Wow, now that was a match.
On a night that has been solid even legendary, CM Punk and Chris Jericho came in expected to steal the show which was an incredibly difficult task when Undertaker and Triple H had just come out and pulled out one of the greatest matches of all time.
With that in the background, Chris Jericho and CM Punk pulled out a match for the ages—one that could have stolen the show on any other night.
When the match ended after every big spot, every reversal and every finisher, Punk stood victorious as Jericho tapped out.
It was the end to a wrestling clinic that could not be ignored, but the end result was what mattered even more.
After being put through the grinder and going on a run that has made Punk go from upper midcard IWC champion to the WWE Champion and possibly the face of the new direction in the company, Punk only needed one more thing—his moment to shine.
With his win over Jericho against adversity and an unfair stipulation against him labeled by John Laurinaitis, Punk showed that he can be the face of the WWE, and he showed that he can lead the company.
Where does this all lead?
Well, Punk's almost certainly not quite done with Jericho. This feud has legs still, and it will probably be allowed to culminate into another showstopping match at Extreme Rules.
With Punk's win tonight and Extreme Rules being in Punk's hometown, you can bet that Punk almost certainly will not lose. Therefore, he will move on after beating Jericho twice in singles competition.
At that point, there honestly aren't many opponents to challenge Punk who will be well on his way to having one of the longest title reigns in recent memory (already champion for 133 days).
With John Laurinaitis officially in charge of both Raw and SmackDown though, don't expect Punk to ever be allowed to sit back and relax. Many heels could be brought in to face Punk including young heels from SmackDown who may soon be drafted including the now titleless Cody Rhodes and the always impressive Wade Barrett.
You can bet that Laurinaitis will play the Vince McMahon to Punk's Stone Cold Steve Austin for months to come.
But in all of that, it is becoming clearer that Punk is a star who will not be going away any time soon. He can now battle with anyone on the roster at an equal level, and that means that he has truly reached the main event scene which is something that has not honestly happened for any new star since Edge became the leader of SmackDown in 2007.
Looking forward even further, WrestleMania XXIX will be a hot topic for a long time, and if The Rock and John Cena aren't going to be battling again, Punk could step up to challenge The Rock.
Anything is possible for this now cemented star of the WWE. All that can truly be said is that Punk has arrived.
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