WrestleMania 28: Why CM Punk and Chris Jericho Will Steal the Show

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

As most WWE fans know, WrestleMania 28 is less than one month away.

The headliner is of course the "dream match" between The Rock and John Cena. However, it's another bout that could be the most remembered.

This WrestleMania could be like WrestleMania III, when Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant was the match everyone wanted to see, but Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat was the one that almost stole all of the thunder.

Chris Jericho and CM Punk have been engaging in the kind of angle that it seems we rarely see these days in professional wrestling.

Two men consider themselves to be the best wrestler in the world but, of course, only one of the those men is the world champion. The best way to end the argument is to settle it in the ring.

It's a simple, yet effective angle. There's no outside drama or theatrics. It's just two guys who want to face off and see who is better.

Jericho and Punk have played so well off each other in the past month or so.

It has essentially been a forgone conclusion since Jericho's return that the two would meet in Miami, but to see the way it executed has been wonderful.

Jericho is, and always has been, gold on the mic. He's been incredibly effective and believable in his contempt of Punk and his perceived theft of everything that Jericho has done prior.

The buildup wouldn't be anywhere near as effective if Punk was able to hold his own either.

Then there's the in-ring ability that both men possess.

When you look at the card for WrestleMania so far, there are plenty of big matches. Along with Cena/Rock, you have Triple H vs. the Undertaker, Cody Rhodes vs. the Big Show and Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus.

The card is absolutely stacked at the top, but none of those matches have as much capability to provide a great technical contest as Punk/Jericho does.

While it's arguable as to whether either of the men are really the best in the world, there's no debate about their in-ring ability.

Undertaker and Triple H could be a classic, but you have to wonder how much Undertaker will be able to do. He's had a year off, but his health has really deteriorated over the last couple of years.

The Rock vs. Cena is really just for the spectacle. It will probably be a lot like The Rock's match with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X8.

Although there are so many big matches on the card, WWE has really been giving this angle a lot of television time, so it's fair to say the match should be given a lot of time on the pay-per-view.

Rock/Cena will get the headlines at WrestleMania 28, but it will be Punk/Jericho that could make this one of the best ever.