Chris Jericho: The new cerebral assassin?

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April 23, 2012

Yet one could argue that, with his recent attacks on The Straight Edge Superstar, Jericho has crossed the line more than he ever has before.

Jericho's personal assault on Punk can be traced back to the March 12 edition of Raw SuperShow. It was then that Jericho claimed that the real reason Punk embraces the straight-edge lifestyle is because his father struggled with alcoholism, and that Punk feared that he would wind up like his father. Up until that point, the WWE Champion appeared to have no chinks in his armor as he posted big win after big win during his impressive title reign. But on that night, Jericho did something to Punk that no Superstar had been able to do: he exposed potential cracks in Punk's psyche for the whole WWE Universe to see. As the inconsolable Second City Savior dragged his feet back up the entranceway, for a moment it looked like Jericho had found exactly the opening he needed to seize the title of "Best in the World" – and the WWE Championship.

Despite repeated verbal attacks on his family, though, The Straight Edge Superstar refused to become another victim of Jericho's twisted mind games. Punk prevailed when it mattered most and conquered Jericho on The Grandest Stage of Them All. However, the very next night after WrestleMania XXVIII, Jericho gave the WWE Champion no time to celebrate, or even breathe, when he doused him with a bottle of liquor on Raw SuperShow and smashed the glass bottle over his head. Showing no mercy over the next two weeks, Jericho followed up that offensive act by drenching Punk in beer in the middle of the ring and accusing him of drinking in a London pub.

Jericho has proven he will stop at nothing in his attempt to wear Punk down to the point of mental and emotional exhaustion, and that spells big trouble as the two rivals head into a grueling Chicago Street Fight where every last bit of energy counts. On April 29, Jericho's heinous game plan could either fuel Punk's drive to demolish his antagonist once and for all. Or, it just might be remembered as the master stroke of the new "Cerebral Assassin."

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