Wade Barrett is backstage with Matt Striker. Barrett says he proved tonight that the Barrett barrage is unstoppable. He says the reason he's here is because he want's to be England's first World Champion. He's interrupted by Miz and R-Truth. Barrett walks off in disgust. Miz says this is the problem, all the focus is everywhere but where it should be. Truth says the most charismatic tag team of all time is right here. He asks why he and Miz aren't on the side of buses. No, it's Rock and Cena. Truth says he saw all the pigeons staring up at the Rock and Cena, so he screamed at the pigeons that the Rock and Cena would lost tonight. He says the pigeons didn't say anything back to them, because they're pigeons, and they don't talk, all they do is crap. Miz says that's what Cena and Rock are, a load of crap. Truth says tonight, crap is gonna get got.
- We get a video package that details the history between CM Punk and Del Rio over the past few months, leading into our next match.
- Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. CM Punk
Ricardo Rodriguez is out first to introduce the WWE Champion. Del Rio comes out to the ring in a beautiful Aston Martin red convertible (not the most practical choice for NYC in November).
The crowd is chanting for Punk before Del Rio's music even hits. Apparently, Punk has a personal ring announcer for the evening as well, WWE Hall of Famer, Howard Finkel. The Fink makes his way out from the back to a big pop from the crowd. The crowd is actually chanting for the Fink! Howard finally makes the announcement, and it's amazing! Punk comes out to a huge pop from the crowd. Punk shakes hands and gives a little hug to Fink before heading down to the ring.
The bell rings, and we're ready to kick things off. Cole mentions that MSG has seen the WWE Championship change hands 15 times. The crowd chants that they want ice cream. We get a lock up and both men end up tangled in the ropes. It's broken up by the ref. We get another lock up and Punk locks in a side head lock. He's pushed off but comes right back with a big shoulder block. Another lock up and Del Rio takes Punk over with a side head lock. 'Colt Cabana' chant from the crowd! Punk pushes Del Rio off but falls to a shoulder block. Punk responds with an arm drag, holding on and locking in an arm bar.
Punk continues to work over the arm, stomping at his shoulder. Punk locks in another head lock, and Punk hits another shoulder block. Punk takes Del Rio over with another arm drag. Punk teases the anaconda vice and Del Rio bails to the outside where he consults with Ricardo. Del Rio heads back into the ring and locks up with Punk again, backing him into the corner and catching him with a kick to the stomach. Del Rio beats on Punk in the corner until he's pulled away by the ref. Punk avoids a charging Del Rio in the corner and stomps away at him. Punk sends Del Rio across the ring and hits a big hip toss, then a dropkick, and Del Rio bails again. Punk doesn't wait this time, hitting a suicide dive through the ropes.
Punk goes to the top and launches himself off with a big cross body, before continuing the work on Del Rio's arm. Del Rio is able to fight out of the hold and send Punk into the ropes, where he beats away on him. The ref pulls Del Rio away and Ricardo gets in a cheap shot. Punk chases Ricardo around the ring, but he's caught with a dropkick through the ropes by Del Rio. Del Rio heads out and slams Punk's hand and arm into the ring steps before sending Punk back into the ring.
Del Rio goes to the top and comes down on top of Punk before locking in an arm bar and wrenching at Punk's neck and chin. Punk fights back to his feet and punches at Del Rio before escaping the hold. Punk charges into Del Rio's boots in the corner. Punk tries for the G2S, but Del Rio fights out of it and does even more damage to Punk's arm. Del Rio continues kicking and stomping at Punk shoulder before locking in another arm bar.
Punk fights out of the hold, but Del Rio comes up with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for another near fall. Del Rio goes up to the top again, and comes down with a double ax handle smash to Punk's head, which is good for another two count. Del Rio kicks away at Punk's back, but when he goes for a second, Punk moves and Del Rio sails through the ropes and crashes to the floor.
Del Rio struggles to his feet, and he goes to the apron. Punk comes over, and Del Rio snaps his neck down across the top rope. When Del Rio gets back in the ring Punk is right back up and takes him down. Punk and Del Rio both get to their feet and both trade blows in the middle of the ring. Punk gets the upper hand with a big dropkick, and a nice neckbreaker, but he can't keep Del Rio down for three.
Punk catches Alberto with the knee in the corner and follows up with a bulldog for another two count. Punk hits a springboard clothesline, but it's still only good enough for a two count. Punk signals for the G2S. Punk shoulders Del Rio, but Del Rio fights out and connects with the back stabber for a near fall.
Del Rio stomps at Punk, working over his joints. Punk blocks a suplex attempt and rolls Del Rio up for two. Punk goes for the knee in the corner again but Del Rio avoids it and blasts Punk with a kick to the head. Del Rio gets another near fall. Del Rio continues to work over the arm before going for another pin, for another two count.
Del Rio picks up Punk and seats him on the top rope. Del Rio goes up after Punk, but Punk fights back and pushes Del Rio off of the top and down to the mat. Punk stands on the top turnbuckle, but Del Rio is up and he crotches Punk on the top. Del Rio kicks at Punk's arm, continuing to wear it down. Del Rio charges Punk in the corner, but Punk pulls himself out of the way and Del Rio charges shoulder first into the ring post.
Punk climbs back up to the top turnbuckle and comes down hard on Del Rio with a Macho Man style elbow. We get another 'Randy Savage' chant from the crown. Punk Shoulder Del Rio again but Del Rio fights out. Del Rio tries for the arm breaker, but Punk avoids it. Del Rio tries for the arm breaker again and connects with it this time. Punk struggles for the ropes, but Del Rio continues to wrench back. Punk reaches the ropes and forces a break of the hold.
Del Rio charges Punk. Punk almost connects with the G2S, but Del Rio fights out and pushes Punk away. Punk kicks Ricardo hard. More jockeying for position, and Punk is finally able to lock in the anaconda vice. Del Rio scratches and claws at Punk's face, but he eventually succumbs, and submits to the hold.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion: CM Punk
The Fink is back out to announce Punk as the new Champ while Punk takes a dive into the crowd to celebrate.