Dueling Diary: CM Punk and Chris Jericho, Day 5

Page 10 of 11
April 01, 2012

(SUB)MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, 9:54 p.m.
The clash is exactly as anticipated. In front of the entire WWE Universe, CM Punk and Chris Jericho perform like the elite level Superstars they are, enduring one other’s most effective maneuvers. Impressively, Punk sustains a Code Breaker off a top rope springboard, the Lionsault and more. When Y2J turns a turnbuckle hurricarana into the Walls of Jericho, it’s nearly curtains for the champion, but his fortunate flexibility therapy seems to aid the tattooed titan from tapping out, even when locked in the second Walls of Jericho – this one with a knee dug deep into Punk’s back.

In the open air of the night, Jericho writhes out of a GTS and dodges more than one flying body tackle from the tattooed Voice of the Voiceless. It’s the right amount of torque but not enough to force the freakishly flexible Punk to tap out. The stakes are too high.

 

GRIPPING OUTCOME, 9:56 p.m.
“Cult of Personality” echoes throughout the Miami sky and “Bana” (as Punk calls him) and Lars simply lose it at ringside when they see they friend, CM Punk, trump Chris Jericho live on pay-per-view.

An incredible series of hold reversals leaves the pompous No.  1 contender with nowhere to go when the Straight Edge warrior binds his foe in the Anaconda Vise. Snared in the inked arms of the WWE Champion, The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rollah suffers like he made Punk agonize for weeks and though he flails for release, there’s no way to leverage out given the champion’s quick weaving to avoid any of Jericho’s defensive strikes.

Punk’s repugnant challenger was confident he’d overcome the slick-haired Superstar in front of a worldwide audience tonight. Instead, Y2J tapped out in the center of the ring to bring almost 80,000 strong to their feet.

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