Punk attempted a Go To Sleep twice but Bryan countered each time.
Bryan applied a surfboard but Punk escaped by using the kendo stick.
In his reign as WWE Champion, he had successfully defended his title against several contenders, and had defeated Bryan in several pay-per-views, the last one also involving Kane.
At the same time, Bryan's ex-girlfriend AJ had taken a liking towards Punk and Kane and had also rekindled her interest in Bryan, but Punk and Kane believed that she was unstable due to Bryan breaking up with AJ.
WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-truth were at ringside providing commentary for the match. In the fourth match, CM Punk defended the WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan in a no-disqualification match with AJ serving as the special guest referee.