It was THE BEST vs. THE BEAST at tonight's (Sun., Aug. 18, 2013) WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, as CM Punk continued his storyline feud with Paul Heyman by climbing in the ring to take on his former mentor's pet monster, Brock Lesnar.
Considering the participants, the setting, the stage, and the set up, this one had all the makings of a "Match of the Year" candidate.
In the end, they relied more on the strength of their names and their respective trademark spots to carry it. That's not a mark against it, either. We are talking about Punk and Lesnar, two of the very best in the game with two of the biggest names.
The story was Punk having to overcome an opponent who is significantly bigger. He got him up for the GTS a few times, one of which was countered into the kimura. That was countered into an armbar, then a triangle. So, really, it became more of a choreographed shoot fight than a traditional pro wrestling match.
Lesnar picked him up for a powerbomb while in the triangle, but Punk held onto it. Another powerbomb got Brock out, and at this point they had battled through enough to really sell the war and prompt approving chants from the audience.
Shortly after all this, a chair got involved in the match and led to a high spot that saw Punk hit the Flying Elbow Drop with the chair in hand.
And it still only got a two count.
Then, Lesnar recovered enough to set up an F-5, but Heyman was on the apron. Punk was in reach, and grabbed a hold of his tie, not allowing Brock to complete the move. When he recovered, Punk hit the GTS but Heyman interfered to break up the pin.
They went round-and-round some more, with more Heyman interference leading to a seeming advantage for Lesnar, but Punk always battled through. He reversed an F-5 into a DDT, then locked in the Anaconda Vise.
Heyman came back for more, though, and he ended up in the Anaconda Vise himself, giving Brock time to recover and use a chair to regain the edge. Finally, he was able to hit the F-5, dropping Punk on the chair in the ring.
And that was enough to get the three count.
THE BEAST BEATS THE BEST.
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