OVER THE LIMIT: CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan

May 20, 2012 - by Adam Martin

WWE Championship
CM Punk (c) vs. Daniel Bryan

Justin Roberts handles the ring introductions for the challenger Daniel Bryan and champion CM Punk. Lots of exchanges early on with Punk hitting a few kicks and Bryan executing a quick uppercut. Punk works over the knee of Bryan wrapped up in the middle rope. 50/50 crowd tonight in Raleigh. Punk works over the left knee of Bryan. Bryan with a flipping counter from the corner, but Punk throws a quick kick that drops Bryan. Bryan throws some sick looking elbows to the head of Punk when Punk grounded the action. Bryan sends Punk back first into the ring barricade. Bryan then drops Punk chest first over the barricade and follows with a kick to the head. Back in the ring, Bryan connects with a big missile dropkick on Punk. Bryan applies a seated abdominal stretch on Punk. Bryan catches Punk with a high knee and kick to the back. Bryan is back up top and connects with a flying headbutt. Bryan with a slight Camel Clutch applied to Punk wrenching back on the neck. Both Punk and Bryan collide after coming off the ropes. Punk with a heel kick and rolling neckbreaker on Bryan. Bryan catches Punk with a boot in the corner. Punk answers with a powerslam. Punk dumps Bryan over the top rope to the outside. Punk with a suicide dive through the ropes to take out Bryan. Bryan with big kicks to the chest of Punk. Punk with a Figure Four applied on Bryan. Punk and Bryan exchange slaps to the face with Punk keeping it locked in. Bryan catches Punk with a big kick to the head. Bryan is crotched on the top rope and Punk catches him with a clothesline. Kicks between both. Bryan counters a GTS into a close rollup. Punk with a kick to the head of Bryan. Bryan gets his foot on the bottom rope during the pinfall. Punk connects with a flying elbow from the top turnbuckle. Bryan with big knees to Punk. Bryan misses his corner charge, Punk witha high knee, Bryan counters a bulldog and applies the Yes Lock. Bryan pulls back hard as Punk screams out in pain. Punk forces himself back and Bryan is on his shoulders. The referee counts the pinfall. Punk taps out.

Winner and still WWE Champion: CM Punk

After the match, Daniel Bryan complains to the referee that CM Punk tapped out. We go to the replay and we see that Punk tapped out around a second after the pinfall was counted. Back live, Bryan is pointing to the screen screaming that Punk tapped. Punk is holding up the WWE Championship.

Backstage, Eve and David Otunga pass by a smiling Teddy Long. Long said he is looking forward to the main event tonight. Otunga said Long better not get his hopes up tonight.

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