CM Punk and Chris Jericho had one of the more memorable matches on a stacked WrestleMania 28 card. The event also saw The Rock take on John Cena and The Undertaker battle Triple H. Jericho wanted his match to steal the show, but Vince McMahon didn’t want things to go that way.

The storyline saw Jericho verbally and physically humiliate CM Punk. Y2J insulted his alcoholic father. He also poured alcohol down the straight-edge star‘s mouth.

Because of the way Jericho had been treating CM Punk, Vince McMahon wanted to do a short match with a disqualification. Chris Jericho wanted no part of that plan. On the latest Talk is Jericho, The Wizard spoke about how a compromise was made.

“I think that match [CM Punk vs. Jericho at WrestleMania 28] is a little underrated because of that [Rock vs. Cena along with Undertaker vs. Triple H being on the show] and I’ll also tell you one last little thing about it is Vince [McMahon] wanted that match to be two minutes long. Punk and I had visions of being Savage/Steamboat for the modern age.


Vince did have a point looking back in retrospect because if you remember, I was calling his father a drunk, I poured alcohol down his mouth, I hit him with bottles, I did a lot of really sh*tty things and he wanted Punk to just get me in the ring and just go nuts and he wanted to do the terrible, kick the guy in the corner, ref counts to five, DQ. I said, ‘Vince, we can’t do that at WrestleMania.’ He goes, ‘What is he supposed to do? You insulted his family, you insulted his sister, you poured alcohol down his throat. What are you supposed to do? Tackle, drop down, leapfrog?’

And I was like, he has a point. He has a point. So, we decided that — Vince came up with the idea, if CM Punk gets disqualified, I win the title so he couldn’t go completely crazy and there was some semblance of rules that had to be followed so we could at least still have a match and there’s a reason why Punk just didn’t take a chair and take my head off so, I don’t know if I’ve ever told that story. A little scoop for you guys.”

Fortunately, they were able to come up with a stipulation that made sense. The match ended up going over twenty minutes longer than Vince McMahon’s original plan. Fortunately for fans, CM Punk and Chris Jericho were able to show their stuff on the grandest stage of them all.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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