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Thanks to shocking interference from an unknown ally of The Straight Edge Society, CM Punk reigned supreme over Rey Mysterio at Extreme Rules. His victory, allowing The Second City Saint to keep his hair, makes a strong statement for Straight Edge “superiority.”
The high-powered intensity of the WrestleMania rematch between Mysterio and Punk – along with the WWE Universe’s extreme hatred for the SES – kept the capacity crowd glued to the edge of their seats from start to finish. Though the odds where stacked against Mysterio from the opening bell, it looked as if the playing field would be leveled when the official ejected Luke Gallows and Serena from ringside, suspecting outside interference. But, just when it seemed like Mysterio might dial up the 619, an unidentified “stranger” appeared, assaulting the unsuspecting Superstar, before disappearing under the ring. This set up Punk for the GTS and the victory that saved his hair.
Punk’s quest to overcome Mysterio was seeded in proclamations he made long before their Extreme Rules showdown. Weeks before, Punk had claimed that converting the masked Superstar to Straight Edge would be the ultimate victory for his society. It was this idea that acted as an explosive catalyst for their monumental battle at WrestleMania.
On The Grandest Stage of Them All, The Master of the 619 triumphed over his preaching adversary, defending his family’s honor while preventing his forced induction into The Straight Edge Society.
Punk continued his obsessive attempts to “save” the masked Superstar, proclaiming on SmackDown that if he was granted a rematch, he would put the “toxin-free” symbol of his Straight Edge leadership – his hair – on the line.
Mysterio accepted Punk’s challenge for a WrestleMania rematch one week later, vowing to take his hair and to put an end to The Straight Edge Society. However, The Ultimate Underdog had no way of knowing that his scheming adversary would have a mysterious ace up his sleeve.
What will the Straight Edge Society’s next big move be to convert someone into the Straight Edge lifestyle? And what part, if any, will Punk’s unknown accomplice play in the weeks to come?