Paul Heyman & Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel def. CM Punk (No Disqualification Handicap Elimination Match)
DETROIT – What is greater – creator or the creation? Since he was signed to a WWE developmental contract eight years ago, CM Punk’s biggest advocate has been one of sports-entertainment’s most lauded creators: Paul Heyman. But in front of a raucous Motor City crowd at Night of Champions, Heyman’s creation achieved momentary redemption against his former mentor before succumbing thanks to a massive intruder.
During the two months since Money in the Bank’s epic betrayal, The Second City Saint has waged vicious wars with Heyman via the proxy of Brock Lesnar and the newest “Guy,” Curtis Axel. But it was in Detroit that Punk had vowed to tear apart the mad scientist himself. And he delivered with mixed results.
The Handicap Elimination Match had gained a No Disqualification stipulation, and the rules dictated that Punk must first face off with Intercontinental Champion Axel. No easy task, but the former WWE Champion had the benefit of facing a worn down adversary. Earlier in the evening, the third-generation competitor was forced to defend his title in a physical bout against Kofi Kingston.
Paul Heyman underwent a live medical evaluation
Paul Heyman might not be a fan of socialized healthcare, but thanks to the accompaniment of his personal physician Dr. Kirshenbaum, the suddenly (and conveniently) injured mad scientist had all the support he needed to withdraw from competition at Night of Champions … or so he thought. Not about to let Heyman off so easily, Raw GM Brad Maddox soon emerged with WWE doctor Michael Sampson in tow to give Heyman the live medical evaluation of the gimpy leg that would potentially clear Heyman from competition on Sunday.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Sampson proclaimed Heyman a healthy man, and this was all the provocation that CM Punk needed to arrive, Kendo stick in hand, and commit some medical malpractice of his own by decimating Kirshenbaum while Heyman watched. Or while Heyman would have watched, anyway, had he not sprinted away on his inexplicably healed leg. It’s a miracle!