Dueling Diary: CM Punk and Chris Jericho, Day 5

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April 01, 2012

FAN FEEDBACK, 10:13 p.m.
On the way back to the dressing room after his grand stage victory over Chris Jericho, WWE Champion CM Punk must weave past a gaggle of costumed “mommas” and musical artist entourages. While Y2J slinks off into the shadows, Punk playfully hops aboard a makeshift conga line in the corridors with Brodus’ dancers, but is also met by applause, praise and pats on the back from quite a few individuals. At the top of that list of live appreciation is the kudos coming from WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels. HBK’s notoriety for showmanship at WrestleMania may be something to covet for The Voice of the Voiceless, apropos of “the best.”

Next up is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who fashions a similar power stride en route to the same ramp Punk just descended. It’s time for the final bout of the night – which the champion feels is the spot he and Jericho should’ve occupied – and The Great One is ready to make history. But first, The People’s Champion gives credit where it’s due for one hell of a contest.

Finally, the WWE Title holder reaches his room and simply swipes to scroll through pages of new text messages and notifications from friends, family, peers and more – all supporting The Second City Saint’s remarkable efforts in Miami. Tonight, everyone’s a CM Punk fan and after a match like that, it’s hard not to be.

BEST IN THE WORLD, 10:20 p.m.
The locker room is near empty when CM Punk carries the WWE Championship back into it. Without any hesitation, he drops to his knees and casts a grin of mixed emotion; exhilaration and perhaps even disbelief at the events of tonight and this year.

This is the comic book ending to The Second City Savior’s tale – the story arc not the series. Punk realizes there’s more ahead; he welcomes it. Right now, however, crouched and leaned against a locker room altar, he’s earned satisfaction and solace by forging a WrestleMania moment that was never supposed to happen.

He’s used to putting opponents to sleep, but tonight, at last, CM Punk can be the one who rests knowing that the anti-hero won and in grand fashion against Chris Jericho.

There is a lot of celebrating to do, “chuice” to swill and cookies to devour. The “Best in the World” can place his head on the golden, lustrous “pillow” he just fought like hell to retain. All The Straight Edge Superstar wants is for this to last.

“If I take my gear off, the night is over,” frets Punk. “If I stay in it, maybe that can make it last a little longer.”

He decides, “I’m staying in my gear.” (WATCH)

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