There is a huge feud brewing in WWE right now, but the only way to keep it hot and fresh will be to have Chris Jericho leave the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view as WWE champion.
CM Punk has done an admirable job with the title for the last three months, but it is time for Jericho to claim what belongs to him. That is what he said on Raw last night, and it is hard to disagree with him.
We know that Jericho is going enter the Elimination Chamber match sixth thanks to his victory in the Six-Pack Challenge.
The best way to build off that particular stipulation would be to have Punk start the match, that way when Jericho enters, the babyface champion is already worn down from fighting for 20-25 minutes.
Then Jericho comes in and pounces on the weakened champion. The other participants in the match—Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, R-Truth and Kofi Kingston—are simply fillers to get us into the meat and potatoes of the story.
By having Punk and Jericho be the last two participants in the match, with Jericho prevailing, you set them up perfectly for a one-on-one match at WrestleMania.
Jericho will get more heat for taking advantage of a weakened Punk. He can cut promos for the next six weeks on television about how he truly is the Best in the World at What He Does since he beat the supposed Best in the World.
Punk will get even more sympathy as a babyface for making it all the way to the end of the Chamber match before finally succumbing to the dastardly Jericho. He can match Jericho on the mic, so the heat between these two will be off the charts.
If Punk just pins Jericho in this match, after Jericho had every advantage going into it, there will be no reason to see it at WrestleMania.
Normally, this is something that WWE botches horribly. Look at what happened with Jericho at the Royal Rumble for evidence of that.
But the last two Raw shows have done a good job of building the top matches for WrestleMania using logic that optimism is high right now.
Jericho needs to win this match—all the signs point to him winning this match—so let's hope that WWE does the right thing and puts him over CM Punk to win the championship in the Elimination Chamber.
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