrestlemania to face The Rock, while Punk will just be a “loudmouth, one-hit-wonder.”
They shared great dialogue with each other. They fed off of each other and it shows how well they work together on the mic.
Not that their feud needed any more selling, but Punk and Cena have certainly sold their match at SummerSlam.
If you missed the segment, please enjoy.