WWE Championship Match
– CM Punk (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. John Cena
Cole and JBL turn their attention right to CM Punk vs. John Cena, and we get a video package highlighting their recent run-ins. This is a bit surprising, although it looks like Cena/Punk will get a lot of time.
Paul Heyman is in the ring with a mic. He says although he’s from New York, he’s just like every single person in Boston, Mass. He’s here to witness history as your reigning, defending champion, CM Punk, in his 302nd consecutive day as the WWE Champion. He’s here to pay respect to the title and champion. To a man of such extraordinary character that he calls himself a Paul Heyman guy. Punk’s music hits, and the champion gets a pretty mixed reaction on his way out to the ring.
John Cena is out next, and he too gets a pretty mixed reaction, but there are a whole bunch of cheers in there. Cena is, of course, sporting his new pink gear, and he races down to the ring for the main event of the evening.
After formal ring introductions, we’re ready to begin the match.
Punk holds his title over his head for a long time before giving it up to the referee. He smiles and laughs as he kills a bit of time before the match.
Punk finally gives up the belt and the bell rings. Punk and Cena lock up and the two fight into the corner. Punk and Cena fight around the ring and down to the mat, but neither man gains an advantage. There’s a stalemate as they soak in the cheers for both men. Punk locks on a headlock. Cena pushes him off, but Punk catches himself in the ropes.
Cena is able to take Punk over with a quick suplex and he clamps on a bear hug. Punk fights out of it and hits Cena with an uppercut, a low knee, and a snap mare. Punk holds on with another head lock. Cena is able to fight up to his feet and he back drops Cena to the mat. Cena misses a splash in the corner though, and he crashes to the mat. Punk kicks Cena in the face for a two count.
Punk hits a couple of elbows to the back of Cena’s head before sending him into the corner hard. Punk heads up on the corner but Cena catches him on his shoulders. Punk is able to put Cena down with a DDT for two. Punk hits Cena with elbows to the heart, and he pins the challenger for another two count.
Cena hits a shoulder block, but Punk comes back with a drop toe hold, bridging over into a submission and crimping back Cena’s neck. Cena is able to break the hold, and he rolls away to the outside. Punk waits for Cena to stand, and when he does he sends himself through the ropes, wiping out Cena. Punk sends Cena back into the ring after staring down Cena’s father in the crowd. Punk plays to the crowd, and Cena hits a baseball slide before sending Punk out into the crowd. Cena brings Punk back into the ringside area with a fisherman suplex.
In the ring, Cena tries for an AA, but Punk fights out and kicks Cena in the head. Punk locks in a camel clutch, and Cena struggles to his feet, with Punk on his back. Punk fights back with elbows to Cena’s neck, that takes him to the mat. Punk hits Cena with a big elbow and a series of right hands that’s good for another two count.
Punk comes off the top rope to wipe out Cena. He picks Cena up and tries for the G2S, but Cena fights out and hits a shoulder block, then a second. Cena tries for a belly to back suplex. but Punk counters, then hits two clotheslines. Cena comes back with a clothesline of his own that’s good for a two count. Cena calls for the five knuckle shuffle, but Punk puts his boot up to block Cena. Punk kicks Cena in the gut before hitting a neckbreaker for a two count.
Punk heads out to the apron and springboards from the top rope, but Cena catches him and rolls through, standing up and shouldering Punk. Punk hangs on to the ropes, so Cena drops him out to the floor. Cena dives through the ropes to the outside to take out Punk. Cena brings things back into the ring where he hits the belly to back suplex. Cena calls for the five knuckle shuffle, but again Punk counters, this time locking in the anaconda vice.
Cena makes it out of the hold, and he’s able to put on the STF, but Punk refuses to quit. Punk fights out of the hold and he puts on a crossface. Cena is able to stand up with Punk and drop him down to the mat.
Punk and Cena trade rights and kicks in the middle of the ring. Punk gets the upper hand with a back kick. He hits the running knee in the corner and follows it up with a bulldog. Punk heads straight to the top and hits the top rope elbow drop, pinning Cena for a two count. Punk calls for the G2S, letting Cena get up and shouldering him. Cena counters into the STF and Punk screams in pain.
Punk makes it to the ropes to force Cena to break the hold. Punk shoulders Cena out of nowhere and connects with the G2S, but Cena is able to kick out at two.
Punk kicks at Cena’s head, before bringing him to his feet for a shoulder block that’s good for another two count. Punk pulls Cena up to his feet and slaps his in the face. Punk shoulders Cena, Cena reverses and shoulders Punk. Punk fights out but is put down to the mat. Cena hits the five knuckle shuffle and follows up with the AA, but Punk won’t stay down for three.
Punk rolls out to the floor. Cena follows to the outside, bringing Punk back into the ring. Cena heads up to the top rope and tries for the leg drop, but Punk avoids it. Punk kicks Cena in the side of the head, but Cena still will not stay down. Punk slaps Cena across the face repeatedly before kneeing Cena in the side of the head.
Punk heads up to the top and he tries for a moonsault, but Cena moves (although it looks like he moves into the path of the moonsault). Both men are down. Cena shoulders Punk. Punk shoulders Cena and hits the G2S again, but Cena kicks out again.
Punk looks frustrated, and he calls Cena to get up to his feet. He hits Cena with the Rock Bottom, but it’s still not enough for three. Punk looks completely distraught. Punk turns around into the AA, but he’s able to kick out at two!
Cena lifts Punk up on to the top turnbuckle and he follows up after him. Punk fights Cena off, sending him crashing to the mat, but Cena comes up quick with a big German suplex from the top, holding on to the pin for the three count.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion: John Cena
Cena grabs the belt, and celebrates, but the referee takes it away. Justin Roberts gets on the mic and says that both competitors shoulders were on the mat, therefore, this match is a draw.
Draw, meaning CM Punk is STILL WWE Champion
Punk cradles his title, and Cena pleads with the ref. Cena turns around just in time to be blasted with the WWE Title belt. Punk holds the belt high and stands over Cena.
The show ends with Punk making his way to the back, accompanied by Paul Heyman, who is talking the champ up the entire way to the back while Cena is checked on by trainers in the ring.