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CM Punk proclaimed he would win the Royal Rumble Match from the No. 1 spot

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Fresh off the news that he will have the No. 1 spot in Sunday’s Royal Rumble Match, CM Punk journeyed to SmackDown. The former WWE Champion made it clear that, while winning the Royal Rumble Match has been one of the few honors to elude him, being the first Superstar to enter would not stop him from achieving his goal of victory.

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An uncharacteristically jubilant Director of Operations Kane emerged to reveal the actual odds of that happening, however. In response, The Second City Saint simply said, “It’s been done before and I’ll do it again.”

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WWE Director of Operations Kane apologized to CM Punk

Hell has indeed frozen over when The Devil’s Favorite Demon offers up an apology. Kane – the same man who once electrocuted Shane McMahon in the groin and Tombstoned a man of the cloth – offered up an Authority-mandated mea culpa to CM Punk just a few days after attacking The Second City Saint on SmackDown, though the forced act of contrition didn’t exactly calm the former WWE Champion’s anti-establishment demeanor. In fact, Punk not only made light of Kane’s apology but literally threw it in his face when he clobbered the corporate demon in the head with the microphone. The Director of Operations seemed ready to unleash the monster within until Brad Maddox arrived to contain the situation, offering Punk up one of The New Age Outlaws – Billy Gunn, determined via Rock, Paper, Scissors – as an opponent instead.

CM Punk def. Billy Gunn

Billy Gunn’s actions of late have been as crooked as the double-letter in his nickname, but the former King of the Ring got his comeuppance when he was laid low by the scruffy Chi-town savior, CM Punk, in an impromptu match from Raw GM Brad Baddox. The Road Dogg’s presence at commentary at ringside gave Gunn an early advantage over Punk, who was distracted moments into his opening barrage.

Gunn’s brief comeback was cut short when he paused to gloat for a bit too long, and the showboating gave Punk a leg up – literally; he kicked Gunn in the head – and some breathing room to properly pounce on Road Dogg while Gunn recuperated. The two-pronged attack briefly compromised Punk’s focus and the former Intercontinental Champion managed to stay in the match, though Punk sent Gunn up in smoke with a Go to Sleep after the Famouser missed its mark. And his reward, courtesy of Kane? The No. 1 entry in the Royal Rumble Match.

Debbie Jan 24, 2014