Punk comes out, as expected, to an enormous reaction. Punk comes out with a new shirt and has the crowd going nuts. He soaks in the crowd reaction and sits in the middle of the ring. Insane reaction for Punk. Cena's music hits and he gets insanely booed while Punk claps for Cena outside of ring.
Back and forth early on with the crowd solidly behind Punk.
The pace was slow to start. Cena at one point suplexed Punk from the ring apron to the ring floor. Later, Cena went for the five knuckle shuffle, but Punk kicked Cena in the head when he was bent over him.
Cena later went for the AA, but Punk landed on his feet and nailed him with kicks. Punk went for the GTS, but Cena reversed into a gut-wrench powerbomb, but only got two.
Shortly after, Punk hit Cena with a pair of knees to the face and a clothesline from the top for a two count. Cena was able to lock in the STF, but Punk made the ropes. Punk then floored Cena with a kick for another two count.
Moments later, Cena was able to reverse a GTS attempt to lock in the STF. Punk was close to making the ropes, but Cena pulled Punk back and locked it back in. Punk was able to maneuver out and cinch in a submission of his own, but Cena was able to power out and hit an AA, but Punk kicked out at two!
Cena later hit a legdrop from the top, but got two. Cena smiled, and waited for Punk to get back to his feet. Cena then hit the AA, but Punk kicked out right before three! Cena then placed Punk on top and went for the AA, but Punk fought out with an elbow and hit a hurricarana from the top. Punk then hit a knee to the head and nailed GTS, which sent Cena to the floor.
Vince McMahon made his way to the ring with John Laurinaitis. Cena then got the STF in and Vince McMahon started calling for the bell. Laurinaitis ran to the ring, but Cena nailed him. Cena got back in the ring and was hit with a GTS, and Punk got the pin!
CM Punk pinned John Cena to win the WWE Championship.
Punk celebrated and McMahon got on the headset and asked for Del Rio to come to the ring. The crowd chanted "CM Punk" as Punk looked on, bewildered. Del Rio then ran to the ring, but was nailed by a kick from Punk. Punk then took off through the crowd as the fans went wild, while McMahon was losing his mind. Michael Cole noted that the bell never rang. Punk then celebrated in the crowd and went back through the stands with his newly won title.
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