WWE News: More on CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho Possibly Opening WrestleMania 28

Drake Oz@drakeozbrSenior Writer IIMarch 16, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

Only at WrestleMania time does the match order of a pay-per-view get this much publicity. 

If we were headed toward Over the Limit or Hell in a Cell, no one would even think twice about which match takes place at which point on the show, but everything’s bigger when it comes to WrestleMania, and the match order of the biggest pay-per-view of the year has been all the rage this week. 

According to PWInsider.com (via WrestleZone.com), the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and Chris Jericho is expected to open the show, and we’re now getting wind of the WWE’s reasoning behind putting such a high-profile match as the first bout on the card. 

From PWInsider.com (via WrestlingInc.com)

As noted before, word is that The Rock vs. John Cena will close WrestleMania while The Undertaker vs. Triple H will go somewhere in the middle and CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho has been discussed to open the show.

A possible scenario for this would be Jericho coming out to kick off the show and cut a promo about how he doesn't want to wait for the main event and doesn't want to wait to beat Punk.

I actually really like this idea. There have been too many times that the WWE books a pay-per-view card in a very odd manner without giving any storyline reason for it, and this would at least inform us why we’re seeing the WWE’s most prestigious title defended at the start of the PPV.

Plus, it makes sense for the WWE to start off the show with what could possibly be the best pure wrestling match on the card. Punk and Jericho are likely going to tear the house down, so they’ll set a great tone for the rest of the pay-per-view.

Of course, sliding Punk/Y2J into the first spot on the card also prevents the WWE from having to shorten it due to time constraints if other matches run long, and it also will spread out the three most high-profile matches on the card.

You don’t want Punk/Jericho too close to Triple H/Undertaker because chances are that the crowd is going to be very into the WWE title match, and if they use all of their energy on that bout, then it’s going to be hard for them to get excited again for an unnerving match like Triple H vs. Undertaker likely will be.

Letting Jericho cut a show-opening promo, get himself some mega heat and then go immediately into his match to determine who is “the best in the world” should result in the best start to a WrestleMania in recent WWE history.

Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter and ask him any wrestling-related questions on Formspring.


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