CM Punk and John Cena threw everything they had at one another. They wrestled for more than 25 minutes. Each wrestler kicked out of the other's finishing maneuver on more than one occasion.
This match was unbelievable. Punk and Cena took their time and told a story. In the end, no man was able to keep the other down. Cena hit a top rope German suplex on Punk and bridged into a pin, but the referee ruled the match a draw since both men had their shoulders down for the three count.
What an ending. It summed up the aforementioned story and saved us from the obvious route of having Paul Heyman interfere to help Punk retain.
One can only assume that Punk will once again defend the WWE Championship against Cena at Hell in a Cell. The story almost writes itself. For one, the Cell is a perfect setting for the Cena versus Punk story—which has been developing for over a year now.
In addition to that, they can incorporate much more brutality into a Hell in a Cell match. Expect to see Cena and Punk go hold for hold, but also expect to see the Cell come into play. There's no reason Punk and Cena shouldn't be able to throw enough at one another to decide a victor in a Hell in a Cell match.
At the same time, the nature of a Hell in a Cell match allows for plot twists. If they plan to develop a faction around Punk and Heyman, new members could debut to help Punk retain at Hell in a Cell.
Punk retained, but he didn't win. Punk still has to prove himself to Cena to earn his respect. Furthermore, Punk hitting Cena with the belt after the match is just another reason for Cena not to respect the champion.
Finally, teasing Cena's win in Boston put a great deal of heat on Punk. Even more importantly, it accomplished a difficult task by making Cena a sympathetic babyface.
Cena versus Punk was the hands down best match of the evening. By the end of the match, fans were on the edge of their seat. The finish was the absolute best way they could advance the story between the two and keep their feud alive. It was an excellent ending to a great PPV.
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