In what has the potential to be voted as WWE's Match of the Year, Brock Lesnar defeated CM Punk via pinfall at the 2013 edition of SummerSlam on Sunday night.
This brutal, no disqualification match was unbelievable and proved just how great both men are in the ring.
Punk had been waging a war against former manager Paul Heyman, but it was Lesnar’s involvement in this storyline that made it as legendary as it has become. While Punk and Heyman were great on the mic, this in-ring battle was flat-out amazing.
Lesnar has become a mammoth in the wrestling business once again. With his unmatchable stature and menacing appearance—coupled with the fact that he is a bona fide collegiate wrestling champion and was a MMA superstar—WWE’s decision to bring him back has been perfect.
Add in the stark contrast with Punk—the much smaller and more agile wrestler that uses an eclectic mix of striking and high flying acts to brutalize his opponents—and both men were focused on making sure this match came off as great as it did.
These wrestlers know how to tell a story in the ring, and while Lesnar walked away victorious, this match was further proof of just how valuable Punk is to the future of WWE. The longest reigning champion of the last 25 years can put on amazing matches every time he steps into a ring.
Lesnar’s win is a clear indication that this feud is far from over, though. While the limited dates on the former UFC champion’s contract could force this battle to take place over the course of several months, WWE may need Lesnar to stick around.
According to F4WOnline's Marc Middleton (via Wrestling Inc.), John Cena may be missing some extended time after SummerSlam as he recovers from an elbow injury. If that comes to fruition, the continuation of Punk and Lesnar would be the main event that could carry the company.
WWE also has the option of making this a trilogy and dragging it through not only Night of Champions but also into October with a rubber match at Battleground.
Three matches in a row is too much for most wrestlers to keep the fans entertained, but the war between Punk, Lesnar, Heyman and even Curtis Axel to a lesser extent is genuinely exciting.
After an amazing showing from both men at SummerSlam, this feud must continue.
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