CM Punk def. Chris Jericho

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June 16, 2013

The long layoff seemed to have left Punk (sporting Wolverine mutton chops and Chicago Blackhawks-hued trunks) worse for wear in the beginning. Jericho took advantage of Punk’s seemingly slowed reflexes to keep the Chicago-made grappler on his heels, hauling him through the ropes and leaving him splayed on the outside for minutes on end.

Playlist: Punk & Jericho's classic clashes

With Punk’s wind slower than usual, the former WWE Champion turned instead to his extensive arsenal of holds to keep Jericho at bay, but The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla was simply more conditioned than his challenger and turned Punk into his personal punching bag as a result. For all Punk’s looming presence in Chicago, it seemed as though the sabbatical would allow Y2J to send Punk the way of deposed World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler in short order.

Things became so dire for The Straight Edge Superstar that Paul Heyman attempted to insert himself into the action. But the mad scientist’s presence seemed to throw Punk off more than anything, giving Jericho the opportunity to reverse a brief Punk comeback into another beatdown, while Heyman slunk slowly back to his post at ringside, both chastised and somewhat uncomfortable by the unfortunate turn of events for his client.

More on that later, though.

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