After a video recap of Paul Heyman's broken-Rascal trap from last Monday, CM Punk told the Biloxi crowd how predictable it was for Heyman to come out last week and egg him on and for Punk to attack him.
Punk was angry, but controlled. He analyzed the situation in a way that bordered on breaking kayfabe.
He discussed when the audience expected this narrative with him and Heyman to end and said that he wanted it to end right now.
Brad Maddox had other ideas. He told Punk that a showdown between Punk and Ryback was not what was best for business. He offered to give him a match, just not against the guy fans are supposed to pay to see him fight on Sunday.
Punk demanded an outlet for his aggression and in sauntered Big E Langston.
Langston didn't hesitate to clock Punk in the head. He pounded him for a moment, but before the brawl could fully get rolling, Maddox called out a referee to make this thing official.
In the early part of the bout, Langston's power had Punk reeling. He tossed him to the mat, clobbered him with his forearms and crushed him with an impressive splash.
A roundhouse kick helped Punk turn things around.
The two battled, trading hard-hitting blows until Punk outlasted the big man and knocked him out with the Go To Sleep. Punk winced as he raised his hand in victory.
Punk wins with the GTS.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"No one is coming save him," Punk talking about Heyman.
"Don't be shy. If you think Ryback sucks, let the world know," Punk to the Biloxi crowd.
"You don't even get music? You don't even have an entrance song?" Punk to Maddox.
"He's about to be CM Pretzel here if Big E puts anymore pressure on his leg," Jerry Lawler.
Langston selling the GTS like he's been taking notes during Dolph Ziggler matches.
This fresh matchup was a wise choice to open the show.
Langston had great energy and intensity. He controlled Punk for much of the match and ended the match with momentum despite the loss. JBL went so far as to compare Langston to Lesnar and Undertaker.
Punk looked resilient with the win.
Enduring the punishment he did makes his Battleground match a tougher challenge while building up Langston for the future.