Handicap Elimination Match – No Disqualification Match
CM Punk vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman
The bell rings. Both CM Punk and Curtis Axel are starting with a kendo stick. Axel gets in a quick shot. Punk responds with a big shot to the body and back. Heyman is observing from ringside. Punk chokes Axel with a kendo stick and connects with a russian leg sweep. Punk jumps through the ropes and takes out Heyman at ringside. Punk grabs JBL’s hat and gives a “tip of the hat” to a smiling JBL. Punk tosses Heyman in the ring and grabs a kendo stick. Axel with a low blow to Punk that is legal with the stipulation. Axel with two big shots to the head/shoulder of Punk using a kendo stick. Heyman laughs at ringside and yells, “I believe in you!” Axel grabs a steel chair and Punk with body kicks to force Axel to drop it. Punk grabs the steel chair and Axel drops Punk with a big dropkick. We see a shot of Heyman jumping up and down firing himself up at ringside smiling. Axel puts the chair between the top and middle turnbuckle in the ropes in the corner. Punk with chops to Axel. Axel with a big blow to the back of the head that drops Punk. Axel grabs a table and gets a big reaction from the crowd in Detroit. Axel props the table up in the corner. Axel attempts a suplex on Punk through the table. Punk blocks. Punk attempts a suplex on Axel through the table. Axel blocks and then gives Punk a suplex the other way. Axel keeps Punk grounded with a headlock. Punk fights out and sends Axel shoulder first into the steel chair setup in the corner earlier in the match.
Axel grabs a kendo stick and starts cracking it over the back of Punk repeatedly. Axel hooks the leg and Punk kicks out after two. Punk is yelling out in pain and slapping the mat. Axel counters a GTS attempt. Punk cracks a kendo stick across the gut of Axel. Punk connects with a GTS. Punk locks the Anaconda Vice on Axel. Axel taps out.
Curtis Axel has been eliminated.
Paul Heyman has a shocked look on his face and starts running away. Punk chases Heyman around the arena. Heyman slides in the ring and Punk catches up with him pulling back on his face using Heyman’s nostrils. Punk has a kendo stick and picks up Heyman. Heyman is begging Punk to not hit him and hugs Punk. Punk pushes Heyman away, hits him in the gut with the kendo stick and then starts cracking it over his back. Heyman is crawling around the ring screaming, “Oh my god! That hurts! Oh my god!” Punk then removes handcuffs he had in his wrestling boots. Punk puts Heyman’s hands behind his back and handcuffs him. Punk yells, “You did this to yourself!” Heyman is yelling that he is tapping as he taps his boot on the mat. Punk cracks a kendo stick over the ankle of Heyman and then over his back. Heyman screams, “Oh my god! Are you crazy!?” Punk puts Heyman on his back and starts cracking the kendo stick over his stomach repeatedly. Heyman is screaming he is tapping. Punk leans down and says, “I broke your heart? Now I’m going to break your face!” Punk backs up when Ryback hits the ring, lifts up Punk and drives him through the table that was propped up in the corner. Ryback grabs the handcuffed Heyman, puts him over Punk and the referee counts the pinfall.
Winner: Paul Heyman
After the match, Ryback puts Paul Heyman on his shoulder and heads to the back. We see a replay of the finish of Ryback attacking Punk. Back live, we see a shot of Punk recovering after being put through the table. Punk has a cut on his back from going through the table. He fights off WWE medical staff that try to check on him.
A promo for WWE Battleground on October 6 airs.
We hear from the Night of Champions panel.