Paul Heyman & Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel def. CM Punk (No Disqualification Handicap Elimination Match)

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September 15, 2013

Punk briefly got his hands on Heyman before the Extreme mastermind was able to escape out of the squared circle thanks to low blow from the Intercontinental Champion. Axel nailed a vicious kendo stick shot to Punk’s clavicle, allowing the son of Mr. Perfect to score a near fall and prepare a table in a corner of the ring. As the talented titleholder unleashed an offense reminiscent of both his father and grandfather – Larry “The Axe” Hennig” – the wily adviser at ringside continued to shout, “I believe in you!” at his protégé.

Attempts by both men to execute a suplex through the table were unsuccessful, which led into a familiar offensive sequence by Punk, including a high knee and intense clothesline. With Axel on the floor at ringside, the Chicago native dove through the ropes onto his rival, but was met with the cold, hard steel of a chair.

Back in the ring, each competitor traded shots with the kendo stick. In what was beginning to resemble a match featuring one of Heyman’s original “Guys,” The Sandman, Punk finally nailed a vicious enough strike to take complete control. The Voice of the Voiceless hoisted the exhausted Axel onto his shoulders and sent him to the mat with a rattling GTS. Punk locked in the Anaconda Vise for the submission, and  kept the hold applied after the bell to guarantee to further involvement from Axel.

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