CM Punk def. Umaga (Samoan Strap Match)

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June 07, 2009

NEW ORLEANS -- CM Punk overcame the odds stacked against him at Extreme Rules, defeating Umaga at his own game -- a Samoan Strap Match. While Mr. Money in the Bank was strapped to the 350-pound brute Sunday night, he amazingly dragged his opponent to three corners of the ring, hit him with a Go To Sleep, then hit the last ringpost in succession for the victory. (PHOTOS | WATCH: POST-MATCH EXCLUSIVE) Later that night, Punk's night only got better as he went on to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the World Heavyweight Championship. (MORE)

Umaga had been the thorn in the Straightedge Superstar's side for more than a month. Not only has The Samoan Bulldozer thwarted several of Punk's attempts to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase on SmackDown, he brutally defeated him at Judgment Day.

But their last meeting before Extreme Rules foretold the future, and it certainly looked bright for Punk. Friday on SmackDown, Punk defeated Umaga after hitting him with an astounding Go To Sleep, just as he did at Extreme Rules. It was a feat that some thought was impossible, but not to Mr. Money in the Bank.

Now that Umaga was beat at his own game by Punk, will The Samoan Bulldozer move on to another target, or will he try to torment Mr. Money in Bank again? And now that has Punk earned a giant victory over one of his biggest opponents to date, will anyone be able to stop The Straightedge Superstar?

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