All of you thought CM Punk was going to be victorious at last night's SummerSlam PPV and ride off into the sunset on his high horse and win the Royal Rumble in January, travel to WrestleMania and capture his third WWE championship in the main event right?
That's what I thought at least. In the end, my thoughts had no bearing on the match itself, or millions of other's opinions and predictions, because Lesnar and Punk gave until they couldn't give anymore.
It was a match for the ages, one for the record books and above all else, and a dream come true for wrestling fans.
This column will be very short and sweet, but to the point like always. Punk was coming into the match on a hot streak, just coming off an injury hiatus after his Mania loss to the Undertaker.
Brock Lesnar took care of Triple H and his hiatus brought him to the separation of Paul Heyman and Mr. Punk.
Enter a beast, best in the world and an evil genius.
Those three told stories inside the ring working the punches, on the mic giving elaborate tales of their past, present and future, as well as their mannerisms towards each other during a backstage segment or meeting in the ring.
No three people could've pulled that off better than Heyman, Lesnar and Punk.
It was the perfect centerfold for greatness. Punk and Heyman were best friends. Those two were side-by-side for a full year during Punk's historic title reign. They were considered inseparable.
The tables were eventually turned in Heyman's favor and Lesnar was brought in to throw Punk into those proverbial tables.
Fast forward through all of the cut-scenes, montages and promos, the match finally occurred last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It took place on one of the biggest stages in wrestling history and quite possibly the most famous city in the world.
It wasn't quite Madison Square Garden, but LA comes close.
To sit here and analyze the entire match would be pointless. If you haven't seen it; go see it. If you watched it live and took part in the greatness that was; go see it again.
Punk and Lesnar put on a 40-minute (time check?) spectacle only to be repeated hundreds of more times. Put that match up there with his Money in the Bank match with John Cena. I would feel comfortable in saying that bout was a top-five for Punk.
It had everything.
4. No blood
5. Wrestling Ability
6. Submission game
8. A firm storyline
9. The Underdog effect
10. Historical ramifications
If there is more to add to that list, feel free to comment below.
I'm not sure who will claim the Match of the Night. Bryan and Cena both fought admirably and also put together a match of a lifetime. There is one thing though that stands out.
Punk has lost at the last 3 out of 4 major PPV’s and he is still over. How huge is that? Maybe that doesn't mean much for the average wrestling fan, but that is a big accomplishment.
Consequently, the evil genius and his beast incarnate were victorious last night in dramatic fashion. Punk may be hurt, but the standing ovation he received after the fight told a story of perseverance, heart and toughness.