We head to ringside as Josh Matthews and Matt Striker go over how Bryan won the WWE Title at WrestleMania and his shoot promo from last week’s show. Josh and Matt go through the history of these two men as “Cult of Personality” hits. The crowd explodes and nearly blow the roof off the arena! Punk whips the crowd into a frenzy before making his way to the ring.
Next up, is the new WWE Champion, Bryan Danielson. The crowd hates Bryan. He just smirks and points to the title belt before slowly walking down the aisle. The crowd are going nuts. Bryan eventually makes his way to the ring and gets right in Punk’s face. The referee manages to pull them apart, but not before Bryan slowly tells Punk: “I’M the best in the world! Where’s your title, Phil?”
Punk nails Bryan with a hard right hand that knocks the champion on his ass and the crowd LOVES it. They’re chanting for Punk incessantly: “CM PUNK!! CM PUNK!! CM PUNK!! CM PUNK!!”
The ref checks on Bryan to make sure he’s OK before Tony Chimel does the official introductions, starting with the challenger, CM Punk. Then, he announces the new WWE Champion, Bryan Danielson. Danielson takes his time removing the belt, and then he goes to all four corners, raising the belt high before handing it to the referee.
With the crowd at fever pitch, the referee rings the bell and this WrestleMania rematch is underway!
Both men are looking to feel each other out early doors. They lock up in the middle of the ring. Punk gets the early advantage because of his size and whips Bryan into the ropes, Bryan ducks the first clothesline, but not the second and Punk puts the champ on his ass again.
Matthews: “That’s twice in the last five minutes that the champ has been knocked down by his challenger!”
Striker: “There’s no doubt that this SmackDown audience is solidly behind CM Punk, but that might give an advantage to Danielson. Nobody in the crowd expects, or wants, him to win, so he can go out there and prove them all wrong.”
Danielson gets back up and slaps Punk in the face. Punk reacts with a right hand of his own and Bryan falls to his knees. Punk kicks him in the chest and the champ goes down again. Punk goes for a quick cover, but Bryan kicks out at one. Punk tells Bryan he was that close to getting him.
Danielson rolls to the outside and tries to get himself together. Inside the ring, Punk’s still motivating the crowd and getting them behind him. Danielson gets back in the ring and manages to get a hammerlock in on Punk. Punk counters it into one of his own and whips Danielson into the ropes.
The champ’s coming at him at full throttle, but Punk hits a standing dropkick that knocks Bryan to the mat. Punk drags him up and whips him into the turnbuckle. Danielson’s dazed in the corner as Punk hits his running knee and bulldog combo! He can only get a two-count though as Bryan shoots his left shoulder off the canvas.
Matthews: “Danielson hasn’t even been able to get started in this match yet. Punk is dominating early on.”
Striker: “That shows the character of a champion Josh. Punk’s been there and done it in the WWE, something Danielson hasn’t.”
Punk tries to keep his momentum going, but as he stands over the fallen champion, Danielson puts his thumb in Punk’s eye. With Punk’s vision blurred, Danielson runs off the ropes and hits a dropkick on Punk.
He picks his challenger up and hits a snap suplex. He covers Punk, but only gets a two-count. Punk sits up and Danielson hits him with a series of kicks to his chest and back. The camera zooms in to Punk’s body and those kicks from the champion have lit him up.
Punk’s still crouching over in the ring, barely able to stand. Danielson connects with a swinging neckbreaker to get another near fall. He’s starting to get frustrated and questioning the referee’s calls.
With Danielson wasting time, Punk’s back to his feet and nails him with a right hand. The pair exchange blows as the crowd is into everything. When Punk connects, there’s a “YES!” chant. When Bryan connects, there’s a “BOO!” chant.
Eventually, Punk gets the upper hand and whips Danielson off the ropes into a clothesline. He’s sprawled out in the middle of the ring. Punk climbs to the top-rope and hits a flying elbow drop (a la Randy Savage) on the champion, but again he can’t get a three-count. This time, it’s Punk’s turn to get frustrated with the official.
Punk turns to the crowd and signals that it’s time for Danielson to “Go to Sleep”. He lifts the champion above his shoulders and connects with a GTS! The impact of the manoeuvre throws Bryan towards the ropes. Punk crawls over his fallen opponent as the referee counts 1-2-…
The ref notices Danielson’s got his foot on the ropes and tells Punk to break the pin attempt. Punk is going crazy at the ref, asking him if he can count to three! Danielson is stirring while all this is going on and slides across the ring, rolling Punk up! He’s got a handful of tights but the ref doesn’t see it and counts the 1-2-3 for Danielson to get the victory!
Winner (and still WWE Champion): Bryan Danielson (Match Time: 11:43)
After the match, Punk is incensed! Pointing to the referee that Danielson had a handful of his tights, but the ref explains to him that he couldn’t see. Punk turns away from the referee, but turns back and catches him with a roundhouse kick. He stands over the fallen referee telling him that what’s just happened is BS!
The camera pans the ring and we see Bryan lying on the canvas, clutching his WWE Title in his arms, as Punk stomps back up the ramp to end the show.