We return with Ziggler stomping on Punk's head. The crowd is chanting for Punk, who is still a bit dazed. Something is on his mind that the commentators think might be the attack on Daniel Bryan earlier still affecting Punk. What his hesitation means, neither man can tell.
Ziggler goes to the top and lands a big dropkick. He only gets two. He picks up Punk and puts him on his shoulders. He goes for a gutbuster, but Punk shoves him off then hits a roundhouse kick, sending Ziggler to the outside near the entrance ramp.
Punk follows Ziggler outside and picks him up, hoping to kick a pinfall in the ring. Instead, Ziggler knocks Punk off and hits a clothesline. Punk is down and inches over to the steel ring post. He uses to help him up, but Ziggler is right there and hits a superkick onto the steel post to Punk.
Punk is completely out after the move, but Ziggler has to get the dead weight into the ring. He pulls Punk up and gets himself and Punk in at a count of eight. He covers: 1...2..kick out.
Ziggler was sure he was going to get the three, so he has to back up and refocus. He stands in the corner and prepares for something. Punk has his back turned as he rises, and Ziggler goes for the Zig Zag. Punk is able to keep himself upright and get Ziggler off.
As Ziggler comes back at him from the front, Punk goes for the GTS. Ziggler fights out as well, with both men then backing up into respective corners across from one another. They stare each other down. Both men look focused, determined. They come at each other and exchange blows.
Punch for punch, kick for kick, neither backs down as the crowd gets behind Punk. Ziggler throws a straight right hand that Punk ducks. From his positioning, he hits a huge roundhouse kick that sends the WWE audience into a frenzy. He basically falls on top of Ziggler: ..1...2...kick out.
Punk and the fans can't believe it. Punk grabs Ziggler's head as he rises and tries to throw Ziggler toward the far turnbuckle. Instead, Ziggler reverses for his own whip. As Ziggler runs at Punk, Punk catches him and locks on a rope hung arm trap can opener as the referee counts.
At four, Punk releases the move, letting Ziggler breathe. Punk is still on the apron as Ziggler walks off. When he turns back around, he is met by a springboard clothesline. Punk then gets up and signals to the crowd, going to the top rope. He hits a diving elbow drop and covers: ...1...2...kick out.
Both men are visibly sweating at this point. As Punk gets up slowly and calls for the GTS, Ziggler is slow to rise. When he does, Punk grabs him, going for the GTS. Before he can lean back up for the move, Ziggler reverses the move into a bridging German suplex. He covers: ...1....2...kick out.
The crowd goes wild as Punk kicks out, but Ziggler is in control. He motions for Punk to rise, and as Punk does, Ziggler snaps on the sleeper hold. The crowd is chanting for Punk, but Punk's head is not in the action. He is fading fast, and it looks like Ziggler will be taking the title.
Ziggler smiles over at Cena, who suddenly rises. Cena then gets on the apron, which causes Ziggler to forget about Punk. He lets go of the hold, and he motions to Cena to get in the ring. He seems to be yelling at Cena to "come on." The crowd is going crazy for the two to fight as Cena gets down.
The crowd boos as Cena smiles and shakes his head. From behind, Punk grabs Ziggler and hits the GTS. He covers: ...1...2...kick out. Punk can't believe it. He motions to the referee, who tells him the count was two. The two are fighting as Ziggler tries to rise.
Punk is still distracted as Ziggler gets to his feet. He positions himself for the Zig Zag when Cena runs over and warns Punk about Ziggler. Punk turns around and backs up. Ziggler shows a visible sign of frustration as both men stare down again at a stand off. Ziggler suddenly gets out of the ring.
Instead of leaving, he goes straight after Cena. He faces down Cena and, with his quickness, trips up Cena and starts pounding on him. Punk isn't sure what to make of the situation. The referee is telling Ziggler to stop. Cena fires back a shot, which causes a disqualification.
Tony Chimel: "The winner of this match by disqualification, Dolph Ziggler, but still WWE Champion, CM Punk." (Time of contest: 20:20)
Punk is given the title with his hand raised, but he looks confused. Ziggler and Cena are fighting on the outside as security comes down and breaks them out. Ziggler is smiling. There is no malice in his eyes; just enjoyment, as if enjoying attacking Cena without reason.
Cena is not being held back by guards and looks on disgusted. Ziggler is getting a mixed and loud reaction from the crowd that chants "let them fight." The show ends with Punk holding the championship and Ziggler being carried off.