When CM Punk steps into the ring to fight Paul Heyman client Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, he will face a Superstar who, in Punk’s words, is “a monster." As Heyman revealed in the SummerSlam Kickoff, this bout will be No Disqualification, meaning this collision will be even more vicious than before.

Against The Anomaly, The Straight Edge Superstar will have a near 50-pound weight disadvantage, as well as a reach disadvantage, never mind an obvious shortcoming in the strength department. Depending on how well he recovers from Lesnar’s savage attack on the July 15 edition of Raw — an incident that resulted in whiplash and strained knee and ankle ligaments for Punk — The Voice of the Voiceless may well be competing at less-than-peak form against an athletic abnormality who wrestles a part-time schedule.

But one factor that will not work against Punk when he arrives at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center is fear. The Straight Edge Superstar concedes that Lesnar is every bit The Beast Incarnate that Heyman makes him out to be, but according to Punk, beasts like Lesnar exist for only one reason: to be slayed.

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Punk has vowed to remove any obstacle between himself and the man who double-crossed him, Heyman. Motivated not only by the sting of betrayal, but also the uncomfortably personal remarks spouted by WWE’s extreme strategist, The Best in the World will likely need every ounce of fearlessness if he hopes to topple the biggest obstacle of them all in Lesnar.

The scene on July 15’s Raw did little to instill confidence in Punk supporters. Made to look like a courageous but overwhelmed civilian by The Anomaly, The Straight Edge Superstar, still reeling from the Money in the Bank All-Stars Ladder Match the night before, displayed plenty of heart in the encounter, repeatedly pulling himself up by the bootstraps and reengaging in battle. Yet, when the dust settled, Lesnar appeared to have won the dust-up handily.

Punk insists the results will be different at SummerSlam. As unforgiving as Lesnar has proven to be, The Best in the World may be even more unrelenting. The Beast took the first several rounds of battle with relative ease, but with the war set to culminate at SummerSlam — inside the domain where Punk feels most at home, the squared circle — Lesnar’s victory is far from a fait accompli.

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Adding in the deeply personal overtones of the Heyman-Punk rivalry, there is reason to believe the fearless and untiring Straight Edge Superstar will stop at nothing to gain the win. Whether or not The Beast Incarnate can actually be slayed, however, might be a different story altogether.

Find out what happens when The Best takes on The Beast at SummerSlam, live on pay-per-view on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Brock Lesnar def. CM Punk (No Disqualification Match)

LOS ANGELES — ”The Best” had “The Beast” beat.

Blinded by rage, CM Punk succeeded in getting his hands on Paul Heyman at SummerSlam, but his vengeance came at a price — in this case, at the sacrifice of victory against Brock Lesnar.

View the carnage of "The Best vs. The Beast" |  Watch Punk interview

After going to hell and back with The Anomaly in a No Disqualification Match that lived up to its grandiose “Best vs. The Beast” billing in every way, Punk fell prey to a vicious F-5 onto a steel chair, a brutal impact that interrupted The Best in the World’s attempt to make Heyman squeel in pain.

The bout was nothing short of remarkable, a supremely barbaric affair that ravaged the ringside area and left the sold-out STAPLES Center breathless. The addition of the No Disqualification stipulation, agreed to by both individuals, was proposed by Heyman and revealed on the Kickoff event immediately preceding the pay-per-view broadcast. Ultimately, the eleventh-hour curveball was perhaps  Punk’s undoing, as Heyman repeatedly broke up pin and submission attempts that appeared seconds away from doing the unthinkable: slaying The Beast Incarnate.

The action started at a breakneck pace, with Lesnar outmuscling his smaller foe and focusing his punishing offense on Punk’s ribs, not yet completely healed from The Beast’s attack on Raw weeks ago. Despite speculation among certain segments of the WWE Universe that Punk would be wholly overmatched, however, The Best in the World proved completely fearless, and his never-say-die spirit, galvanized by the decidedly pro-Punk fans in attendance, allowed him to survive maneuvers that would have undoubtedly downed most Superstars.

Lesnar tossed Punk onto tables, slammed his body with a steel chair and rocketed him overhead with a belly-to-belly suplex on the floor. The farm-strong Lesnar placed a table cover over a prone Punk and leapt on him. A lariat that landed on Punk’s jaw and neckline prompted Michael Cole to describe the scene as a “sickening assault.”

Brock Lesnar def. CM Punk (No Disqualification Match)

Still, Punk would not give in. Even when Lesnar clamped on his Kimura Lock, the same maneuver that has broken the arms of Triple H and Shawn Michaels, The Straight Edge Superstar not only avoided submitting, but even reversed the hold into a cross-armbreaker and eventually a triangle hold that nearly made the big man tap.

At ringside, Heyman alternated between mockingly imploring Punk to “stay down” and encouraging Lesnar to “punish him.” It was more than Heyman’s taunting, however, that led to Punk’s downfall.  After Punk connected with the Go To Sleep, Heyman broke up the pinfall. The Best in the World got even, punching Heyman and even slapping on the Anaconda Vise, but the brief and sweet moment of retribution was halted by the wallop of chair strikes from Lesnar.

With the upper hand, Lesnar dropped Punk with the match-ending F-5 onto a chair, some 25 minutes after the opening bell.

Before SummerSlam, Heyman had dismissed comparisons of “The Best vs. The Beast” to the tale of David and Goliath, labeling it “preposterous.” And Heyman was correct in saying the analogy was off-point; Goliath didn’t have a scheming, vindictive strategist in his corner.

Despite the loss, Punk’s effort was more than appreciated by the STAPLES Center crowd, which loudly chanted his name as he limped back up the ramp.

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When CM Punk steps into the ring to fight Paul Heyman client Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, he will face a Superstar who, in Punk’s words, is “a monster." As Heyman revealed in the SummerSlam Kickoff, this bout will be No Disqualification, meaning this collision will be even more vicious than before.

Against The Anomaly, The Straight Edge Superstar will have a near 50-pound weight disadvantage, as well as a reach disadvantage, never mind an obvious shortcoming in the strength department. Depending on how well he recovers from Lesnar’s savage attack on the July 15 edition of Raw — an incident that resulted in whiplash and strained knee and ankle ligaments for Punk — The Voice of the Voiceless may well be competing at less-than-peak form against an athletic abnormality who wrestles a part-time schedule.

But one factor that will not work against Punk when he arrives at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center is fear. The Straight Edge Superstar concedes that Lesnar is every bit The Beast Incarnate that Heyman makes him out to be, but according to Punk, beasts like Lesnar exist for only one reason: to be slayed.

Enter Brock's world of hurt |  Watch the rise of CM Punk

Punk has vowed to remove any obstacle between himself and the man who double-crossed him, Heyman. Motivated not only by the sting of betrayal, but also the uncomfortably personal remarks spouted by WWE’s extreme strategist, The Best in the World will likely need every ounce of fearlessness if he hopes to topple the biggest obstacle of them all in Lesnar.

The scene on July 15’s Raw did little to instill confidence in Punk supporters. Made to look like a courageous but overwhelmed civilian by The Anomaly, The Straight Edge Superstar, still reeling from the Money in the Bank All-Stars Ladder Match the night before, displayed plenty of heart in the encounter, repeatedly pulling himself up by the bootstraps and reengaging in battle. Yet, when the dust settled, Lesnar appeared to have won the dust-up handily.

Punk insists the results will be different at SummerSlam. As unforgiving as Lesnar has proven to be, The Best in the World may be even more unrelenting. The Beast took the first several rounds of battle with relative ease, but with the war set to culminate at SummerSlam — inside the domain where Punk feels most at home, the squared circle — Lesnar’s victory is far from a fait accompli.

See photos of the July 15 beatdown |  Heyman betrays Punk in All-Stars Match

Adding in the deeply personal overtones of the Heyman-Punk rivalry, there is reason to believe the fearless and untiring Straight Edge Superstar will stop at nothing to gain the win. Whether or not The Beast Incarnate can actually be slayed, however, might be a different story altogether.

Find out what happens when The Best takes on The Beast at SummerSlam, live on pay-per-view on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Brock Lesnar def. CM Punk (No Disqualification Match)

LOS ANGELES — ”The Best” had “The Beast” beat.

Blinded by rage, CM Punk succeeded in getting his hands on Paul Heyman at SummerSlam, but his vengeance came at a price — in this case, at the sacrifice of victory against Brock Lesnar.

View the carnage of "The Best vs. The Beast" |  Watch Punk interview

After going to hell and back with The Anomaly in a No Disqualification Match that lived up to its grandiose “Best vs. The Beast” billing in every way, Punk fell prey to a vicious F-5 onto a steel chair, a brutal impact that interrupted The Best in the World’s attempt to make Heyman squeel in pain.

The bout was nothing short of remarkable, a supremely barbaric affair that ravaged the ringside area and left the sold-out STAPLES Center breathless. The addition of the No Disqualification stipulation, agreed to by both individuals, was proposed by Heyman and revealed on the Kickoff event immediately preceding the pay-per-view broadcast. Ultimately, the eleventh-hour curveball was perhaps  Punk’s undoing, as Heyman repeatedly broke up pin and submission attempts that appeared seconds away from doing the unthinkable: slaying The Beast Incarnate.

The action started at a breakneck pace, with Lesnar outmuscling his smaller foe and focusing his punishing offense on Punk’s ribs, not yet completely healed from The Beast’s attack on Raw weeks ago. Despite speculation among certain segments of the WWE Universe that Punk would be wholly overmatched, however, The Best in the World proved completely fearless, and his never-say-die spirit, galvanized by the decidedly pro-Punk fans in attendance, allowed him to survive maneuvers that would have undoubtedly downed most Superstars.

Lesnar tossed Punk onto tables, slammed his body with a steel chair and rocketed him overhead with a belly-to-belly suplex on the floor. The farm-strong Lesnar placed a table cover over a prone Punk and leapt on him. A lariat that landed on Punk’s jaw and neckline prompted Michael Cole to describe the scene as a “sickening assault.”

Brock Lesnar def. CM Punk (No Disqualification Match)

Still, Punk would not give in. Even when Lesnar clamped on his Kimura Lock, the same maneuver that has broken the arms of Triple H and Shawn Michaels, The Straight Edge Superstar not only avoided submitting, but even reversed the hold into a cross-armbreaker and eventually a triangle hold that nearly made the big man tap.

At ringside, Heyman alternated between mockingly imploring Punk to “stay down” and encouraging Lesnar to “punish him.” It was more than Heyman’s taunting, however, that led to Punk’s downfall.  After Punk connected with the Go To Sleep, Heyman broke up the pinfall. The Best in the World got even, punching Heyman and even slapping on the Anaconda Vise, but the brief and sweet moment of retribution was halted by the wallop of chair strikes from Lesnar.

With the upper hand, Lesnar dropped Punk with the match-ending F-5 onto a chair, some 25 minutes after the opening bell.

Before SummerSlam, Heyman had dismissed comparisons of “The Best vs. The Beast” to the tale of David and Goliath, labeling it “preposterous.” And Heyman was correct in saying the analogy was off-point; Goliath didn’t have a scheming, vindictive strategist in his corner.

Despite the loss, Punk’s effort was more than appreciated by the STAPLES Center crowd, which loudly chanted his name as he limped back up the ramp.