- Josh Mathews is backstage with WWE Champion CM Punk. We see footage from what happened on SmackDown with Kane and Daniel Bryan. Mathews asks how Punk is feeling. Punk says he feels like crap but he's happy about John Laurinaitis being out of a job tonight. Punk says before that, he has to deal with Daniel Bryan. Punk talks about he and Bryan main eventing a WWE pay-per-view when AJ Lee walks up and creeps him out.
WWE Title Match: Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk
We go to the ring and out first comes Daniel Bryan. WWE Champion CM Punk is out next to a big pop.
Justin Roberts does formal ring introductions and here we go. They lock up and it's back and forth to start. Bryan with a headlock and shoulder block. They run the ropes and Punk hip tosses Bryan. They trade more shots and Punk beats Bryan to the mat. Punk ties Bryan up in the corner and kicks away at his leg, sending him to the mat. Punk takes Bryan back to the mat with a headlock as the crowd chants for both men.
Punk continues working on Bryan's leg. Bryan fights back and takes Punk to the corner with a series of kicks. Punk goes for a quick GTS but Bryan slides out. Punk kicks his leg out and stops the momentum for a 2 count. Punk goes back to working on Bryan's leg and ties him up. Bryan fights out and fires back with forearm shots to the face. Bryan with kicks and uppercuts now. Bryan misses a dropkick and lands on his back. Punk goes back to the leg and covers him for a 2 count. Punk dumps Bryan out to the floor and runs the ropes, sliding out to the floor. Bryan catches him and rams him back into the barrier. Bryan suplexes Punk on top of the barrier and kicks him over it.
They come back in and Bryan hits a big missile dropkick from the top for a 2 count. Bryan with kicks while Punk's on his knees. Bryan takes Punk back to the mat and ties him up in an abdominal stretch. Bryan with another pin attempt. Punk with a pin of his own. Bryan runs the ropes and hits a big knee to the gut before kicking Punk in the back. Bryan with another 2 count. Bryan with a modified surfboard submission before pulling it back and lifting Punk in the air. The referee checks on Punk as Bryan pulls his neck back and screams for him to tap out. Punk breaks the hold with elbows and beats Bryan with rights and elbows. Pin attempt by Punk.
Bryan runs and drops two knees to Punk's back. Bryan goes for another but Punk moves. Punk with a fisherman suplex for a 2 count. They both get to their feet and trade shots as the crowd does dueling chants. Bryan takes Punk down and climbs to the top. Bryan nails a big flying headbutt and covers for a 2 count. Bryan with another neck hold. Punk fights out and they collide in mid-air with crossbody shots. The referee begins to count as both are down.
They get up and trade more shots. Punk fires away with forearms and goes on but runs into a boot. Punk with a power slam for a 2 count. They end up on the apron. Bryan goes out and Punk dives through the ropes, sending them both into the barrier. They come back in the ring and Bryan catches Punk in mid-air with a dropkick for another 2 count. Bryan with kicks while Punk's on his knees again. Punk catches it and they lock up in a figure four on the mat. They trade shots while in the hold and go at it. Punk finally has to break the hold but continues working on Bryan's leg. Bryan counters and rolls Punk up for 2. Bryan with another near fall. The fans chant awesome now. Bryan with knees to the gut in the corner. Bryan takes Punk up top but they tangle and fall off. Punk springboards in and clotheslines Bryan off the top rope. Punk with another 2 count.
More back and forth and kicks being traded. Punk goes for GTS but Bryan slides down and rolls him up. Punk rolls Bryan up but he kicks out. Bryan tries for the Yes Lock but Punk catapults him over the top rope. Bryan hangs on and pulls himself back in the ring. Punk drops him with a roundhouse kick and covers but Bryan gets his foot on the bottom rope. Punk scoop slams Bryan and goes back up top. Punk nails the big elbow drop but hurts himself with the landing. Punk covers for a 2 count as the crowd chants Randy Savage. Bryan with more knee shots to the ribs now. Bryan unloads with shots to Punk's ribs until the referee backs him off. Bryan chants Yes and misses the dropkick in the corner. Punk with the running knee. Bryan blocks the bulldog and applies the Yes Lock. Punk rolls back out of it and pins Bryan's shoulders for the win. The controversy is that Punk was tapping out as he reversed the hold.
Winner: CM Punk
- After the match, we go to replays and it shows Punk tapped after the pin was counted. Bryan argues with the referee as Punk leaves with the WWE Title.
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