WWE.com's Top 25 matches of 2013

#1 CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar - No Disqualification Match (SummerSlam 2013)

In hindsight, it’s hard not to imagine CM Punk knew what he was getting into. Picking a fight with Brock Lesnar is like slaying a great white shark with a spork – just ain’t gonna happen. A No Disqualification stipulation should, conceivably, have evened the field, but Punk was still at what appeared to be an insurmountable disadvantage against Lesnar. Even with the burden of rules removed, there were really no two ways around it: The Best in the World was a dead man walking.

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Except, all of a sudden, he wasn’t. Punk didn’t beat The Anomaly, but he gave the former UFC Champion a run for his money, pulverizing Lesnar’s gargantuan form with every weapon he could get his hands on, and using Brock’s own Kimura Lock against him. If not for the timely interference of Paul Heyman, who always was Punk’s true target in the match, it’s entirely likely the bout would currently stand as WWE’s greatest upset.

The excitement of the WWE Universe built to a fever pitch as Punk chased the impossible dream; alas, it was not to be, and the monster prevailed in the end. There’s not a whole lot we can say on top of it, really. The match speaks for itself (though Heyman’s contributions certainly deserve their own essay). As far as a humble, succinct summary of what happened, though? Let’s go with “That was awesome” and leave it at that. – ANTHONY BENIGNO