This story started almost one year ago when The Rock beat John Cena at Wrestlemania and the next night said he was awarded a WWE Championship match. He said he would cash it in at The Royal Rumble, and when that rolled around, CM Punk was celebrating the longest title reign since Hulk Hogan held the belt in the '80s.
The Rock beat CM Punk for the title in controversial fashion when Vince McMahon came out and re-started the match after Punk cheated to win. The Rock almost immediately took control, hit the People's Elbow, and won the match and the title.
This is CM Punk's rematch.
The two men fought pretty evenly through much of the match. A nice spot occurred when CM Punk dismantled the Spanish announcer's table and then hit the Rock Bottom on The Rock onto the table, but it didn't break. Rock almost got counted out after that, but made it back by nine.
Later in the match, The Rock actually hit the Rock Bottom on Punk but he kicked out of the pin attempt. After this, The Rock accidentally knocks out the referee, which could be cause for a DQ and the loss of the title for The Rock. CM Punk hit the GTS, but there is no referee to count the pin.
Punk tried a second GTS but Rock reversed and hit the People's Elbow. A second referee runs in but Punk kicks out of that as well. As they tried to get back to their feet, Punk accidentally rolled the second referee's ankle, taking him out. Paul Heyman then jumped onto the apron and held Rock, but when Punk went to hit him, Rock moved and Punk took out Heyman.
The Rock then hit the Rock Bottom and a third referee ran in and counted the three count, helping The Rock hold on to his WWE Championship.
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