WWE WrestleMania 28: Should CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho Be the Main Event?
When most people hear "WrestleMania 28" one match comes to mind: John Cena vs. The Rock.
There's nothing wrong with that, really. It's going to be a match of epic proportions, a battle between two World Wrestling Entertainment icons, the physical clashing of two eras playing out on the "Grandest Stage of Them All."
Furthermore, whether we like it or not, it's the main event. WWE has been promoting it for nearly a whole year now, for crying out loud.
But just because John Cena vs. The Rock is the main event, does it mean it should be?
As most sporting "main events" go, they usually involve a title of some sort. And at the biggest events, the title is usually what is considered the biggest in that sport.
What's the biggest title in the WWE? Why, the WWE Championship, of course.
Considering that CM Punk is the current WWE Champion and that he will be putting his title on the line against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 28, shouldn't that be the main-event match?
Well, unfortunately it's not; and I'll tell you why.
I don't know how many times I've said it before in previous articles, but I'll certainly say it again: WWE is in the business of making money.
That's not to say that CM Punk and Chris Jericho can't draw sales. It's quite obvious that they can. However, WrestleMania is the biggest event on the WWE calendar—it's the Super Bowl of pro wrestling.
And just as people who don't watch any NFL football all season long watch the Super Bowl, the WWE wants people who don't watch any wrestling all year long to watch WrestleMania.
The best way to do that is by hyping John Cena vs. The Rock.
John Cena is the most public figure in WWE today; The Rock was one of the biggest stars in the Attitude Era, when everyone and their mom watched pro wrestling. Chances are, if you ask someone who doesn't watch pro wrestling to name a pro wrestler, they will say either Cena or The Rock, among other names.
That being said, it seems pretty clear that Cena vs. Rock is going to be the biggest monetary draw for WrestleMania. Therefore, it is the main event.
However, as far as the longtime, hardcore wrestling fan demographic goes, CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho could very well be the "fan's choice" main event, if you will.
Punk vs. Jericho already has a huge amount of interest just because it's a match between two amazing talents, both on the mic and in the ring. For those who want to see a wrestling match with top-notch storytelling, this is going to be the match of the night.
And, if the WWE actually cared about their championships, maybe it really could have been the main event.
I recently wrote an article concerning how badly the WrestleMania title matches are being cheapened. It's probably the biggest problem I have with the WWE: they just don't respect the titles the way that they did in the golden days, to the point that some champions don't even bother to carry their titles with them on WWE programming.
CM Punk, thankfully and not surprisingly, has been good about respecting the WWE Title.
If only the company respected it as much as he does. Because see, the thing is that Punk hasn't been built up as CM Punk, the WWE Champion; he's more been built up as CM Punk, exploder of pipe bombs and "Best in the World."
And suddenly, a title Punk bestowed upon himself seems more important than a physical championship with half a century of history to its name.
Again, that's not Punk's fault; it's the WWE's. For a while now the clout of the WWE Title has been lessening. It hasn't been the case recently, but for a while there it might as well have been named the John Cena Championship on account of the fact that we all knew it would only be a matter of time before it found its way back to him.
Of course, it can be argued that the WWE Championship comes along with the right to be called the Best in the World. But between the hashtags, the t-shirts and now all the personal drama being pulled into the Punk vs. Jericho feud, it's becoming apparent that the WWE Title is a secondary accessory in this match.
If that weren't the case, if the WWE Championship was regarded as the big deal that it is, then perhaps Punk vs. Jericho would have a chance to oust Cena vs. Rock as the actual main event of WrestleMania 28.
As it stands, though, it might just have to settle for fan's choice.
Katie Gregerson is a pro wrestling trainee turned pro wrestling journalist and blogger. You can read her posts for theScore's Aftermath blog, subscribe to her blog Ring the Bell!, and follow her on Twitter @katiegregerson
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