Dueling Diary: CM Punk and Chris Jericho, Day 4

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March 31, 2012

ENTER THE DRAGON, 3:22 p.m.
Awaiting his VIP signing on the WrestleMania Axxess floor, Chris Jericho strolls the waiting area at the Miami Beach Convention Center and is approached by WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.

Just yesterday, Jericho expressed his admiration of Steamboat’s accomplishments as a technically gifted torchbearer for competitors of a non-hulking stature. Today, Chris emits respect to the venerable WWE Legend. For his part, The Dragon compliments Y2J and reveals his anticipation of the “Best in the World” showdown the next day at WrestleMania. They step aside and privately speak of parallels between Steamboat-Savage and Jericho-Punk in just 24 hours. Though Jericho may not express it, Steamboat’s acknowledgement is certainly a humbling honor for the first-ever Undisputed Champion in WWE history.
 

LIGHTENING THE MOOD, 3:43 p.m.
A snaked line of WWE fans is incredibly anxious for the arrival of Chris Jericho at the signing booth at Axxess. The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rollah marches forth with a swaggered strut and takes his position at the booth for individual encounters with the WWE Universe, estranged or not. One Jerichoholic hoists up a sign made in homage to Y2J’s illuminated jacket, which leads the WWE Title No. 1 contender to descend from his perch. He waves his wrist and leaves a signature on the wide poster board featuring his silhouette and the words, “Best in the World.”

In roughly 24 hours, he’ll have the opportunity to prove this sign true.

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