After a lengthy video package highlighting the events of the past week in LA leading up to SummerSlam, it’s time for the next match, but not before another lengthy video package that highlights the events of the past few weeks leading up to this match.
Triple-Threat Match for the WWE Championship
- CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Big Show
John Cena is the first man to make his way out to the ring, and he gets a giant mixed reaction from the Staples Center.
The Big Show is the second challenger to make his way out to the ring, and it’s almost comical to compare the reaction he draws from the crowd to the cheers and boos Cena drew.
The Champion, CM Punk, is the last man to make his way out to the ring. He gets a pretty massive reaction from the crowd, and it seems mostly positive.
No formal ring introductions, as instead we’re just going straight into the match. Show punches Cena and head butts Punk before head butting both men. Show blasts Cena with a punch to the gut, then does the same to Punk. Show sends Cena into the corner before catching Punk and tossing him down to the mat. Show takes Punk into the corner hard and then picks Cena up for a huge chop to the chest. He then picks up Punk and nails him with a big chop to the chest. Another big chop for Cena, and a head butt, and another chop for Punk.
Cena and Punk begin to fight back with a series of kicks, but Show reverses a double suplex attempt and takes over both Punk and Cena. Show sends Cena into the corner and charges in with a huge back splash that sends Cena falling to the outside. Show hits Punk with a back splash, but Punk pops out of the corner and hits Show with a low dropkick that sends the monster to the mat. Punk hits Show with a series of kicks to the chest and stomach. Punk calls for the G2S, and he actually lifts Show for a second, but Show falls down and chops Punk hard. Cena is in and he shoulders Show, but he falls down and Show lands on his head. Punk tries to pin Cena, but it’s broken up by Show.
Show stands on Punk’s back for a bit before picking him up and launching him into the corner. Show takes Punk into the corner where he hits him with another giant chop across the chest. Show charges into Cena on the apron and sends him crashing out to the floor. Show sends Punk into the corner and runs in for a splash, but Punk moves out of the way. Punk goes for a springboard, but Show catches him and drops him down into a reverse DDT. Show calls for the WMD and Cena comes in from behind for a series of rights. Show catches Cena with a huge spear and he goes for the pin, getting two.
Show piles up Cena and Punk next to each other. Show heads up to the middle rope and launches himself off with a Vader bomb. Punk moves but Show catches Cena. Show tries for the pin but Punk breaks it up. Show sends Punk over the top rope by pushing him across the ring. Cena rolls to the outside and Show follows after him. Show picks Cena up for a big head butt. Punk charges in and Show catches him by the throat, launching him into the ropes where he bounces back to the floor. Show and Cena head back into the ring where Show catches Cena with a side slam.
Show picks Punk back up to the apron, but Punk stuns Show and backs him up into a belly to back suplex from Cena. Cena calls for the five knuckle shuffle, but he’s clotheslined out of nowhere by Punk. Punk heads to the top rope and leaps off with a huge elbow drop to Big Show. Show tosses Punk across the ring to break the count. Punk hits Show with a big kick to the side of the head and a reverse STO to Show, who’s on his knees. Punk locks in something that almost looks like the LaBell lock, but Show fights out of it.
Cena hits Show with a big shoulder block before locking in the STF. Show gets to his feet with Cena on his back and squashes him in the corner. Cena leaps out of the corner with a cross body, but he’s caught and slammed by Show. Punk surprises Show and takes him out. He runs into the corner hitting Show with a running knee. He backs up and hits a second running knee, then a third. Punk tries for the bulldog, but Show pushes him away. Cena heads to the top and drops the leg to the back of Show’s neck. Punk locks in a submission, and Cena clamps on the STF and Show is forced to tap. The bell rings, and everyone is confused.
While Cena and Punk argue with the ref, they’re interrupted by AJ Lee’s music, and the Raw GM skips her way down to the ring. AJ asks for the mic. AJ smiles and looks at both men before saying restart the match.
Show catches both men around the throat and hits a double chokeslam. He pins Cena but Cena kicks out. Punk also kicks out. Show calls for the WMD. He tries for it on Cena but Cena ducks and shoulders Show. Cena hits the AA. Punk throws Cena from the ring and pins Show, getting the three count.
Winner and STILL WWE Champion: CM Punk
Following the match, Cena looks shocked as he realizes that Punk stole the victory right out from under him. Punk celebrates with his belt, playing to the crowd.