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WWE Summerslam 2013 preview: Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk

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Former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar faces CM Punk in the co-main event of WWE's Summer Slam at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Tonight (Aug. 18, 2013), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) brings Summerslam to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on pay-per-view (PPV). The co-main event of the evening features former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar in a match with CM Punk.

After retiring from MMA following two consecutive losses at the hands of Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem, Lesnar entered into negotiations with the WWE. His return was a complete surprise when he showed up on the April 2, 2012, episode of Monday Night Raw to confront John Cena.

He was booked as a monster, but in his first match back, he lost cleanly to Cena at Extreme Rules. Jokes hit the Internet that Lesnar was on a three-fight losing streak. He bounced back with a win over HHH at SummerSlam last summer, winning with a kimura.

HHH got his revenge at Wrestlemania 29 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, finishing Lesnar with the aid of the steel steps. The two met for the third and final time at No Way Out, where Lesnar beat HHH with the aid of Paul Heyman, bringing his overall record to 2-2 since his return to professional record.

In terms of professional wrestling, Lesnar's latest run in the WWE has been pretty disappointing. His contract is for limited dates and after losing his return match against Cena, it's been a struggle to recreate that initial heat.

Tonight, Lesnar finds himself in the middle of a feud between CM Punk and Paul Heyman. The match has been building over the past few weeks on WWE television, with Lesnar and Punk having several very real and very physical scuffles, including one that resulted in Punk's chin being split open and needing several stitches.

The match is being built as "The Beast vs. The Best" and that's a good way to describe it. Punk is considered by many to be the best all-around wrestler in the promotion, while Lesnar's entire character focuses on his raw strength. This match has the potential to steal the show because of the physicality of the two performers.

This is by far one of the best Summer Slam cards, and one to check out. So be here tonight for live reactions and be sure to check out the play by play on Cage Side Seats and's coverage right here.