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!
CM Punk addressed Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel
“The Voice of the Voiceless” is done talking. He’s also not in the mood to wrestle. What CM Punk wants to do, really, more than anything at this point, is fight. Still sporting the physical and mental marks of Paul Heyman’s Kendo stick assault last week on Raw, The Straight Edge Superstar practically foamed at the mouth as he promised a “Biblical” piece of payback to Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel at Night of Champions.
Photos: Punk’s latest missive
But Punk – who rarely swears anything to anyone– stopped only to level a rare guarantee to the WWE Universe: At Night of Champions, he would get past Curtis Axel in the Triple Threat Elimination Match and unleash his dark side on the mad scientist. It was a guarantee that was sealed with, perhaps, the two most dangerous words Punk has ever spoken: “I promise.”
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.