Originally Posted by keg in kc
It probably won't be in the end, but they'd have to do it old school. Have Jericho get the upper hand constantly going into mania, then give them enough time to work a quality match (which the two of them are both capable of doing - they're guys who could feasibly work a 5-star match together). Just build and build and build until April first, have the crowd ready for it, and then pull the trigger.
The speech and the Chicago PPV were his star-making performance, and his work in the meantime has put the crowd squarely behind him. He's clearly the most popular babyface on the card when they don't bring in the michaels and hhh's (which btw, is something that annoyed me - they once again had to say they were the end of an era, effectively burying the entire roster for about the thousanth time, but I digress). Obviously Cena gets bigger reactions, but they're always mixed, and they've become more boos than cheers. If the two of them, meaning Punk and Jericho, work a real classic match, and Punk gets his mania 'moment', it could propel him to that next level. He could be Cena going forward, the way the company wants Cena to be, the babyface star of the company. A lot has changed for Punk in the last 6th months, it's not just the hardcores shouting for him now. You see kids in his merch, you see women in his merch, and you of course see guys between 18 and 40 in his merch. He's the one guy on the roster right now who I think could be this decade's Steve Austin. And they need that right now, desperately.
I expect to be let down.
Damn. Well put.
Not trying to brag, but I've been on the Punk train since his last few months of ROH (waits for one of you to say you were on him in the beginning of FIP or something
) and am excited that we're even talking about him in the WWE Title match of WrestleMania (I love you, but dammit Rocky....).
I've also been a Jericho fan since I watched him punk Goldberg in WCW and can't wait to see this go down. I was psyched for Jericho-Edge a few years ago and although it was a decent/good match, it could have been amazing. I just really hope the same doesn't happen with Punk-Jericho.
I had to laugh when HHH said that their era doesn't exist anymore. I guess I can see what he was trying to do, but I hope Punk (or anyone for that matter) takes him up on that for a feud this summer. HHH owes Punk a good match & feud after that crapfest leading up to Night of Champions last year...