The commercials end, and we are greeted by a raucous crowd. Dolph Ziggler enters in a referee get up with a grin on his face. He looked as if he had knowledge that was beyond the crowd’s comprehension.
They are extremely mixed in their reaction to John Cena, who enters with a smile on his face, looking surprisingly pleased with his situation even though he had just lost the WWE Title earlier that week.
His quick entrance is followed by CM Punk, who again is greeted by massive cheers as he was earlier in the night. He comes into the ring quickly looking focused and ready for anything.
Just before the bell rings, The Miz hits the stage with Michael Cole behind him. They walk confidently toward the commentary booth. Both men take up commentary headsets and begin talking immediately about how big this match is and why they needed to see it firsthand.
The bell rings, and the two lock up. Punk, obviously the weaker of the two, has to start at Cena’s knee to try and get the upper hand. Cena is visibly losing his footing from the kicks. He throws Punk backwards, who lands hard on his head.
Cena puts Punk in a headlock, who slowly begins to fade from the pressure. He gets to the ropes, and the referee forces Cena to break the hold. Punk gets up, and the two once again face off. As Cena tries to reach Punk, Punk throws out some close roundhouse kicks.
Cena dodges them and backs up. As Punk grabs Cena, he gets caught by Cena, who hits a suplex that takes Punk down again. Cena latches on a armbar. After a minute of struggling, Punk actually manages to reverse the move into the Anaconda Vice.
Cena is struggling, and Cole looks on with a worried look. He takes off his mic, and he walks toward where Punk is. Punk looks on smugly, but he eases up the move enough for Cena to pull himself to the ropes.
Punk must let up the move, and he gets up only to start kicking at a downed Cena. Ziggler, as referee, has to pull Punk off, who won’t let up after a count of four. He seems to be acting normally as a referee, but Punk doesn’t trust him and starts complaining about being pulled off.
Cena comes from behind and rolls up Punk: ..1..2.. kick out. As Punk and Cena try to rise again, Cole looks at Ziggler as if to question why he didn’t count three. Ziggler motions back that it was only two.
Cena is up first and grabs a hold of Punk, hitting him with a gutwrench. However, again, he only gets a two count. He goes up to the top rope for his leg drop, but he is caught in mid air by Punk, who gets him in position for the GTS. He hits it to the crowd’s delight.
He goes to cover: ..1….2…. kick out. Punk complains to Ziggler that his count was too slow, and Cole looks on, pleased. Punk looks to turn back around and deal with Cena, but he then hits a huge roundhouse kick, knocking Ziggler out for a few minutes.
When he does, Cena uses the distraction to hit a spinebuster. Noticing that the referee is down, he decided to go for the leg drop again instead of covering. He hits it and then waits for Punk to rise. He hits two big shoulder blocks then goes for the five knuckle shuffle.
Punk rolls out of the ring as Cena is about to hit it, taunting Cena as though pointing at a watch (saying it was too slow). Miz comes from behind and throws Punk right into the ring post.
Cena is motioning to Miz, asking him what he is doing, but he doesn’t stop.
He again grabs Punk and drops him on the barricade. Cena comes in and takes out Miz. He knows that he can’t do anything about what is going on, so he rolls Punk back into the ring. Ziggler is up, and Cena gets Punk in position for the AA, hitting it.
There is no way that Punk will kick out, and Cena is about to cover him when Ziggler pulls him up.
Confused, Cena questions him suddenly getting hit with a Zig Kick. Miz and Cole are furious as Ziggler rolls Punk on top of Cena and counts: 1..2….3.
The bell rings, and Ziggler goes to grab the belt.
Tony Chimel: “The winner of this match and still WWE Champion, CM Punk.”
Ziggler goes right past Cole as he takes the belt and rolls back into the ring. He takes the belt and looks to hand it to a tired Punk. However, just as he is about to hand the title over, Ziggler stops and looks down at the belt.
Punk is ready for anything when Ziggler drops the belt in front of Punk and leaves. Everyone seems confused by Ziggler’s actions as he walks to the top of the ramp. Cole especially looks furious. Ziggler grins, and the show ends.