WrestleZone.com reader Chris Qualmann sent along the following report of the “dream match” at Full Sail in Orlando, Florida last night …
I was there, and it was incredible. Yes, they wrestled more “WWE” style than “ROH” style, but it was still amazing. I was sitting with a bunch of ROH fans, and just the mere fact that these four guys were in a WWE ring at the same time was blowing our minds. It was one of those spontaneous, once-in-a-blue-moon situations that makes me feel good to still be a wrestling fan. But what particularly became crystal clear to me, though, is how Punk absolutely loves his job, and brings such passion, commitment and dedication to his trade that he raises the level of performance of his co-workers. The match first started off as a singles match with Punk against Claudio/Cesaro, and with a grin on his face ear to ear that he just couldn’t hide, it was totally obvious that Punk was thrilled to be working with him again. Then, when it “morphed” into a full tag match when both Ono/Hero and Rollins/Tyler doing run ins, all four guys couldn’t hold back their smiles at different times during the match. They worked their asses off and it ended up as a “double pin” with Punk and Rollins pinning the others simultaneously (honestly, I don’t remember “who pinned who”). But the finish didn’t matter … it was a hell of a match, and all 4 guys looked like they were having the time of their lives. To say the least, it was an incredible, unexpected treat for those of us in the audience, and even the most casual fans who had never heard of ROH left with a feeling not only that they had seen something special, but that the 3 guys in the match other than Punk had been hugely ELEVATED. And finally, in case anyone is wondering, the crowd reaction to Punk all night long was HUGE, and when he first came out, doing commentary for the Rollins/McGillicutty title match (Rollins won), it was an enormous 100% babyface pop. WWE can try all they want to turn him “full heel” … it’s not happening.