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After challenging the authority of new Raw and SmackDown General Manager John Laurinaitis at the start of the night, Punk was forced to defend his title against the formidable Mark Henry. In a dominant show of force, Henry took it to Punk as soon as the match began, and Punk found himself just trying to preserve his title for most of the bout. Each time Punk appeared to gain the upper hand, Henry would come right back.
In a promising display of offense, Punk delivered a series of blows and a kick to the head, then launched himself from the top rope onto Henry. But the risky move appeared to take its toll on Punk, who was then tossed from the ring and counted out of the contest. But Henry wasn’t done yet. With Punk down, Henry blasted him with a World’s Strongest Slam to the arena floor, leaving him writhing in pain.
After the brutality, Laurinaitis emerged to inform Punk that the WWE Universe wants to see him defend his title more often. “I see some dark clouds in your horizon,” he warned.
Adding insult to injury, Chris Jericho came to ringside to recall his WrestleMania Match with Punk. With The Straightedge Superstar still writhing in pain on the arena floor, Jericho hoisted a bottle of booze and proposed a toast. But instead of sharing a drink, Jericho poured the bottle’s contents all over the fallen champion. Next –while verbally assaulting Punk’s family – he warned him about drinking and proceeded to smash the glass bottle over his head!
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MIAMI– For weeks, Chris Jericho made things personal with WWE Champion CM Punk, bringing his family into things (WATCH). The two used The Grandest Stage of Them All to settle their score and finally prove who indeed is best in the world. (PHOTOS)
Before the match, Punk was informed by new General Manager of Raw and SmackDown John Laurinaitis that if he lost his temper and were disqualified, he would lose his title. “I don’t want a brawl out there,” Laurinaitis warned Punk before the match. Even before he entered the squared circle, the deck was stacked against the champion.
WWE Hall of Fame 2012 Digitals
2012 Axxess Photos
Dueling Diary Photos, via WWE.com
Candids from MSG house show, via WWE.com
Montreal, Quebec candids via Slam Sports
Masked Superstars digitals via WWE.com
Road to Wrestlemania HQ Digitals
CM Punk at a Chicago Blackhawks Game
Inked Magazine Photos
Chicago Tribune Photos
Sky Sports Digitals
February, March and April 2012 WWE Magazine Scans, via Scandids
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Just when you thought CM Punk’s rivalry with Chris Jericho couldn’t get any more personal, Jericho makes sure it does. Before Punk squared off with Christian, The Straight Edge Superstar got another heated video message from Jericho, who appeared live via satellite on the TitanTron. Jericho proceeded to make personal remarks about Punk’s birth, alleging that it occurred before his parents’ wedding date, and claiming that makes Punk “the legal definition of a bastard.” (VIDEO)
Christian tried to make a surprise attack on Punk from behind, but it was the enraged WWE Champion who quickly took out his aggression on Captain Charisma. Punk had to be separated by WWE officials after he repeatedly smashed Christian into the announce table, then refused to let go of the painful Anaconda Vise. It’s become very apparent that Jericho has gotten inside Punk’s head. The question is whether or not it will work to Jericho’s benefit for their “Best in the World” clash at WrestleMania. (VIDEO: Punk responds to what Jericho said about his mother)
UPDATE: Christian re-aggravated his neck injury due to Punk’s attack, and has been ruled medically unable to compete at WrestleMania. (FULL STORY)