When thinking back over the 20 year history of Monday Night Raw on USA, it's difficult to come up with a list of the greatest matches simply off the top of one's head. But there are a few matches that come to mind, like Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels for the world heavyweight championship on the last Raw of the year in 2003, or John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels in an impromptu one-hour barn burner in England in April 2007, or maybe even Ric Flair vs. Mr. Perfect in a Loser Leaves Town match all the way back in 1993.
Now, you can add John Cena vs. CM Punk in Feb. 2013 for the right to main event WrestleMania 29 against The Rock for the WWE championship to that list.
As it usually does, WWE has released the video to YouTube. Unfortunately, we're only getting the final 3:38 of a 20-minute showdown, though the end is still just as enjoyable without all the build. What's really interesting, though, is that despite Vince McMahon reportedly being furious at Punk's usage of a banned piledriver, that spot is not edited out of the footage.
You can see the piledriver -- and hear Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler's absolute disbelief at it -- at the 1:23 mark.
This was a fantastic match and one you should enjoy time and again. So do just that.