Well, this was just put together really well.
CM Punk has been on a quest to get his hands on Paul Heyman ever since his friend and former mentor turned his back on him and cost him the WWE championship Money in the Bank contract at the pay-per-view (PPV) of the same name back on July 14 in Philadelphia. That led him to a beatdown at the hands of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam just this past Aug. 18 before entering into a program with Curtis Axel, another Heyman protege.
Those two have been battling it out with Axel, like Lesnar, always getting in the way of Punk getting his hands on Heyman. But now, finally, after all the twisting and teasing building to the inevitable showdown, WWE has announced that Punk will take on both Heyman and Axel in a 2-on-1 handicap elimination match at the Night of Champions event set for Sun., Sept. 15, 2013, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
You know what the means, before even ordering the show. From WWE.com:
CM Punk is determined to get his hands on Paul Heyman at Night of Champions if it's the last thing he does. So obsessed is The Second City Saint with destroying his onetime confidant that he challenged Heyman and his "more perfect than Perfect" client, Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel, to a Handicap Match after they handcuffed and savagely brutalized Punk on the Aug. 26 edition of Raw.
Raw General Manager Brad Maddox - following WWE COO Triple H's supposed business-first credo - saw the appeal of such an encounter and made the match official for Night of Champions on Sept. 15. Maddox even upped the ante, turning the bout into an Elimination Handicap Match, meaning Punk will have to prevail in two falls to win. The stipulation also allows for the possibility of The Straight Edge Superstar facing Heyman in a long-awaited one-on-one scenario. Maddox also warned that if Heyman tries to get out of the match, Punk will never have to see him again.
The real story here is on the business end. With John Cena out of action and Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan headlining in a WWE championship bout, this is the match that WWE is counting on as its co-headliner, so to speak, and will be tasked with helping bring in a few extra buys during a rough stretch for the promotion.
Is it good enough to help pop a better buyrate? We shall see.
The updated Night of Champions match card:
- Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE championship)
- CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman & Curtis Axel (Handicap Elimination match)