WATCH: When CM Punk and Brock Lesnar Battled in a ‘Beast v. Best’ Showdown at WWE SummerSlam 2013

Published 08/16/2021, 8:00 AM EDT


CM Punk is one of the most talked-about names in professional wrestling today. As everyone awaits his return to the wrestling business, we have a great encounter of his against Brock Lesnar to discuss today.

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The Summer of 2013 started rather shockingly for CM Punk. Punk was having the best years of his career, highlighted by a 434-day long reign as WWE Champion. During his reign, he had become the best heel in the business. Him being paired with Paul Heyman resulted in WWE keeping every storyline fresh and getting the babyface over. However, the friendship ended as Heyman cost Punk a shot at the MITB contract. To keep him from taking revenge, Heyman brought back his most infamous client.

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What made CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar special?

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: CM Punk attends the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

Punk at that point was one of the most reliable wrestlers WWE has at their disposal, which is why it made perfect sense for them to put Brock in the mix. Brock is a natural athlete who had a successful first stint at WWE, and subsequently got mainstream attention for his exploits in UFC. It was a perfect David v. Goliath match wherein to get to Heyman, Punk had to face a beast.

What makes this match even more special is the rare instance where Brock worked a long drawn 27-minute match. A very important fact is that Brock was yet to be booked to break the streak. We could attribute his initial dominant streak to this match.

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How is this match still relevant??

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: WWE champion Brock Lesnar speaks during a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesnar will face former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will take on heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

They say Punk is to make his highly expected return soon. Brock’s contractual situation is equally intriguing. Both of them can draw massive crowds and made a ton of money for the WWE. While shortly after his win over Punk, Brock became the beast to be slain in WWE. Punk through his own antics is one of the most polarising figures of the business.

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Fans remember the match as one which sealed both their statuses as legit stars, even without a championship on the line. The show belonged to Punk and Lesnar.

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