We go backstage with Wade Barrett talking to Matt Striker about winning earlier. The Miz and R-Truth walk up and ask, really? Barrett gets some words in and walks off. Truth rants about John Cena and The Rock getting all the attention. Miz calls Rock and Cena a load of crap. Truth says crap is crap and tonight, crap gone get got before they walk off.
Justin Roberts gives a shout-out to the National Guardsmen in the crowd, which gets a big USA chant from the crowd. We go to a video package for tonight’s WWE Title match featuring CM Punk vs Alberto Del Rio. That match is next.
WWE Title Match: CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio driving into the arena as Ricardo Rodriguez begins his introduction. The crowd starts chanting for CM Punk before Del Rio’s music even stops. Roberts introduces Punk’s personal ring announcer and out comes WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel to a big pop. The Fink at MSG in 2011 is a big deal as the crowd chants his name when he comes out. Fink introduces CM Punk and out he comes to a big pop from New York City.
Punk enters the ring and the crowd chants his name. The bell rings and here we go. A “we want ice cream” chant breaks out. They lock up and go to the ropes. They break and the Punk chants start up again. Punk goes for a quick pin attempt on Del Rio. They lock up again and Del Rio with a headlock takedown. Del Rio knocks Punk down with a shoulder. Punk leap drogs and arm drags Del Rio into an armbar on the mat. More back and forth, and another quick pin attempt by Punk. Del Rio escapes to the floor to talk with Ricardo. Del Rio takes Punk back to the corner before having to back off. Del Rio charges and Punk moves. Punk stomps Del Rio down in the corner. Punk whips Del Rio across the ring and hip tosses him. Punk with a dropkick and Del Rio goes back to the floor.
Punk runs and suicide dives through the ropes, taking out Del Rio. Punk brings him back in the ring and climbs to the top. Punk hits a crossbody from the top for a 2 count. Del Rio counters and throws Punk into the ropes. Del Rio unloads with right hands. Ricardo smacks Punk while the referee isn’t looking. This angers Punk. Punk chases Ricardo around the ring. Del Rio dropkicks Punk through the ropes as he chases Ricardo. Del works Punk over on the floor and slams his arm into the steel steps. Del Rio brings it back in the ring and goes to the top. He comes off the top with a double ax handle for 2. More back and forth. Punk goes for the GTS but Del Rio slides out and drops Punk by his arm. 2 count for Del Rio. Del Rio drops knees and stomps away on Punk’s arm before covering for another 2 count.
Del Rio continues the assault on Punk’s arm and climbs to the top. Del Rio comes back down with another big blow for another 2 count. Del Rio with a big kick. Del Rio runs the ropes but Punk moves and Del Rio lands outside of the ring. Punk comes back in and when Del Rio charges, Punk drops him with a kick. They get to their feet and trade right hands in the middle of the ring. Punk gets the upperhand and drops Del Rio with a kick to the face. More offense from Punk and a neckbreaker for 2. Punk keeps control and hits the bulldog for another close 2 count. Punk goes for GTS again but Del Rio counters and drops Punk over his knees for a 2 count. Punk rolls Del Rio up for 2. Punk goes for the knee in the corner but Del Rio counters with a kick to the head for yet another near fall.
Del Rio drops Punk again but can’t get the pin. Del Rio takes Punk to the top for a superplex but Punk fights him off. Punk headbutts Del Rio to the mat and goes for the big elbow drop but Del Rio knocks him down. Del Rio with a big kick to Punk’s hurt arm. Del Rio charges in the corner but Punk moves and he hits the ring post. Punk climbs back up and comes crashing down with the big elbow drop. Del Rio kicks out at 2 and another “Randy Savage” chant starts up. Punk calls for GTS but Del Rio fights out of it again. Punk blocks the armbreaker but Del Rio ducks a kick. Del Rio locks the cross armbreaker on as the referee checks on Punk and the crowd chants his name.
Punk makes it to the ropes with his feet and breaks the hold. Del Rio charges but Punk goes for GTS. Del Rio slides out and shoves Punk into Ricardo on the apron. Punk blocks again and rolls Del Rio up for a close 2 count. Punk kicks Del Rio in the head and lays him out but he still kicks out at 2. Punk locks the Anaconda Vice as the crowd goes nuts. Del Rio claws at Punk’s eye but he won’t break the hold. Del Rio taps out to end the match.
Winner and New WWE Champion: CM Punk
– Punk takes his WWE Title into the crowd to celebrate as Cult of Personality plays. Punk runs to the other side of the ring and leaps into the crowd as they celebrate with him. Punk takes his celebration back to the ring for a minute before heading to the back.
– We get hype for Steve Austin’s new DVD and a nice video package looking at The Rock’s WWE career and his return to the ring tonight.
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