Beyond the match for the WWE championship between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, WWE was really putting a point of emphasis on the match between CM Punk and Ryback.
The feud between Punk and Ryback re-ignited at WWE Night of Champions. After eliminating Curtis Axel from his 2-on-1 handicap match, Punk seemingly had the opportunity to get his hands on Heyman. In that match, Punk proceeded to attack Heyman. The attack on Heyman by Punk lasted for several minutes before Ryback entered the ring. Ryback proceeded to attack Punk and give Heyman the victory.
Punk has spent the past three weeks cutting promos on how he will do whatever it takes to get his hands on Heyman including going through Ryback. Punk’s promos has led to several brawls between he and Ryback in anticipation to the match between the two on Sunday.
Entering the match, the plan was for Punk’s angle with Heyman to continue into November. So that gave some insight into what may happen in the match between Punk and Ryback.
The match began with both superstars showing off their strengths. Ryback was using his power to intimidate Punk while Punk was using all parts of his body as a weapon against Heyman’s newest guy. Punk proceeded to take early control of the match as he attacked Ryback outside of the ring. Punk drove Ryback into the ring-post before bringing him back in the ring.
Ryback then gained momentum of the match. After tossing Punk into the ring-post, Ryback continued to go on the offensive inside the ring. Ryback continued to toss Punk across the ring as he was in clear control of the match. Any attempt by Punk to gain control of the match would be thwarted by Ryback’s power.
Punk then used a ground attack to gain back control of the match. The momentum continued to shift in Punk’s favor as the superstar used a slew of elbows and kicks to weaken Ryback. Though a distraction caused by Heyman allowed for Ryback to regain the advantage.
After Ryback went for a second powerbomb, Punk managed to connect on a round-house kick. Punk proceeded to go to the top rope and successfully hit a diving elbow on Ryback. Ryback managed to kick out of Punk’s pin attempt. After Ryback countered Punk’s attempt at the GTS, the superstar once again was in control.
While the referee was distracted by Paul Heyman as he was about to hit Punk with a kendo stick, Punk kicked Ryback in the groin. That was enough to give Punk the victory.
While the expectation was for Punk to be victorious, the finish to the match appears to have been flawed. Ryback was in control for most of the match, seems unlikely that a low-blow would have crippled Ryback long-enough for Punk to get the victory.