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

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2012

In most years, CM Punk and Chris Jericho would be the marquee match at Wrestlemania.

This isn't most years.

With The Rock vs. John Cena and Triple H vs. the Undertaker on the card, this clash of in-ring technicians has taken a back seat. But, by the end of the night, everyone will be talking about the WWE Championship match.

Both of these men are two of the top workers the company has, and with how much animosity has been built up in the weeks prior to WrestleMania, it has gotten to a point where we're going to see a fast-paced, compelling match that will tell the entire story we've seen between these two performers. Jericho is in the best shape of his life and Punk is as good as he's been as his entire career.

All you need is a ring, these men and nothing else. Just let them call it in the ring and watch them go to work. The fact that this match has taken a backseat in terms of media attention isn't a surprise, but in the eyes of true wrestling fans, this is the contest everyone wants to see.

The Rock's return is compelling, but we've already seen him in the ring at Survivor Series. Triple H and the Undertaker is going to be a good match, but they've had two WrestleMania matches before. This is brand new, and it has been a compelling feud from start to finish. The microphone work has been incredible and there isn't a person alive who would dispute their in-ring talents.

This is a combination we haven't seen in a long, long time and they won't fail to deliver once they hit the ring. Jericho is is seemingly the favorite in this contest, having just come back, and the inevitable title push leads you to believe he's going to secure another championship.

However, I wouldn't be so sure.

As we saw with the Royal Rumble, Jericho has no problem falling short on a big stage, and hopefully this is the start of a long feud between the two performers. It has been a long time since we saw a slow-burning feud that hopped from pay-per-view to pay-per-view and it's time these two got the continued spotlight this duel deserves.

No matter who wins on Sunday, people will be talking about this match the next morning and how it overshadowed the marquee matchups on the card, and that's a testament to the abilities of Jericho and Punk.