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Both Jericho and The Straightedge Superstar were looking to avenge their respective losses from Judgment Day as they met on “WWE Superstars.” Ultimately, it was Mr. Money in the Bank, CM Punk, who proved victorious, but Jericho had the last laugh. This wasn’t the first time these two have done battle, and much like their past encounters, could be considered a tutorial on the intestinal fortitude it takes to become a top WWE Superstar. All the way to the finish, the two ring titans were evenly matched, with Jericho reversing the Go To Sleep into the Walls of Jericho. But Punk fought back, countering the nefarious Superstar’s lethal submission maneuver into a roll-up for the win. It was no surprise that the first-ever Undisputed Champion was not pleased with the end-result, and he aired his frustrations by nailing a Codebreaker on the celebrating Mr. Money in the Bank, leaving Punk writhing in pain as “WWE Superstars” went off the air.
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Entering the sold-out Allstate Arena in his Illinois hometown, CM Punk sought retribution against Umaga, the bulldozing juggernaut who savagely attacked him multiple times in the weeks leading up to Judgment Day. Unfortunately for The Straightedge Superstar, it was the hulking Samoan who walked away with the victory Sunday night, blasting Punk with the Samoan Spike and scoring the three-count.
Punk’s loss certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort; in fact, their confrontation in the Windy City resembled a pier six brawl that clearly took its toll on both competitors. Fueled by his hometown fans, the resilient Superstar used everything in his offensive arsenal of vicious kicks and reckless dives in an attempt to subdue the monster. Yet, in the end, The Samoan Bulldozer’s colossal size and leviathan-like strength proved too much for Mr. Money in the Bank to overcome. Like numerous Superstars before him, CM Punk was simply overwhelmed by the 350-pound animal’s raw power.
This defeat may feel especially frustrating for The Straightedge Superstar; besides having faced constant, unprovoked attacks from Umaga over the past month, The Samoan Bulldozer stopped Punk from cashing in his Money in the Bank World Title opportunity on multiple occasions. In laying out a challenge to the aggressive warrior, Punk was hoping to settle the score between the two Superstars once and for all. The fact that he came up short in his attempt to stop the Samoan raises the question if Umaga’s unmotivated assaults will continue until Punk finds a way to stop him.
One thing is for certain: Mr. Money in the Bank will be looking over his shoulder the next time he attempts to cash in his World Title contract.
Punk was in his hometown this weekend and stopped by the WGN studios. Check out the video below.
Thank you to Ximena for donating amazing scans of Punk in WWE Magazine Spanish Edition. She is from Mexico and has kindly donated several magazine scans from her hometown. Click on the thumbnails below to go to the gallery of the different month issue scans.
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Ever since the WWE Draft – and distancing himself from The Miz – John Morrison has continued to make bold statements on SmackDown, including defeating Charlie Haas last week. Tonight, Morrison teamed with a partner of his choosing – CM Punk. Once again, using the Starship Pain, The Friday Night Delight put away Haas. Before the bout, Benjamin & Haas confronted Morrison in the locker room area.