Dueling Diary: CM Punk and Chris Jericho, Day 5

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April 01, 2012

TIME TO REFLECT, 11:21 a.m.
The WWE Champion has already disembarked his bus when another pulls up not far behind. This one contains the No. 1 contender to CM Punk and a man who’s sunk to deeper lows than ever to get inside his opponent’s head, though his is raised high as he surveys Sun Life Stadium for the first time. There are no more signings or red carpets in his way. This is the moment Chris Jericho has waited and plotted to see come to life.

“WrestleMania week is such an extravaganza with all the pomp and circumstance,” Jericho says, “but to me it’s really just a nuisance in a lot of ways. I understand why we do it, but I’m here for one reason and one reason only and that’s for WrestleMania.”

The nefarious Superstar’s checkered glasses reflect the appropriately immense site of WrestleMania XXVIII as he reveals his passion for this stage, among the reasons he returned to WWE.

“If you’re going to prove that you’re the best in the world, this is the place to do it,” he proclaims. “I would’ve been here at 7 a.m. if I could’ve been because I don’t want to be anywhere else. I would’ve slept in this arena and woke up here. It’s game time now. It’s all about living up to what I say I am.”

COMMON MEN, 11:50 a,m.
There is certainly a correlation between The Voice of the Voiceless and The Common Man, making their run-in notable. The WWE Champion gets a pep talk from WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes in the locker room area within Sun Life Stadium. The legendary performer checks in with the Chicago native and wishes him the best tonight at The Show of Shows.

Tonight, Rhodes’ son, Cody, defends the Intercontinental Championship but Dusty still shows his paternal instincts with The Straight Edge Superstar. The “American Dream” pats Punk on the chin affectionately, providing the champion with a motivational encounter hours before showtime.

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