CM Punk def. Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel
The only thing less surprising than the WWE Universe’s App vote for this match – if CM Punk beats Curtis Axel, he gets Paul Heyman in the ring – was the fact that, when it came time to pay the proverbial piper, Heyman managed to worm his way out of his comeuppance. Despite the mad scientist’s trepidation, Curtis Axel’s confidence more than made up for it in the early stages of the contest: Showing no fear against the ferocious Second City Saint, Axel took advantage of Punk’s bloodlust for Heyman to strong-arm the former WWE Champion into the defensive when Punk took his eye off the ball.
Though it seemed like Axel would pull off the victory, a Go to Sleep sent the gloating champion to the showers. But Punk was denied satisfaction when Axel retaliated with a low blow and incapacitated Punk with handcuffs before he could attack Heyman. The Intercontinental Champion then handed his boss a Kendo stick and the ECW mastermind went to work, hacking away at The Straight Edge Superstar until he was overcome with emotion and slumped up the ramp, looking for all the world as heartbroken as Punk was physically broken.
All in all, this was not Punk’s night of retribution. Night of Champions, however, may prove to tell a different story.
WWE.com Exclusive: Punk gets treatment after the match.
CM Punk responded to Paul Heyman
CM Punk is not an unreasonable man (though as the gentleman in the front row can attest, it’s clearly not advisable to boo him while he’s talking): Paul Heyman asked for an apology, and to the shock of the WWE Universe, he took him up on that offer.
Well, kind of.
As it turns out, the only thing Punk was sorry about was that he didn’t get to dismember Paul Heyman like he had promised when he got his hands on him at SummerSlam. Punk’s proposed solution – they settle their score then and there – was met with an ultimatum from Heyman: Leave the ring while he could, or Heyman would send Curtis Axel down to finish what Brock Lesnar started.
Brock Lesnar def. CM Punk (No Disqualification Match)
LOS ANGELES — ”The Best” had “The Beast” beat.
Blinded by rage, CM Punk succeeded in getting his hands on Paul Heyman at SummerSlam, but his vengeance came at a price — in this case, at the sacrifice of victory against Brock Lesnar.
After going to hell and back with The Anomaly in a No Disqualification Match that lived up to its grandiose “Best vs. The Beast” billing in every way, Punk fell prey to a vicious F-5 onto a steel chair, a brutal impact that interrupted The Best in the World’s attempt to make Heyman squeel in pain.
The bout was nothing short of remarkable, a supremely barbaric affair that ravaged the ringside area and left the sold-out STAPLES Center breathless. The addition of the No Disqualification stipulation, agreed to by both individuals, was proposed by Heyman and revealed on the Kickoff event immediately preceding the pay-per-view broadcast. Ultimately, the eleventh-hour curveball was perhaps Punk’s undoing, as Heyman repeatedly broke up pin and submission attempts that appeared seconds away from doing the unthinkable: slaying The Beast Incarnate.
The action started at a breakneck pace, with Lesnar outmuscling his smaller foe and focusing his punishing offense on Punk’s ribs, not yet completely healed from The Beast’s attack on Raw weeks ago. Despite speculation among certain segments of the WWE Universe that Punk would be wholly overmatched, however, The Best in the World proved completely fearless, and his never-say-die spirit, galvanized by the decidedly pro-Punk fans in attendance, allowed him to survive maneuvers that would have undoubtedly downed most Superstars.
Lesnar tossed Punk onto tables, slammed his body with a steel chair and rocketed him overhead with a belly-to-belly suplex on the floor. The farm-strong Lesnar placed a table cover over a prone Punk and leapt on him. A lariat that landed on Punk’s jaw and neckline prompted Michael Cole to describe the scene as a “sickening assault.”
CM Punk surprised Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar
When one agrees to battle with Paul Heyman, of wits or otherwise, one is never walking into a fair fight. Happily, CM Punk knew this to be true the second he agreed to tangle with the mad scientist (he didn’t tweet that photo of Admiral Ackbar for nothing), and he was more than prepared when Heyman summoned Brock Lesnar to the ring before their tilt was set to begin to make the fight 2-on-1.
Photos: Punk springs his surprise
Daring Punk to play the “stupid hero,” Heyman beckoned the former WWE Champion to the ring, but didn’t count on the fact that – IT’S A TRAP!! – Punk was already there. The Second City Saint proved himself smarter than the average beast when he emerged from beneath the ring to strike Brock with a ring camera and steel chair. Heyman amscrayed immediately, and was only able to escape the furious Punk when Curtis Axel ran interference and ate a Go to Sleep in his boss’ stead. Not bad for the self-proclaimed “Best.” Now all that’s left is to slay the Beast.