WWE: CM Punk, Best in the World an Afterthought on the Road to WrestleMania

Amber GibbsCorrespondent IIMarch 26, 2017

CM Punk, who pegged a new type of face in the later months of 2011, seems to have lost some of his spark. One Twitter follower of mine said that he could watch a whole episode of Raw and not realize that Punk was missing.

That’s a tough break for the “Best in the World,” especially with a match centered on his claim of being the best in the world scheduled at WrestleMania 28.

Punk, who had a short storyline with John Laurinaitis and Dolph Ziggler at the start of the year, is now in a long-awaited rivalry with Chris Jericho, but the match does not seem to be gaining as much notoriety as it should be with only 21 days until WrestleMania.

It looks like Rock versus Cena and Taker versus HHH Part 3 are taking the bulk of the spotlight, particularly with Shawn Michaels being added to the mix. These matches are consuming the road to WrestleMania, so much so that the actual title matches seem second-rate.

It’s understandable that Sheamus and Daniel Bryan would take the back seat to such a star-studded card, but what makes Punk and Y2J so different from the other matches that have attitude legends in them?

If you compare the “Best in the World” match to the Rock versus Cena match, they both possess the same type of importance. Plus, CM Punk and Chris Jericho have the WWE Championship on the line.

So why it is that CM Punk and Jericho are put in tag-team matches with virtually no promo time, while The Rock and Cena take over Raw every week?

There are a few assumptions…

  • With the Rock coming back to go against Cena, there is little room to work in the anti-hero face. Punk has faded into the back since the Cena storyline has taken off. Recall, CM Punk used to be the first person out to the ring at the beginning of every Monday Night Raw, and now it seems like Punk is more of an afterthought on the Monday night card.
  • How many more times can Jericho and Punk go back and forth about being the best in the world at everything that they do? In the Rock and Cena promos, they have new banter every week, but the Y2J claims are a bit repetitive.
  • Even though Jericho has been in a match or four and the Rock has not, the Rock has still made more of a connection with the WWE Universe. Granted, he is using social media among other things to do it, but he is still doing it. Jericho is playing a sort of silent role, which some people may not go for.
  • Or simply, Jericho and Punk can hold an awesome match on their own at the grandest stage of them all, and it’ll be a great match without all of the hype.

Looks like WrestleMania 28 will be the final decision-maker. No hype or promo can take the place of a match that is  genuinely great.

So what will it be?

Will Chris Jericho and CM Punk’s match be a memorable one, or will it be out-shined by both Triple H versus the Undertaker and The Rock versus John Cena?