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.