Wrestlemania XXVIII Thoughts – CM Punk vs Chris Jericho
One thing I want to point out right away is how difficult it seems to be to order Wrestlemania. I usually go see the PPVs in the local theater in Halifax, but they’ve yet to release tickets for the event, which is odd with less than a month to go. Also, I looked into ordering the online PPV and hooking that to the big screen, but WWE.com has yet to offer that. When logging into the Online PPV, it still shows Elimination Chamber as what’s available. Now, this could be a Canada based issue, though I know I’ve ordered online PPVs through WWE.com before (Survivor Series 2006 being the most recent). Odd, as I’m looking to actually pay for the PPV, but it seems harder to do than I expected. KWANG THE WEEKLY
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This feud took a little too long to get going. To think that Jericho seems to have been brought back for the sole purpose of working with Punk, and made that return in early January… it really only came together last week on Raw. It’s an odd position for this match up to be put together as obviously WWE is concentrating 50% of their Wrestlemania hype on the Cena/Rock match, and HHH/Taker. This isn’t a commentary on whether these guys deserve more attention or not, as I think that’s not much of an issue. But the fact is that since January, WWE have put lots of TV time towards Jericho and Punk, yet nothing really happened.
Let’s put this in perspective: If you think of the talents presented by Chris Jericho and CM Punk, you realize that these guys can handle all sorts of segments, matches, interviews, or promos. They have the mic skills, in ring skills, charisma, and general versatility to be able to move this feud forward in so many ways. Instead, they pushed this in such a plastic cookie-cutter format, and not using their talents well whatsoever. Jericho was mute for 3-4 weeks, and then made the return a waste by not following through with the tease leading up to it. CM Punk wasn’t targeted at the time, so he didn’t really aim his pipe bombs in Jericho’s vicinity. It was actually only 2 weeks before the Elimination Chamber when Chris finally vented against CM Punk’s recent rise to the top, which only made that match all the more predictable.
It’s been a rather lame feud. Until last Monday. They finally had a war of words which might have been the best mic work performed in WWE in 2012. It was significantly better than the disgusting amount of time wasted on Undertaker and HHH to say the same thing 84 times, while it was only a smidgen better than Cena and Rock (though not as powerful since those 2 have more spotlight). I was hoping that the fact that Raw started with their confrontation would continue momentum into last night’s Raw, but instead we had a tag match that really didn’t carry over too much. They did deliver a tremendous match, and Jericho did get the pinfall. But Wrestlemania Title matches, no matter how over shadowed by other legends, don’t really revolve around small package victories on free TV.
So it has been a let down. There might be 3 more Raws to progress further, but this has been built like a midcard match, and it’s disappointing.
I don’t think they should have too much interaction on the microphone anymore, even though that’s their specialty. The reason is what the top 2 main events can’t be progressed with matches, so you might as well do it here. I just wish they could escalate it somehow. The Raw tag match should have been more of a main event, even if only on Smackdown. Just think of what WWE could push if they could incorporate Rock and Cena into it, making it a 6 man tag, or a 4-on-4 match including Taker and HHH. This is the type of rub that would service both the World and WWE title match participants. Let the youth carry the action, and let them finish the match, but let the star power elevate the drama. Imagine the magnitude of a Cena/Rock/Punk/Sheamus vs HHH/Taker/Jericho/Bryan match main eventing Raw, and Rock blasting Cena behind the head, leading to Daniel Bryan pinning Cena. Or any other combination. My personal dream would be for Taker to nail HHH somehow, leading to Punk pinning the Game.
Never happen, obviously. But it wouldn’t hurt anyone involved at all. Only benefit the next generation, which should end goal, shouldn’t it?
No matter what happens leading into Mania, it’ll come down to the performance, and how Punk looks coming out of the angle. The spotlight might be on Cena, Rock, Jericho, Taker, and HHH, but WWE needs to put notice on the new stars. This should mean Punk (and other future stars) should be working with the elite, and looking good coming out of it. They don’t have to win, but look good. HHH going the distance with Ziggler at Summerslam, only to win with a sledgehammer shot would do more than anything else Dolph has done so far. If the World and WWE title matches at Mania are an indicator, I hope we see Rock, HHH, and Taker take on someone outside their elite circle after April 1st. If not, WWE might never grow again.
And on that note, peace out.
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