Number 17: Champion vs. Champion Match CM Punk defeated Dolph Ziggler November 21, 2011
On the Nov. 21, 2011, episode of Raw, two of WWE’s brightest stars locked up in a memorable contest that became one of Raw’s best ever. WWE Champion CM Punk battled U.S. Champion Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match, but judging by the competitiveness of the contest, you wouldn’t even know the titles weren’t on the line.
Convinced that he was, in fact, the new face of WWE, Ziggler looked to knock Punk off as WWE’s top dog, but The Straight Edge Superstar wasn’t going down that easy. The fast-paced contest shifted momentum back and forth between the two Superstars, leaving the WWE Universe gasping for air with every near fall. As Ziggler appeared to have a clear edge over the WWE Champion, Punk caught the bleached blond off guard, and scored with a devastating Go To Sleep to secure a thrilling victory.