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Another entry from 2013. Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk was a brilliant example of build-up, tension and pay-off at a time when WWE Creative were being questioned more than ever. A deep-rooted friendship between CM Punk and manager Paul Heyman had been falling apart before Heyman screwed Punk out of his Money in the Bank match and ergo, out of a near-guaranteed title win.
From here, the Walrus teamed with Paul Heyman guy Lesnar, and two of the best talkers in WWE built up the hype necessary for the match to steal the show.
It did not disappoint.
Any fears of Lesnar’s clear physical superiority ruining the credibility of the fight were quickly allayed. Punk dipped and dived away from the brutish onslaught of Lesnar, keeping one eye on Heyman as he kept his distance with swift, nimble attacks.
As with any No-DQ match, the steel steps took a beating, and the announcers were deprived of their beverages as the action spilled out of the ring, but it was the underlying intensity from Punk’s character and Lesnar’s sheer aggression that meant you couldn’t take your eyes off the screen.
Eventually Lesnar did get the win, hitting Punk with an F5 into a steel chair, but Punk proved that being “the best in the world” is not all about winning.
This match beats DX vs. the McMahons for intensity and wrestling quality but narrowly misses out on top spot.