For the third straight week on Monday Night Raw, Chris Jericho taunted CM Punk, using alcohol. On both the night after WrestleMania XXVIII and last week's Raw Supershow, Jericho poured alcoholic beverages onto CM Punk. Then, this past Monday, Jericho accused CM Punk of drinking alcohol at a London pub.
Many fans (including myself) have wondered why Jericho had not done these things in the buildup to his recent WrestleMania XXVIII match with Punk, considering it would have made the match more dramatic and meaningful, and considering the topic of alcohol was a part of the buildup anyway.
Ultimately, Jericho’s continuing feud with CM Punk did not make sense to me until last week's episode of Raw. Until last week's Raw, I believed that WWE had simply come up with good ideas too late and didn’t want to waste them. During last week's Raw, I realized that the continuing Jericho-CM Punk feud is probably nothing more than a stepping-stone for a potential CM Punk-Stone Cold Steve Austin feud, which would culminate in a match between the two at WrestleMania XXIX.
How can a CM Punk-Stone Cold Steve Austin feud be established?
During last week's Monday Night Raw, Punk lost control of his emotions (because of Jericho’s incessant taunting) and was disqualified in his title defense against Mark Henry after hitting Henry with a TV monitor. I believe that CM Punk’s continuing feud with Jericho will cause Punk to further lose control of his emotions, eventually break down and unleash his “dangerous side,” or turn heel.
By turning heel, CM Punk would be able to give Straight Edge speeches to the WWE Universe once again and, in the process, drop pipe bombs on Stone Cold Steve Austin for drinking beer on TV for so many years. Austin could then return to confront Punk and challenge him to a match at WrestleMania XXIX.
The question remains: Can the WWE afford to turn CM Punk heel? I do not think WWE could afford to turn John Cena heel, considering he is the face of the company, but I think CM Punk is fair game. Does Punk need to turn heel in order to feud with Stone Cold, though? If he were to turn heel, Punk’s heel turn would not even have to last very long. After a great match with Austin at WrestleMania XXIX, Punk could turn babyface again by shaking Austin’s hand and celebrating with him. Austin could celebrate with a beer, and Punk could celebrate with a Pepsi.
I can dream, can’t I?