Gene Okerlund mocked his own 1-800 hotline from the '90s before introducing The New Age Outlaws. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn did their patented call-and-response routine en route to introducing CM Punk.
Punk joked with the former tag champs as he awaited Roman Reigns and The Shield.
Once the two foes locked horns, Punk clamped on a headlock, and it took a burst of power from Reigns to break the hold. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose looked to encircle Punk once Reigns threw him out of the ring. The New Age Outlaws were right there to prevent that.
Reigns stayed on top of Punk, grinding his forearm into his face, clocking him in the mouth and slamming him to the mat.
Pained ribs kept Punk from sustaining momentum. Even when he hit an offensive move, it was him clutching his torso in pain.
Punk dodged a Superman punch and countered with a roundhouse kick. Punk hit Reigns with two running knees and a neckbreaker, but couldn't get a three-count.
Outside the ring, The Shield barked at The New Age Outlaws. Their tension soon exploded, Ambrose and Rollins sending Road Dogg and Gunn headfirst into steel.
Near-falls came in quick succession then before Reigns hit Punk with a spear to end the bout.
A returning Jake Roberts sauntered toward the celebrating villains. He distracted them long enough for The New Age Outlaws and Punk to knock the members of The Shield around. Ambrose got a taste of Robert's pet snake in a strange ending to the show.
Reigns wins via pinfall.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"If you even think of telling the story of the three of us and the clown and the farm animals, just don't do it," Road Dogg to Okerlund.
"He'll drop pipe bombs on all your moms," Road Dogg on Punk.
Reigns hits a thunderous Samoan drop.
The headlines after this match will be about Roberts' appearance and if this means that WWE is planning to insert him into the Rumble as he's been lobbying. The match before that surprise was a compelling one that built toward the climax beautifully.
Reigns and Punk put on nearly as good a show as Punk and Ambrose did recently.
The Shield's powerhouse gets yet another accolade to add to his collection with a pinfall win over Punk. WWE did well to make this a story of potential jealousy between the trio. The company is thankfully taking its time with this narrative.