Miz takes control with a few rest holds for a couple minutes until Punk finally starts to get back some momentum. However, as Punk tries to rise, Miz grabs him for an inverted facelock backbreaker followed by a neckbreaker slam.
Miz grins as he grabs the kendo stick Punk used and looks to use it; however, Punk dodges a hit then hits a big roundhouse kick. Miz rolls to the outside followed by Punk. Punk grabs Miz and hits him head first against the steel barricade.
Miz keeps stumbling away as Punk follows. Miz goes right past the steel chair that was used earlier still set up. As Punk grabs Miz, Miz shoves Punk into the steel chair causing Punk to topple over himself, seeming to tweak his knee.
Miz grabs the steel chair which had fallen over, and he resets it up. He pulls Punk to his feet and goes for the Skull Crushing Finale on the chair only for Punk to reverse the pressure and get Miz up for the GTS. As Miz tries to fight out, Punk throws him forward as Miz goes head first through the steel chair.
The Miz is completely dazed, but he is not bleeding after the brutal shot. Punk is surprised and waits for Miz to rise while grabbing broken steel chair. He throws it at Miz who catches it. Punk goes for a kick with Miz throwing the broken steel straight into Punk's right leg who goes down hard from the shot.
Miz sees an opening, so he goes for the leg of Punk. He picks Punk up and throws him knee first into the ground. Then Miz applies a half Boston crab to the right leg as Punk calls out in pain.
The referee can only watch as Miz puts serious pressure on the limb with Punk's eyes fading from the pressure. Miz, knowing that he can't win by submission, decided to let the move go with the damage done. Miz grabs the WWE Championship and taunts Punk with it.
Punk can't rise as Miz takes the championship tries to grind into Punk's head with the championship. Punk swipes at him viciously with all the strength he can muster. One blind hit takes Miz square in the jaw who goes down from the force of the blow.
Punk takes his WWE Championship in hand and tries to get to his feet, but the pressure on his knee is too much. Punk can only drags himself into the ring where he uses the ropes to say on his feet. Meanwhile, the Miz is up outside and is contemplating his situation.
He looks around and decides to take the steel steps into the ring with him. He gets in and positions the steps. Punk is still holding onto the ropes for leverage and kicks at Miz to keep him at bay. Miz eventually hits a low shoulder tackle on Punk's injured leg taking Punk down.
Miz drags Punk over to the steel steps and hits Punk's skull into the steps several times, but Punk is still clean. Miz getting frustrated, throws Punk knee first into the steps and goes outside. He grabs a microphone and begins going off on Punk.
Miz: "You're broken, Punk. If this were a normal match, I would have already won, but I have make you bleed. Why don't you save yourself now and just give up already? You can't walk. You can barely pull out a bit of offense. Your skin may be strong, but your body isn't sooner or later you will bleed. Everyone here knows it. Tell the referee you want to stop the match."
Miz is in the ring and holds the microphone up to Punk's mouth. He has a few choice words for the Miz. None of them sound like a man ready to give up then Punk rams the microphone into Miz's face. With Miz down from the shot, Punk drags himself up the ropes to the top and takes Miz with him.
Punk gets Miz in DDT position, and, with the last bit of strength he can muster in his legs, sends both men crashing onto the steel steps. Miz went head first and is on the ground in serious pain while Punk seems to be out.
When Miz raises his face, blood can be flowing from a cut on his forehead. The referee calls for the bell.
Justin Roberts: "The winner of this match and still WWE Champion, CM Punk." (Time of contest: 26:50)
The crowd goes wild as both men are completely out of it with blood flowing badly from Miz's forehead. Medics come down to help both men. The medics pick Punk up so he can use their shoulders as support for the injured leg.
The referee runs over to Punk, handing him the WWE Championship and raising his hand as the medics keep Punk steady. Miz is being bandaged up by medics as Punk looks to leave. Suddenly, the lights go out.
The titantron goes black, and music starts playing (Miseria Cantare by AFI). A man walks out from the back with a hoodie on. His face is covered by the hood and the dark lighting. He makes his way forward with minimal lighting merely showing the area from the entrance down the entrance ramp.
The man walks down slowly toward Punk. As he gets close, he stops as he looks straight into the eyes of Punk. Suddenly, he gets down on a knee. He looks down at his hand, pointing to a watch that isn't there, then he raises his right hand.
He keeps his head down for several second before standing with his hand still raised then the lights go out completely. When they come back on, the man is gone. Punk is not sure what to think even with the clear glimpse of the man that he got.
The show ends with Punk still held up by the medics, looking confused and unnerved.