World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan & Chris Jericho def. WWE Champion CM Punk and Sheamus (WATCH)
WWE Champion CM Punk and the World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, along with their respective No. 1 contenders, Chris Jericho and Sheamus, all took to the ring for this high-octane tag team contest.
The match started out with the two Superstars seeking to lay claim to the “Best in the World” title – Punk and Jericho – trading holds and exchanging blistery strikes. As the action picked up steam, Sheamus and Bryan each found their way into the mix. Midway into the bout, Sheamus reversed a bulldog attempt by Jericho and launched Y2J knee-first into the turnbuckle. Moments later, however, Jericho was able to break up Sheamus’ attempt at giving Bryan The Celtic Cross.
Eventually, Sheamus and Bryan spilled to ringside, where The Celtic Warrior clobbered The Submission Specialist with a thunderous double-axehandle. Inside the ring, Punk reversed the Walls of Jericho into a small package, but the veteran Jericho managed to roll over Punk just enough to secure Punk’s shoulders to the mat for the three-count. After the match, Jericho grabbed the WWE Championship and pointed to it, while a frustrated Punk could only look on.
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Chris Jericho confronted WWE Champion CM Punk (WATCH)
Ready for his Champion vs. Champion rematch against World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, WWE Champion CM Punk was faced with his WrestleMania XXVIII opponent Chris Jericho. WWE’s first-ever Undisputed Champion had one message for CM Punk: Chris Jericho is “the best in the world at what he does.” However, as Jericho ranted, pleading his case, CM Punk remained unfazed and went on the attack. Claiming that Jericho has a “Napoleon complex,” The Voice of the Voiceless questioned if Jericho wasn’t trying to prove to the WWE Universe that he was the best in the world, but trying to prove it to himself.
In a roller coaster Champion vs. Champion Match between WWE Champion CM Punk and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, the involvement of two WWE General Managers turned SuperSmackDown’s main event upside down.
The Match between WWE Champion CM Punk and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan ended in a Double Pin (WATCH)
When Sheamus’ involvement in the main event between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan caused the World Heavyweight Champion to lose, Interim Raw GM John Laurinaitis came to the ring and restarted the match!
Moments later, when Bryan used the ropes to win, SmackDown GM Theodore Long started it again!
Then, with both determined General Managers at ringside, the explosive match ended with both Superstars pinning each other at the same time.
As a result, SuperSmackDown went off the air in absolute controversy, with Laurinaitis holding Bryan’s hand in the air and Teddy holding Punk’s.
Chris Jericho won a 10-Man No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal; will face WWE Champion CM Punk at WrestleMania (WATCH)
With WWE Champion CM Punk joining the Raw announce team, 10 competitors from last night’s Elimination Chamber Matches fought for the chance to face Punk on The Grandest Stage of Them All. One of the biggest threats was eliminated first when The Great Khali was tossed from the ring. Next to go was The Miz, as well as his dream of headlining WrestleMania. Then, Wade Barrett and R-Truth were both eliminated by Santino Marella. Big Show eliminated Doph Ziggler by tossing him onto the announce table. Out next was Kofi Kingston, who was sent flying from the ring by Jericho.
The final four were Big Show, Santino Marella, Cody Rhodes and Chris Jericho. First to go out of the final group was Santino, who was eliminated by Rhodes. Then it was down to two when Show eliminated Rhodes. Then as The World’s Largest Athlete appeared ready to put away Jericho as the two tangled on the ropes, Rhodes interfered, pulling Big Show from the ring apron, sealing the win for Jericho.
After the bout, Punk entered the ring to stare down his No. 1 Contender. When the WWE Champion offered a handshake to Jericho, he refused and walked out of the ring.
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Chris Jericho didn’t even have a chance to open his mouth this time. He was totally out cold.
On Sunday night, the very Superstar who Jericho ripped as a “wannabe,” the man who he disrespected at every opportunity, was the only one who could lay claim to being the “Best in the World”: WWE Champion CM Punk.
The Straight Edge Superstar knocked Jericho unconscious with a kick to the back of the head, and stood tall above four other fearsome contenders, to retain his title in the grueling Raw Elimination Chamber Match.