CM Punk def. Luke Harper
GREENVILLE, S.C. – As last week showed, CM Punk vs. The Wyatt Family is hardly a fair fight. Happily for the former WWE Champion, he had some help when the buzzards came circling seven days later. Punk avenged his beating at the hands of The Wyatt Family by defeating Luke Harper in a singles match on Raw, despite a commanding effort by the backwoods hulk. With Bray Wyatt observing at ringside, Harper mangled The Straight Edge Superstar within an inch of defeat, though a missed discus clothesline allowed Punk to pounce with a roll-up pin for the victory.
This, needless to say, did not go over well with the Family. Erick Rowan initiated a post-match attack on Punk and the master himself quickly joined, though the trio was immediately thwarted by the arrival of Daniel Bryan. With chair in hand, the submission expert charged down the ramp to save Punk from certain doom and avenge his own attack the previous week. Judging by what ensued next – the two former WWE Champions pummeled their opponents into retreat with the steel – it’s safe to say Bryan succeeded in both endeavors … at least for the time being.
CM Punk def. Ryback
CM Punk finally got his hands on Paul Heyman inside (well, technically on top of) Hell in a Cell, and The Straight Edge Superstar followed that up on Raw with another victory over Heyman’s resident muscle, Ryback. Under Street Fight rules determined by a WWE App vote, the longtime rivals battled with fists and implements in equal measure, Punk striking first with a Kendo stick and Ryback (fighting without the absent Heyman) retaliating with a big spinebuster. “The Big Guy” set up a table for the coup de grace, yet Punk struck back and planted The Human Wrecking Ball with a flying elbow through the wood, following up by Anaconda Vise-ing Ryback into submission.
Punk’s celebration was over in the blink of an eye, however, before he suffered the same fate as Daniel Bryan earlier in the night when The Wyatt Family emerged from the shadows to take the former WWE Champion down. The buzzards, clearly, are circling. The question is why.