The first match at the Extreme Rules PPV was a Last Man Standing Match (Randy Orton vs. CM Punk). Rumors about CM Punk’s status in the WWE have been swirling as of late, and hopefully it didn’t have an impact on the booking of this match. However, this was a grueling matching between Punk and Orton. The Unknown Raw General Manger wanted CM Punk and Orton to settle their differences one on one, so he banned the “New Nexus” from ringside. The New Nexus had intentions of being in Cm Punk’s corner.
CM Punk had also removed the padding on one of the turnbuckles, leaving it exposed. CM Punk seemed to have so much momentum in the early going of the matchup. He used a kendo stick on Orton, but it failed several times to keep Orton down for a ten count. CM Punk even catapulted Randy Orton into the exposed turnbuckle, but it wasn’t enough for a ten count. Orton battled back by slamming CM Punk headfirst into a chair that was propped in one of the turnbuckles. (Both guys may be fined by the WWE).
The match moved to the outside of the ring and Orton’s attacks were devious as usual. Randy Orton grabbed CM Punk and threw him against the barricade, and then he threw him against the ring. Orton did this tactic over and over again, and finally he power slammed CM Punk. The crowd loved this maneuver and CM Punk’s back had to be injured after this maneuver. Surprisingly, CM Punk was able to get back on his feet to beat the ten count. Afterward Punk got back up, each guy landed a decent attack on each other, both guys were able to beat the ten count. The match moved back to inside the ring. As soon as the action begin back in the ring, Orton went for the “RKO.” Orton failed at landing his finisher, but CM Punk was able to land his “GTS” finisher instead. The crowd assumed that Randy was not going to make the ten count. Randy beat the ten count, and Punk performed the “Russian Leg Sweep” to Orton on top of a chair in the ring. With the help of the ropes, Orton beat the ten count. Orton finally got some redemption when he countered CM Punk with a thunderous “RKO” as CM Punk was attempting another maneuver. CM Punk made it to his feet before the ten count, but fell out the ring.
Once again, the match moved outside the ring and both guys landed some great attacks on each other, but they both were able to get up before the ten count. CM Punk was angry because Orton beat the ten count, so Punk grabbed a chair. He put the opened the chair, and put the chair around Orton’s throat, and threw him into the ring post that was near. It was the most dangerous attack in the match, and easily could have ended Orton’s career. Amazingly, Orton got to his feet before the referee got to the count of ten! Next, CM Punk attempted to land a “GTS” through the announcement table, but Orton landed a “RKO” instead. Despite the “RKO” on the announcement table, the table didn’t crumple at all. CM Punk beat the count, and climbed off the table near some steel steps to rest, which resulted in the ref counting again. Orton noticed how he was positioned, and thought about punting him. The crowd urged him to, but it resulted in CM Punk countering him and Orton landed face first on the steel steps.
Randy Orton beat the ten count once again after the steel steps attack, and Punk placed him back in the ring. CM Punk could barely walk, so he grabbed a kendo stick and used it as a cane to get back inside the ring. CM Punk used the kendo stick to climb to the top rope, but Orton began to land thunderous shots on CM Punk’s back with a kendo stick. Randy Orton climbed to the top turnbuckle, where CM Punk already was. Orton landed a thunderous “RKO” from the top rope to win the “Last Man Standing Match” against CM Punk.
Source: WWE Extreme Rules On PPV