CM Punk's 434 consecutive days as WWE champion over the past year and some change gave him all the credibility he could need -- along with his being a mega-star, of course -- to challenge Undertaker for his fabled streak at WrestleMania 29 tonight (Sun., April 7, 2013) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Yes, "The Deadman" added yet another body to his already impressive pile of victims, defeating Punk after a long, hard match that saw the two lay it all on the line.
Punk started it off with more disrespect, as he's done throughout the build to the match. During "The Deadman's" entrance, he was tossing the urn around on the outside of the ring. Once he got back in, he was literally slapping 'Taker with an open palm, running away, then doing it again.
Then begging for Undertaker to come after him.
It was outstanding psychology to start and the demon from Death Valley answered in kind by getting particularly brutal sending "The Second City Saint" through a barricade and hitting the big leg drop on the apron. Punk didn't regain control of the match until he hit a deep armdrag as a counter to "Old School".
He even went one further and hit "Old School" himself.
He went into a few big spots after, then some rest holds, and didn't relinquish control until failing on another "Old School" attempt, though he did hit the Macho Man elbow drop for a nearfall once they reset. Shortly after, Undertaker hit a big choke slam for the first big tease of a three count that failed.
That signaled the start of the bigger spots to tease falls.
Undertaker threatened a Last Ride on the Spanish announce table but Punk countered into another Macho Man elbow onto the same table ... that DIDN'T BREAK on impact.
It was brutal.
They teased a countout finish but Undertaker got back in the ring just before the count of 10. The Hells Gate followed but was reversed into a pinfall attempt that failed, then went into the Anaconda Vise. Undertaker sat up while in the move and went for a choke slam that Punk managed to counter into a GTS that sent 'Taker into the ropes before he hit the Tombstone.
For a two count.
A ref bump followed, allowing Punk to use the urn, but it wasn't enough to get the pinfall. The next Tombstone finished the job.
What an amazing match.
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