WWE Royal Rumble 2012: The Voices, CM Punk and Chris Jericho

Chris Petlak@chrispetlakContributor IIIJanuary 19, 2012

CM Punk has been referred to recently as "The Voice of the Voiceless", and now Chris Jericho has returned as "The Man Without a Voice".

Is this a coincidence or is the WWE just that smart?

CM Punk will say anything he wants—to anyone he wants—whenever he wants to say it. That used to be Chris Jericho's job.

When Punk first won the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank in his hometown of Chicago, he was catapulted into stardom that he'd never known. The WWE made their investment in him.

The Second City Saviour returned to RAW two weeks later with a new entrance song (nice choice), new swagger and a new t-shirt.

What's unique about that t-shirt? The back read "The Best In the World".

For those taking notes, Y2J has long regarded himself as "The Best in the World at What I Do."

The tweets started to fly, mostly from @IAmJericho. Okay—all from Jericho. He called Punk out on copying him and not doing anything new.

Then the rumors and predictions started swirling.

Would Jericho return?

Will he come after Punk?

Will they battle at Wrestlemania?

Flash forward to three weeks ago on Monday Night Raw and welcome back to the WWE—Chris Jericho.

While CM Punk continues to run his mouth to John Laurinaitis (which is fantastic) and says things to get the crowd screaming, Jericho simply walks into the ring, smiles and walks out.

While it didn't seem that Jericho was targeting anyone on Monday's RAW, after being tagged in by a desperate Punk, Jericho circled the ring, saluted the crowd and walked out.

"The Man Without a Voice" abandoned "The Voice of the Voiceless".

Well done, WWE. Don't mess this one up.

Let Jericho and Punk fuel the flames in this potentially fantastic feud at The Royal Rumble and let's hope it all comes to a breaking point at Wrestlemania.

CM Punk is at the top of his wrestling game and Chris Jericho is a future Hall of Fame inductee. 

Punk and Y2J are both "The Best in the World", but the possibilities of this feud between them could be legendary.