CM Punk reportedly needed medical attention this weekend after an apparent botched move at a house show in Springfield, Mo.
According to WrestleZone.com, the former WWE champion appeared to be shaken up during a tag team match Saturday night involving him and Antonio Cesaro against The Miz and Ryback.
According to the report, Miz had Punk up in a suplex when Miz lost his balance and fell. Punk wound up landing on his head in the ring.
WrestleZone.com posted photos of the botched move from a fan who attended the house show. The photos show Ryback and Miz simultaneously holding their opponents in a stalling suplex. In that move, a wrestler lifts his opponent upside down, holds him in that position for a few seconds and then falls flat on his back.
The photos on WrestleZone.com show that the move began as it was supposed to. But while Ryback is shown properly falling backward with Cesaro onto the mat, Miz appears to collapse under the weight of holding Punk up, and Punk was dropped headfirst onto the ring.
WrestleZone.com reported that Punk left the ring with assistance and went backstage to be checked out. He eventually returned to the ring to finish the match.
So far, there have been no updates from WWE about Punk’s condition. But ProWrestling.net reported that Punk claimed to be sore but otherwise OK:
Punk dodged a bullet. Actually, WWE and The Miz also dodged a bullet, as there's no telling what WWE would have done if Punk were unable to work The Rock at Elimination Chamber or work at WrestleMania 29, not to mention the fallout that Miz would have felt for any part he potentially played in the botched spot.
ProWrestling.net also reported that Punk was expected to be at Sunday’s house show in Cape Girardeau.
For a few moments, it must have felt like deja vu for WWE involving Punk and an injury. Late last year, knee surgery kept Punk from defending his WWE Championship against Ryback at the TLC pay-per-view.
Punk eventually fought Ryback in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs match on Raw last month. At last month’s Royal Rumble PPV, Punk lost the title to The Rock. A rematch between Rock and Punk for the WWE title is set for next weekend’s Elimination Chamber PPV in New Orleans.
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