CM Punk def. Chris Jericho

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June 16, 2013

CHICAGO – With all due respect to Kanye West, that’s how you have a Chi-town homecoming.

Windy City native and recently AWOL Superstar CM Punk made his grand return to the ring at WWE Payback, defeating Chris Jericho in a bout that had a solid chance of not happening at all after he seemingly walked out of WWE the night after WrestleMania. Punk’s absence left everyone with more questions than answers, but while the WWE Universe has certainly thought about him now and then, he showed little impetus of returning to the ring … until Payback unfolded in his hometown of Chicago.

Watch: Punk says goodbye | Jericho lays down a challenge

With his back to the wall, the former WWE Champion not only saved face for himself (not to mention Paul Heyman, who accepted Jericho’s challenge on the then-absent Punk’s behalf), but reasserted his dominance over Y2J and earned a fresh start following three heartbreaking losses, all in one fell swoop.

Photos: Punk-Jericho III

With that being said, it was hardly a cakewalk for the self-professed “Best in the World.”

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