The most controversial nights in the WWE Championship's history

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April 22, 2013

CM Punk wins the WWE Title hours before his contract expires

The WWE Universe was on edge from the moment they learned CM Punk’s contract would expire a few hours after his WWE Title showdown with champion John Cena at Money in the Bank 2011. Would CM Punk be able to walk away from the company with its top prize? As it turned out, yes. The Second City Saint bolted into the crowd of Chicago’s Allstate Arena, the WWE Title in his hands.

Watch the full CM Punk vs. John Cena match from Money in the Bank 2011

With Punk no longer part of WWE, officials held a tournament for the seemingly vacated title, won on Raw eight days later by Rey Mysterio. Cena unseated The Master of the 619 that same night, only for controversy to break out again when Punk returned with his own WWE Championship still around his waist.

The two Superstars continued claiming WWE’s top spot until they squared off for the undisputed championship at SummerSlam. Punk bested Cena, only to be dethroned immediately afterward by Money in the Bank winner Alberto Del Rio, proving that no champion can ever rest easy.

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