WWE Wrestlemania 28: Why Chris Jericho vs CM Punk Will Steal the Show

Branden FitzPatrick@divingmelvinCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2012

WWE Wrestlemania 28: Why Chris Jericho vs CM Punk Will Steal the Show

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    With WrestleMania 28 right around the corner, one match has positioned itself to steal the show—Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk. 

    The Rock vs. John Cena is the darling match on the card. Everyone knows about it—wrestling and non-wrestling fans alike. The match is being hyped like a giant cartoon and it has freakishly high expectations.

    The Hell in the Cell match, between the Undertaker and Triple H, is going to be great. But ultimately it's just a gimmick match between two wrestlers past their prime.

    Jericho vs. Punk on the other hand, will be an old-school wrestling match featuring two of the best.

    Here are three reasons why Jericho vs. Punk will steal the show at WrestleMania 28. 

The Rock vs. Cena May Fail to Live Up to the Hype

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    For a year, the WWE has been hyping The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 28. 

    The two have been taking shots at one another throughout the past twelve months. But the rivalry as a whole has left something to be desired.

    The Rock, who is arguably the best ever on the mic, has been rather disappointing since his return. Large portions of his spots have been prerecorded from places other than the ring.

    Cena on the other hand, has been doing a brilliant job on the mic. It's not a secret that Cena, who has always been great at delivering promos, has grown stale over the years. Since The Rock has returned, Cena has stepped up his game considerably, even upstaging the great one more than a few times.

    Other than the rather weak building of this rivalry, The Rock and Cena aren't close to the talent of Jericho and Punk in the ring. Both rely on a small array of gimmick moves that they recycle match after match. There will be plenty of 5 Knuckle Shuffles, Attitude Adjustments, Rock Bottoms and People's Elbows.

    But ultimately, the match will leave something left to desire.  

CM Punk Is the Biggest Star in the WWE

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    Cena may be the WWE's poster boy, but the new people's champ is CM Punk. 

    It's commonplace for the WWE to try to push wrestlers as stars that clearly are not. The Miz wasn't a star and that's why he doesn't have a match at WresteMania. It's rare for a wrestler to rise to stardom the way Punk did. A wrestler can't become a star unless the crowd believes that he's a star.

    Punk is a bona fide WWE superstar. He's on the same level of Randy Orton and Cena, if not higher. Every time Punk is on the mic, he delivers an "A" game promo. His in-ring work is top rate as well. Since his days in Ring of Honor, Punk has been a special worker. Now he's finally getting a push as the top guy to prove it. 

Punk vs. Jericho Will Be the Best Wrestling Match

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    Forget the Hell in the Cell and The Rock vs. John Cena; the most entertaining match at WrestleMania 28 is going to be Punk vs. Jericho.

    Dubbed as "Who's the Best in the World," this match really does have two of the best in-ring workers in the WWE. Even in his advanced age, Jericho can still put on a match with the best of them. As for Punk, he's currently the WWE's biggest star despite the way they program Cena.

    Jericho has a history of stealing the show at WrestleMania, most notably at WrestleMania XIX against  Shawn Michaels. In his mind, he definitely believes what his on camera character is saying—that he's the best in the world at what he does. 

    This is Punk's chance to prove that he's the WWE's top "guy." Big time performers put on big time matches at WrestleMania. He knows that and that's why he'll do everything he can to put on a match that will be remembered for the ages.