WrestleMania 28: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho Will Outshine Cena vs. Rock

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIMarch 8, 2012

Photo Source: CMPunk.com
Photo Source: CMPunk.com

While John Cena vs. the Rock may well be the most hyped match in the history of the WWE, it will not be the best event on the card. Come to think of it, from now through WrestleMania, it will be running a distant second to the WWE Title match between Chris Jericho and CM Punk.

If you will, think back to WrestleMania III. The big attraction of that spectacle was the main-event match between Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan. Yet, the event that completely stole the show was Ricky Steamboat vs. the Macho Man Randy Savage. 

That is going to happen here, only it's going to start before the bell. The problem with the Rock and Cena is that you have a very limited history to draw on, and a limited schedule from the Rock. Even if he appears on every episode of Raw between now and then, you really don't have a lot of on-screen history between these two to build on. 

So, unless you really enjoy hearing the Rock fire up a bunch of trending catchphrases, or Cena talking about how he's here every week and never left, it's going to get stale. At this point, it would actually be better if we didn't see either of these guys until WrestleMania. 

In Jericho and Punk, you still have a relatively untapped feud. They have had their little exchanges, but we haven't had more than a year of buildup and constant tweets and shots against the other.

Then you have the matches. Cena is underrated in the ring and the Rock will be just fine (like he was at Survivor Series), but neither of them come even close to comparing to Jericho or Punk. 

Jericho and Punk can turn into a submission-fest, a high-flying contest, or even a brawl. As a matter of fact, I would put pretty good money on the idea that we'll see all three of those in the match. 

Cena and the Rock will be a brawl. Actually, a lot of the match will be one or both of those men trying to play to the crowd. Don't get me wrong, they both do that incredibly well, but that's not the kind of stuff that stands the test of time. 

Cena and the Rock will be a memorable match for fans of the two, but 10 years from now, it will lose relevance. The classic that Jericho and Punk will give us is something that will be remembered for a long time. The build will be better, the match will be better, and the memories will be better. 

 

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