After months of speculation, Chris Jericho made his highly anticipated return to WWE in January 2012. Upon his return, Jericho targeted then-WWE Champion CM Punk, merely due to the fact that he felt Punk was "ripping him off" for calling himself the best wrestler in the world.
During the course of their feud leading up to WrestleMania 28, Jericho relentlessly took shots at Punk's family, claiming they were nothing more than alcoholics and drug addicts. This infuriated Punk, who scored his payback over Jericho by defeating him to retain his title at the show of shows.
While the early beginnings of the rivalry made for great television, the involvement of Punk's family is what lost my interest over time. Although their match at Mania was indeed excellent, I personally thought it left a lot to be desired.
However, their ongoing program didn't end there, as Jericho continued to act as a thorn in Punk's side heading into Extreme Rules. Regardless, the Voice of the Voiceless once again soundly defeated Jericho at the event, this time in a Chicago Street Fight.
I found that rematch to be much more enjoyable than their Mania matchup, but that's purely my opinion. It served as a fitting conclusion to what was one of the most memorable feuds of the year.
That being said, they could've done much more with the feud than they actually did. Sure, it was a pretty good feud for the three months that it lasted, but it wasn't exactly what I expected going into it.
Don't get me wrong, the matches they produced were some of the best of the year, but the feud itself was slightly disappointing. With Punk portraying the face and Jericho portraying the heel, the rivalry never really seemed to reach its full potential, which might have been why the feud felt underwhelming.
Fast forward to this past Monday night on Raw. Chris Jericho was one the three competitors involved in the voting to face CM Punk later in the evening. Winning the poll with a whopping 57 percent, Jericho clashed with Punk inside the square circle for the first time since their showdown at Extreme Rules.
Needless to say, the two had a fantastic match with one another that featured some exciting action and entertaining offense from both competitors. Unlike their previous two encounters, the roles were reversed this time around, with Punk playing the vindictive villain and Jericho playing the fan favorite.
As good of a face as Punk was, he's been doing some of best work of his career as a heel in recent months. As for Jericho, he had been a heel for nearly five years before finally turning face last July.
These changes in character for both guys did wonders for their most recent matchup together, as it made the contest incredibly enjoyable. After capitalizing on a dazed Jericho, Punk connected with a GTS on the inaugural Undisputed Champion to score the clean victory.
Since turning heel at Raw 1000, Punk has hardly won any of his matches in clean fashion. For the Second City Savior to defeat Jericho without the use of dirty tactics is an impressive feat to say the least, especially given the fact Y2J returned to WWE a mere eight days prior to this week's Raw.
Despite the fact it's been reported that Jericho may be back in WWE only for the road to WrestleMania 29, I still have hope we could see some sort of a revival of the feud between the two self-proclaimed best wrestlers in the world in the foreseeable future.
Of course, the rivalry this time around would be much different, with both Punk and Jericho having evolved quite a bit since the last time they were feuding. It may not necessarily need to take place at WrestleMania 29, but rather at some point later this year if Jericho sticks around long enough.
Would you be open to a second serving of CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho? Or would you rather see these two embark on different paths going forward?
Be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on a potential revisiting of this ruthless rivalry and how you'd like to see it happen. As always, your criticism and overall feedback of my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.