WWE Night Of Champions Results (9/16/12) - Two Title Changes; CM Punk Retains

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.

The entrances:

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.

The start:

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.

Mid-match notes:

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!

The finish:

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.

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  • Jeff Ono

    Hooray, Super Punk beats Cena again! Give me a break. Are you Cena Haters happy? Punk's boring monotonous victories are no different than what you hated about Cena always winning. Punk-Rock will not sell PPV buys (at least not on Punk's part). Boring.

    • Giovanni

      your right, plus if Punk can win in Chi-Town why can't Cena win Beantown

      • Gary

        Cena can't even get a pop from his own home town which is sad and truly shows his relationship with he fans at this point. He should be turned Heel, regardless of merchandise sales (heels still sell, from what I know). And yes, Jeff…Punk definitely should have won. Aligning him with Heyman and then giving him a loss would have made no sense creatively…plus part of this story line now is the championship reign and they're going to run with that. On a final note I would 100% rather see Punk vs. Rock than another poor match between Rock & Cena. I also think Punk should WIN that match. Use Rock to actually elevate "The Best In The World."

        • izblack

          Punk/Rock won’t be a good match at all. Rock has one 1 on 1 match in 7 years and Punk won’t be able too carry him the way Cena did.

    • H.M.

      Don't start posting comments out of joy until you let the whole show unfold bud.

    • Mark

      We hate Cena, ruined WWE for the past 4-6 years, Gimmick chance maybe, yeah, REALLY, REALLY!!! And stop selling on your arse, or learn to sell period!!!!!!!

      • Butch!

        Hate Cena? He changed the WWE since he arrived.. Making a debut beating Kurt Angle (who was at the peak at the time) & you telling me he ruins WWE? You suck.. Cena is a wrestler with ambition who made his dreams a reality, much better than what Punk is.. Cena will get his time again, so to all you Cena-Haters? EFF OFF!!

      • Hate Cena? He changed the WWE since he arrived.. Making a debut beating Kurt Angle (who was at the peak at the time) & you telling me he ruins WWE? You suck.. Cena is a wrestler with ambition who made his dreams a reality, much better than what Punk is.. so to all you Cena-Haters? EFF OFF!!

    • Mr. E

      U mad bro?

    • Bault16

      I got think your a wrestling fan..

      • Bault16


    • Big D

      Yes. Very.

    • Austin

      Horray the most boring guy in the WWE wins again he should hav lost it at extreme rules or even royal rumble

      • izblack


    • dlink

      Come on "Jeff Ono", don't you mean Super Cena! Cena is always winning over other competitors….what good is that?! Cena (as much as I hate to say it) is already over, he's the face of the company (unfortunately). What does Cena gain by winning? What does Cena gain by going over other talent?

      What is he proving…really?! WWE will hurt themselves (which they do consistently) by continuing to allow Cena to win every match (which they have and they're now suffering because of that). They tried putting him over so much that, they put him over too much (more than they needed too). We understand that he's the face but you have to lose to.

      How does the WWE begin to get over other main event talent? You can't have Cena winning all the time because, if you do that then he's not putting over anyone else and then in essence WWE is not left with any main time players. Do you understand this concept?!

    • Liam Payne

      Cena loses far to often now, he’s hated for winning or loses, not being funny but he does need a heel turn, ‘ ruthless aggression ‘ got him to where he is, not rising above hate.. One of his biggest fans, hate seeing his boring character, anyone agree?

  • Giovanni

    Wwe creative knows how to ruin a possible match of the year just trips can have da moty, and i mean post-mania

    • bryan

      Form coherent sentences.

  • Mike

    Orton beating Ziggler, give me a break.

  • MonstaHeel450

    Somebody call the cops….. KAITLYN GOT ROBBED!!! (sigh) Who didnt see this comin, right, Eve? Stealin a page from Tonya/Nancy huh? Once again, no push for u, Kaits. And they wonder why the Divas match had a "ghost town reaction" (with crickets). Lets see what happens on Raw.

    • Bault16

      Who cares?

  • Mark

    Once in a lifetime kinda gave the game away, Cena v Rock was ‘Once in a lifetime’ we dont need to go tho that again!! Punk v Rock will be amazing, punks in the best shape of his life against a washed up veteran!!! Still respect Rocky, but time to put Punk over, unlike Ortan STILL refuses to do with with Ziggles tonight!!!

    • Danny_Boy

      And unlike Punk who refuses tooo put anybody else over as well.

      • Gary

        Punk is the champion, genius. The Champion doesn't put over up-and-comers. Matter of fact, he doesn't even face them. Who should be "put over?" Cena? Maybe you don't know what the term means. It means taking a loss to elevate someone else. That simply can't happen as part of this story line because he won't face the type of guys who need a push b/c those guys are simply not in the main event picture.

        • IZBLACK

          Who has Punk ever elevated in the six years he's been in the WWE?

  • Joe

    Man wwe screwed up a great match I’m mean really at least if punk was to walk out of Boston as champion they should have had him pin cena or if cena was to win they could have left it as it was

    • Bault16

      They probably want to do a rematch… Simple logic.

    • izblack

      That funny you say that b/c when someone like HHH or Cena was champ you were probably one of those snarks that was crying about how they never put anybody over, I can smell Punk fan from you from a mile away. Punk hasn’t elevated anyone since he came too the E in 06. And if he has please by all means who?

      • Steve C

        How could punk elevate anyone when he was held down for soooooo long?? Not even a year as punk being a top guy and people moan where as cena has been on the top and main eventing for over 6years!! Wwe title always should be main event not the “face of the company”! The way cena always main events is making punk lose even when winning!!

  • Joey

    I thought this was a good PPV. Better than Summerslam. Great matches from Orton/Ziggler, IC title four-way, and of course Cena and Punk put on a PHENOMONAL match, like always. Complain about the ending all you want, but if it gives another match like that, I'm all for it! The only thing I have to complain about is the logic in the Sheamus/Del Rio match… so you make the storyline about making the Brogue Kick ILLEGAL, but you make it legal anyways? Pointless. Irregardless, it was a good match with some close nearfalls and I loved Sheamus teasing submission. They made Orton tap, so Sheamus tapping didn't seem that impossible to comprehend for me. Loved the backstage comedy from Kane and D-Bryan, these two are golden and I can't wait to see what they do each week while their predicaments (especially now as champs) become more and more comedic. Like I said, great PPV, and I look forward to (most) of these storylines down the road.

  • Joey

    I also think that Punk adding the Rock Bottom to his repertoire pretty much confirms at some point down the road, he will face Rocky and is Punk's and the writer's way of winking at the audience that it will happen.

    • Gary

      I also think aligning him with Heyman gives them a great story line chance for a match against Lesnar further down the road. You can have Lesnar angry that Heyman isn't concentrating on Him and rather splitting his duties, leading to a match between both guys.

  • MonstaHeel450

    Once again Kaitlyn gets robbed of a push…. and they wonder why this Divas match had a huge 'ghosttown reaction'. Thanx, Eve. Good to steal a page from the Tonya/Nancy saga 20 years ago. See how long this reign lasts…

  • nails

    Cena vs Punk was a fantastic match!

  • Jman72485

    Theyre going at the Punk heel turn the wrong way. I like him as a face and his heel turn before, when he came out dressed as Jeff hardy. He he seems like hes trying to play a classic heel but is trying way too hard and the fans won’t let him turn. He should go face again if not a tweener…

    • Bault16

      Ou should be a creative writer

      • Gary

        Hey Bault. He's right. The fans chant his name almost regardless of what he does and where he is. CM Punk chants in Boston last night were louder than any Cena fans. He should be a tweener similar to StoneCold

  • Bigdaddychuck

    Here is my question so let’s say Punk beats Cena at hiac next month.. Than what happens?? Is he going to face Cena till rumble?

    • Joey

      Given what they've done with ADR and Sheamus, most likely.

    • mckendo

      Lesnar will come back at HIAC and we will see the formation of Lensar, Punk, and Heyman.. just a prediction

  • John

    I think that the tag division is deffinately getting stronger and im liking what I see, food for Bryan and Kane

  • So sad how obvious these results were. Maybe its time to bring Cena back to the “Ruthless Aggression” era, and away from acting like the Rock. He is muscular and the lightest touch makes him dizzy, then poof he is all better. MOVE ON!!!
    Heel or Face, Punk is not The future, he is Boring.

    • Gary

      You're right. He's not good on the mic or int he ring…lol

      Or, he's probably the best guy they have on the mic and one of the best in the ring. Every match he is in, against whoever, is worth watching. I don't miss a promo or match of his b/c they're easily a level above everyone else right now.

      • izblack

        Pinkos not the best guy they gave on the mic nor is he even close too being the best the ring. All of Punk’s promos the past year have been him crying & bitching about getting no respect. It’s the same shit every week from him. And best in the ring? That’s laughable, Cena, Jericho, HHH, Bryan have carried that dude inside the ring. You notice whenever Punk is put in the ring with someone like Miz or ADR his matches tend too suck, well that’s because Punk doesn’t know how too carry lesser talent inside the ring. Punk needs great opponents in the ring with him too help him look great.

  • Chicago MADE

    Hey JACK, you don’t speak for all us WWE fans CMpunk is better on the mic and in the ring than anybody I’ve seen in a while, and you wanna call him boring?

  • mjledesma

    Where Big Show?

  • Brentos22

    The point of Orton going over Ziggler is???


    i am not a Cena fan, but i’m tired of people saying they want a Cena character change. as boring as he is, he will probably never ever change. ever. as a cash cow, goody goody Cena is way too much of a safe bet. as long as he stays the same, children will pay for his merch and to see him in “5-move miracle matches.” he will always be good for WWE PR with the charity bit. it will never change. get used to it. i mean, you know what they say: “wish in one hand, sh*t in the other one…”

  • -|AZ|-

    Super Cena Vs Super Punk was the highlight of this PPV
    Punk using Rock Bottom!!! "Really? Really? Really?" Indicates who'll be the WWE champ by Rumble '13
    BTW, That makes it Punk 2 Cena 0 (considering only the almost 'clean' victories) which I think is about to catch the eye of VKM very soon…

    About the WHC match, I was hoping that after Booker T made the Brogue Kick 'legal' he would tell Sheamus "Can you KICK dat SUCKA(ADR)" 😛

    Loved to see the pre-show return of DiBiase and the push given to Ryder (which, if I'm not mistaken, makes his battle royal win count to 4!!!) I'm pretty sure he'll win the US title in HIAC

    And about Team Anger Management winning the tag team c'ship… "YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!" I'm really looking forward to this storyline on the coming RAWs n SDs

  • Mitch

    Just saying, did anybody see orton give a fan the bird? I’m almost surtain he did.

  • Mitch

    Wait I was right he did, I just saw he apologized on twitter before I even wrote that, haha.

  • Mark

    What needs to happen is Punk beat Rock at Royal Rumble due to interference by Brock Lesnar… Brock vs. Rock at Mania. It keeps the Title off a part-time talent, pushes a money maker match at Mania with the possibility of either going over, etc.

  • AntGilroy

    All you guys are crazy!!! And I’d rather you stop watching wrestling so I don’t have to hear you complain about who the champions are and how they win!! It’s so annoying. The punk cena match was the best match of the night!!! Punk was doing moves he doesn’t normally do cena was doing moves he doesn’t normally do it was awesome!! The crowd was cheer this is awesome!! Towards the end of the match!!! Stop the complaining!! The probably with wrestling now a days is you idiot “so called fans” can’t go without a ppv where a new champion is crowned!! It should be punk vs the rock! Punk is the man! He is a Paul heyman guy! He is the best in the world!!!

    • adam

      I completely agree. I'm tired of everyone on here complaining. Last year everyone wanted punk as champ and now because he turns heel on tv nobody likes him. Everyone complains about cena and he puts on an amazing match and people still are going to complain about him. Now everyone is complaining about an ending to a match. COME ON people think story line wise. This will lead to an awesome match at HIAC. Cena vs Punk inside a cell will be awesome.

      You would think that for people to go out of their way to get onto a wrestling website (the best in the world i might add) they would be a little bit more aware of a storyline scenario and where things could eventually lead. just saying

  • Ken

    Best PPV I've seen in ages. If the WWE pulled out shows like that on a regular basis I'd not complain about their product nearly as much.

    I had the Orton/Ziggler match down as the show-stealer, until I saw Punk/Cena.
    So glad Punk'sstill got the strap. They've made such a big deal about how long he's had the belt in comparison to other reigns I hope he keeps it until he tops the list. That would be respect.

    A great show all around, to the point where I'm actually looking forward to tonight's Raw.
    The cynical side of me is still expecting them to screw something up though. Time will tell…

    • Steven

      Seven years of Punk as Champ? Hell no.

  • Herman Tank

    I actually don't really care for Orton especially because he was making Christian look like a chump during his lackluster title reigns, but I DO like his "attitude". It's like he's so sick of being PG that he really doesn't care. Suspended twice, whatever. Flipping kids off in the crowd…yeah, I can respect that.

    • Joe

      Amen punk and ortan both look like they don’t belong in this era they look more like a ruthless era

  • AntGilroy

    I hope they do at survivor series lesnar and punk with heyman vs cena and rock this way they can further build the rock punk at rumble and cena rock at mania and then they don’t have to have punk put his title on the line

  • Sjenttivensventa

    Best 50 dollars I saved

  • Gurinder

    Randy has buried kofiii
    Now he gonna burry zigglerrr
    I hope ziggler will become world heavywieght champion soon

    • seakc87

      And I hope that you learn how to spell.

  • akash

    the champion belt can be with cm punk but the real champ is john cena

  • akash

    cm punk sucks